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Large mass + weird bowel movements

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 24, 2008
  • 01:50 AM

Hi all,

37 yr old male 170 lbs. when I lean back, I can see a stomach mass the size of my fist directly center of my abdomen. I went to dr. he sent me for ct scan. doctor says ct scan looks normal. I really dont have any pain or discomfort, just dont know what this could be. Bowel movements are mostly small, sometimes flat, sometimes clay colored, I also have the urge to go several times a day with very little outcome. any advice would be greatly apprecieted.


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  • You need to ask for a colonscopy, and you should also give the doc a sample of your feces to see if you have any inflammation. You should also ask for a full White bloodcell count as well as CRP. My guess is that you are looking at some kind of IBD. (Ulcerative Colitis or even Chrons). Good luck
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  • Thanks for the reply, Do you know if there is any over the counter medication that I could try to relieve symptoms (ie real bowel movements, reduce size of mass)? Dr. did suggest endoscopy a while back, but I am still paying for the ct scan and other tests that were taken that all came up normal. I did have several blood tests, mostly keeping track of my high cholesterol, one test did show abnormal liver enzymes, but the next blood test did not show that. Several years ago(before I noticed large mass) I thought for sure I had gallbladder problems because all symptoms were pointing that way, but full abnominal ultrasound showed everything good? thanks again for any info
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  • If your liver enzymes have been elevated at one point, I would keep an eye on them and have them checked every 3 months for about a year. After that at least once a year. There are no over the counter meds that I know of. The tests you have had are not the best ones as far as problems with the intestine. A colonscopy is the best way to go for the large intestine and they can also see into the lower portion of the small intestine. They are also able to take biopsi's that will show any abnormalties. The US and CT mostly show if there is any kind of obstructon. Swelling and ulcers are very hard to detect without a colonscopy. Hope you are able to find som relief. Kiera
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