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Vomiting Blood

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 6, 2009
  • 06:57 PM

I woke up in the middle of the night with a very odd stomach ache. It felt like I ate a huge meal, and had a touch of heartburn. Thinking it was gas, I went to the bathroom and had diarrhea that was very clear, but it had difficulty coming out, so I didn't stay long.

When I woke up this morning, I got very cold,elt very week, and was very thirsty. I still had the fullness feeling, so drinking water was difficult even though my mouth was parched. After taking some pepto bismal, about an hour later I threw up. after the pepto came out, it was followed by bright red blood mixed in clearish vomit, and the last bit had darker blood with small dark brown bits in it. I felt better afterwards, but I'm getting the fullness feeling back and naseau. what should I do? If I need immediate medical attention, should I drive? I'm home alone. Thank you

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  • You need to see a doctor ASAP. You most likely have an ulcer. Some info: As an ulcer corrodes the wall of the stomach or duodenum, blood vessels can also be damaged, which causes bleeding. Ulcers can bleed without causing pain. If the damaged blood vessels are small, the blood may slowly seep into the digestive tract, leading a person to develop anaemia and feel weak, dizzy or tired. A bleeding ulcer may be found when a doctor carries out an endoscopy and the doctor will then cauterise the ulcer to stop it bleeding.If the blood vessels are large, bleeding is faster. This is a more dangerous situation. The symptoms include weakness when standing up, vomiting blood or partly digested blood that looks like reddish brown coffee grinds, or fainting. Stools may be a black or dark red colour and ‘tar-like’ in consistency. Vomiting blood that resembles coffee grinds or passing black, tarry stools are important symptoms and you should see your doctor immediately if you develop these symptoms. Pyloric stenosis is the name doctors give to the condition where the valve at the bottom of the stomach that allows food to pass on to the duodenum becomes narrowed. This can be due to the build-up over time of scar tissue on ulcers that have formed at the junction of the stomach and the duodenum. This causes a blockage which interferes with the passage of the contents of the stomach into the intestine. Symptoms of this type of obstruction or blockage include increasing abdominal pain, repeated vomiting and a feeling of fullness or bloating. Surgery or endoscopy may be needed to ‘unblock’ the obstruction, although sometimes ulcer treatment will be enough.
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    • January 8, 2009
    • 08:06 PM
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