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abdominal pain, diarrhea.. help!

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  • Posted By: brandee
  • May 8, 2008
  • 00:27 PM

Hi, I am 24 years old and have never had any major medical problems. About a week and a half ago I started getting a sharp pain directly below my ribcage. It didn't last long, maybe 30 minutes to an hour at a time. So, 5 days ago, I started getting diarrhea, and it is very black, so I don't think this is normal! The past three days, the pain has been intense in my abdomen (usually after I eat), and will last about 2-3 hours. I have been drinking pepto-bismol, but am not seeing any signs of relief. On top of all that, I itch all over! There's no rash, my skin just needs to be scratched! The only medicine that I am taking is Cymbalta, and I started it about 3 months ago. Could this be a side effect? I really thought if I was going to have any ill effects that it would have happened when I first started taking the med. Any advice is appreciated!

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  • I started getting diarrhea, and it is very black, so I don't think this is normal! GET TO A DOCTOR ASAP, go to the ER if you're having dizziness, trouble breathing, severe fatigue and other signs of blood loss. Black movement is a sign of bleeding high up in the digestive tract. This can be up in the stomach, the esophagus, or high up in the bowel. Location can only be diagnosed with testing. If your movements are very dark, this can mean a large amount of blood loss. This kind of GI bleed usually doesn't stop on it's own and even if it does will likely return until you get a diagnosis and treat the underlying problem. Don't play around with this. Call your doc ASAP and get to an ER if you start to feel worse, have vomiting (especially if bloody or looks like coffeegrounds!), or have symptoms of low blood pressure, rapid heart rate, etc. http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/gastrointestinal-bleeding
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