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  • Posted By: vira101
  • October 6, 2008
  • 04:25 AM

hi, i am a fifteen year old female and i'm having adominal disconfort. i've had this problem for two full days and i can't seem to do anything to fix it.

the night before this all began i received my menstrual period a week late.

-on the morning of the first day, i felt like something was "squeezing" my stomach and my intestines.
-towards the middle of the day, i was nauseaed and couldn't stand the smell of food.
-at the end of the day, i started dry heaving, and took some pepto bismal for it. i ended up vomiting that up later. stomach growling took effect sometime before i vomited.

i ate grapes with some water in the morning and chicken broth and vitamin water for dinner.
i took midol, excedrine, and pepto bismal.

-on the morning of the second day, i started to feel better with no adominal pain, but also with no appetite.
-towards the afternoon, i started to gain a tremendous headache that didn't go away until the end of the evening. the stomach growling began to get worse.
-at the end of the evening, the headache faded away, but the stomach growling began to grow noticably loud. adominal pain started to grow along with it.
-black stool was noticed along with it. (before and after dinner)

i ate a little bit of oatmeal and drank vitamin water for breakfast, a chicken bake and pepsi (i know, i know!) for lunch, broccoli and noodles stuffed with spinach and mozerella cheese and pepsi for dinner.
i took midol and excedrine.

i've looked at multiple websites and i can't seem to figure out the cause. i would appreciated if someone could help with my concern!

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  • When you have a black stool you should always talk to a doctor. It could be nothing, but you need a doctor and perhaps some testing to be sure what is going on. Do your parents know about your symptoms? I hope you are talking with them. Good luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 6, 2008
    • 08:24 PM
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  • Hi! First of all, it seems that your symptoms are all quite new, so you should give it a few weeks to see what happens (unless your gut is telling you that something is very wrong). If it does persist, there are a number of things it could be, but it could be colitis or crohns. Both often start at at young age. The dark stool can be caused by food, like green vegetables, but it could also be blood. When it is dark it is usually from bleeding high up in the digestive system (stomach or small intestine). If it doesn't give then you should see your doctor so he can run tests for inflammation as well as a stool test for blood. You should also ask to have a ct or colonscopy done. Hope you get som relief soon! Kiera
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 6, 2008
    • 09:12 PM
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  • Thank you both for your suggestions. As it turns out I had some kind of stomach flu/virus. I essentially thought it to be much worse, but I'm happy to find out that it's not. Just to anyone who might have the same problem that I have, my doctor says to drink lots of fluids, stay away from dairy products, sugar, and solids. The best thing you could really drink (other than water, gatorade, vitamin water, etc) is chicken broth, or any other type of broth. As for the stomach gurgling problem, my doctor says that's perfectly normal (as weird as that sounds), and that the black stool is just the result of something you ate (as Kiera mentioned). That is, unless, you have a maroonish, black stool surrounded with brown pee water. If that's the case, then a doctor is necessary. But again, thank you both for your comments. I couldn't be more thankful! (obviously) :D
    vira101 3 Replies
    • October 6, 2008
    • 11:50 PM
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