ZocdocAnswersI having a sharp lower abdominal pain, what could it be?

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I having a sharp lower abdominal pain, what could it be?

i have been having an occasional sharp lower abdomin pain, bowel movements r a dark greenish color. during bowel movements since the sharp pain had started (about 3 days ago or so), i get light headed and feel as if i may pass out.

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If you are concerned about your bowel habits and are having associated symptoms such as light-headedness, I recommend that you see a gastroenterologist or primary care doctor for further evaluation. There can be many causes of change in bowel habits, some benign and others more severe. Depending on age, it is important to make sure that patients undergo colonoscopy at age 50 or sooner depending on family history to screen for colon cancer, which can be a source of change in bowel habit as an early sign in some patients. Colon cancer often first presents with abdominal pain and blood in stool and thin, ribbon-like stools. If you are having blood in your stool, it is important to be thoroughly evaluated by a healthcare professional. More common causes of change in bowel habits may include change in diet or development of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS is a common diagnosis in Americans, and is associated with stomach cramping, diarrhea or constipation, which sometimes alternate. This condition can be exacerbated by stress and variation in diet. Other potential causes to consider include celiac disease, aka gluten intolerance, which can be tested for be evaluation of antibodies. Additionally, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), either colitis or crohn's disease can present as change in bowel habits, but are typically associated with severe pain, weight loss, and frequent diarrhea. Again, please see a gastroenterologist.

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