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What do you think is wrong with me?

I am a 46 year old male and for the past few months my stomach has become distended and I have a diareah bowl movement within 30 min of eating.  I have been drinking too much nightly due to our economy.  I am not a bad eater and have never been as overweight as I currently am...205 lbs at 6' tall.  It seems that all my weight gain is in my stomach and it has become hard and kind of lumpy.  I would appreciate anyones help with my problem.  I suppose I should go and visit my doctor.  I was just wondering what he might say?
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As you said, you must go to the Dr. RIGHT AWAY----a gastroenterologist if possible or an internist. There are many things that could be causing your symptoms-----Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Ulcers, diverticulitis, gastritis, some cancers, regardless, the sooner the better you visit the Dr-the better. When you read the warning signs of when to visit the Dr right away it includes some of your symptoms---such as continued bloating, digestive issues, abnormal bowel movements etc-Do yourself a favor and peace of mind and do this NOW!!!!!!!!
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Thanks for your answer.  One thing I forgot to mention is that I have started this weird leg sweating thing.  I start sweating at night but as soon as I stick my legs out of the covers they cool down quickly.  I repeat this process over and over.  Could this be related to my other symptoms?
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Since I am not a medical professional please do not rely solely on my advice , give yourself peace of mind and make a Dr appt TODAY and do not be afraid, you will be surprised at the relief you feel just by having the appt, before you go, make a list of the symptoms and how long each of them have lasted----I have never heard of sweating legs as a symptom of any particular disease. The probable tests will include blood work, possible abdominal ultrasound or maybe even colonoscopy or endoscopy. They usually begin with blood work and then maybe an ultrasound of the abdomen. Make sure you are going to a specialist such as an internist or gastroentrologist who specialize in digestive/bowel disorders. Drinking alcohol can certainly cause weight gain in the stomach. I do want to say it would be best mentally and physically to find another avenue to let go of your stress. As you know, alcohol temporarily blinds us to reality and certainly does not help our body's organs! Find what you enjoy and do that in the evenings---working out, home projects, etc. You will be surprised at how doing something you enjoy will make you feel better. We can not control the current economy, it is tough, but focus on the positive things going on in your life and first of all, take care of your health-----Health is Wealth!
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Thanks for being such a nice person.  I will try to focus on something other than the drinking to get rid of the stress.  I went to the doc today.  He did blood work and sent me to the hospital for abdominal and chest xrays.  He told me that he would call me tommorrow with the results.  I will keep you in the loop.  Have a nice evening.
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That is wonderful that you jumped in there to take care of YOU!!! Congratulations----you wasted no time and I know you feel immense relief at just having gone to the Dr now! Good luck to you and let us all know how it turns out! I don't know what state you live in, but some areas like NC are having nice "springlike" weather----getting outdoors is a great way to release stress--even if it is just taking a walk or visiting friends or going to Barnes & Noble and checking out the magazines/books!!!
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just one other suggestion and above poster covered the rest ask dr to check you for h-phylori too..fits most of your symptoms...ulcerative colitis maybe too
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Just wondering......how are you? Did you get your test results yet???? Hope you are OK!
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Wow----haven't heard from you since your Feb posting-------are you OK??????
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Have you heard from bdkenn?
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