... is firm to touch. Finds it difficult to eat so should he take ibuprofen as a pain relief. Has high blood pressure too and takes ramipril and sinvastatin
Has he any idea what is causing the pain? Is he constipated? Constipation can cause waves of severe pain.
Ibuprofen is probably not the best pain killer to take as it can cause stomach irritation and not so good in hypertensive patients. Acetaminophen is probably best but probably won't help too much if the pain is severe. He should see his doctor if the severe pain continues.
If it is hard to the touch, it could be liver related. Please take him to the ER or DR for blood tests to see if it is the liver swelling, constipation as my friend said, or fluid retention, one especially bad one is called ascites and is also liver related. Please take him to the doctor ASAP...
Is your father having bowel movements. I hope so, but ibuprofen can cause stomach bleeding. That would cause a lot of pain and black tarry looking stools. This could be a medical emergency. You need to contact his healthcare provider as soon as possible. The other meds listed for high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol wouldn't cause severe stomach pains.
Keep me posted... please. Hope I'm wrong.
Dear Nicnack... if your father has indeed been experiencing this severe stomach pain for 10 days, it most definitely needs to be addressed. A number of things could be going on... from something fairly simple like an impaction to something more serious, especially since his abdomen is distended and firm, it could be a slow internal bleed coming from his colon or another area of his abdomen... this is hard to say with the limited info.
Does his have bowel sounds... meaning do you hear gurgling when you put your ear to his abdomen? This could also be some kind of obstruction, especially if bowel sounds are absent. Whatever it is Nicnack... your dad needs to be seen by a physician... preferably a gastroenterologist... but idk because of insurances requiring sometimes that the patient first needing to be seen by the primary care provider (PCP) first. I don't want to sound harsh but you have waited way too long. You need to act on this now???
Is your dad throwing up, is he passing wind?? Is he having bowel movements?? These are all questions that must be answered to make a diagnosis. The doc will also want to run tests... first probably a CT scan of the abdomen... so do this now... get him in to be seen so he can then be treated appropriately... good luck and let me know how things go... I hope and pray it is something minor...
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