How serious is a GI bleed?
Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding is a symptom of a disorder in your digestive tract.
The blood often appears in stool or vomit but isn’t always visible, though it may cause the stool to look black or tarry.
The level of bleeding can range from mild to severe and can be life-threatening..
How do you treat gastrointestinal bleeding?
The doctor may need to resuscitate the patient with IV fluids and possibly a blood transfusion. In some cases, the patient may need surgery. For an upper GI bleed, such as bleeding from the stomach, patients may be given IV proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as omeprazole (Prilosec) to suppress acid.
What should I eat after a GI bleed?
The bleeding may make you lose iron. So it’s important to eat foods that have a lot of iron. These include red meat, shellfish, poultry, and eggs. They also include beans, raisins, whole-grain breads, and leafy green vegetables.
How do I know if I’m bleeding internally?
Internal bleeding in your chest or abdomen chest pain. dizziness, especially when standing. bruising around your navel or on the sides of your abdomen. nausea.
What are the 3 types of bleeding?
There are broadly three different types of bleeding: arterial, venous and capillary.
Can a GI bleed heal itself?
Often, GI bleeding stops on its own. If it doesn’t, treatment depends on where the bleed is from. In many cases, medication or a procedure to control the bleeding can be given during some tests.