Can Heartburn Cause Vomiting And Diarrhea

Acid reflux symptoms characterize the condition called acid reflux or GERD, which occurs because of the weakening of the tube that transports the food taken in to the stomach, making it unable to handle the acid. The acid the stomach produces and stores is used to digest the food consumed. The stomach walls should have enough strength to store the acid it produces without damaging anything in the system. However, different symptoms may be experienced when the acid is pushed up the esophagus from the stomach. If you want to know more about acid reflux symptoms, read on.

Acid Refux Symptoms:

1. Heartburn – GERD or acid reflux is mainly characterized by heartburn, one of the primary acid reflux symptoms, often described as pain or burning sensation that radiates from the abdomen to the chest and throat. A certain medical study states that 75% of patients with acid reflux experience this symptom at night especially after they have engaged in certain activities such as:

? After eating a heavy meal;
? Lifting;
? Bending over;
? Lying down on the back

2. Dyspepsia – Half of those diagnosed with GERD can experience dyspepsia through the following conditions:

? Pain and discomfort particularly in the upper part of the abdomen;
? Nausea after eating;
? Feeling of fullness

It should be noted that dyspepsia may also be experienced by those not diagnosed with GERD.

3. Regurgitation – this condition is described as the feeling of acid backed up in the throat. It is sometimes called "wet burp" when the acid is pushed to the mouth. If the acid is forced back to the mouth, it causes the feeling of throwing up..

Less Common Acid Reflux Symptoms:

Many patients with acid reflux do not experience the main acid reflux symptoms such as heartburn and regurgitation. The symptoms may instead appear or experienced in other locations. Here are some of the less common acid reflux symptoms:

1. Burning Sensation in the Chest – chest pain is characterized by the feeling that your food could not move from behind your breastbone. While this can be a symptom of acid reflux, chest pain can also signal other medical conditions such as angina and heart attack.

2. Acid Reflux Symptoms in the Throat such as:

? Acid laryngitis - this condition is characterized by dry cough, hoarseness, feeling of lump in the throat, and the need to clear the throat repeatedly
? Dysphagia (trouble swallowing) - in some cases, acid reflux may cause the patient to choke or have difficulty in swallowing the food, thereby causing severe chest pain.
? Persistent hiccups
? Chronic sore throat

3. Coughing and Respiratory Problems – Patients with acid reflux may also experience coughing and wheezing. As a matter of fact, around 40% of the cases of coughing in patients who do not smoke are attributed to acid reflux.

4. Chronic Nausea and Throwing Up – constant occurrence of nausea that often leads to vomiting or throwing up may also be one of the acid reflux symptoms. However, this isn't always the cause as nausea and vomiting may also signal other medical conditions like gallbladder and pancreatic disorders, ulcers, and stomach cancers. Thus, it is necessary to always consult with your doctor whenever this symptom is experienced.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Why after I drank a strong coffee I have this symptom ?
    I felt some pain In my stomache, felt like a heartburn, felt like want to vomit, diarrhea and some squeeze in my heart?

    • ANSWER:
      Coffee is known to cause some gastric problems, and most people who experience it just avoid it, or cut back.

      I had a gastric bypass when I was 19, and the feeling I get after drinking a coffee (particularly with cream, too fast) is similar to what my doctors call "dumping syndrome", where I start getting heart palpitations, diarrhea, and throw whatever it is that I've ingested back up... It's fun... I don't know if it really is the same thing, but it does feel that way...

  2. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to have acid reflux or heartburn after getting over a stomach virus?
    I had a stomach virus over the weekend. I vomited a number of times and had diarrhea. Now after everything I eat I get heart burn. They say to eat what you normally eat after wards, but I seem to be getting heard burn or sick still after some foods. How much longer is this going to last?

    • ANSWER:
      Your stomach could still be in a very sensitive state right now. That's why you may be having the continuous heartburn. Also, if that's the case, easting very heavy things or spicy foods would not allow your stomach a good recovery from your illness.

      There may be one other possibility though. There MAY be a possibility of a stomach ulcer. Although stomach ulcers, depending upon position, will cause pain. Gastric Ulcers usually cause pain BEFORE eating where peptic is usually after.

      I would say give it another day or so. See how you feel. You may want to try Gaviscon liquid but check with your doctor first.

  3. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to get addicted to pain killers such as Aleve or Motrin?
    I am a gymnast, so I have a lot of pains. I take 1 aleve or motrin a day. It seems that if after maybe 2-3 weeks of taking one of these pain killers a day, if i forget to take it, or don't take it, i get sick. Sick as in high fever and vomiting. Do you think this is just a coincidence or do i get addicted to the medicine and have withdrawals?

    • ANSWER:
      Below I have given side effects for both drugs. Actually yes, you can get addicted to any drug....a drug is essentially a poison. Taken in small amounts a drug can have a temporary beneficial effect, however taken in larger doses can be harmful and even fatal (cause death).
      Drugs dull down the perceptions so one does not FEEL the aches and pains, however the aches and pains are STILL PRESENT...just you are not able to perceive them anymore. The body becomes accustomed to most drugs so that gradually the amount of drug you "need" to get the same effect is MORE, and THAT is the addictive aspect to any drug. To understand more about how drugs do this read:
      http://www.scientologyhandbook.org/SH7.HTM

      I suggest you shift to relieving your aches and pains by taking calcium and magnesium which are both minerals and not drugs, and they both are important in the body nervous system and in healing. There is a drink you can make that is a very effective way of having these minerals.
      You can often get the drink as a powder at health food shops. It works REALLY well to deal with aches and pains and would be perfect for your needs as a gymnast. Hope this helps! (Side effects of Aleve and Motrin below)

      Aleve (Naproxen) side effects:

      Naproxen can cause stomach ulcers that bleed. The chance of
      this serious problem increases the longer you take naproxen and
      with higher doses of naproxen. Stomach bleeding can also
      happen suddenly while you take naproxen. Stop taking naproxen
      and call your healthcare provider right away if you get:
      • A burning stomach pain
      • Black bowel movements that look like tar
      • Vomit that looks like blood or coffee grounds

      Allergic reactions: Naproxen can cause serious allergic
      reactions, including asthma-like symptoms (problems breathing,
      swallowing, and wheezing) and rash.
      Liver damage: Stop taking naproxen and tell your doctor right
      away if you have nausea, vomiting, tiredness, loss of appetite,
      itching, yellow coloring of skin or eyes, flu-like symptoms, and
      dark urine.
      Kidney problems: Naproxen can cause serious kidney problems,
      including sudden kidney failure or worsening of kidney problems
      that you already have.
      Fluid retention: Naproxen can cause fluid retention (holding of
      water in your body) and swelling. Fluid retention can be a serious
      problem if you have high blood pressure or heart failure.
      Pregnancy: Do not take naproxen during your last 3 months of
      pregnancy because it may cause problems in the unborn child or
      complications during delivery. Tell your doctor if you are
      pregnant or planning to become pregnant

      Motrin Sire Effects

      More common motrin side effects may include:
      Abdominal cramps or pain, abdominal discomfort, bloating and gas, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, fluid retention and swelling, headache, heartburn, indigestion, itching, loss of appetite, nausea, nervousness, rash, ringing in ears, stomach pain, vomiting

      Less common or rare motrin side effects may include:
      Abdominal bleeding, anemia, black stool, blood in urine, blurred vision, changes in heatbeat, chills, confusion, congestive heart failure, eepression, dry eyes and mouth, emotional volatitity, fever, hair loss, hearing loss, hepatitis, high or low blood pressure, hives, inability to sleep, inflammation of nose, inflammation of the pancreas or stomach, kidney or liver failure, servere allergic reactions, shortness of breath, skin eruptions or peeling, sleepiness, stomach or upper intestinal ulcer, ulcer of gums, vision loss, vomiting blood, wheezing, yellow eyes and skin.

      Special warnings about motrin:
      Peptic ulcers and bleeding can occur without warning. Tell your doctor if you have bleeding or any other problems.

      This drug should be used with caution if you have kidney or liver disease, or are severely dehydrated; it can cause liver or kidney inflammation or other problems in some people.

      Do not take aspirin or any other anti-inflammatory medications while taking Motrin unless your doctor tells you to do so.

      If you have a severe allergic reaction, seek medical help immediately.

      Motrin may cause vision problems. If you experience any changes in your vision, inform your doctor.

      Mortin may prolong bleeding time. If you are taking blood-thinning medication, this drug should be taken with caution.

      This drug can cause water retention. It should be used with caution if you have high blood pressure or poor heart function.

      Avoid the use of alcohol while taking this medication.

      Motrin may mask the usual signs of infection or other diseases. Use with care in the presence of an existing infection.

      If you have diabetes, remember that the suspension contains 1.5 grams of sucrose and 8 calories per teaspoonful.

      Motrin chewable tablets contain phenylalanine. If you have a hereditary disease called phenylketonuria, you should be aware of this.

  4. QUESTION:
    Can Anxiety cause Stomach pains and Loose Stools?
    I have had stomach pains and loose stool for about two months now.
    I went to the hospital and they said Anxiety and prescribed me with Zantac 150 for Acid Reflex and Heartburn.

    Can Anxiety cause this?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, anxiety can cause stomach pains and loose stools, as well as a long list of other possible symptoms. How do I know this? I go through it very often, and have for the past four years.

      Four years ago, I went to a clinic where they gave me Prevacid for acid reflux, but it didn't help. They also tried giving me Zantac, which also did nothing. So, my mother took me to her doctor, who gave me Effexor. You see, I'm terrified of vomit and diarrhea, and anytime my stress is high, I tend to have loose stools and stomach pain. My anxiety is the worst for me when I'm due for my period also.

      If you can, see a physician so they can give you something to calm your nerves. My doctor told me four years ago that Zantac and other OTC anti acids aren't as effective as they used to be, and gave me Protonix. I used to be on four medications, now I'm just on Effexor.

      When my own mother was my age (I'm 26), she had blood in her stool from anxiety. My advice to you would be to eat some foods such as a baked potato with cheese or plain white rice to bind you up and make your stools more solid. Also, try to keep yourself busy during the day so you're not thinking about the anxiety or what comes along with it. If you are having frequent loose stools throughout the day, try taking Imodium. If you're drinking coffee, try to at least reduce the amount you are drinking to one cup per day. Coffee speeds up the spasms in your colon, making anything in there run through you at top speed.

      Hang in there, and I hope these tips help you!

  5. QUESTION:
    What should u do or take when u have an upset stomach and vomiting?
    For dinner i ate rice, a bagel sandwich, and half a donut. I vomited twice in the middle of the night. I still feel sick. Should i drink ginger ale or take pepto bismol? any remidies or medicines would be fine.

    • ANSWER:
      STEP 1: Drink a mixture of 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda stirred well and dissolved in a 1/2 glass of water to relieve the rumble of acid indigestion or heartburn. Drink the mixture quickly and repeat in two hours, if needed. Adults under 60 can safely do this up to seven times in one 24-hour period.
      STEP 2: Eat a banana. Bananas soothe the stomach and counteract the acids that cause upset stomach. They are also easily digested and can help to ease diarrhea.
      STEP 3: Drink strong ginger ale or tea, or chew on a piece of candied ginger to relieve nausea. In China, ginger has been used to treat upset stomach for 2,000 years.
      STEP 4: Drink peppermint tea. Peppermint calms the muscles of the stomach.
      STEP 5: Relax. Take a warm bath, lie down and listen to music, curl up with a good book. Let go of stress in a way that works for you.
      STEP 6: Avoid foods and drinks that may cause upset stomach or gas. Some of these are coffee, onions, cauliflower, chocolate, fried foods and baked beans.

  6. QUESTION:
    what caused for all the stomach pains to happen?
    we had a barbeque yesterday and now today my mom, dad, and uncle are sick. what could have caused that? was it something in the chicken? was it raw?

    • ANSWER:
      Abdominal pain can be widespread or localized to one area, such as lower or left side abdominal pain. Learn what causes different types of abdominal pain.

      * Appendicitis
      * Cholecystitis
      * Esophageal Cancer

      * Esophageal Spasm
      * Esophageal Varices
      * Esophagitis

      * Food Poisoning
      * Gerd
      * Heartburn

      Food Poisoning - If you have diarrhea, nausea, or stomach cramps, food poisoning may be the cause.

      Food poisoning, also called foodborne illness, is a common, distressing, and sometimes life-threatening problem for millions of people in the U.S., and throughout the world. People infected with foodborne organisms may be symptom-free or may have symptoms ranging from mild intestinal discomfort to severe dehydration and bloody diarrhea.

      The cause of abdominal problems can be hard to pinpoint. Sometimes minor and serious abdominal problems start with the same symptoms. Fortunately, most abdominal problems are minor, and home treatment is all that is needed.

      After a minor abdominal injury, pain, nausea, or vomiting may occur but often gets better in a few minutes. Pain and other symptoms that continue, increase, or develop following an injury may mean an abdominal organ has been damaged.

      Many medicines can cause abdominal pain. Some medicines also cause side effects, such as constipation, that can make abdominal pain worse.

      You can visit a chiropractor or check http://martinfamilychiropractic.com/ to help you find a relief in your stomach pain.

  7. QUESTION:
    Can other things substitute for morning sickness?
    Is it possible to have diarrhea instead of vomiting when it comes to sickness?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it's entirely possible. Not everyone has morning sickness, and far from every pregnant woman actually vomits during pregnancy. Because of all the increased hormone production in our bodies during pregnancy, our digestive system slows down which can cause nausea, heartburn, constipation or diarrhea. Lovely right? LOL

  8. QUESTION:
    How do you know if you have a milk allergy?
    My son has been vomiting everytime he drinks milk products such as milk,chesse, yogurt. He has only been eating and drinking them for a month now he is 12 and 1/2 months old, and lately he has started getting a runny nose and problems breathing them shortly after. Does he have a allergy to this?
    He is old enough for milk, I tried takeing him off the milk and use soy and his vomiting stoped and he was less crabby. A couple of days later and gave him some milk and it started happening again...

    • ANSWER:
      This will help you decide which he is allergic to Milk or Lactose.

      Lactose Intolerance
      People who have LI cannot digest the milk sugar, lactose, because they manufacture too small a quantity of the digestive enzyme, lactase. Too small is a relative term. If you drink only tiny amounts of milk, even a tiny amount of lactase is sufficient. Too much milk (or any dairy product) can overwhelm even a fairly large lactase supply. How much is too much? That depends on a dozen factors, and can be hard to judge, even from meal to meal.
      Undigested lactose sits in the intestines and does two things, both bad. It draws water into your intestines, producing diarrhea, and it gets fermented by the bacteria in your colon, producing gas. That's why the symptoms of LI include, in addition to gas and diarrhea, flatulence, bloating and cramps. Note that these are all symptoms of the lower intestines. Anyone (except for young children) who gets vomiting, burping, heartburn, or other stomach ills, should look for a difference cause.

      Food can take 12 hours to two days to completely pass through your intestines. That's why symptoms can last for a long time and that's why it can be hard to pinpoint exactly which foods are bothering you. Symptoms can also start almost immediately after eating dairy. This is not because the dairy has hit your intestines, but because food in the stomach triggers what is called peristalsis in the intestines, the muscle movements that push food through. If you are already suffering from excess gas and water, you can feel the pressures of diarrhea long before any new food has a chance to leave the stomach.

      LI is a normal part of aging for the vast majority of people around the world, but it can also be caused by anything (disease, drugs, surgery) that damages the intestines. This is called Secondary LI. It can be temporary, clearing up when the disease goes away or the damage heals, or, in adults, especially, it can be permanent.

      Infants, whose intestines are still delicate, are especially vulnerable to Secondary LI. A "stomach flu" or any prolonged bout of diarrhea can knock out their lactase-making ability. They need to be taken off all milk (both breastmilk and milk-based formula) until their intestines can heal. this can be for several weeks. Fortunately, nearly all babies will be able to drink milk normally once healed.

      Milk or Dairy Allergy
      A milk or dairy allergy is a reaction to the protein in milk. There are two milk proteins, casein and whey. Some people are allergic only to one or the other. Most are allergic to both. The safest course in either case is to avoid all dairy products.
      This is very different from LI, in which most people can still have small or moderate amounts of milk. What's the difference? An allergy is an immune system reaction. Your immune system fights foreign invaders to the body using what are called antibodies. When these invaders are harmful bacteria or viruses, this is a very good thing. In people with allergies, however, the immune system reacts in the same way to dairy proteins that leak into the bloodstream instead of being properly digested. This can lead to a huge number of possible symptoms.

      And a great deal of confusion. You see, the body contains more than one type of antibody. True allergies are caused (technically, mediated) by Immunoglobulin E (IgE). These are the dangerous ones, the ones that can cause people to get hives all over their bodies, or have trouble breathing, or, in the worst cases, go into anaphylactic shock and die. Fortunately, true allergies are extremely rare, affecting only a percent or two of the population.

      But all those other antibodies can also cause reactions. These are also sometimes called allergic reactions, and this is the source of much of the confusion. (It is only recently that doctors began to understand the differences themselves and so too much of the old and obsolete terminology is still hanging around.) You'll sometimes see references to protein intolerance, even though it is nothing like lactose intolerance. The best name is hypersensitivity.

      No matter what name is goes under, a protein hypersensitivity is easy to confuse with LI. They both are likely to cause problems in the intestines. But in addition to gas and diarrhea, they also can cause vomiting or colic.

      Children are the most likely sufferers of both allergies and hypersensitivities. Even breast-fed babies who have never touched formula can suffer from allergies, because dairy proteins can leak into the mother's milk. And even if this does not happen, they can rapidly develop allergies after their first exposure to milk-based formula or milk itself. (I'm assuming cow's milk, but this is also likely to be true for goat's or any other type of milk.) Most babies will thrive on soy-based formulas or milks, and there are other non-dairy alternatives for those rare few who are also allergic to soy.

      Still confused? Here's a chart to highlight some of the differences in babies. (It sometimes happens that the symptoms first appear in older children or even adults, but the basics of the chart are true for them as well.)
      http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/stevecarper/livallg.htm
      CLICK ON THE ABOVE LINK TO SEE THE CHART

  9. QUESTION:
    What are the social behavior effects of taking risperidone?
    Social effects (depending on the drug: either societal, or how an individual acts differently, or both)

    • ANSWER:
      Risperidone may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
      drowsiness

      dizziness

      nausea

      vomiting

      diarrhea

      constipation

      heartburn

      dry mouth

      increased saliva

      increased appetite

      weight gain

      stomach pain

      anxiety

      agitation

      restlessness

      dreaming more than usual

      difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep

      decreased sexual interest or ability

      breastmilk production

      vision problems

      muscle or joint pain

      dry or discolored skin

      difficulty urinating

      What special precautions should I follow?Return to top
      Before taking risperidone,
      tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to risperidone or any other medications.
      tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention any of the following: antidepressants; carbamazepine (Tegretol); cimetidine (Tagamet); clozapine (Clozaril); dopamine agonists such as bromocriptine (Parlodel), cabergoline (Dostinex), levodopa (Dopar, Larodopa), pergolide (Permax), and ropinirole (Requip); medications for anxiety, high blood pressure, or seizures; other medications for mental illness; paroxetine (Paxil); phenobarbital (Luminal, Solfoton); phenytoin (Dilantin); quinidine (Quinaglute, Quinidex); ranitidine (Zantac); rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane); sedatives; sleeping pills; tranquilizers; and valproic acid (Depakote, Depakene). Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
      tell your doctor if you use or have ever used street drugs or large amounts of alcohol; if you have ever overused prescription medications; if you have or have ever had Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance); difficulty swallowing; breast cancer; angina (chest pain); irregular heartbeat; high or low blood pressure; heart failure; a heart attack; a stroke; seizures; heart, kidney or liver disease; or if you or anyone in your family has or has ever had diabetes. Also tell your doctor if you have ever had to stop taking a medication for mental illness because of severe side effects.
      tell your doctor if you are pregnant, especially if you are in the last few months of your pregnancy, or if you plan to become pregnant or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking risperidone, call your doctor. Risperidone may cause problems in newborns following delivery if it is taken during the last months of pregnancy.
      if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking risperidone.
      you should know that risperidone may make you drowsy. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this medication affects you.
      you should know that alcohol can add to the drowsiness caused by this medication. Do not drink alcohol while taking risperidone.
      you should know that you may experience hyperglycemia (increases in your blood sugar) while you are taking this medication, even if you do not already have diabetes. If you have schizophrenia, you are more likely to develop diabetes than people who do not have schizophrenia, and taking risperidone or similar medications may increase this risk. Tell your doctor immediately if you have any of the following symptoms while you are taking risperidone: extreme thirst, frequent urination, extreme hunger, blurred vision, or weakness. It is very important to call your doctor as soon as you have any of these symptoms, because high blood sugar that is not treated can cause a serious condition called ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis may become life-threatening if it is not treated at an early stage. Symptoms of ketoacidosis include: dry mouth, upset stomach and vomiting, shortness of breath, breath that smells fruity, and decreased consciousness.
      you should know that risperidone may make it harder for your body to cool down when it gets very hot or warm up when it gets very cold. Tell your doctor if you plan to do vigorous exercise or be exposed to extremely high or low temperatures.
      you should know that risperidone may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, and fainting when you get up too quickly from a lying position. This is more common when you first start taking risperidone. To avoid this problem, get out of bed slowly, resting your feet on the floor for a few minutes before standing up.
      if you have phenylketonuria (PKU, an inherited condition in which a special diet must be followed to prevent mental retardation), you should know that the orally disintegrating tablets contain phenylalanine.

      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a694015.html#side-effects

  10. QUESTION:
    What's the nutritional difference between fresh herbs and powdered?
    What's the nutritional difference of mainly powdered garlic, ginger, onion and fresh garlic, ginger, onion. Are there any sideeffects for the powdered version, and do the powdered versions lose their nutrients due to processing?

    • ANSWER:
      1,Garlic Powder vs. Raw Garlic
      http://www.livestrong.com/article/532088-nutritional-value-of-garlic-powder-vs-raw-garlic/
      Garlic can cause bad breath, a burning sensation in the mouth or stomach, heartburn, gas, nausea,vomiting, body odor, and diarrhea. These side effects are often worse with raw garlic. Garlic may also increase the risk of bleeding. There have been reports of bleeding after surgery in people who have taken garlic. Asthma has been reported in people working with garlic, and other allergic reactions are possible.Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Garlic is LIKELY SAFE in pregnancy when taken in the amounts normally found in food. Garlic is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when used in medicinal amounts in pregnancy and breast-feeding. There isn’t enough reliable information about the safety of using garlic on the skin if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side, and avoid use.Children: Garlic is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth and appropriately for a short-term in children. But garlic is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth in large doses. Some sources suggest that high doses of garlic could be dangerous or even fatal to children; however, the reason for this warning is not known. There are no case reports available of significant adverse events or mortality in children associated with taking garlic by mouth.Bleeding disorder: Garlic, especially fresh garlic, might increase bleeding.Stomach or digestion problems: Garlic can irritate the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Use with caution if you have stomach or digestion problems.Surgery: Garlic might prolong bleeding. Stop taking garlic at least two weeks before a scheduled surgery.

      2.Fresh Ginger vs. Dry Ginger
      http://www.livestrong.com/article/265872-fresh-ginger-vs-dry-ginger/
      When taken in small doses, ginger will unlikely cause any side effects, says the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Possible problems include gas, nausea, bloating, diarrhea, irritation of the mouth, belching and stomach upset.

      3.Powdered onion
      http://www.livestrong.com/article/274226-nutrition-information-on-onion-powder/

      Onion
      http://onions-usa.org/all-about-onions/nutritional-facts-vegetables
      Raw Onion Side Effects: Allergies,Intestinal Gas,Heatburn,Drug Interactions

  11. QUESTION:
    How many and what types of bacteria are in your stomach?
    Also, what would happen if those bacteria somehow became more powerful, and what would happen if they reproduced at like twice the rate of what they usually do? Could they destroy your stomach or give you lots of ulcers? Thanks.
    In my original question, I meant what types of bacteria are in your stomach that aid in digestion?

    • ANSWER:
      If your stomach hurts only after eating there several diseases but especially three that affect a large number of people around the world are:

      If your stomach hurts after eating you should read this!Gastritis
      Ulcers
      Irritable Bowel Syndrome

      Both gastritis and ulcers are closely related and similar diseases, their symptoms are very similar and both diseases are very common, causing heartburn, stomach pain after eating, gas, bloating, abdominal discomfort, constipation, and more symptoms.

      A common cause of gastritis and ulcers is a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori, the bacterium is one of the major reasons that most people develop ulcers and gastritis. This bacterium infects adheres to the stomach, causing an excess of acid, which in turn causes gastritis and ulcers and this causes your stomach hurts after eating.

      Both gastritis and ulcers can lead to major health problems without treatment and with the passage of time the gastric cancer may appear.

      For all the above is very important to look after our health and assist with a medical gastroenterologist.

      Irritable Bowel syndrome is another condition placed very common, the United States alone, 14% of the population has suffered from this disorder, in other countries like Mexico to 35% of the population have suffered from irritable bowel syndrome.

      Irritable bowel syndrome has many symptoms for it is sometimes difficult to diagnose, the most common are that your stomach hurts after eating, often intermittent abdominal pain, anytime, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal swelling, intestinal dysmotility, in some patients also have fever, nausea and even vomiting.

      This syndrome has more symptoms such as esophageal reflux (heartburn), fibromyalgia (muscle pain and fatigue), chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, headache, backache.
      What Causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

      So far has not discovered the exact cause leading to the emergence of this syndrome, but there are factors that most likely originate from this disease are:

      After having an intestinal infection many patients develop irritable bowel syndrome, although the causes are unknown.

      It is believed that stress is a major cause,

  12. QUESTION:
    Does Fosomax have a side effect of causing dizziness?
    I read an article several weeks ago in regard to Fosomax causing a problem with the inner ear causing dizziness. I have started having these dizzy episodes upon change in head position, I am on Fosomax.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, dizziness is a side effect of Fosamax. It is classed as a common and not a severe side effect of Fosamax. If it is persistant and bothers you then diccuss it with your doctor.

      Other possible side effects of Fosamax. Check with your doctor if any of these most common side effects persist or become bothersome:

      Bone, muscle, or joint pain; constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; feeling bloated or full; flu-like symptoms at the start of treatment; gas; headache; mild stomach pain; nausea; taste changes; vomiting.

      Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

      Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); black, tarry, or bloody stools; chest pain; coughing or vomiting blood; difficult or painful swallowing; mouth sores; new, worsening, or severe heartburn; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; severe bone, muscle, or joint pain; severe or persistent sore throat or stomach pain; swelling of the hands, legs, or joints; swelling or pain in the jaw.

  13. QUESTION:
    What does it mean that my stomach begins to hurt after only two bites of food?
    Every time I eat lately, my stomach has started to cramp and occasionally I throw up. It's a pain mostly in my right hand side of my torso. It's gotten to the point where unless I'm high I can't eat very much.

    • ANSWER:
      If your stomach hurts only after eating there several diseases but especially three that affect a large number of people around the world are:

      If your stomach hurts after eating you should read this!Gastritis
      Ulcers
      Irritable Bowel Syndrome

      Both gastritis and ulcers are closely related and similar diseases, their symptoms are very similar and both diseases are very common, causing heartburn, stomach pain after eating, gas, bloating, abdominal discomfort, constipation, and more symptoms.

      A common cause of gastritis and ulcers is a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori, the bacterium is one of the major reasons that most people develop ulcers and gastritis. This bacterium infects adheres to the stomach, causing an excess of acid, which in turn causes gastritis and ulcers and this causes your stomach hurts after eating.

      Both gastritis and ulcers can lead to major health problems without treatment and with the passage of time the gastric cancer may appear.

      For all the above is very important to look after our health and assist with a medical gastroenterologist.

      Irritable Bowel syndrome is another condition placed very common, the United States alone, 14% of the population has suffered from this disorder, in other countries like Mexico to 35% of the population have suffered from irritable bowel syndrome.

      Irritable bowel syndrome has many symptoms for it is sometimes difficult to diagnose, the most common are that your stomach hurts after eating, often intermittent abdominal pain, anytime, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal swelling, intestinal dysmotility, in some patients also have fever, nausea and even vomiting.

      This syndrome has more symptoms such as esophageal reflux (heartburn), fibromyalgia (muscle pain and fatigue), chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, headache, backache.
      What Causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

      So far has not discovered the exact cause leading to the emergence of this syndrome, but there are factors that most likely originate from this disease are:

      After having an intestinal infection many patients develop irritable bowel syndrome, although the causes are unknown.

      It is believed that stress is a major cause,

  14. QUESTION:
    What are some alternatives to Prednisone for Crohn's Disease?
    After having abdominal pain for some time and recent blood in my stool I had a colonoscopy and endoscopy yesterday. The doctor believes I have Crohn's disease and has prescribed Prednisone. After reading about this drug I do not want to take it, what are some alternative treatments I can ask about?

    • ANSWER:
      I am so sorry about your diagosis. The side effects of long term prednisone use are serious. You doctor is going to keep you on prednisone for a short period of time. There are several other treatment options available for crohn's disease, which have minimum side effects. Hopefully you will be in remission in short period of time. Next time you visit you doctor discuss the following options with him/her.

      Treatment Options:

      Anti-Inflammation Drugs. Most people are first treated with drugs containing mesalamine, a substance that helps control inflammation. Sulfasalazine is the most commonly used of these drugs. Patients who do not benefit from it or who cannot tolerate it may be put on other mesalamine-containing drugs, generally known as 5-ASA agents, such as Asacol, Dipentum, or Pentasa. Possible side effects of mesalamine-containing drugs include nausea, vomiting, heartburn, diarrhea, and headache.

      Cortisone or Steroids. Cortisone drugs and steroids—called corticosteriods—provide very effective results. Prednisone is a common generic name of one of the drugs in this group of medications. In the beginning, when the disease it at its worst, prednisone is usually prescribed in a large dose. The dosage is then lowered once symptoms have been controlled. These drugs can cause serious side effects, including greater susceptibility to infection.

      Immune System Suppressors. Drugs that suppress the immune system are also used to treat Crohn’s disease. Most commonly prescribed are 6-mercaptopurine or a related drug, azathioprine. Immunosuppressive agents work by blocking the immune reaction that contributes to inflammation. These drugs may cause side effects like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea and may lower a person’s resistance to infection. When patients are treated with a combination of corticosteroids and immunosuppressive drugs, the dose of corticosteroids may eventually be lowered. Some studies suggest that immunosuppressive drugs may enhance the effectiveness of corticosteroids.

      Infliximab (Remicade). This drug is the first of a group of medications that blocks the body’s inflammation response. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the drug for the treatment of moderate to severe Crohn’s disease that does not respond to standard therapies (mesalamine substances, corticosteroids, immunosuppressive agents) and for the treatment of open, draining fistulas. Infliximab, the first treatment approved specifically for Crohn’s disease is a TNF substance. Additional research will need to be done in order to fully understand the range of treatments Remicade may offer to help people with Crohn’s disease.

      Antibiotics. Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine caused by stricture, fistulas, or prior surgery. For this common problem, the doctor may prescribe one or more of the following antibiotics: ampicillin, sulfonamide, cephalosporin, tetracycline, or metronidazole.

      Anti-Diarrheal and Fluid Replacements. Diarrhea and crampy abdominal pain are often relieved when the inflammation subsides, but additional medication may also be necessary. Several antidiarrheal agents could be used, including diphenoxylate, loperamide, and codeine. Patients who are dehydrated because of diarrhea will be treated with fluids and electrolytes.

      Nutrition Supplementation

      The doctor may recommend nutritional supplements, especially for children whose growth has been slowed. Special high-calorie liquid formulas are sometimes used for this purpose. A small number of patients may need to be fed intravenously for a brief time through a small tube inserted into the vein of the arm. This procedure can help patients who need extra nutrition temporarily, those whose intestines need to rest, or those whose intestines cannot absorb enough nutrition from food. There are no known foods that cause Crohn’s disease. However, when people are suffering a flare in disease, foods such as bulky grains, hot spices, alcohol, and milk products may increase diarrhea and cramping.

  15. QUESTION:
    What are the downsides of using Accutane?
    My girlfriend is constantly down emotionally because of acne. How bad does it have to be to get accutane? What are the risks and side effects?

    • ANSWER:
      Isotretinoin is used to treat severe recalcitrant nodular acne (a certain type of severe acne) that has not been helped by other treatments, such as antibiotics. Isotretinoin is in a class of medications called retinoids. It works by slowing the production of certain natural substances that can cause pimples to form.
      Isotretinoin may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
      * red, cracked, and sore lips
      * dry skin, eyes, mouth, or nose
      * nosebleeds
      * changes in skin color
      * peeling skin, especially on the palms and soles
      * changes in the nails
      * slowed healing of cuts or sores
      * bleeding or swollen gums
      * hair loss or unwanted hair growth
      * sweating
      * flushing
      * voice changes
      * tiredness
      * cold symptoms
      Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of the following symptoms or those listed in the IMPORTANT WARNING section, call your doctor immediately:
      * headache
      * blurred vision
      * dizziness
      * upset stomach
      * vomiting
      * seizures
      * slow or difficult speech
      * weakness or numbness of one part or side of the body
      * stomach pain
      * chest pain
      * difficulty swallowing or pain when swallowing
      * new or worsening heartburn
      * diarrhea
      * rectal bleeding
      * yellowing of the skin or eyes
      * dark colored urine
      * back, bone, joint or muscle pain
      * muscle weakness
      * difficulty hearing
      * ringing in the ears
      * vision problems
      * painful or constant dryness of the eyes
      * unusual thirst
      * frequent urination
      * trouble breathing
      * fainting
      * fast or pounding heartbeat
      * fever
      * rash
      * red patches or bruises on the legs
      * swelling of the eyes, face, lips, tongue, throat, arms, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
      Isotretinoin may cause the bones to stop growing too soon in teenagers. Talk to your child's doctor about the risks of giving this medication to your child.
      Isotretinoin may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
      Please see the web pages for more details on Isotretinoin (generic name) Accutane (brand name).

  16. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a bad gull bladder?
    I'm having alot of pain right below my right chest, and above the rib cage, I know this is where your liver is, and also your gull bladder. I am diagnosed with having steotosis and fibrosis of the liver, but I think it is the gull bladder that is hurting. I vommit alot and have sharp pains in this area. The doctors can't find anything but a fatty inflamed liver. Could it be my gull bladder?
    Yes! I am having pain around my back right shoulder blade, I figured it was joint problems, or my lungs (I'm a smoker).........

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms

      About 90% of gallstones provoke no symptoms at all. If problems do develop, the chance of developing pain is about 2% per year for the first 10 years after stone formation. After this, the chance for developing symptoms declines . On average, symptoms take about 8 years to develop. The reason for the decline in incidence after 10 years is not known, although some doctors suggest that "younger," smaller stones may be more likely to cause symptoms than larger, older ones.

      Biliary Pain
      The mildest and most common symptom of gallbladder disease is intermittent pain called biliary colic , which occurs either in the mid- or the right portion of the upper abdomen. A typical attack has several features:

      The primary symptom is typically a steady gripping or gnawing pain in the upper right abdomen near the rib cage, which can be quite severe and can radiate to the upper back. Some patients with biliary colic experience the pain behind the breast bone.
      Nausea or vomiting may occur.
      Changes in position, over-the-counter pain relievers, and passage of gas do not relieve the symptoms.
      Biliary colic typically disappears after 1 to several hours. If it persists beyond this point, acute cholecystitis or more serious conditions may be present.
      The episodes typically occur at the same time of day, but less frequently than once a week. Large or fatty meals can precipitate the pain, but it usually occurs several hours after eating and often awakens the patient during the night.
      Recurrence is common, but attacks can be years apart. In one study, for example, 30% of people who had had 1- 2 attacks experienced no further biliary pain over the next 10 years.
      Digestive complaints such as belching, feeling unduly full after meals, bloating, heartburn (burning feeling behind the breast bone), or regurgitation (acid back-up in the food pipe) are not likely to be caused by gallbladder disease. Conditions that may cause these symptoms include peptic ulcer, gastroesophageal reflux disease, or indigestion of unknown cause. [For more information, see In-Depth Reports #19 Peptic Ulcers and #85 Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease.]

      Symptoms of Gallbladder Inflammation (Acute Cholecystitis)
      Between 1 - 3% of people with symptomatic gallstones develop inflammation in the gallbladder ( acute cholecystitis ), which occurs when stones or sludge obstruct the duct. The symptoms are similar to those of biliary colic but are more persistent and severe. They include the following:

      Pain in the upper right abdomen is severe and constant and can last for days. Pain frequently increases when drawing a breath.
      Pain also may radiate to the back or occur under the shoulder blades, behind the breast bone, or on the left side.
      About a third of patients have fever and chills.
      Nausea and vomiting may occur.
      Anyone who experiences such symptoms should seek medical attention. Infection develops in about 20% of these cases, which increases the danger. Acute cholecystitis can progress to gangrene or perforation of the gallbladder if left untreated. People with diabetes are at particular risk for serious complications.

      Symptoms of Chronic Cholecystitis or Dysfunctional Gallbladders
      Chronic gallbladder disease ( chronic cholecystitis ) is marked by gallstones and low-grade inflammation. In such cases the gallbladder may become scarred and stiff. Symptoms of chronic gallbladder disease include the following:

      Complaints of gas, nausea, and abdominal discomfort after meals are the most common, but they may be vague and indistinguishable from similar complaints in people without gallbladder disease.
      Chronic diarrhea (4 - 10 bowel movements every day for at least 3 months) may be a common symptom of gallbladder dysfunction.
      Symptoms of Stones in the Common Bile Duct (Choledocholithiasis)
      Stones lodged in the common bile duct ( choledocholithiasis ) can cause symptoms that are similar to those produced by stones that lodge in the gallbladder, but they may also cause the following symptoms:

      Jaundice (yellowish skin)
      Dark urine, lighter stools, or both
      Heartbeat may become rapid and blood pressure may drop abruptly
      Fever, chills, nausea and vomiting, and severe pain in the upper right abdomen. These symptoms suggest an infection in the bile duct (called cholangitis).
      As in acute cholecystitis, patients who have these symptoms should seek medical help immediately. They may require emergency treatment.

      Review Date: 5/15/2007
      Reviewed By: Harvey Simon, M.D., Editor-in-Chief, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital.
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  17. QUESTION:
    How long will it take for 2000mg of Carbamazepine to leave my body ?
    For very stupid reasons I ingested 10 pills of what I think are 200mg Carbamazepine release tablets on Monday night. And now my hearing is different (I hear everything on a lower note) and my head is really spinning. How long will I have to wait for this to stop ?

    If it can help I'm a 17 year old male and the imprint on this white pill was T26.
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      First things first....
      You don't need to be honest with yahoo answers, but please be honest with yourself. If you feel any of the symptoms below or a multitude of them (that don't subside with time), you should probably contact the drugs info hot line or Poison control center (its a free phone call) and ask one of their representatives.

      Carbamazepine may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

      •drowsiness
      •dizziness
      •unsteadiness
      •nausea
      •vomiting
      •headache
      •anxiety
      •memory problems
      •diarrhea
      •constipation
      •heartburn
      •dry mouth
      •back pain

      Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms or those listed in the IMPORTANT WARNING section, call your doctor immediately:

      •confusion
      •loss of contact with reality
      •chest pain
      •yellowing of the skin or eyes
      •vision problems

      Carbamazepine may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.

      NOW, since we have finished with that standard precaution. Lets talk about the drug and the half life.
      Drug: Carbamazepine (CBZ) is an anticonvulsant and mood stabilizing drug used primarily in the treatment of epilepsy and bipolar disorder, as well as trigeminal neuralgia. It is also used off-label for a variety of indications, including attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), schizophrenia, phantom limb syndrome, paroxysmal extreme pain disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

      Bio-availability: 80%

      Protein Binding: 76%

      ***Metabolized by liver

      Half-life: 25-60 hours.

      Any way...the auditory effects you claim to have have been reported and goes away when the drug falls below its effective therapeutic levels.

      Onto the math. Half life is measured exponentially. If the half-life time is based off the method your body metabolizes the drug. Since this drug is metabolized by the liver, it is reasonable to believe that the major role player in its excretion are enzymes. You liver will produce more enzymes of any substance that it has too much of. As of right now, youre enzyme levels are low and that is the reason you are feeling your current symptoms.

      So here it is. A=P(B)^t. Where A is the amount of the drug that is needed to reach a therapeutic level, P is your initial amount, and B is your rate of decay. t is just a measure of the time it takes to get to A (IN Hours).
      Lets say that the therapeutic level is 600mg daily. Below that is where you want to be:

      600=2000(0.5)^t ----------> [(0.5)/(25hrs)]= 0.02 = B = 1 - 0.02

      Therefore, 600 = 2000(0.98)^t =

      EDIT: Sorry, i fell asleep and entered the text so you can get an idea earlier. So "t" is the amount of time until you will feel normal so:

      For a half-life of 25 hours....
      t= (log (600/2000) / log(0.98))=59.6 (Hours)

      For a half-life of 60 hours B=(0.5/60)=.0083333333;
      1-B = .9916666667
      So 600 = 2000(0.9916666667)^t -------->
      t = (log(600/2000) / log(0.9916_)) = 143.9 (Hours)

      SO....to make it short, your symptoms should subside anywhere from 60-144 Hours after the drug reached its peak plasma concentration within your system.

      Hope this helps!

      Regards

      h2opololover

  18. QUESTION:
    What are the most important medical symptoms women should not ignore?

    • ANSWER:
      While any symptom that causes you distress should be reported to your doctor, there are some specific signs no woman should ever ignore. They include:

      Heart attack: Pain or discomfort in the center of the chest sometimes accompanied by pain in the upper body including arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach; shortness of breath; a cold sweat; nausea; and lightheadedness.
      Stroke: Sudden or developing problems with speech, sight, balance, and coordination, as well as numbness or weakness in the face, arms, or legs.
      Reproductive health problems: Bleeding or spotting between periods; itching, burning, bumps, blisters, or sores on the vagina or genital area; pain during sex; severe menstrual pain; severe pelvic pain; unusual vaginal discharge, particularly with a strong odor; lower back pain with bloating and/or feelings of fullness.
      Breast problems: Nipple discharge, breast tenderness or pain, changes in the skin covering the breast or nipples (ridges, dimpling, pitting, swelling, redness, or scaling), a lump or thickening in the tissue of the breast or underarm area, or tenderness in these areas.
      Digestive or stomach problems: Bleeding from the rectum; blood or mucus in the stool or black stools; change in bowel habits; constipation, diarrhea, or both; constant heartburn; pain or feeling of fullness in stomach; bloating; vomiting blood.
      Skin problems: Changes in the color, shape, or size of a mole; small lump on skin that is smooth, shiny, and waxy and often reddish brown in color; painful, crusty, scaling, or oozing skin lesions that don’t heal within 14 days.

  19. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a Motrin overdose?
    I'm writing a health paper on the dangers of overdosing on over the counter medications. What are the symptoms of an Motrin overdose and what percent experience the symptoms? Could you please cite your sources (I need them for the paper)? thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Important safety information:
      Motrin may cause dizziness or drowsiness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Motrin with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
      Serious stomach ulcers or bleeding can occur with the use of Motrin . Taking it in high doses or for a long time, smoking, or drinking alcohol increases the risk of these side effects. Taking Motrin with food will NOT reduce the risk of these effects. Contact your doctor or emergency room at once if you develop severe stomach or back pain; black, tarry stools; vomit that looks like blood or coffee grounds; or unusual weight gain or swelling.
      Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
      Motrin has ibuprofen in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has ibuprofen in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
      Do not take aspirin while you are using Motrin unless your doctor tells you to.
      Lab tests, including kidney function, complete blood cell counts, and blood pressure, may be done to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
      Use Motrin with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects, including stomach bleeding and kidney problems.
      Motrin should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
      PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Motrin may cause harm to the fetus. Do not take it during the last 3 months of pregnancy. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of taking Motrin while you are pregnant. It is not known if Motrin is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Motrin .
      Possible side effects of Motrin :
      All medicines can cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

      Constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; gas; headache; heartburn; nausea; stomach pain or upset.

      Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
      Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; trouble breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bloody or black, tarry stools; change in the amount of urine produced; chest pain; confusion; dark urine; depression; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; mental or mood changes; numbness of an arm or leg; one-sided weakness; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; ringing in the ears; seizures; severe headache or dizziness; severe or persistent stomach pain or nausea; severe vomiting; shortness of breath; stiff neck; sudden or unexplained weight gain; swelling of hands, legs, or feet; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual joint or muscle pain; unusual tiredness or weakness; vision or speech changes; vomit that looks like coffee grounds; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

      I hope this helps! ---

  20. QUESTION:
    What happens if you take too much vitamin C?
    I took 4-5 tablets of 500mg of vitamin C in 1 day in the last 3 to 6 hours what is going to happen?

    • ANSWER:
      heh usually just some Diarrhea
      "For adults, the recommended upper limit for vitamin C is 2,000 milligrams (mg) a day. Although too much dietary vitamin C is unlikely to be harmful, megadoses of vitamin C supplements can cause:

      Diarrhea
      Nausea
      Vomiting
      Heartburn
      Abdominal cramps
      Headache
      Insomnia
      Kidney stones
      Remember, for most people, a healthy diet provides an adequate amount of vitamin C."

  21. QUESTION:
    What are the sings of an stomach ulcer ?
    ok so the last week i have being feeling dizzy, feeling sick but not being sick, stomach cramps with are really bad thay go and come any time of the day but hurts more when i eat, feels hard and hurts to touch it, i all so just started to get diarrea, so could it be an ulcer? and what are the chance of it being an ulcer?

    • ANSWER:
      Stomach ulcers present with very bad crampy stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and if they are bleeding then: blood in vomit, blood in stool (dark, tarry stool).

      Stomach ulcers usually occur in people already suffering from reflux, which is a disease where acidic stomach contents of the stomach come up the esophagus causing heartburn (chest/abdo pain). They are made worse using certain medications (NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen).

      Your symptoms (dizzy, nausea, stomach pain, diarrhoea) can be caused by a variety of causes (gastritis, reflux, probably not ulcer unless you are middle-aged, bile duct or gallbladder problems, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, undiagnosed celiac disease, infections: gastroenteritis, ?urinary tract infections, pregnancy, stress/anxiety, period pain...etc).

      If your symptoms are troubling you, see your GP for proper history, examination, investigation tests and management.

  22. QUESTION:
    What do you think this pain most likely is?
    I have aches in my lower right abdomen, but they've dulled recently. They started at about 1o'clock, and they're here now but they dulled down. I've got no appetite.

    I've panicked it could be appendicitis, but then i remembered i do a lot of stomach crunches (around 3000 a day). I did some first thing this morning.

    What do you think this could be? Help ASAP, i'm worried, even though the pain ISN'T strong. I'm just a worrier lol.

    • ANSWER:
      Any organ in your midsection can cause pain, including your appendix, gallbladder, pancreas, kidneys, and intestines.

      Symptoms Possible Cause Action to Take
      Intense pain in the lower right side of the abdomen, possibly starting as a vague, uncomfortable feeling around the navel. You may also have nausea, vomiting, or a slight fever. Appendicitis Go to an emergency room now
      Severe pain that starts in the upper abdomen and often spreads to the sides and the back. The pain may flare up soon after a large meal, or six to 12 hours after an episode of heavy drinking. You may also have nausea, vomiting, fever, yellowish skin, and a racing heartbeat. Pancreatitis Call 911 or go to an emergency room right away. Acute pancreatitis can cause shock, which may result in death if not treated quickly.
      Extremely sharp abdominal pain, perhaps with other acute symptoms. *Pelvic inflammatory disease
      *Heart attack
      *Perforated stomach ulcer
      *Shock, from allergy
      *Diabetic emergency
      *Poisoning Call 911 or go to an emergency room right away.
      Pain in upper right side of abdomen; may spread to right upper back, chest, or right shoulder; nausea; vomiting; or gas. Gallstones If this is your first attack, call a doctor for emergency advice.
      If you can't reach one, go to an emergency room. Don't eat or drink anything.
      In a woman who might be pregnant: severe pain that arises suddenly in the lower right or lower left abdomen, usually without vomiting or fever. Ectopic pregnancy Call the doctor for a prompt appointment. If you experience severe abdominal pain or bleeding, call 911 or go to the emergency room right away.
      Moderate to severe cramps that wax and wane, or occasional cramps that flare up after meals, and vomiting, especially if the vomit smells like stool. Other possible signs include watery or ribbon-like stools, or no stools at all. Intestinal obstruction Go to the emergency room right away.
      Pain or tenderness in the lower left side of the abdomen, along with fever.
      You may also have nausea, vomiting, chills, stomach cramps, and either diarrhea or constipation. Diverticulitis See a doctor immediately. If you have sharp abdominal pain along with fever, chills, swelling, or nausea and vomiting, call 911 or go to an emergency room right away. You may have peritonitis, a life-threatening infection of the abdominal cavity.
      Chronic abdominal pain along with dark urine and yellowish skin and eyes. Viral hepatitis See a doctor promptly.
      Pain in the back that usually spreads under the rib cage, around the front, and into the groin. Kidney stones See a doctor promptly
      Searing, stabbing pain in the upper abdomen; pain in the back between the shoulder blades; pain under the right shoulder; nausea, vomiting, and indigestion. Gallstones or an infection of the gallbladder. See your doctor promptly. If you also experience sweating, chills, and fever, see a doctor right away
      Chronic abdominal pain in the upper right quadrant, along with a fever, sore throat, and extreme fatigue. Mononucleosis or other viral infection See a doctor promptly. In addition to taking medications, you'll need to get plenty of rest.
      Bloody stools or bleeding from the rectum. In some cases, abdominal pain. Bleeding hemorrhoids, colon polyps, or (rarely) colorectal cancer. (Hemorrhoids and polyps rarely cause abdominal pain.) See a doctor promptly.
      In a woman: dull, constant pain in the lower abdomen along with vaginal discharge and fever. Pelvic inflammatory disease. See a doctor promptly.
      Dull, gnawing stomach pain that comes and goes. The pain is often worse when the stomach is empty and goes away after eating. You may also have indigestion, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, gas, and dark stools. *Stomach ulcer (peptic ulcer)
      *Gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining) Take an antacid or acetaminophen if necessary, but avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
      Don't drink alcohol or smoke.
      If pain persists or quickly comes back, see your doctor.
      Call 911 or go an emergency room right away if you throw up blood or anything that looks like coffee grounds; if you feel faint, chilly, or sweaty; if you have black or bloody stools, or if you feel lightheadedness, as if you would faint.
      See a doctor right away if you have sharp back pain with ulcer symptoms.
      Frequent burning pain in the upper abdomen or chest, possibly accompanied by a sour taste in the mouth, a lump in the throat, or trouble swallowing. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) Suck on an antacid lozenge at the first sign of pain. Over-the-counter acid blockers can help prevent future attacks.
      If pain persists or quickly comes back, see your doctor.
      See your doctor promptly if you have trouble swallowing, especially if solid food gets stuck.
      Vague, widespread, cramp-like pain, accompanied by bloating, tiredness, gas, and occasional nausea. You may also have diarrhea, constipation,

  23. QUESTION:
    If ginger root is good for inflammation, does it also help pain and how much is needed for it to be effective?
    Any other suggestions for pain management are appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      ginger is an anti-inflammatory. it has many uses and benefits. i posted a chunk from a website below.

      it helps me. i take about a gram. everyone is different but i read that too much can be hard on the stomach. i think up to 4 grams or to tolerance is the way i interpreted it.

      i ran across an article that said tumeric is also good for pain management.

      prescription pain meds, marinol, are drugs that can be taken as well, but you need to be the right candidate for these as they have the potential to lead to addiction and may have side affects you don't want.

      i hope this helps you.

      Home Alternative Medicine Ginger Root
      Ginger Root
      Ginger Root has a long history in many cultures. The Ancient Indians used Ginger as a physical cleanser, to treat digestive ailments, and as a spiritual healer. Greeks used to wrap a piece of Ginger in bread and eat it after a long meal to help with digestion and alleviate indigestion.

      In England they added Ginger to beer creating a tonic to ease nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Perhaps the most well-known culture to use Ginger has been the Chinese, whose history of use goes back as far a 3000 B.C. They have given Ginger its traditional role as a remedy for heartburn, nausea, motion sickness, loss of appetite, vomiting, and stomach cramps. They believe Ginger is such a powerful herb, which is why it is featured in many Chinese foods.

      Today Ginger is still relied on to help control nausea and ease digestion. Ginger Root can be found in the Cleanse component of Puristat's 7-Day Cleansing System.

      Production
      Ginger Root originates from Southern China, but can be grown in the subtropics and tropics of Asia. In addition to China today it is cultivated in Jamaica , Brazil Nigeria, and the tropical areas of the United States. For best quality the Ginger Root that is being cultivated for medicinal purposes is allowed to mature for 8 to 9 months before being harvested. After harvesting the leaves are removed and the root is washed, peeled, and cut. The pieces are then left in the sun to dry. After drying the Ginger is either ground into a powder or the oil is extracted to be used.

      Nausea and Ginger
      Perhaps the most well-known use of Ginger Root is its ability to relieve nausea associated both with an upset stomach and motion sickness. "In fact, in one study, ginger was shown to be far superior to Dramamine, a commonly used over-the-counter and prescription drug for motion sickness" (the world's healthiest foods p. 2). Unlike other anti-nausea medications, Ginger Root will not cause any drowsiness because it works directly on the digestive system. Most anti-nausea medications block the message from the brain, where Ginger goes directly to the stomach to ease the problem. Ginger Root's active ingredients are gingerols and shogaols. These ingredients work to neutralize stomach acids that may be causing stomach irritation. They also increase the secretion of digestive juices to better digest foods that are already in the stomach. This combination greatly aids the digestive process providing relief from and preventing nausea.

      Gas, Indigestion and Ginger
      Ginger Root increases saliva secretions and the secretions of the stomach. Both of these actions help to sooth the entire digestive tract so there is no irritation. Gas and indigestion are often caused by these irritations of the lining of the digestive tract. Once soothed the result is a relief from any gas and indigestion discomfort one may be experiencing.

      Ginger as an Anti-Inflammatory
      The gingerols that are found in Ginger are very powerful anti-inflammatory compounds, which help relieve joint pain associated with arthritis. The gingerols inhibit the production of nitric oxide, which is responsible for the joint pain and arthritis. Once the production of nitric oxide is reduced so is the irritation on the joints providing much needed relief from those suffering from chronic arthritis. "Ginger contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. These substances are believed to explain why so many people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis experience reductions in their pain levels and improvements in their mobility when they consume ginger regularly" (the world's healthiest foods p.3).

      Immune Booster
      Ginger is thought of as a "hot" spice, which means in produces a warming effect on the human body. It is this warming effect that produces a sweat, which provides an increased immunity, yes there is some truth behind "you have to sweat out a cold." The sweat glands produce a compound called dermicidin which once delivered to the skin provides protection against infection. This compound fights off any infection that may come in contact with the skin. "Ginger can not only be warming on a cold day, but can help promote healthy sweating, which is often helpful during colds and flu's" (the world's healthiest foods p.5).

      Summary of Benefits

      Ginger root is effective in relieving nausea associated with an upset stomach and motion sickness.
      The increased digestive secretions that Ginger Root produces eases gas and indigestion.
      Ginger Roots ability to reduce nitric oxide provides relief from joint pain associated with arthritis.
      There is truth to sweating out a cold, Ginger Root's ability to make you sweat provides increased immunity.

  24. QUESTION:
    I took a diet pill years ago, is there something else like it?
    I used to take a diet pill that I think had "Phin Phin" Phentermine in it. I lost 50lbs. It has been ten years and another 40lbs. Is there anything like the old diet pill I used to take. All I remember is I had a ton of energy to lose weight and exercise. I really need something to help with my energy. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      phentermine is basically a class A amphetamine, this is a drug also common amoungst drug addicts, but for a while was classed as an appetite suppressant and gave hectic energy in the dieting drug industry. depending on the country you are living in, some laws have banned the sale of phentermine in the country. britain for example, and therefore you wont find it in the pharmacies or on the shelf. this drug has many negative side effects inluding:
      Insomnia
      Hypertension
      Irritability
      Nervousness
      Euphoria
      Dry mouth
      Unpleasant taste
      Blurred vision
      Heartburn/Acid reflux
      Changes in libido
      Clumsiness
      Confusion
      Diarrhea
      Dizziness
      Headache
      Arrhythmia
      Nausea or vomiting
      Psychosis
      Skin rash or itching
      Stomach pain
      Fatigue
      Pupil dilation

      this drug is also known to be the cause of "sudden death", a small but fatal heart attack. if this info hasn't put you off, like i said it is illegal to SELL the drug in some countrys, but it is not neccissarily to buy it. check out the laws, and try your luck ordering it in off the net. hope this has helped :)

  25. QUESTION:
    what are some good induction remedies and when to start trying them?
    What are some good methods of induction did they work for you and how long did it take for labour to start?
    Also when should i start trying them?

    • ANSWER:
      There are none. Your body goes into labor when the right hormones are released. The main one being Oxytocin. It's what causes uterine contractions. You can't make your body release it,you can't force it. The only other way is for your doctor to medically induce you. With Pitocin. Which is the man-made version of Oxytocin.

      Sex(or rather semen) can help thin your cervix,but it doesn't start labor.
      Walking can help you dilate further once you are in labor,but again doesn't start it.
      Eating spicy food just gives you heartburn.
      Caster oil is a laxative and can actually be dangerous to you and your baby. Making you sick instead of starting labor. Common sign effects of caster oil are diarrhea,nausea,dehydration and even vomiting.

      These along with many others are old wives tales. Things to keep you busy while you wait for your body to get ready and actually start labor.

  26. QUESTION:
    I take about 6 ibuprofen a day, what are the side effects?
    I train 21 hours a week at a gymnastics center, the pain gets unbearable sometimes, so i take 5 or 6 before each practice, i eat with it. I get a little dizzy sometimes, but I'm usually alright. What are the side effects to this? The bottle says to take no more than 6 a day, at most, so I'm not overdosing.

    • ANSWER:
      They mean 6 per day throughout the day - not all at once. I need some more info though - what are the milligrams in each pill? I mean, 6 IB tablets at 200 mg is much different than 6 at 600 mg.

      WebMD says: This drug may infrequently cause serious (rarely fatal) bleeding from the stomach or intestines. Also, related drugs rarely have caused blood clots to form, resulting in heart attacks and strokes. This medication might also rarely cause similar problems. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the benefits and risks of treatment, as well as other possible medication choices.

      If you notice any of the following rare but very serious side effects, stop taking ibuprofen and seek immediate medical attention: black stools, persistent stomach/abdominal pain, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, chest pain, weakness on one side of the body, sudden vision changes, slurred speech.

      Upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, headache, diarrhea, constipation, drowsiness, and dizziness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

      If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, remember that he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

      Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: stomach pain, swelling of the hands or feet, sudden or unexplained weight gain, ringing in the ears (tinnitus).

      Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: vision changes, rapid or pounding heartbeat, easy bruising or bleeding, difficult/painful swallowing.

      Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects occur: change in amount of urine, severe headache, very stiff neck, mental/mood changes, persistent sore throat or fever.

      This drug may rarely cause serious (possibly fatal) liver disease. If you notice any of the following highly unlikely but very serious side effects, stop taking ibuprofen and consult your doctor or pharmacist immediately: yellowing eyes and skin, dark urine, unusual/extreme tiredness.

      An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

      This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

  27. QUESTION:
    What are some vitamins and minerals that are dangerous to take too much of?
    I mean, in a supplement.

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms of Toxicity (mild and severe)

      Vitamin A - Headache, vomiting, diplopia, alopecia, dryness of mucous membranes, dermatitis, anemia, insomnia, bone abnormalities, bone and joint pain, hepatomegaly, liver damage, hypercalcemia, hyperlipemia, menstrual irregularities, spontaneous abortions, and birth defects.

      Vitamin D - Nausea, vomiting, excessive thirst and urination, muscular weakness, joint pain, hypercalcemia, disorientation, and irreversible calcification of heart, lungs, kidneys, and other soft tissues.

      Vitamin E - Exacerbation of the coagulation defect produced by vitamin K deficiency caused by either malabsorption or anticoagulant therapy.

      Vitamin K - Menadione (vitamin K3) but not phylloquinone (vitamin K1) causes hemolytic anemia, liver damage, and, in newborns, kernicterus.

      Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) - Nausea, diarrhea, kidney stones, mobilization of bone minerals.

      Vitamin B1 - Gastric upset and prolonged large parenteral injections can lead to sensitized anaphylactoid reactions.

      Niacin - Nicotinic acid - vascular dilation, gastrointestinal irritation, increased muscle glycogen utilization, decreased serum lipids, decreased mobilization of fatty acids from adipose tissues, and hepatomegaly.
      Nicotinamide - nausea, heartburn, fatigue, dry hair, sore throat, and inability to focus eyes.

      Vitamin B6 - Dizziness, nausea, ataxia, perpheral neuropathy.

      Folic Acid - Can obscure the diagnosis of pernicious anemia by preventing anemia and permitting nerve damage and may reduce zinc absorption.

      Pantothenic Acid - Occasional diarrhea and edema.

      Choline - Nausea, dizziness, diarrhea, depression.

      Calcium - Nausea, constipation, hypertension, hypercalcemia, kidney stones, myopathy, and may inhibit absorption of iron and zinc.

      Phosphorus - Calcium antagonism which can result in tetany and convulsions.

      Magnesium - Nausea, diarrhea, hypotension, bradycardia, vasodilation, EKG changes, coma, and cardiac arrest.

      Iron - Bloody diarrhea, vomiting, hemosiderosis, hemochromatosis, cirrhosis, diabetes, cardiac failure, increased incidence of hepatoma, and may compromise zinc and copper absorption.

      Zinc - Gastrointestinal irritation, vomiting, impairment of copper status, microcytic anemia, impairment of immune responses, and decline in serum high-density lipoproteins.

      Copper - nausea, gastric pain, diarrhea, vascular collapse.

      Fluoride - affects bone health, kidney function, and possibly muscle and nerve function.

      Iodide - Blocks formation of thyroid hormones usually temporarily but can be permanent and may cause goiter.

      Selenium - Fingernail changes, hair loss, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, fatigue, irritability, and peripheral neuropathy.

      Manganese - severe psychiatric disorder, reproductive and immune system dysfunction, and kidney and liver disorders.

      Molybdenum - Antagonistic to copper and increased incidence of gout.

  28. QUESTION:
    Why does my stomach hurt almost everyday?
    I am 13 years old and almost everyday of my life for the past month or so I have these weird Stomach problems that feel like sometimes I have to throw up or just have to go to the bathroom. I'm wondering if it's something serious set can somebody please help me!! I don't throw up at all, its just like constant pain.

    • ANSWER:
      To give you some input of digestive disorders that you can research, go to http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov, research terms like Irritiable Bowel Syndrome(IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disease(consisting of Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis)Celiac Disease. These disorders have symptoms of constipation, nausea , vomiting, diarrhea, bloating, intestinal gas. If you have taken pain relievers like Advil, Aleve, Motrin with only a sip of water, you may have burned your stomach lining. Whenever you eat, your stomach acid burns the sensitive spot on your stomach lining. You have strong heartburn with several disorders that affect the stomach. Your pain appears to be caused by digestion problems that you can learn about after reading the data at of digestive disorders.

      Everyday foods you might never suspect can make your life misable. At the federal website, click on A to Z and find the definitions of the mentioned disorders. To test yourself whether certain foods affect you, try eating gluten-free baked goods. Gluten is a protein that is in oat, rye,wheat, barley flour and can cause Celiac Disease, previously mentioned.If milk, ice cream, cheese upset your stomach, you may have an allergy to milk sugars in these substances, try Lactose-free milk, etc. Fructose(fruit sugar)is in soft drinks and most of the sweet foods we eat. Look for a sugar-subtitute called Splenda or other sugar-free sweetners. If you try these substitutes for a week and there is no change to your stomach pain, you may have one of the disorders referenced.

      Good Luck.

      Harrald

  29. QUESTION:
    Why is it that when my stomach hurts really bad it feels like I am going to throw up?
    My stomach does not hurt that often, but when it does, I always feel like I am going to throw up. No, I am not pregnant and it only happens sometimes and I am wondering why that could be. I would go to the doctor, but I am not too concerned about it and I do not have insurance anyway; I am just curious to know. I have tried the internet, but I have not had much luck. Also, has this sort of thing happened to you or am I just weird? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      If your stomach hurts only after eating there several diseases but especially three that affect a large number of people around the world are:

      Gastritis
      Ulcers
      Irritable Bowel Syndrome

      Both gastritis and ulcers are closely related and similar diseases, their symptoms are very similar and both diseases are very common, causing heartburn, stomach pain after eating, gas, bloating, abdominal discomfort, constipation, and more symptoms.

      A common cause of gastritis and ulcers is a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori, the bacterium is one of the major reasons that most people develop ulcers and gastritis. This bacterium infects adheres to the stomach, causing an excess of acid, which in turn causes gastritis and ulcers.

      Both gastritis and ulcers can lead to major health problems without treatment and with the passage of time the gastric cancer may appear.

      For all the above is very important to look after our health and assist with a medical gastroenterologist.

      Irritable Bowel syndrome is another condition placed very common, the United States alone, 14% of the population has suffered from this disorder, in other countries like Mexico to 35% of the population have suffered from irritable bowel syndrome.

      Irritable bowel syndrome has many symptoms for it is sometimes difficult to diagnose, the most common are that your stomach hurts after eating, often intermittent abdominal pain, anytime, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal swelling, intestinal dysmotility, in some patients also have fever, nausea and even vomiting.

      This syndrome has more symptoms such as esophageal reflux (heartburn), fibromyalgia (muscle pain and fatigue), chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, headache, backache.
      What Causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

      So far has not discovered the exact cause leading to the emergence of this syndrome, but there are factors that most likely originate from this disease are:

      After having an intestinal infection many patients develop irritable bowel syndrome, although the causes are unknown.

      It is believed that stress is a major cause, since in periods of great stress, the intestines contract causing constipation, heaviness, indigestion, etc..

      Anyone can develop irritable bowel syndrome, however in most cases originate in adolescence, and for some unknown reason affects more women than men.

      Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

      Appropriate treatment should be determined by a gastroenterologist, but we recommend the following:

      Reduce levels of stres, this is important.Exercise.
      Resting.
      Eating foods high in fiber and vegetables.
      Reduce irritating foods such as sugar, coffee, alcohol.
      Smoking Cessation.

  30. QUESTION:
    How can I stop the constant gas?
    Recently, gas has keep erupting in my system and I can't get it to stop. I have to change my underwear everyday.

    What can I do so I don't have to constantly pass gas?

    • ANSWER:
      It is normal to pass gas 6-25 times a day.
      ost of this gas is reabsorbed into the blood stream, leaving only about 600 milliliters to escape, roughly 2½ cups. Most of this escapes our bodies without us even realizing it, but sometimes it leaves in an unmistakable, ahem, fashion -- usually in the form of burping or flatulence. When this happens more than usual, people complain they have excessive gas, thinking their bodies are producing more, which is generally not the case.

      Bloating, cramping and the feeling of extra gaseous emanations are usually the result of decreased intestinal motility, meaning the bowels aren't moving their contents along fast enough. A sudden increase of fiber in the diet can cause the intestines to slow down and gas to build up, but eventually the body adjusts.

      Intestinal gas is made up of oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, hydrogen, ammonia, methane, and hydrogen sulfide. The latter 3 gases account for the more toxic levels of the odor. The composition of the gas varies depending on the types of intestinal bacteria that are present.
      The most common factors which contribute to gas production are eating patterns and bacterial composition of the intestine.
      Foods that cause an increase in gas production include:
      --Milk products especially if you are lactose-intolerant which means that you do not have the enzyme lactase needed to digest the carbohydrate, lactose.
      --Carbonated beverages
      --Spicy, fried or fatty foods
      --Broccoli, cabbage, onions, celery
      --Beans
      --Apple or prune juice
      --Dried fruits
      --Anything containing sorbitol, mannitol or maltitol, found in many low-carb or sugar-free foods

      Other factors that increase gas production include:
      --Anything that increases swallowing of air such as talking while eating, chewing gum or sucking on candy, using a straw or sports bottle, deep sighing, smoking or chewing tobacco, or ill fitting dentures.
      --Tight-fitting garments
      --Long-term use of medications for relief of cold symptoms
      --Smoking or chewing tobacco
      --Overloading your stomach
      --Constipation or Irritable Bowel Syndrome
      Other than altering the flatugenic behaviors already mentioned, these remedies may be helpful.
      --Lactase found in products such as Lactaid can be taken to help with the digestion of lactose when consuming dairy products.
      --Beano contains the enzyme which breaks down raffinose, the carbohydrate in beans.
      --Simethicone (Gas-X, Mylicon) breaks down the gas bubbles to help dissolve them.--Some natural remedies include peppermint and chamomile tea, fennel, anise, and turmeric.
      --Fiber products such as Metamucil and Citrucel may also be helpful if Irritable Bowel Syndrome is present. However, these products may initially increase gas.

      It is advised to seek medical attention if gas production is accompanied by weight loss, diarrhea, vomiting, heartburn or blood in the stool, or if there is an increase in frequency, location or severity of the symptom.

      Hope this helps LEW

  31. QUESTION:
    My husband is suppose to take trazodone to sleep?
    Only it keeps him awake, so they told him to only take a half and it still does the same thing, should he quit taking them? I think so.

    • ANSWER:
      I am a nurse, and yes, trazodone is supposed to help with sleep. If a full dose does not work, usually a half a dose will not work either.

      Trazodone should not be stopped abruptly.

      http://health.howstuffworks.com/define-trazodone.htm/printable

      Trazodone is used to relieve the symptoms of mental depression. It is thought to relieve depression by increasing the concentration of certain chemicals (called neurotransmitters) involved with nerve transmission in the brain. Trazodone may also be used for other medical problems when prescribed by your doctor.

      Trazodone Facts
      Brand names (manufacturers):
      Desyrel (Apothecon); Desyrel Dividose (Apothecon); trazodone (various manufacturers)

      Type of drug: Antidepressant

      Ingredient: Trazodone

      Dosage form: Tablets (50 mg, 100 mg, 150 mg, and 300 mg)

      Storage: Store this medication at room temperature in a tightly closed, light-resistant container. Like all medications, trazodone should be stored well out of the reach of children and pets.

      Treatment

      Take trazodone exactly as your doctor prescribes. It can be taken with water, milk, or food to lessen stomach irritation (unless your doctor tells you to do otherwise).

      If you miss a dose of trazodone, take the missed dose as soon as possible and return to your regular dosing schedule.

      However, if the dose you missed was a once-a-day bedtime dose, do not take that dose in the morning; check with your doctor instead. If the dose is taken in the morning, it may cause some unwanted side effects. Never double the next dose of this medication.

      The benefits of therapy may not become apparent for two to four weeks.

      Side Effects

      Minor: Blurred vision, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, gas, headache, heartburn, light-headedness, nausea, sleep disorders, vomiting, or weight gain or loss. These side effects should diminish or disappear as your body adjusts to trazodone.

      Trazodone can cause increased sensitivity to sunlight. It is important to avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight and sunlamps. Wear protective clothing and sunglasses, and use an effective sunscreen.

      Dry mouth can be relieved by chewing sugarless gum or by sucking on ice chips or a piece of hard candy.

      To relieve constipation, increase the amount of fiber in your diet (fresh fruits and vegetables, salads, bran, and whole-grain breads), exercise, and drink more water (unless your doctor directs you to do otherwise).

      If trazodone makes you feel dizzy or light-headed, sit or lie down for a while, get up slowly from a sitting or reclining position, and be careful on stairs.

      To avoid dizziness and light-headedness when you stand, contract and relax the muscles of your legs for a few moments before rising. Do this by pushing one foot against the floor while raising the other foot slightly, alternating feet so you are "pumping" your legs in a pedaling motion.

      Major: IT IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT TO TELL YOUR DOCTOR about new or increased thoughts or actions of suicide (killing yourself), increased feelings of sadness, or depression.

      Tell your doctor about any side effects that are persistent or particularly bothersome. IT IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT TO TELL YOUR DOCTOR about chest tightness, confusion, difficult or painful urination, hallucinations, loss of coordination, mood changes, muscle aches or pains, palpitations, prolonged or inappropriate erection of the penis, rash, ringing in the ears, shortness of breath, tingling in the fingers or toes, tremors, unusual bleeding or bruising, or unusual tiredness or weakness.

      Interactions

      Trazodone interacts with several other types of medications:

      Extreme drowsiness can occur when trazodone is taken with central nervous system depressants (drugs that slow the activity of the brain and spinal cord), including alcohol, antihistamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepine tranquilizers, muscle relaxants, narcotics, pain medications, phenothiazine tranquilizers, medications to promote sleep, or with tricyclic antidepressants.

      The blood-pressure-lowering effects of antihypertensives may be increased by trazodone, which can be dangerous.
      BE SURE TO TELL YOUR DOCTOR about any medications you are currently taking, especially those mentioned above.

      Warnings

      Tell your doctor if you have had unusual or allergic reactions to any medications, especially to trazodone.

      Be sure to tell your doctor if you have a history of alcoholism or if you now have or have ever had electroshock therapy, heart disease, a heart attack, kidney disease, or liver disease.
      If this drug makes you dizzy or drowsy, do not take part in any activity that requires alertness, such as driving a car or operating potentially dangerous tools, equipment, or machinery.
      Before having surgery or any other medical or dental treatment, be sure to tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking trazodone.

      Do not stop taking trazodone suddenly. Stopping trazodone abruptly may cause nausea, headache, stomach upset, fatigue, or worsening of your condition. Your doctor may therefore want to reduce the dosage gradually to help prevent or minimize these effects.

      The effects of trazodone may last as long as seven days after you stop taking it, so continue to observe all precautions during that period.

      hope this helps!

  32. QUESTION:
    My abdominal region is developing allergic reaction when I do jogging.help please?
    I'm a slim built but I have small fat deposits on my abs. I do crunches and jogging to get rid of it but when I'm starting to sweat on the 5th minute my whole abdominal region is getting very itchy and urticaria occurs. I even try to tale off my shirt thinking it might be caused by constant contact of the textile but still urticaria occurs. Why is this happening? Thanks for your contributions.

    • ANSWER:
      Hives are a sudden skin rash. Usually a result of an allergic reaction your body had, usually to food, medication, your environment and sometimes even stress.

      Allergic reactions are basically your body's version of friendly fire, your body is defending itself against a non-enemy. Your body's weapon of choice for this battle is histamines.

      Your body releases histamines in order to fight against what it thinks is the enemy. When your body over reacts and too many histamines build up in one spot you end up with what's known as hives.

      Hives usually spread around the torso, upper thighs, and arms. It's very rare to have hives appear around the head or neck area.

      Some things you will want to do to start getting relief from the discomfort of hives are:

      * Avoid scratching the affected areas - although it can drive you crazy, scratching your hives will only make it worse.
      * Stay away from alcohol
      * Avoid tight fitting clothing - the pressure on the skin will just intensify the urge to scratch
      * If the affected area is only in one small area you can apply ice wrapped in a towel to the area to relieve the discomfort.
      * Taking cool showers or baths will also help with the itching
      * Take an antihistamine to relieve the itching and eventually reduce the swelling

      Typically, antihistamines such as Benadryl are taken to treat allergic reactions. The problem with using products like Benadryl is that they also include some not so pleasant side effects.

      In this case the side effects include dizziness, drowsiness, coordination problems, heartburn, insomnia, tremor, nausea and vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, dry mouth, and dry cough and others.

      I think you will find the natural or homeopathic alternatives to be more favorable since they go to work without causing drowsiness or any of the other negative side effects.

      Often times nature has a fix for the ailments we have, the problem is we've been trained to believe that they don't work.

  33. QUESTION:
    realisticly what are the chances of getting pregnant on birth control?
    what are the chances that if you take your pill at precisely the same minute everyday that you would become pregnant? Does anyone have a story about an accidental pregnancy? while doing this?

    • ANSWER:
      Birth control pills are very reliable at preventing pregnancy. However, nothing but abstinence is 100% effective. When used as directed the rate of effectiveness varies from 92-99%. In theory, taking the Pill precisely at the same minute of every day would probably guarantee the highest rate of success, but it is not likely possible for a human to do this. While I would never claim to have always taken my pill at precisely the same minute of every day, I do have a story about getting pregnant while using birth control pills. My husband and I used birth control pills throughout our early married years quite reliably preventing pregnancy until we went off them with the intent to conceive, which we did 3 times. We were married young (I was 18, he 19) and we had our kids when we were young with the plan that we would still be young when they all left the nest. They were born when I was 20, 23, and 26. After #3, I was not quite ready to think about a permanent form of birth control such as vasectomy or getting my tubes tied. My doctor approved my taking birth control pills for the time being since I had no history of problems. For 11 years I took birth control pills daily, always after I brushed my teeth before I went to bed. Granted, not always at the same minute, but generally within an hour of the previous pill. When I was 38 and our kids were 17, 15, and 12, I began to have some odd stomach pain whenever I ate and developed heartburn, something I had never had before. I went in for my regular yearly physical where my doctor suspicioned Irritable Bowel Syndrome as the cause of my stomach pain. In a rather blurred series of events, my doctor thought my cervix felt pregnant, I peed in a cup to have a pregnancy test done, it came back positive, and my doctor heard a heartbeat on the Doppler. I had not missed a period, although the one just before my appointment was shorter and lighter than usual. I had not taken any other medication that would have interfered with the Pill's effectiveness nor had I been sick with vomiting or diarrhea. An ultrasound showed I was 17 weeks along already and I had no idea I was pregnant. Our little surprise was born when her siblings were 18, 15, and 12. After that, my husband went in for a vasectomy! One nurse said my ovaries must only have been the size of pinheads after so many years of not ovulating. Everyone, even my doctor, was totally surprised I could have gotten pregnant after so many years on the Pill. Our kids are now 28, 26, 23, and 10. My husband and I have been married for 30 years, very happy to be welcoming only grandbabies into the family now.

  34. QUESTION:
    How is homeostasis achieved in the digestive system?
    How is homeostasis achieved in the digestive system?

    Also

    How is homeostasis achieved in the circulatory system?

    and Also

    How is homeostasis achieved in the respiratory system?

    Any help would be great, thanks! :)

    • ANSWER:
      There are a number of things that could cause homeostatic imbalance in the the digestive system: peritonitis, mumps, impacted teeth, heartburn, choking, gastric ulcers, vomiting, hepatitis, gallstones, appendicitis, diarrhea, diverticulosis, lactose intolerance, etc, etc. If you understand how things should normally be kept in balance (through negative feedback mechanisms), then you could apply that concept to any of the examples above and see how homeostasis is achieved.

  35. QUESTION:
    My bf just drank 20 milligrams of aderol?? He just used it to concentrate in an exam but now he is feeling?
    very weird? His chest is hurting and feels dizzy. Is this normal? what is causing this?

    He also had a caffeine pill along with the 20 mgs of aderol!

    • ANSWER:
      The following article shows Adderall Side Effects - and that's only if taken as directed. If he overdosed on it - it might be worse.

      Common Adderall Side Effects
      Adderall has been thoroughly studied in clinical trials, with many people having been evaluated. In these studies, side effects occurring in the group of people taking the drug are always documented and compared to the side effects that occur in a similar group of people not taking the medicine. Based on the studies of Adderall XR (a long-acting version of Adderall), the most common side effects included:

      Loss of appetite (anorexia)
      Dry mouth
      Difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
      Headaches
      Abdominal pain (or stomach pain)
      Temporary increases in blood pressure
      Weight loss (see Adderall and Weight Loss)
      Emotional changes
      Nausea, upset stomach, or vomiting
      Dizziness
      Diarrhea
      Feeling of weakness (asthenia)
      Increased heart rate (tachycardia)
      Infection, including urinary tract infection (UTI)
      Fever
      Heartburn.

      Adderall can also cause a temporary slowing of growth in children. This slowing of growth is usually minimal (less than an inch and less than two pounds). In time, children usually catch up to within normal limits.

  36. QUESTION:
    Is there anything wrong with farting a lot?
    I ALWAYS need to fart! It's soo embrassing, does anyone know the reasons for this, ways to prevent it or if there's anything wrong with this?

    • ANSWER:
      Not if you ask any of the men in my family. It is one of their proud traditions. I do not mean to make lightly of your flatulence problem as it can be embarrassing for us women, especially in a public place.

      How long have you had this and is it mild or severe? If I always need to pass gas, I would have this professionally checked out by my doctor.

      Call your doctor if You have other symptoms in addition to gas, like abdominal or rectal pain, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, or weight loss.

      There are products on the market for this, one is Beano which you take before you eat something you know will give you gas. Drinking peppermint or chamomile tea after a meal helps me. And I have to eat slowly and chew thoroughly as I tend to swallow air a lot which is one of the causes. Good luck.

  37. QUESTION:
    Is it okay to use TUMS as a calcium supplement?
    I'm fifteen years old and my doctor recommended it because I hardly ever take in dairy products or products containing enough calcium. I also have take Vitamin D3 once a day.

    Also, what benefits does calcium have for your body?

    • ANSWER:
      NO, NO, NO to the TUMS

      Many people routinely use antacids for relief of heartburn or as a calcium supplement. The truth is that both of these choices are usually nutritionally unsound.

      THE BOTTOM LINE

      Stomach acid is required for good digestion. Poor digestion produces heartburn. People with heart-burn take antacids. Antacids reduce stomach acid. OOPS-more heartburn. Stomach acid is required for good mineral absorption, including calcium & magnesium. Calcium carbonate antacids neutralize the stomach acid needed for their absorption.

      The stomach's job is to produce and hold digestive acid and enzymes. When antacids are used regularly, the stomach senses this and, over time, increases its acid production rate set point. Taking antacids to reduce acid can lead to the production of excessive acid and more discomfort.

      INDIGESTION

      Often, it is a LACK of stomach acid, not an excess that creates symptoms of indigestion. Naturopathic physicians have found that supplementary digestive acid and enzyme supplements can improve digestion and thus eliminate symptoms of indigestion. Lack of stomach acid can also result in food allergies, nausea after taking supplements and rectal itching. It can be indicated by weak fingernails, anemia, chronic parasites, fungal infections, and acne.

      WHAT DO ANTACIDS DO?

      Antacids reduce the acidity of the stomach by chemically absorbing or neutralizing some of the hydrochloric acid. Reducing stomach acid can temporarily relieve irritation of a weakened or exposed stomach lining. It can also reduce the acidity of stomach contents which become refluxed into the esophagus.

      COMMON PROBLEMS WITH COMMON ANTACIDS

      CALCIUM CARBONATE AND ACID REBOUND

      Calcium carbonate is especially fast-acting. Within a few hours, however, the body will overcompensate by producing an extra surge of acid.

      PROBLEMS WITH SODIUM BICARBONATE

      When used for long periods of time, sodium bicarbonate can cause increased acidity throughout the body. Highly acidic body chemistries (systemic alkalosis) are involved in health problems such as arthritis, kidney stones, nausea and mental confusion.

      ALUMINUM AND IMPAIRED MENTAL FUNCTION

      Although the FDA and manufacturers say that aluminum in antacids is not absorbed, studies since 1986 have shown that it is, especially in cases of kidney problems and in the presence of acidic foods such as citrus fruits or soda pop. There is increasing evidence that aluminum is involved in Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Lou Gehrig's disease and some other nervous system problems.

      OTHER SIDE EFFECTS OF ANTACIDS

      Use of antacids can cause bowel irregularities including constipation, nausea and diarrhea with occasional vomiting. They can lead to kidney stones, demineralization of bones, bone pain and muscle weakness with cramping. They can be counted on to produce malabsorption of minerals.

      The list of diseases that have been associated with low gastric acidity include, but are not limited to: Anemia, arthritis, asthma, autoimmune diseases, celiac disease, dermatitis, diabetes, eczema, gallbladder problems, hepatitis, lupus, osteoporosis, psoriasis and problems with over- and under-active thyroid glands.

      Read the full story at this web site:

  38. QUESTION:
    What to do about gas during pregnancy?
    I am 8 weeks pregnant and when I had my first ultrasound I was told my baby would give me a lot of gas and heartburn. I didn't think that would be so painful since I experienced both before, but early this morning I experience something that made me have short breath and lots of pressure in my stomach. I was scared too death. I'm just wondering if any of you have had this problem and what you did to relieve the gas?

    • ANSWER:
      Most pregnant women suffer from bloating and increased gas in the belly at some point during pregnancy. Gas can cause abdominal pain or discomfort.

      Causes of Gas During Pregnancy
      During pregnancy, hormones relax the muscles in your digestive tract. This slows down your digestion and can cause gas to build up. Gas leads to bloating, burping, passing gas, discomfort, and pain in the belly—especially after a big meal.

      Certain foods can make gas worse. But these vary from person to person. Some people naturally produce more gas than others. Some people get a lot of gas from foods that don't bother others.

      In general, some starches (such as pasta and potatoes), some fiber-rich foods (such as oat bran and beans), and foods that contain certain sugars (such as cabbage and cauliflower) cause gas for many people. Women who have trouble digesting dairy products may have bloating and gas when they eat more of these products during pregnancy.

      Gas: What You Can Do
      The following suggestions may help prevent excessive gas:

      Reduce the amount of air you swallow. Eat several small meals throughout the day instead of a few large meals. Don’t eat in a hurry. Take your time, chew your food thoroughly, and don’t talk while eating. Avoid drinking from a bottle or straw. Cut down on carbonated beverages. Don’t gulp while drinking. Avoid chewing gum or sucking on hard candy.
      Identify foods that bother you. Keep a food diary to help you find the foods that cause problems. Cut back on these foods, if possible, while being sure to eat a healthy diet. Cut back on fried and fatty foods, which can add to bloating.
      Ask before taking over-the-counter remedies. Talk to your health care provider before taking these, since some are not safe during pregnancy.
      When to Talk to Your Health Care Provider
      If changes in diet and habits don’t help, talk to your health care provider. Contact your health care provider immediately if:

      Gas ever feels like labor contractions (coming and going regularly, every 5-10 minutes).
      Gas pain is accompanied by blood in your stool, severe diarrhea, or increased nausea and vomiting
      source: http://www.marchofdimes.com/pnhec/159_15246.asp

      Why do I seem to have so much gas now that I'm pregnant?
      Everyone, pregnant or not, has some gas. The average person produces between 1 and 3 pints of gas each day and passes gas about 14 times a day. That said, you may experience even more gas than usual during pregnancy.

      Don't be surprised if you find yourself belching like a champion beer drinker or having to unbutton your pants to relieve bloating weeks before you begin to show.

      Why does this happen? The primary reason is that during pregnancy you have much higher levels of progesterone, a hormone that relaxes smooth muscle tissue throughout your body, including your gastrointestinal tract. This relaxation slows down your digestive processes, which can lead to gas, bloating, burping, and flatulence and generally create miserable sensations in your gut, especially after a big meal.

      In later pregnancy, your growing uterus crowds your abdominal cavity, further slowing digestion, and pushes on your stomach, making you feel even more bloated after eating. During pregnancy, you may also start to experience heartburn or constipation, even if you've never been bothered by either one before.

      Where does gas come from?
      Gas gets caught in the digestive tract in two ways: when you swallow air and when bacteria in your colon (large intestine) break down undigested food. Most stomach gas results from swallowing air and is typically released by burping, though a small amount can continue down to the large intestine to be released as flatulence.

      Most of the gas that causes flatulence is produced when bacteria in the large intestine break down food that was incompletely digested by enzymes in the stomach and small intestine. Certain carbohydrates are the main culprits. Protein and fat aren't major gas producers, although fats, because they slow down digestion, can contribute to a sense of bloating.

      How does pregnancy figure in? Pregnancy slows digestion, which gives the bacteria more time to work on the undigested material before it's excreted. More time leads to more fermentation and, as a result, more gas.

      Actually, anything that slows down bowel function can mean additional gas, so constipation can also make you feel more gassy and bloated.

      Some people get a lot of gas from foods that don't bother others at all. For example, people who are lactose intolerant don't make enough lactase — the enzyme that breaks down lactose (the sugar in dairy products) — so they can get bloated and gassy if they have too much milk or ice cream. Individual variation in the balance of bacteria in the colon may also affect how much gas you make, according to some experts.

      Can I get some relief by changing my diet?
      The most effective way to reduce gas may be to cut back on the foods that are most likely to cause it. But if you eliminated everything that might cause gas, it would be hard to eat a balanced diet.

      So start by cutting out the most common culprits, and if that gives you relief, begin adding those foods back into your diet one by one to try to pinpoint what's causing the problem for you. Keeping a food diary can help you see the relationship between eating certain foods and having more gas.

      The foods most likely to cause gas are beans, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and asparagus. All contain the sugar raffinose, which causes gas for a lot of people. Other people have trouble with onions, pears, artichokes, and sodas and fruit drinks sweetened with fructose. Sodas and fruit drinks should be avoided anyway, as they are empty calories and the carbonation in sodas can contribute to bloating.

      Certain starches — such as pasta and potatoes, but not rice — can cause gas for some people. And certain fiber-rich foods — such as oat bran, beans, and many kinds of fruit — cause gas because they're normally broken down in the large intestine.

      One exception is wheat bran, which passes through your digestive system without getting broken down. This makes wheat bran a winner if you have constipation and need more fiber but also suffer from flatulence.

      People who are lactose intolerant will find that dairy products give them gas. If you're highly lactose intolerant, you probably knew this before you got pregnant, since dairy may give you diarrhea and abdominal pain.

      But if you're only somewhat intolerant and thus unaware of the effect dairy has on you, a dramatic boost in your consumption of dairy products during pregnancy may cause you some distress. To avoid this problem, look for lactose-free milk or calcium-fortified soy milk in your supermarket. If you aren't drinking any kind of milk, you'll probably need to take a calcium supplement.

      Finally, try to steer clear of very fatty and fried foods. They don't cause gas, but they slow down digestion, leaving you feeling bloated.

      source: http://www.babycenter.com/refcap/pregnancy/prenatalhealth/247.html

  39. QUESTION:
    Does the drug Arcoxia make people drowsie and sleepy?
    I am taking it for my knee it was given to me by my doctor, but I don't know if I am becoming more sleepy from this or from something else.

    • ANSWER:
      Adverse Effects
      Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking Arcoxia.

      Arcoxia helps most people with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, menstrual pain, gout or other types of pain, but it may have unwanted adverse effects in a few people. All medicines can have adverse effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the adverse effects.

      Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.

      Tell your doctor if you notice or have any of the following and they worry you:>

      feeling sick (nausea), vomiting
      heartburn, indigestion, uncomfortable feeling or pain in the stomach
      diarrhoea
      swelling of the legs, ankles or feet
      high blood pressure
      dizziness
      headache
      Additionally, the following have been reported:

      allergic reactions including rash, itching and hives
      severe skin reactions, which may occur without warning
      taste alteration
      wheezing
      insomnia
      anxiety
      drowsiness
      mouth ulcers
      diarrhoea
      severe increase in blood pressure
      confusion
      hallucinations
      platelets decreased
      These are usually the mild adverse effects of Arcoxia.

      If any of the following happen, stop taking Arcoxia and tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital:

      swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing (hypersensitivity reactions, anaphylactic/anaphylactoid reactions including shock)
      abnormal rhythm of the heart (atrial fibrillation)
      heart failure
      palpitations
      serious kidney problems
      serious liver problems
      stomach pain
      stomach ulcers that may become serious and may bleed, and may occur at any time during use and without warning
      Other adverse effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. Tell your doctor if you notice any other effects.

      Do not be alarmed by this list of possible adverse effects. You may not experience any of them.

  40. QUESTION:
    Can you still get sick after having a sinus infection?
    I just finished taking antibiotics for a sinus infection, but I still feel sick? I have a horrible stomach ache (haven't eaten in hours), a bad headache, coughing, stuffed up nose, I am a bit pale, my throat hurts a bit and I feel like I want to vomit. I'm very tired and weak yet I can't sleep. Can you get sick after a sinus infection or are these just side effects? Sorry for the stupid question, thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      If your stomach hurts only after eating there several diseases but especially three that affect a large number of people around the world are:

      Gastritis
      Ulcers
      Irritable Bowel Syndrome

      Both gastritis and ulcers are closely related and similar diseases, their symptoms are very similar and both diseases are very common, causing heartburn, stomach pain after eating, gas, bloating, abdominal discomfort, constipation, and more symptoms.

      A common cause of gastritis and ulcers is a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori, the bacterium is one of the major reasons that most people develop ulcers and gastritis. This bacterium infects adheres to the stomach, causing an excess of acid, which in turn causes gastritis and ulcers.

      Both gastritis and ulcers can lead to major health problems without treatment and with the passage of time the gastric cancer may appear.

      For all the above is very important to look after our health and assist with a medical gastroenterologist.

      Irritable Bowel syndrome is another condition placed very common, the United States alone, 14% of the population has suffered from this disorder, in other countries like Mexico to 35% of the population have suffered from irritable bowel syndrome.

      Irritable bowel syndrome has many symptoms for it is sometimes difficult to diagnose, the most common are that your stomach hurts after eating, often intermittent abdominal pain, anytime, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal swelling, intestinal dysmotility, in some patients also have fever, nausea and even vomiting.

      This syndrome has more symptoms such as esophageal reflux (heartburn), fibromyalgia (muscle pain and fatigue), chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, headache, backache.
      What Causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

      So far has not discovered the exact cause leading to the emergence of this syndrome, but there are factors that most likely originate from this disease are:

      After having an intestinal infection many patients develop irritable bowel syndrome, although the causes are unknown.

      It is believed that stress is a major cause, since in periods of great stress, the intestines contract causing constipation, heaviness, indigestion, etc..

      Anyone can develop irritable bowel syndrome, however in most cases originate in adolescence, and for some unknown reason affects more women than men.

      Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

      Appropriate treatment should be determined by a gastroenterologist, but we recommend the following:

      Reduce levels of stres, this is important.Exercise.
      Resting.
      Eating foods high in fiber and vegetables.
      Reduce irritating foods such as sugar, coffee, alcohol.
      Smoking Cessation.

  41. QUESTION:
    Can too much stress all the time be unhealthy?
    My friends tell me that too much stress can cause my heart to stop, I was wondering if its true and what other things can happen from this.

    • ANSWER:
      Stress is a part of everyday life. Small amounts of stress are actually beneficial. But when the body is put under considerable stress on a daily basis, it can have a negative effect. Sudden, severe stress, such as the death of a relative, can also have negative effects on the body. There are two types of stress-related medical symptoms: acute, which are the immediate effects of stress; and chronic, which pertains to the long term.

      Gastrointestinal
      Upset stomach, heartburn, ulcers, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea can all be caused by stress. If any of these symptoms worsens to a serious enough degree, malnutrition is possible.

      Immune System
      The more stress you are under, the weaker your immune system becomes. This means that you are more susceptible to illnesses.

      Cardiovascular
      Stress causes your heart to beat faster, which makes your heart work harder and raises your blood pressure. And, ultimately, may lead to a cardiovacular accident (a "heart attack").

      Mental
      While a little stress keeps your mind sharp, constant, severe stress can cause an inability to focus. This results in an increased chance of accidents.

      Physical Stress causes headaches, muscle aches and other pain, as well as chronic fatigue syndrome. While this pain isn't dangerous, it can lead to medication overdose, because pain medications often don't work on stress-related pain. And, physical stress may lead to more incidence of emotional problems and relationship problems...as well as lowered work peformance and lowered sense of joy and satisfaction in life.

      The seminal work on the subject is "The Stress of Life" by Hans Selye.

      Read more: Facts About the Medical Dangers of Stress | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/facts_4740823_facts-medical-dangers-stress.html#ixzz1EYk8MTET

  42. QUESTION:
    What to do if your parents don't want you to be near a friend who has a drug problem?
    I have a friend who originally had a alcohol problem from 2 and a half years ago and went to rehab and the AA meetings to get him off of it. He's been 120 days plus sober ever since. But since he met a girl who likes to get hardcore with perks he too has been taking perks especially as a legal prescription from a doctor to help him with stress but from my friend's mom's boyfriend told me perks is a drug that unpredictably changes your mood and can make a person out of control. And he has one more week I think for his probabtion because he has a disclosed letter that he will be a free man after his last drug test because he got into trouble back then while he was having alcohol problems and he found a loop pole that he can smoke again. Now he's gotten worse in terms of his decision making and it affected me because he borrowed money from me to get something from a convenient store but found out later that he lied to me and went for bud and perks instead. he came back around midnight and I left because I was fed up with him. I told my parents what happened and telling them that me, his mom, dad and everyone else that knows about my friend's problem is planning a intervention at some point but my parents don't want me near him again. In fact my dad said that if I let him back in my house he would throw me out for good. I still need to confront him about it face to face but yet they want me to stay away from him. What should I do. Should I just lay low or should I get it done with because I have to tell him that he either gets his shit straight or I can't be friends with him anymore

    • ANSWER:
      You actually do not need to see this guy face to face. Tell him his drug usage is now affecting your relationship with your parents and that's not acceptable. Tell him if he gets clean then will be able to see him again but until that time the relationship is on hold and not to contact you or come see you unless he is clean.

      Are we talking about Percodan or Percocet? Those are not for stress. They are narcotics and addictive and used as downers.

      What is Percodan?
      Percodan contains a combination of aspirin and oxycodone. Aspirin is in a group of drugs called salicylates (sa-LIS-il-ates). It works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain, fever, and inflammation. Oxycodone is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic.

      Percodan is used to relieve moderate to severe pain.
      Side Effects:
      Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
      •severe stomach pain or constipation, vomiting;
      •black, bloody, or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
      •weak or shallow breathing, fast or slow heartbeats;
      •confusion, hallucinations, feeling like you might pass out;
      •easy bruising or bleeding;
      •seizures; or
      •decreased hearing, ringing in your ears.

      Less serious Percodan side effects may include:
      •headache, dizziness, drowsiness;
      •constipation, heartburn, upset stomach, bloating, gas, diarrhea; or
      •dry mouth

      Percocet (acetaminophen-oxycodone)

      ACETAMINOPHEN; OXYCODONE (a set a MEE noe fen; ox i KOE done) is a pain reliever. It is used to treat mild to moderate pain.

  43. QUESTION:
    Flying with a cat with motion sickness?
    This summer I will be moving cross country. I have two cats, one of whom is very anxious and gets diarrhea just from going on short car trips, so naturally I am quite nervous about bringing him on the 5-hour-long plane trip. I don't want to give him sedatives and I don't think that antihistamines will do the trick. Any advice for something that could keep him calm and prevent diarrhea?

    • ANSWER:
      "Manataka American Indian Council Proudly Presents":

      "EasyTravel -- an effective natural remedy which does not cause side effects associated with prescription drugs for motion sickness."

      "What are the ingredients ...?"

      "PetAlive EasyTravel Solution contains the following 100% herbal and homeopathic ingredients":

      Zingiber officinalis (ginger) has a long history of medicinal use in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic (Indian) medicine. Modern research confirms its effectiveness in relieving the symptoms of nausea, vomiting, indigestion, flatulence and dizziness. Working mainly in the digestive tract, Zingiber boosts digestive fluids and neutralizes acids, making it an effective alternative to anti-nausea medication, but without the usual unpleasant side effects. Zingiber has strong anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties and is also used to treat arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.

      Mentha piperita (Mint) one of the most effective of the mint herbs, has been used for centuries to relieve indigestion, nausea and heartburn. Modern research has demonstrated its effectiveness in soothing the symptoms of Diverticulosis, IBS and other digestive disorders. Mentha piperita is widely cultivated for medicinal uses and also has anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties. It relaxes the muscles of the digestive tract and stimulates the flow of natural digestive juices and bile, thereby assisting healthy digestion.

      Kalium phosphate (Kali. phos.) is a biochemic tissue salt which is very effective in the treatment of anxiety and stress and is often referred to as a natural tranquilizer. It has many benefits, among them the relief of a 'nervous stomach'.

      Aconite C30: A homeopathic remedy which is often used to treat conditions of shock and anxiety. It is also prescribed for otherwise healthy pets, that develop a sudden illness of acute nature, often accompanied by fear, anxiety and panic attacks.

      Cocculus C30 is a homeopathic remedy well known for its ability to relieve travel sickness, vertigo, nausea and vomiting.

      Pulsatilla vulgaris C6 is used in the treatment of nausea and vomiting and also helps to calm and soothe the sufferer of travel sickness, particularly when there is an aversion to the enclosed space and a need for fresh air.

      Lactose (inactive ingredient) (PetAlive EasyTravel Solution contains no gluten, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives)

      ...BOTH the problem of ANXIETY and MOTION SICKNESS are addressed by this product .

      Use ^that^ as if it's a URL, and it'll open the page to more info than copied above.

      ADDED LATER:

      Also, there are some good suggestions, & other products,
      suggested on another site:

      Don't take you pet on a long trip with a full stomach.
      Try to feed him at least 3 hours before traveling.
      Keeping you pet hydrated is very important so make sure he has water before the trip...

      "Sea Sik" is a Homeopathic Oral Spray remedy for motion or sickness. Just spray under your dog or cat's tongue for relief of car or motion sickness.

      "CanTravel" is a Herbal Solution formulated into mini granules that you sprinkle on your tongue to relieve symptoms of motion sickness.

      "On The Move" is a blend of peppermint, ginger root, licorice root, valerian root, catnip and cayenne. These natural herbs are combined to relieve the symptoms associated with car or motion sickness.

      "Sailors Secret" : Natural Premium Ginger capsules that reduce the symptoms due to car or motion sickness for you dog or cat.

      "Motion Eaze" uses natural oils applied behind your pets ear to relieve the symptoms of motion sickness for your cat or dog.

      There IS something else to consider besides safety, though. You say the flight will be 5 hours. Natural remedies may only last for 4 hours, then need another dose (taken orally, they might require an hours digestion time before becoming affective). Check with a Holistic / Naturopathic Veterinarian.

      Another approach entirely, which can be used along with either natural or pharmaceutical methods, is EFT. An explanation & instructions are to be found by copy-pasting the following into your URL box, & hit "Go":

      Pets--A Gift From God
      http://watchtower.org/e/20040222a/article_01.htm
      (A favorite article of mine that I like to share.)

  44. QUESTION:
    Why does my stomach hurt after eating?
    For the past 3 days I've been having a really bad pain in my stomach after eating. I also can't stop burping after I take a bite of anything. The only thing I found that doesn't make my stomach hurt is lemonade. I'm a 14 year old girl. Does anyone have any idea what's going on?

    • ANSWER:
      If your stomach hurts only after eating there several diseases but especially three that affect a large number of people around the world are:

      If your stomach hurts after eating you should read this!Gastritis
      Ulcers
      Irritable Bowel Syndrome

      Both gastritis and ulcers are closely related and similar diseases, their symptoms are very similar and both diseases are very common, causing heartburn, stomach pain after eating, gas, bloating, abdominal discomfort, constipation, and more symptoms.

      A common cause of gastritis and ulcers is a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori, the bacterium is one of the major reasons that most people develop ulcers and gastritis. This bacterium infects adheres to the stomach, causing an excess of acid, which in turn causes gastritis and ulcers and this causes your stomach hurts after eating.

      Both gastritis and ulcers can lead to major health problems without treatment and with the passage of time the gastric cancer may appear.

      For all the above is very important to look after our health and assist with a medical gastroenterologist.

      Irritable Bowel syndrome is another condition placed very common, the United States alone, 14% of the population has suffered from this disorder, in other countries like Mexico to 35% of the population have suffered from irritable bowel syndrome.

      Irritable bowel syndrome has many symptoms for it is sometimes difficult to diagnose, the most common are that your stomach hurts after eating, often intermittent abdominal pain, anytime, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal swelling, intestinal dysmotility, in some patients also have fever, nausea and even vomiting.

      This syndrome has more symptoms such as esophageal reflux (heartburn), fibromyalgia (muscle pain and fatigue), chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, headache, backache.
      What Causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

      So far has not discovered the exact cause leading to the emergence of this syndrome, but there are factors that most likely originate from this disease are:

      After having an intestinal infection many patients develop irritable bowel syndrome, although the causes are unknown.

      It is believed that stress is a major cause,

  45. QUESTION:
    how to get rid of hives without antihistamines?
    I have a severe case of hives on my arms, neck and chest, but cannot take antihistamines due to my acute closed angle glaucoma, what should I take to give me relief?

    • ANSWER:
      Hives are a sudden skin rash. Usually a result of an allergic reaction your body had, usually to food, medication, your environment and sometimes even stress.

      Allergic reactions are basically your body's version of friendly fire, your body is defending itself against a non-enemy. Your body's weapon of choice for this battle is histamines.

      Your body releases histamines in order to fight against what it thinks is the enemy. When your body over reacts and too many histamines build up in one spot you end up with what's known as hives.

      Hives usually spread around the torso, upper thighs, and arms. It's very rare to have hives appear around the head or neck area.

      Some things you will want to do to start getting relief from the discomfort of hives are:

      * Avoid scratching the affected areas - although it can drive you crazy, scratching your hives will only make it worse.
      * Stay away from alcohol
      * Avoid tight fitting clothing - the pressure on the skin will just intensify the urge to scratch
      * If the affected area is only in one small area you can apply ice wrapped in a towel to the area to relieve the discomfort.
      * Taking cool showers or baths will also help with the itching
      * Take an antihistamine to relieve the itching and eventually reduce the swelling

      Typically, antihistamines such as Benadryl are taken to treat allergic reactions. The problem with using products like Benadryl is that they also include some not so pleasant side effects.

      In this case the side effects include dizziness, drowsiness, coordination problems, heartburn, insomnia, tremor, nausea and vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, dry mouth, and dry cough and others.

      I think you will find the natural or homeopathic alternatives to be more favorable since they go to work without causing drowsiness or any of the other negative side effects.

      Often times nature has a fix for the ailments we have, the problem is we've been trained to believe that they don't work.

  46. QUESTION:
    Can you be addicted to a vitamin?
    I feel like I've got a hangover. I just keep taking vitamin C and now I'm starting to take vitamin C supplements because I've drunk 3 litres of orange juice, 5 peppers and some strawberries and I don't think I should take anymore because I have a splitting headache.

    • ANSWER:
      Because you took too much Vitamin C. A few strawberries is enough to fulfill your nutritional needs for Vitamin C, however too much causes diarrhea, headaches, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, abdominal cramps and even kidney stones.

      While I don't think you can become addicted to a vitamin perse, I do think there is always too much of a good thing and too much causes bad things to happen.

      Vomiting and diarrhea will cause dehydration, so it's essential that you drink some water to prevent dehydration. How do you know if you are dehydrated? Check your heart rate, if it's near 100, you need water stat. Go a head and lay down, but make sure you drink at least two or three glasses of water and can hold it down.

  47. QUESTION:
    why the heck is my throat killing me?
    Ok, my throat is killing me on the right side and it's a little swollen. I really don't know why but it's hurting allot. Ok, kinda personal but I gave my spouse some killer blow jobs the past couple of days. Do you think it has to do with that. Yes, I went little deep. But, this never happened before.

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe one of these is it:

      Sore Throat - Topic Overview

      Sore throats can be painful and annoying. Fortunately, most sore throats are caused by a minor illness and go away without medical treatment.

      Several conditions can cause a sore throat.
      Viral infections

      Many sore throats are caused by a viral illness, such as:

      * The common cold, the most common type of viral infection.
      * Infection of the voice box (laryngitis)
      * Mononucleosis (mono, "the kissing disease"), a viral infection that tends to cause a persistent sore throat.
      * Other viral infections, such as mumps, herpangina, or influenza.

      Bacterial infections

      A bacterial infection may also cause a sore throat. This can occur from:

      * Strep throat, which usually does not occur with congestion or a cough.
      * An inflammation or infection of the tonsils (tonsillitis) and sometimes the adenoids (adenoiditis).
      * Inflammation of the epiglottis (epiglottitis).
      * Inflammation of the uvula (uvulitis).
      * In rare cases, a sexually transmitted disease (STD), such as gonorrhea or chlamydia. If you have engaged in high-risk sexual behavior, consider whether gonorrhea or chlamydia may be present. For more information, see the topic Exposure to Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

      Irritants and injuries

      A sore throat that lasts longer than a week is often caused by irritants or an injuries, such as:

      * Throat irritation from low humidity, smoking, air pollution, yelling, or nasal drainage down the back of the throat (postnasal drip).
      * Breathing through the mouth when you have allergies or a stuffy nose.
      * Stomach acid that backs up into the throat, which may be a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Although this often occurs with heartburn, an acid taste in the mouth, or a cough, sometimes a sore throat is the only symptom.
      * An injury to the back of the throat, such as a cut or puncture from falling with a pointed object in the mouth.
      * Chronic fatigue syndrome, a condition that causes extreme tiredness.

      Treatment for a sore throat depends on the cause. You may be able to use home treatment to obtain relief.

      Because viral illnesses are the most common cause of a sore throat, it is important not to use antibiotics to treat them. Antibiotics do not alter the course of viral infections. Unnecessary use of an antibiotic exposes you to the risks of an allergic reaction and antibiotic side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rashes, and yeast infections. Antibiotics also may kill beneficial bacteria and encourage the development of dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

      Review the Emergencies and Check Your Symptoms sections to determine if and when you need to see a doctor.

  48. QUESTION:
    Is valerian good for anxiety?How does it work?
    Is there any side effects you can get?

    • ANSWER:
      It is an excellent remedy when prescribed according to the patients individual symptoms, if you have the symptoms which Valeriana can cure it will be effective otherwise it might cause you harm. In Homeopathy Valeriana is used for the followibng symptoms, if you have symptoms similar to the ones described in its proving it will be beneficial for you otherwise you will have to look for a remedy which has symptoms similar to ones you are feeling. :-) Please read the provings of Valeriana below :-

      VALERIANA OFFICINALIS
      Valerian
      (VALERIANA)

      Hysteria, over-sensitiveness, nervous affections, when apparently well-chosen remedies fail. Hysterical spasms and affections generally. Hysterical flatulency.

      Mind.--Changeable disposition. Feels light, as if floating in air. Over-sensitiveness (Staph). Hallucinations at night. Irritable. Tremulous.

      Head.--Sensation of great coldness. Pressure in forehead. Feeling of intoxication.

      Ears.--Earache from exposure to draughts and cold. Nervous noises. Hyperæsthesia.

      Throat.--Sensation as if a thread were hanging down throat. Nausea felt in throat. Pharynx feels constricted.

      Stomach.--Hunger, with nausea. Eructations foul. Heartburn with gulping of rancid fluid. Nausea, with faintness. Child vomits curdled milk in large lumps after nursing.

      Abdomen.--Bloated. Hysterical cramps. Thin, watery diarrhœa, with lumps of coagulated milk, with violent screaming in children. Greenish, papescent, bloody stool. Spasms in bowels after food and at night in bed.

      Respiratory.--Choking on falling asleep. Spasmodic asthma; convulsive movements of the diaphragm.

      Female.--Menses late and scanty (Puls).

      Extremities.--Rheumatic pains in limbs. Constant jerking. Heaviness. Sciatica; pain worse standing and resting on floor (Bell); better walking. Pain in heels when sitting.

      Sleep.--Sleepless, with nightly itching and muscular spasms. Worse on waking.

      Fever.--Long lasting heat, often with sweat on face. Heat predominates. Sensation of icy coldness (Heloderma; Camp; Abies c).

      Relationship.--Compare: Asaf; Ign; Croc; Castor; Amm valer (in neuralgia, gastric disturbance, and great nervous agitation). Insomnia especially during pregnancy and menopause. Feeble, hysterical nervous patients.
      *********************************************************
      The above provings have been taken from the Materia Medica of Homeopathic Medicine by Dr William Boericke MD.
      I hope the provided info proves helpful to you !
      Take Care and God Bless you !

  49. QUESTION:
    Can I get abdominal pain from bad posture?
    I keep getting a nagging discomfort in the right side of my abdomen; it isn't sharp, but more of a burning discomfort in my upper right abdomen, below my ribs. Sometimes it spreads to the left a little, or behind my navel. Could this be from bad posture, i.e. leaning to my side and sitting that way for too long, or my weird posture while sleeping?

    Thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      I get that same pain and I have HORRIBLE posture but my doctor is pretty sure it's gallbladder attacks because I'll get that even when I lay down. Does it go away when you lay down?

      Mine started out as mild discomfort when leaning forward when sitting and then I noticed it had to do with eating and it started happening after eating and happened whether I was sitting or not. It became intense pain like a SHARP stinging sensation under my right rib and it becomes sore to the touch.

      Sound familiar at all?

      Of course posture can affect your abdomen because if you're leaning forward really far you're kind of squishing your abdomen and that can be really uncomfortable.

      **************
      Gallstones - Symptoms

      The most common symptom of gallstones is pain in the stomach area or in the upper right part of the belly, under the ribs.

      The pain may:

      * Develop suddenly in the center of the upper belly (epigastric area) and spread to the right upper back or shoulder blade area. It is usually hard to get comfortable; moving around does not make the pain go away.
      * Prevent you from taking normal or deep breaths.
      * Last 15 minutes to 24 hours. Continuous pain for 1 to 5 hours is common.
      * Begin at night and be severe enough to wake you.
      * Occur after meals.

      Gallstone pain can cause vomiting, which may relieve some of the belly (abdominal) pain and pressure. Pain that occurs with a fever, nausea, and vomiting or loss of appetite may be a sign of inflammation or infection of the gallbladder (acute cholecystitis). Symptoms that may mean that a gallstone is blocking the common bile duct include:

      * Yellowing of the skin and the white part of the eyes (jaundice).
      * Dark urine.
      * Light-colored stools.
      * A fever and chills.

      There are many other conditions that cause similar symptoms, including heartburn, pain caused by a heart attack, and liver problems. Stomach flu (gastroenteritis) and food poisoning also can cause symptoms similar to gallstones. Diarrhea and vomiting occur with the flu and food poisoning, but the pain tends to come and go rather than be constant. Also, pain with these conditions may be felt all over the belly, rather than in one spot.

      Belly pain that comes and goes (rather than being constant) and that occurs with nausea and vomiting and possibly a mild fever is more likely to be caused by stomach flu or food poisoning than by gallstones. This is especially true if others around you are sick with similar symptoms.

  50. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what the long term affects of using the prescription drug Ranitidine are?
    Or where I can go to find out? I can't seem to find anything about this particular drug. My dad has been taking it regularly for the past 3 months, he gets it over the counter from the pharmacy but I have just discovered that you shouldn't buy a second pack without consulting a Doctor it says so in the pack leaflet. He takes it for very bad heart burn. Does anyone know if this drug is dangerous with long term use? it doesn't say on the leaflet other then known side effects from normal usage.
    I have made an appointment for him but he is so stubborn I will be suprised if he keeps it, I have my mum on his case too so hopefully we will get him there.

    • ANSWER:
      The reason it says not to buy a second pack withoug consulting your doctor is because the acid that is causing your dads heartburn could be burning his esophagus. He may need a stronger prescription that not only controls the heartburn but also helps repair the esophagus.
      Ranitidine has been effective in preventing ulcer recurrence when given in low doses for prolonged periods of time. In doses higher than that used in ulcer treatment, ranitidine has been helpful in treating heartburn and in healing ulcer and inflammation of the esophagus resulting from acid reflux (reflux esophagitis).
      Minor side effects include constipation, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, insomnia, muscle pain, nausea, and vomiting. Major side effects are rare; they include: agitation, anemia, confusion, depression, easy bruising or bleeding, hallucinations, hair loss, irregular heartbeat, rash, visual changes, and yellowing of the skin or eyes.
      You really should convince him to go to the doctor.


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