Causes Of Severe Indigestion And Burping

Digestive disorders are very prevalent among modern men and women. Normally these disorders happen due to the following reasons:

Wrong eating habits

Over eating

Eating of oily and spicy junk food of market

Tension and psychological imbalance

Dehydration

Eating of stale food

Digestive disorders occur when the process of digestion is hampered. They may appear with variety of symptoms as nausea, Vomiting ,flatulence , belching indication, diarrhea and hyper acidity and the undigested food causes lots of stomach troubles also.

Indigestion or dyspepsia is characterized by abdominal discomfort that includes belching acidity , heartburn, heaviness or pain in the upper abdomen and lack of appetite. Indigestion occurs with anxiety, anger , frustration, irregular meal timing, hurried eating or excessive consumption of tea, coffee, alcohol or cigarettes .

Heart burn is a burning sensation in the chest . Although the heart burn may be experienced in the chest it has little to do with your heart. Heart burn occurs due to the result of accumulation of stomach acid. Hyper acidity is the excessive production of digestive acids and juices. When the stomach contains more hydrochloric acid than normal the condition is called hyperacidity. This may lead to ulcer in the stomach. Heartburn is caused when the gastric acid refluxes back to esophagus . Hyperacidity promotes heart burn ,ulcer etc.

The main reason for heartburn is the unhealthy eating habits and also by specific foods .Diet therefore is the single most important factor on both heartburn causes and cures. Eating habits also have a significant impact as eating heavy meals and having meals before going to bed can cause severe heart burn. A sedentary life style also contribute to the problem of heart burn.There are lots of heartburn remedies available for your fit health. For example natural, home made, homeopathic or the most common through modern drugs and medicines.

Chewing of some basil leaves and sucking a small piece of jaggery can reduce heartburn. A glass of chilled milk also work for heartburn and hyper acidity. Chewing of almonds can reduce heart burn. Ginger root with honey taken after meals cure heartburn.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can indigestion cause moderate to severe abdominal pain?
    I have been having upper abdominal pain sometimes it's bad sometimes it's not I have been kind of off schedule and backed up but I'm a tad worried its something bad! I have considered using a laxative safely but I didn't know If that would do more harm than good! I also keep burping and I do feel like I need to go to the bathroom but I can't! Help is appreciated!

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of stomach cancer and Lung cancer?
    I had severe stomach pain 4 days back, till today i have tenderness due to that pain... i am on antibiotics and pain killers...i smoke 4-5 cigrattes a day (from last 10 years) i abdoman is slightly swollen and pain is towards right abdoman...

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.medicinenet.com/lung_cancer/page4.htm#toce

      What are the signs and symptoms of lung cancer?

      Symptoms of lung cancer are varied dependent upon where and how widespread the tumor is. Warning signs of lung cancer are not always present or easy to identify. A person with lung cancer may have the following kinds of symptoms:

      * No symptoms: In up to 25% of people who get lung cancer, the cancer is first discovered on a routine chest x-ray or CT scan as a solitary small mass sometimes called a coin lesion. These patients with small single masses often report no symptoms of lung cancer at the time it is discovered.

      * Symptoms related to the cancer: The growth of the cancer and invasion of lung tissues and surroundings may interfere with breathing, leading to symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, wheezing, chest pain, and coughing up blood (hemoptysis). If the cancer has invaded nerves, for example, it may cause shoulder pain that travels down the outside of the arm (called Pancoast's Syndrome) or paralysis of the vocal cords leading to hoarseness. Invasion of the esophagus may lead to difficulty swallowing (dysphagia). If a large airway is obstructed, collapse of a portion of the lung may occur and cause infections (abscesses, pneumonia) in the obstructed area.

      * Symptoms related to metastasis: Lung cancer that has spread to the bones may produce excruciating pain at the sites of bone involvement. Cancer that has spread to the brain may cause a number of neurologic symptoms that may include blurred vision, headaches, seizures, or symptoms of stroke such as weakness or loss of sensation in parts of the body.

      * Paraneoplastic symptoms: Lung cancers frequently are accompanied by so-called paraneoplastic syndromes that result from production of hormone-like substances by the tumor cells. Paraneoplastic syndromes occur most commonly with SCLC but may be seen with any tumor type. A common paraneoplastic syndrome associated with SCLC is the production of a hormone called adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) by the cancer cells, leading to oversecretion of the hormone cortisol by the adrenal glands (Cushing's syndrome). The most frequent paraneoplastic syndrome seen with NSCLC is the production of a substance similar to parathyroid hormone, resulting in elevated levels of calcium in the bloodstream.

      * Nonspecific symptoms: Nonspecific symptoms seen with many cancers including lung cancers include weight loss, weakness, and fatigue. Psychological symptoms such as depression and mood changes are also common.

      When should one consult a doctor?

      One should consult a health care provider if they develop the symptoms associated with lung cancer, in particular, if they have

      * a new persistent cough or worsening of an existing chronic cough
      ,

      * blood in the sputum,

      * persistent bronchitis or repeated respiratory infections
      ,

      * chest pain
      ,

      * unexplained weight loss and/or fatigue
      , and/or

      * breathing difficulties such as shortness of breath or wheezing.

      and

      http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/help/default.asp?page=3897

      The symptoms of stomach cancer can be quite vague. Symptoms can include

      * Indigestion, acidity and burping
      * Feeling full
      * Pain
      * Feeling or being sick
      * Difficulty in swallowing
      * Bleeding or tiredness and breathlessness because you have lost blood
      * Blood clots
      * Weight loss (usually a symptom of a more advanced cancer)

      Indigestion and burping

      The earliest symptoms are often acidity and burping. Many people diagnosed with stomach cancer have had symptoms like these for years. But these are symptoms of other stomach problems too. Most people who have chronic indigestion and wind never develop cancer. About 1 in every 50 people going to the doctor for the first time with indigestion and burping will have stomach cancer.

      Feeling full

      Another early symptom can be feeling full up sooner when eating your meals. If this leads to eating less over a period of time, you will start to lose weight.

      Pain, sickness and difficulty swallowing

      These are common symptoms. More than half of those diagnosed with stomach cancer have either pain, sickness or some difficulty swallowing. The exact site of the pain can vary. It is most usually in the upper abdomen. Or you may have pain just under your breastbone (sternum) or slightly lower down. You may also feel sick or actually be sick.

      Bleeding

      Even early stomach cancers can bleed. Bleeding over a period of time can make you anaemic. This means your red blood cell count is too low. Anaemia will make you look pale and feel tired. If you are very anaemic you may feel breathless. Vomiting blood is not a common early symptom, but it can happen. If it does, the blood may not be clearly seen. The blood you bring up may be bright red, which means it is fresh bleeding. Or it may look like used coffee grounds because the blood has been in the stomach for a while.

      Blood clots

      People with stomach cancer are more likely to get blood clots. If you have pain or swelling in a leg, or sudden chest pain and breathlessness, you could have a blood clot in your leg or lung. You should contact your doctor straight away because you will need immediate anti-clotting medication.

      Advanced stomach cancer

      Symptoms of a more advanced stomach cancer can include

      * Loss of appetite
      * Weight loss
      * Fluid in the abdomen
      * Blood in the stool
      * Anaemia

      Losing your appetite and losing weight are often later symptoms and can be a sign that the cancer is more advanced. Although some people with early stomach cancer lose their appetite too.

      With an advanced cancer, it may be possible for your doctor to feel a lump in your tummy (abdomen). Some people with advanced stomach cancer develop fluid in the abdomen. This is called ascites.

      Some stomach cancers bleed but don't cause you to vomit. The blood goes through your digestive system. This can cause your bowel movements to look black, like tar.

  3. QUESTION:
    I need help finding a formula for my 2 month old!?
    He has horrible gas pains and screams when he poops. He also grunts all the time which causes him to spit up. We have tried gentle, sensitive, and soy formulas but none of them made a difference. I'm a first time mom at her wits end.... Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!
    I'm also using Dr. browns bottles and have tried the gas drops but they don't seem to help.

    • ANSWER:
      Talk to your pediatrician. Nutrimagen by Enfamil is what my son has been on for the longest. Soy and other lactose free did not work. He had a severe milk allergy and it was the only thing they could put him on. You can ask for samples at the doctor's office, local WIC office, and Enfamil's website will give you coupons. Or, you could just buy a can and give it a whirl. It definitely sounds like a milk allergy and it's very painful (gas, upset stomach, constipation/diarrhea). Keep him propped after every feeding (even while he's asleep) to help with possible reflux or acid indigestion. Good luck with your lil one.
      PS To help with the gas pains, you can gently push his legs toward his belly and try other burping methods. Pushing on his legs like that will help relieve pressure and also help him pass stools.

  4. QUESTION:
    15 weeks pregnant- Im having severe tenderness in my stomach, is this normal?
    Im burping all day and night, almost every 5-10 minutes. also im having very bad indigestion which is causing my abdominal to become tender. But now the tenderness is moving lower into my stomach- can this just be gas, uterus stretching or something worse?? the pain is also causing my lower right pelvic are to hurt & making it difficult to lift my right leg? HELPPPP

    • ANSWER:
      she or he might be on a nerve and i didnt get any sickness til i was about 15 weeks also. call you doc

  5. QUESTION:
    Severe gas and indigestion and burning burps. What could be the cause.?
    I haven't eaten any spicy foods in three months. I had grilled food yesterday. and salads all week. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      This is similar to what the symptoms I have and it turned out I have a Hiatal Hernia and G.E.R.D. Have you tried anything over the counter for it? Try Zantac or something like that for relief. Prilosec is supposed to help too. With the medicine I am on, I had to have a prescription for something and will be on it for life. Don't eat for at least two hours before you go to bed. Elevate your head or the head of your bed about 6 inches. If you are overweight they recommend a weight loss program. I have put a couple of sites that explain the same thing I have said. I hope this has helped.
      You may have to copy and paste the addresses into your web browser. I couldn't get them copied right. One is for WebMd and the other is for Cleveland Clinic then look up Hiatal Hernia

  6. QUESTION:
    What are signs of gall bladder problems?

    • ANSWER:
      Pain or tenderness under the rib cage on the right side
      Pain between shoulder blades
      Stools light or chalky colored
      Indigestion after eating, especially fatty or greasy foods
      Nausea
      Dizziness
      Bloating
      Gas
      Burping or belching
      Feeling of fullness or food not digesting
      Diarrhea (or alternating from soft to watery)
      Constipation
      Headache over eyes, especially right
      Bitter fluid comes up after eating
      Frequent use of laxatives
      GALLBLADDER ATTACK SYMPTOMS specifically

      Please note that if you are in severe pain and particularly if your attack symptoms are accompanied by fever DO SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY. The following symptoms are typical of a gallbladder attack.

      Moderate to severe pain under the right side of the rib cage
      Pain may radiate through to the back or to the right shoulder
      Severe upper abdominal pain (biliary colic)
      Nausea
      Queasiness
      Vomiting
      Gas
      Burping or belching
      Attacks are often at night
      Attacks often occur after overeating
      Pain will often but not always follow a meal with fats or grease
      Pain may be worse with deep inhalation
      Attacks can last from 15 minutes to 15 hours
      SYMPTOMS OF GALLSTONES

      Symtpoms of a gallbladder attack are often caused by gallbladder stones. A stone may block the neck of the gallbladder or get stuck in a bile duct inhibiting the flow of bile or possibly causing a backing up of bile. However, short of causing an actual attack, stones may be present for years and never cause any symptoms at all. "Biliary pain can occur in about a third of the gallstone patients" (which leaves two thirds NOT experiencing pain) and "sometimes the gallstone symptoms are difficult to differentiate from that of dyspepsia." (indigestion)3 The gallstones can impair the functioning of the gallbladder, however, which can result in any of the common gallbladder symptoms.

      Gall bladder symptoms can look and feel the same with or without stones. Therefore, all of the symptoms on listed on this page can accompany gallstones and gallstones can also be asymptomatic meaning you do not have any symptoms. These are called silent gallstones.

  7. QUESTION:
    Indigestion or pinched nerve or something else?
    I have a dull pain that comes and goes. Its located in the middle, right under where the ribs meet in the middle. But sometimes my back in the middle (seems to be level with the front area) it will hurt. Sorta feels like a bubble (?) Like a burp or gas bubble. Its not severe or anything, just a dull pain, it comes and goes for the last 2-3days. Im female 29, bloodpressures normal, cholesterols ok, im losing weight and I exercise daily...any idea

    • ANSWER:
      A half dozen organs can cause that feeling, and only a doctor can tell which one.

  8. QUESTION:
    Indigestion or pinched nerve?
    I have a dull pain that comes and goes. Its located in the middle, right under where the ribs meet in the middle. But sometimes my back in the middle (seems to be level with the front area) it will hurt, sorta feels like a bubble (?) Like a burp or gas bubble. Its not severe or anything, just a dull pain, it comes and goes for the last 2-3days. Im female 29, bloodpressures normal, cholesterols ok, im losing weight and I exercise daily...any idea if its pinched nerve or just built up gas?

    • ANSWER:
      likely it is a pinched nerve causing diaphragm weakness. see an hio method chiropractor for correction.

  9. QUESTION:
    is Smart Balance Omega-3 Butter fish oil safe?
    Hey, I heard that certain low quality fish oil could contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) which is supposedly known for causing cancer, I'm wondering if Omega-3 Smartbalance Extra-Virgin olive oil is safe to eat, could it cause cancer? It has fish oils in it.

    • ANSWER:
      Butterfish, 3 oz. (84.9g) (cooked, dry heat)
      Calories: 159
      Protein: 18.8g
      Carbohydrate: 0.0g
      Total Fat: 8.7g
      Fiber: 0.0g
      *Excellent source of: Selenium (39.8mcg), Niacin (4.9mg), and Vitamin B12 (1.5mcg)
      *Good source of: Potassium (409mg)

      Several human studies have found that supplementation with fish oil leads to a reduction in markers for the risk of colon cancer. Despite these promising reports, no trial has yet investigated whether dietary fish consumption or continuous supplementation with fish oil would actually help prevent colon cancer, or effectively treat people who already have been diagnosed with colon cancer.

      If you take large doses of supplements which contain high level of vitamins (especially vitamin D) in addition to Omega 3 fatty acids, the risk is possibility of vitamin poisoning. Vitamin poisoning is a condition wcan lead to toxic symptoms. For this reason, you should take fish body oil instead of fish liver based oil.

      Another side effect of fish oil is heavy metal poisoning. Many fish contain heavy metal (mercury, lead, nickel, arsenic and cadmium) and other contaminants (PCB's, furans, dioxins). If you eat fish, avoid fish species which contain toxin mercury and contaminants, including Largemouth Bass, Sturgeon, and others such as Shark, Swordfish, King Mackerel, and Tilefish

      The omega-3 in the fish oil may increase the risk of bleeding when taken in large doses. The bleeding can take the form of strokes, nosebleeds and blood in the urine. As the fish oils seem to decrease platelet aggregation, bleeding times may be longer.

      A major worry with fish oils and the fish they are created from is poisoning from heavy metal and other pollutants. Mercury, dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are found in some species of fish. However, mostly this fish oil side effect is associated with eating fish directly as the oil, even in contaminated fish, carries little of the pollutants.

      Stomach upset are a common side effect of fish oil supplements. Diarrhea may also occur, with potentially severe diarrhea at very high doses. There are also reports of increased burping, acid reflux/heartburn/indigestion, abdominal bloating, and abdominal pain. Fishy aftertaste is a common effect. Gastrointestinal side effects can be minimized if fish oils are taken with meals and if doses are started low and gradually increased.

      People with low blood pressure or those taking blood-pressure reducing medicines should take care. One of the reported side effects of fish oil is a reduction of blood pressure. The impact on blood pressure appears to be dose dependent.

  10. QUESTION:
    Help for heartburn during pregnancy?
    I'm in my fourteenth week and have very severe heartburn that causes me to throw up. Tums don't seem to be working, and I don't want to go on any medications stronger than that. Does anybody have a "miracle cure?"

    • ANSWER:
      i too have suffered from severe heartburn and indigestion. a lot of the times stuff comes up when i try to burp which is not pleasant. my advice, stay away from things that cause heartburn to be worse: chocolate, caffeine, tomato sauce, etc. give yourself at least 3 hours after eating before laying down. try to keep your upper body in an upright position (gravity helps the acid to stay down). tums didn't really work for me either. i tried rolaids and they helped more than tums, but dont eat too many of them. call your doctor for any futher tips and advise.

  11. QUESTION:
    Extreme bloating and stomach discomfort?
    2 days ago, I was having sulfuric/egg-like burps with minor stomach bloating.

    Today, my stomach is absolutely huge. I look extremely pregnant (I'm not, though) and I feel like there is a giant ball of gas inside me. I can't go to school because of this and I can barely walk without having to clutch my stomach.

    I've already taken pepto-bismol but the problem persists. What's wrong?!

    • ANSWER:
      I am sure u r suffering from gastritis !!!!

      Gastritis is not a single disease, but several different conditions that all have inflammation of the stomach lining. Gastritis can be caused by drinking too much alcohol, prolonged use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin or ibuprofen, or infection with bacteria such as Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). Sometimes gastritis develops after major surgery, traumatic injury, burns, or severe infections. Certain diseases, such as pernicious anemia, autoimmune disorders, and chronic bile reflux, can cause gastritis as well.

      The most common symptoms are abdominal upset or pain. Other symptoms are belching, abdominal bloating, nausea, and vomiting or a feeling of fullness or of burning in the upper abdomen. Blood in your vomit or black stools may be a sign of bleeding in the stomach, which may indicate a serious problem requiring immediate medical attention.

      Gastritis is diagnosed through one or more medical tests:

      Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. The doctor eases an endoscope, a thin tube containing a tiny camera, through your mouth (or occasionally nose) and down into your stomach to look at the stomach lining. The doctor will check for inflammation and may remove a tiny sample of tissue for tests. This procedure to remove a tissue sample is called a biopsy.

      Blood test. The doctor may check your red blood cell count to see whether you have anemia, which means that you do not have enough red blood cells. Anemia can be caused by bleeding from the stomach.

      Stool test. This test checks for the presence of blood in your stool, a sign of bleeding. Stool test may also be used to detect the presence of H. pylori in the digestive tract.

      Treatment usually involves taking drugs to reduce stomach acid and thereby help relieve symptoms and promote healing. (Stomach acid irritates the inflamed tissue in the stomach.) Avoidance of certain foods, beverages, or medicines may also be recommended.

      If your gastritis is caused by an infection, that problem may be treated as well. For example, the doctor might prescribe antibiotics to clear up H. pylori infection. Once the underlying problem disappears, the gastritis usually does too. Talk to your doctor before stopping any medicine or starting any gastritis treatment on your own.

      Any other reason ????

      People who complain about flabby middles may have stomach bloating problems without even realizing it.
      Stomach exercises won't do a thing for your bloating, so it's important to determine how much of your problem stems from this common occurrence.
      Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if the bulge in your stomach is caused more by fat, bloating or both.
      Generally, if you are obese because of a bad diet then it's probably safe to assume that you are experiencing both...especially since a common cause of bloating is indigestion from eating the wrong foods.
      Another way to tell if your problem may be bloating is if you experience lots of discomfort after a meal. Gas or abdominal pains may indicate your food is not digesting properly. This can cause some serious amounts of bloating too.
      Also, if the size of your "gut" (particularly your lower abdominal region) seems to drastically change in size throughout the day then a big part of your problem may be from bloating as well.
      Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

      It sounds ugly, but it really is a very common disorder among people. You may have it and not even know it.
      A lot of folks just write off their discomfort and bloating as gas or indigestion when they are really experiencing irritable bowel syndrome.
      IBS is a NON life-threatening disorder of the gastrointestinal tract characterized by abdominal pain, diarrhea, gas, bloating and changes in bowel habits. If you have IBS, you may have one or more of these symptoms as they vary among individuals. It's important to note that women make up nearly 75% of IBS sufferers.
      Causes of IBS

      large meals
      on-going stress and emotional upsets
      medicines
      certain foods such as wheat, chocolate and milk products
      caffeine
      If you think you may be suffering from this condition, you should seek help from your physician. There are medications that can help you cope with IBS.
      Here's a website that offers help with IBS.
      Water Rids The Bloating Effect

      If you're not drinking enough water throughout the day, this can cause unnecessary bloating.
      Water has so many health benefits. Not only does it help with digestion and retards bloating, but it supports so many of the body's daily functions.
      If you are a person that has a hard time drinking any water, start off by drinking one or two glasses per day.
      Carry a bottle with you or leave one on your desk at work. Gradually work your way up to the 8 glasses.
      Lisa's Tip: Here's what I do to ensure I drink my daily allowance of water:
      I have two 32 ounce bottles - one at home and one at work (totals 64 ounces which is equivalent to 8 glasses).
      I drink

  12. QUESTION:
    Do I have the flu, a fever or..?
    my head has been spinning all day..it gets worse when I lay down..and like 3 hours ago my stomach started feeling really strange, I cant really explain the feeling..but I feel like im going to vomit! am i sick? and I keep on burping as well

    • ANSWER:
      Influenza, aka "the flu" is usually accompanied by a "fever" i.e. a high temperature
      plus aching limbs. weakness and tiredness. It is usually a Winter complaint.
      You sound more as though you have a gastric upset, possibly caused by severe indigestion, food allergy or mild food poisoning.
      Can you identify anything which you have eaten in the past 12 hours which could have upset you?
      If in the UK, you can talk to a qualified nurse on NHS Direct, Tel: 0845-4647 or if the symptoms continue, perhaps seek advice from your own medical practitioner.
      Meanwhile, drink water and try eating just crackers or toast.

  13. QUESTION:
    long bouts of burping, slow eater, not into spicy foods, laying makes worse.?
    i get mild to severe chest pain, followed by long bouts of burping. i am a slow eater, no spicy foods, laying down is worse. no burning ( like reflux ) it is all day and night.started about 3 months ago. new medication, beta blocker.do not drink, at all.

    • ANSWER:
      It's possible you have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). It's a stress-related gastro-intestinal problem which is caused by spasms in the colon. The spasms prevent normal gas to pass through and it results in moderate to severe pain. The burping could be your body's way of relieving itself of the gas which is stuck.

      OTH, there are many things which could cause this. Chest pain should be investigated. Also, there is the possibility of an aortic aneurysm. I'm not trying to scare you, but to let you know that going to your doctor for a checkup is the best thing you could do. Your symptoms describe mild indigestion all the way to a serious life-threatening problem.

      Only a medical professional who can see you in person can truly help. Best Wishes.

  14. QUESTION:
    eggy burps what do they mean while your pregnant?
    i am 28 weeks pregnant and i get these frequently what do they mean iv looked it up and it siad like vomiting and stuff but i dont even really feel sick with them just on and off and its not that bad but what could this mean is it bad for my babies please hurry and help me

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      I wonder if it could possibly be your gall bladder. I had trouble with mine during my second pregnancy. I had pain under my breastbone and severe heartburn indigestion. I could just be that you are having indigestion. There are medications that you can take during pregnancy that will help with those symptoms. I would just mention it to you doctor the next time you go. This only causes you to be uncomfortable but shouldn't have any affect on your babies.

  15. QUESTION:
    Yahoo won't let me view my profile, it's a blank page?
    It keeps saying "Sorry, we experienced an unrecoverable error. Please try again later." When I click on settings.... But when I click on my profile .... It's a blank white page.

    I was trying to change my avatar.

    Does anyone have a clue how I can fix this? Or how I can contact yahoo?

    • ANSWER:
      You didn't 'break' anything, so there's nothing for you to fix. Sometimes servers get indigestion, and a few people are inconvenienced. Could be an HD crash, or a PS failure, or whatever. Eventually the hardware will get fixed, but first the admins have to -route- -around- the problem server. There are a few burps and farts for a while but eventually it will clear out.

      Here're two suggestions. Logout from Y, do an F5 under IE, or a shift-reload under FF, to -force- the browser to get a new copy of the home page. That might connect you to a different server.

      Or a more severe reconnect, logout from Y, and tell your PC/router to 'renew' your IP address. Then load Y again.

      While these are possibilities, I've never really tried them much because the outages I've seen never lasted more than a couple of minutes and it would take as long to do the adjustments as to wait. The server reroute could happen fast enough that making the local adjustments make it -look- like they did some good when in fact it served no real purpose.

      OTOH it's Sunday and admin resources are low so it -could- take a while longer to adjust the server arrangements, and doing a local fix to reconnect to a different server might be a good idea.

      EDIT: If you can login, and logout, and login to your account, that means that there's nothing wrong with the -account-, that you're not suspended or deleted or anything weird/worse. If there's some function -within- that account that doesn't work right, that means that the server that handles that function, for a particular batch of users, has a problem. There is nothing anyone can do except for admin to push the right buttons. The absolutely only thing any of us normal humans can do is write Feedback to let them know something is not right. But now that already a bunch of time has passed and I'm sure they're completely aware of the problem.

      On rare occasion it's not impossible at all for a major function to suffer indigestion, for a large number of people, but that's very rare.

      There are also instances where Y deliberately disables something, for software updates, but that usually causes a function to fail for everyone for a while, or to fail for groups of user in a round robin rotation.

      Regardless, eventually it will 'pass.' :) /EDIT

  16. QUESTION:
    How would you describe indigestion v. heartburn?
    I've always assumed heartburn would be in the chest area (lol, near the heart!), and I've never had indigestion (if I did, I didn't know it), so I'm not sure which one I'm experiencing.

    I've been having this annoying burning/full feeling in my throat. I get it atleast once every day. The burning or pain is not in my chest, it's more in my throat. It's a burning that's always at the very top of my throat. If it's not a slight burning sensation, then at the very least, it feels like I'm full...but I don't have the full feeling in my stomach...it's a full feeling throughout and to the top of my throat, as if my stomach won't let anymore food in.

    But remember, at the same time as this burning and/or full feeling in my throat, I don't have a stomach ache! It's not like at Thanksgiving where I've stuffed myself so full that there's literally nowhere else for my food to go, lol! And I don't have pain or burning in my chest.

    So, would you describe this as indigestion or heartburn? What does indigestion feel like as opposed to heartburn?
    Lol, don't worry Raw...I Google'd the fancy term he mentioned in the beginning, and when nothing came up about heartburn or indigestion, I reported him!

    • ANSWER:
      indigestion causes the following
      pain, fullness or discomfort in the upper part of your abdomen or chest
      heartburn
      loss of appetite
      feeling sick
      flatulence, burping or belching

      heart burn also known as reflux causes burning sensation in the chest or throat, and a sour bitter taste in your mouth, is may cause difficulity swallowing or cause you to have a cough.

      i think it sounds like heartburn to me hun, if you find certain foods cause it to happen more, avoid these foods, some common ones would be garlic, onions, spicy or acidic foods.eat smaller meals, ensure you arent taking any medicine that is irrating your stomach such as difene for example, after eating stay in upright position (gravity helps!!)
      you can get antacids over the counter, rennie for example, see if they help, if the symptoms get more frequent, or severe, visit your gp!
      good luck :)

  17. QUESTION:
    Indigestion every night...?!?
    Hi guys.

    Over the last month or so every single night and sometimes in the day too i have been having what i assume to be indigetion. What generally happens is i am fine but then need to burp more frequently than usual and every time i burp it burns inside me (i think this is what indigetion is anyway)

    I have an appointment with my GP in 10 days but I am a little concerned as to what is wrong and why this is happening. Any ideas ... and this repeated indigestion isnt leaving internal scars or anything is it :S

    • ANSWER:
      it sounds more like acid reflux to me. it is a good idea to see a dr. but in the meantime, try not to eat greasy foods or anything with lots of acid like tea or citrus fruits, and i found that prilosec, which you can get over the counter, helps a lot. you do have to take it every day for it to prevent the reflux. here is what web md says about acid reflux.

      What Is Acid Reflux Disease?

      At the entrance to your stomach is a valve, which is a ring of muscle called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Normally, the LES closes as soon as food passes through it. If the LES doesn't close all the way or if it opens too often, acid produced by your stomach can move up into your esophagus. This can cause symptoms such as a burning chest pain called heartburn. If acid reflux symptoms happen more than twice a week, you have acid reflux disease, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
      What causes acid reflux disease?

      One common cause of acid reflux disease is a stomach abnormality called a hiatal hernia. This occurs when the upper part of the stomach and LES move above the diaphragm, a muscle that separates your stomach from your chest. Normally, the diaphragm helps keep acid in our stomach. But if you have a hiatal hernia, acid can move up into your esophagus and cause symptoms of acid reflux disease.

      These are other common risk factors for acid reflux disease:

      * Eating large meals or lying down right after a meal
      * Being overweight or obese
      * Eating a heavy meal and lying on your back or bending over at the waist
      * Snacking close to bedtime
      * Eating certain foods, such as citrus, tomato, chocolate, mint, garlic, onions, or spicy or fatty foods
      * Drinking certain beverages, such as alcohol, carbonated drinks, coffee, or tea
      * Smoking
      * Being pregnant
      * Taking aspirin, ibuprofen, certain muscle relaxers, or blood pressure medications

      What are the symptoms of acid reflux disease?

      Common symptoms of acid reflux are:

      * Heartburn -- a burning pain or discomfort that may move from your stomach to your abdomen or chest, or even up into your throat
      * Regurgitation -- a sour or bitter-tasting acid backing up into your throat or mouth

      Other symptoms of acid reflux disease include:

      * Bloating
      * Bloody or black stools or bloody vomiting
      * Burping
      * Dysphagia -- a narrowing of your esophagus, which creates the sensation of food being stuck in your throat
      * Hiccups that don't let up
      * Nausea
      * Weight loss for no known reason
      * Wheezing, dry cough, hoarseness, or chronic sore throat

      How is acid reflux disease diagnosed?

      It's time to see your doctor if you have acid reflux symptoms two or more times a week or if medications don't bring lasting relief. Symptoms such as heartburn are the key to the diagnosis of acid reflux disease, especially if lifestyle changes, antacids, or acid-blocking medications help reduce these symptoms.

      If these steps don't help or if you have frequent or severe symptoms, your doctor may order tests to confirm a diagnosis and check for other problems. You may need one or more tests such as these:

      * Barium swallow (esophagram) can check for ulcers or a narrowing of the esophagus. You first swallow a solution to help structures show up on an X-ray.
      * Esophageal manometry can check the function of the esophagus and lower esophageal sphincter.
      * pH monitoring can check for acid in your esophagus. The doctor inserts a device into your esophagus and leaves it in place for one to two days to measure the amount of acid in your esophagus.
      * Endoscopy can check for problems in your esophagus or stomach. This test involves inserting a long, flexible, lighted tube down your throat. First, the doctor will spray the back of your throat with anesthetic and give you a sedative to make you more comfortable.
      * A biopsy may be takenduring endoscopy to check samples of tissue under a microscope for infection or abnormalities.

      an acid reflux disease be treated with diet and lifestyle changes?

      One of the most effective ways to treat acid reflux disease is to avoid the foods and beverages that trigger symptoms. Here are other steps you can take:

      * Eat smaller meals more frequently throughout the day.
      * Quit smoking.
      * Put blocks under the head of your bed to raise it at least 4 to 6 inches.
      * Don't eat at least two to three hours before lying down.
      * Try sleeping in a chair for daytime naps.
      * Don't wear tight clothes or tight belts.
      * If you're overweight or obese, take steps to lose weight with exercise and diet changes.
      * Also, ask your doctor whether any medication could be triggering your heartburn or other symptoms of acid reflux disease.

      Can acid reflux disease be treated with medications?

      In many cases, lifestyle changes combined with over-the-counter medications are all you need to control the symptom

  18. QUESTION:
    ache around my bellybutton...indigestion!!?
    hi all...
    i am suffering from severe gas related problems and even since evening i am having somewhat sharp pain around my bellybutton! i took two rolaids and then also it did not go...the pain is not a throbbing one but whenever i am moving it is there.But after i passed stool(bowel) the pain beame much less. My question is what diet should i follow till tomorrow as i have my doc's appointment on friday! and i cannot go to er now as i have my 6 weeks old infant with me who has not yet been vaccinated! and yes she is breastfed! so kindly help as to what diet to follow till friday to be on the safer side!
    thanks in advance!
    i felt this is indigestion as i had acidic burps !
    i tried to pass stool and the pain is low now but is it possible to reduce it altogether with a painkiller like tylenol or will it be harmful for both of us?

    • ANSWER:
      The pain in your belly button region suggests the gas burbles are in your small intestine. Rolaids causes a chemical reaction when it hits the acid of the stomach, and although you will usually burp out a great deal of the gas it produces, some will naturally slip on down the line. Large amounts of gas will cause pain and discomfort because there's just not enough room in there for the expansion- hence the complaints in the belly department. Jiggling matters around should help move them along, as will a heating pad and massage of the belly. If there is somebody to go to the store for you, there are some things on the market you can take and safely breastfeed. Start with symethicone drops, sold in the infant departments as gas or colic aids. You can safely take them, they are even safe enough for your infant. There's also a product called Gas-X, also safe for you and baby. As far as diet goes, obviously don't drink any carbonated drinks- and avoid the usual gas producing culprits like beans, cabbage, brussel sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower. You may also have an upset in the normal bacterial flora of the gut, which is not letting you digest dairy at the moment. Try cutting out all the dairy products for a few days, and eating a live culture yogurt. Flavor isn't important, but get one with real sugar- not aspartame, and organic is your best bet. A carton or two per day for a few days will replenish gut bacteria well, and you could then ease back into the dairy. This soon after delivery it's not all that unusual to have belly upsets. Try to avoid the rolaids, and just jiggle matters down the line. The colic drops help break up gas in the gut, and things should pass along as usual.

  19. QUESTION:
    What is indigestion?

    • ANSWER:
      Indigestion is the term used to describe pain and discomfort in the upper abdomen or chest that can develop after a meal. The medical term for it is dyspepsia. Sometimes a burning feeling is felt in the chest, and this is known as heartburn. Most people have suffered from indigestion after a large meal at some time, and up to 20% of people suffer from heartburn at least once a week.

      The main symptoms of indigestion are:

      Pain, which may be in the upper part of the abdomen or the chest. This may not always be related to eating.
      Heartburn, a burning pain caused by reflux (regurgitation) of the stomach's contents back up the oesophagus (gullet). The medical term for the condition is gastrooesophageal reflux (GORD). The pain is normally felt in the centre of the chest or behind the sternum (breastbone). If severe, it can be hard to distinguish from a heart attack.
      Loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting.
      Flatulence, burping or belching.
      Indigestion has several causes. Depending on the cause, the symptoms may occur for a short time only, they may return intermittently, or they may be regular and prolonged.

      There are certain indigestion symptoms that could be associated with a serious underlying condition such as an ulcer (see the separate BUPA factsheet on stomach ulcers) or occasionally cancer. Anyone experiencing any of the following symptoms in addition to indigestion should get advice from their GP:

      unintended weight loss,
      new symptoms in anyone over 45 years old who has not previously suffered any indigestion problems,
      severe pain.

      Urgent medical treatment is needed for anyone who experiences the following symptoms:

      vomiting with specks of blood or blood that looks like coffee-grounds,
      vomiting fresh, red blood.

      What causes indigestion?
      The stomach produces a strong acid that helps digest food and protects against infection. A layer of mucus lines the stomach, oesophagus and intestines to act as a barrier against this acid. If the mucus layer is damaged, acid can irritate the tissues below.

      With heartburn, the sphincter (valve) at the join between the oesophagus and stomach does not work properly, allowing reflux of the stomach contents.

      Some of the following things can make the symptoms worse:

      Eating a heavy meal.

      Drinking excess alcohol.

      Smoking.

      Irregular meals, because long gaps between meals allow the acid more time to act. Each meal neutralises the acid for a while.

      Stress and anxiety.
      Drugs such as aspirin and anti-inflammatory medication used to treat arthritis.
      Pregnancy, which commonly causes heartburn, indigestion or vomiting.
      Peptic ulcer (stomach ulcer), which is a raw patch in the lining of the stomach or the small intestine. See the BUPA factsheet, Stomach ulcer for more information.

      Other causes:
      Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)
      This is a bacterium, which lives in the mucus layer of the stomach, that can cause irritation (gastritis). It is present in about half the population, often without causing any symptoms. However, a high percentage of people who suffer from a stomach ulcer are found to carry the bug and about 15% of people who carry the bug will go on to develop an ulcer. It is possible that a small proportion of people who are affected will develop stomach cancer.

      If H.pylori is diagnosed, it can be treated with a one week course of tablets (see Treatment, below).

      Hiatus hernia
      This occurs when part of the stomach slides through the diaphragm, which is the muscular sheet that separates the lungs and chest from the abdomen.

      Normally, the stomach is completely below the diaphragm (see diagram at the top of this factsheet). But in some people, part of the stomach slides up into the chest cavity. This is called a hiatus hernia, and it causes pain and heartburn.

      Hiatus hernia is most likely to occur in pregnant women and people who are overweight. If the symptoms are severe, it can be repaired by an operation.

      Treatment
      A number of lifestyle changes may reduce the symptoms of indigestion. These include:

      dietary changes, such as reducing intake of fatty foods, tea, coffee and alcohol, and eating small regular meals,
      stop smoking,
      sleeping propped up on a pillow,
      reducing stress wherever possible.
      Non-prescription medicines
      A range of indigestion treatments can be bought from the pharmacy without a prescription. These include:

      Antacids
      These can be taken in either in liquid or tablet form. They often contain chalky compounds that work by neutralising the stomach acid. Some antacids contain an ingredient called an alginate which forms a barrier that floats on the top of the stomach contents to prevent them splashing back up into the gullet, thus preventing heartburn and reflux symptoms. Others contain magnesium or aluminium. Side-effects of antacids can include looseness of the bowels and constipation. Many of the popular antacids brands contain a mixture of more than one active ingredient. Examples of antacids brands include Rennies and Gaviscon.

      I hope this helps....

      Don

  20. QUESTION:
    burning in throat?
    lately a LOT whenever i burp or something like that there's a little burning in my throat, not very severe or anything but it's definitley a problem. and after i can still feel some of the burning in my throat lingering, but like i said it's pretty mild. does anyone know what could cause this? i'm 17 btw.

    • ANSWER:
      This may be a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. Your esophageal sphincter (the opening between your esophagus and stomach) is supposed to remain closed when you are not eating. If it opens and stomach acids "back up" into your esophagus, you may feel a burning or have a "bad taste".

      You do not have to have heartburn or indigestion to have GERD. If untreated, GERD may result in erosive esophagitis (the esophagus is inflamed by stomach acid and sheds cells); which may result in Barrett's Esopagus (a precancerous condition), which may result in esophageal cancer.

      Discomfort is not always present when your esophagus is being damaged; you may feel shortness of breath, chest pain, chest tightness, or a "lump in your throat".

      You mention this has been happening "lately a LOT". You should consider evaluation by a physician to see if you would benefit from a reflux medication such as Nexium, acipHex, or Protonix.

      I have seen patients in their 30's die from esophageal cancer resulting from untreated GERD. Don't panic, this isn't happening to you right now! But it does mean you should see your physician to discuss this.

  21. QUESTION:
    the top of my belly hurts?
    it near my cest it goes around but its a sarp pain

    • ANSWER:
      POSSIBLE CAUSES OF UPPER CENTRAL ABDOMINAL PAIN

      Common things occur commonly. We shall therefore start with the most common causes of upper central abdominal pain, and discuss them briefly here. You could be able to read more about each of these illnesses in full in the respective sections where they are dealt with.

      Possible causes of epigastric pain therefore include:

      Indigestion

      Over 7 out of 10 of us experience indigestion at one point or the other in our life. For some, it occurs every day. This is experienced as a discomfort rather than pain in the upper central abdomen, lasting for a few minutes.

      There may be associated feeling of bloating, nausea and burping. It often follows ingestion of a heavy meal or very rich food. You may find your self belching following an attack of indigestion. Indigestion is a word used to describe a constellation of the above symptoms. It is due to wind or indigestible material distending the STOMACH, and wind escaping up via the oesophagus or even downwards by causing flatulence.

      Should indigestion cause severe abdominal pain or chest pain lasting more than half an hour, it is strongly advised you seek urgent medical attention, because other potentially sinister problems can present like indigestion, including heart attack, and others mentioned below.

      Heartburn

      Heartburn is different from indigestion. Many people and even health professionals use these terms interchangeably, but should not be so.

      Heartburn is due to the reflux or back flow of acid material from the stomach into the lower part of the oesophagus (gullet). This often follows a weakness in the valve that controls the lower oesophagus.

      It manifests as a burning sensation behind the breastbone in the chest – not abdomen.

      The burning sensation is often worse following lying down in bed or at night and often leaves a sour taste in the back of the throat or mouth. It is a medical word that describes a range of conditions called Gastro-Oesophageal-Reflux-Disease (GORD).Heartburn has nothing to do with the heart.

      Again, like indigestion, if you feel a pain in your central chest not going off within half an hour, do not assume it is heartburn. Endeavor to see your doctor as soon as possible. Heart attacks can mimic heartburn!

      trapped wind could cause upper central abdominal pain .

      Gastritis

      Gastritis is inflammation of the wall of the stomach. This causes irritation and mild erosion, but no ulcer. It often follows period of stress, or excessive consumption of alcohol or binge drink.

      If you had recently had a moderate to heavy drinking, and feels upper central abdominal pain, you may be having gastritis. The pain can be severe, dull, burning or sharp, and may be piercing to the back, between both shoulder blades. It may be associated with a feeling of wanting to vomit. You may also distaste food, and seek to drink cold fluid.

      Pancreatitis may present like gastritis too, and only a blood test or ultrasound may help to differentiate between the two conditions. So it would be wise to go to the accident and emergency department to get checked out.

      Certain medications like ibuprofen or diclofenac, or aspirin, which belongs to the group of medications called non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) can also precipitate gastritis, and indeed go beyond that to cause or worsen stomach ulcer and even perforation of the stomach.

  22. QUESTION:
    Severe heartburn or something else?
    Since 2009, I've been getting REALLY BAD heart burn off and on... Seems like since I got the swine flu... I thought it was a stomach ulcer at first but when I went to the dr for it they just gave me nexium and it clears up for a while after being on it for about 2 or three months. Usually things like tums and zantac work too but lately they haven't done ANYTHING! I start getting it a little at night, before bed, and then I wake up with excruciating pain in my chest. Really bad burning that feels like my stomach and right above it is on FIRE! If I burp, it feels ten times or more worse. I've tried eating icecream/milk and that helps for maybe an hour or two but then it'll come back just as bad. Even eating ice cycles doesn't help much... helps some but it gets so bad and won't go away I end up crying from the pain and that nothing works to get rid of it. Eventually (3-6 hours later), it'll go away... I mentioned this to the dr a few days ago but it stopped for a few days when I went and they didn't seemed to concerned. Maybe it's acid reflux? Or a stomach ulcer? Sound like something else? I didn't eat any spicy foods today! nor drink, just what I always eat. Maybe two hot dogs earlier today, chicken, ice cream after the heart burn started really bad, and some moon pies.
    It's gotten so bad that I've tried throwing up as well... Once it did help, once I had absolutely nothing on my stomach... But again, everything I do seems to be temp. Maybe only a few hours. By the time it goes away, it's time to get up!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi several things spring to mind an empty stomach is probably the most likely cause.
      followed by eating to much fried food and grease.
      diet is at the root of most attacks of the acid indigestion, the old chalky substances are generally the best as the neutralise the acid as they are an alkaline which is the opposite of acid.
      here in the united kingdom we have the rennie tablets and the Gaviscon liquid which is a chalk based answer, a dose of epsom salts or the brand name ANDREWS liver salts is a carbonated drink which usually does the trick.
      a lot of belching is a sign of the acid being neutralised.
      and passing wind.
      the things you have mentioned that give the worst indigestion are the hot dogs and pies and fried chicken.
      so you need to stop eating the junk.
      eat an apple or banana, far less likely to give you indigestion.

  23. QUESTION:
    A few Heartburn questions?
    1. What does it feel like?

    2. What causes it?

    3. How to prevent it/treat it?

    My new meds have been causing heartburn (I think..). All last night I had a burning sensation from my stomache through my chest (mainly in my chest) and through my throat. It's really painful and it's driving me nuts. I always eat and drink with my meds, so I don't know why I'm getting it.

    • ANSWER:
      That's heartburn. And maybe reflux from the tablets.

      Heartburn is felt more in the chest area.
      Reflux will cause 'spew burps'.

      The medication you are taking is upsetting your stomachs PH levels.
      If you already have a slightly open gullet, then the tablets will reflux back into the oesphagus causing a burning pain.

      The treatment is to take your medication in the morning with food if able.
      Or start taking something for indigestion from the Pharmacy.

      If he becomes too severe, you will need to see your Doctor for a change of meds or some H2 Inhibitors.

      In the mean time, try sleeping with your head raised in the bed.

      Go see your Doctor for a medication review.

  24. QUESTION:
    Burping all the time? What's wrong with me? Help please.?
    Hi I'm 17 years old and had this problem for as long as I can remember. I dont think it has gotten any worse but.... it's really doing my head in now. Something comes up my throat quite slowly and that alone worries me because I worry I'm going to throw up (I have a phobia of throwing up) it feels like it's food or drink, but it ends up being a belch or it goes back down.... This is incredibly annoying because I have to FORCE myself to let those burps out and they're usually really tiny burps.... When I force myself it sounds like I'm puking if you know what I mean. I really don't like it at all...... What do you think this is???? I went to the doctors last month and was prescribed Gaviscon for apparent 'acid reflux' but it hasn't helped at all and I'm worried I will find NO solution to this...... If it helps, my Dad has acid reflux and a weak esophagus. So I'm wondering if I have a weak esophagus too? I've talked to my parents about this but they just say "It's all in your head" but quite clearly it isn't............. Help me please, I'm sick of this. Oh and by the way, this happens every 5 minutes or so, so you can imagine how annoying it is. I'm not pregnant, I don't smoke or drink alcohol nor am I on my period.

    • ANSWER:
      My mother was told she had a "weak" esophagus but a simple online baking soda test showed up severely low stomach acid. I threw away her nexium and gaviscon and started her on betaine HCI with pepsin supplements to help with stomach acid insufficiency and digestive enzyme supplements to help with digestion.

      She also needed to correct her magnesium deficiency (another cause of acid reflux). The results were nothing short of amazing. Severe GERD and severe LPR (suffered both for over 5 years) and gastritis for 25 years (severe pain for the last 5 of those years) are gone. Some good info below not only for you but for your dad.

      Low stomach acid:
      http://www.gallbladderattack.com/stomachacid.shtml

      Betaine HCI with pepsin:
      http://www.modernherbalist.com/betaine.html

      What Everybody Ought To Know (But Doesn’t) About Heartburn & GERD:
      http://chriskresser.com/what-everybody-ought-to-know-but-doesnt-about-heartburn-gerd

      3 Simple Steps to Eliminate Heartburn and Acid Reflux:
      http://drhyman.com/blog/conditions/3-simple-steps-to-eliminate-heartburn-and-acid-reflux/

      Stomach acid test:
      http://www.zen-tai.com/assets/u/stomachacid.pdf

      Digestive Enzymes - King of Indigestion, Bloating and Acid Reflux Remedies:
      http://www.natural-indigestion-relief.com/acid-reflux-remedies-digestive-enzymes.html

      Digestive Disorders and Enzymes:
      http://www.enzymestuff.com/conditiondigestive.htm

      Side effects of antacids and acid blockers:
      http://refluxdefense.com/heartburn_GERD_articles/side-effects-antacids-and-acid-blockers.html

  25. QUESTION:
    Heartburn questions/help?
    In the United States, almost 50% of the population has heartburn at least once a month; 7% have it daily. Heartburn is even more common during pregnancy, with about 1 in 4 women reporting it daily at some point during their pregnancy. Statistics on acid indigestion are difficult to find because the definition is vague, but it's probably almost as common as heartburn. What is the difference between heartburn and acid indigestion? What are some preventions and treatments for each?

    • ANSWER:
      Heartburn is a feeling of burning, warmth, heat, or pain that often starts in the upper abdomen just beneath the lower breastbone (sternum). This discomfort may spread in waves upward into your throat, and you may have a sour taste in your mouth. Heartburn is sometimes called indigestion, acid regurgitation, sour stomach, or pyrosis. It is not caused by problems with your heart, although sometimes heart problems can feel like heartburn. See a picture of heartburn.

      Heartburn may cause problems with swallowing, burping, nausea, or bloating. These symptoms can sometimes last up to 2 hours or longer. In some people, heartburn symptoms may cause sleep problems, a chronic cough, asthma, wheezing, or choking episodes.

      Heartburn usually is worse after eating or made worse by lying down or bending over. It gets better if you sit or stand up.

      Almost everyone will have troubles with heartburn now and then.

      Heartburn occurs more frequently in adults than in children. Many women have heartburn every day when they are pregnant. This is because the growing uterus puts increasing upward pressure on the stomach.

      Symptoms of heartburn and symptoms of a heart attack may feel the same. Occasionally, a person may dismiss serious symptoms as "just gas or indigestion." If you have a history of heart problems or risk factors for a heart attack, your heartburn symptoms may indicate a more serious problem and need to be checked by your doctor.

      Dyspepsia is a medical term that is used to describe a vague feeling of fullness, gnawing, or burning in the chest or upper abdomen, especially after eating. A person may describe this feeling as "gas." Other symptoms may occur at the same time, such as belching, rumbling noises in the abdomen, increased flatus, poor appetite, and a change in bowel habits. Causes of dyspepsia can vary from minor to serious.
      Causes of heartburn

      Heartburn occurs when food and stomach juices back up (reflux) into the esophagus, which is the tube that leads from the throat to the stomach. This process is called gastroesophageal reflux. Common causes of reflux include:

      * Incomplete closing of the valve (the lower esophageal sphincter, or LES) between the esophagus and the stomach.
      * Foods and drinks, such as chocolate, peppermint, fried foods, fatty foods, or sugars; and coffee, carbonated drinks, or alcohol. Once heartburn occurs, the backflow of stomach juices can cause the esophagus to become sensitive to other foods, such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, spicy foods, garlic, and onions. Eating these foods may cause more heartburn.
      * Pressure on the stomach caused by obesity, frequent bending over and lifting, tight clothes, straining with bowel movements, vigorous exercise, and pregnancy.
      * Smoking and use of other tobacco products.
      * Prescription and nonprescription medicines, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, prednisone, iron, potassium, antihistamines, or sleeping pills.
      * A hiatal hernia, which occurs when a small portion of the stomach pushes upward through the diaphragm, which is the muscle that separates the lungs from the abdomen.
      * Stress, which can increase the amount of acid your stomach makes and cause your stomach to empty more slowly.

      Severity of heartburn

      Mild heartburn occurs about once a month. Moderate heartburn occurs about once a week.

      Severe heartburn occurs every day and can cause problems such as trouble swallowing, bleeding, or weight loss. Heartburn with other symptoms, such as hoarseness, a feeling that food is stuck in your throat, tightness in your throat, a hoarse voice, wheezing, asthma, dental problems, or bad breath, may be caused by a more serious problem, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). A persistent inflammation of the lining of the esophagus occurs in GERD and can lead to other health problems. Heartburn may also be related to an infection with Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria.

      Persistent heartburn symptoms can be a sign of a more serious medical condition, such as severe inflammation of the esophagus or cancer of the stomach or esophagus.

      Heartburn is more serious when it occurs with abdominal pain or bleeding.

      * Abdominal pain, especially pain located directly below the breastbone, may be a sign of more serious problems, such as heart disease, peptic ulcer disease, gallbladder disease, a tear in the esophagus, or inflammation of the stomach (gastritis). For more information, see the topic Abdominal Pain, Age 11 and Younger or Abdominal Pain, Age 12 and Older.
      * Vomiting of blood may indicate bleeding in the digestive tract, often from the esophagus or stomach. If you have bleeding in the esophagus, stomach, or part of the small intestine attached to the stomach (duodenum), stools may be dark red or black and tarry. Large amounts of bleeding can lead to shock, a life-threatening condition. For more information, see the topic Nausea and Vomiting, Age 4 and Older.

      Heartburn in

  26. QUESTION:
    Constipation, Indigestion, bloating, the list goes on!?
    Since the beginning of the year(2010) I have been battling it out with constipation, diarrhea sometimes, mass indigestion, bloating, cramps, burning that jumps around from side to side(upper abdomen) day to day. I went to the E.R. when the pain was intolerable and at the time I was experiencing the previous symptoms along with chest pain/burning/pressure right under the breast plate. I was freaking out! They took blood samples as well as stool. The doctor said my blood was clean and there was no H. Pylori. He diagnosed me with Traveler's Diarrheaa. That was about 4 months ago. The burning comes back every now and then but is not as intense. I've burped up stomach acid before this sickness but the burning is not that feeling. It's pressure almost and hot. Anyhow... I've lost 10 pounds during all this starting from 150. I am male, 25 years old, 6' 2" and this hit me out of no where after a snowboarding trip. Could this be Traveler's or is something else going on? I was on the B.R.A.T. diet for the first week of it and I felt better a little and started a normal diet. There is no blood in the stool and never was. Pale-pencil thin stool at times when I have to strain. I don't digest nuts well and when I eat corn with a meal it pretty much is back on the cob when it comes out. A really abnormal amount of corn.

    So my question(s) is/are... Is it possible I have gallstones and that I cannot digest fats or solid food well? Also another thing I have been reading on is parasites and possibly the enlargement of the prostate. I say the prostate because from time to time I get this shooting pain which feels like it's in my colon(almost like a needle pokes the interior wall) and then I tighten and urine will dribble. Any help would be much appreciated and thank you in advance.

    The things I've been taking in this whole ordeal.
    AloeVere Juice
    Probiotics (pill form,yogurt, and kefir)
    Diatemacious Earth(Food Grade for possible parasites)
    One a Days
    Flax seed Oil
    Excess Vitamin C

    • ANSWER:
      I had the same problem for over four years. I went from doctor to doctor and each one of them told me that there was nothing wrong with me, and still my stomach kept getting more bloated and painful. As you can imagine, this was quite frustrating, being told by medical professionals that I was fine, when clearly I wasn't. I did the whole staying off wheat and diary diet, but none of that helped.

      I was on the subway one day and I just happened to see a woman reading the following book by the following doctor (http://www.watercure.com/). The book is called 'You're Not Sick, You're Thirsty', and THANK GOD I read it, because after four years of battling with this constant problem, I am now fully cured.

      The simple answer to your problem is....water! This constant bloating, aching feeling is caused by severe dehydration. You might not even notice that you are thirsty, but that pain your body is exhibiting is telling you just that. That's one of the causes of obesity, is the lack of water in people's diet. Because sometimes when you feel hungry, your body is actually thirsty, and so people eat instead of drink! There are so many syndromes out there that are the result of the simple lack of water.

      So drink plenty of water, everyday, all day, make it part of your lifestyle. The effect is instantaneous and soon enough this pain will be a thing of the past, trust me

  27. QUESTION:
    Is this severe acid reflux?
    I have really bad deep throat pain (esophageal) and throat pain and it also feels dry. I feel like my throat is super tight and it makes it difficult to breathe. It hurts to swallow because it feels so dry. The pain is dull and constant, it just feels like tightening but i've burped a few times which makes me feel like it's indigestion...can acid reflux really cause you to have a dry throat and tightening?

    I kind of want to go to the emergency room, I'm very concerned with my breathing. I'm hydrated and my throat is SO dry and tight...help!

    • ANSWER:
      From my experience with acid reflux... this does NOT sound like it! Acid reflux for me generally consists of a piercing or burning feeling in the center of my chest (esophagus). I'm not so sure about the difficulty breathing and the tight throat?? Sounds like something else.

  28. QUESTION:
    Could these be viral symptoms?
    About 5 weeks ago i had indigestion(very gasy, growling stomach, heartburn, waking up to very uncomfterble upset stomach) and it lasted for about a week. Everytime i would eat i would still have an empty feeling in my stomach. Like a feeling of gas that made it feel empty i guess. And then when i would wake up every morning i would have this empty or gasy feeling in my stomach almost like i had to burp really badly but i couldnt. It lasted about a week. So now since then i get that growling empty stomach feeling every now and then but not as severe. I believe the indigestion was cause by my poor diet. (junkfood). But everytime i eat now for about the past week i get that empty feeling again even after i have a full meal. And today i was dreaming and even in my dream i had that horrible feeling like i had to burp really bad but i just cant. Its the worst ferling. But the night before i drank like 5 sprites and 2 cokes at this christmas party my mom had for her search and rescue team. Could that have done it. And the rest of yoday though i have been feeling kinda sick and kinda tired and even after i ate i felt a little bit empty stomached again. Can anyone tell me whats wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      Try some gas pills. Over the counter. See if that might help you.

  29. QUESTION:
    Heart problem, Anxiety, or Indigestion/reflux?
    I've had bad anxiety the past few years. It's gotten MUCH better, but recently I have been having this sudden, intense "sinking" sensation in the center of my chest. I have noticed that this usually occurs after I have had severe sinus drainage into my lungs/stomach. (I have horrible allergies). I usually have reflux (when I burp bile/food/mucus will come up to the back of my throat). My concern is that this is a heart related problem- I have abused cocaine heavily in the past and had some negative experiences. I went to the doctor today and told him about my symptoms. The sensation usually only lasts a second or two and goes away, usually accompanied with a sense of panic (my response probably). I have noticed it also typically happens after eating. The doc listened to my heart and listened to my symptoms and he seems to think my heart is fine, but because I was concerned about any possible damage my past drug abuse had caused, he scheduled an electrocardiogram for me next Monday. He never clarified what might be causing that sensation...
    anyways, I wish that ecg was tomorrow, because I am worried about it... what do you guys think? Does this sinking feeling sound heart related or could it be caused by a digestive issue? Like I said, in my experience it usually only occurs after intense sinus drainage and the nasty digestive issues that follow it, as well as the chest congestion... but nonetheless it is still a very strange feeling that gives my overactive imagination room to worry

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like acid reflux

  30. QUESTION:
    can an upper GI reveal IBS?
    i do believe i have it and i just had an upper GI but they did not say anything about IBS. would they have if they though i had ot or would they just not say anything?

    thanks:)

    • ANSWER:
      Well, according to https;//www.webmd.com :An upper gastrointestinal (UGI) series is done to:

      Find the cause of gastrointestinal symptoms, such as difficulty swallowing, vomiting, burping up food, belly pain (including a burning or gnawing pain in the center of the stomach, or indigestion. These may be caused by conditions such as hiatal hernia.
      Find narrow spots (strictures) in the upper intestinal tract, ulcers, tumors, polyps, or pyloric stenosis.
      Find inflamed areas of the intestine, malabsorption syndrome, or problems with the squeezing motion that moves food through the intestines (motility disorders).
      Find swallowed objects.
      Generally, a UGI series is not used if you do not have symptoms of a gastrointestinal problem. A UGI series is done most often for people who have:

      A hard time swallowing.
      A history of Crohn's disease.
      A possible blocked intestine (obstruction).
      Belly pain that is relieved or gets worse while eating.
      Severe heartburn or heartburn that occurs often.

      I think that I also am a 'victim" of this IBS. It is not something that is easily diagnosed. It pretty much means that we have problems digesting our food properly. It is I hate to break you right there next to constipation. Do any of us really need a doctor to tell us we are constipated? I have suffered from this as a child. When you are in this state, it hurts! Technically there is nothing wrong that deserves any other diagnosis greater this. And, yes, it is aproblem. I have been to the hospital at least three times in my life because it hurt so bad. It is quite embarrassing to realize that you are only constipated.
      My advise, eat a lot more fiber, occasionally pop a Correctal( I use a generic Kroger brand that seems to do the trick). (make sure you do not have to work the next day, because they do not always work in the time they say, but they do work!)
      Hope this is helpful!

  31. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with me? bloating, burping, gas?
    I am a 21 year old female. This started about a year ago when I would go into work at a restaurant and I would be really stressed out and my stomach would start hurting and cramping. I would have to run to the bathroom. Now after I eat certain food, (foods that I know cause it are banana, bell peppers, raw tomatoes and cucumbers and especially cantaloupe.) I have indigestion after eating certain things, and I have gas and burping and bloating a lot. Just digestive issues. Im fine in the morning before I eat anything. Im worried because my aunt has ovarian cancer and I know she had bloating. Im worried I may have it too. Does it sound like it?

    • ANSWER:
      Gas is not a disease is a symptom. Gas is produced in the intestines air coming out through the rectum, the air leaving the mouth is called belching. The gas is produced in the intestines as food we eat is digested. These gases can make you feel bloated, full, and cause your stomach hurts after eating can cause cramping and colic.

      The cause of the gases can be many:
      -Drugs Such as antibiotics,
      Irritable-Bowel Syndrome-
      Sugar-rich foods-
      Lactose Intolerance-
      -Air-intake by eating
      -Fructose intolerance,
      -Gastritis

      Irritable Bowel Syndrome

      Irritable bowel syndrome, functional colitis, intestinal neurosis, is a chronic digestive disease of unknown cause that affects so unequal a large percentage of the population (14% in the United States of America).

      The symptoms are varied and scattered, mainly characterized by abdominal discomfort or pain, diarrhea, constipation, chronic diarrhea or cast down sometimes alternate or sometimes with only one of these symptoms and fullness. But always it is abdominal discomfort with some type of intestinal motility dysfunction with negative results of all tests performed in the digestive tract from the bowel contrast studies, analytical, scanners, endoscopes, etc.. Another fact is indicative of hypersensitivity to any bloating or gas produced by irritating food.

      It is usually a chronic condition and accompany the patient throughout their life, sometimes with mild symptoms that do not require going to the doctor, sometimes assuming a major disruption in their daily lives. If your stomach hurts after eating maybe you have Irritable Bowel syndrome and you have to go with the doctor.

      Giardiasis is a disease that causes diarrhea caused by an intestinal parasite called Giardia intestinalis or Giardia lamblia, the parasite lives in the small intestine before the duodenum, is transmitted through the feces of infected people or animals, also for unprotected anal sex. Feces can contaminate food or water, so it is recommended not to drink water from streams or rivers, regular hand washing and good hygiene in general.

      Symptoms of giardiasis include:
      Mild or severe diarrhea, yellow, smelly mucus and accompanied by cramps and general malaise.
      In the subacute phase, diarrhea tends to be intermittent, particularly after meals. There is usually abdominal pain.
      Stomach hurts after eating
      sickness
      anorexia
      flatulence
      bloating
      Aerogastria
      Weight Loss

      Gastritis is an inflammation of the gastric mucosa of your stomach, appearing in various forms of imagery in flame red or bleeding subepitelial. However, accurate diagnosis is obtained by endoscopic examination. It is possible that only part of the stomach is affected or what is the whole sphere stomach. There are several causes, including poor eating habits, stress, abuse in the use of analgesics (aspirin, piroxicam, indomethacin, etc.) and alcohol., Autoimmune disorders or infection by Helicobacter pylori. Gastritis is very common nowadays perhaps is the cause your stomach hurts after eating. A very common symptom is the generation of lot of gas and burning sensation in the stomach.

      Ovarian Cancer

      Ovarian cancer does not cause your vagina hurts, but if it causes pain in the pelvis or lower abdomen. The ovaries are complex organs, designed for the reproduction of the species, its mission is to release the egg for fertilization and the production of hormones.

      Risk Factors

      Ovarian cancer is one of the most common gynecologic cancers, attacks mainly women aged 50 to 70 years.
      Women who have close relatives who have had cancer may be more likely to suffer from this disease.
      Women who have never had children are more likely to develop ovarian cancer.
      Women who have had breast cancer or colon cancer tend to have more chance of developing ovariancancer
      Women who have taken fertility drugs are more likely to develop ovarian cancer.

      One of the big problems of ovarian cancer is that in most cases no symptoms or very mild symptomssuch as mild discomfort, when symptoms are severe it is likely that the cancer is in middle or advancedstage, hence the importance of periodic gynecological examinations.

      Some of the symptoms of ovarian cancer are:

      Abdominal discomfort such as gas, cramps, indigestion, swelling, inflammation.
      Feeling of fullness.
      Abnormal vaginal bleeding
      sickness
      diarrhea
      constipation
      frequent urination

  32. QUESTION:
    weight loss, severe bloating, heart burn, churning in stomache, indigestion, anxiety?
    i have recently lost about 30lb in a 3 month time period, i was getting my teeth worked on. since then i have devoloped severe bloating after eating and what i think is heartburn. sometimes i can feel and hear my stomach churnng and gurgling,

    i get a sharp pain in my lower right side which comes and goes but is relieved when i push in on it. i have more gas and burp frequently which i assume is indigestion. i sometimes feel the food sitting in my chest and throat which i also assume in indigestion.

    if i eat in small doses i am usually ok even though i still bloat but it isnt as severe as eating more which usually causes me to be full all day and sometimes into the next day. alcohol intensifies these symptoms and the pain in my side.

    i also see flashes of lights all the time which i have no clue if it is related but scares me all the same. my boyfriend thinks im crazy and hes starting to make me believe it.

    i have had sudden hot and cold flashes where i can feel my face and whole body burn or my hands and feet suddenly become cold but this hasnt happened for a few weeks.

    i do have a history of losing and gaining weight by starving and binge eating though i am trying to gain weight back in hopes my symptoms would get better. now it seems i stay a steady 114 ocaisonally gaining and losing 2 to 3 pounds (not intentionally) but going right back to 114.

    i know this is alot to read but some imput would be great

    • ANSWER:
      You sound sick and like someone who is able to tolerate and accept pain. That isn't me. If I were you, I'd see a doctor ASAP. There are too many symptoms to ignore in the hopes you'll recover or that a stranger on an internet site could cure you. Seek professional medical help.

  33. QUESTION:
    Anyone know anything about severe digestive issues?
    For the past year I have been having major discomfort in my abdomen. I have been suffering from chronic nausea, bloating, gas, acid reflux, indigestion and constipation.

    For months I had been having SERIOUS bouts of nausea, bloating and constipation. The nausea felt like I had the urge to vomit, yet never did. I have an intense fear of vomiting also, but still would have settled. Constipation was very persistant and feeling bloated without being able to burp was also accompanying these symptoms. The doctors said that I had IBS, and told me to change my diet. After altering my diet numerous times, and having no luck, also after months of having a burning feeling in my throat, and being diagnosed with acid reflux, or GERD, they still left me feeling very sick and miserable usually 70% of the day and unable to sleep or eat.

    In November 2008 I had an endoscopy done, the doctor told me they saw no ulcer, beacuse recently I began having alot of abdominal pain in the upper right side, and having trouble eating almost any type of food. They did a biopsy and everything appered normal.

    Ive also had an ultrasound, showing everything looking normal.

    -No pregancies ever.
    -Nomal amounts of stress.
    -Average diet, with moderation to greasy & acidic foods.

    HELP!!

    To sum it up 6 out of 7 days a week I feel nauseas and uncomfortable and always have the urge to vomit yet never do. I also had a bout where I vomited twice in one day, and was EXTREMELY nauseas for about 4 days straight, now just back to the normal nauseal everyday, until this moment keeping me up because I cannot sleep due to the excessive nausea I have.

    I dont know if this helps or not, but I have an extremely hard time burping also, farting isnt an issue, yet I am very constipated?
    I am under a different amount of stress, yes, but I have been like this my whole life and have dealt just fine. So, I am pretty sure it isnt helping, but I dont think it is the sole contributor.

    Yes, they have checked for the bacteria. Nothing was found. And no, the yogurt didnt work. =/

    And thyroid seems closer to something I should look into.

    Would this have anything to do with my gallbladder? I have looked it up a but on the internet.

    • ANSWER:
      Did they test for bacteria like H.pylori? That bacteria can cause all types of digestive problems. Also the constipation could be motility issues. Do you take medications? Maybe like Detrol LA? That med will decrease the action of the smooth muscles of the bladder but is non specific and will decrease motility in your intestines as well. Check you medications and check for there side effects.
      My last guess would be checking your liver and pancreas. Not having enough digestive enzymes can cause a lot of these symptoms, though not all. Many people who say they have a hard time burping but feel the need to have gull bladder issues. Ask about that.
      Did you try that yogurt that helps with regulation? I have heard many people say it works. You should try that too.

  34. QUESTION:
    burping fits (not indigestion, don't think it's GERD either)?
    I'm a 27-year-old female, slightly overweight (that is, thin by American standards), in good general health. (And no, before any of you suggest it, I'm not pregnant.) In the last few weeks I've had a number of episodes of weird uncontrollable burping. (It's like there's an infinite amount of gas in my stomach.) One time I even vomited. I have an appointment for a checkup with my internist in a couple months, but I was hoping somebody here might have a clue about this so I can deal with it on my own before then. (Somehow, burping doesn't quite seem like a suitable reason to head for the emergency room.)

    I've read everything I could think of that might be relevant, including replies on this site and similar ones to other people's questions about uncontrollable burping, but those answers tended to attribute it to things like reflux or indigestion. I don't have any other symptoms, and none of the burping episodes happened after having eaten much; indeed, most often I hadn't eaten anything for at least several hours. I also don't drink carbonated beverages. Several of the episodes have happened right after I woke up.

    I've tried various over-the-counter antacid and anti-gas preparations, but none have provided any relief. Pepto Bismol does seem to help a little bit, but only at higher-than-recommended doses.

    Does anyone have any idea what could be causing this and/or what might alleviate it? Serious answers only, please.

    • ANSWER:
      Many people who have GERD do not think they have any difficulty with reflux of foods and drinks but often this has been occuring long before they can feel anything. Often symptoms of belching and possibly feeling something in their throats will be some of the first things noted. On way to tell is to have a video swallow study also referred to as a barium swallow study where foods and liquids are mixed with barium and are swallowed while taking xrays. This is usallly done under the direction of a Speech Language Pathologist. This can show if foods and drinks go down slowly (aka stasis) or move upward in the esophagus (aka reflux) even if you do not feel this occuring. Often by the time you can feel this happening it is severe. This only a possiblility but may be worth checking as reflux gone untreated can cause much more serious problems. Another notion is that things like obstructions and hernias can cause these problems are are the reason why people have esophageal refulx. Seek out a gastroenterologist consult as well.

  35. QUESTION:
    When you burp, does acid come up also? (Heartburn related question)?
    I had heartburn about 4 weeks back and took prilosec for 8 days. That stopped the heartburn, but after 2 weeks later, i started getting gas. And excessive amounts too, not just your normal 2-3 burps.

    I started taking Yakult 3 days ago (pro-biotics similar to Danone's DanActiv), to help digestion of foods. It helps. I think indigestion the problem.

    I've lost 15 lbs so far by eating right (since heartburn) and staying away form alcohol (I'm 23) and plan on loosing another 20. But I'm still burping like crazy.

    The other night I may have over-eaten (or eaten more than usual) and the gas kept on going. I woke up with my throat burning just last night. I guess back to elevating again. But this hasn't happened before...probably only because i over-ate. No more of that..
    So my question is, when I'm burping, sitting upright, do acid come up too? Or does it stay down by being upright? And also, any suggestions on what i can do?

    I'm using baking soda and apple cider vinegar (natural remedy from earthclinic.com) along with the Yakult pro-biotic drink.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like GERD gastroesophageal Reflux Disease when the LES lower esophageal sphincter opens & allows stomach acid to come back up stomach, thru esophagus & into throat.
      It can still happen while you are upright...it is worse when you lie down.

      It is made worse by eating fried, fatty food, caffeine, carbonated drinks, chocolate, drinking thru a straw, peppermint, garlic, onion, alcohol, nicotine.

      Eat smaller more frequent meals, loosen belt, no alcohol, stop smoking, lose weight, elevate head of bed 6-9 inches.

      If it continues you need to go to a gastroenterologist & probably have an endoscopy to confirm diagnosis so it can be treated properly. It can otherwise cause severe esophageal changes & can even lead to cancer.

      OTC Antacids: Tums, Rolaids, Mylanta, Maalox, Gelusil
      H2 Recptor Blockers: Pepcid, Axid, Zantac, Tagamet
      Proton Pump Inhibitors: Aciphex, Prilosec, Nexium, Protonix

      Google: Mayo clinic>>diseases>>GERD

      Good luck

  36. QUESTION:
    5 weeks pregnant and??
    Hello all!! I'm 5 weeks pregnant and I'm burping a lot. I had cereal to eat this morning so I do think it is from that. Could it be nausea? Did anyone else do it?

    • ANSWER:
      It's normal! Your digestion changes dramatically during pregnancy, whether you have a lot of symptoms or not. In the early weeks, things start moving around to make room for the baby. As your uterus expands, your digestive tract and stomach are pushed upward and back, which can cause you to process food more slowly. The extra pressure can cause a range of things - indigestion, gas, and heartburn are all very common. I remember I always wanted to burp in the early weeks but couldn't - it constantly felt like there was a little munchkin of some sort standing underneath my stomach pushing upward. My severe morning sickness caused me to vomit a lot instead, and I was completely miserable for 15 weeks or so. Congrats and best of luck!

  37. QUESTION:
    Stomach pain & spitting up food when I burp?
    I never had stomach problem in my life. But now on anti-depressants. First Wellbutrin XL - was good for two weeks, but on third week started having severe stomach pain every time I ate. After eating, my stomach would hurt for 3 to 4 hours. When I burped, stomach acid and food would come up. By day 5 of week 3, it became so painful, I stopped taking the pill. I ate crackers every few hours because everything else made my stomach feel horrible.

    Was off of Wellbutrin XL for a week (was at 300mg per day). Now I'm taking Remeron (15mg per day). On day 2 now and I feel stomach pain again. Food and acid comes up when I burp. Not as bad as it was with Wellbutrin XL 300mg.

    Any ideas what's causing the pain?

    The pain appears after eating food - so perhaps instead of too much stomach acid, there might be too little stomach acid to break down the food?

    • ANSWER:
      No, it might e sode effects or allergic reaction. Or maybe indigestion which makes your stomach hurts and food undisgested will come back up when you burp. Or the dose maybe too high for your body.

  38. QUESTION:
    Heartburn-like symptoms?
    I'm 46, in good shape, not overweight, with no historry of digestive or heart disease or cancer in my family.

    For several months, and increasingly in the last 2 months, I've had what feels a lot like heartburn/acid-reflux. About 5 weeks ago, I had a pain in my chest so bad around the esophagal/heart area it felt like I was having a heart attack!

    I don't think it's heart-related, but I'm just saying, the pain was that severe.

    I saw a family physician twice the last week of August, and he put me on nexium, for 30 days, which I just ceased taking at his recommendation, 3 days ago).
    Nexium LIMITED the pain, but did not eliminate it. I still had a dull ache around the esophagal area, although lessened by Nexium. My Dr said if it was acid reflux, that would definitely have eliminated it, so that eliminates that. He also tested me for the bacteria that causes ulcers, and I tested negative for that.

    I didn't like taking nexium, it made me feel like I was on the edge of being incontinent, and I had loose bowel movements and headaches the whole month I was on it.
    My doctor initially had me on Nexium for 2 months, but said if it wasn't helping after 30 days, I might as well discontinue it.

    My Dr also gave me an EKG to test for potential heart problems, and that showed no signs of heart trouble.

    He also did bloodwork, and the only bad sign was my cholesterol was 238, which he advised me to get down, and I've almost completely given up meat and dairy to make an immediate improvement in that.

    I'm 5' 11", 180 lbs, in good shape, with no physical problems otherwise.
    I usually feel indigestion and chest pain/acid-reflux-like symptoms 2 to 3 hours after I eat, and often releive the pain/pressure by pressing on points of my upper pectoralis muscles, and burping (as quietly as I can). I think it could possibly just be gas pain, but it seems my esophagus or something else is inflamed.
    I burp, quietly, sometimes 100, 200 or more times. And I don't want to, but it seems to be the only thing that releives the pressure and pain, at least partially. Sometimes I press on my pectoralis points till my chest is black and blue (although not often) to releive the pressure.
    I work as a massage therapist, and so have a very physical job. I'm in discomfort, but --so far--- it does not impair my ability to work. Although sometimes I'm at the upper threshold of pain I can comfortably work with.
    It often helps me to work rather than sit at my desk, because then I'm flexing my chest muscles, and that relieves and stretches it.

    I also feel frequent itching/irritation around my tonsils and the back of my throat, possibly related to irritation of my esophagus.
    I've never felt nausea, vomiting or vomiting blood, which I've seen are symptoms of esophagal cancer. My doctor says based on what he's seen so far, he doesn't think it's heart disease or any kind of cancer. But this ongoing inflammation can't be good.

    The only other health problem I have is mild allergies, although I'm extremely allergic to mold, and that can irritate my throat and make it burn, especially when air conditioning first comes on and kicks up dust in the vents. And when I'm outside near a canal or other place where mold grows abundantly. But that is largely controllable.

    I'm concerned because the chest pain has kicked up considerably in the last 6 weeks.

    I'm also currently uninsured, although I make about 30,000 annually and can for the first time in my life afford insurance. I'm concerned if I see a gastro-enterologist, he'll just say "Sorry, nothing I can do, 300 dollars please".
    Or if it is a serious medical condition, they'll deny me coverage and say it's a pre-existing condition.
    I also have no idea how to find a good insurance provider.

    Please advise me, what you think it is, and how it can be treated and eliminated. Thank you !
    The most persistent symptom is chest pain, centered around the third rib, just to the left of my sternum, and tightness in my chest muscles on the same point and 2-inch radius around it.

    For maybe a year, I only felt it after I ate, about 2 to 3 hours after eating. But the last 5 weeks, I feel it pretty much from the moment I wake up until I go to sleep, more inflamed when I eat.
    I notice no symptoms of fatigue or sweating to indicate heart problems. And again, I had an EKG 1 month ago that indicated no heart problems.

    • ANSWER:
      Possibly a hiatal hernia. Please check your local area for free clinics, or go to your church and ask for help. Often they can assist.

  39. QUESTION:
    Acid reflex and ulcers?
    I have severe acid telex (Gerd) and ulcers. I've develop the pain in my stomach about three months ago. I've had Gerd for years. The Dr did an egd today. Using an scope to look in my stomach it has gotten way worst over in past few months. I'm also anemic has been for like a month now. I have really bad bad bad ulcers and acid burns in my stomach. I'll go back in 8 weeks for the egd again. But I'm like freakin the hell out I'm so scared and worried what if something happens before then? The Dr also said if its still bad in two months will talk about surgery. But I'm nervous about that due to risks. I'm just so scared I will never heal. I'm tempting to call my Dr tomorrow and express my feelings cuz I'm really scared shytless.

    • ANSWER:
      My mother is free of GERD and LPR after suffering both severely for 5 years. Throwing away acid lowering medication (nexium, gaviscon) and taking digestive enzyme supplements (to help digest foods) and betaine HCI with pepsin supplements (to increase stomach acid), her GERD and LPR were gone in a few weeks! After a year, gastritis is 95% better (suffered for 25 years!). Digestive enzyme supplements are great for high or low stomach acid. 90% of ulcers are from the H Pylori bacteria. H Pylori thrives in a low stomach acid and also lowers stomach acid.

      A few excerpts....

      "The most common risk factors for GERD include anything that obstructs the esophagus or stomach region such as hiatal hernia, pregnancy, and scleroderma. Other proven risk factors include obesity, smoking, and alcohol usage. Many prescription medications list GERD as a common side effect so this should always be considered.

      The popular belief is that acid reflux is due to an excessive amount of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. New science has revealed that this is not the case. GERD is most often caused by too little hydrochloric acid being secreted by the stomach.

      During digestion the stomach secretes acid to lower its pH to around 1.5-2.5 range. More protein in the meal results in a greater need for stomach acid. Individuals with non-obstructive acid reflux are often not able to get their pH low enough. The LES is known to be a pH sensitive valve that initiates closure when pH drops under 3.0. When the stomach does not have enough acid, the LES remains open and acid can spill into the esophageal region and damage the tissue."

      "Unfortunately, people with reduced acid levels often times suffer from what they assume is high stomach acid (heartburn, bloating, nausea, frequent burping), and as a result frequently take antacids. By doing so, they encourage greater H. Pylori activity and thus increase the risk for ulcers or gastric cancers, with the bug also being implicated for heart disease, gum disease, asthma, rosacea, and chronic headaches or migraines as well. If patients had indeed high acid levels (as some physicians still have them believe), then why do symptoms quickly improve when stomach acid levels are raised?"

      http://www.natural-indigestion-relief.com/acid-reflux-remedies-digestive-enzymes.html
      http://www.gallbladderattack.com/hcl.shtml
      http://www.healingnaturallybybee.com/articles/dig10.php
      http://www.naturalnews.com/033118_acid_reflux_remedies.html#ixzz1TnhBcdk4

  40. QUESTION:
    Persistent abdominal pain/gas. What can be wrong?
    I've, more recently, seemed to have these excruciating gas/indigestion type pains. Sometimes it starts when I eat food, but a lot of the time it doesn't. I had these pains yesterday. They started around 11, while I was at school (and I hadn't eat anything all day). They lasted throughout the day and it felt as if I was getting stabbed in my sides, stomach, and chest. I even noticed that not only was my stomach bloated, but my abdomen as well. I could not use the bathroom at all. I took Pepto-bismol, and finally around 1 am, the pains subsided a bit. This morning I woke up to diarrhea. I have these pains quite often, and I'm not sure why. (Sometimes when I wear like a tight bra or something, it happens too). I am just worried and I want to know what could be wrong.

    • ANSWER:
      See your health care provider as soon as possible (pharmacist or primary care specialist), for consultation. Bloating, burping and passing gas are natural and are usually caused by swallowed air or breakdown of food through digestion. You may experience gas and gas pains only occasionally or repeatedly in a single day. When gas and gas pains interfere with your daily activities, it may be an indication of something serious. Find out how to reduce or avoid gas and gas pains, and when you may need to see your doctor.

      When gas doesn't pass through belching or flatulence, it can build up in the stomach and intestines and lead to bloating. Bloating is often accompanied by abdominal pain--either mild and dull or sharp and intense. Passing gas or having a bowel movement may relieve the pain.

      Bouts of excess bloating, belching and gas often resolve on their own.

      Diarrhea
      Constipation
      Severe, prolonged or recurrent abdominal pain
      Nausea or vomiting
      Bloody stools
      Weight loss
      Fever
      Chest pain

      Treatment

      Over-the-counter remedies such as Simethicone (Gas-X, Mylanta Gas Relief)

      Flatulence is nothing to worry about unless it's accompanied by a recent change in bowel habits such as constipation or diarrhea. That could indicate an underlying disorder such as an intestinal infection or tumor, irritable bowel syndrome (spastic colon), or poor food absorption.

      I hope this helps you. And good luck.

  41. QUESTION:
    could u tell me something about it plz?
    i got an ulcer in the top of my stomac

    • ANSWER:
      A peptic ulcer is a type of sore or hole that forms in the lining of the stomach or intestine. The word "peptic" refers to the digestive process. An ulcer in the lining of the stomach is called a gastric ulcer. An ulcer in the upper part of the small intestine, or duodenum, is called a duodenal ulcer.

      The lining of the stomach is a layer of special cells, chemicals and mucous that prevent the stomach from being damaged by its own acids and digestive enzymes. If there is a break or ulcer in the lining, the tissue under the lining can be damaged by the enzymes and corrosive acid. If the ulcer is small, there may be few symptoms, and the wound can heal on its own. If the ulcer is deep, it can cause serious pain or bleeding, and may eat completely through the stomach or duodenum wall.

      Peptic ulcers are relatively common, affecting approximately 500,000 people in the United States each year. It has been estimated that about 10% of Americans will develop an ulcer at some time in their lives. Ulcers can develop in anyone at any age, but they become more common as people age. Duodenal ulcers tend to occur at an earlier age than gastric ulcers. While ulcers used to be more common in men, recent studies show that ulcers now occur at the same rate in men and women.

      It's still unclear what causes ulcers, current research suggests that the bacterium Helicobacter pylori plays a major role. In fact, this bacterium is believed to cause between 70% and 90% of all peptic ulcers. But infection is not the whole story, because only about 20% of people infected with H. pylori develop ulcers. In some people, H. pylori infection somehow upsets the delicate balance between the damaging effects of gastric acids and the body's natural protection. When the lining is no longer able to protect the stomach or intestine, an ulcer develops.

      The second most common cause of ulcers is the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin and others) and naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn). These drugs interfere with the body's methods of protecting the stomach lining from the harmful effects of acid. Ulcers caused by NSAIDs are particularly common in the elderly. Ulcers also can be caused by other drugs, such as those used to treat osteoporosis.

      Several other factors can increase your risk of developing a peptic ulcer. Both gastric and duodenal ulcers seem to run in families. Cigarettes appear to interfere with the body's natural protection against ulcers, particularly in people who are infected with H. pylori. Alcohol may increase the production of acid and damage the lining of the stomach. However, contrary to popular belief, stress and spicy foods do not seem to increase the risk of ulcers.

      Symptoms
      Most people with ulcers complain of a burning or gnawing pain in the upper abdomen. This typically occurs when the stomach is empty, and may be worse at night or upon waking. However, some people's pain may worsen when they eat. Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, bloating, burping and weight loss. Some of these symptoms may be relieved by taking over-the-counter antacids or avoiding spicy or acidic foods. In general, symptoms worsen as an ulcer grows, or if more than one ulcer develops. Some people with mild disease don't have any symptoms.

      In more severe cases, ulcers may bleed or extend deep into the wall of the stomach or intestine. Bleeding from large ulcers can be life threatening. Blood may appear in the vomit, which would appear either red or black, or resemble coffee grounds. Blood also may appear in the stools, which would look tarry-black or maroon. Peritonitis, a very serious abdominal infection, may develop if the ulcer eats completely through the wall of the stomach or intestine.

      Call for medical advice if you have continuing abdominal pain or indigestion, or need to take antacids frequently to prevent these symptoms. Seek emergency care if you experience a sudden sharp pain in your upper abdomen, bloody or black vomit, or maroon or black stools.

  42. QUESTION:
    Top of belly hurts badly, help and/or advice, please?
    The other day I ate some chicken (Rustlers) cold, only a little bit, I woke up the next morning with severe tummy pain at the top just under breast area and was vomiting bile, I couldn't keep my fluids down and had the chills when I weren't cold.

    I was fine the next day, but the tummy pain is still here and it hurts real bad. It feels like something is pulling down on my whatever it is inside that part of the body real hard that when I walk it hurts a lot. The pain faints a little when I'm breathing in and holding my breathe but other than that it's bad.

    It's not my period nor pregnancy so don't suggest any of those. Any ideas?
    It's been hurting for 2 days now.

    • ANSWER:
      it could be indigestion, I know it sounds like rubbish but hundreds of people go to hosp for heart attacks and uclers because if indigestion. your some bicarbonate of soda and try and drink it keep it down (tastes aweful i know but it's better for your than anything else) andrews salts are good too, stuff to make you burp. i get indigestion so bad it makes me vomit, there are hernias that can cause it, hence the hard bit and discomfort, you can also buy zantac from the supermarket its a tablet and it tells your stomach making acid and help it calm it. also milk is meant to help, this will help it to bee less painful when your vomming too

      If none of that works then go to the doctor because you are describing symptoms of food poisoning as well and they will need to check you out, also if you vomit blood, call the emergency services

  43. QUESTION:
    Puberty or Pregnancy?
    Hi, i'm 13 this year . I have recently noticed that my breasts have became larger and have some green veins on it. My areolas are dark and my nipples look creased. I used to have lower abdominal pain and lower back pain, could it be caused by sitting all day in the bus since I'm on holiday and sitting around at home all day? The pains are not severe and it has stopped. I have been burping occasionally since I used to have indigestion . I have hip pains though . Is it puberty ? I use the shower that my dad uses and I'm scared that I could be pregnant . I don't feel fatigued though, or not it is due to waking up early and sleeping late . I don't feel nauseous at all . I have yellow vaginal discharge (all the time without period) and yesterday I feel burning in my vaginal area. My period is due on the 24th,next week if it's regular . Please help ,

    • ANSWER:
      You can't get pregnant by sharing a shower with your dad. It will be your period, all the things you describe are fairly normal. Maybe you should try some excercise go for a nice walk rather than sitting around the house all the time, it will make you feel tonnes better.

  44. QUESTION:
    fish oil made me more depressed?
    i mainly got it cuz i have dry skin n had heard abt how it helps improve skin n hair. also had heard abt how it reduces heart disease risk, makes u feel happy, good mood n possibly work as an anti depressant. now , i dont have severe medication depression. only a mild case, sometimes feel lonely..minor stuff. lemme tell u ever since i took the pills i was angrier, sad, anxious, moody as hell.. u name it.. like wtf!? n i m 100% sure it is those fish oil pills becuz i have never ever in my life taken any supplements. n i dont believe in takin drugs less i have to ..the once in a while advil pm but thats about it. so I stopped takin the fish oil 3 days ago. now im back to normal.. i'd been taking those pills for about 16 days or so, 3 times, sometimes twice a day. I honestly would continue taking 'em if it didnt make me such miserable cuz i was only takin it for my skin. im 27 btw 5'6, 124lbs slim . the one that i took i got it from cvs. its from "#1 pharmacist recommended" nature made fish oil 1000 mg 300 mg omega - 3..purified to remove mercury. i just wanna know why it didnt work on me esp. cuz while researching online everybody had such positive feedbacks.

    • ANSWER:
      Not everyone can take or tolerate fish oil. Allergic reactions have been reported, and it's not known if this is due to the fish oil itself, or the gelatin capsules they come in - rashes mostly. The main side effect is likely to be indigestion, especially if you have a problem digesting fats. Others have commonly reported fishy burps, and with prolonged use, a fishy odour on their skin. Most people do not experience any intolerable side effects beyond the fishy burps and mild indigestion, however, other possibilities are diarrhea and hypoglycemia. There is some concern about toxic substances in fish such as mercury. These concerns have been addressed by the industry, and good quality fish oil should not cause these problems. Elevations in blood sugar and cholesterol levels may occur in some individuals who take fish oil.

  45. QUESTION:
    please help me, what is wrong with my mom?
    My mom is 45 years old, non-smoker and today she woke me up screaming that her chest hurts. She also said she is dizzy and when she tried to stand up, she fell right back down on the bed. She has had this before but never this bad. She is also burping continuously and having stomach pains. She has gone to the doctor for this before and they told her it was "stress" and they gave her tranquilizers. I don't think she takes them though. She has been taking a lot of those acid controller pills and she keeps asking for more and i am not giving them to her, on the bottle it says with the symptoms she has she should not be taking those in the first place and see a doctor instead and that you cannot take more than 2 pills a day. I am too young to drive so I can't take her anywhere at the moment. What does she have? Is it just because of stress, stomach virus or something else? What can I do to help her?

    • ANSWER:
      Well,first thing I have to ask...WHY are YOU NOT giving you're mother her medication/s? I'm guessing you're under the age of 16 seeing as you said you're too young to drive...Who are you to with-hold you're adult mother's medicines? She's the ADULT and you're the CHILD!! So,give her her medicines!! I'm going to say that it's obvious those medicines(the ones you won't give to her) must have worked for her somehow,or else she wouldn't be asking for it/them.She isn't taking the tranquilizers,right? So,it's obvious those didn't work for her supposed stress...and that's why she isn't even bothering to take those.You're mother IS an adult,and IF she's feeling as bad as you claim..then she knows what she must do,and if she thinks she needs medical attention...Then I'm sure she would be going to the ER,or at the very least be calling her doctor.I just isn't adding up to me...As to WHY you're mother isn't trying to do anything for herself.I know that if I were to be having these severe chest pain,and I were to fall right back into the very bed I was trying so hard to get OUT of..I know for a FACT that I would be calling 911..NO doubt about that!! The burping symptom IS a symptom of a gastric medical problem...heartburn,gas,acid-indigestion..these symtpoms alone can cause her ailments.And,you're withholding her heartburn medicine,why? It might say on the boz..no more than 2 a day...But give you're mother her medication.She's NOT a baby....and you're actions are mean and childish.You're NOT a doctor and shouldn't be acting like one either.I'm positive you're mother knows exactly how to tend to herself,and she also knows IF or when she needs immediate medical help.I'm also sure that you're mother knows how to get ahold of her own doctor...and I'm sure she remembers her doctors number.Good luck either way,and just allow you're mother to tend and fend for herself.After all.....she IS 45 now...and as the old saying goes....'Mother knows best'...

  46. QUESTION:
    Is this heartburn? Acid indigestion?
    This seems to happen a lot. It seems to happen suddenly as well. A slight burning sensation in the back of my throat. There's def. no pain around the breastbone like I've read about as a symptom of heartburn. No pain anywhere else. I never get an actual taste in my mouth like stomach acid either. Occasionally after I notice this slight pain my voice is hoarse. But not always. I rarely feel nausea with this but it HAS happened in the past. One other symptom I noticed and I have no clue if it's related but I figured I'd tack it on just in case. When ever I eat a meal I notice that when I am finished I have an extremely phlegmy cough. So severe in fact I cannot take a deep breath without going into a coughing fit to clear the mucus. I had read somewhere or heard from someone that phlegmy coughing after meals can be related to heartburn?? Can anyone set me straight here? Tums normally help but again I've run into times where they don't do much. I'd say I get this 3 to 5 times a month. I avoid spices and seasonings like the plague because I don't like burping up the taste of it hours and hours later but even eating simpler foods I still get this burning once and while. Thanks for any help.
    I never wake up with this pain, and I've never been "struck" with an episode while laying down. There seems to be no pattern at all. This even happens to me if I haven't eaten all day long...

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like gastric reflux - stomach acid getting into the throat. This can have several causes but the symptoms can be treated with gaviscon tablets or liquid.

      See tour doctor for further investigation and treatment.

      http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/diseases/facts/gastrooesophagealreflux.htm

  47. QUESTION:
    Illness mystery? Intense heartburn after eating Chinese food....?
    I just had the freakiest and scariest thing ever happen to me.

    I had taken several bites of some Sweet N Sour Chicken from a local Chinese restaurant, which I've eaten the very same dish at many times. All of a sudden I got intense heartburn pain and began hiccuping uncontrollably. This happened at work so I ran into my directors office and asked (could barely talk) to use some antacids, which I took. I followed it up with water.

    Immediately, I began having difficulty breathing and swallowing. This was relieved when I began throwing up white foamy stuff.

    After doing this several times the pain began to subside as well as the other symptoms. I do not have anymore heartburn/indigestion, though I sometimes burp which does not hurt. I have taken a Benadryl just in case it was an allergic reaction. I did not eat anymore of the food either.

    I'm really scared because I'm not sure what just happened and is it going to happen again? Please help!!

    • ANSWER:
      MSG reaction?

      Because MSG is a common ingredient for many Chinese foods, reactions are sometimes referred to as Chinese Restaurant Syndrome. Of course, not all Chinese food contains MSG and this substance can be found in other types of food as well.

      MSG can cause a reaction in nerve cells. The use of this stimulant affects the mouth and the brain. Hence, you will find that when you consume MSG, your sense of taste and smell are stimulated. The down side to this stimulation is that it can also cause MSG allergy symptoms due to over stimulation of the nerve cells.

      More severe MSG allergy symptoms include numbness or pressure in the face, chest pain or palpitations, nausea, vomiting, head pain, flushing and sweating, and/or wheezing. Symptoms can be worse if the foods high in MSG are consumed on an empty stomach and in high doses.

      MSG allergy symptoms tend to show up within one half hour to one hour after eating food containing MSG, and symptoms usually dissipate within two or three hours. If reactions are severe, an emergency medical treatment is required.

  48. QUESTION:
    Sharp, achy pain in left side of stomach right below the rib cage?
    I have been having acid reflux, feeling of burning in my stomach, burps, flatulence, bloating, pain, mild diarrhea every now and then, etc. The doc prescribed Ranitidine (like zantac) for a month to see if i improve if not i'll be tested for an ulcer BUT

    I am still feeling sick. Yesterday I had a serious scare/fight and a few hours after that i got a sharp/cramp like pain in my left side under my rib cage and nausea. The pain went away but today i still feel achy, like if i sneeze it hurts, it hurts to the touch too.

    Overall I feel weird, tired, dizzy, lightheaded... :( and a mild stomach pain.
    Should I go back to the doctor today? and what is she likely to recommend ?

    THANKS

    • ANSWER:
      you have to be more detailed. it could be a number of things. when you go to the doctor, which you should do if you have ongoing serious pain, tell her the steps throughout the day. try to be more descriptive to lower your chances of misdiagnosis. also before you go to the doctor if you want to clear a few things up, webmd.com is a great website!

      acid reflex:
      you could have indigestion or acid reflex disease.
      an ulcer is also a likely cause.
      ask your doctor if there could be a problem with gastric acid... that is what often causes heart burn and it is the acid used to digest food and it come up through the esophogaus behind the heart and ribcage. you may not be eating enough, or healthy enough. without the proper amount, and if not healthy food, the gases in your stomach will cause problems. tired, dizzy, and lightheaded often comes from lack of food. you could be an anemiac [ not enough iron; iron deficiency ] or just simply not be getting good nutrients. as for the rib problem i dont think it has any relevance to the stomach problems. you couldve pulled a muscle, or it could be something more serious. also if you have high blood pressure, cholesterol, or risk of heart attack tell your doctor how severe the pain could be. it couldve been a blood clot trying to pass through an artery and the constriction or lack of space couldve caused slowed blood flow or a cramp depending on how much oxygen your blood cells are carrying to your muscles. also if you ever have heart or chest cramps tell your doctor! also talk about how often you have head aches, or naseau. be very cautious of your health to avoid serious medical problems. and remember, webmd.com will help clarify any information your doctor may not have given you, depending on the amount of facts you gave her. good luck!

  49. QUESTION:
    Stomache - Is it food posioning?
    So, warning there is maybe TMI so please don't read more if you're only to be rude or gross. Also, please give full answers, single word answers are not helpful.

    Ugh, so I am HOPING this is all just painful and long indigestion...so first today was birthday and I went out for a HUGE lunch with my friend and I had...too much I think...queso/salsa/chips shared...side salad with balsamic dressing...chicken pot pie...and a shared dessert cookie/icecream thing...

    that all was about 1pm this afternoon, i took a nap around 5 and woke up at 530 feeling kind bleh, but then started getting stomach cramps in my upper stomach (kind of like a punch in the gut) and they would come in waves. I drank cold water and went out with friends for a little bit but all the while dealing with waves of upper-middle stomach cramps/pain- I went to the bathroom once and had a pretty intense amount of diarrhea. I felt a LOT better and thought that'd be the end of my suffering. Not so :( I went back to the table feeling confident I'd start feeling better- but sadly a wave of pain crashed that hope. I ended up leaving early and as I got home I had to run into the house for another violent round of diarrhea. Again, feeling MUCH better (less bloated/tight) and along with some relieving burps, I again thought I was on the upside. My waves of pain were less frequent for about another 2-3 hours, though after all the ups/downs I'd taken I've been queasy/mildly nauseous since. But around 10:30PM I felt the waves of pain again, though now the pain is located in my lower stomach- kind of like bad/painful gas. But just within the last hour (12am-now) I've had one more fairly bad diarrhea run and then another less violent one. They leave me feeling semi-relief but mostly just tired/drained/queasy.

    I've been drinking lots of water and peeing frequently in hopes to pee out this mess. Some other possible helpful info- I'm in the last 2 days of my period so I am not sure if that's playing part into the reason for this onset of symptoms or at least contributing to the severity of them. Our AC got knocked out (and I live in TX where it's been about 100 in the afternoon) and it wont be fixed until tomorrow. Heat + stomach problems = always bad news for me. When I get hot I get WAY more anxious when my stomach is on the fritz. I also tend to fret when my stomach doesn't feel well anyway, so I've been sitting in front of my fans with ice packs across my stomach and ice water at my side trying to stay cool.

    I am frustrated, upset, and scared because I don't know whats wrong and want some opnions as to what might have happened. Also, no fever or other symptoms, just stomach pain that's moved from upper to lower part of my stomach and diarrhea.

    Please only helpful and friendly answers :(
    I have been able to drink water just fine. No vomiting, thank goodness, though late last night it felt as if I would and I at points wish I had then it might just be all gone. I finally fell asleep and woke up feeling better. Though as I started to move I could feel still an unsettled feeling. I haven't had the sharper cramps/pains like last night but I feel like I have bad gas. No diarrhea this morning since I've been up, not sure if I feel safe trying to eat now. Thank you for your thoughts :)

    • ANSWER:
      Hmm.. it's probably not food poisoning. My guess would be a mixture of all the different types of food you consumed, plus the extreme heat are just causing some severe indigestion. Cramps from your period could be making it more painful, as well.

      Food poisoning would usually cause you to throw up and have diarrhea.

      Are you staying hydrated? Can you keep liquids down? If not, try taking only small sips of water (just enough to wet your mouth) every few minutes. This will keep you hydrated. Gulping and drinking copious amounts will make it worse.

      If you can't keep liquids down, go to the emergency room so you don't get dehydrated. They will give you fluids via IV, and most likely some anti-nausea meds, as well.

      If you don't think it's severe enough to go to the ER, just stay home, get lots of rest, sip water, maybe something with electrolytes, and in a few hours, if you keep the liquids down, try munching on some crackers or dry toast. Stay away from dairy products until you feel 100% better.

      Hope you feel better soon!!

  50. QUESTION:
    Please help! Clothes are looser but scale says I haven't lost weight!?
    Something's going on that really has me worried. Well, since about may, I started having really bad indigestion (I still do). Then on june 9th, that's when my gastrointestinal problems started. I'll have a mixture between diarrhea and constipation (mostly constipation), and urgent feeling to have a BM after eating. But then sometimes it doesn't affect me at all. I get this gurgling in my throat (like how you get in your stomch. I get it there too though). I'm constantly burping or passing gas. When my period came, it was really painful, I got these hirroble stabbing pains that went from my rectum to my lower abdomen. I couldn't have a BM cause it was so painful. Now I keep getting these spasms/muscle cramps in my stomach, legs, feet, arms, hands, and fingers. I also get a tingling sensation in my extremities. Also, when I push my stomach out, it will make a gurling sound and it feels really weird. I had an appointment with the gastroenterologist on 2/21.

    * 13 minutes ago
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    Additional Details

    8 minutes ago
    I had made an appointment to have a colonoscopy and an endoscopy on 2/28, but I have a really bad head cold, so now it's for 3/13. The doctor thinks that it could be IBS, but the thing is that when he tested my thyroid levels and celiac levels, the thyroid levels were fine, but my celiac was a little high. Here's the thing that realy has me scared. He asked if I was experiencing any weight loss. When I weigh myself on scales, I always weight the same, around 123-125. It says I haven't lost any weight. But when I put on my clothes, they're looser then they used to be. My mom can see the difference when I put my clothes on, but the scale says I weigh the same. Also, I don't look like I'm losing weight either. I look healthy, but my clothes are much looser than they used to be. What do you all think it could be? I'm a very high strung person/stress a lot, I'm only 19. I know celiac can cause malnutrition and weight loss and stuff. I get nauseous off and on, but that's mostly when I stress

    7 minutes ago
    Really bad. I had this dream before that I had stomach cancer. Do you think that it's coming true? I'm really scared and would like some opinions on what you think it could be. I've been under stress since february of last year...Severe stress.

    Thanks for any help you can give me!

    4 minutes ago
    Also, I used to have really hard stools which caused me to bleed. But I noticed that everytime I have a BM, there always seems to be these little yellow things mixed in with it. It almost looks like old skin or worms or something. Almost like undigested food. I forgot to tell the doc about that. Sorry this was so graphic.
    Sorry, one last thing. I've been kind of weak and shaky lately.
    And mouth ulcers.

    • ANSWER:
      The chance you have stomach cancer is EXTREMELY EXTREMELY small as you are not passing blood in your fecal matter and even if you are its probably means you just have a stomach ulcer. so please dont worry about that and keep it out of your mind.

      The most likely thing is that you have a wheat intolerance as that is what celiac disease is. Once you remove wheat from your diet you may gradually stop having these symptoms. My best friend has an intolerance to wheat so you're definately not alone!! There are also LOADS of substitute products in the market which isnt made of wheat so dont worry at all.

      Basically what happens is that wheat remains in your small intestines because they are unable to be digested. This is a great festering ground for bacteria and such which realease gases during their respiration which will result in more gas being realeased from the body.

      As for you clothes being looser you and your mum are probably just a tiny bit paranoid but dont worry about it too much even if you are losing weight. A 19 year old's body weight fluctuates often!

      hope that was of some use.


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