How To Get Rid Of Severe Indigestion

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    how do you get rid of acid in your stomach for over 10 yrs?
    i"ve been taking acid reflux pills for over ten years and nothing seems to work. What should i do?

    • ANSWER:
      "Individuals suffering with stomach and intestinal problems most frequently assume that heartburn, indigestion, gas, and reflux are caused by overproduction of stomach acid. This common misconception has been strongly re-enforced by our conventional medical profession, whose practitioners routinely prescribe stomach acid blocking medications at the slightest sign of stomach dysfunction, failing to properly diagnose the digestive problem by first monitoring the stomach's acid producing function, using scientific methods and neglecting to provide patients with common sense dietary recommendations." *

      My mother was on acid blockers for 25 years and almost died from the side effects. Today she is free of severe GERD, severe LPR, and severe Gastritis. She threw away nexium (acid blocker) and started betaine HCL with pepsin to increase stomach acid and digestive enzyme supplements to help with digestion. She also needs magnesium when stressed to prevent reflux symptoms. I highly recommend reading the links below. :)

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

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

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

      Baking Soda Test for Stomach Acidity:
      http://www.zen-tai.com/assets/u/stomachacid.pdf

      Digestive health:
      http://www.jonbarron.org/enzymes/proteolytic-formulas-digestive-health-stomach-acid

      3 simple steps to eliminating heartburn and acid reflux:
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/3-simple-steps-to-elimina_b_649609.html

      How your antacid drug is making you sick:
      http://chriskresser.com/how-your-antacid-drug-is-making-you-sick-part-a

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

  2. QUESTION:
    What gets rid of pregnancy headaches?
    i have reallly bad headaches and im pretty sure they're from pregnancy. how can i get rid of them other than panadol etc.?

    • ANSWER:
      Headaches
      Some women suffer headaches, especially early in pregnancy. These may be caused by widening of blood vessels in the brain. Low blood sugar levels may also cause headaches.

      Migraines may get worse in pregnancy – or a lot better. Ask your doctor whether it is safe to continue with your usual medication.

      Tension headaches are generally felt round the back of the head and across the forehead. If you are getting a lot of tension headaches, try and work out the cause of your anxiety.

      Headaches can also be caused by swelling in your sinuses. If you are getting regular headaches at work, it may be helpful to consider whether your posture or eyestrain is to blame.
      What can I do about them?
      While it is best to avoid medication in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, there is no evidence that taking paracetamol in the recommended dose causes any harmful effects.
      Massage your scalp firmly with your fingers, as if you were washing your hair, or get someone to do this for you.
      After 28 weeks of pregnancy, use your fingertips to massage1-2 drops of lavender oil in to your temples. Alternatively, try soaking a face cloth or handkerchief in ice cold water to which you have added 1-2 drop of lavender oil, and hold this against your forehead. (If you want to use lavender oil earlier in pregnancy than 28 weeks, consult a qualified aromatherapist for advice.)
      Avoid caffeine (found in coffee, tea and cola).
      Take a few minutes to sit quietly and practise your relaxation technique.
      Tell your midwife or doctor if you are getting frequent headaches.
      Headache Alert
      Contact your midwife, if your headache is not relieved by paracetamol or you have visual disturbances (spots in front of your eyes, blurred vision) or you have severe upper abdominal pain/indigestion. These may be signs of pre-eclampsia.

  3. QUESTION:
    what is laryngitis and what is the quickest way to fix it?
    is laryngitis just losing your voice or is it more than that?
    i lost my voice on sat because i got sick and it only usually last 1 day?
    some one asked if i had laryngitis and honestly i don't really know much about it

    is it contagious?
    sorry i didn't make myself clear.
    usually when i do lose my voice, it's only gone for a day.
    now, i haven't been able to get my voice back since saturday.
    and i have been doing a lot of lemon and honey.
    what else can i do?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi - my name is Lorraine and I am a nurse and I have a lot of personal experience with laryngitis. laryngitis is literally inflammation of the larnyx. The larnyx is the area from the back of your mouth where your tonsils are at the pharynx down through your vocal cords at the voice box. It can become inflammed from a couple of things - one is irritation. For example, you have severe indigestion or you vomit acidic juice up your throat and that irritates it. Or you yell at a football game and the force of yelling irritates it. Irritation causes swelling and even bloody lesions or ulcerations on the tissue, including your vocal cords. Then scabs build up on the cords as they try to heal and it feels like you have somethings in your throat and they affect how your vibration of air moves across your cords-affecting your voice. If you have laryngitis from irritation the best thing you can do is stop irritating it (stop yelling or vomiting, stop acidics an so forth) and rest the cords and the voice will typically return in a few days.
      The other reason you may suffer laryngitis is related 80-90% of the time to a virus. Viral laryngitis is caused by some virus you picked up and it can be painful or not so painful. It typicallly lasts several weeks and then just goes away. You can treat it symptomatically - by this I mean with gargling, honey and lemon drops, aspirin gum, tylenol or motrin, and so forth - all those things that may help it to feel better or to remain moist, but it won't go away until the white blood cells in your body fight off the virus and kill it. You may even have sore lymph nodes under your jaw ion your neck - a sign your body is fighting off a foreign body (virus or bacteria).
      The last reason people typically get a laryngitis situation is from a bacteria. This is less common and needs to be treated with an antibiotic. When you see the doctor the first time or second time it is a good idea to ask them to do a throat swab to send off and culture and in a few days they can tell you if it was a bacteria and if so, give you the medication that you need to get rid of it.
      It definitely can be contagious - use good handwashing and stay out of people's personal space (3 feet of their face) and you shouldn't make anyone else sick.
      If you go to an ENT (ear, nose, throat) doc they have a little tiny tube they can put into your throat that you can't even feel and they can look down into the throat and tell you if your cords are inflammed.
      In my case, the doctors I went to dicked around with saying it was a virus for 5 weeks and did nothing for me and I was in agony pain and lost my voice and as a nursing instructor that was not good because my class could not hear my lectures. (lucky them!) I finally went to a ENT doc and he told me it was acid reflux. I thought he was full of it and took Nexium a few days and it did no good, so I got a second opinion and saw a second ENT and he took the first throat culture and it came back as a tough bacteria and he called me in the type of antibiotic that would kill it and it was gone in a few days. Five weeks I suffered and went back and forth to the doctors six different times and not once did they take a throat culture until the second ENT did, so now I ask for it if they don't do it. You should see your doctor if this persists. Good luck and I hope that helps. Rest the voice box and vocal cords and find out why you have this inflammation. Good luck-

  4. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of chest pain fast and naturally?
    I have constant chest pain and the only thing that takes it away for 5 mins is tea. :/

    I also have anxiety but idk if constant chest and heart pain is part of that...?
    :/

    • ANSWER:
      Yes you can have chest pains that can be from anxiety. But you are still stressing your heart out and it can eventually you might cause a heart attack. As said before many people have gone to the Emergency Room thinking they are having an heart attack.come to find they had severe cases of indigestion. You should drink plenty of water. You want to take a over the counter pill like Prilosec. Try the store brand it is cheaper. Take one when you get it and take one every morning before you eat breakfast and wait and half an hour before you eat. To get rid of your chest pains ,you need to get rid of your anxiety. Seek some professional help and it won't happen over night.

  5. QUESTION:
    what harm will come of taking nexium when not needed?
    prescribed nexium for acid reflux but for thirty days having severe pain for two hours each day. what if I really shouldn't be on this medication?

    • ANSWER:
      Nexium is a very dangerous product. It is used to neutralize acid in the stomach. The truth is that it does just that; it neutralizes not only the acid from rotting, putrefying food due to low stomach acid, but it also neutralizes the very thing that will create good digestion, HCL.

      This has got to rank one of the most ridiculous products ever to be put on the market and then promoted as a way to get rid of GERD. It's the perfect product for drug companies to sell. It's very cheap to make and can be sold for a lot of money, it stops the digestive process causing loads of toxins to get into the colon & liver creating many diseases as a result of the dysbiosis it creates in the intestine. It neutralizes the lactic acid and makes a person feel like they are doing the right thing and best of all, it creates a dependency on it so the person gets hooked and takes it for years.

      Think of all the drugs a person will need to take as a result of fowling up their digestion.

      The harm is that you will STOP YOUR DIGESTION IN IT'S TRACKS putting toxins into your body. Why not solve the problem once and for all and promote good digestion at the same time.

      It takes less than 3 minutes to get rid of the acid indigestion or reflux by taking a very inexpensive form of HCL that is from a once living source. The HCL provides the action that is what your body is designed to do. You can have a month's supply for less than . Just look at what that Nexium is costing you and you will see why drug companies do not want to sell you the HCL.

      good luck to you

  6. QUESTION:
    How can I get mucous out of my throat?
    Is this allergies? What is going on with me? I have tons of mucous in my throat?

    • ANSWER:
      Mucus can be caused by any number of things. I suffer from GERD, Esophagitis, and allergies, to name a few, all of which can cause mucus. If you are having other symptoms of allergies such as sneezing, watery or itchy eyes, rashes, itching, runny nose, or anything else like that, then it is probably allergies. If you experience indigestion or heart burn, then it's probably GERD or Esophagitis. If you have ever taken steroids, that can cause it also, even if they were prescription ones like Prednisone. It's hard to say what is causing it in your life without knowing specifically what other symptoms that you have besides mucus.

      Now, how to get rid of it. I tried everything, and I mean everything. The first thing I do is take Mucinex. It's expensive, but it helps. Luckily Target and Walmart both have their own brands now, and Targets brand in particular is a lot cheaper than the name brand. Second, take Chlor Tabs (2 at a time) and Benadryl (2 at a time) at the same time. I have had this "recipe" of 2 Mucinex, 2 Benadryl, and 2 Chlor Tabs recommended to me by numerous doctors, pharmacists, and e.r. docs, and it works wonders. Next, invest in a wedge pillow so that you can sleep with your head elevated, and not flat it will work wonders. Finally, invest in a Vicks Vapo Steam Inhaler (a hand held, plug free unit that's around ) and some pads (around a box). Fill it with hot water, hold it up to your nose, and breathe in and out deeply for 15 minutes when the mucus is really severe.

      I have been to numerous doctors about my mucus and this is the ONLY thing that helps.

      Good luck to you. It can be awful when you feel like you are "drowning" in mucus.

      BTW, some one mentioned drinking cold liquids, don't do it. Stay away from dairy products like milk and ice cream, chocolate, and all cold beverages, this will make more mucus!

  7. QUESTION:
    how can i get rid of this indigestion?
    im home alone with nothing like tums or rolaids and my cars brokedown.....i need something to get rid of the burning in my throat and chest from this indigestion.....anything i can drink or eat to make it at least be less severe?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't drink to much water. The post above makes sense. Ginger ale works, buy Canada Dry. But only Ginger Ale. Sodas are full of caffeine and other harmful acids that can increase indigestion. Try warm water, but only hot water. But i find, and the source below does, mint the best. Get some spearmint gum and swallow the taste as you chew. It actually lessens the pain.

  8. QUESTION:
    How do i stop being a hater?
    I use to hate "haters" and now that my life sucks Ive become a "hater."

    • ANSWER:
      Fact is that the one who hates is the biggest loser !

      Blood pressure,indigestion, uncontroled rage episodes, broken pottery,china,fists, wives,children, severe psychosis, will accrue around you not the subject of your rage---IF YOU LET IT GET TO YOU THEY WIN !

      I have not even mentioned legal ramifications or ulcers but hell the list is almost endless.

      The best revenge is to let it slide and be happy. Keep the happy part to your self however because it just could boil over if you try to flaunt it. Think about the sense of release you'll get when you put it out of your system---those around you no long have to fear you !

      Even if you have seek professional help it is worth the effort to rid your body of this disease.

  9. QUESTION:
    Why do I have a big stomach now?
    I've been skinny prettymuch all my life, and I wasn't the right weight for my age so my mum told me to try to eat lots and stuff, so I did and i gained a few kilos and now I have a kind of bigger stomach than i used to have,and I do sport twice a week. How can I help get rid of it, without losing too much weight?

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of what we eat gets caught in side and build up one of the sign of this is a bloating stomach. Check this out

      Are You Clean Inside?
      How to beat constipation, IBS, bloating, stomach pain and skin problems while gaining more energy and a flatter stomach
      at the same time
      by Heather Johnstone, Ph.D., R.N., A.P.N., Director and Chief Academic Officer
      of the Global College of Natural Medicine

      The people in the pictures above, as well as thousands of others whose stories you'll find on DrNatura.com, once suffered from constipation, IBS, severe gas and bloating, weight gain, chronic fatigue, acid reflux, parasites, stomach pain, diverticulitis, skin and hair problems and many other common ailments. They put an end to their suffering by becoming clean inside. I'm Dr. Johnstone and as you read every word of this article, I will tell you how they did it - and how you can do it too. If you've been struggling with these problems for some time, chances are you've tried everything to make the pain go away. You've tried laxatives and other OTC and prescription drugs, commercial fiber supplements, maybe even colonoscopy or surgeries. All to no avail as you're still suffering. Why? Because the root cause of the problem was never eliminated.

      The Root Cause and The Dirtiest Secret
      So what is the root cause of most digestive ailments? Look at the picture below. How would you feel if long pieces of old toxin-filled fecal matter were stuck to the inside of your colon for months or even years? Would you feel constipated, bloated and lethargic? Would your bowels be irritated by this debris day in and day out causing what we call IBS? Just think about what else toxic build-up like this can cause? Stomach pain and constipation? Fatigue, gas and bloating? Headaches and indigestion? Weight gain and a large protruding belly? The list is almost endless.

      "Death Begins In The Colon"

      You probably never heard about this before as this is literally the dirtiest secret in America today. As the Vegetarian Times so aptly wrote:

      "Of all the polite topics of conversation, the state of one's intestines is probably at the bottom of most people's lists. Let's face it: Irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, gas, diverticulitis and colon cancer are simply not things we like to discuss. And yet, as the old expression goes, death begins in the colon. Don't believe it? Ask any coroner. Autopsies often reveal colons that are plugged up to 80 percent with waste material." - Vegetarian Times, March, 1998

      Look in your health store or go on line to find what you need.
      I have a young friend and she always look 6 months PG. She told me about her other problem which you have not.
      Chance are you have not elimated all your waste in your body. One way to be sure is to use a colon cleanse.
      This can only give you positive results.
      Nice complection flat tummy more energy and freeing your body of toxin and parsites.
      so it will not be a wate of time.

  10. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of....?
    How do you get rid of a head ache, other than taking medicine?

    • ANSWER:
      Cause
      This is often the result of a disturbance in some other part of the body, such as digestive disorders in the stomach, liver or bowel; problems in the abdominal area; menstrual irregularities, impingements in the cervical; concussion, eye strain, nervous excitement, fatigue, etc. The headache is a mechanism which signals some serious problem elsewhere. The common headache is due to faulty elimination, and the waste matter causes problems until the toxic wastes reach the stomach nerves and affects them. Sometimes headaches are caused from panic, fear, or worrying about the unknown. Headaches of this type are the hardest to relieve, generally requiring something strong like a heavy nervine tea with lobelia in it to diminish the nervous excitement. A nerve tea such as valerian or skullcap with a few drops of tincture of lobelia to a cup will give relief.

      Food allergies are another very common cause of headache. The worst culprit is sugar; I have experienced sugar headaches, which are sort of a withdrawal; you eat the sugar, and then as the body is trying to eliminate the toxic substance, your head pounds. Cheese commonly causes headaches, probably the worst of the dairy products for this, although allergies to any of them may cause the pain. Meats and eggs are also common allergens.

      Herbal Aids
      1.General Instructions: Improve elimination with the Lower Bowel Formula #1 (use the cathartics and enemas only in case of emergency). If the problem is in the stomach area, use any of the following stomach herbs: angelica, balmony, black alder, elecampane, gentian root, raspberry leaves, rhubarb, strawberry leaves, wild cherry, wormwood. Use ginger for a menstrual problem. To relieve the local headache pain, two or three drops of tincture of lobelia in a little water three times a day or up to every hour if required will often give temporary relief. If the contents of the stomach causes the problem, empty that area with an emetic. Where the nerves are raw, the following herbs are excellent: catnip, peppermint (hot), rosemary herb, skullcap, spearmint, wood betony, and since plenty of rest is needed, any of the foregoing herbs along with hops tea is very soothing and will produce sleep.

      2.Migraine Headache: See formula using wormwood, Culver's root and cayenne.

      3.Relaxing Nervine (headache, neck, shoulder and muscular tension, irritability, nervousness or raw nerves, sleeplessness, female organs)

      4.Nervous Headache: Chew 1-2 freshly-picked leaves of rue.

      5.Headache: Apply the freshly-bruised leaves of rue to the temples.

      6.Nervous Headache: See formula using lady's slipper, catnip and scullcap.

      7.Nervous Headache: See formula using wood betony, rosemary and peppermint.

      8.Insomnia, Headache, Indigestion, Bronchitis, etc. Give black cohosh infusion in small doses.

      9.Peppermint Tea: Drink a cupful of hot peppermint tea; then lie down and relax.

      Oil of Peppermint: Apply externally on the affected area for rheumatism, neuralgia, and headache.

      10.Stress Headache: My favorite headache/stress remedy is blending a banana into a cup of pineapple juice, adding a bit of nutmilk, and mixing in one to two tablespoons of brewer's yeast, blending briefly. In fifteen minutes I am calm and ready to deal with the problems that cause the stress.

      11.Constipation Headache: Headaches can stem from several sources. Very common is the constipation headache, where compressed fecal matter presses on the nerves that affect the head. We have seen severe migraine headaches cured by taking a catnip enema. For longer-term relief, the lower bowel formula can heal the bowel so that there is no constipation.

      12.Severe Migraine: For a really severe migraine headache, apply cold packs to the neck and head while the patient soaks in a very hot tub or whirlpool. Be sure to drink lots of feverfew tea and water, take copious amounts of Dr. Christopher's Calc Tea and try to enjoy the bath.

      13.Dehydration Headache: Sometimes people get headaches because they are dehydrated. You would be surprised that most people walk around in a state of dehydration. You need about a gallon of steam-distilled water each day in order to stay completely hydrated.

      14.Rosemary: Another method to relieve headache is, as soon as the headache begins, a small bottle of spirits of Rosemary is held to the nose and the fumes are inhaled. In addition, a few drops of the preparation are rubbed gently but thoroughly on the temples, on the forehead, on the veins of the neck and behind the ears. This reputedly gives prompt relief.

  11. QUESTION:
    I have a peptic ulcer starting prilosec in the morning am i going to be ok?

    is the peptic ulcer going to be ok. Im a natural worrier

    • ANSWER:
      The medical answer is to take two different antibiotics and one antacid. H. pylori bacteria is what causes most ulcers. You can get rid of it the natural way just as effective as using the medical way. There is a severe price to pay for dealing with it medically with the antibiotics and the antacid.

      Doctors have no other way of dealing with this than with drugs. The problem is that the root cause of the problem is most likely hypochloridia or the lack of hydrochloric acid production in your stomach. Processed foods use up the HCL quickly and as we age, we produce less and less HCL. By the time we are 70 years old, we are producing about 5% of the HCL that we did at 25 years old. This is why acid indigestion, reflux, etc. affect the elderly, not young people as much.

      Taking prilosec will treat the symptom, but not solve the root of the problem. If you do have an ulcer, you need to treat it differently than if you did not. Taking HCL with an ulcer is not the way to deal with it, but once you have gotten rid of the ulcer, antacids are the dumbest way to deal with it. That just loads you body up with toxins and prevents you from properly digesting food.

      good luck to you

  12. QUESTION:
    why do people get bad stomach aches? issit kus they have 2 many sweets n 2 much 2eat?
    what do u think?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      Stomach pain come in waves: sharp enough that you catch your breath, then gone as quickly as it came. Or perhaps it's a dull, constant ache.

      What Causes Stomach Pain?

      Pain is the body's way of signaling that something is going on. Stomach pain alerts us to something that's happening inside us that we might not know about otherwise.

      Some reasons for stomach pain are obvious — like
      when someone gets hit in the gut,
      or a toddler accidentally eats something poisonous.

      Here are some of the things that cause stomach troubles:--

      Infection
      When bacteria or viruses get into a person's system, the body reacts by trying to rid itself of the infection — often through vomiting or diarrhea.

      Bacterial infections cause what we call "food poisoning." Bacteria are also responsible for other conditions that may give a person belly pain, such as pneumonia, urinary tract infections and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

      Viruses, another type of infection, are behind what we call "stomach flu." Both bacteria and viruses can be easily passed from person to person. The good news is you can often avoid them simply by washing your hands properly and not sharing cups, straws, or utensils with other people.

      Constipation
      Being constipated is one of the most common reasons for frequent stomach pain. People usually become constipated because their diet doesn't include enough fluids and fiber.

      Irritation and Inflammation

      When one of the body's internal organs becomes irritated or swollen, that can bring on stomach pain. Pain from problems like ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is the body's way of telling us to get medical help.

      Food Reactions
      Food reactions can be more than eating too much or basic indigestion.

      Conditions like celiac disease (a reaction to proteins in certain grains) or food allergies can cause stomach trouble.They involve immune system reactions that can actually harm the body beyond just producing a temporary reaction. When someone has a true food allergy, they must always avoid that food — even a small amount could be deadly.

      Reproductive Problems

      The digestive system isn't the only cause of stomach aches.
      Infections in the reproductive system, such as STDs, also can cause abdominal pain.

      Testicular injuries can make a guy feel sick or even throw up if they are particularly severe.

      Anatomical Problems

      Some diseases or defects can interfere with the way the organs do their jobs, causing pain some like Hernias which can also block a person's intestines, as can growths like tumors.

      Emotional Distress

      When people get too stressed out, anxious, or depressed, their emotions can trigger physical symptoms, such as headaches or stomach pain.

      In addition to these causes, stomach pain also may be a result of problems that can happen when people have certain illnesses, such as diabetes.

      What You Can Do

      The good news is stomach pain isn't usually serious in teens. Although there are lots of different reasons why people get it, most are easy to treat. You can even lessen your chances of getting stomach pain by taking a few simple precautions:

      Wash your hands before eating.

      Don't overeat.

      Eat fiber-rich foods, such as fruits and vegetables, to keep food moving through your digestive system.

      If you have a food allergy or intolerance, avoid eating foods that make you sick.

      Always use a condom when having sex to protect against STDs and pregnancy.

  13. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of severe insomnia?
    migraine headaches, body aches, mood swings, loss of appetite

    • ANSWER:
      Home Remedies for Insomnia

      Although a majority of the insomnia cases prefer going to sleep specialists and physicians, they often forget about the home remedies which have proven helpful with no side effects. So let's have a look at some natural cures for insomnia.

      Relax before Going to Bed
      Tensions and pressures of professional life is one of the biggest causes for insomnia. Hectic working days leave you frustrated and rob you of mental peace. So before going to bed just clear your mind, relax and take deep breaths. If you can also read some story books, these techniques are actually one of the best ways to tackle insomnia.

      Sleeping Atmosphere
      Some of us are light sleepers. Noise, heat and light can interfere with sleep, so it's very necessary that you keep your bedroom quiet, dark and cool. Try using a ear plug to shun out the noise, open your window so that your room remains cool and use heavy curtains to block light.

      Dinner Habits
      A good way to treat insomnia naturally, is to have an early dinner. This is true for people who suffer from acid reflux or indigestion. The best way to ensure that you get a good night's sleep is to have a light dinner and not have oily and heavy foodstuff.

      Limit Caffeine, Alcohol and Nicotine
      Stop drinking beverages which high amounts of caffeine content. It's very obvious that you need your cups of coffee or tea but stop consuming it in the evening. If you are suffering from severe insomnia, stop drinking alcohol, while alcohol will make you sleepy it causes drastic changes in your sleeping pattern which is not a good sign. If you are a smoker, avoid smoking at night, cigarettes contain nicotine which acts as a strong stimulant.

      Aromatherapy
      One of the most practiced home remedies for insomnia is the use of essential oils which are extracted from plants. Medical facts have shown that aroma oils like lavender, lemon and Valerian help with relaxation and can improve sleep quality in a better way.

      Sleep disorders can be the result of a lot of reasons which may include professional or personal issues. So if you think that sleep is something which is very rare in your life, it's time to try the above mentioned cures for insomnia

  14. QUESTION:
    what are some home remedy head ache treatments?
    just gimmie bunch of things that can get rid of headaches, and stumaches.!,,,becides rubbing your temples

    • ANSWER:
      Some good answers have already been supplied (I gave two of them a positive rating too). Here is my input:

      General Headaches:

      * Dull a tension headache by massaging a few drops of peppermint essential oil (Mentha piperita) into your temples. Peppermint works as well as 1,000 mg of acetaminophen, the main ingredient in aspirin, according to one German study. Herb experts don't know exactly how it works, but the peppermint appears to prevent your body from sending pain signals to your central nervous system.
      * Mix one teaspoon finely ground cinnamon (called dalchini in India) in one teaspoon water and apply on the forehead. It is very effective in headache due to exposure to cold air.
      * Lying down, in a dark room, maybe getting a 1 to 2 hour or so of sleep will virtually always make you feel better.

      Migraine/Severe Headaches:

      * Ginger root. Go to any grocery store and buy a Piece of ginger root, grind a 1 inch piece up and add to any type of juice. Drink a glass a day. Great in preventing migraines. Another is eat a handful of real ginger snap cookies. For immediate relief is take a 1 inch piece of ginger root and chew on it. It is very hot in flavor but relieves the migraine immediately I know this will help I use it daily. As an alternative, you can also purchase ginger root extract.
      * Magnesium. 90 to 95% of us are deficient in magnesium and taking 250 mg or more per day (make sure you also take 500 mg of calcium through supplements or dietary items) may be just the ticket to relieve migraines.
      * Hot and cold showers. Take a hot shower followed by a cold shower of five minutes each, as hot and as cold as you can stand them. While you are in the shower, think pleasant thoughts and remind yourself that everything is OK and so are you. This technique has been reported to relieve migraines in as little as 20 minute.
      * Take blessed thistle, cayenne, chamomile, fennel, fenugreek, garlic, lobelia, thyme, and wood betony.
      * Drink 2 tablespoons of vinegar.
      * Migraine relief can be obtained from the juice of ripe grapes and is an effective home remedy. Grind fresh ripe grapes and drink without adding any water.
      * Grind lemon crust and apply as a paste on the forehead. Migraine cures using this remedy has been found very effective and long lasting by many.
      * Carrot juice combined with spinach, beet and cucumber juices are good for migraine treatment. Use on the 2 following mixtures as migraine therapy:
      1: Mix 200 ml of spinach juice with 300 ml of carrot juice.
      2: Mix 100 ml each of beet and cucumber juices with 300 ml of carrot juice.

      Sinus Headaches:

      * For a sinus headache, eat a jalapeno pepper as soon as possible. Within minutes your sinuses should start to drain and the sinus headache should subside.
      * A peppermint steam inhalation provides quick relief for sinus headaches. Peppermint acts as a decongestant, and the combination of warm steam and the essential oil is doubly effective for opening up the sinuses.
      * Make a paste from dry ginger with a little water or milk, apply to the forehead for sinus relief
      * Grind 10-15 Basil leaves with 4 cloves and one teaspoon dried ginger into a paste and apply to forehead for sinus cure.
      * For a painful sinus headache, try a hot footbath along with a cold compress on the forehead
      * Make a sinus headache pillow.
      1/2 cup flax seeds
      1 part crushed spearmint leaf
      1 part crushed peppermint leaf
      1 part lavender buds
      1 part eucalyptus leaf
      1 part rosemary leaf
      Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Cut two pieces of material 10 x 4 inches and sew together. Making a bag, leave one end open and stuff the bag. Sew up the open end.

      Stomach ache/Indigestion prevention tips

      * eat lots of fruit
      * drink water
      * small meal portions
      * try a daily 30-minute walk
      * wear loose-fitting clothes!

      Stomache ache/Indigestion remedies:

      * Drink a mug of chamomile tea (Matricaria recutita). The essential oils in this herb ease muscle spasms in your gastrointestinal tract and may also decrease your body's production of pepsin, a digestive enzyme that exacerbates indigestion. It is better to brew your tea using loose chamomile flowers than the less-potent tea bags. Steep one to two teaspoons of the dried flowers in boiling hot water for 20 minutes, strain, and sip slowly. For even better results, mix the chamomile tea with yerbabuena tea.
      * Have an indigestion dessert after your meal:
      3 1/2 tablespoons powdered peppermint leaves and flower tops or substitute ginger or cinnamon
      4 to 8 tablespoons plain yogurt
      1 ripe papaya, halved and seeded
      Stir peppermint into the yogurt. Divide yogurt in half and fill each papaya half with the mixture. Eat while it is cold.
      * Chamomile, rosemary and honey. Make chamomile tea, add a bit of rosemary, sweeten with honey and drink one cup in the morning and at night.
      * Caraway or coriander seeds. Brew one teaspoon coriander or caraway seeds in one cup of boiling water. Strain t

  15. QUESTION:
    Has anyone in this section had open anti reflux surgery?
    been told i have to get open anti reflux surgery just wondering what to expect.
    Also how large will the scar be?got tattoos on stomach that i think will have to be be sliced lol

    • ANSWER:
      My mother suffered for 5 years with severe gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR - to the point of acid coming up into her mouth when out shopping!) and gastritis for 25 years. I did a lot of research on the net as her symptoms were increasingly worsening, and the drug nexium was making the condition worse, and found most people have LOW stomach acid! I decided to get rid of nexium and trial my mother on digestive enzyme supplements with betaine hydrochloride to improve stomach acid and digestion. I wasn't sure if it would work and there were a few hiccups with various enzymes but within a few weeks, the GERD and LPR were gone!! Even more amazingly, an 85% improvement on gastritis after 7 months of digestive enzymes! Taking digestive enzymes before each meal is an excellent way to prevent acid reflux. I urge you to try this out..the results are nothing short of amazing. This first link explains about the digestive process and the other links go into digestive enzymes. >>>>

      How digestion works>>>
      http://www.jonbarron.org/weight-loss-program/03-12-2007.php

      Digestive enzymes>>>
      http://www.natural-indigestion-relief.com/acid-reflux-remedies-digestive-enzymes.html
      http://www.puristat.com/bloating/enzymes.aspx
      http://www.gillianmckeith.info/yourbody/health/digestivedisorders/gillianmckeithdigestiveenzymes.php

  16. QUESTION:
    Can anyone explain why I am getting heartburn?
    I'm semi-new to veganism (no meat, dairy, or eggs) and lately i have been getting pretty bad heartburn... i don't expect it's because of the diet change, but it's possible.. i don't even know what causes heartburn.. am i missing something?

    • ANSWER:
      You have probably upped your intake of carbohydrates (breads, pasta, etc.), and in some people that can cause severe heartburn. Also, you may be eating more legumes, and that can cause digestive upsets.

      You sound younger, so if you want to continue on this diet -- it's not for every body type -- then I suggest to take a few Tums when you are hit with the heartburn (which is actually acid indigestion, and can lead to acid reflux disease). I know it's probably not what you want to do, however, it does sound like your body is reacting to the foods you're eating now that have replaced what you ate before.

      (I actually have experienced heartburn with too many carbohydrates, especially bread and pastas, and found that drinking orange juice or some citrus juice -- lemon in the water, etc. -- often modified the "heartburn.")

      A macrobiotic diet is almost a vegan diet, however, it does incorporate a little fish or poultry (but no dairy or eggs) now and then, and that helps. Plus many macrobiotic menus are extremely creative (99% of the menus don't have any fish or poultry) and delicious, so you may want to check at Amazon.com for some titles under macrobiotic cookbooks and try some out. If you don't want animal products, at least try some macrobiotic menus to get an idea of how to combine all the foods you're eating -- the combination of foods can interact in your digestive tract the wrong way and also cause heartburn.

      Keep a meal log and write down what you eat each meal, and have a column for heartburn -- see which meals bring it on more. That should help to narrow it down. And if worse comes to worse, maybe add in some of the foods you had eliminated, and see if that reduces it or gets rid of it -- you just may be one of those people who needs more animal products in their diet.

      Good luck to you!

  17. QUESTION:
    What cause indegestion? Can indegestion cause backpain?
    how can i get rid of this indegestion and back pain and pervent it from returning?

    • ANSWER:
      Indigestion is caused by too much acid in the stomach, it can cause back pain if severe. See a doctor. Get something like Zantac and Gaviscon to treat it (they can be bought over the counter) but see a doctor too!

  18. QUESTION:
    my test came back hpylori positive.i just got an endoscopy done and they said i have gastritis and esophagitiS?
    How dangerous is that? could that cause stomach cancer? They told me what not to eat but they didnt say what to eat..what food and diet would be better for me

    • ANSWER:
      -Being a doctor, the information I am providing will be very useful.-

      Gastritis is an inflammation of the lining of the stomach, and has many possible causes. Sometimes gastritis develops after major surgery, traumatic injury, burns, or severe infections. Gastritis may also occur in those who have had weight loss surgery resulting in the banding or reconstruction of the digestive tract. Chronic causes are infection with bacteria, primarily Helicobacter pylori, chronic bile reflux, stress and certain autoimmune disorders can cause gastritis as well. The most common symptom is abdominal upset or pain. Other symptoms are indigestion, abdominal bloating, nausea, and vomiting and pernicious anemia. Some may have a feeling of fullness or burning in the upper abdomen. A gastroscopy, blood test, complete blood count test, or a stool test may be used to diagnose gastritis.
      NOTE:
      Gastrits is a lethal killer and strikes quickly. So it's a good thing you got tested. Gastritis only causes stomach cancer when the lining of the stomach is absolutely flat and the stomach cannot absorb any more nutrients which leads to stomach cancer as then the immune system becomes weak which leads the body to develop cancer of a long period of time.

      DIET:
      Th?r? ?r? ???t a few things th?t ??? need t? consider ?n order t? ??t a diet f?r Gastritis th?t w??? take th? pain away.

      First, ??? need t? know th?t different types ?f foods trigger th? release ?f different types ?f digestive enzymes. Th?r? ?r? two basic types ?f enzymes: alkaline ?n? acidic. If ??? want t? ?n? ??? ?f ???r Gastritis pain, ??? need t? remember t? eat foods th?t w??? release ?n?? one type ?f enzyme. Th? problems come wh?n ??? eat foods th?t release both enzymes ?t th? same time.

      Second, ??? need t? know th?t th?r? ?r? three basic types ?f foods. Th? first type ?? a neutral type ?f foods. Th?? type ?f foods goes through ???r stomach w?th small ?r n? digestive enzymes required t? br??k th?m down. Th? second type ?f foods require alkaline digestive enzymes t? br??k th?m down. Th? third type requires strong acids t? b? kaput down.

      Th? key t? th? r??ht Gastritis diet ?? never t? combine type two ?n? three together. In ?th?r terms, ??? ??n eat ?n th? same meal type one ?n? type two together. Y?? ??n ???? eat type one ?n? type three foods ?n th? same meal. B?t, ??? ?h???? never ?t type two ?n? type three ?t th? same time.

      B? following th? r??ht type ?f Gastritis diet, ???’ll b? ?b?? t? ?n? ???r Gastritis pain f?r ???????nt. In addition, ???’ll delight ?n many different repayment. People using th? r??ht type ?f food combinations h??? lost weight b?????? th? foods ?r? processed surpass.

      In addition, th??? people h??? felt w?th a lot ?f more energy b?????? ?t takes a lot less energy t? digest th? food th?t th?? eat. Th? energy th?t ?? saved ?n th? digestion ??n th?n b? used f?r ?th?r areas ?n ???r body.

      Remember, t? ??t th? r??ht diet f?r Gastritis ??? ?n?? need t? keep alkaline ?n? acidic foods separate. If ??? ?? ??, ??? ?h???? ?n ???r way t? getting rid ?f ???r Gastritis.

      DIET TIPS:

      - One must have regular meals. Eating too often can cause acidity

      - Milk and dairy products should be limited to 3 servings per day or less. Have low fat or fat-free dairy foods whenever possible. It will control the stomach’s acid production

      - Alcohol, black and red pepper, chili powder, chilies and hot peppers should be avoided

      - Caffeine can increase the amount of stomach acid. Teas, coffee, colas, cocoa, chocolate should not be taken

      - One should take less of tomatoes, peppermint, tomato juice, fatty foods, and citrus juices. These can cause heartburn or pain in your esophagus. One may have to also limit the intake of onions, cinnamon, garlic, and cloves if they upset the stomach

      - High fiber foods are not bad for the stomach. They do not cause pain for most people suffering from ulcers or gastritis. High fiber foods are whole grains, cooked dried beans, and fruits and vegetables with peels

      - Foods that cause gas should be avoided. These are broccoli, cabbage, onions, milk, cooked dried beans and peas, some fruits etc.

      --The food intake in the case of gastritis should not upset the stomach or cause pain. One should eat food that is easy on the stomach and can be digested easily. Spicy and greasy food should be avoided and food that is easy on stomach should be taken.--

  19. QUESTION:
    Any problem to take LArginine with Atenolol and Crestor?

    • ANSWER:
      L-Arginine
      By Cathy Wong, About.com
      Updated: September 20, 2007

      What is L-Arginine?
      L-arginine is an amino acid that has numerous functions in the body. It helps the body get rid of ammonia (a waste product), is used to make compounds in the body such creatine, L-glutamate, and L-proline, and can be converted to glucose and glycogen if needed.

      L-arginine is used to make the nitric oxide, a compound in the body that relaxes blood vessels. Preliminary studies have found that L-arginine may help with conditions that improve when blood vessels are relaxed (called vasodilation), such as atherosclerosis, erectile dysfunction, and intermittent claudication.

      L-arginine is also involved in protein formation. In larger amounts, L-arginine stimulates the release of hormones growth hormone and prolactin.

      Why Do People Use L-Arginine?
      Heart disease
      In the body, L-arginine is used to make nitric oxide, which reduces blood vessel stiffness, increases blood flow, and improves blood vessel function.

      However, L-arginine should not be used following a heart attack. An study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health examining the use of L-arginine after a heart attack was terminated early after six patients died, a disproportionate number. There were no deaths in the patients who did not receive L-arginine.

      The study researchers speculate that L-arginine may aggravate the effects of cardiac shock. The results were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

      Erectile Dysfunction
      L-arginine has been used for erectile dysfunction. Like the drug sildenafil citrate (Viagra), L-arginine is thought to enhance the action of nitric oxide, which relaxes muscles surrounding blood vessels supplying the penis. As a result, blood vessels in the penis dilate, increasing blood flow, which helps maintain an erection. The difference in how they work is that Viagra blocks an enzyme called PDE5 which destroys nitric oxide and L-arginine is used to make nitric oxide.

      In one study, 50 men with erectile dysfunction took either 5 grams of L-arginine per day or a placebo. After six weeks, more men in the L-arginine group had an improvement compared to those taking the placebo.

      Unlike Viagra, L-arginine must be taken daily.

      Wound healing
      L-arginine's possible activity in wound repair may be due to its role in the formation of L-proline, an important amino acid that is essential for the synthesis of collagen.

      Other Conditions
      L-arginine is also used for high blood pressure, migraines, sexual dysfunction in women, intermittent claudication, and interstitial cystitis.
      Sources of L-Arginine
      L-arginine is conditionally essential, which means that the body normally has enough. It's produced in the kidney and to a lesser extent, in the liver.

      Food sources of L-arginine include plant and animal proteins, such as dairy products, meat, poultry, fish, and nuts. The ratio of L-arginine to lysine is also important - soy and other plant proteins have more L-arginine than animal sources of protein.

      Severe burns, infections, and injuries can deplete the body's supply of arginine. Under these conditions, L-arginine becomes essential and it is necessary to ensure proper intake to meet the increased demands.

      L-arginine is also essential for children with rare genetic disorders that impair the formation of L-arginine.

      Side Effects of L-Arginine
      L-arginine may lower blood pressure because it is involved in the formation of nitric oxide. It may also result in indigestion, nausea, and headache.

      L-arginine should not be used following a heart attack. If you have a history of heart disease, consult your doctor before taking L-arginine.

      Higher doses of arginine can increase stomach acid, so it may worsen heartburn, ulcers, or digestive upset cause by medications. Arginine appears to increase stomach acid by stimulating the production of gastrin, a hormone that increases stomach acid.

      L-arginine may also alter potassium levels, especially in people with liver disease. People with kidney disease and those who take ACE inhibitors or potassium sparing diuretics should not use supplemental L-arginine unless they are under professional supervision. It may also alter the levels of other chemicals and electrolytes in the body, such as chloride, sodium, and phosphate.

      ARGININE MAY INCREASE BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS, SO IT SHOULDN'T BE USED BY PEOPLE WITH DIABETES UNLESS UNDER A DOCTOR'S SUPERVISION.

      Pregnant and nursing women and children should not use supplemental L-arginine, as it's safety has not been established.

      People with genital herpes should not take L-arginine because it may aggravate their symptoms.

      Possible Drug Interactions
      L-arginine may counteract the benefits of lysine to treat herpes

      NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) or other drugs that are hard on the stomach should not be combined with L-arginine.

      Drugs that alter potassium levels in the body, such as ACE inhibitors and potassium sparing diuretics.

  20. QUESTION:
    what are the Symon's for Worms in a dog?

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms millie? Well, worms are not life threatening unless left untreated. The dog will suffer discomfort - about the same as us with severe indigestion. The outwards signs will be that the dog becomes irritable - perhaps he may lie on his back and kick into the air while growling. The physical signs will be in his poo. They look like a piece of string about 4 inches long (this is only part of it) with a pointed bit -- or they can look like a grain of rice. Worming medication will quickly get rid of them

  21. QUESTION:
    Any advice for Panic Attacks while driving?
    Driving has always been a struggle for me. I'm sick and tired of it because driving is a necessity (how else will I fucking get to school!) and I need to get comfortable with it. Going to school isn't so bad...for some reason. But driving back, stresses me out. There is more traffic on the streets. I'm in a irritable mood, usually from all the classes (I get tired). I've had mild to severe panic attacks, driving...my pulse would beat so fast, I hoped to god I didn't faint or anything. Sometimes I want to give up, rather than having to deal with these terrible attacks.
    this depresses me. I don't want to give up.

    • ANSWER:
      Anxiety
      Anxiety is the body's natural reaction to stress. Everyone feels anxious at certain times of danger or in worrying situations. In some circumstances anxiety is useful. It prepares you for action and enables you to respond quickly if necessary. Moderate amounts of anxiety can improve your performance. However when it interferes with everyday life, e.g. it may occur too frequently, in the wrong situations, or the symptoms become too strong so that they stop you from doing things you want.

      There is usually a combination of causes why anxiety may become more difficult to control. If you are under a lot of stress you may be more vulnerable to anxiety. Some people are more sensitive to stress than others and they may feel anxious more quickly or take a longer time to calm down. Some people learn from early experiences how to get anxious and how to worry, e.g. if we saw our parents being anxious in situations as children. In these circumstances we learn to be anxious when there is no real danger. This occurs by us misinterpreting events as stressful when they are not. The body has no way of knowing this. It relies on our brain telling our bodies whether a stressful situation is real or not. When a person begins to get anxious, his thoughts will affect whether we continue to feel anxious or whether we begin to relax.

      Increased anxiety can be very difficult to deal with and we may end up resorting to unhealthy coping mechanisms e.g. increased alcohol use, overeating avoiding situations. These coping methods do not allow us to relearn how to control anxiety and can actually maintain or even make it worse. In the long term we may feel depressed, lonely because we are unable to face any difficult situation.

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      What can we do to cope with anxiety?
      We need to recognise how anxiety affects us and understand how anxiety is maintained. We then need to learn new ways of dealing with:

      Physical Symptoms : i.e. bodily sensations

      Behaviour : i.e. what we do when we are anxious.

      Thoughts : i.e. what we think and tell ourselves when we are feeling anxious.

      We have to work on all the above in order to learn to control our anxiety.

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      The Physical Symptoms of Anxiety
      When we feel anxious a chain of automatic events occurs in our bodies which prepares us for action. This reaction is called the Flight or Fight response i.e. either to run away from the danger or to stand and fight it.

      The reaction consists of the brain sending a message to pump a hormone called adrenalin into the blood stream and muscles of the arms and legs. The heart beats faster as it works harder to pump the blood and adrenalin around the body and this can cause palpitations and increased blood pressure. We breathe more quickly as the lungs are having to work harder, we generate more heat so our skin looks red and we sweat more to cool down. Our muscles become more tense causing aching muscles and tiredness, our mouth becomes dry and there may be difficulty in swallowing. Our digestion slows down as the blood is diverted away from the stomach to the large muscles and this may cause sickness, indigestion, butterflies. The body needs to be as light as possible so it gets rid of waste products causing the need to go to the toilet. The release of adrenaline and increased blood pressure causes headaches and dizziness.

      When this chain of events occurs in everyday situations it can be very frightening. Often, when people feel anxious a lot of the time they begin to worry about the symptoms themselves and believe that they may be dying or developing a serious illness. This means that we get more anxious and the symptoms feel worse setting up a vicious cycle. It is important to remember that symptoms are natural and not harmful and that the body will gradually slow down and the symptoms will go. You can learn to have more control of these symptoms through relaxation.

      Choose somewhere quiet, where you won't be disturbed. Make sure you are warm and comfortable. Allow yourself to completely relax all the muscles in your body. Clench and unclench all the muscles starting from your toes and working your way up while breathing deeply and slowly. At the same time try to create a relaxing picture in your mind - lying on the beach, walking through the countryside, whatever works for you. Try to keep that image in your mind while you relax your whole body. Try and build this into your daily routine - take time out to relax and let go of your worries and fears.

      Behavioural Consequences of Anxiety
      The most common behavioural consequence when we feel anxious is avoiding situations which makes us feel anxious - this may be being in a room with lots of people, going into crowded shops, standing in queues, going into a lift. Sometimes people try and cope in other ways, drinking, drugs, or violence and sometimes by developing obsessional behavioural patterns e.g. over washing, checking and rechecking things. In reality the only way to overcome and lessen anxiety is to meet it and try and stay in the situation a bit longer each time.

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      How to Control our Thoughts
      Anticipating Anxiety - sometimes we worry about something that hasn't happened. Sometimes we can become anxious just thinking about some future task or event and this can become unpleasant and we end up avoiding the situation. We may tell ourselves:

      I know I will feel terrible when I go out/do this, I can't.

      People will look at me, laugh at me when I do this.

      Something bad will happen if don't do this.

      I always have to have a drink before I can do this.

      I know it will go wrong as it always does.

      Notice that a lot of the words being used are very definite and rigid, e.g. will, have to, always, can't - these words encourage us to look negatively at a situation and do not allow for any hope or possibility of change.

      Remember we have a choice, although we may not be able to change a situation, we can change how we look at it. One view can create a low mood or anxiety while another may make us feel great and more encouraged.

      Suggestions : Avoid always, ever, must, should, have to, never, can't etc.

      Try : maybe, possibility, hopefully, sometimes, perhaps etc.

      Thoughts : can play an important part in keeping anxiety going or even making it worse. If you forget that it is only anxiety and start thinking I am going to have a heart attack, or collapse, then this is likely to increase the level of anxiety.

      Challenge : these or any other negative thoughts you have by choosing other possible, less upsetting view points and give yourself time to begin breathing exercise, relaxation, distraction methods. Remember to give yourself credit for all that you do no matter how small it seems, in this way you can encourage yourself to continue to stay in the situation a bit longer try things you have avoided a little at a time and give yourself the support you need to practice all you have learned.

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      Distraction Techniques
      The principle ideas behind distraction in anxiety control are:

      It is very difficult to concentrate on two things at once.

      Relaxation and anxiety are incompatible i.e. you cannot be both relaxed and anxious at the same time.

      This means that if we learn to stop concentrating on being anxious and begin to concentrate on something else a more relaxed state will begin to replace the anxious one.

      We need to learn to distract our thoughts. Often it is what we are thinking which causes anxiety, help keep it going or makes it worse.

      Recognition : Become aware of your thoughts. Write down some of the thoughts you have experienced before, during and after anxious times.

      Thought Stopping : Every time you recognise a thought which is unhelpful say STOP to yourself. You can combine this with pinging a rubber band around your wrist or pinching yourself which can help change the direction of your thoughts.

      Positive Imagery : Try to think about something else other than the physical symptoms or worrying that we will become anxious. Practice concentrating on a pleasant past experience, really focus on this in detail.

      Some questions you can ask yourself to keep your mind on this:

      What was the weather like?
      Where did it happen?
      Who was there?
      What were they wearing?
      Exactly what did everyone say or do?
      How did I feel?
      What did I like about it?
      Mental Games : Doing puzzles, crosswords, word games, reciting a poem, singing a song, counting backwards from 100, are all useful distraction exercises.

      External Focus : Concentrating on a specific detail of the world around you, for example, making words out of number plates of cars or guessing what people do for a living. Focusing on the outside world will prevent you thinking about what is going on inside.

      Challenge Thoughts : Every time we notice that our thoughts are upsetting or negative, think up a more positive alternative, talk to yourself in a positive way and give yourself encouragement.

      Relaxation : Listen to some music or a relaxation tape, if you have a walkman you can do this anywhere. You can use whatever method of relaxation that works for you to help you to switch off the worrying thoughts. As with most techniques it may take a while to get used to them. It is important to practice these techniques so that you feel comfortable with them.

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      Resources: West Lambeth Community Care Trust
      If you find yourself constantly worrying about things which are coming up in the future, try and remember that all the worry in the world won't change anything. You are wasting energy and time worrying when that energy and time could be used to go out and enjoy yourself. When you start worrying about something try and train yourself to say 'I'm not going to worry about this now and I will deal with it when the time comes'.

      If you are a worrier and find that you are continually getting anxious about things and this is preventing you from getting on with your work or other things you need to do, some people find that it can work if you allow yourself a worry hour. Choose a time each day (say 6pm-7pm) which you designate as your worry hour. During that time you allow yourself to think about all the things which are worrying you. However if during the day you find you start worrying about something say to yourself 'no, I'm not going to think about that now, I'll think about that later in myworry hour'. This can be effective in stopping you from spending the whole day worrying about things - when your worry hour is over as soon as an anxious thought comes into your mind tell yourself you will think about that in your worry hour the next day. This is giving yourself permission to worry about things but only in a set time - You may find that by doing this technique for a while that you find it helps you to be less anxious and to worry less and that the anxiety should not affect your whole day and evening.

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      Some organisations which may be useful to you
      SupportLine: Confidential Telephone Helpline 020 8554 9004, email info@supportline.org.uk - Also keeps details of other agencies, support groups and counsellors throughout the UK.

      Depression Support Group Association: 020 7328 8391, www.depressionalternatives.co.uk - Groups in London convened by professional counsellors/psychotherapists. Meet in friendly, social environment and offer members route to a more fulfilling life, develop self esteem and confidence and learn how their emotional needs can be more fully met. Fees £15 per week, concessions students and unemployed. Also runs shyness and social anxiety programme and personal relationships programme, men's group to strengthen men's sense of themselves. Also individual therapy.

      Destigmatize: 0870 126 4872, www.destigmatize.org.uk - Telephone helpline service available in Punjabi, Hindi, and Urdu. Working in conjunction with National Phobics Society providing information and support to sufferers of anxiety, mainly for the Asian population. Multilingual website, message board, factsheets, information, support.

      First Steps to Freedom: 0845 120 2916, email first.steps@btconnect.com, www.first-steps.org - Helpline for anyone experiencing general anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorders, etc. Offers counselling, listening, advice and information. Provides leaflets, relaxation tapes and videos, telephone self help groups, telephone befriending and newsletters.

      Rural Stress Information Network: 02476 412916 - Advice, information and support for people living in rural areas who suffer from stress.

      Unwind Pain and Stress Management: 0191 384 2056 - To provide information and self help programmes to enable sufferers to gain control over their own particular situation. Publishes books, self help programmes, relaxation and visualisation tapes etc.

      HOPE - Help Overcome Panic Effects - 020 7729 9418, email hope2central@hotmail.com, www.healinghope.20megsfree.com - For people who suffer from panic or anxiety attacks. Groups and individual appointments. Membership fee of £10 a year provides newsletter and contact list.

      International Stress Management Association: 07000 780430 - To provide information about all aspects of stress management. Provide support and run conferences and workshops, leaflets.

      London Shyness Clinic: 020 7289 4317, www.shyness.co.uk Therapy and counselling to help overcome shyness and gain confidence.

      National Phobics Society: 0870 122 2325, email nationalphobic@btconnect.com, www.phobics-society.org.uk - Helps all those suffering with anxiety disorders. Self help leaflets and contact lists. Self help groups, counselling, phone self help groups, email support.

      No Panic: 0808 808 0545, email ceo@nopanic.org.uk, www.nopanic.org.uk - Helpline for anxiety disorders, panic attacks etc. Provides advice, counselling, listening, befriending and can make referrals. Local self help groups and produces leaflets, audio and video cassettes.

      Northern Ireland Agoraphobia and Anxiety Society: 028 9023 5170, www.praxiscaregroup.org.uk (Area served NORTHERN IRELAND) Telephone support service for people experiencing agoraphobia, anxiety or panic attacks and their carers. Self help groups throughout Northern Ireland.

      OCD Action: 020 7226 4000, email info@ocdaction.org.uk, www.ocdaction.org.uk - Information and support for Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCDs) and related disorders including Body Dismorphic Disorder (BDD), Skin Picking (CSP), Trichotillomania (TTM) – compulsive hair pulling.

      OCD-UK: 0870 126 9506, email admin@ocduk.org, www.ocduk.org - Information and support relating to OCDs. Also information relating to local support groups.

      SA-UK (Social Anxiety UK): email contact@social-anxiety.org.uk, www.social-anxiety.org.uk Volunteer led organisation, news, advice, info, meetings, chatroom, forums, support/social groups, info on cognitive behavioural therapy.

      In its simplest terms social anxiety or 'SA' is a fear of people, of being around, having to interact with, being watched, criticized or judged negatively by other human beings. For sufferers of SA everyday tasks which most people take for granted - working, socialising, shopping, speaking on the telephone, can be a wearing ordeal marked by persistent feelings of anxiety and self consciousness.

      Self Help Services (Manchester area): 0161 226 5412, www.selfhelpservices.org.uk, email info@selfhelpservices.org.uk - Run over 30 support groups for people with mental health problems or are in need of emotional support including groups relating to anxiety.

      Stress Anxiety Depression - Confidential Helpline: 01622 717656 - Advice, information on self help strategies, relaxation, exercise, nutrition, cognitive therapy etc.

      Triumph Over Phobia: 0845 6009601, www.triumphoverphobia.com - Telephone helpline providing support for phobias.

      Why Me: 01329 312997 - Information and support to anyone suffering from anxiety and related disorders such as agoraphobia and panic attacks.

      Useful websites
      www.channel4.com/health - Information on anxiety, stress, panic attacks etc.

      www.dailystrength.org - Online community support for anxiety, mental health, and health related conditions.

      www.gut-reaction.freeserve.co.uk - Support group for those who have a fear of vomiting (emetophobia).

      www.healthyplace.com - Information and support for those suffering from anxiety (American site).

      www.nomorepanic.co.uk - Information for sufferers of panic, anxiety, phobias and ocds. Includes chat room and message boards. Also information relating to insomnia.

      www.patient.co.uk - Self help guides under Mental Health leaflets on panic attacks, phobias,anxiety,stress, obsessional compulsive disorders, relaxation exercises.

      www.phobic-friends.com - Online site for those with agoraphobia, depression, anxiety etc. to make online friends and support.

      www.surgerydoor.co.uk - Anxiety for a self help guide (also in the Mental Health section information on panic, phobias, social anxiety, stress, obsessions and compulsive disorders).

      Useful book
      Banish Anxiety by Dr Kenneth Hambly - Published by Thorsons: ISBN 0722531125
      Click here to read more or buy this book

  22. QUESTION:
    Heartburn ! How do I get rid of it ?
    I never had this before and it HURTS I do not like it. Im 31 weeks and it Just came to me a couple days ago ? what do I need to do Please help ?!? I want it to go away like Right now!

    Thanks !!

    • ANSWER:
      FYI, ><

      How Do I Get Rid Of Heartburn? / Heartburn 7 Remedies To Stop It
      how do i get rid of heartburn? Who hasn't bolted upright in the night, awakened by a sudden and terrible burning sensation in the pit of their stomach? ...
      http://www.stopheartburntoday.com/Heartburn-7-Remedies-To-Stop-It.html

      ho hasn't bolted upright in the night, awakened by a sudden and terrible burning sensation in the pit of their stomach? Whether you indulged in some overly spicy chili, or overdid it on those late-night leftovers, these quick heartburn remedies will soothe your fiery stomach and help you get back to sleep!

      1. The first thing you'll want to do when you're awakened by heartburn pain, is to stand up. This helps keep the acid at bay while you go and get a full glass of cool water.

      2. Drink the whole glass of water, and follow it with a mixture of 1 tablespoon of baking soda, and half a glass of water. Be careful though, if you have high blood pressure or are pregnant, this can cause water retention or increase your blood pressure.

      3. DON'T drink milk or suck on mints to relieve heartburn. Milk might feel nice and cool going down, but it actually contains fats and proteins that cause your stomach to secrete MORE acid and make your heartburn worse! Mints, while they may feel soothing, actually relax the small valve between your esophagus and stomach, whose purpose it is to actually KEEP acid at bay! When this valve is relaxed, more acid can seep up and aggravate heartburn symptoms!

      4. This is going to sound strange, but downing a teaspoon of vinegar can help soothe heartburn immediately! Why give your stomach MORE acid when it already seems to have enough, you ask? Sometimes, heartburn is caused as a result of too little acid, and vinegar helps quell indigestion by giving your stomach a little extra "juice" (no pun intended!) to do its job!

      5. Certain foods can cause nighttime heartburn, including: soda pop or beverages with caffeine (which you shouldn't be drinking before bed anyway!), alcohol, garlic, chocolate (sorry!), citrus fruits, tomatoes and tomato-based products. Avoiding these types of food can help ease your indigestion if you frequently find yourself awakened with that intolerable burning!

      6. Eating a banana each day works like an antacid to soothe heartburn. If you're already stricken with indigestion, eating pineapple or papaya (or drinking the juice) can help settle your stomach naturally. Some people also claim that eating a teaspoon of mustard (yuck!) can work immediately.

      7. Avoid eating at least two hours before you go to sleep. Those late night snacks can keep your stomach busy all night and prevent you from easing into a deep, restful sleep. You may also find that sleeping on your left side or sleeping at a somewhat upright angle can keep acid down where it belongs.

      If you are awakened by heartburn on a regular basis, or the pain is severe, or if you have heartburn with vomiting, you'll want to consult your doctor immediately as it may be a sign of a more serious condition such as an ulcer. Above all, avoid spicy, fatty and caffeine-containing foods before bed, and you should be able to drift off to sleep easily.

      Sweet dreams!

  23. QUESTION:
    American food makes me sick after trip, why?
    I went to Canada for a convention. We left early Friday came home Monday. The food in Canada tasted better, made me regular in a matter of 2 days, rid me of my acid indigestion problem by the end of the first night, and didn't make my stomach feel heavy after eating. But now that I am home in the US I literally can't eat anything. I ate my normal Tex-mex for dinner on Monday night after the car ride home. I didn't eat anything spicy just a chicken quesadilla with some sour cream. I barely made it home before having to heave over the toilet and try my best not to throw up. The rest of the night I had horrible cramps, acid indigestion, gas, headache and sever nausea that lasted into the morning. So instead of going out to grab a bite to eat like I normally do before my 9am class I waited and got an apple juice afterward and the same thing happened. I really don't know whats wrong or what to do. I can't even eat crackers right now they make me sick too. Does anyone know whats going on? Do I have a stomach bug ( I don't think I do because when I don't eat I'm fine )?

    I was thinking it might be because of all the additives in American food, and since I didn't ingest any my stomach got a break and its not readjusting but I'm not sure :/
    My tex-mex retaurant is owned by a white guy with tattoos its not the kind run by a spanish guy with real spanish food.

    • ANSWER:
      Mmh, the same thing happened to my sister, but all her food ended up in the other end! Here are some possible answers. Number 4) are some suggestions on how to get rid of your nausea and Number 5) are foods you should/n't eat if you have the stomach flu!:

      1) You may be lacking vitamin B3, vitamin B5, and vitamin B6 (a deficiency in any of these can cause nausea).

      2) Severe vomiting and diarrhoea can easily lead to dehydration, especially with children. This means that your body does not have enough water or the right balance of salts to carry out its normal functions. So make sure you keep hydrated with pure, mineral water.

      3) Acid Indigestion is also know as 'Acid Reflux' Some of the causes to Acid Reflux are:
      pregnancy, large meals and eating habits, bending forward, asthma, smoking and alcohol. If you feel you need to find out more about Acid Indigestion, click here: ----> http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/146619.php

      4) You may have a simple stomach infection like the stomach flu.
      What you should do is take bread with jam(You will never vomit or feel nauseous after eating this), and a half a cup of Gatorade or any Electroylte replacing fluid. Also, don't eat any spicy foods. If you had any stress these days, then that can trigger nausea.
      Nausea can come from overeating on a empty stomach, or eating too less. Try calming down, as relaxation is also good. Also, there is a pressure point in your hands that can cure nausea in a second. Press in the middle of your middle finger and ring finger simultaneously with the back of a pencil or pen about 30 times, it should go away.

      5) These foods include spicy, acidic, fatty, and fibrous foods. Meats, coarse grains, and vegetables are not good to eat if you have the stomach flu. You should also avoid dairy products because they are hard to digest and may irritate your stomach as well.

      If symptoms persist, arrange to see your doctor ASAP! Good Luck XD

  24. QUESTION:
    Heartburn/indigestion for 4+ weeks?
    One afternoon i had gotten in the shower and i had a really bad sharp, dull pain in between my breasts and it seemed like the warm water running over my body helped a bit but it didnt subside until the next morning. Ever since then i have had severe bouts of heartburn/indigestion where i can barely breath.(Ive never had this before) what could this be? should i be worried?

    • ANSWER:
      The pain you felt between your breasts came from a pinched muscle in your back. Pains often follow the nerves to end up as rib, chest or heart pains. The tightness in your chest is from the muscles tightening up so much that they won't let the ribs expand to get a breath in. Tight muscles in your lower back end up very close to the nerves of other organs as they leave the spine. Then if things tighten up a little more they end up touching and you get pain in the organs. You have pressure hitting the nerves for your stomach to cause it to release more gastric acid which is causing it to burn your stomach lining. Many say it feels like bad heartburn others say like cramps. To get rid of these pains you have to free up the muscles in your back and here's how to do that:
      Back:
      (do from a sitting position)
      Place your left hand on your left leg next to your body. Place your right hand over your left shoulder, fingers over the back and the palm in the front and firmly press on them and hold. After 30 seconds slowly lower your body forward and to the outside of your left leg, keeping your left arm fairly straight as you do. When you reach your lap remain there for another 10 seconds, release the pressure but rest there for another 30 seconds. Then reverse your hand positions and do your right side.
      For best results relax your body first by taking a deep breath and exhaling then remain this relaxed.

  25. 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.

  26. QUESTION:
    diarreha and bile tasting burps?
    the last three days I have had severe diarreha and every time I burp it burns like soda fizz and tastes foul. I don't know if this could be food poisoning or not I called the dr. and they said there is no blood test for that. My stomach is sunken in from pooping so much and I can't get rid of this taste in my mouth can anyone help me on what this is or what I should do?

    • ANSWER:
      Either food poisoning or indigestion, wait it out because there's not much else to do, but make sure you drink PLENTY of water because the diarrhea will dehydrate you

  27. QUESTION:
    Acid Reflux and Oesophagitis.?
    I suffer form severe Acid Reflux and Oesophagitis and have tried every possible remedy to get rid...I have been to my GP and they have tried a series of tablets and liquids to help but no use. I have raised the end of my bed, I don't eat fatty foods or anything after 7o'clock at night and only drink water after that time. Does anybody have any other advise for sufferers like myself. It is very uncomfortable as it is a constant thing.

    • ANSWER:
      My mother suffered 5 years of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR) and gastritis for 25 years. Throwing away the acid blocker nexium and starting digestive enzyme supplements, GERD and LPR were gone within 2 weeks! Gastritis is 80% better in 6 months! Digestive enzyme supplements help digest food and prevent acid reflux.

      What the doctors don't tell you is that most people have LOW stomach acid so acid blockers are the wrong medication for this condition. Digestive enzyme supplements may takes around two weeks to really kick in but it works! What my mother takes is Nature's Sunshine Protein Digestion (with hydrochloric acid) for protein meals and Sandra Cabot's Digestive Enzymes for every other meal. Of course there are many digestive enzyme supplements on the market so it will be a bit of trial and error. If you have the H Pylori bacteria you need two weeks of antibiotics to eradicate it.

      Digestive enzymes/low stomach acid:
      http://www.natural-indigestion-relief.com/acid-reflux-remedies-digestive-enzymes.html
      http://www.gillianmckeith.info/yourbody/health/digestivedisorders/gillianmckeithdigestiveenzymes.php
      http://h-pylori-symptoms.com/heartburn-is-not-caused-by-excess-acid/
      http://www.healingdaily.com/detoxification-diet/enzymes.htm

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

  28. QUESTION:
    Help! How do I help get rid of my acid indigestion?
    I have had acid indigestion for exactly one week strait and can't get rid of it. I have tried antacids and almost everything I can think of and it isn't helping. Now on top of it I feel nauseated.

    How do I get rid of it? I never had it this long strait before. I have had it my whole life but never this long at one time.
    I used to get it about 3 times a week. And a few months ago I was getting heartburn with it really, really, bad where I couldn't even sleep.

    • ANSWER:
      You might have gastritis. This is common. It's either that or you have a sensitive stomach. This is usually solved by going to a doctor. If it is severe immediately schedule your appointment.

  29. QUESTION:
    If we got rid of the EPA scenario. Honest question?
    First I should say I'm open to other ideas. I'm not trying to disprove anything, I'm trying to gain additional clarity on a solution that has been proposed a few times this election year. And how legitimate issues would be addressed under that system.

    "the regulations are much tougher in a free market because you cannot commit fraud, you cannot steal, you cannot hurt people" and "in a true libertarian society you have to be responsible." - Ron Paul

    In the past Ron Paul and other conservatives have suggested eliminating the EPA and leaving the states to fill gaps in environmental regulation and enforcement.

    Quick Scenario:

    The EPA is eliminated. Right away Tennessee passes a series of laws to protect rivers and streams. Missouri fails to do so for three years. During that time a manufacturing plant in St. Louis, Mo dumps 6+ tons of hazardous industrial waste in a stream that connects to the Mississippi River.

    An individual in Memphis, Tenn owns property that borders the Mississippi, South of the dump site. He begins to notice drastic changes in the aquatic ecosystem bordering his property (dead fish, strange algae, etc). A few months later he begins to notice strange growths on the underbelly of livestock. He writes his state legislature, they respond, reassuring him that legislation has been passed by the state of Tennessee to protect those areas.

    Within a month his wife discovers a cluster of tumors near her spine. She suffers headaches, indigestion, difficulty breathing, severe back and neck pain, impaired cognitive function, etc. He takes her to their primary care physician. The physician refers her to a specialist for additional testing. The specialist scrambles to find a diagnosis, and fails. He seeks the assistance of colleagues out of state, they're also at a loss but recommend a string of aggressive treatments to combat the tumors. The treatments she receives inflames her tumors. She passes away before they receive an official diagnosis. The gentleman's five year old daughter begins to complain of the same symptoms. She can't remember how old she is or her name. Shortly after she passes away. Within six months of his daughter's death he passes away in a similar manner. Others in the community begin to experience the same.

    What would happen under the proposed system?
    Say, for the sake of argument, it's not just one plant. Lets say many plants in Missouri dump hazardous waste during this 3 year period and there is no way to determine "beyond all reasonable doubt" that plant A is responsible. ... Reasonable argument for a corporate lawyer.

    • ANSWER:
      Basically, nothing. The community would have to determine first, which company or companies made the pollution and sue them. Since the Supreme Court has determined that class action suits are not allowed, that would mean that each affected individual would have to file suit separately. The involved companies would easily stall, overwhelm any attorney the individual was able to get to take the case with reams of paper, etc., until all those suing simply died.

      If you want an idea what the country would be like, all you have to do is look at history. The first Clean Air Act was signed into law under George H.W. Bush in 1990. The first Clean Water Act was signed into law under Richard Nixon in 1972(odd that they were both Republicans, isn't it?)

      Before these laws went into effect, these are some of the things that occurred.
      http://www.epa.gov/apti/course422/apc1.html
      http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/entry.php?rec=1642

      Edit: "Reasonable" argument a for corporate lawyer is "You cannot prove that it was OUR company's pollutants that caused the problem. It was obviously the other's. We're not responsible."

  30. QUESTION:
    can anyone tell me what problem it is?
    i have severe stomach aches....i don't know what the cause is thought.....is it acidity or indigestion?? or some other disease?? please help me......
    im just 15......im a female ...

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry about your sufferings with stomach pain. There are various factors for stomach pain and some times it is due to constipation, indigestion, gases, appendicitis and painful menstruation. I would sincerely appreciate if you could give proper rest to your stomach for one day without eating cooked food but you can eat good amount of salad, fruits suck as apple, banana, papaya, watermelon, muskmelon, and drink fruit juices and water. You can also eat boiled potatoes with yoghurt to avoid starving. You must sprinkle black pepper powder and salt on your salad, fruits and boiled potatoes.

      About Black Pepper: Black pepper stimulates the taste buds in such a way that an alert is sent to the stomach to increase hydrochloric acid secretion, thereby improving digestion. Hydrochloric acid is necessary for the digestion of proteins and other food components in the stomach. When the body's production of hydrochloric acid is insufficient, food may sit in the stomach for an extended period of time, leading to heartburn or indigestion.

      The following home remedies are also suggested:

      1. Cut two fresh garlic cloves into fine pieces and gulp them with water to get relief from stomach pain.

      2. Take equal quantity of aniseed, coriander and cumin powder to make one tea spoon. Mix them together to boil in 300 ml water and drink twice a day to fight acidity, gases and indigestion.

      3. Take one tea spoon barley grains to boil in 300 ml water and drink twice a day.

      4. Take half lemon to make juice and drink by adding little sugar and a pinch of salt.

      5. Take proper rest and pray God for His kind help to get rid of from your present health conditions.

      Take care and remain blessed with good health!

  31. QUESTION:
    So... am I going to die or what?
    I am constantly sick. Nobody can figure out what is wrong with me. There is always pain on the left side of my body, up under the bottom of my ribcage. Sometimes my back hurts on that side in the same area. I have no appetite, and when I do eat, I either get sick or I have the runs, it's as if my body cannot handle any sort of food and tries to get rid of it like it's poison. Does anybody know what could be causing this? I've had blood tests and x-rays done repeatedly and the doctors say they're normal.
    I meant to say as well, that my ribcage sort of sticks out more on that side, and it seems to have started after I contracted whooping cough when I was about 25, several years ago. At first it was mild but it has gotten progressively worse.

    • ANSWER:
      Keep going to doctors in search of a second opinion, third opinion, and keep getting opinions until you get one that you agree with, or that seems reasonable. The fact that you get sick or nauseus, or even have the runs after eating, can mean any number of things, you could have GERD, Esophagitis, or some other related disorder that causes severe indigestion and heartburn that does not show up as such but could make you nauseus. The runs after eating could be a sign of IBS with diarrhea, or that your body is not getting enough essential vitamins to break down the food you eat, or you could be eating foods high in fat, cholesterol, or salt that could be causing the problem.

      The constant pain can be any number of things from Fibromyalgia to various types of arthritis regardless of your age.

      You didn't give us much information about what you eat, your lifestyle, or anything like that. If you are a smoker, stop smoking. If you drink alcohol, stop drinking. If you drink caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea, or soda, stop, and switch to caffeine free alternatives. If you eat a lot of processed foods, switch to all natural foods. If you eat a lot of sugar, stop. If you are overweight, lose weight.

      If you don't take a daily multi vitamin, start doing so. Try taking a daily probiotic supplement as well which can help boost your immune system and help keep you from getting and feeling sick all the time. When you are nauseus take Equate Motion Sickness from Walmart (similar to meclizine) which will help with the nausea. Allow yourself to "have the runs" as you put it, whenever possible, but if you are going excessive amounts, take Imodium to help it stop and give your body and muscles time to rest.

      You should see a gastroenterologist as that is the best type of doctor to diagnose your problem. Insist on stool sample monitoring (where they have you collect your stools for a few days and they test them), and also, you might want to get some therapy if you live a stressed life or if you are worried about being sick (attitude really is everything).

  32. QUESTION:
    Do i have a stomache ulcer? please help!?
    i am 15 years young, almost sixteen, i have been through tons of stress, mental hospitals, suicide, and other shit. lately for more then 3 months i tthink
    starting at the mental hospital(suicide treatment) i have had severe burning in my stomach, sometimes unbearable and they would feed me this disgusting white liquid stuff and it would go away for a while, but then it would come shooting back.for a while after that, i would only have some burning, and nausia. then for a while it stoped, and it would just come back at the most random times. but what i'm more worried about (months later) is right now.i feel super nausiated, at random times, and my stomach feels really ajitated. the pain is mostly in my upper adomine, and below my breast line. if i lightly press down in those areas. like litterally just pressing down almost a centimeter down, i can hear liquid squishing around all on my right side of my stomach, its really scary, i lost all apitite of eating, and i burp tons, and get weird stomach cramps.
    PLEASE HELP ME

    • ANSWER:
      Could be IBS or the beginning of ulcers. Try over the counter Prilosec 14 day, but take it daily for 28 days. I did this after erosions were found in my stomach during an endoscopy and it not only gets rid of heartburn and indigestion symptoms, it heals the erosions. If that doesn't work, it's probably IBS and that takes a really understanding doctor since there are so many different kinds of symptoms, and some will tell you it's all in your head. Also, don't rule out the gall bladder, either.

  33. QUESTION:
    Anxiety...?
    I'm am only 16 years old, and i suffer bad anxiety. I still have an active social life & go out and do things every day after school including sports and hanging out with friends. So i defiantly push myself out of my comfort zones but i still cant seem to get rid of the anxiety i have. I am OCD about germs, (i wont even use resteraunts water), and i have anxiety about health. I never, ever, feel well, i always have a stomach ache, heartburn, or indigestion. (i take prevaced for acid reflex so I KNOW its anxiety) Any little thing that happens to me i get scared for my health that I'm going to die or something. it has gotten a lot better since last year where i had severe panic attacks where i couldn't breath, but how do i get rid of it completely?

    also I'm young, i don't want to take medicine.

    • ANSWER:
      I personally have been suffering from anxiety for over 5 years. I am presently taking Effexor (form of anti-depressant or anxiety or stress) I am sure as you know they are basically all listed under the same category of pharmaceutical drug disorders.

      Firstly, I'd like to mention I regret ever getting onto such pills. Not only has it affected my moods but also has gotten me basically addicted to these drugs. I suggest you stay AWAY.

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      I have been using this very exact herbal supplement to aid me into getting off those drugs. So far it has actually worked and i can thank only God for this. It has helped me be more active, and most of all cut down and start eliminating those drugs from my life.

      I speak to you from very personal experience as I too am suffering from this disorder. If you want the RIGHT solution, I will indicate the herbal store that has given me this success. I suggest you try soley this one as I've also tried and bought into several others that never really helped me.

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  34. QUESTION:
    What can i do for a bitting dog?
    I have a crazy little cocker spaniel who will attack mailmen,ups people,etc..constantly barking.. I just had a small accident tonight w/ the pizza guy Its really worrying me but I dont want to get rid of her, can I get her ritalin or something ?.
    My dog is socialized, I have 1 other dog and a cat.. she see's my sons friends constantly, he's a teen so he constantly has different friends over. I will talk to my vet and i have also thought about trying to have the mailman throw over treats so she can see him as a nice person. I guess i just have to try a few things and see what works. Thanks so much

    • ANSWER:
      The biting dog

      There are many reasons why dogs gradually or sometimes suddenly become aggressive. It is always frustrating and sad because it usually means the demise of the dog. A dog that is repeatedly biting, leaving bite marks or drawing blood, must, for the safety of others, be confined, be muzzled, or be put down. How do dogs get this way, and what, if anything, can we do about it?

      One cause of aggressive biting is pain. For example, a dog may bite if touched where there is a growing tumor. He may bite if he has a severe case of indigestion or a bladder blockage. If you suspect pain as the cause, see your veterinarian immediately.

      There are at least two normal causes of aggressive biting. One is maternal protection of pups by the mom, and another is interfemale or intermale rivalry. Here, the best advice is to properly socialize your dog at a very early age, to people as well as to other dogs. Sometimes, hormonal medication will effectively treat the aggression in these dogs.

      Some dogs bite because of in-born neurological problems. A genetically excitable or aggressive dog can have this behavior accentuated by an environment that overstimulates him. The solution is to place him in a calm, quiet, low-key, non-punitive environment, and then get him obedience trained.

      There are dogs that have a greater predisposition for asserting themselves as predators. A wolf mix, for example, has a greater imprinting for a chase reflex. Therefore, he may become aggressively dangerous around rapidly moving, screaming animals, including people. This dog would be a poor risk as a pet.

      Male dogs and certain breeds have a greater tendency toward asserting their dominance over their territory, other dogs, and people. The solution for this kind of dog is to get control quickly and establish your leadership through training.

      A dog may be territorially aggressive over certain objects such as his bed, his home, and his food bowl. Establishing your leadership and counter-conditioning this dog are essential. It is important to begin this training at a very early age.

      A dog may become aggressive around certain visual stimuli such as a hand raised over his head, especially if he has been hit before. The best way to approach this dog is by getting down to his level and rubbing his chest. Avoid patting him on the head. Some dogs will become aggressive because they misread a gesture, due to hair hanging down over their eyes. Keep the hair over his eyes trimmed. Note which visual stimuli produce aggression, and be careful to avoid these signals.

      A dog that is teased (for example, by a child pulling his tail, or by a neighbor throwing rocks at him), may someday react aggressively.

      Dogs that are physically punished will build fear of that person and may react with defensive aggression one day. The stress built by persistent physical punishment can, for some dogs, be released in the form of aggression toward the person or persons resembling the one administering the punishment. This dog will be difficult to rehabilitate. Once he has bitten, he may not ever be trustworthy.

      Finally, aggressive biting may result from a psychosis brought on by a variety of factors. A very small percentage of dogs are genetically defective and, therefore, may be predisposed to aggression as adults. Other factors inducing psychosis are drug and alcohol abuse, poisoning by paint, anti-freeze, pesticides, and other dangerous chemicals. An illness or an accident can cause brain damage which may result in aggression. Usually, these dogs must be euthanized.

      If you are in doubt about your dog's aggressive behavior, consult veterinarians or animal behaviorists for their opinions about whether your dog can be rehabilitated or should be euthanized.

      One last word of warning! A dog that has bitten one time may bite again given a similar set of circumstances. The best insurance against a second occurrence is a muzzle, or confinement, whenever he is around people. This is such a serious problem that you may have to resort to euthanasia.

      more at:

  35. QUESTION:
    bad stomach pain....?
    i ate dinner about 5 hours ago and then 2 hours later ive been having really bad stomach pains. it feels like a cramp but it been hurting for over 3 hours now and i cant sleep. What is wrong with me? Can this lead to a stomach bug? ive been nibbling on bread for the past 1/2 hour and i have not thrown up yet. Is there any way i can get rid of this pain? i cant sleep and i need to get up early for work tomorrow.

    If it helps, i ate a buffalo chicken wrap and fries with gravy for dinner.

    please i need help.

    • ANSWER:
      If it was food poisoning you'd likely be vomiting and/or experiencing diarrhea (these symptoms usually set in within 24 hours of eating the bad food). At this point, an OTC remedy like Pepto-Bismol or Gas-X will be your best (and fastest) bet. If you get a fever, begin vomiting, and/or start to have severe diarrhea, seek out a 24-hour Urgent Care facility. It sounds like indigestion and gas (especially considering the dinner involved), but these other symptoms could mean something more serious.

  36. QUESTION:
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  37. QUESTION:
    a little confused about my missed period...?
    my period was supposed to start november 7th but never did. My period is generally regular. I took a hpt last thursday (6 days after my missed period) but it was negative. I have been feeling kinds tired, sick to my stomach (more in the evening then anything else, i have bad indigestion all day, white itchy discharge and my boobs hurt horribly but i do have some mild cramping in my lower stomach (nothing to severe) as well as a UTI that cranberry juice and antibiotics wont get rid of ...could it be too early for testing (if im pregnant, im about 5 weeks along) my bf and i have been TTC so when should i try and take another test. I called my dr to see if i could schedule a blood test but she said that since i took a neg. hpt, a blood test would just be a waste of time. So should i ask another dr or take another hpt?

    • ANSWER:
      Take another HPT, because its very possible to get a false negative ( I had one myself )
      Do the test in the morning as thats when the HCG hormone will be the strongest in your urine ( if you are pregnant )
      Stress of TTC can also be a reason for the delayed period.
      Try another test, if its still negative and then still no period, explain it all to another doctor and ask for a bloodtest.
      Goodluck :)

  38. QUESTION:
    I have a pain in below my belly button ?
    It's been 4 days that I'm having this pain. Well the pain is 5 lower right from my belly button. Does anyone know what the pain is and how can I get rid of it.
    I mean the pain is right below my belly button and whenever I wear buckle than I feel pain. Other time I never feel pain. I don't feel it when I sleep and wake up. And other problem is, I feel like burning in my stomach. I think it's acidity. what do you think
    and another thing people having appedicitis feel dizzy, vomiting, having fever but I never had such problem.

    • ANSWER:
      Inguinal Hernia - Symptoms

      Symptoms of an inguinal hernia may include:

      * A bulge in the groin or scrotum. The bulge may appear gradually over a period of several weeks or months, or it may form suddenly after you have been lifting heavy weights, coughing, bending, straining, or laughing. Many hernias flatten when you lie down.
      * Groin discomfort or pain. The discomfort may be worse when you bend or lift. Although you may have pain or discomfort in the scrotum, many hernias do not cause any pain.

      You may have sudden pain, nausea, and vomiting if part of the intestine becomes trapped (strangulated) in the hernia.

      Other symptoms of a hernia include:

      * Heaviness, swelling, and a tugging or burning sensation in the area of the hernia, scrotum, or inner thigh. Males may have a swollen scrotum, and females may have a bulge in the large fold of skin (labia) surrounding the vagina.
      * Discomfort and aching that are relieved only when you lie down. This is often the case as the hernia grows larger.

      **********
      Appendicitis

      Symptoms

      The main symptom of appendicitis is belly (abdominal) pain. The pain can feel like indigestion or like you need to have a bowel movement or pass gas. Many people feel the first pain near the belly button. Then it moves to the lower right side of the belly. But the pain can be in different parts of your belly or even on your side. The pain may get worse if you move, walk, or cough. You may also have a fever or feel sick to your stomach.

      Many people who have had appendicitis say the pain is hard to describe. It may not feel like any pain you have had before. It may not even be a very bad pain, but you may feel like something is wrong. If you have moderate belly pain that does not go away after 4 hours, call your doctor. If you have severe belly pain, call your doctor right away.

      You may have appendicitis if:

      * You have pain in your belly. The pain may begin around your belly button.
      * The pain in your belly gets stronger and moves below your belly button on your right side (the lower right quadrant). This is the most common place to feel pain when you have appendicitis.
      * The pain does not go away and gets worse when you move, walk, or cough.
      * You have pain in any part of your belly or on your side.
      * You feel nauseated or throw up a few times. You also may not feel like eating.
      * You have constipation, back pain, a slight fever, or a swollen abdomen.

  39. QUESTION:
    Serious Acid reflux problem?
    It's been nearly two years, 6 months ago the hospital did a endoscopy and told me I had very mild inflammation in my stomach lining (mild gastritis) since then I've been taking omeprazole an 1hr before meals , gaviscon peppermint double action after meals, small meals, avoid spicy, acidy foods, and fatty, raised my bed to 6 inches from the top end etc, eat my evening meal really early between 5-6 pm give myself 5hrs plus before I go to bed and no fluids after my main meal or during meals.

    I do not understand why I am still refluxing, I'm starting to get really sad because I fear the reflux is damaging my singing voice. However, during the endoscopy the doctor said there was no inflammation or damage to my vocal cords. But im not so sure now.

    ANY ADVICE OR TIPS on getting rid of this nightmare.
    But still

    • ANSWER:
      Because you have a 90% chance of having LOW stomach acid. My mother is now free of GERD and LPR (suffered severely for 5 years - took nexium, along with gaviscon, all that time with dozens of severe side effects that was almost fatal). Getting rid of nexium and gaviscon and taking digestive enzyme supplements containing betaine hydrochloride to improve stomach acid was all that was needed....took about 2 weeks. Amazing is an understatement! 25 years of gastritis is 85% better after 7 months...even more amazing! You will never get better on drugs..because it's almost always a deficiency of stomach acid or digestive enzymes in the diet. Even on the slight chance it is high acid, digesting food properly prevents high acid. This treatment is a win win situation. Please read the links for more information and get better soon. :)

      Low stomach acid or digestive enzymes>>>
      http://www.gillianmckeith.info/yourbody/health/digestivedisorders/gillianmckeithdigestiveenzymes.php

      Enzymes for gastritis and GERD>>>
      http://www.enzymestuff.com/conditiondigestive.htm#3

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

      How digestion works>>>
      http://www.jonbarron.org/weight-loss-program/03-12-2007.php

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

  40. QUESTION:
    are triple chlorophyll tablets safe to take while pregnant?
    i have a very severe case of halitosis as well indigestion internal odors that for some reason no doc can help me with. i invested in some over the counter chlorophyll tablets that are supposed to be very good for internal odors but is it safe for my baby? if not, what will do the same job that is safe for my baby? i have to get rid of these odors and return to a normal life before this baby is born. please help. thanks
    that situation is complicated. i was attending a clinic that no longer takes my insurance. they are transfering me to a clinic in 3 weeks that does take my insurance so a doc won't answer me until then because they don't give that sort of info. on the phone. right now, as it stands, i won't have a doc for about 3 weeks and i bought the tablets today.
    where are the doctors and level-headed nurses on this site? i know you guys and gals are out there!
    these are the ingrediants...

    As a dietary supplement, take one capsule daily as desired. Do not exceed one capsule per day.

    Serving Size 1 soft gel capsules
    Servings Per Container 90

    Amount Per Serving % DV

    Copper 2.00 mg 100%

    Chlorophyll Complex 60.00 mg **

    Other Ingredients: Soybean Oil, Titanium Dioxide (Natural Mineral Whitener), Glycerin, Gelatin

    No Sugar, No Starch, No Artificial Color, No Artificial Flavors, No Preservatives, No Wheat, No Gluten, No Corn, No Dairy, Yeast Free

    are they safe for my unborn?

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  41. QUESTION:
    Nausea after eating?(Help)?
    Right.

    So, a month ago, I went in for a checkup with my doctor. My fears of being overweight, by about ten pounds, were confirmed, and since then my mother had been cutting down on everything.

    I also noticed, that not long into the diet, I have been unable to eat alot without nausea.

    What powered me to ask this question?

    About...eh, two hours ago? I ate just a small piece of cake. Just the cake, too. I got rid of the cream and the topping and just ate a little bit of the..."bread".

    And here I am. With severe nausea.

    It isnt with /everything/ I eat, but most of it, yes.

    Here's a short list of what I remember causes this...
    ___________
    Beef : Prepared several different ways(slow cooked, grilled, in a stew once). Different spices as well.

    Turkey: Turkey sandwich meat.

    A sandwich: (chicken, pecans, mayo, lettuce, and grapes)

    After 5-6 strawberries

    With ANY type of "snack" I eat (including the "junk" foods. 2 of those cheap cookies from walmart killed me last night. Half of those little "whales" packages really hurt me. I dont usually eat any of this stuff anymore, because of ma's diet)

    A salad, too, a small one with a little low fat ranch and tilapia, hurt.

    Most nuts(salted, and unsalted)
    _______
    The only things I have really been able to eat in /small amounts/ are fish, chicken prepared certain ways(not grilled, or fried), and venison didnt hurt me when I ate a bit of it last week. The nausea is usually accompanied by headache and sometimes dizziness.

    I /have/ been losing weight(I've been losing a pound per day), but everything else has me worried. I've been feeling so bad these last few days.

    Thanks for reading, and helping, if you do so. :)

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes low blood sugar will cause nausea. You might need a little carbohydrates
      in your meals. Maybe your stomach has shrunk which would curb your appetite some
      but that should not cause indigestion. Better visit that dr. again to be sure.

  42. QUESTION:
    Another "am I pregnant" question?
    My last period started on the 2nd of April. I am quite sure I was not pregnant as of then (doctor tested my urine because I had to get a UTI treated). My cycles are pretty regular - 30 days. I had ovulation pains about 4 or 5 days ago originating from my right ovary. I am sexually active but have intercourse infrequently, and use condoms.

    Last night I started getting nauseous and had severe pain in my upper abdomen, just under my ribs. It felt like muscle cramping and indigestion all rolled into one. I was up all night feeling sick and in pain, and threw up once at about 10 this morning. The pain started to resolve after that, and after a few hours of sleep I feel ok, but still not great.

    My period isn't due for another 12 days or so, but I'm worrying that this is "morning sickness." I'm taking a test tomorrow morning, but I know it's not likely to be accurate - just doing it for my peace of mind.

    I have been a bit sensitive to smells and have no appetite, even though the nausea has subsided.

    Is it actually possible I could be pregnant? Or am I just getting paranoid about a stomach bug or something?

    • ANSWER:
      You don't normally get pain when you've conceived! It sounds unlikely to be a pregnancy, and the nausea shouldn't have started yet. It sounds like a stomach bug, and your body did what it had to do to get rid of it.
      Also, few pregnant women get sick during the night, the sickness comes in the morning, when most hormones are active.
      Wait until you've missed a period before you do anything about it.

  43. QUESTION:
    I have serious stomach pain?
    For over a week now I have had mild to severe stomach pain. I visited my GP who prescribed Somac 40mg and Buscopan. I have been taking the meds for a few days with no major relief or decrease in overall symptoms. Its worse when I lie down, its bad first thing in the morning before breakfast and after meals. I have some reflux but no nausea or vomiting. Bowel movements are regular but less solid than usual. I'm a 23 year old 6foot 75kg Male - reasonably healthy but relatively sedentary for the past few weeks while I take time off from work (not related to this). The doc seemed to think it was just indigestion but why would I get it first thing in the morning and why won't it go away!

    Help appreciated as I can't take this any more. The pain is quite acute and definitely coming from my stomach area (just below the sternum). I have had an appendectomy 4 years or so ago so that can be ruled out.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, I'm not doctor, but know if the pains continue and what your were prescribed is not working, you need to return to your GP, at least with a phone call, if nothing else.

      Getting a second opinion from another Dr is important too, many serious problems get mis-diagnosed all the time.

      Stomach problems are serious, you could have a cancer in the stomach, for example, so do not delay.

      23 yr olds are not supposed to have these symptoms.

      I do know that both use of alcohol and tobacco products, especially chewing tobacco and cause serious problems for the stomach, so suggest you refrain from using them, until your pains have ended.

      Your pains may happen first thing in the morning, because that's when you have built up most "toxins" in body overnight, and need to be eliminated.
      Drinking more water may help you get rid of excessive toxins that could be putting strain on your energy.

      As you get moving and put some food in stomach, new internal processes, digestion may cover-up the pains, but the cause remains. That is what a doctor has to find out, why you?

      Blood tests are necessary to look at chemical content of your blood to see what's going on with your internal body organs.

  44. QUESTION:
    Help! What type of disease do I have?
    My age is 12+ now. Let me tell you my problems from the begining. Since the last few years, I have been suffering from various diseases, one after the other that has been affecting my attendence in my school and tuitions. But, my teachers refuse to believe me. Earlier I used to have diseases related to the digestive system, like dysentry, diarrhea, indigestion etc. But later on, my health started getting worse. Other types of diseases like influenza, skin diseases etc. also started to affect me. I have suffered from jaundice twice and chicken pox once. And now, I am suffering from something strange. I have been suffering from a throat infection and a regular fever for over a week. The fever is a bit strange. I feel feverish at a particular time of the day i.e.- between 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. My father gives me a medicine and then, after sometime, I get relief. But, the next day, I again feel catch the fever at the same time. However, about 4 days back (I took my first bath of the week that day), I started catching the same type of fever between 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m instead. The doctor said that I catch the fever due to my throat infection (I feel pain and/or uncomfortable in my throat, along with common cold). But, the medicines and antibiotics of the doctor were not working. So, we changed the doctor, but no use. There's no improvement. Beside these problems, I have some small red spots like measles or rashes on my right arm. First, I had one or two such spots near the upper portion of my wrist. I neglected them. But, they gradually spread to my arm, then to my shoulder and now near my chest. What are these? I had such fever, throat problems, influenza and these type of spots during my half-yearly examination last year, which were solved by a small treatment of the throat. But, this time, nothing seems to be working. I want to get rid of these problems as soon as possible. But, I'm afraid whether I have or going to have any serious disease. I am tensed. What has happened to me and is it serious? I am in an anxiety. How do I get rid of this? Why do I these frequent occurences of diseases and how do I prevent them? As I already said, they're affecting my attendence in my school and tuitions. And the last two days when, in school, when I wap playing, the joints between my legs and feet started aching so much that I could even walk properly. Whose symptoms are these problems?

    • ANSWER:
      In school, we learn that with a list of symptoms it is important to rule out the most severe possibility as soon as possible. I am not a doctor yet, but in your case, I would want to rule out a disorder called Lupus. The next time you go to your doctor, ask him (or her) to read this entry (or some similar list you make) of all of your symptoms and help you make sense of it. Lupus is an autoimmune disorder that does cause frequent fevers, rashes, joint pain, and can also affect your digestive system and liver. It is a complicated disease; but that must be ruled out with you using a simple blood test. If that is the cause of all of this, then your doctor can get started treating you. You shouldn't have to figure this out by yourself. Ask your dad to set up an appointment very soon with your doctor. If he needs convincing, let him know it will prevent you from missing so much school if you can figure out what is going on. Good luck and take care :) Let us know how everything ends up.

  45. QUESTION:
    ? Tips for avoiding regression of bulimia?
    Here's the deal: I've been doing okay for a while on my own. I've had food issues for almost all of my adult life. (I'm 30 now).

    I am able to help othes with this issue, but not myself. This drives me crazy.

    I am okay for a little while, but tend to do things in cycles.
    I go back and forth between wanting and needing to be healthy (and working and making an effort) for a few months, then going right back into it. (I've put on and kept on almost 10lbs since November. Though i was so undernourished that i only gained/lost a 2lb difference all of that month.) Last weigh in was 122.4 two days ago, and i had lost 4lbs since the previous week). I'm 5'6 1/2 if that helps.

    I trade off periods of self-starvation for the binge-purge cycle. BUT for me a binge isn't what it used to be. (Years back, when it was severe it could be literally thousands upon thousands of calories; but i restrict my diet generally to under a healthy amount, maybe less than 10g fat a day and 1500 calories INCLUDING coffee which i drink insane amounts of (I've done this for years) so a binge for me is eating more than once a day OR a full meal).
    I have not induced vomiting by various means, nor taken any kind of aids to help rid the food in a long while BUT i still make myself sick by various food combinations that I KNOW will do it. This is depleting my body of needed nutrition.

    Anyways, i have been rather proud of myself because i've mangaged to NOT intentionally throwup in a great while (though, i have thrown up due to an ulcer now and again). I WAS proud of myself for putting on weight that i needed to (I'm mostly all muscle, so for me 115 lbs appears as though i am 100 lbs; though i have weighed as little as 100 lbs a while back).

    Anyways, periodically i would have the urge to make myself sick and i'd refuse to do it. It was only a slight thought. BUT this week i actually am having issues again with feeling the strong need to throwup, even after a yogurt BUT especially after what to someone else would be a normal meal (a salad, or a soup or etc). I have not had such a compulsion in a long while and i am thinking that it is due to an increase in stress AND the fact that i have put on weight that i am upset about on some level. But i know the tendency that i have to do this, and it is bothering me that i am again feeling the need to do this.

    THIS is not a new problem with me. I've had food issues since i was about 12, though it didn't get too severe until i was in my early 20s and has let up significantly only in the last 3 years or so. This issue has persisted in me for a very long time such that my body literally was in shut-down more more than once a few years back; i've basically wrecked my GI tract, wrecked my teeth to the point of the satisfaction and giggles of others -- paying thousands to have work done that needs to now be re-done because it only got worse) and i have an ulcer that bleeds off and on in addition to other issues. Also, it was told me that part of the depression that i experience could be that i have thrown my body out of wack from years of not eating or eating properly. (I'm a Veg and I've food allergies, so junk food is never an issue; eating ANY food in general is though *sighs*)

    To finish (sorry) I am back to eating only once a day (which has pretty much been normal for me for years) but i was doing well eating three times a day for a few months. And nearly almost "real meals" instead of a yogurt or something. And i am kind of depressed about it.

    What can i do, aside from sheer will power, to avoid this overwhelming feeling of the need to get the food out? (I cannot afford to damage my body any more than it is, and i feel like to dive back into this would make me even worse off emotionally because i am working to get better and have been consistent in this for a long while; give or take minor details).

    Any tips or suggestions would be just fabulous. Thanks.
    xoxo ?
    PS: I do not weigh myself everyday because of the tendency to obsess, AND i have to curb exercise so that i do not obsess either. So, suggesting more of either of these two will not be helpful to me. I do both now, in moderation as it has worked for me to do it this way for a long while.

    Also, please do not suggest some kind of program that specializes as I will not go. I refuse to and it is out of the question. I don't need it. I'm am doing this on my own. No one has ever helped me with this at all. And i do not want help from people, just tips on how i can do better for myself.
    Thanks.
    *edit* Livin: well, i made that decision a few years ago when in one circumstance i began throwing up blood again; and two when i almost asphixiated because i couldn't stop throwing up long enough to catch my breath.
    It was pretty bad for a while - and i am too smart for my own good. I used emetics, laxs, and various food combos to make myself ill. It was never fake, my body was trained to expell food at the slightest hint of being full.
    I have done okay (not intentionally doing it in a great long while) but i make me sick in other ways.
    Anyways, *some* of the damage i've done to my body makes others laugh and gossip, but i hate them with a passion and wouldn't cry if they died tonight so i guess it matters little. You'd be surprised at the lowclass losers that i know.
    Anyways, i am trying to ignore such jealous talk, and focus on getting better; and i have hit a road block. I don't think i've eaten like a normal person regularly since 1998. *sighs* Thanks tho ?xoxo
    *edit* Minx & BeenThere: Thanks guys. ? xoxo

    • ANSWER:
      oh my sweet friend beans baby ..... i'm sorry this villain obsession is crushing you mate ........ i just wanna jump up and ((((Hugggle)))) you luv ....... i do have a rather precious idea for you to try ........... and i don't care if you giggle and twitter cos ima tell you anyway....... haha, just teasing........... i know you wouldn't laugh at moi........ try some herbal tea buddy....... the organic loose leaf variety of course.... the prepackaged tea bag and commercial varieties could never possibly be of any therapeutic benefit ...... and please ensure you still drink loads of water ... nothing substitutes for water and also to drink it through a straw ........ just put 1 - 2 teaspoons full into a pot ....... top with boiling water and brew for 10 mins ........... as it is organic you can reuse the spent leaves once or twice more as the essential oils in the tea are still so rich....... sip it through a straw to protect your precious little teeth from any further damage.

      Liquorice tea ........****aaaah, stamps feet & squeals....... i meant to say liquorice root tea****......... do you like the taste?? It will stabillise your blood sugar levels and help you maintain energy levels ...... it is an adrenal, antispasmodic, nutritive and rejuvenative ...... it will help to induce a feeling of peace, calm and harmony and will definitely help to soothe a ravaged digestive tract ... it will also regulate your system and have a slight diuretic affect ....... so keep up your water intake ....... i don't think it will stop you from wanting to purge but you never know .... if it calms you down it just might do that ....... but it will surely help relieve some of the stressfull symptoms and side affects.

      Liquorice tea is an excellent treatment for stomach cramps, indigestion caused by too much stomach acid, and ulcers of both the stomach and the mouth, because it also contains strong anti inflammatory properties ....... so it would therefore help to heal and soothe your inflamed gastrointestinal tract ..... all that acid coming back up would do more than a little damage hey ........... another key ingredient in liquorice root has an effect similar to synthetic cortisone, which explains its effectiveness in treating exhaustion of the adrenal glands. (In western medicine, cortisone is often prescribed for adrenal cortex malfunction)... what thismeans is that liquorice is excellent in counteracting exhaustion due to physical exertion or prolonged illness..... this ingredient also makes liquorice tea useful as a wash for psoriasis and eczema, conditions that are often treated with cortisone creams........ its been used for centuries as a treatment for asthma and the flu but they've recently shown that this herb also helps adrenal glands to recover after long periods of stress ....... and stress is what you're placing on your system mate.

      hmmm, after all that i have a sneaking suspicion you've told me before you don't like liquorice ........ oh i hope you do like it ........;0)

      ****
      CAUTION: people with diabetes, rapid heartbeat, hypertension or severe edema as well as those taking digoxin druge should avoid licorice.. it should also be avoided during pregnancy ... excessive use can cause sodium retention and potassium depletion so stick to 2 cups daily.
      ****

      as far as doing irreparable damage to your GI tract ... i for one believe that the human body has an absolutely AmAZiNg capacity to heal and regenerate ..... unfortunately, having food intolerances, sensitivities and allergies it seems to come with the territory that people end up having some kind of food obsession ........ but i know how strong you are and i also know that if i can heal my ravaged body from 20 years of heavy alcohol abuse and also from the ravages caused by unaddressed food intolerances that you can too ....... imean to say, the "Doctors" told me i couldn't have children from the damage i'd caused from copious amounts of drinking ...... and i went on to get pregnant naturally 3 times ....... and as soon as i addressed all my food intolerances my system was "spontaneously" regular ......... and it hadn't been my entire life .......or for at least as long as i can remember .......... 30 odd years of constipation and bad digestion and acid reflux blahblahblabh....... you have the youth benefit on me too ...... you're only 30 mate ..... i was 38 when i ditched the booze ........ and i was 43 when i addressed all my food intolerances ....... chin up mate ....... you can eat regular meals ..... eat loads of the living leafy green stuff and hang in there cos i know you can do this....... you're brain isn't in charge here ..... the foods you crave or want to eliminate aren't in charge here........ the bullies aren't in charge here....... YoU ArE ..... you are more than just your mind ....... you are running this show and i believe in the power of you ....... so do you ..... so say the words out loud and stop yourself from eating the things you know that you'll want to yak back up ........ stop yourself from wanting to purge when you get the urge ....... think about your precious little heart and shiny glossy hair and silky skin that needs all those vitamins to keep shining ...... do it because you CaN ....... do it because you are entitled to feel fabulous in your own skin........ ;0)

      sorry, i'm babbling again........ gosh, what a motor mouth i am .... sorry bout that ..... well, i'm not really ..... it just sounds good to say i am ...... haha, but you know that ....... hey, don't hassle me, i just luv ya and you deserve the BeSt...........;0)

      peace baby
      ?

  46. QUESTION:
    Question for Dermatology I have recurring rash on my skin?
    Last summer, I had an allergic reaction to some wild-berries, I ate that grow in my state.
    I got a severe, itchy rash on the back of my neck.
    And it must have intensified, and spread to my forehead and forearms.
    Well anyway... It went went away, and my skin went back to "normal" mostly.
    However summer is here and now since it's getting hot.
    I have the same symptoms,
    I have been using Shea butter and coconut oil, and that seems to keep it from getting dry,
    Is there a way to get rid of this?
    I ususally get heat boils every summer and i have to deal with something like this,
    but it's affecting what I wear, because it looks so bad.
    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Skin rashes are a result of toxins in the liver or the small intestines primarily. Boils are the way the body walls off these toxins. It sounds like you have bad digestion and this precipitates the problem. Wild berries most likely do not have proteins in them, so your reaction was due to an intolerance, not an allergy.

      To get rid of the problem, you will need to address the digestion issue first. That will require you to be tested by a certified nutritional therapist to be able to determine where in the digestive process you have a problem. Most likely it is low stomach acid. If you get acid reflux or acid indigestion, this is a strong indication that this is the problem. Also, if you get plaque buildup on your teeth, low HCL is the problem.

      Once you solve that issue, then you can address the intolerance of what is causing the rash. I would check your liver for liver flukes as well. Dermatologists will only treat the symptoms and never get to the root cause because they are not trained to do so. Treating the symptoms will only keep you going back time and again to get more meds.

      good luck to you

  47. QUESTION:
    Possible stomach pain causes?
    I have been getting some quite severe stomach pains for the past month or so. I do have an appointment with my doctor on Monday but would like some input before then as to whether anyone else has experienced this and what it was.

    It most often occurs after eating. I feel a mix of heartburn and what I can best describe as a, "stomach spasm." I Feel like my stomach is contracting and causing a lot of pain. I also get gassy and very bloated and uncomfortable. I also get very dizzy, and nauseas quite frequently, to the point where I feel the room is actually spinning.

    I have cut gluten out of my diet as of Friday just to see if it would give me any relief. It has helped to get rid of the bloating and gassy feelings, however the pain does till occur.

    Any idea what this could be? Has anyone else had these symptoms? Could it be celiacs?

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

      Gastritis
      Ulcers
      Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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

      Reduce levels of stres, this is important.Exercise.

  48. QUESTION:
    Heart attack????????????????????
    My b/f always thinks he is having a heart attack and i am concerned about his headspace. He is overweight, but his had an ecg last year and his CK blood test(which i think is to test the heart muscles around the heart) was fine. He keeps saying he has chest pains and today he had a severe chest pain , got very hot and his pulse rate went very quick... which may have been nerves and anxiety... he suffers from panic attacks as well. He says he has pressure in his cheeks after it, but his pulse has slowed down alot. He just had peanuts and coke as well as a roast for supper. Does this sound like a heart attack or is it indigestion or just panic? He also had pain through his shoulders and back when this happened.

    • ANSWER:
      Any time a person has severe chest pain, it should be checked out by a doctor. And take an aspirin now.

      If he had a coke for supper, he should move around and try to belch to get rid of any gas.

      The pain could also be from panic attacks, his nerves, anxiety, indigestion or gall bladder problems.

      His doctor should check him out and determine whether he needs medication such as Tums, Omeprazole, or Pepto Bismol for acid or gas or a mild sedative for the anxiety that may be causing the pain.

      Has he done work today involving repetitive arm motion, such as working in the yard, etc. which could result in muscle strain of the chest muscles?

  49. QUESTION:
    I don't know whats wrong with me? Please Help ASAP!?
    I recently got back from holiday yesterday and we were going out for a meal to celebrate my brother in laws birthday last night,so as i was ordering i felt normal,but when i took a bite into my chicken tikka starter it got stuck,so i had a drink and i just made this funny noise and ran to the toilet,luckily i got their quick enough, but ever since i've been getting like an indigestion feeling and being sick everywhere,i cant et or drink because it just comes back up,what is it and how do i get rid of it? Thank you x

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the doctor!! Might be some kind of food poisoning or some infection in your stomach or intestines or something.

      You shouldn't delay and wait till it gets worse coz it might lead to severe dehydration or something. Hope you get well soon! :-)

  50. QUESTION:
    Hi I really need help?
    Im going to be 21 yrs next monday. Recently I have had pain right in the middle underneath my boobs but above my stomach. It hurts just when I breath out. does any one know why im feeling this way? Is it something serious? Please help, im a full time worker and hate doctors, lol

    thanks a lot for ur serious answers

    • ANSWER:
      Causes of Pain in Central Abdomen

      The type of pain helps in diagnosis of the condition. If a person experiences excruciating pain, especially in the right and middle of the stomach, there may be chances of him suffering from appendicitis. Secondly, less severe but consistent central upper stomach pain and nausea can be caused due to acid reflux disease, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, gastroenteritis, etc. Central abdominal pain after eating is usually caused due to peptic ulcer disease, gallstones, food intolerance, lactose intolerance, food poisoning, etc.

      Acid reflux disease and indigestion are also common conditions that lead to central or upper abdominal pain during pregnancy in women. At the same time, conditions like twisted or ruptured ovarian cyst, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, etc. can also be the possible causes. Pain in the central and lower abdomen can also be caused due to kidney diseases and disorders like kidney infection and kidney stone. These conditions are more commonly found in men than women. Secondly, conditions like constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, can cause central stomach pain in children and babies. It may / may not be followed by other symptoms like nausea, irritation, etc.

      Treating Middle Abdominal Pain

      If one experiences severe pain in the center, upper or lower abdomen, it is wise to look for immediate medical help and treatment. Central and upper stomach pains can also be treated with the help of home remedies, if no other symptoms are observed. Stomach pain caused due to constipation and irritable bowel syndrome can be treated with the help of medications like antispasmodic or antacids. Upper stomach pain after eating caused due to acid reflux disease can also be treated with antacids. There are several prescription pain reliever medications that help in getting rid of sharp abdominal pain. You can also go for over-the-counter pain killers to get rid of the dull aching pain caused due to minor conditions.

      Apart from these medications, there are also several home remedies that one can opt for in order to relieve central abdominal pain. If one suffers from any gastrointestinal disorders, one should have plenty of fluids in the form of plain water, coconut water, in order to prevent dehydration. Having coconut water or cold buttermilk also helps in treating acid reflux disease. Secondly, using a heating pad is also one of the most widely used home remedy for treatment of lower back and stomach pain in women and men. It should be noted that heating pad should not be applied on bare skin and never be used if an ointment or cream is applied to the skin. Stomach pain caused due to constipation can be treated by taking laxatives or having fiber foods. Stomach pain in children should only be treated with the help of prescription medications.

      Lastly, it should be noted that the signs and symptoms of any of these condition vary from person to person and hence, it is wise to look for quick medical treatment if one experiences severe abdominal pain. Take care!


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