Severe Indigestion And Bloating

Are you looking for indigestion relief and remedies? Do you want to be able to cure severe indigestion on a natural way?

An indigestion happens when your stomach produces too much stomach acid. What happens is that you get stomach pains, heartburn, excess wind, belching or a bloating. But, what can you do to treat this?

Indigestion Relief By Changing Your Diet

When his is happening to you, one of the first things that you need to do is to change your diet. You got to avoid alcohol and caffeine else your stomach produces more and more acids.

You got to eat more healthier too. A great way is to eat lots of vegetables and fruits. However, some fruits are in a need to be avoided such as lemons and tomatoes. Also, its recommended to eat in small proportions.

Indigestion Relief By Knowing How To Lie Down

75% of all the people who are having indigestion problems are feeling the most pain when theyre lying down or when theyre going to bed. This is happening because theyre lying down wrong.

When you are lying down, you should turn on your left side because this is better for your stomach. Also, you should try to keep your head slightly up.

An other thing where people are going wrong is when theyre going to bed with a full stomach. When youre going to bed when youre having acid problems in your stomach, you should always go to bed with an empty stomach or at least, make sure that your last meal was 2 hours before you going to bed.

If you wont do this, then its high likely that youll feel lots of pain.

However, there is a program called Heartburn No More which takes you by hand and shows you how to cure and treat indigestion.

They will provide you with step by step information and detailed instructions where real heartburn specialists have worked together to create a solution for you to cure your indigestion problems.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does anyone feel really fatigued when you have bloating gas and indigestion?
    I got severe pressure and bloating gas, doctor has given me Protonix, Nexium - Protonix seems to make it works.

    Gas-X works pretty well for me, but I got so fatigued like I just want to go to sleep - what the heck is going on?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be your gall bladder. I had bloating gas for years before I was diagnosed with gallstones. I also had really bad acid reflux. Both symptoms have greatly decreased since I had my gall bladder removed.

      You need to pay attention to when you are getting bloated. If it is about 20 minutes after you eat, it could be your gall bladder.

      All in all, only a doctor can figure out what is wrong. It could be as simple as needing to change your eating habits.

  2. QUESTION:
    How can you calm down the severe pains and tummy cramps and bloated feeling with IBS when it flares up?
    For the last 2 days my IBS has flared up really bad as it somtimes does, im very sore and feel all bloated and sore, i am constipated and feel all bunged up, very sore and feel a bit sick, i get heart burn and indigestion when i eat? Anything i can do to calm it down? I cant take rennies or anything like that because it makes me sick. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      If you have IBS, you need to look at your diet #1. Keep a food diary for several weeks and you may see a relationship to the distress you are feeling. There are common foods that add to digestion distress most people don't recognize. Changing your diet around to get adequate fiber can be real simple. Also, make sure you get sufficient water in during the day. The bowel needs bulk to push down on and when you don't provide that, you get constipated. Then all of a sudden you have spells of diarrhea. That's IBS, alternating bouts of constipation with diarrhea. I'm not sure they still prescribe it, but Librax used to work for some people while they worked out the dietary issues.

  3. QUESTION:
    Is it common for adults to become lactose intolerant over 35?
    I have loved milk most all my life. I just turned 40yrs. and now when I drink "milk" I seem to get severe heart burn. My wife which is a 'nurse' says I have become lactose intolerant. Also she claims that when you get "older" that most adults get this way. Does anybody know if this is true? Also does anyone know if 'yes' the best way to enjoy milk with out getting severe heartburn.

    • ANSWER:
      Food intolerances are a sign of insufficient stomach acid. Stomach acid lowers with age and many other disease states (first link below is very informative about this). You can take betaine HCI with pepsin supplements (increases stomach acid - see second link about this) and digestive enzymes to help improve digestion (see third link for more info). This may help with your intolerance however i can't say for sure. There are products on the market to help with lactose intolerance which replaces the lactase enzyme (fourth link is one of the various products on the market).

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

      Betaine HCI 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

      Lactose intolerance supplement:
      http://www.dairycare.com/

  4. QUESTION:
    I'm thinking of using Peppermint Oil Capsules to calm my IBS, is this a bad idea?
    I read that there are side effects, as with any drug, but are they severe? I really am running out of options, but I don't want to harm myself.

    • ANSWER:
      Peppermint
      Overview:
      Peppermint (Mentha piperita), a popular flavoring for gum, toothpaste, and tea, is also used to soothe an upset stomach or to aid digestion. Because it has a calming and numbing effect, it has been used to treat headaches, skin irritations, anxiety associated with depression, nausea, diarrhea, menstrual cramps, and flatulence. It is also an ingredient in chest rubs, used to treat symptoms of the common cold. In test tubes, peppermint kills some types of bacteria, fungus, and viruses, suggesting it may have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. Several studies support the use of peppermint for indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome.
      Indigestion
      Peppermint calms the muscles of the stomach and improves the flow of bile, which the body uses to digest fats. As a result, food passes through the stomach more quickly. However, if your symptoms of indigestion are related to a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, you should not use peppermint (see "Precautions" section).
      Flatulence/Bloating
      Peppermint relaxes the muscles that allow painful digestive gas to pass.
      Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
      Several studies have shown that enteric coated peppermint capsules can help treat symptoms of IBS, such as pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea. (Enteric coated capsules keep peppermint oil from being released in the stomach, which can cause heartburn and indigestion.) However, a few studies have shown no effect. One study examined 57 people with IBS who received either enteric coated peppermint capsules or placebo twice a day for 4 weeks. Of the people who took peppermint, 75% had a significant reduction of IBS symptoms. Another study comparing enteric coated peppermint oil capsules to placebo in children with IBS found that after 2 weeks, 75% of those treated had reduced symptoms. Finally, a more recent study conducted in Taiwan found that patients who took an enteric coated peppermint oil formulation 3 - 4 times daily for one month had less abdominal distention, stool frequency, and flatulence than those who took a placebo. Nearly 80% of the patients who took peppermint also had alleviation of abdominal pain.
      Itching and Skin Irritations
      Peppermint, when applied topically, has a soothing and cooling effect on skin irritations caused by hives, poison ivy, or poison oak.
      Tension Headache
      One small study suggested that peppermint applied to the forehead and temples helped reduce headache symptoms.
      Colds and Flu
      Peppermint and its main active agent, menthol, are effective decongestants. Because menthol thins mucus, it is also a good expectorant, meaning that it helps loosen phlegm and breaks up coughs. It is soothing and calming for sore throats (pharyngitis) and dry coughs as well.
      Plant Description:
      Peppermint plants grow to about 2 - 3 feet tall. They bloom from July through August, sprouting tiny purple flowers in whorls and terminal spikes. Dark green, fragrant leaves grow opposite white flowers. Peppermint is native to Europe and Asia, is naturalized to North America, and grows wild in moist, temperate areas. Some varieties are indigenous to South Africa, South America, and Australia.
      What's It Made Of?:
      The leaves and stems, which contain menthol (a volatile oil), are used medicinally, as a flavoring in food, and in cosmetics (for fragrance).
      Available Forms:
      Peppermint tea is prepared from dried leaves of the plant and is widely available commercially.
      Peppermint spirit (tincture) contains 10% peppermint oil and 1% peppermint leaf extract in an alcohol solution. A tincture can be prepared by adding 1 part peppermint oil to 9 parts pure grain alcohol.
      Enteric coated capsules are specially coated to allow the capsule to pass through the stomach and into the intestine (0.2 mL of peppermint oil per capsule).
      Creams or ointments (should contain 1 - 16% menthol)
      How to Take It:
      Pediatric
      Do not give peppermint to an infant or small child. Peppermint oil applied to the face of infants can cause life-threatening breathing problems. In addition, peppermint tea may cause a burning sensation in the mouth. For digestion and upset stomach in older children: 1 - 2 mL peppermint glycerite per day.
      Adult
      Tea: Steep 1 tsp. dried peppermint leaves in 1 cup boiling water for 10 minutes; strain and cool. Drink 4 - 5 times per day between meals. Peppermint tea appears to be safe, even in large quantities.
      Enteric coated capsules: 1 - 2 capsules (0.2 ml of peppermint oil) 2 - 3 times per day for IBS.
      Tension headaches: Using a tincture of 10% peppermint oil to 90% ethanol, lightly coat the forehead and allow the tincture to evaporate.
      Itching and skin irritations: Apply menthol, the active ingredient in peppermint, in a cream or ointment form no more than 3 - 4 times per day.
      Precautions: .......more

      http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/peppermint-000269.htm

  5. QUESTION:
    Prilosec and other Proton Pump Inhibitors affect on the prostate, bladder, and urination?
    I have been taking either Prilosec, Prevacid or Nexium once a day for almost two years due to daily troubles with heartburn/acid reflux and upper abdominal pain. Since November I have been dealing with severe urinary dysfunction and probable prostatitis. Yes I have seen a Urologist and yes I will ask him about this but I was curious if any other patients have experienced this or other doctors have heard of it.

    • ANSWER:
      Lowering stomach acid (HCL) is detrimental to health and the side effects are in the thousands.

      Detrimental side effects of PPI's and antacids >>>
      http://refluxdefense.com/heartburn_GERD_articles/side-effects-antacids-and-acid-blockers.html

      Stomach acid (HCL) has three primary functions:

      1) Sterilize what is eaten, and kill acid sensitive bacteria, viruses, yeast, mold and fungi, and parasites

      2) digest proteins (in conjunction with pepsin) so it can be assimilated more easily by the intestines

      3) trigger the pyloric sphincter to open and the esophageal sphincter to stay closed, allowing the predigested contents of the stomach to enter the small intestine for further processing and preventing reflux into the esophagus.

      Assessing and treating digestive dyfunction >>>
      http://successfulhealthcoach.com/nutrition-lifestyle/2011/03/just-the-basics-assessing-treating-digestive-dysfunction.html

      Heartburn/Acid reflux/GERD is usually caused by INSUFFICIENT stomach acid/lack of digestive enzymes!

      High acid is rare so lowering acid with PPI's and antacids are doing nothing but solving a short term problem and causing long term health problems. And of course these drugs never cure acid reflux which is how pharmaceutical companies and other medical professionals dealing with the side effects make a profit.

      Effective treatment is avoiding all PPI's and antacids and increasing stomach acid and improve digestion. The old remedy to improve stomach acid is apple cider vinegar. Today you can purchase betaine HCL with pepsin. Digestive enzyme supplements are very effective to help prevent acid reflux issues. Some enzyme supplements contain betaine HCL with pepsin.

      Urinary problems and prostatitis are listed as side effects of nexium. Deficiencies of magnesium and vitamin B12, well noted to be deficient with acid blockers symptoms, list frequent urination and other urinary issues as deficiency symptoms. Prostatitis is treated with zinc, copper, vitamin A, and vitamin C. No question you would be low to deficient in every one of these nutrient.

      Side effects of nexium starting with U >>>
      http://www.ehealthme.com/se/nexium/U?page=2

      Side effects of nexium starting with P >>>
      http://www.ehealthme.com/se/nexium/P?page=17

      Treating prostatitis naturally >>>
      http://www.ehow.com/how_5244051_treat-prostatitis-vitamins.html

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

  6. QUESTION:
    What do other IBS sufferers use as treatment?
    I've had IBS for 4 years and have been on Zelnorm previously. I'm at point again where I can begin a new treatment and I'm looking to hear from other IBS patients on what they use or do. I've read a lot about using certain homeopathic treatments (such as herbs, psychiatrists and chiropracters). Basically I want to hear what everyone else uses and how well it works for them personally.

    I have IBS with severe bloating, pressure pain, constapation and diarrea all complicated by menstrual cycle and stress.

    I have tried the diet and it doesn't work at all for me.
    Once again I need to point out that I tried the diet for almost a year all that it caused was major constipation to the point that I had to be hospitalized to relieve it.

    Thank you for the suggestions in this area though.

    • ANSWER:
      I suffer from irritable bowel syndrome also. I don't use any medical drugs I have learned how to eat to stop the symptoms. First off you have to eliminate all fats. Fat is a big trigger food.

      As a general rule, the grain and cereal foods at the top of this list make the safest, easiest, and most versatile soluble fiber foundations for your meals and snacks.

      Rice, Pasta and noodles, Oatmeal, Barley, Fresh white breads such as French or sourdough (NOT whole wheat or whole grain)* Rice cereals, Flour tortillas, Soy, Corn meal, Potatoes, Carrots, Yams, Sweet potatoes, Turnips, Beets, Squash and pumpkins, Mushrooms, Chestnuts, Avocados (though they do have some fat), Bananas, Applesauce, Mangoes, Papayas (also digestive aids that relieve gas and indigestion)

      *Please choose a baked-daily, high quality, preservative-free brand. White bread does not mean Wonder.

      stay all way from high fiber foods until you learn how to eat correctly for this condition. I'm enclosing a link to a website that has the best information on how to take care of this condition that I have ever found.

  7. 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

  8. QUESTION:
    What will help relieve acid reflux that is not medicine?
    I just wanted to know if there was anything that I could eat or drink that would help. I don't want to take medicine really unless I have to. So if there is anything could you please let me know?

    • ANSWER:
      Never lie down flat on the bed immediately after the meals.

      Mark the difference!! Mint tea aids digestion whereas peppermint tea aids acid reflux!

      Raise the head end of your bed by about 3-4 inches, using bed blocks or bricks. Pillows over pillows won t help.

      Nicotine increases the amount of gastric acids secreted. It also loosens the valve, i.e., relaxes the sphincter. So, don t smoke.

      Wear suspenders instead of a belt. This creates less pressure on the stomach.

      Bend on your knees if you are going down. If you bend your stomach, you ll compress it forcing the acids upwards.

      Try yoga or some form of stress relieving exercises in addition to the herbs mentioned above.

      A wide variety of over-the-counter medications such as antacids, anti-gas or ant-flatulence drugs, oral suspension and H-2 receptor blockers are available to provide temporary relief.

      Avoid the overuse of over-the-counter medications as they may cause side effects such as constipation and diarrhea. For more frequent and severe episodes of acid reflux, your doctor may prescribe medications such as proton pump inhibitors. If lifestyle changes and prescription medications fail to offer improvement, surgery may be recommended.

      Natural Remedies

      Natural and holistic treatments have been used for centuries to treat and provide symptomatic relief for digestive problems. Homeopathic remedies are safe and effective to use for people of all ages without unwanted side effects. Carefully selected ingredients such as Calc phos, Carbo veg, Nat phos, Mag carb and Silicea helps to neutralize acid in the stomach as well as cleanse and eliminate toxins from the body and relieve symptoms of heartburn, indigestion, bloating and gas.

      You may get more info here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/a/acidreflux.htm

  9. QUESTION:
    What is Gluten and how does it negatively affect the body?
    I want to know what Gluten is and how I can have a 'gluten free' diet.

    • ANSWER:
      First, if you have not been tested, it is important to get tested BEFORE you start the diet, because after you are on a gluten-free diet, there is no way to test for celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, and having a medical diagnosis can be important for your health and make things much easier for you in the long run.

      WHAT IS GLUTEN?

      Gluten is the protein in wheat, rye, and barley. (Oats are very similar, or are often contaminated with wheat, and some people who are gluten intolerant also react to oats.) Gluten is very common in processed foods, and a truly gluten-free diet is a lot harder than just avoiding pizza and pasta. It involves checking every ingredient of every food, drink, medication, and other products you can accidentally swallow just by touching your mouth, such as shampoos, lotions, chap stick, and makeup. (Yes, some people are THAT sensitive to it. But others are less sensitive.)

      The easiest way to start a gluten-free diet is to start with plain, fresh (no sauces, no seasonings, no marinades...) meat and veggies and potatoes. Stick with this simple, plain diet till you can find resources to learn all the things you can and can't have. With the growing market for gluten-free food, there is now a wide variety of gluten-free options, including bread, pizza, crackers, and pasta. These are often made from rice or corn instead of the usual wheat. Find a support group or visit a gluten-free forum (see sources links) to learn the nitty-gritty details of the diet.

      SYMPTOMS

      There are 200-300 different symptoms that can be caused by gluten sensitivity. They range from
      --digestive issues (diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, reflux, weight gain, weight loss, bloating, abdominal pain...);
      --to mental health issues (depression, anxiety, mood swings, behavior problems...);
      --to inflammation issues (aching joints, bones, muscles, increased asthma...);
      --to neurological issues (migraines, vertigo, tingling, numbness, weird sensations...);
      --to a wide variety of malnutrition-related and other issues (fatigue, brain fog, canker sores, osteoporosis, infertility, enamel problems, missed periods, painful periods, night sweats, thyroid problems, frequent infections...)

      HOW IT AFFECTS THE BODY

      Most doctors don't think a gluten-free diet is necessary for everyone, only those who have celiac disease or another form of gluten sensitivity.

      About one percent of the population has celiac disease, which is an autoimmune disease. When they eat gluten, it triggers an immune response in which the body attacks itself, eventually destroying the villi of the intestines and making it difficult for you to absorb the nutrients you need. Fortunately, a very strict gluten free diet almost always leads to a complete recovery. However, in rare cases, it can leave permanent nerve damage. Celiac disease can also lead to many other debilitating and even deadly conditions, from other autoimmune diseases to cancer.

      About 12 percent of the population has elevated antibodies in their blood that indicate some form of immune response to eating gluten, but do not have the classic damage to the intestines that doctors in the U.S. use to define celiac disease. Some of these people also have severe and wide-ranging symptoms. A recent study showed that even without the damaged villi of the so-called "gold standard" for celiac disease, those who have these elevated antibodies to gluten still have an elevated risk of death if they do not go on a gluten free diet.

      Beyond that, some medical practitioners (many alternative and whole health practitioners as well as some specialists) think that a much higher percent of the population (a few on the outskirts would say everyone) have negative health impacts (ranging from digestive problems to fatigue) from eating gluten. Grains are very hard to digest to begin with, and over time, through selective breeding in the agricultural industry, the gluten content in the grains we eat has grown. This is sort of a far outfield idea. But almost everyone agrees that more research is needed to understand the full spectrum of gluten sensitivity.

  10. QUESTION:
    is it possible to feel your uterus contracting during a period?
    last night I had the worst period cramps I have ever had!
    I put my hand on my uterus, and I felt it move
    IS IT REALLY POSSIBLE? or was it something else?
    I ws bloated to.

    • ANSWER:
      Around the time ovulation happens there is a pain in the back, abdomen or even dizziness. Just about a week before the actual menstrual period flow starts, the woman may experience bloating. This is water retention on legs and around the middle, sometimes even the face. The other symptoms are breast tenderness, decreased activity levels and lack of sleep. Some women also experience changes in appetite while some others break out in acne. There sometimes seems to be a slight loss of coordination, so many women experience trouble in driving in this PMS state. A woman approaching this time usually experiences attacks of anxiety and social withdrawal. The most common of all symptoms, is irritability or moodiness, depression and angry outbursts. Nausea, headache, gas in the abdomen, indigestion and sometimes even diarrhea are common symptoms and pains of menstrual period. If these pains get more severe than normal, they are taken to be a disorder called dysmenorrhea.

  11. QUESTION:
    What is this prickling sensation in my right upper abdomen?
    I feel sort of prickling sensation of inflammation in my right upper abdomen, which comes intermittently. It appears to be coming from the fat accumulated in that area, but I am not exactly sure of the internal location. Any idea about this? I fear whether it has anything to do with my liver, but my appetite is normal and I am not showing any Jaundice symptoms. I have the problem of gas though. Any help is highly appreciated.
    It might be a burning sensation, but I am not able to properly portray what I have been experiencing.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi I am from medical background. Well, first of all its very hard to tell what exactly is the root problem from the detail you have provided. As some of the above answerer have suggested that it could be gall bladder stone. But i dont think so that you have that. typical symptoms are :
      When one of the gall stones obstructs the bile ducts that go to the intestine, a sharp colic is produced starting in the upper part of the abdomen and extending toward the back. A person can also experience bloating and indigestion.
      A person can experience jaundice, a yellowing of the skin resulting from an accumulation of bile in the blood.
      Inflammation of the gall bladder, duct, pancreas and in severe cases cirrhosis.

      so gall bladder stone condition can be ruled out.

      Now, as you told that you feel that you are getting pricking sensation as if it is coming from accumulated fat. So i think it bit superficial not deep. again its hard to tell exactly.

      Simple answer could be, if you feel that there is some problem with your abdomen, and you feel that it kind of burning sensation can be from intestine, try avoiding oily and spicy food. dont eat food which may caz acidity.

      I hope this will help in some way. this is just suggestion and thoughts from the details you have provided.
      but it always better to have talk with your physician.

      Good Luck and Take Care!

  12. QUESTION:
    What does it mean if you throw up after every meal?
    No matter what I eat, I feel super sick and throw up after I finish the meal. I'm not bulimic on purpose it just happens. I feel nauseous and sick to my stomach. I am 27 years old and female.

    • ANSWER:
      Do you keep getting dizzy, and feeling sick to your stomach/Gas buld up/Farting all day/bloated feeling, heart feels like its has gas as will. and your neck hearts in the right side Or Left Side. Win Your up and walking do you fell all right. and the thing that is weard is i fell at ease/thing right. and win i go to bed i think i will not wake up.

      A. Git a CAT Scan/Blood test /Hart test and all.
      B. Git a Ultar Sound On your gut/Stomach.
      C. It might be Gastritises.

      Signs And Symptoms.
      Nausea
      Vomiting (if present, may be clear, green or yellow, blood-streaked, or completely bloody, depending on the severity of the stomach inflammation)
      Belching (if present, usually does not relieve the pain much)
      Bloating
      Feeling full after only a few bites of food[6]
      Loss of appetite
      Unexplained weight loss

      The main acute causes are excessive alcohol consumption or prolonged use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (also known as NSAIDs) such as aspirin or ibuprofen. 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.[4] Treatment includes taking antacids or other medicines, such as proton pump inhibitors or antibiotics, and avoiding hot or spicy foods. For those with pernicious anemia, B12 injections are given.

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

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Review Date: 5/15/2007
      Reviewed By: Harvey Simon, M.D., Editor-in-Chief, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital.
      A.D.A.M., Inc. is accredited by URAC, also known as the American Accreditation HealthCare Commission (www.urac.org). URAC's accreditation program is the first of its kind, requiring compliance with 53 standards of quality and accountability, verified by independent audit. A.D.A.M. is among the first to achieve this important distinction for online health information and services. Learn more about A.D.A.M.'s editorial process . A.D.A.M. is also a founding member of Hi-Ethics (www.hiethics.com) and subscribes to the principles of the Health on the Net Foundation (www.hon.ch).
      The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Links to other sites are provided for information only -- they do not constitute endorsements of those other sites. 1997-2007 A.D.A.M., Inc. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.

  14. QUESTION:
    What is causing lower left abdominal cramping?
    This is the second day I've had it. This is gross, but there is a lot of gas associated with the pain as well. My lower left back hurts as well.

    I recently went off the pill 2 weeks ago. Could this be premenstrual symptoms? I forgot what they were like. It's been 7 years since I've had a real period.

    Thanks in advance for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      Abdominal/pelvic pain that is similar to that of period cramping may indicate a problem in a reproductive organ (like the pain around your ovaries or uterus).

      This includes conditions such as endometriosis (when tissue from the uterus is displaced to somewhere else like the pelvic wall or ovaries), uterine fibroids (thick bands of muscular and fibrous tissue in the uterus), ovarian cysts, ovarian cancer (rare), or pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) infection of the reproductive organs, usually from a sexually transmitted disease.

      If you have pain in your ovary area, you might have an ovarian cyst. I have experienced that same type of pain whenever I have had an ovarian cyst. I was also diagnosed with endometriosis last year which caused me severe pelvic pain and intense and painful period cramping.

      If a gynaecological reason cannot be found for the pain you are experiencing, then it could be a gastroenterology problem which could be caused by excessive gas, chronic constipation, viral gastroenteritis (stomach flu), IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome), heartburn or indigestion, gastroesophageal reflux, ulcers, cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder) with or without gallstones, appendicitis (inflammation of the appendix), diverticular disease, including inflammation of small pouches that form in the large intestines (diverticulitis), bowel obstruction (in addition to pain, this causes nausea, bloating, vomiting, and inability to pass gas or stool), food allergies, food poisoning (salmonella, shigella), hernia, kidney stones, UTI s (urinary tract infections), pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) or dissecting abdominal aortic aneurysm (bleeding into the wall of the aorta).

      Based on your symptoms and what you wrote, I would recommend that you should see your doctor/gynaecologist, and if nothing is found that you see a gastroenterologist just to rule out any serious GI causes.

      Good luck :)

  15. QUESTION:
    What exactly is acid integestion and heartburn?
    I have this weird gurgling and rumbling in my tummy, is that integestion? Also, what does it feel like?

    • ANSWER:
      Indigestion, also known as upset stomach or dyspepsia, is discomfort or a burning feeling in the upper abdomen, often accompanied by nausea, abdominal bloating, belching, and sometimes vomiting. Some people also use the term indigestion to describe the symptom of heartburn.

      Indigestion might be caused by a disease in the digestive tract such as ulcer or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), but for many people, it results from eating too much, eating too quickly, eating high-fat foods, or eating during stressful situations. Smoking, drinking too much alcohol, using medications that irritate the stomach lining, being tired, and having ongoing stress can also cause indigestion or make it worse.

      Some people have persistent indigestion that is not related to any of these factors. This type of indigestion called functional or nonulcer dyspepsia may be caused by a problem in the muscular squeezing action of the stomach (motility).

      To diagnose indigestion, the doctor might perform tests for problems, like ulcers. In the process of diagnosis, a person may have x rays of the stomach and small intestine or undergo endoscopy, in which the doctor uses an instrument to look at the inside of the stomach.

      Avoiding the foods and situations that seem to cause indigestion in some cases is the most successful way to treat it. Heartburn caused by acid reflux is usually improved by treatment with antacids, H2-blockers, or proton pump inhibitors. Smokers can help relieve their indigestion by quitting smoking, or at least not smoking right before eating. Exercising with a full stomach may cause indigestion, so scheduling exercise before a meal or at least an hour afterward might help.

      To treat indigestion caused by a functional problem in the digestive tract, the doctor may prescribe medicine that affects stomach motility.

      Because indigestion can be a sign of, or mimic, a more serious disease, people should see a doctor if they have

      vomiting, weight loss, or appetite loss

      black tarry stools or blood in vomit

      severe pain in the upper right abdomen

      discomfort unrelated to eating

      indigestion accompanied by shortness of breath, sweating, or pain radiating to the jaw, neck, or arm

      symptoms that persist for more than 2 weeks

  16. QUESTION:
    How do you know when a gall bladder problem is serious?
    I have been having gall bladder problems for over a month now. I have been checked like 3 weeks ago and they didn't find any stones, but I'm having another attack now. My side hurts just under my ribs, I feel like blown up pressure, I'm dizzy, my back hurts, and I feel nauseous.

    What do I look for to go to the doctor? Cuz I don't want to go again for them not to do anything.

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms of Gallbladder Disease

      * steady, severe pain in the upper abdomen that increases rapidly and lasts from 30 minutes to several hours

      * pain in the back between the shoulder blades

      * pain under the right shoulder

      * nausea or vomiting

      * abdominal bloating

      * recurring intolerance of fatty foods

      * colicb

      * belching

      * gas

      * indigestion

  17. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between "gastritis" and "heartburn"?
    What's the best over-the-counter antacids to combat it? Pepcid doesn't work at all for me.

    • ANSWER:
      What Is Gastritis?

      Gastritis is an inflammation, irritation, or erosion of the lining of the stomach. It can occur suddenly (acute) or gradually (chronic).

      What Causes Gastritis?

      Gastritis can be caused by irritation due to excessive alcohol use, chronic vomiting, stress, or the use of certain medications such as aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs. It may also be caused by any of the following:

      * Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori): A bacteria that lives in the mucous lining of the stomach. Without treatment the infection can lead to ulcers, and in some people, stomach cancer.
      * Pernicious anemia: A form of anemia that occurs when the stomach lacks a naturally occurring substance needed to properly absorb and digest vitamin B12.
      * Bile reflux: A backflow of bile into the stomach from the bile tract (that connects to the liver and gallbladder).
      * Infections caused by bacteria and viruses

      If gastritis is left untreated, it can lead to a severe loss in blood, or in some cases increase the risk of developing stomach cancer.

      What Are the Symptoms of Gastritis?
      Symptoms of gastritis vary among individuals, and in many people there are no symptoms. However, the most common symptoms include:

      * Nausea or recurrent upset stomach
      * Abdominal bloating
      * Abdominal pain
      * Vomiting
      * Indigestion
      * Burning or gnawing feeling in the stomach between meals or at night
      * Hiccups
      * Loss of appetite
      * Vomiting blood or coffee ground-like material
      * Black, tarry stools

      What Is the Treatment for Gastritis?

      Treatment for gastritis usually involves:

      * Taking antacids and other drugs to reduce stomach acid, which causes further irritation to inflamed areas.
      * Avoiding hot and spicy foods.
      * For gastritis caused by H. pylori infection, your doctor will prescribe a regimen of several antibiotics plus an acid blocking drug (used for heartburn).
      * If the gastritis is caused by pernicious anemia, B12 vitamin shots will be given.

      Once the underlying problem disappears, the gastritis usually does, too. You should talk to your doctor before stopping any medicine or starting any gastritis treatment on your own.

      What Is Heartburn?

      Despite its name, heartburn has nothing to do with the heart. (Some of the symptoms, however, are similar to those of a heart attack or heart disease.) Heartburn is an irritation of the esophagus that is caused by stomach acid.

      With gravity's help, a muscular valve called the lower esophageal sphincter, or LES, keeps stomach acid in the stomach. The LES is located where the esophagus meets the stomach -- below the rib cage and slightly left of center. Normally it opens to allow food into the stomach or to permit belching; then it closes again. But if the LES opens too often or does not close tight enough, stomach acid can reflux, or seep, into the esophagus and cause a burning sensation.

      Occasional heartburn isn't dangerous, but chronic heartburn can indicate serious problems and can develop into gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Heartburn is a daily occurrence for about 10% of Americans and up to 50% of pregnant women. It's an occasional nuisance for 30% of the population.

      What Causes It?

      The basic cause of heartburn is an underactive lower esophageal sphincter, or LES, that doesn't tighten as it should. Two excesses often contribute to this problem: too much food in the stomach (overeating) or too much pressure on the stomach (frequently from obesity or pregnancy). Certain foods commonly relax the LES, including tomatoes, citrus fruits, garlic, onions, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, caffeinated products, and peppermint. Dishes high in fats and oils (animal or vegetable) often lead to heartburn, as do certain medications. Stress increases acid production and can cause heartburn. And smoking, which relaxes the LES and stimulates stomach acid, is a major contributor.

  18. QUESTION:
    Anyone has already used the Stretta procedure to acid reflux ?
    Results, review, opinions the only ones I found were directly form Mederi. I need someone experience and opinion about it before accepting the procedure. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      My mother suffered severe GERD and severe LPR for 5 years and no longer suffers either. She takes digestive enzymes for better digestion and betaine HCI with pepsin to increase stomach acid. When needed (usually due to stress) magnesium and probiotics. See the links for more info....

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

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

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

  19. QUESTION:
    Is taking a multivitamin with an omega 3 supplement bad for you?
    I don't know why but for some reason it makes my stomach hurt..

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

  20. QUESTION:
    Can Acid Build up in the stomach cause nausea and loss of appetite?
    Title explains it all and I'm experiancing those two things as of right now.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you do seem to have a problem of acid reflux.

      How to best relieve symptoms of acid reflux involves making lifestyle changes such as avoiding certain foods, losing weight, stopping smoking and exercising regularly. A wide variety of over-the-counter medications such as antacids, anti-gas or ant-flatulence drugs, oral suspension and H-2 receptor blockers are available to provide temporary relief.

      Avoid the overuse of over-the-counter medications as they may cause side effects such as constipation and diarrhea. For more frequent and severe episodes of acid reflux, your doctor may prescribe medications such as proton pump inhibitors. If lifestyle changes and prescription medications fail to offer improvement, surgery may be recommended.

      Natural Remedies

      Natural and holistic treatments have been used for centuries to treat and provide symptomatic relief for digestive problems. Homeopathic remedies are safe and effective to use for people of all ages without unwanted side effects. Carefully selected ingredients such as Calc phos, Carbo veg, Nat phos, Mag carb and Silicea helps to neutralize acid in the stomach as well as cleanse and eliminate toxins from the body and relieve symptoms of heartburn, indigestion, bloating and gas.

      You may get more info here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/a/acidreflux.htm

  21. QUESTION:
    is it common for women to experience severe rage and jealousy during perimenopause?
    i never was like this before. i'm 47 and it's been coming on about the last year.

    • ANSWER:
      these are the 35 common symptoms of the menopause;

      1. Hot flashes, flushes, night sweats and/or cold flashes, clammy feeling
      2. Irregular heart beat
      3. Irritability
      4. Mood swings, sudden tears
      5. Trouble sleeping through the night
      6. Irregular periods; shorter, lighter periods; heavier periods, flooding; phantom periods, shorter cycles, longer cycles
      7. Loss of libido
      8. Dry vagina
      9. Crashing fatigue
      10. Anxiety, feeling ill at ease
      11. Feelings of dread, apprehension, doom
      12. Difficulty concentrating, disorientation, mental confusion
      13. Disturbing memory lapses
      14. Incontinence, especially upon sneezing, laughing; urge incontinence
      15. Itchy, crawly skin
      16. Aching, sore joints, muscles and tendons
      17. Increased tension in muscles
      18. Breast tenderness
      19. Headache change: increase or decrease
      20. Gastrointestinal distress, indigestion, flatulence, gas pain, nausea
      21. Sudden bouts of bloat
      22. Depression
      23. Exacerbation of existing conditions
      24. Increase in allergies
      25. Weight gain
      26. Hair loss or thinning, head, pubic, or whole body; increase in facial hair
      27. Dizziness, lightheartedness, episodes of loss of balance
      28. Changes in body odour
      29. Electric shock sensation under the skin and in the head
      30. Tingling in the extremities
      31. Gum problems, increased bleeding
      32. Burning tongue, burning roof of mouth, bad taste in mouth, change in breath odour
      33. Osteoporosis
      34. Changes in fingernails: softer, crack or break easier
      35. Tinnitus: ringing in ears, bells, 'whooshing,' buzzing etc.

      hope this answers your question!

  22. QUESTION:
    What is this pelvic pain - constant period like cramps?
    I've been getting period like cramps constantly for about 5 weeks now. I am really unsure what it could be but it is worrying me a little. I have done internet searches which come up with pelvic inflammatory disease. I don't think it is this as it isn't chronic pain. I don't really have any other symptoms apart from occasional dizziness. My periods are normal. It is just like mild period pains.

    • ANSWER:
      Abdominal/pelvic pain that is similar to that of period cramping may indicate a problem in a reproductive organ (like the pain around your ovaries or uterus).

      This includes conditions such as endometriosis (when tissue from the uterus is displaced to somewhere else like the pelvic wall or ovaries), uterine fibroids (thick bands of muscular and fibrous tissue in the uterus), ovarian cysts, ovarian cancer (rare), or pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) infection of the reproductive organs, usually from a sexually transmitted disease.

      If you have pain in your ovary area, you might have an ovarian cyst. I have experienced that same type of pain whenever I have had an ovarian cyst. I was also diagnosed with endometriosis in 2007 which caused me severe pelvic pain and intense and painful period cramping.

      If a gynaecological reason cannot be found for the pain you are experiencing, then it could be a gastroenterology problem which could be caused by excessive gas, chronic constipation, viral gastroenteritis (stomach flu), IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome), heartburn or indigestion, gastroesophageal reflux, ulcers, cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder) with or without gallstones, appendicitis (inflammation of the appendix), diverticular disease, including inflammation of small pouches that form in the large intestines (diverticulitis), bowel obstruction (in addition to pain, this causes nausea, bloating, vomiting, and inability to pass gas or stool), food allergies, food poisoning (salmonella, shigella), hernia, kidney stones, UTI s (urinary tract infections), pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) or dissecting abdominal aortic aneurysm (bleeding into the wall of the aorta).

      Based on your symptoms and what you wrote, I would recommend that you should see your doctor/gynaecologist, and if nothing is found that you see a gastroenterologist just to rule out any serious GI causes.

      Good luck :)

  23. QUESTION:
    How do you know if you are allergic to gluten?
    Can someone please tell me what the sypmtoms are?

    • ANSWER:
      There are 200-300 different symptoms, and the severity and combination of symptoms are different for everyone. Some people with celiac disease have no symptoms.

      The following symptoms could all be caused by gluten sensitivity:

      Digestive issues (indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, acid reflux, abdominal pain, weight gain, weight loss, nausea, dizzyness, loss of appetite, increased appetite, vomiting, really bad smells...)

      Mental health issues (depression, anxiety, mood swings, "behavioral problems" ... I've seen case studies of individuals previously misdiagnosed as autistic, bipolar, schizophrenic, anorexic... and I'm not talking about people with these conditions who merely do better on a GF diet, but whose symptoms completely go away as they heal and get the proper nutrients going to their brain.)

      Neurological issues (tingling, numbness, weird sensations, migraines, vertigo...)

      Inflammation issues (aching joints or bones, asthma, sinus inflammation, fibromyalgia, flu-like feelings, acne, skin rashes...)

      Malnutrition issues (and these vary widely because every system in your body needs proper nutrition to function properly: thinning bones, miscarriages, missed periods, painful periods, infertility, temperature fluctuations, lots of infections, fatigue, headaches, seizures, canker sores ... just about any symptom you can't find a concrete cause for...)

      Most doctors are unlikely to be familiar with the true nature of celiac disease (97 percent of people in the U.S. who have this disease do not know they have it; the average time for diagnosis in the U.S. is 11-13 years.) So getting tested may mean educating yourself about celiac disease, and then demanding the tests, or seeking out a doctor who specializes in gluten intolerance.

      You should definitely get tested BEFORE you start a GF diet, because once you have started the diet, all tests will come back negative regardless of whether or not you are sensitive to gluten. And if you are sensitive to gluten, having that positive diagnosis will make things much, much, much easier on you. Nobody likes people who are "fussy," and this is a high-maintenance diet. Having that medical diagnosis can be very helpful in protecting your health.

      That said, unfortunately, many people who test negative still feel much better and have a lot of pretty severe symptoms disappear on a GF diet. So the tests won't always be able to tell you if gluten is a problem for you. If you have lots of unexplained health issues, or just feel that your body is acting/feeling older than it should, (first get tested, but then) try eliminating all gluten from your diet for 3 weeks, see if you feel better, and then try eating gluten and see how your body reacts.

  24. QUESTION:
    Does anyone take prozac and have a metal taste in their mouth?
    I see it listed on the side effects but my doctor never seems to believe the side effects I get. Does this happen to anyone and did you have to stop taking it?

    • ANSWER:
      Prozac has a lot of side effects and also has many advantages. See the following side effects of Prozac (but don't stop taking your medication).

      Prozac side effects : Abdominal Cramp/Pain - Sudden, severe, uncontrollable and painful shortening and thickening of the muscles in the belly. The belly includes the stomach as well as the intestines, liver, kidneys, pancreas, spleen, gall bladder, and urinary bladder.
      Belching - Noisy release of gas from the stomach through the mouth; a burp.
      Bloating - Swelling of the belly caused by excessive intestinal gas.
      Constipation - Difficulty in having a bowel movement where the material in the bowels is hard due to a lack of exercise, fluid intake, and roughage in the diet, or due to certain drugs.
      Diarrhea - Unusually frequent and excessive, runny bowel movements that may result in severe dehydration and shock.
      Dyspepsia - Indigestion. This is the discomfort you experience after eating. It can be heartburn, gas, nausea, a bellyache or bloating.
      Flatulence - More gas than normal in the digestive organs.
      Gagging - Involuntary choking and/or involuntary throwing up.
      Gastritis - A severe irritation of the mucus lining of the stomach either short in duration or lasting for a long period of time.
      Gastroenteritis - A condition where the membranes of the stomach and intestines are irritated.
      Gastroesophageal Reflux - A continuous state where stomach juices flow back into the throat causing acid indigestion and heartburn and possibly injury to the throat. Heartburn - A burning pain in the area of the breastbone caused by stomach juices flowing back up into the throat.
      Prozac side effects
      Hemorrhoids - Small rounded purplish swollen veins that either bleed, itch or are painful and appear around the anus.

      Prozac side effects
      Increased Stool frequency - Diarrhea.
      Prozac side effects
      Indigestion - Unable to properly consume and absorb food in the digestive tract causing constipation, nausea, stomach ache, gas, swollen belly, pain and general discomfort or sickness.
      Nausea - Stomach irritation with a queasy sensation similar to motion sickness and a feeling that one is going to vomit.
      Polyposis Gastric - Tumors that grow on stems in the lining of the stomach, which usually become cancerous.
      Swallowing Difficulty - A feeling that food is stuck in the throat or upper chest area and won t go down, making it difficult to swallow.
      Toothache - Pain in a tooth above and below the gum line.
      Vomiting - Involuntarily throwing up the contents of the stomach and usually getting a nauseated, sick feeling just prior to doing so.
      http://www.prozactruth.com/

  25. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of Gall Bladder problems?
    I get nauseated these days no matter what I eat. I have to drink ginger ale with every meal just to keep it down. No, I'm not pregnant, promise. I can't afford to go to the doctor just to be told it'll pass. How do I know if it could be my gall bladder?

    • ANSWER:
      SOME SYMPTOMS OF GALLBLADDER PROBLEMS:

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

      GALLBLADDER ATTACK SYMPTOMS:

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

  26. QUESTION:
    I have a recipe that calls for a bag of Asian Style Vegetables - What kind of vegetables should it contain?
    Does Bird's Eye make Asian Style Vegetables?

    • ANSWER:
      Chinese veggies always includes water chestnuts given that many dishes contain a "hot" additive .
      Water chestnuts are held to be a good tonic and are credited with many curative and supplementing properties. Water chestnut is cold in nature and is excellent for clearing Heat. Water chestnuts are held to be a good tonic and are credited with many curative and supplementing properties. Water chestnut is cold in nature and is excellent for clearing Heat. Ground water chestnut powder mixed with water can relieve cough. Boiling water chestnuts in water makes the best drink for measles patients and is appropriate for all measles patients from the third day till the ninth day of the cycle. It helps to speed up the measles cycle. Fever is usually associated with urination difficulty or pain. Water chestnut sweet soup significantly eases the pain and promotes urination. Indigestion can cause nausea and bad appetite in kids. Drinking water chestnut juice slowly alleviates the problem. Water chestnuts are also believed to cure jaundice and detoxify. They are extremely cold and laxative in nature and therefore should not be eaten excessively or it will cause gassy stomach and bloating. Children eating too much water chestnut might have severe pain under the navel. Pregnant woman especially should avoid. For more see below:

  27. QUESTION:
    Any other women who have PMDD please answer these questions for me?
    Do you take medication for it?
    How bad does it effect your life?
    When were you diagnosed with it and how did you find out?
    Do you have a history of post partum depression or a family history of depression?
    Do you also get menstrual migraines?
    Tell me as much about it as you possibly can. Please and thank you. I very much appreciate this ladies.
    I am a capricorn.

    • ANSWER:
      i was diagnosed with pmdd a couple of years ago. my dr. put me on an anti-depressant. which, i have to say, seemed to be almost like a "magic pill". i felt better and many of the symptoms went away.
      over the course of treatment i noticed that #1, i was gaining weight and hadn't changed my diet, #2, over time the medication was becoming less effective. i asked my dr. to wean me off the medication. i've been off the medication for about 9 months now. i am currently looking for a more natural way to battle my symptoms because they have come back with a vengeance. anyone who doubts that this condition exists, has never experienced it. i have severe irritability, mood swings, bloating, indigestion, general fatigue, achiness and many others.....
      this starts sometimes 10 days to 2 weeks before i start my actual period. which, gives me about 1 good week/month! it's very frustrating.
      just to answer a couple of your question....no family history of depression or mentrual migraines. i'm in my early 40's.
      so, i'm right with you, needing advice on an alternative method to ease these horrible symptoms. i'm sure my family would appreciate it as well! good luck to you.
      by the way......i am a virgo

  28. QUESTION:
    What is the effect on digestion if the gallbladder becomes blocked?

    • ANSWER:
      When the gall bladder is blocked from gall stones; food is more difficult to digest because bile (from the liver) cannot flow through and aid in proper digestion.
      Whenever a person has gall stones, certain foods are more difficult to digest than others.
      Foods that are greasy or spicy and alcoholic beverages seem to cause the most problems.
      The symptoms may include: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, indigestion, bloating, gas and sometimes severe pain in the right lower abdominal area that can radiate along the right side or up and down the back as well.

  29. QUESTION:
    What are the symtoms of gall stones?
    Does anyone know what the symptoms are for someone with gall stones?

    • ANSWER:
      What are the Symptoms of Gallstones?

      Most people with gallstones do not have symptoms. They have what are called silent stones and require no treatment. Silent stones usually are detected during a routine medical checkup or examination for another illness.

      A gallstone attack usually is marked by a steady, severe pain in the upper abdomen. Attacks may last only 20 or 30 minutes but more often they last for one to several hours. A gallstone attack may also cause nausea or vomiting, or pain between the shoulder blades, or in the right shoulder. Attacks may be separated by weeks, months, or even years. Once a true attack occurs, subsequent attacks are much more likely.

      Blockage of the cystic duct is a common complication. Gallstones that become lodged in the cystic duct and block the flow of bile cause cholecystitis, an inflammation of the gallbladder.

      A less common but more serious problem occurs when gallstones become lodged in the bile ducts between the liver and intestine. This blocks bile flow from the gallbladder and liver, causing pain and jaundice. Gallstones may also interfere with the flow of digestive fluids secreted from the pancreas into the small intestine, leading to pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas. Prolonged blockage of any of these ducts can cause severe damage to the gallbladder, liver, or pancreas, which can be fatal. Warning signs include fever, jaundice, and persistent pain.

      The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Gallstones includes those listed below. Note that Gallstones symptoms usually refers to various symptoms known to a patient, but the phrase Gallstones signs may refer to those signs only noticable by a doctor:

      No symptoms - many people don't know they have gallstones. These "silent stones" are often found by accident from x-rays for other medical reasons. These stones may or may not require treatment.
      Abdominal pain
      Nausea
      Vomiting
      Indigestion
      Abdominal bloating
      Fatty food intolerance
      Biliary Colic
      Belching
      Gas
      Indigestion
      Certain symptoms are particularly dangerous and require urgent medical attention:
      Fever
      Sweating
      Chills
      Jaundice
      Yellow eyes
      Yellow skin
      Persistent pain
      Clay-colored stools
      Gallstone attack symptoms - an acute gallstone attack can occur at any time, such as the night or after a fatty meal. A gallstone attack indicates that medical attention is required.
      Upper abdominal pain
      Back pain - between the shoulder blades
      Pain under the right shoulder
      Nausea
      Vomiting

  30. QUESTION:
    What were your first pregnancy symptoms?
    hi guys, I might be pregnant and i was wondering if you can list some of your first symptoms with details please :) thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      This is how it went for me:
      5 -6 weeks and up: Severe tiredness, back ache, sore nipples, peeing 3 - 5 times a night
      8 weeks & up: Evening sickness/nausea, bloating, acid reflux, indigestion, breast swelling, emotional & moody, craving fruit, prawns and sweet food lol..
      11 weeks & up: all of the above aswell as constipation, heart burn, gone off certain foods like meat [but my tiredness & nausea has started to ease up now and I am 16 weeks yesterday. But I still have most of the other symptoms =( ]
      Hope this helps
      =)

  31. QUESTION:
    What happens to horses if they eat straw?
    I was thinking about putting my horse onto straw (bedding) but i am a little concerned that he will eat it! He likes his food, although hes not fat, and if i change him onto straw i dont want him eating it and possibly getting lamenetic, is there any other risks of horses eating straw?

    Cheers

    • ANSWER:
      when horses eat straw it can cause bloating or colic.
      colic is a pain in the horses abdomen. it is often caused by indigestion from changes in the diet, working to soon after eating, or by worms. colic can be fatal, and a vet should be called immediately if you suspect that a horse may be suffering from it. the diet should be changed or the horse treated for worms.
      a horse that rolls to much is a possible sufferer of colic. but remember horses roll naturally, its a healthy exercise that they enjoy, they just shouldnt be doing it all the time. if he rolls in the stable he may become cast. this is when his legs are trapped against the walls and he cannot get up into a standing position. a rope should be put around his legs and he should be rolled back gently. an anti~cast roller can prevent this happening.
      straw is recommended for very severe laminitis as a food, as well as a carrot or an apple every so often as a supplement.
      if you would like a nice warm and comfortable bedding you can use these:
      wood shavings~make a warm comfortable bed. clean and inedible, they are good for horses who eat there straw or have dust allergies.
      Peat moss~must be laid thickly damp patches removed and bed raked over daily. warm and comfortable but it is expensive.
      shredded paper~is warm and dust free, but some horses have an allergy to the ink.
      if your still going to use straw i would suggest:
      wheat straw~ it is the best straw bedding as it is light and comfortable. it drains well and isn't as dusty as the others.
      straws to avoid are oat straw because its tasty. and barley straw because it is prickly. it will irritate your horses skin. it may also cause the horse colic if it is eaten.

      hope this helps!! :)

  32. QUESTION:
    When I get my periods,I experience severe pain in my stomach,can u girls suggest some solution to my problem?
    I have visited my doc.several times for this,but she gives me painkillers and it eventually subsides,but every month it continues,I cannot bear the pain and even I cry,it also affects my work,u know I have to take leave for this reason.I just sit there or lie down holding my stomach,its just too much for me.It is happening from the last 5-6 years.Can u girls please help me with some solution to my problem?

    • ANSWER:
      Try dese....

      # You could be getting the pain due to irregular and obstructed blood flow. The following home remedies will prove useful in relieving your condition.

      # Fry 12 centigrams the gum of asafetida in pure clarified butter and mix this with 120 gms of fresh goat s milk and 1 tbsp of honey.

      # Take a hot water bag or a heating pad and hot ferment your back and abdominal area 4 to 5 times a day.

      # Roast some carom seeds seeds on a pan and tie them in a thin cotton cloth. You can ferment your lower abdominal area and back to reduce the pain. Reheat the tied seeds from the pan and use it for at least 10 to 15 minutes.

      # Pound a piece of fresh ginger root and boil it in a cup of water. Add 1 tsp of sugar or honey to it and drink this solution 3 times a day after having you meals. This will regulate bleeding and decrease the menstrual pain.

      Heat Up

      # One remedy for your menstrual mid-section anguish is heat. Using a heating pad on the abdomen for 20 minutes, or more depending on your preference, can relax the abdominal muscles and release tension. Also try a hot bath, possibly with music or scented oils to increase relaxation.

      Exercise

      # Exercise during menstruation has been shown to lessen the severity of menstrual pains such as stomach cramps as well. Not only will exercise help your brain release endorphins, a natural pain killer, but they will also help to stretch out your muscles and increase blood flow. Exercises such as yoga are great for menstrual stomach pain because they not only add exercise and stretching, but also relaxation which lessens muscle tension even more so.

      Hot Tea

      # Herbal teas can be great for treating stomach pains as they are gentle on the stomach and can relax and calm you. Chamomile and lavender are both great for increasing relaxation and decreasing menstrual anxiety, thus helping relieve tension in the abdominal muscles.

      Diet

      # During menstruation, avoiding certain foods can decrease stomach pain as well. Foods high in sodium and carbonated sodas should be avoided because they promote bloating which can contribute to your stomach pains. Also it's important to eat foods high in iron during menstruation in order to make up for iron lost during your period, as iron deficiency can cause stomach problems such as nausea. Also avoid foods that you know you are sensitive to during menstruation in order to decrease any additional stomach pain.

      Medication

      # Taking over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, during your period can also help ease stomach pains. Taking it during your period, even before pain presents itself, can help prevent and alleviate any stomach pain during menstruation. As with any medication though, talk to your doctor if you choose to treat your pain with medication. You can also try medication such as Pepto Bismol if you suffer from indigestion during your period.

      Warnings

      # Sometimes severe stomach pains during menstruation can be the sign of a deeper problem, such as endometriosis. If you have severe stomach pain that inhibits your daily life during menstruation you should see your doctor to ensure it is not a more serious condition

  33. QUESTION:
    Stomach pain that lasts for days after taking ibuprofen?
    I am on antidepressants and anti anxiety medicine and i haven't been sleeping so i had bad so headaches so i took ibuprofen and for the last couple of days i've felt sick to my stomach and had pain. Is this serious?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you have Gastritis (Gast means stomach) and (itis means inflammation of)
      this is commonly caused by ibuprofen
      If your pain is severe then see a doctor tomorrow, they will likely prescribe you something to help your stomach lining. You can help it yourself by eating easily digested foods and drinking lots of milk
      avoid any spicy or rich foods for a couple of weeks as these can irritate it further
      hope you feel better soon!
      I found you this information:

      Gastritis can be caused by irritation due to excessive alcohol use, chronic vomiting, stress, or the use of certain medications such as aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen.

      Symptoms of gastritis vary among individuals, and in many people there are no symptoms. However, the most common symptoms include:
      Nausea or recurrent upset stomach
      Abdominal bloating
      Abdominal pain
      Vomiting
      Indigestion
      Burning or gnawing feeling in the stomach between meals or at night
      Hiccups
      Loss of appetite
      Vomiting blood or coffee ground-like material
      Black, tarry stools

      Treatment for gastritis usually involves:
      Taking antacids and other drugs to reduce stomach acid, which causes further irritation to inflamed areas.
      Avoiding hot and spicy foods.
      For gastritis caused by H. pylori infection, your doctor will prescribe a regimen of several antibiotics plus an acid blocking drug (used for heartburn).
      If the gastritis is caused by pernicious anemia, B12 vitamin shots will be given.
      Eliminating irritating foods from your diet such as lactose from dairy or gluten from wheat.

      Once the underlying problem disappears, the gastritis usually does, too.
      Most people with gastritis improve quickly once treatment has begun.

  34. QUESTION:
    what pregnancy symptoms should i be aware of?
    im 6 weeks gone so far all i have is crampings and tender breast .. but so far *fingers crossed* no morning sickness.

    what other symptom should i expect in early and late pregnancy just so i can prepare myself for whats to come.

    • ANSWER:
      There are lots of symptoms that women experience in pregnancy but every woman (and every pregnancy) is different. Some women can go through their entire pregnancy feeling absolutely normal (other than a growing belly!) whereas other women suffer with severe nausea and back pain. So just because you're not experience a particular symptom, or you ar experience a symptom that someone else isn't, doesn't mean anything is wrong. I'll go through some of the main symptoms though!

      In the first trimester (weeks 1 - 12 approximately) one of the most common symptoms is morning sickness. This can start any time during the first trimester. For me, it started around week 8/9 and lasted until week 16. Morning sickness varies from woman to woman but I did not vomit, I just suffered with extreme nausea and retching that was worse in the morning but lasted all day (and night!). Tiredness is also very common in the first trimester as your body gets used to being pregnant. You may experience symptoms similar to those you had before your period was due such as cramping or sore breasts. Some women find their appetite increases, others lose their appetite totally due to morning sickness. Some women find they need to urinate more frequently. Your belly may appear bloated but in the early stages, this is due to gas and fluid retention rather than the growing baby. You may feel emotional due to the hormonal changes.

      In the second trimester (approximately weeks 12 - 28) a lot of women start to feel a bit more like their old selves. this is known as the honey mood period of pregnancy and the stage where a lot of women start to "bloom". Energy levels return to normal and for most women, morning sickness ends. I felt much better in my second trimester. I moved home, decorated, went camping, moved offices at work which I would have really struggled with in the first part of my pregnancy! Its also nice because you should start to feel the first movements of your baby somewhere between weeks 18 - 22. It only feels like a tiny butterfly in your belly at first but towards the end of your second trimester, you'll start to feel proper kicks and punches all the time!! You will also start to notice your bump growing quickly. Now is the time to buy some maternity clothes! Other people will start to notice you look pregnant too although if this is your first baby, it may not be very noticeable until later on. You may start to suffer with indigestion or heart burn and you may find your bladder feels full a lot as your baby starts to grow and put pressure on it. Like me, you may also experience back pain or sciatica caused by the baby resting on your sciatic nerve. You will find your bra size will go up. Your emotional state may have levelled out a bit by now but you may find the hormones make your sex drive increase at this stage too.

      Third Trimester (approximately weeks 28 - 40) This is a time for real growth. Expect to put on at least a stone (14lbs) in weight during this time. Your bump should be growing around a cm a week now. Tiredness is very common during this late stage of pregnancy and any symptoms such as back pain will get worse due to the growing baby and increased pressure on your body. It can also become difficult to sleep as you get bigger. You will find that tasks you used to do with ease like cleaning the house or gardening are much harder than before and tire you out quicker. Your indigestion and acid reflux may start to get worse and you may also start to get short of breath sometimes as the baby grows and puts pressure on your lungs.

      These are all really general symptoms though. Like I said, every woman and ever pregnancy is different. Congratulations though and good luck!!

  35. QUESTION:
    Does lipo 6 hers ultra concentrate have side effects?
    I need to lose some weight and I'm planning to use it with a diet and exercise

    • ANSWER:
      Is Lipo 6 Black Hers Ultra Concentrate Safe?

      Possible Lipo 6 Black Hers Ultra Concentrate side effects include headaches, jitteriness, nervousness, irritability, insomnia, indigestion, nausea, dizziness, anxiety, facial flushing, insomnia, headache, drowsiness, dry mouth, and an elevated heartbeat. Some others also include heart attack, stroke, renal failure, and kidney damage.

      What Are The Ingredients?

      The key ingredients in the Lipo-6 Black Hers are: Iron, Vitamin B12, Folic Acid, Calcium, Vitamin D, Caffeine Anhydrous, and 1-Methyl Caffeine, Phenylethylamine, Thyronines and Yohimbines.
      How Are These Different From Other Lipo-6 Products?

      Since Lipo-6 Black Hers is for women especially, it contains vitamins, folic acid and iron, which the regular Lipo-6 doesn t contain. Its fat burning ingredients are more potent than Lipo-6 Hers.
      What Does Research Suggest?

      There has, as yet, been no conclusive research on Lipo-6 Black Hers, but according to Elissa, from Ultimate Fat Burner, the T-3 thyroid metabolites in thyronine can increase basal metabolic rates initially, but may eventually, disrupt natural thyroid production.

      Another critique is that the Lipo-6 Black Hers does not contain the natural mood elevators like the monamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI), which other potent fat-burning formulas in the market contain.
      So Do Users of Lipo-6 Black Hers Feel Elevated Enough?

      Users generally seem convinced about the energizing effects of Lipo-6 Black Hers. It shouldn t matter whether that is a real effect or a placebo effect, because generally, if raised (or perceived) energy levels translate into good, regular workouts, you re doing your bit of the hard-work already. One of the users has noticed that a single dose of Lipo-6 has helped her cut down 4 cups of coffee at office. That should speak for its energy boosting properties. We wonder what it would have been worth, had Nutrex introduced an MAOI into the formula.

      S. Peters from Virginia notices that she sweats profusely now; she doesn t mind that though, as long as that means her weighing-scale readings are smarter in the end.
      Testimonials - Is Everybody Losing Weight Then?

      Yes, most of them are! Hot Momma decided to take Lipo-6 Black Hers after gaining 20 pounds of unwanted weight. Not only has she lost 5 pounds in 2 weeks, her mood and concentration improved, too.

      Elizabet in California lost about 20 pounds, and reached her goal weight in as little as 2 months. She doesn t need to take the pills anymore. In all cases though, weight-loss can only be achieved when the pills are complemented with exercise and a healthy diet.

      J. Allstrom swears in her life she lost 30 pounds in a month and went from size 14 to 6.
      Any Side-Effects?

      All is not well, of course. Nutrex warns against possible side-effects which include restlessness, dry-mouth, anxiousness, headache, mood swings, acne and bloating. Jessica was one person who didn t take well to Lipo-6 Black Hers. She felt hyper-ventilated, felt her mouth drying pretty badly in addition to experiencing some severe headaches.

      Another user, Bailey, who clarifies that she isn t allergic to anything, or had any reaction to any other fat-burners, was attacked badly by Lipo-6 Black Hers shady side. Within 30 minutes of administration, she d feel light-headed, nauseated and disoriented. Lola, another user, experienced exactly the same.

      What have your side effects been with Lipo-6 Black Hers? Vote in the poll below
      Is There a Way Out of the Nauseous and Dizzying Effects of the Lipo-6 Black Hers?

      Some users, who experienced nausea and other side-effects initially recommended taking a much lower dosage than the recommended start-up dosage. That has solved the problem for several users. Others say that after 2 weeks of using the pills, their side-effects withered away.

  36. QUESTION:
    how to get yourself to THROW UP?
    don't panic=) i'm not trying to be bullimic
    real question: what do you do with really severe indigestion?
    this is driving me crazy. i feel bloated and feel like i have this huge lump just sitting in my stomach. i've been taking fiber pills, digestion pills, etc. etc. is there like this magic food/drink/method that'll have you in the bathroom in no time? (sorry if this grosses you out, but hey, i'm really in pain here)
    um, guys, the actual question is, how to cure indigestion.

    • ANSWER:
      sprite

      shuving two fingers in ur mouth

      smell somthing bad...that ill start the gags reflex

  37. QUESTION:
    how can a person with diverticulosis eat fiber if the fiber gives you gas?
    i was told to eat more fiber in my diet due to diverticulosis diagnosed during my colon test. the foods that are high in fiber, i.e. vegs and nuts and beans, cause stomach gas so what do you do?

    • ANSWER:
      ewsTarget.com printable article
      Originally published December 21 2006
      A Holistic Approach to Treating the Symptoms of Diverticulitis
      by Frank Mangano

      (NewsTarget) There is often confusion surrounding the difference between two conditions known as diverticulosis and diverticulitis. I'm going to explain the difference and reveal how to treat the symptoms of diverticulitis naturally.

      Diverticula are small, pea-sized, bulging pouches in the digestive tract. While diverticula can form anywhere, most occur in your large intestine and are many times found in people that experience frequent constipation.

      Having diverticula in the intestines is known as diverticulosis. This condition is many times unrecognized by the person affected because diverticulosis seldom causes any problems. Every once in a while however, diverticula can become infected or inflamed. This condition is called diverticulitis.

      Many experts believe that a low-fiber diet is a key contributor to diverticulitis. Reason being is lack of fiber in the diet can make stool sometimes harder to pass. The excess pressure can result in certain areas of the colon to become weakened and collapse. This results in marble-sized pouches (diverticula) protruding through the colon wall. These pouches, which are small at first, but become larger gradually; typically develop in the sigmoid and descending colon. These are the lower portions of your large intestine just above your rectum. They are often the result of straining during bowel movements over a number of years.

      Sometimes stool can become lodged in one of the pouches and the result can be an infection. Small tears or perforations can also develop in an infected pouch, which can lead to an infection within your abdomen (peritonitis). A person may also develop a collection of pus called an abscess if the infection is limited to an area around the wall of your colon where the diverticula are inflamed.

      Diverticulitis can be acute or chronic. The majority of people affected are usually between the ages of 50 and 90. One reason that older people are generally more affected is that the walls of the large intestine tend to weaken with age.

      For many people, symptoms are non-existent or mistaken for simple indigestion. For those who do experience symptoms, a pain in the lower left side of the abdomen is common. The pain is typically severe and surfaces rather abruptly. However, sometimes a person can experience a mild pain that can worsen over several days and have a fluctuating intensity.

      Other typical symptoms include abdominal tenderness, fever, nausea, and constipation or diarrhea.

      Less common signs and symptoms of diverticulitis may include:

      * Vomiting
      * Bloating
      * Frequent Urination
      * Difficulty or pain while urinating
      * Rectal Bleeding
      * Tenderness in the abdomen
      * Blood in the Stool

      While the reason is not exactly known, there is some evidence that links smoking & stress to symptoms becoming worse. Other factors that increase risk of diverticulitis are disease in the genes, gallbladder disease, obesity & coronary artery disease.

      The best steps you can take in treating diverticulitis have to do with your lifestyle.

      A high fiber diet has been shown to be protective against diverticular disease. You'll need at least 20 to 35 grams of fiber a day to help prevent problems from diverticulosis. Consume fresh fruits and vegetables, cereals that are high in fiber and bran. Be sure to drink plenty of pure water each day, as a high fiber diet will not be effective without adequate water consumption.

      Studies have also shown physical activity, specifically jogging or running, to protect against symptomatic diverticular disease.

      Avoid foods such as celery and corn as these foods contain indigestible roughage and use bran to prevent constipation.

      Eat a diet with your primary source of protein being from fish & vegetables. Stay away from grains, seeds or nuts, as these foods can be hard to digest which results in bloating & gas. Other foods that should be avoided include dairy products, red meat, fried foods, spices, sugar products as well as processed & refined foods.

      Also remember to:

      * Try not to strain during bowel movements
      * Avoid alcohol
      * Exercise moderately
      * Drink at least eight glasses of pure water a day
      * Avoid smoking

      Establish a regular bowel routine by spending at least 10 minutes a day trying to have a bowel movement at approximately the same time.

      Avoid extremely hot or cold foods and fluids (which cause gas).

      When you feel an attack or pain coming on, give yourself a cleansing enema with 2 quarts of luke-warm water mixed with the juice from a fresh squeezed lemon. This will aid in ridding the colon of undigested food that has been trapped and will also relieve pain.

      Aside from lifestyle changes, supplementing with the following can also be helpful:

      Acidophilus (Take as directed on label) - Helps support a healthy intestinal tract (gut) and replaces the flora in the small intestine, primarily to improve assimilation.

      Fiber (Take as directed on label) - Helps prevent constipation. Also prevents infection.

      Super Greens Formula - Garden of Life provides an excellent greens formula that is high in chlorophyll, which is extremely beneficial for this condition. Diverticulosis sufferers also seem to do better when chlorella is part of the diet. Chlorella will provide you with all the benefits of magnesium, carotenoids, chlorophyll and much more.

      Vitamin B Complex (100 mg 3 times daily) - Aids in proper digestion.

      Proteolytic Enzymes (Take as directed on label, between meals) - Aids in digestion & reduces inflammation in the colon.

      Essential Fatty Acids (Take as directed on label) - Aids in protecting the cells that line the wall of the colon.

      L-Glutamine (500 mg twice daily. Take with water or juice but never with milk) - Maintains the absorption surfaces of the gut called the villi.

      Vitamin C - Anti-inflammatory and boosts immunity. I recommend a minimum of 3,000 to 8,000 mg daily in divided doses.

      Garlic - Aids in digestion and is a natural antibiotic. I personally use Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract by Wakunaga, which is a high-quality odorless organic supplement. Take 2 capsules 3 times daily.

      Alfalfa (2,000 mg in capsules or tincture) - Natural source of vitamin K and essential minerals that most people with intestinal disorders are lacking. Also contains chlorophyll, which aids in healing.

      Aloe Vera Juice (Drink cup 3 times a day) - promotes healing of the inflamed areas.

  38. QUESTION:
    What would cause constant fatigue, mental fogginess, depression and numbness?
    For the past year I've had SEVERE fatigue, numbness in my body, bloating to the point i struggle to breathe, mental fogginess and joint pain/abdo pain esp upper right.

    My GP has done some blood tests for red cell/white cells count, tyroid, helibactor, b12 and something else and came back norm.

    I dont really trust the NHS, they have lost my results before and they always treat me like a pain in the ....as I have been coming in almost every month but they keep saying things like "its stress", "its indigestion" "its IBS" or that the breathlessness is my asthma for which they have bumped me up to the highest steroid giving me palipitations and shakeyness BUT they didnt even listen or check it out so they basically wanted shot of me so found a pre-existing condition to put blame on.

    I really can barely finction now,I fainted twice last week and all my doc (Ive seen 4 of them now) can say is that its stress....i become pale, sweaty, shakey, and fainty.
    I GET SEVERE MOOD SWINGS.

    • ANSWER:
      You seem to have a fatigue problem. Perhaps the energy vitamin B12 can help or a vitamin B complex. Coenzyme Q10 can also help to boost your energy level as in http://au.search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22coenzyme+q10+for+energy%22&fr=ush-ans The super food Spirulina is another good energy booster.

      One of the most common fatigue causes is anxiety, which is known to effect 40 million U.S. adults each year. Anxiety is a state of fear of real or imagined danger, which is manifested as increased heart rate, trembling, panic, weakness, extreme fatigue and stomach or intestinal discomfort. Anxiety disorders make up the largest mental illness diagnosis in the U.S.

      Besides anxiety there are many other common fatigue causes such as insufficient sleep, too much sleep, under eating, thyroid problems or other illnesses (such as anemia, mononucleosis, CFS, glandular fever and many others), side effects from medication, dehydration, overexertion, an unhealthy diet and other causes as discussed in http://au.search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22common+fatigue+causes%22&fr=ush-ans

  39. QUESTION:
    What are other symptoms of gallstones aside from bloating, burping and feelings of indigestion?

    • ANSWER:
      Constipation, SEVERE pain in the abdomen at times, making it almost unbearable to think or move. Felt like a burning fire ball right in the middle of my abdomen.

      I had mine out and it is much better.

  40. QUESTION:
    can Lithium cause a person to become more bipolar? what are some of the side effects of Lithium?
    i take lithium but i seem more bipolar than before and i always have nausea i pee a lot i have bad headaches any of this familiar? please help any suggestion? is this common?

    • ANSWER:
      Certainly contact your doctor with any concerns about side effects.

      However, you may also find this information from the MedlinePlus website (run by the National Library of Medicine) helpful:

      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a681039.html

      It has the following information on side effects:

      ==========================

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

      restlessness
      fine hand movements that are difficult to control
      loss of appetite
      stomach pain or bloating
      gas
      indigestion
      weight gain or loss
      dry mouth
      excessive saliva in the mouth
      tongue pain
      change in the ability to taste food
      swollen lips
      acne
      hair loss
      unusual discomfort in cold temperatures
      constipation
      depression
      joint or muscle pain
      thin, brittle fingernails or hair

      Some side effects may be serious. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

      tiredness
      shaking of a part of your body that you cannot control
      muscle weakness, stiffness, twitching, or tightness
      loss of coordination
      diarrhea
      vomiting
      excessive thirst
      frequent urination
      giddiness
      ringing in the ears
      slow, jerky movements
      movements that are unusual or difficult to control
      blackouts
      seizures
      slurred speech
      fast, slow, irregular, or pounding heartbeat
      chest tightness
      confusion
      hallucinations (seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist)
      crossed eyes
      painful, cold, or discolored fingers and toes
      headache
      pounding noises inside the head
      changes in vision
      paleness
      itching
      rash
      swelling of the eyes, face, lips, tongue, throat, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs

      Lithium may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you experience any unusual symptoms while you are taking this medication.

      If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online [at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch] or by phone [1-800-332-1088].

      ======================================

      Hope this is useful!

      --Bill Pardue
      Arlington Heights Memorial Library http://www.ahml.info
      Librarians--Ask Us, We Answer!
      Find your local Library at http://www.publiclibraries.com/

  41. QUESTION:
    I think I am suffering from chronic acidity. Is there any remedy?
    I am suffering from chronic acidity. The burning feeling in the stomach sharply increases if i eat wheat products and sweets.
    The only remedy to this intolerable pain is taking beta-blocker antacids (Rantac etc.)
    Will it lead to Gastric Ulcer.
    Is there any tit-bits to encounter such problems.
    Please suggest.
    Thanks in anticipation.

    • ANSWER:
      Gastritis refers to a common inflammatory digestive condition that affects the stomach lining but is not a disease in itself. It is a health condition that could be brought on by some other disease as a symptom or it could have various other causes. Gastritis is characterized by the development of severe cramping or pain in the stomach or upper abdomen. This symptom of gastritis is often referred to as dyspepsia. Gastritis may be of two types, with the sudden and brief occurrence of gastritis referred to as acute gastritis, while the more persistent variety of the condition is referred to as chronic gastritis. Chronic gastritis may be present because of another health condition. Gastritis or stomach upsets that develop due to the consumption of alcohol or certain medications like aspirin are classified as acute gastritis. The symptoms that point to acute gastritis can be worrying in children, but treatment with natural methods should suffice. On the other hand bacterial infections caused by bacteria like Helicobacter pylori cause infections of the stomach that may result in chronic gastritis. Chronic gastritis may also be due to conditions like peptic ulcers, but it should also be noted that chronic gastritis can cause a development of ulcers over time. Chronic gastritis treatment should never be neglected as it can also increase the risk of developing stomach cancer. Do not attempt to treat even mild chronic gastritis with natural treatments or chronic gastritis remedies alone, as you would need medical advice for an accurate diagnosis in the first place.
      Inflammation of the stomach lining can be due to several different conditions all described under the term gastritis. Stomach pain, cramps, fever, bloating, gas and mild nausea are the more common symptoms of the condition. Sometimes it's caused by a viral infection, but usually it's due to excess stomach acid. To prevent gastritis, you need to eliminate the things in your diet that cause the acid build up.
      Instructions
      1 Avoid excessive use of alcohol and drink only in moderation. Alcohol irritates the stomach lining and is one of the main culprits in causing gastritis.
      2 Eliminate indigestion by eating several small meals each day rather than 2 or 3 large ones. This helps prevent acid from upsetting your stomach.
      3 Stay away from foods that upset your stomach, especially spicy or deep fried foods.
      4 Quit smoking and avoid second-hand smoke. Smoking irritates the stomach lining making you more susceptible to gastritis and ulcers.
      5 Stop taking aspirin or ibuprofen if possible. For an over the counter pain reliever, try acetaminophen as it won't irritate the stomach lining as much.
      6 Get yourself down to a healthy weight. Heartburn and other digestive problems tend to occur more often in people who are overweight. There are many reasons to shed a few pounds and helping to prevent gastritis is just one of them.
      7 Decrease the stress in your life as much as you can. Stress increases stomach acid and slow down the digestive process. Find some new ways to relax and unwind like walking or yoga.

  42. QUESTION:
    What are some symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome?

    • ANSWER:
      I have IBS and these are the symptoms I have. Abdominal pain, cramping that's not related to your period, bouts of constipation followed by bouts of diarrhea, frequent headaches, indigestion, sensitivity to dairy products, and severe bloating (sometimes looks like I am six months pregnant). I know there are other symptoms but these seem to be the most prominent ones. If you think you have IBS, please see your doctor there are plenty of treatments and some dietary changes that will help make things so much better for you. Good luck.

  43. QUESTION:
    Does drinking carbonated water have any positive or negetives effects on your health?
    Is there any difference in drinking carbonated water and normal water?

    • ANSWER:
      Carbonation has both benefits and risk to human health.
      Carbonation is known to kill bacteria that may cause infection. You may choose carbonated water if you are traveling in a foreign country to prevent a negative reaction to the country s bacteria.Carbonation also increases the absorption of alcohol in the bloodstream. Risks involving carbonation including esophagus irritation leading
      to bloating or indigestion. Also, carbonation can break down calcium in the human body, which can be a risk to weak tooth structure and in severe cases lead to osteoporosis.

  44. QUESTION:
    I was recently given MEBASPA for severe indigestion which i had for more than 3yrs.?
    I would like to know what is it made of(components) and if it is given for some other conditions?.It has defnitely helped me from the first tablet.

    • ANSWER:
      Most cases of acid reflux is from low hydrochloric stomach acid. My mother takes protein digestive enzymes with betaine hydrochloride from a health food store to boost stomach acid, which it does brillantly, and she no longer suffers severe GERD.

      Mebaspa - brand name colofac in the US - is a anti spasmodic and contains 135 mg of Mebeverine Hydrochloride with the minor ingredients of lactose, potato starch, povidone, purified talc, magnesium stearate, sucrose, gelatin, acacia and carnauba wax. Unlike enzymes that have no adverse side effects, colofac side effects can include indigestion or heartburn, constipation, dizziness, difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, headache, tiredness, slow heart beat, rash and/or itchy skin.

      Colofac>>>
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colofac contains hydrochloride.

      Digestive enzymes>>>
      http://www.puristat.com/bloating/enzymes.aspx

  45. QUESTION:
    What could cause you to feel like your liver is swelling and have pain in that area of the body?
    the area where my liver and pancreas are hurts like prickling needles and have heat coming from that area. when I try to eat foods, it makes it hurt more and my tongue feels like it is on fire. I've been tested concerning my liver almost 6 months ago and was told that it could present a problem, but now after being retested and told that there isn't anything wrong..it doesn't add up to me. Also, recently, the whites of my eyes have been turning yellow more frequently..especially when I am feeling that pain in my side. I just want to see if there is anyone out there who has gone through the same thing I have and what they did or told their doctor to help them out. I am afraid that my doctor is doing me more harm than good and am definately considering a 2nd opinion. Thank You.

    • ANSWER:
      The symptoms of liver disease include:
      jaundice (yellowing of eyes and skin)
      severe itching
      dark urine
      mental confusion or coma
      vomiting of blood
      easy bruising and tendency to bleed
      gray or clay-colored stools
      abnormal buildup of fluid in the abdomen

      Symptoms of Gallbladder Disease
      steady, severe pain in the upper abdomen that increases rapidly and lasts from 30 minutes to several hours
      pain in the back between the shoulder blades
      pain under the right shoulder
      nausea or vomiting
      abdominal bloating
      recurring intolerance of fatty foods
      colicb
      belching
      gas
      indigestion

      Symptoms of Hepatitis
      Many cases of hepatitis go undiagnosed because the disease is mistaken for the flu or because there are no symptoms at all. The most common symptoms of hepatitis are:
      Loss of appetite
      Fatigue
      Mild fever
      Muscle or joint aches
      Nausea and vomiting
      Abdominal pain
      Less common symptoms include:
      Dark urine
      Light-colored stools
      Jaundice
      Generalized itching
      Altered mental state, stupor, or coma

      Look up the url below for an interesting symptoms lookup. Good luck.

  46. QUESTION:
    Are carnivores able to eat plant foods and herbivores meat? Would that harm them or..What would happen?
    I know some can and do eat a little of what they "shouldn't" but I mean if a lion wanted to eat a meal of vegetables for once or a rabbit wanted a steak what would..happen?

    • ANSWER:
      Pure carnivores lack the dentition to be able to chew and break down plant fibres. They also lack the length of intestine needed to break down cellulose and the bacteria needed to convert the cellulose into nutritious sugars which they can absorb. Their intestines are also not evolved to be able to efficiently push large quantities of indigestible fibre along to the anus. A large meal of plant material would give them indigestion, bloating, severe and painful flatulence and could make them very ill indeed, possibly enough to kill them.

      Most herbivores can deal with meat. All accidentally ingest snails, slugs, and other small invertebrates and even the occasional vertebrate. They also tend to eat the afterbirth of their own young. They will lack stomach acids as powerful as a carnivore, so cannot digest bones, sinews and tough skin, and will usually lack the ability to efficiently regurgitate indigestible hair, fur and feathers. Meat which has a high bacterial loading such as from scavenging is also far more likely to make them severely and fatally ill as their stomach acids do not inactivate them sufficiently. They will have smaller or even non functional gall bladders so cannot store or produce sufficient bile to emulsify fats, and they will have a less developed intestinal lymphatic system to absorb emulsified fats. A fatty carnivorous meal will therefore give them a form of diarrhoea. But a very modest quantity of fresh lean meat is beneficial to many, but they lack the claws, dentition, reactions, hunting instincts and eyesight necessary to hunt their own prey.

  47. QUESTION:
    What're the negative side affects of too much Splenda/ sweet n low/ or stevia?

    • ANSWER:
      Splenda/sweet n low side effects:
      Abdominal pain, cramping
      Acne
      Anger
      Bleeding readily without clotting
      Blistered, swollen lips; burning tongue, inflamed mouth
      Bloating
      Blood in urine
      Chest pains
      Constipation
      Constricted airway
      Depression, anxiety, panic, thoughts of suicide or death, agoraphobia, feelings of hopelessness, feeling alone
      Diarrhea
      Dizziness
      Dry mouth and sinuses
      Elevated liver enzyme levels
      Eyes crossed or unfocused
      Fatigue, lethargy, weakness, loss of fine motor control
      Gas
      Hair loss
      Headache
      Heartburn, indigestion
      Heart palpitations, accelerated heartbeat, elevated blood pressure, atrial fibrillation
      Hot and cold flashes
      Irritability or nervousness
      Joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
      Leg, foot pain
      Memory loss (short-term)
      Menstrual spotting, menstrual delay, missed period
      Metallic taste
      Migraines (severe headaches), stabbing head pain
      Mood swings
      Nausea, vomiting
      Night sweats
      Numbness of the limbs
      Numbness of the tongue or gums
      PMS
      Rash, itchiness
      Seizures
      Sensitivity to light
      Sensitivity to sound
      Shaking
      Shortness of breath
      Sleeplessness, restlessness
      Spaced-out, unfocused, light-headed, or drugged sensation; difficulty verbalizing ideas, confusion
      Sugar craving
      Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
      Upset stomach, burping
      Weight gain

      and there are no confirmed negative side effects of Stevia

  48. QUESTION:
    hormone pills, will they make your breasts tender?
    I have had a complete hysterectomy and am now on the hormone pill called premarin. I am 37 years old. Will the hormone pills cause breast tenderness and if so, is there anything to help with that or is that just something that I will have to live with? Please only answer this question if you have a serious answer.

    • ANSWER:
      Here is what I found. As with most hormones, there are a wide variety of side effects, but they definately include breast pain or tenderness. But I also included what Symptoms might be dangerous so that if you have them, you should seek medical attention urgently.
      ~SP

      All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome when using Premarin:

      Back pain; bloating; breast pain; depression; diarrhea; dizziness; flu syndrome; gas; hair loss; headache; increased cough; increased/decreased interest in sex; indigestion; infection; irregular vaginal bleeding or spotting; itching; joint pain; lightheadedness; leg cramps; muscle aches; nausea; nervousness; pain; runny nose; sinus inflammation; sleeplessness; sore throat; stomach pain; upper respiratory tract infection; vaginal inflammation; weakness; weight changes.

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

      Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); abnormal bleeding from the vagina; breast lumps; changes in vision or speech; chest pain; confusion; dizziness; fainting; hoarseness; mental/mood changes; one-sided weakness; pain or tenderness in the upper abdomen; pain or tenderness in the calves; severe headache; sudden shortness of breath; swelling of the hands or feet; unusual vaginal discharge/itching/odor; vomiting; weakness or numbness of an arm or leg; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

  49. QUESTION:
    If I have gallstones, would it make me feel like I have to poop all the time?
    I thought I was constipated so I took some medicine. I have been pooping a little bit all night long but it still feels like I have to poop. Does gallstones cause that kind of pressure?

    • ANSWER:
      The worst symptom f gallstone attack is severe pain in the upper abdomen, sometimes accompanied by a pain between the shoulder blades or in the right shoulder.
      Other symptoms of gallstone included :
      - abdominal bloating
      - colic
      - belching
      - gas
      - Indigestion

      The following symptoms are indication that you should seek immediate medical attention:
      - sweating
      - chills
      - low grade fever
      - yellowish color of the skin or white of the eyes
      - clay colored-stools

      Many people have gallstone with no symptoms, these people are called asymptomatic. Gallstones that causes no symptoms are called silent stones. "Silent stones" do not interfere in gallbladder , liver or pancreas function and do not require treatment.

      For more info on gallstone:
      http://womenshealth.about.com/cs/gallbladder/a/gallstonesymtr_3htm

      Hope this help

  50. QUESTION:
    how do you know if you are gluten free?
    I have been having terrible stomach aches and weird headaches lately, and also I keep having a churning feeling in my stomach. Two of my friends felt like this and ended up being gluten free...I am going on a gluten free diet but I am curious about if this sounds like I might be gluten free. Oh, and any other symptoms I might need to watch out for? Thanks so much any help is appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      so you want to know if you have coeliac disease. i had undiagnosed coeliac disease for years and was finally diagnosed 10 years ago. coeliac disease is a condition that you cannot just diagnose in yourself. if you did have it you need to avoid gluten for the rest of your life to avoid malnutrition, miscarriage, coeliac cancer and other nasties. did either friend see a doctor and get tested or did they self diagnose? it would be particularly rare if all 3 of you have it especially if there is no family history. testing involves a simple blood test and also endoscopy where a camera is fed through your mouth, down your oesophagus, through your stomach to your small bowel to look for inflammation and lack of villi. for both tests you must still be eating gluten. coeliac disease is an auto-immune disease and not an allergy. there is usually but not always a family history; i have family with it.

      mild coeliac symptoms include:
      indigestion
      mild abdominal (stomach) pain
      bloating
      occasional changes in bowel habit, such as episodes of mild diarrhoea or constipation
      anaemia (tiredness, breathlessness and an irregular heartbeat, caused by a lack of iron in the blood)
      loss of appetite
      weight loss
      tingling and numbness in your hands and feet (peripheral neuropathy) can become permanent
      vomiting (usually only affects children)
      some loss of hair (alopecia, usually only affects adults)

      severe coeliac symptoms:
      diarrhoea, which can often suddenly occur during the night, resulting in bowel incontinence (loss of bowel control)
      weight loss
      stomach cramps
      muscle spasms
      swelling of your hands, feet, arms and legs, caused by a build-up of fluid (oedema)
      Your stools (faeces or 'poo') may also contain abnormally high levels of fat (steatorrhoea), which can make them foul smelling, greasy and frothy. They may also be difficult to flush down the toilet.

      i suffered years of diarrhoea, nausea after eating, malnutrition, anaemia, a miscarriage, agonising stomach pains and yes even loss of bowel control. your symptoms of stomach ache, weird headaches and a churning stomach do not equal coeliac disease. i am concerned that you will latch on to your friends' "diagnoses" so quickly without even bothering to google the symptoms first let alone see a doctor. you are part of a generation that self diagnoses food allergies, intolerances and mental illnesses as if you know what you're talking about. is it because you feel left out? rest assured that if they haven't been for an endoscopy then they do not have coeliac disease.

      do you know that it is dangerous to cut out entire food groups without seeing a dietitian or nutritionist? you risk making yourself ill just to fit in with your friends. you self diagnose an illness you do not even know the name of let alone the symptoms. can you see how immature this sounds?

      http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Coeliac-disease/Pages/Symptoms.aspx


severe indigestion and bloating

This entry was posted in Heartburn and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply