Severe Upper Back Pain Indigestion

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    why am i having severe upper stomach pain?
    i woke up with a severe upper stomach pain, right where my abs are i guess kinda explains it. my heart hurts a little too. i cant tell which side its mainly on. the only thing that really helps is to lay on my back. my mother said its a little puffy. i am 16 and shouldn't be having these issues. what should i do and what do you think this is? please help.

    • ANSWER:
      IGNORE THE SPAM MERCHANT WHO THINKS HE'S A DOCTOR - you've probably got a touch of indigestion!

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

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  3. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a future heart attack?
    I'm only 25 but I've been feeling alot of stress this week. I've been having heart palpatations and a "heavy" or "tension" feeling in my chest, upper back, and left shoulder, and sometimes upper left arm as well. I've been trying to relax. also sometimes when I breathe my chest feels a little tight or constricted.

    How serious are these symptoms? They are not quite as bad as they were yesterday. Should I just try some exercise today?

    • ANSWER:
      Heart Attack Symptoms and Early Warning Signs:

      Heart attack is the number one killer of both men and women in the U.S. Each year, about 1.1 million Americans suffer a heart attack, and 460,000 of these are fatal. Most of the deaths from heart attacks are caused by ventricular fibrillation of the heart that occurs before the victim of the heart attack can reach an emergency room. Those who reach the emergency room have an excellent prognosis; survival from a heart attack with modern treatment should exceed 90%. The 1% to 10% of heart attack victims who die later include those victims who suffer major damage to the heart muscle initially or who suffer additional damage at a later time. Fortunately, procedures such as coronary angiogram and PTCA (coronary balloon angioplasty), and clot dissolving drugs are available that can quickly open blocked arteries in order to restore circulation to the heart and limit heart muscle damage. In order to optimally benefit heart attack victims and limit the extent of heart damage, these treatments to open blocked arteries should be given early during a heart attack.

      Knowing the early warning signs of heart attack is critical for prompt recognition and treatment. Many heart attacks start slowly, unlike the dramatic portrayal often seen in the movies. A person experiencing a heart attack may not even be sure of what is happening. Heart attack symptoms vary among individuals, and even a person who has had a previous heart attack may have different symptoms in a subsequent heart attack. Although chest pain or pressure is the most common symptom of a heart attack, heart attack victims may experience a diversity of symptoms that include:

      * Pain, fullness, and/or squeezing sensation of the chest
      * Jaw pain, toothache, headache
      * Shortness of breath
      * Nausea, vomiting, and/or general epigastric (upper middle abdomen) discomfort
      * Sweating
      * Heartburn and/or indigestion
      * Arm pain (more commonly the left arm, but may be either arm)
      * Upper back pain
      * General malaise (vague feeling of illness)
      * No symptoms (Approximately one quarter of all heart attacks are silent, without chest pain or new symptoms. Silent heart attacks are especially common among patients with diabetes mellitus)

      Even though the symptoms of a heart attack at times can be vague and mild, it is important to remember that heart attacks producing no symptoms or only mild symptoms can be just as serious and life-threatening as heart attacks that cause severe chest pain. Too often patients attribute heart attack symptoms to "indigestion," "fatigue," or "stress," and consequently delay seeking prompt medical attention. One cannot overemphasize the importance of seeking prompt medical attention in the presence of symptoms that suggest a heart attack. Early diagnosis and treatment saves lives, and delays in reaching medical assistance can be fatal. A delay in treatment can lead to permanently reduced function of the heart due to more extensive damage to the heart muscle. Death also may occur as a result of the sudden onset of arrhythmias such as ventricular fibrillation.

      What should you do if you experience these symptoms? Doctors agree that if you’re in doubt, get checked out anyway. Even if you’re not sure if something is really wrong, you should call 9-1-1 if you experience heart attack symptoms. Prompt administration of drugs can help restore circulation to the heart and increase your chances of survival.

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

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Review Date: 5/15/2007
      Reviewed By: Harvey Simon, M.D., Editor-in-Chief, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital.
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  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 nonmedicinal ways to help with period inflammation, pain, low appetite, and indigestion?
    I get severe upper and lower abdominal swelling, pain, nausea, low appetite, constipation, moddiness. The swelling gets so bad that my belly starts to balloon out. I need help!! I tried vitamin E and am eating tons of antioxidants for the antiinflammatory affect and can't take nsaids....so what else is there?

    • ANSWER:
      "Glutathione is the body's master antioxidant and best kept secret to maintaining health." Glutathione is a small molecule made up of three amino acids, which exists in almost every cell of the body. However, glutathione must be generated within the cell from its precursors before it can work effectively in the body. The presence of glutathione is required to maintain the normal function of the immune system. It is known to play a critical role in the multiplication of lymphocytes (the cells that mediate specific immunity), which occurs in the development of an effective immune response. Furthermore, the cells of the immune system produce many oxygen radicals as a result of their normal functioning, resulting in a need for higher concentrations of antioxidants than most cells. Glutathione plays a crucial role in fulfilling this requirement.

      Over the past thirty years, researchers have explored the role of antioxidants in good health as well as the treatment and prevention of diseases involving oxidation or fermentation by metabolic acids. Well known and widely used antioxidants such as vitamin A, vitamin E and selenium neutralize acid. They occur naturally in nature, but not in the body. They must be introduced as part of a balanced diet. Given the critical role of antioxidants in good health, it is not surprising that the body itself manufactures its own natural antioxidants. The most important of these is glutathione. Because all other antioxidants depend upon the presence of glutathione to function properly, scientists call it 'the master antioxidant. ‘Glutathione binds to toxins, forming a water-soluble complex - which is ultimately excreted in the urine or bile as waste.

  7. QUESTION:
    What is going on with me? I am having stabbing pain on the right upper part of my stomach under my rib cage?
    I have been getting burning stabbing pain under my right rib cage. I have had very severe heart burn. Constant nausea made worse by eating. My bowel habits have changed. What could this be?

    • ANSWER:
      Possibly a gallbladder attack. Often triggered by high fat meal. Fried foods or maybe Mexican food. Your gallbladder lies under the liver in the right upper abdomen.For indigestion,use rolaids for instant relief and zantac for longer relief. or take a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar diluted a bit. Avoid fatty foods to see if symptoms improve. If your pain gets constant and increased..... Sometimes feels like you are having a heart attack..... you may have a gallstone obstructing the common bile duct. The gallbladder can swell with bile and hurt like heck. Rarely does,, but it can rupture and is a medical emergency. You don't mention your age but gallbladder attacks seem to be affecting younger people like 18-19 years old requiring surgical, gallbladder removal....hopefully laporscopially,,{through a scope}..requires only stab wound incisions} X-rays show gallstones. please educate yourself about gallbladder disease and change your diet to avoid surgery if possible. "Course could be something else..only a doctor doing a physical workup can tell you for sure. 'Good Luck'

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

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

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

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

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

  9. QUESTION:
    unbearable pain in lower belly and feeling sick what is it?
    I have a sharp pain from just under my heart to my lower belly, i have had a backache the last few days but this has disappeared and i keep feeling sick although i have not been sick.

    I am on the pill so pregnancy isn't really the obvious thing as I came on my last period and my next one is not due for another 2 weeks.

    Any ideas what this could be? doctors is not the best idea as i will try to avoid the payment if something can be brought from the chemist insted.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello Bored, I believe your pain is due to severe indigestion. Here are some symptoms that occur. I hope this helps you.

      INDIGESTION:

      Most people with indigestion have one or more of the following symptoms:

      Early fullness during a meal. You haven't eaten much of your meal, but you already feel full and may not be able to finish eating.

      Uncomfortable fullness after a meal. Fullness lasts longer than it should.

      Pain in the upper abdomen. You feel a mild to severe pain in the area between the bottom of your breastbone (sternum) and your navel.

      Burning in the upper abdomen. You feel an uncomfortable heat or burning sensation between the bottom of the breastbone and navel

      REMEDIES YOU CAN TRY:

      Drink It
      Make your own Alka-Seltzer-like heartburn and indigestion remedy by mixing baking soda and water in equal parts. You can also try cumin seeds in water, coriander juice with a pinch of salt, ginger tea, peppermint tea and cinnamon in water. These things can be taken both proactively to prevent symptoms and for relief when they occur.

      Fruit
      Eat a piece of fruit after a meal or when you experience the symptoms of heartburn or indigestion. Papaya works well because it has an enzyme called papain that helps aid digestion. Bananas help because they coat the stomach, and grapes help because they are high in fiber and low in acidity.

      Save a little room when you are eating and have a few almonds. Raw almonds help ease heartburn because they are high in oils and the oils neutralize stomach acid. You can eat them preemptively to prevent heartburn or at the first sign of heartburn.

      Licorice
      Take a licorice root tablet to relieve indigestion or heartburn. Licorice contains glycyrrhizin, which reduces inflammation and protects the stomach. However, licorice should never be used long-term or by women who are pregnant or nursing.

      Read more: Home Remedies for Indigestion & Heartburn | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/way_5294645_home-remedies-indigestion-heartburn.html#ixzz1saHRuJtU
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/indigestion/DS01141/DSECTION=symptoms

  10. QUESTION:
    What are some of the side effects when you take Cipro for a bacterial infection?
    Took Cipro 500 mg 2 times daily for 7 days and my knees ached so badly. Been off of Cipro for 2 days and knee pain is lessening some.

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

      * nausea
      * vomiting
      * stomach pain
      * indigestion
      * diarrhea
      * headache
      * nervousness
      * agitation
      * anxiety
      * difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
      * nightmares or abnormal dreams
      * feelings of not trusting others or feelings that others want to hurt you
      * vaginal itching and/or discharge

      Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop taking ciprofloxacin, and call your doctor immediately:

      * rash or blisters
      * hives
      * itching
      * tingling or swelling of the face, neck, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
      * difficulty breathing or swallowing
      * hoarseness
      * rapid, irregular, or pounding heartbeat
      * fainting
      * fever
      * joint or muscle pain
      * unusual bruising or bleeding
      * extreme tiredness
      * lack of energy
      * loss of appetite
      * pain in the upper right part of the stomach
      * yellowing of the skin or eyes
      * flu-like symptoms
      * seizures
      * dizziness
      * double vision
      * pulsing sounds in the head or ringing in the ears
      * confusion
      * uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
      * hallucinations (seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist)
      * depression
      * thoughts about dying or killing yourself
      * pain, burning, tingling, numbness, and/or weakness in a part of the body
      * loss of ability to feel light touch, pain, heat or coldness, or vibration in a part of the body
      * loss of ability to know position of a part of the body
      * loss of muscle strength in a part of the body

      Ciprofloxacin may cause joint damage in children. Ciprofloxacin should not normally be given to children younger than 18 years old unless they have certain serious infections that cannot be treated with other antibiotics or they have been exposed to anthrax in the air. If your doctor prescribes ciprofloxacin for your child, be sure to tell the doctor if your child has a history of joint-related problems. Call your doctor if your child develops joint problems while taking ciprofloxacin or after treatment with ciprofloxacin. Talk to your child's doctor about the risks of giving ciprofloxacin to your child.

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

      Based on your joint pain while on Cipro, I would talk to your doctor as soon as you can.

  11. QUESTION:
    Where do gall bladder symptoms mainly appear?
    my pains are between my rib cage and they feel like fiery pricks and they have not stopped all night and morning....it feels like a basketball in my belly, does this sound like possible gall bladder?

    • ANSWER:
      What and where is the gall bladder?

      The gall bladder is a small pear-shaped organ on the underside of the liver that is used to store bile. Bile is made in the liver and is stored in the gall bladder until it is needed to help the digestion of fat.

      What is gallbladder disease?

      Gallbladder disease is a common condition that affects mainly women, although men can suffer too.

      The symptoms vary widely from discomfort to severe pain which mainly begins after food. In severe cases the patient can suffer from jaundice, nausea and fever. The most common reason for gallbladder disease is gallstones.

      What are gallstones?

      Gallstones are solid stones formed in the gall bladder from cholesterol, bile salts and calcium. They can vary in size from a few millimetres to a few centimetres.

      What causes gallstones?

      Gallstones are formed when bile contains too much cholesterol. The excess cholesterol forms crystals from which gallstones are made.

      Who is at risk of developing gallstones?

      Gallstones are seen in all age groups but they are rare in the young. The possibility of developing gallstones increases with age. The following groups are considered to be at increased risk:

      people who have relatives with gallstones.

      obese people.

      people with a high blood cholesterol level.

      women who take drugs containing oestrogen, eg contraceptive pills.

      people with diseases such as chronic intestinal inflammation (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis).

      What are the symptoms of gallstones?

      It is thought that approximately two thirds of patients will have no trouble at all from their gallstones and only one third of patients will at some time experience symptoms. These symptoms can be extremely variable but usually present in one of three ways.

      Chronic cholecystitis (biliary colic)

      This is a chronic inflammation of the gall bladder and causes

      Cholecystitis is a chronic inflammation of the gall bladder and causes:

      sporadic pains in the middle of the upper abdomen, or just below the ribs on the right side.

      pain which becomes worse over an hour and then stays the same.

      the pain may spread to the right shoulder or between the shoulder blades.

      the pain can be accompanied by nausea and vomiting and sometimes excessive wind.

      the attack can last from a few minutes to two to three hours before getting better.

      the frequency and severity of attacks is very variable.

      attacks can be triggered by eating fatty foods such as chocolate, cheese or pastry.

      it can be difficult to distinguish the pain from other diseases, such as: gastric ulcer, back problems, heart pains, pneumonia and kidney stones.

      Acute cholecystitis (acute inflammation or infection of the gall bladder)

      This condition results in:

      persistent pain and a temperature lasting more than 12 hours.

      pain and tenderness under the ribs on the right side.

      the pain is made worse by movement or coughing.

      patients with acute cholecystitis may not always have gallstones but usually do.

      the condition must be treated by a doctor and usually requires admission to hospital.

      the treatment consists of a course of antibiotics but if this is not effective emergency surgery may be required to remove the gall bladder.

      Your abdominal pains or stomachache or discomfort located between the bottom of the rib cage and the groin crease might indicate indigestion, gas pain or heartburn, constipation, overeating, and after consuming a lot of gassy or spicy foods.; peptic ulcer, chronic pancreatitis; gastroenteritis; Diverticulitis ;Diverticulosis ;Appendicitis

      Some simple causes of abdominal pain include:
      Hunger ; Overeating ;Gas ; Fatigue ; Over-exertion

      Some causes of abdominal pain with vomiting include:
      Gastroenteritis
      Food poisoning
      Viral gastroenteritis
      Appendicitis
      Mesenteric adenitis
      Peptic ulcer
      Kidney stones
      Ovarian cyst
      Salpingitis
      Biliary colic (type of Biliary disorder)
      Stomach cancer
      Acute pancreatitis
      Meckel's diverticulum
      Intestinal obstruction
      Porphyria

  12. QUESTION:
    How can i stop these really bad stomach pains?
    I don't know what's causing it.
    I don't need to go to the toilet or anything.
    I haven't eaten anything funny.
    And panadol isn't helping at all.
    It's just above my belly button.
    Can you please, please, tell me something that'll make it go away?
    It's horrible.

    • ANSWER:
      You may have a heartburn or inflammation of a gall bladder.
      Try to take antacid (anti-acid) medication (like Pink Lady or other available in your local pharmacy), which you can buy over counter without prescription. If it will relive the pain, then it is heartburn or even gastritis (inflammation of stomach lining, which is even worse in the same category). In both cases Panadol is not good for stomach.
      Gall bladder inflammation (cholecystitis) also cause considerate pain and it come after eating something fatty or spicy.
      I had it during my 2 pregnancies and it was terrible, but it gone completely after my babies was born, which was unusual.
      I only have heartburn after eating any ready meal from shops (but no problems for take away). I think they have high fat content, so my body need to produce a lot of acid to digest all this fat, so my own acid burns me inside!

      Further on is info from Wikipedia:
      Heartburn, also known as pyrosis or acid indigestion is a burning sensation in the chest, just behind the breastbone or in the epigastrium. The terms dyspepsia or indigestion are often used interchangeably with heartburn. It may be triggered by consuming food in large quantities, or specific foods containing certain spices, high fat content, or high acid content.

      Cholecystitis usually presents as a pain in the right upper quadrant. This is usually a constant, severe pain. This may present pain after eating greasy or fatty foods such as pastries, pies and fried foods.

  13. QUESTION:
    Moderate sharp/stabbing pain in my upper right back that goes all the way through my right chest?
    I've had this for few months now, it comes and goes, its from my upper right back through my right chest, as I said its moderate sharp or stabbing pain and causes me discomfort rather than a severe pain.
    also it gets worse at night.
    I'm 16 years old and I'm athletic btw.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like a pulled muscle. The other possibility is that you are eating some wrong foods and you have indigestion.

  14. 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

  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:
    Hurts to breathe in, have high blood pressure am I getting a heart attack?
    Im 21 weight 340 with high blood pressure and a bit of diabettes and a liver problem. I ate 3 bowls of soup with pork meat and hominy. And a big cup of soda. I also suffer from panic attacks. I'm scared I'm dying right now or is it my panic attack also. I know I'm overweight and planning to start the new year with The Master Cleanse and change my diet and exercise. Hurts to breathe in, and heart palpitates and shortness of breathe.

    • ANSWER:
      Normally it wouldn't hurt to breathe in with a heart attack--that's more the symptom of respiratory disorder, such as plerisy or a blood clot. What you've eaten certainly could give you pretty severe indigestion as well, which can make pains that mimic a heart attack. Being heavy of course puts extra pressure at the top of the stomach, leading to painful upper digestive problems. However, with your weight and other medical conditions, it might be wisest to get to ER just in case.

  17. QUESTION:
    Lately I have had some severe upper back soreness that travels to my side and into my arm on my right side.?
    It is more soreness than pain. I have not lifted anything heavy or turned in any wrong way. Sometimes I get shooting pains into my front breast area Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      i would call/see a doctor asap as that *could be* heart attack symptoms or just indigestion but it is often hard to tell the difference.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. QUESTION:
    Any body have stomach pain on Atkins?
    I need help I want to stick with Atkins but the stomach pains are killing me. It is day six and I have been laying in bed for about 3 hours wanting to cry! It started two night ago same thing seroius upper stomach pains. Feels like I got kick in the chest. I can't sleep at all! Has anyone else gone through this and what can I do to make it better. I have a three month old in my house and I need my sleep!

    • ANSWER:
      you really need to get this checked out A.S.A.P.it could be severe indigestion or something more serious,good luck..

  21. 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

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. QUESTION:
    I think I may have appendicitis, does anybody know any correct details?
    I have a sharp pain on my right hand side halfway between the top of my hip bone and where the bone meets my groin. It has been sore for about 3 hours now and my mum says she thinks that it is just indigestion, but i amn't so sure.

    Does anybody know if what i'm describing sounds like appendicitis and should i go and get it checked out?

    Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      The classic symptoms of appendicitis include:
      * Dull pain near the navel or the upper abdomen that becomes sharp as it moves to the lower right abdomen. This is usually the first sign.
      * Loss of appetite
      * Nausea and/or vomiting soon after abdominal pain begins
      * Abdominal swelling
      * Fever of 99° F to 102° F
      * Inability to pass gas

      Almost half the time, other symptoms appear, including:
      * Dull or sharp pain anywhere in the upper or lower abdomen, back or rectum
      * Painful urination
      * Vomiting that precedes the abdominal pain
      * Severe cramps
      * Constipation or diarrhea with gas

      Call your doctor if:
      * You have pain that matches these symptoms. Do not eat, drink, or use any pain remedies, antacids, laxatives, or heating pads, which can cause an inflamed appendix to rupture.
      * If you have any of the mentioned symptoms seek medical attention immediately since timely diagnosis and treatment is very important.

      If you have any of the mentioned symptoms, seek medical attention immediately since timely diagnosis and treatment is very important.

      For more information, follow the link below or schedule an appointment with your doctor. Best of luck!

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

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

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

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

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

  26. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of gall stones and also the symptoms of a hyitus hernia?

    • ANSWER:
      Gall stone symptoms most often include abdominal pain in the right side of the abdomen, below the ribs. The pain is described as sharp, intermittent, and can last from minutes to hours. Sometimes patients with gall stone symptoms will develop pain in the right shoulder or in the right back area. Sometimes fever can develop. If gall stone symptoms are associated with infection it is referred to as cholecystitis. Other gall stone symptoms include jaundice (skin turning yellow), swelling of the abdomen, and pain in the right upper abdomen with taking a deep breath.

      Gall stone symptoms can occur in anyone, but statistics indicate that they occur most commonly in females, in people greater than 40, and people with a family history of gall stones.

      Other factors associated with gall stone symptoms include obesity, oral contraceptives, diabetes mellitus, pregnancy, or a recent weight loss.

      Often hiatus hernia has no symptoms. However, it may cause a feeling of warmth or burning in the chest, often called heartburn. This happens when the contents of the stomach, which are acid, flow backward (reflux) into the oesophagus. If heartburn symptoms are persistent or severe, this is called gastrooesophageal reflux disease (GORD).

      Hiatus hernia can cause pain and discomfort behind the breastbone (sternum). If severe, this can feel similar to a heart attack.

      Symptoms may occur or become worse after eating, soon after lying down or when bending forwards. They may be worse after drinking coffee or other hot drinks, or spicy food.

      Hiatus hernia is just one of the possible causes for the symptoms described. These are common symptoms of indigestion.

  27. QUESTION:
    I have pain in the middle of my right rib cage?
    good morning, I have not been to sleep at all since last night. I got pains on my right side especially in the upper right area where my rib cage is. the pain came out of nowhere & it hurts bad. I have not been injured in that area so what is it? should I go to the hospital?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello Tsu,

      There can be myriad of factors that can cause this condition. The common ones that have been identified have been listed as follows:

      •Appendicitis
      •Allergies to certain foods
      •Cancer of the kidneys
      •Cancer of the liver
      •Cancer of the pancreas
      •Crohn's disease
      •Diverticulitis
      •Endometriosis
      •Food poisoning
      •Gallbladder cancer
      •Gallstones
      •Gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining)
      •Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
      •Hepatitis (liver inflammation)
      •Hernia
      •Hiatal hernia
      •Indigestion (Common cause of upper stomach pain after eating)
      •Infection of the kidneys
      •Inflammation of the pancreas, known as pancreatitis
      •Injury
      •Intestinal obstruction
      •Kidney stones
      •Liver abscess (pus-filled pocket in the liver)
      •Liver hemangioma
      •Loss of blood flow to the lungs
      •Pelvic inflammatory disease
      •Peptic ulcer (one of the common and severe causes of abdominal pain)
      •Pericarditis (inflammation of the tissue around the heart)
      •Pneumonia
      •Shingles
      •Stomach flu (another common cause of the condition)
      •Stomach cancer
      •Urinary tract infection

      Take care! Mama Bear

  28. QUESTION:
    What is this medicine and how does it work?
    My dh got thie medicine in the er for his back..im wondering is it just like vicoin? that strong i mean? and can i use it for menst cramps? would it work?
    oh yea this is the name of it...
    Voltaren (Diclofenac

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't take it. Here's why (quoted from the medicine's informational flyer):

      Voltaren and Cataflam are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs used to relieve the inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis (the most common form of arthritis), and ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis and stiffness of the spine).

      Voltaren-XR, the extended-release form of Voltaren, is used only for long-term treatment. Cataflam is also prescribed for immediate relief of pain and menstrual discomfort.

      You should have frequent checkups with your doctor if you take Voltaren regularly. Ulcers or internal bleeding can occur without warning.

      To minimize stomach upset and related side effects, your doctor may recommend taking this medicine with food, milk, or an antacid. However, this may delay onset of relief. Take this drug with a full glass of water. Also, do not lie down for about 20 minutes after taking it. This will help to prevent irritation in your upper digestive tract.

      Take this medication exactly as prescribed.

      * If you miss a dose...

      If you take this medicine on a regular schedule, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

      * Storage instructions...

      Store at room temperature. Keep the container tightly closed and protect from moisture.

      Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Voltaren. More common side effects may include:

      Abdominal pain or cramps, constipation, diarrhea, headache, indigestion, nausea. Less common side effects may include:
      Abdominal bleeding, abdominal swelling, dizziness, fluid retention, gas, itching, peptic ulcers, rash, ringing in the ears.

      Rare side effects may include:
      Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction), anemia, anxiety, appetite change, asthma, black stools, blood disorders, bloody diarrhea, blurred vision, changes in taste, colitis, congestive heart failure, convulsions, decrease in white blood cells, decreased urine production, depression, double vision, drowsiness, dry mouth and mucous membranes, hair loss, hearing loss, hepatitis, high blood pressure, hives, inability to sleep, inflammation of the colon, inflammation of mouth, inflammation of the pancreas, irritability, kidney failure, liver disease, low blood pressure, nosebleed, red or purple skin discoloration and itching, sensitivity to light, skin eruptions and inflammation, scaling or peeling, sores in the gullet, Stevens-Johnson syndrome (a severe form of skin eruption), swelling of eyelids, lips, and tongue, swelling of the throat due to fluid retention, vague feeling of illness, vision changes, vomiting, yellow eyes and skin.

      If you have an allergic reaction to Voltaren or Cataflam, or if you have had asthma attacks, hives, or other allergic reactions caused by aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, you should not take this medication.

      Make sure your doctor is aware of any drug reactions you have experienced.

      Remember that this medication has been known to cause peptic ulcers and bleeding. Contact your doctor immediately if you suspect a problem.

      Use this drug cautiously if you have kidney problems, heart disease, or high blood pressure. It can cause fluid retention.

      This medication can also cause liver problems. If you develop signs of liver disease such as nausea, fatigue, lethargy, itching, yellowish eyes and skin, tenderness in the upper right area of your abdomen, or flu-like symptoms, notify your doctor at once.

      Rare cases of meningitis (inflammation of the membrane enclosing the brain) have been linked to this medication. If symptoms such as fever and coma develop, alert the doctor immediately.

      In rare instances, this drug may also affect your vision. If you notice any problems, stop taking the drug and check with your doctor.

      If Voltaren or Cataflam is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Voltaren with the following:

      Aspirin
      Blood thinners such as Coumadin
      Cyclosporine (Sandimmune)
      Digitalis drugs such as Lanoxin
      Diuretics such as Dyazide, Midamor, and Lasix
      Insulin or oral antidiabetes medications such as Micronase
      Lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid)
      Methotrexate
      Phenobarbital

  29. QUESTION:
    I have a pain which starts at my upper stomach but then it concentrates to the middle and from side to side.?
    The pain is very severe. It takes a while for the pain to become so severe that I get scared but I have been taking alka-seltzer which elevated some pain but it always comes back, mainly at night. I can't belch or poot and haven't had a bowel movement in 5 days until last night and it was very small, about an inch in length. The strange thing is when I eat pepermint it seems to bring about a very temporary comfort. Can I get ananswer on this?

    • ANSWER:
      Stop taking the alka-seltzer and mints!! It does sound like you are constipated. That means that anything you are eating is sitting in your stomach and has nowhere to go. Everything starts to back up causing indigestion or heart burn. You need to fix your constipation and your heart burn should go away. Try eating prunes-yes they work! Lots of water, perhaps an over the counter stool softener. More fibre. What you should do before that though is contact your doctor and try and make an appointment for tomorrow. If that is not an option you should go to a walk in clinic, if you can't do those two then you need to go to the ER. Five days is a long time to go with out a BM but then I don't knwo what your norm is. Some people go every day (more than once or every five days). Either way it needs to be taken care of in the next couple of days. Good Luck!

  30. QUESTION:
    Can anyone tell what the symptoms of gallbladder disease are?

    • ANSWER:
      Cholelithiasis is the presence of one or more calculi (gallstones) in the gallbladder. In the US, 20% of people > 65 yr have gallstones, and most disorders of the extrahepatic biliary tract arise from gallstones. Gallstones may be asymptomatic or cause biliary colic but do not cause dyspepsia. Other common consequences of gallstones include cholecystitis; biliary tract obstruction (usually as a result of bile duct stones), sometimes with infection (cholangitis); and gallstone pancreatitis. Diagnosis is usually based on ultrasound. If cholelithiasis causes symptoms or complications, cholecystectomy becomes necessary.
      Acute cholecystitis is inflammation of the gallbladder that develops over hours, usually as a result of cystic duct obstruction by a gallstone. Symptoms include right upper quadrant pain and tenderness, sometimes accompanied by fever, chills, nausea, and vomiting. Abdominal ultrasound detects the gallstone and sometimes the associated inflammation. Treatment usually involves antibiotics and cholecystectomy.
      A gallbladder operation is absolutely necessary:
      (1) When an acute inflammation is present. This can be diagnosed by elevated temperature, pain and tenderness in the vicinity of the gallbladder, an elevated white blood cell count, and x-ray evidence of a diseased organ.
      (2) When the patient is having recurrent attacks of severe, colicky pain due to the presence of gallstones.
      (3) When, in the presence of positive proof of gallbladder malfunction, the patient is suffering from chronic indigestion, nausea, flatulence, and pain in the right upper part of the abdomen.
      (4) When jaundice, caused by an obstructing stone, is present.
      Please note that I am not a medical professional.

  31. 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.

  32. 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

  33. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my stomach?
    I am 16 and of healthy weight. I have been having this strange feeling in my right upper abdominal. its not painful but it feels like a balloon is inflated inside of me. I've been gassy and burpy more than I normally an lately too. what could be the problem. if this keeps up i definitley will get checked out.

    • ANSWER:
      Other ways of describing pain in your abdomen include:

      Pain may be generalized, meaning that it is present in more than half of your belly. This is more typical for a stomach virus, indigestion, or gas. If the pain becomes more severe, it may be caused by a blockage of the intestines.
      Pain that is localized is found in only one area of your belly. This type of pain is more likely to be a sign of a problem in one of your organs, such as the appendix, gallbladder, or stomach (ulcers).
      Cramp-like pain is usually not serious, and is more likely to be due to gas and bloating. It is often followed by diarrhea. More worrisome signs include pain that occurs more often, lasts longer (more than 24 hours), or has a fever with it.
      Colicky pain is pain that comes in waves, usually starts and ends suddenly, and is often severe. Kidney stones and gallstones are common causes of this type of belly pain.
      CausesMany different conditions can cause abdominal pain. The key is to know when you must seek medical care right away. In many cases you can simply wait, use home care remedies, and call your doctor at a later time only if the symptoms persist.

      Possible causes include:

      Appendicitis (inflammation of the appendix)
      Bowel blockage or obstruction
      Cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder) with or without gallstones
      Chronic constipation
      Dissecting abdominal aortic aneurysm
      Diverticulitis
      Food allergy
      Food poisoning (salmonella, shigella) or viral gastroenteritis (stomach flu)
      Heartburn, indigestion, or gastroesophageal reflux
      Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis)
      Intussusception -- while uncommon, this is a serious possible cause of pain in an infant who may be bringing the knees to the chest and crying
      Irritable bowel syndrome

  34. QUESTION:
    After throwing up purposely I got severe stomach pains. What is it?
    Ive been eating really healthy and felt bad after eating a banana split and some cheese it's. after throwing up my whole upper body was in burning pain, I could cry! I've had gas really bad for the last few days.... What could this be???

    • ANSWER:
      When you vomit anything there is a chance that you can get some stomach acid to come up through your esophagus. This will cause rather nasty indigestion. Your best bet is to take an antacid like maylox or tums. Maylox will also help for the gas too. That is one of the many things it does for people.

  35. QUESTION:
    Does chest pain mean a heart attack?
    I have minor but sharp pain on the left side, sometimes the right side of my ribcage, does this mean a heart attack?

    • ANSWER:
      There are many different causes of chest pains. Some of these causes are life-threatening and require immediate medical attention. Angina at rest, and heart attack caused by a blood clot in a coronary artery are the most common causes. Less common, but also life-threatening, conditions that cause chest pain include aortic dissection, pulmonary embolism, and pneumothorax.

      Any serious chest pain should receive prompt medical attention. Medications and treatments are available to improve the chances of surviving a life-threatening cause of chest pain, and the sooner these therapies are initiated, the greater the chance to prevent death.

      Heart Attack
      Although a heart attack is classically associated with severe pain across the chest, many people feel only a tightness or squeezing sensation in the chest. The discomfort of a heart attack may be confined to the arm, upper back, neck, or jaw. Some people only experience a feeling of indigestion, nausea, shortness of breath, or sweating. The discomfort associated with a heart attack usually lasts several hours.

      Anyone experiencing symptoms associated with a heart attack that last more than 15 to 30 minutes requires immediate medical attention. Medications and treatments can dissolve the blood clot and restore blood flow to the heart. The sooner these are administered, the more heart muscle can be saved.

      What to Do When Experiencing Chest Pains
      If the cause of chest pain is unclear or suggests a life-threatening condition, go promptly to a hospital emergency room. People who may be having a heart attack or another life-threatening condition should not drive to the hospital and should call immediately for emergency attention. In many areas, emergency medical service is available by dialing 911.

      An evaluation of the characteristics of the pain or discomfort is made to help identify the particular medical problem. Tests performed in the emergency room to help determine the cause of chest pain include electrocardiogram (ECG), chest x-ray, blood oxygen level, and certain blood chemical tests. When the chest pain is thought to be angina, other tests that may be performed include a treadmill stress test, nuclear scan, stress echo study, and cardiac catheterization.

      Non-cardiac causes of chest pain include the following:

      Gastrointestinal Causes (reflux, ulcer)
      Musculoskeletal Causes
      Pulmonary Causes (pneumonia, pulmonary embolism, pneumothorax)
      Aortic Dissection
      Nerve Impingement
      Shingles
      Gastrointestinal Causes
      Pains originating from the digestive tract often can mimic heart pains. Acid produced in the stomach can sometimes reflux, or back up into the esophagus, the long tube that connects the mouth to the stomach. This can cause discomfort in the upper stomach or around the breastbone. Acid reflux can irritate and inflame the esophagus, a condition known as esophagitis. It occurs after a meal or when one lies down. One clue that acid reflux may be the cause of chest pain is that the discomfort often is relieved by the use of an antacid such as Maalox? or Mylanta?.
      Another cause of pain originating from the digestive tract is an ulcer, an erosion of the lining of the stomach or duodenum, the first part of the small intestine. Ulcers can result from heavy alcohol consumption, or chronic use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs), and pain medications, such as ibuprofen (Motrin?) and naproxen sodium (Aleve?, Naprosyn?). Due to potentially severe gastrointestinal and cardiovascular side effects, NSAIDs should only be used as instructed.

      Ulcers may also develop without a clear cause. As with acid reflux, the ulcer pain can cause discomfort in the upper abdomen, can be triggered by eating, and is sometimes relieved with antacids.

      Musculoskeletal Causes
      The chest contains many muscles, bones, tendons, and cartilage (the rubbery tissue that connects muscles and bones). Strains or sprains to any of these can cause chest pains. Chest pains associated with musculoskeletal injury are typically sharp and confined to a specific area of the chest. They may be brought on by movement of the chest and/or arms into certain positions, and often are relieved by changing position. These pains can be triggered by pushing on part of the chest and often become worse when taking a deep breath. These pains usually last only seconds, but can persist for days.

      Pulmonary Causes
      Pneumonia is an infection that develops in the lungs. It can lead to inflammation of the lung tissue or the tissue that surrounds the lung, a condition called pleuritis. Both conditions can cause chest pains. The pains of pneumonia and pleuritis are often made worse by deep breaths or coughing.

      A rare but life-threatening condition that affects the lungs is pulmonary embolism, a blood clot that develops in a vein in the pelvis or legs. If part of the clot breaks free, it can travel through the bloodstream and into the lungs, where it may block the flow of blood in part of the lung. This can cause sudden chest pains and shortness of breath. Although blood clots can develop in people with no obvious risk factors, people considered to be at increased risk include those who remain immobile for long periods (e.g., bed-bound patients, people who sit through long-distance plane trips), cancer patients, and women who use birth control pills and smoke. Pulmonary embolism is a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention.

      Another rare but potentially lethal lung condition that can cause chest pains is pneumothorax, which occurs when part or all of a lung collapses. Pneumothorax produces sharp chest pains and severe shortness of breath. As with other lung conditions, the pain may be felt more acutely with deep breaths, or may be made better or worse by assuming certain positions. Like pulmonary embolism, pneumothorax is a condition that requires immediate medical attention.

      Aortic Dissection
      A rare but often fatal condition associated with chest pain occurs when a tear develops in the wall of the aorta (the large blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the head, arms, chest, abdomen, and legs). This condition, called aortic dissection, causes severe pains in the chest and/or back. Often described by survivors as the worst pain they ever experienced, the pain of aortic dissection may last hours, even days. Although it occurs most commonly in patients with high blood pressure, aortic dissection can strike anyone. It is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate diagnosis and treatment.

      Nerve Impingement
      The network of nerves that service all parts of the body originates in the spinal cord. The spinal cord runs through the spinal canal inside the spine or backbone. Smaller nerves branch off the spinal cord at various points along the neck and back and exit through openings along the spine. If one of these nerves becomes pinched or partially blocked where it exits the spine, pain can result. Nerve impingement also occurs when one or more of the soft discs that serve as shock absorbers between the bones of the spine become are damaged or "slip out of place." Impingement of the nerves by either of these processes can produce sharp "shooting" pain in the shoulders, arms, neck, or chest. These pains often are triggered by certain movements of the neck or arms.

      Shingles
      The chickenpox that most people experience as children is caused by a virus. Although the symptoms of chickenpox usually pass quickly, the virus itself can remain in the body, lying dormant for years. Occasionally, the virus can become "reactivated" and spread through a nerve to a specific area of the skin. When this occurs, it can cause pain, and later, the development of vesicles on the skin. This condition is called shingles. Because the onset of discomfort or pain associated with shingles can precede the appearance of vesicles by several days, a person can experience pain in a certain area of the chest for several days before the cause becomes apparent. This discomfort often manifests as a dull, constant burning or pain in a localized area of the chest. Prompt recognition and diagnosis of shingles is important because medications now are available which, if administered early enough, can minimize the pain and shorten the duration of the attack.

      i dont think its anything serious, but i dont want to give a wrong diagnose, so if its really painfull and/or persistent call your doc or go to the e.r

  36. QUESTION:
    what are the symptoms of a gull stone?
    can someone tell me what the symptoms of a gull stone are?

    • ANSWER:
      I assume you mean gallstone symptoms (stones in you gallbladder). You can't tell for sure if you have any unless a test confirms it but it usually includes indigestion (nausea, gas, bloating, maybe abdominal pain) that is worst after eating fatty foods. Other conditions can cause these symptoms as well though so you might want to talk to your doctor about specifics.

      A gallbladder attack is sudden, moderate to severe pain in the upper middle or upper right part of your abdomen and it last last for several hours. Nausea and vomiting are common with this. If you have these symptoms with a fever, you should go to the doctor quickly in case a stone is stuck in the neck of the gallbladder and blocking it. If it is severe, your skin and eyes can look yellowish and your stools could be really pain.

  37. QUESTION:
    Can taking medication (singulair) and drinking lots of alcohol case blackness under the eyes?
    For about months, I have been taking singulair, a medication for my asthma and allergies. I take one every night. As well, I drink about anywhere from 10-20 beers per weekend since I'm in college. Is this bad? Will this cause liver damage? And does it explain the recent blackness under my eyes? Oris the blackness caused by something else (since the blackness started before I started taking the singulair)

    • ANSWER:
      naidanacmai,
      This is a very common problem and, in addition, it is very difficult to discern the cause. I shall discuss this as briefly as possible. The most common side effects that persist or become bothersome when using Singulair include:- Cough; dizziness; headache; indigestion; nausea; stomach upset or pain; stuffy nose; tiredness; trouble sleeping; weakness. You should seek medical attention right away if any of these following SEVERE side effects occur when using Singulair:- Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); aggressive behavior; agitation; dark urine; fever; flu-like symptoms; hallucinations; irregular heartbeat; mental or mood changes; new or worsening wheezing or other breathing problems; numbness or tingling of hands or feet; seizures; severe or persistent stomach pain; severe sinus inflammation; suicidal thoughts or actions; swelling; unusual bruising or bleeding; upper respiratory tract infection; yellowing of the skin or eyes. Dark under-eye circles begin in the capillaries, the tiny blood vessels that web the delicate skin around the eyes. The capillaries are so small that red blood cells sometimes have to line up, single file, to get through. Frequently, red blood cells get lost and wander into the surrounding skin. The body has a mechanism to mop up these escapees. Enzymes in the body break down the red blood cells, including their haemoglobin (the molecule that gives them their distinctive red colour). When haemoglobin is broken down, its remaining components have a dark blue-black color. Just like a bruise. So your dark under-eye circles are actually caused by leaky capillaries. Allergies may be the most common cause of skin discoloration under the eyes. If allergies are the root of your problem, you simply need to treat them or remove the allergen (i.e., the thing to which you are allergic). Seasonal allergy problems such as the hay fever can frequently be effectively treated with over-the-counter and prescription medications. For other allergies the best course of action is usually avoidance. If your dark circles or puffiness are constant, you may have an undetected food allergy or an allergy to a chemical in your home or workplace. Talk to a dermatologist for help determining what you may be allergic to. Get plenty of sleep nightly. It’s not entirely clear why inadequate sleep results in dark circles under the eyes. However, if you want to break the ‘non-sleeping’ cycle and the black circles under your eyes, you've got to reduce your stress, sleep more and take the proper vitamins and minerals to support the adrenal function in general. Treat your skin while you sleep. There are overnight facial masques available that may help reduce the appearance of puffiness or discoloration, but you can also make your own. Just before you go to bed, take a washcloth and wet it just a bit with cold water. Then squeeze out any excess water and place it over your eyes as you sleep. Treating your skin may help, but the real problem may also be that you have a poor vitamin and mineral absorption problem that must also be corrected. Apply cool tea bags, an ice cube wrapped in soft cloth, or cucumber slices to your eyes daily. The tannin in tea bags has been shown to reduce swelling and discoloration, and cucumber slices have long been used to reduce puffiness and refresh the appearance of skin around the eyes. Lie down, preferably in the morning, and leave fresh cucumber slices or cool, damp caffeinated tea bags (you can refrigerate them overnight so they’ll be ready) over your eyes for about 10-15 minutes. Keep your eyes closed. You might try applying an eye cream containing vitamin K and retinol. Dark circles may be caused by a deficiency of vitamin K. Regardless of the cause, however, recent research has shown that skin creams containing these two ingredients reduce puffiness and discoloration significantly in many patients. Reduce salt intake. Excess salt causes the body to retain water in unusual places, and this can result in puffiness under the eyes. If all else fails, use a yellow or peach-toned concealer which will camouflage the problem under your eyes. The yellow/peach undertones in the makeup will help cancel out the purple, blue, and brownish colors of your under eye circles. Pink-toned concealers can actually make your circles more noticeable. After applying, set the concealer with a light dusting of translucent powder. Establish whether or not this condition runs in your family. Dark circles are believed to frequently be hereditary. This doesn’t mean that you ca not do anything about the condition, but you should be prepared for minimal success actually trying to get rid of them. Dark circles under the eye may also, in fact, be light carbon deposits that result from incomplete protein digestion. Incomplete protein digestion may result from insufficient hydrochloric acid in your stom

  38. QUESTION:
    severe back pain and upper back swelling, what could cause it?
    its been 2 months, my father, (in his 40s) described it was having a long sword shoved into the nape of your neck all down your back. picking up a coke can causes major pain. his upper back(shoulder area) has now swelled. hes gotten x-rays, MRI's chyropractic work, many doctor visits and the pain is only getting worse. even on heavy pain meds movement is extremely restricted and there is seemingly no cause. and hints or suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      indigestion? try an antacid.

  39. QUESTION:
    What would happen if your gallblader stoped working? What other systems does it effect?
    ASAP

    • ANSWER:
      Cat C,
      When the flow of bile between gallbladder and small intestine is stopped, often serious liver problems result. When the liver is traumatized, the skin colour has a yellow tinge. This also affects the mucous membranes and the whites of the eyes. Bile is that fluid which helps in breaking down the fat particles and helps in proper digestion. If the bile is blocked or fails to flow, the food remains improperly fragmented, giving rise to many problems. Another problem it causes is that it may reduce the blood pressure abruptly and heart pumping speeds up vigorously at times.
      The feeling of severe pain initiates on the right side of the rib cage. With acute pain radiating to different parts of the body like hands, shoulders or creating severe back ache at later stages. Gallbladder symptoms can also be considered if there is constant severe pain in the upper abdomen, which is often ignored. Several common symptoms like nausea, vomiting or gas; which are often under the misconception of general diseases can often be prime symptoms of gallbladder problems arising out of malfunction.
      Gall bladder problems can be dangerous at later stages, if not treated properly. The symptoms of gallbladder are not instantaneous, they are chronic in nature. People suffering from gall bladder problems often complain about indigestion, gas, not able to digest fatty foods. Often, these symptoms occur when a gallstone(s) get trapped inside the bile duct.
      The pain often increases after a meal containing a high amount of fat. But this can not be the deciding factor as it is not the sole symptom of a gallbladder problem. There can be a marked change in the colour and nature of the stool. The stool changes to a lighter colour and is often followed with diarrhoea and/or constipation.
      Some symptoms of pancreatitis, choledocholithiasis, asymptomatic cholelithiasis, biliary colic, resemble some of those of a problematic gall bladder. If there is an elevated temperature, this may suggest acute cholecystitis or acute cholangitis. If jaundice is present, this suggests gallstone(s) in the common bile duct, cancer of the bile ducts, cholangitis or post-surgical biliary stricture. An abdominal examination looking for tenderness in the right upper abdomen and occasionally a palpable gallbladder would normally be performed.

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

      I add a link with details of this subject

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

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  40. QUESTION:
    8wk pregnant bad stomach pains no appetite?
    I am 8 weeks pregnant and the past two days had a severe migraine. I woke up today and luckily it was gone but now I have upper stomach pains kind of like indigestion but not. I've lost my massive appetite and the pain feels like I am being jabbed really hard. I also have pain in the center of my spine.not sure what to so just looking for advice. Thank you

    • ANSWER:

  41. QUESTION:
    Severe cramp like pain in upper left abdomen?
    I have no other symptoms and definitely NOT pregnant... What could this be?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have ruled out things like indigestion, constipation and/or menstrual cramps, then it could be an ovarian problem or ulcer or stomach/intestinal bleeding.

      If the pain is very severe, and home remedies and over-the-counter pain medication are not helping, you MUST go see a doctor. They will most likely do an ultrasound to check your appendix, if the pain moves to your RIGHT side. If you have appendicitis, an infected appendix, you will need surgery. Unchecked and unattended appendicitis can be fatal.

      Since the pain is location specific (your left side), it could also be an ovarian problem. An ultrasound can diagnose that or rule that out.

      Go seek help immediately!

  42. QUESTION:
    I think a side effect is occurring, but I'm not sure. What should I do?
    I've been taking Singulair® for about... 1 or 2 years. Maybe 3? Idk. Well anyways, I've never been getting side effects. I'm not sure if they are occurring, but I want to make sure. What should I do? Any help is greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      If you've been on this medication for that long, it's highly unlikely you've all of a sudden developed side effects that warrant medical attention. Here's a list from drugs.com regarding your medication. If you recognize some of these and they're not life-threatening, call your doctor. If they are life-threatening, you should be in an ER.

      Possible side effects of Singulair :

      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:

      Cough; dizziness; headache; indigestion; nausea; stomach upset or pain; stuffy nose; tiredness; trouble sleeping; weakness.

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

      Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); aggressive behavior; agitation; dark urine; fever; flu-like symptoms; hallucinations; irregular heartbeat; mental or mood changes; new or worsening wheezing or other breathing problems; numbness or tingling of hands or feet; seizures; severe or persistent stomach pain; severe sinus inflammation; suicidal thoughts or actions; swelling; unusual bruising or bleeding; upper respiratory tract infection; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

      This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

  43. QUESTION:
    what is a pancreas infection, how do u get a pancreas infection, and what are the effects of it?

    • ANSWER:
      Pancreatitis is a term used to describe inflammation in the pancreas. The pancreas is a long, flat gland that sits tucked behind the stomach in the upper abdomen. The pancreas produces enzymes that help digestion and hormones that help regulate the way your body processes sugar (glucose).

      Pancreatitis can occur as acute pancreatitis — meaning it appears suddenly and lasts for days. Or pancreatitis can occur as chronic pancreatitis, which describes pancreatitis that occurs over many years.

      Mild cases of pancreatitis may go away without treatment, but severe cases can cause life-threatening complications.

      Symptoms :
      Signs and symptoms of pancreatitis may vary depending on which type you experience.

      Acute pancreatitis signs and symptoms include:

      Upper abdominal pain
      Abdominal pain that radiates to your back
      Abdominal pain that feels worse after eating
      Abdominal pain that's somewhat relieved by leaning forward or curling into a ball
      Nausea
      Vomiting
      Tenderness when touching the abdomen
      Chronic pancreatitis signs and symptoms include:

      Upper abdominal pain
      Indigestion
      Losing weight without trying
      Oily, smelly stools (steatorrhea)
      When to see a doctor
      Make an appointment with your doctor if you have persistent abdominal pain. Seek immediate medical help if your abdominal pain is so severe that you can't sit still or find a position that makes you more comfortable.

      Pancreatitis has many causes
      A number of causes have been identified for acute pancreatitis and chronic pancreatitis, including:

      Alcoholism
      Gallstones
      Abdominal surgery
      Certain medications
      Cigarette smoking
      Cystic fibrosis
      Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), when used to treat gallstones
      Family history of pancreatitis
      High calcium levels in the blood (hypercalcemia)
      High levels of parathyroid hormone in the blood (hyperparathyroidism)
      High triglyceride levels in the blood (hypertriglyceridemia)
      Infection
      Injury to the abdomen
      Pancreatic cancer
      Ulcer

      Complications
      Pancreatitis can cause serious complications, including:

      Breathing problems. Acute pancreatitis can cause chemical changes in your body that affect your lung function, causing the level of oxygen in your blood to fall to dangerously low levels.
      Diabetes. Damage to insulin-producing cells in your pancreas from chronic pancreatitis can lead to diabetes, a disease that affects the way your body uses blood sugar.
      Infection. Acute pancreatitis can make your pancreas vulnerable to bacteria and infection. Pancreatic infections are serious and require intensive treatment, such as surgery to remove the infected tissue.
      Kidney failure. Acute pancreatitis may cause kidney failure, which can be treated with dialysis if the kidney failure is severe and persistent.
      Malnutrition. Both acute and chronic pancreatitis can cause your pancreas to produce fewer of the enzymes that are needed to break down and process nutrients from the food you eat. This can lead to malnutrition and weight loss, even though you may be eating the same foods or the same amount of food.
      Pancreatic cancer. Long-standing inflammation in your pancreas caused by chronic pancreatitis is a risk factor for developing pancreatic cancer.
      Pseudocyst. Acute pancreatitis can cause fluid and debris to collect in cyst-like pockets in your pancreas. A large pseudocyst that ruptures can cause complications such as internal bleeding and infection.

  44. QUESTION:
    has anyone's baby had an upper gi for reflux?
    My husband and I are trying to decide whether or no to go through with an Upper GI tomorrow morning. If you had this test, can you tell me what are the risks and what information did it give you about your child's reflux?

    • ANSWER:
      It was the best thing I ever did for my son. Saying that I must tell you that we tried several medications that were all unsuccessful.
      They did a upper GI and found that he had H. polori aka/ Helicobacter pylori. Helicobacter pylori is a spiral shaped bacterium that lives in the stomach. If it was not for the upper GI I don’t know where we would be.
      Have you tries any reflux medications like baby Zantacs
      Look at all the facts if you child is having any of the following:
      Difficulty swallowing
      Chest and abdominal pain
      Reflux (a backward flow of partially digested food and digestive juices)
      Unexplained vomiting
      Severe indigestion
      Blood in the stool (indicating internal GI bleeding)
      Is it keeping him from gaining weight
      With my son he would throw up all the time. It got so bad that there was blood in it a couple times.
      He was loosing so much weight and was always crying.

      What are the benefits vs. risks?
      Benefits

      Upper GI tract radiography is an extremely safe, noninvasive procedure.

      The results of the upper GI series usually lead to accurate evaluation of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum.

      Because barium is not absorbed into the blood, allergic reactions are extremely rare.

      No radiation remains in a patient’s body after an x-ray examination.

      X-rays usually have no side effects in the diagnostic range.

      Risks

      There is always a slight chance of cancer from excessive exposure to radiation. However, the benefit of an accurate diagnosis far outweighs the risk.

      The effective radiation dose from this procedure is about 2 mSv, which is about the same as the average person receives from background radiation in eight months.

      Occasional patients may be allergic to the flavoring added to some brands of barium. If you have experienced allergic reactions after eating chocolate, certain berries or citrus fruit, be sure to tell your physician or the technologist before the procedure.

      There is a slight chance that some barium could be retained, leading to a blockage of the digestive system. Therefore, patients who have a known obstruction in the GI tract should not undergo this examination.

      Women should always inform their physician or x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.
      A Word About Minimizing Radiation Exposure
      Special care is taken during x-ray examinations to use the lowest radiation dose possible while producing the best images for evaluation. National and international radiology protection councils continually review and update the technique standards used by radiology professionals.

  45. QUESTION:
    can you get stones when your gallbladder has been removed. 3 yrs after I have been getting severe upper ?
    stomach pain, I was on protonix does not help anymore. I am waiting to see a specialist. but I don't think I could go through another night of pain thanks

    • ANSWER:
      No. However, you could still get stones in your kidney. Another source of pain might be obstruction in the biliary duct( liver) due to stones,

      Aside from high cholesterol; there are very few complications from cholecystectomy( removal of gallbladder surgery)

      A Ct scan would make a common complication from gallbladder surgery a biliary leak less likely.; stricture of the common bile duct.; blockage in the biliary tree. and GERD. You can consider an ultrasound to ensure that this didn't happen.

      Further evaluation of the GI tract can be done to exclude other causes. This can include an upper endoscopy as well as a gastric emptying scan. This can look for various causes of dyspepsia or indigestion as well as delayed gastric emptying.

      A referral to a GI specialist can be done to discuss these options

      The site below is an open forum from patients who had cholecystectomy and still suffer pains like yours:

      http://www.medhelp.org/posts/show/590594

  46. QUESTION:
    Who gets a fatty liver? Is it the people who is Hep C positive?
    Also what are the symptoms of a fatty liver?

    • ANSWER:
      Alcohol abuse is one of the major causes of fatty liver, but obesity, hepatitis C, diabetes and protein malnutrition are other common causes.
      Fatty liver usually produces no symptoms. In rare cases, it causes jaundice, right-side abdominal pain, abdominal swelling, and fever. Women with pregnancy-related fatty liver may experience nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and abdominal pain. It may also cause a condition known as pre-eclampsia or eclampsia, which is characterized by dangerously high blood pressure, swelling, and seizures
      IT MAY BE SYMPTOLESS TOO.
      OTHER SYMPTOMS ARE:
      Abnormal Metabolism of Fats
      Abnormalities in the level of fats in the blood stream, for example, elevated LDL cholesterol and reduced HDL cholesterol and elevated triglycerides. Arteries blocked with fat, leading to high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. Build up of fat in other body organs (fatty degeneration of organs). Lumps of fat in the skin (lipomas and other fatty tumours). Excessive weight gain, which may lead to obesity. Inability to lose weight even while dieting. Sluggish metabolism. Protuberant abdomen (pot belly). Cellulite. Fatty liver. Roll of fat around the upper abdomen - (liver roll).

      Digestive Problems
      Indigestion. Reflux. Haemorrhoids. Gall stones and gall bladder disease. Intolerance to fatty foods. Intolerance to alcohol. Nausea and vomiting attacks. Abdominal bloating. Constipation. Irritable bowel syndrome. Pain over the liver - (upper right corner of abdomen & lower right rib cage).

      Blood Sugar Problems
      Craving for sugar. Hypoglycaemia and unstable blood sugar levels. Mature onset diabetes (TypeII) is common in those with a fatty liver.

      Nervous System
      Depression. Mood changes such as anger and irritability. Metaphysically the liver is known as the “seat of anger”. Poor concentration and “foggy brain”. Overheating of the body, especially the face and torso. Recurrent headaches (including migraine) associated with nausea.

      Immune Dysfunction
      Allergies - sinus, hay fever, asthma, dermatitis, hives, etc. Multiple food and chemical sensitivities. Skin rashes and inflammations. Increased risk of autoimmune diseases.
      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Fibromyalgia. Increase in recurrent viral, bacterial and parasitic infections.

      External Signs
      Coated tongue. Bad breath. Skin rashes. Itchy skin (pruritus). Excessive sweating. Offensive body odour Dark circles under the eyes. Yellow discolouration of the eyes. Red swollen itchy eyes (allergic eyes). Acne rosacea - (red pimples around the nose, cheeks and chin). Brownish spots and blemishes on the skin (liver spots). Red palms and soles which may also be itchy and inflamed. Flushed facial appearance or excessive facial blood vessels (capillaries/ veins).

      Hormonal Imbalance
      Intolerance to hormone replacement therapy or the contraceptive pill (eg. side effects).
      Menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes may be more severe. Premenstrual syndrome may be more severe.

  47. QUESTION:
    what is gallstones and what are the symptoms?
    please help, i might have one.

    • ANSWER:
      Gallstones Symptoms

      Most people with gallstones (60%-80%) have no symptoms. In fact, they are usually unaware that they have gallstones unless symptoms occur. These "silent gallstones" usually require no treatment.

      Symptoms usually occur as complications develop. The most common symptom is pain the right upper part of the abdomen. Because the pain comes in episodes, it is often referred to as an "attack."

      Attacks may occur every few days, weeks, or months; they may even be separated by years.

      The pain usually starts within 30 minutes after a fatty or greasy meal.

      The pain is usually severe, dull, and constant, and can last one to five hours.

      It may radiate to the right shoulder or back.

      It occurs frequently at night and may awaken you from sleep.

      The pain may make you want to move around to seek relief.
      Other common symptoms of gallstones include the following:

      Nausea and vomiting

      Fever

      Indigestion, belching, bloating

      Intolerance for fatty or greasy foods

      Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or the whites of the eyes)
      Warning signs of a serious problem are fever, jaundice, and persistent pain

  48. QUESTION:
    What's wrong? I've had the following symptoms for a couple of days.?
    For the last couple of days I have been experience bad upper abdominal pain, headache, stomach ache, light headedness, nausea, and dizziness. I am a 15 year old female. About 5'8" and 120lbs. Idea on whats wrong? Does this sound serious? Is it necessary to go to the hospital of doctors?
    Ive also have had twitches in my fingers legs arms and face(eyelids and check).

    • ANSWER:
      Many different conditions can cause abdominal pain. The key is to know when you must seek medical care right away. In many cases you can simply wait, use home care remedies, and call your doctor at a later time only if the symptoms persist.

      Possible causes include:

      •Appendicitis (inflammation of the appendix)
      •Bowel blockage or obstruction
      •Cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder) with or without gallstones
      •Chronic constipation
      •Dissecting abdominal aortic aneurysm
      •Diverticulitis
      •Food allergy
      •Food poisoning (salmonella, shigella) or viral gastroenteritis (stomach flu)
      •Heartburn, indigestion, or gastroesophageal reflux
      •Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis)
      •Intussusception -- while uncommon, this is a serious possible cause of pain in an infant who may be bringing the knees to the chest and crying
      •Irritable bowel syndrome
      •Ischemic bowel
      •Kidney stones
      •Lactose intolerance
      •Mesenteric insufficiency or infarction (lack of enough blood supply to the gut, sometimes resulting in the failure or death of part of the bowel or intestines)
      •Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
      •Tumors or cancers
      •Ulcers
      •Urinary tract infections
      When an inflamed organ (such as the appendix) in the abdomen ruptures or leaks fluid, the pain is not only excruciating, but the abdomen becomes stiff and very tender to the touch. There is also a fever. This occurs as peritonitis (inflammation and infection of the lining of the abdominal cavity) develops and spreads from the site of the rupture. This is a medical emergency.

      SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY IF:

      •Abdominal discomfort that lasts 1 week or longer
      •Abdominal pain that does not improve in 24 - 48 hours, or is becoming more severe and frequent
      •Bloating that persists for more than 2 days
      •Burning sensation when you urinate or frequent urination
      •Diarrhea for more than 5 days, or if your infant or child has diarrhea for more than 2 days or vomiting for more than 12 hours -- call right away if a baby younger than 3 months has diarrhea or vomiting
      •Fever (over 100°F for adults or 100.4°F for children) with your pain
      •Prolonged poor appetite
      •Unexplained weight loss

  49. QUESTION:
    What does it mean if your stomach hurts in the middle?

    • ANSWER:
      Pain in the upper abdomen can often be attributed to temporary problems such as indigestion or gas. Persistent or severe upper abdominal pain may be related to other digestive tract conditions or to conditions of the body wall, blood vessels, kidneys, heart, or lungs.
      Pain originating in the stomach or esophagus is often felt in the upper abdomen and can be due to heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or hiatal hernia (weakening in the diaphragm that allows the stomach to protrude into the chest). You may also have gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining) or ulcers. Symptoms may be brought on by certain foods and may worsen when lying flat.
      Pain in the upper abdomen may originate in the gallbladder or liver and may be due to gall stones, hepatitis, or liver abscess. More-generalized pain may originate in the intestines and may be related to inflammatory conditions or infections.
      Although pain from the pancreas or kidneys tends to occur in the back, it can also occur in the sides or in the abdomen. Similarly, pain from heart attacks and lung problems such as pneumonia and pleurisy (inflammation of the lining around the lungs) typically occurs in the chest but may also be felt in the upper abdomen.
      Upper abdominal pain that does not resolve within a day or two or that is severe may be a symptom of a serious medical condition. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) for severe pain that comes on suddenly, the inability to have bowel movements, bloody stool, vomiting blood, abdominal rigidity, breathing difficulties, or pain in the neck, chest, shoulders, or between the shoulders.
      If your upper abdominal pain is persistent or causes you concern, seek prompt medical care.

      Hope you are okay and the pain goes away soon, to be safe, get checked out by your doctor if still hurting or pain gets worse! Always, better safe than sorry. Take Care!

  50. QUESTION:
    pain on right side back below rib feels like someone punched me?
    this is gonna sound nasty, but i was going to the bathroom and i had to push it out hard and after that i have had pain on the right side just below my ribs what is it?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like your gallbladder. If you could put your fingers up under that rib and go up about an inch or two I bet you might come unglued.You having abnomral bowel movements goes hand and hand with it too. Monitor for elevated tempts.
      Here is an overview of symptoms to monitor: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 then 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 wakes 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 or 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 disease,GERD or indigestion.

      If the pain persists you will need to see your primary care physician.


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