Symptoms Of Heartburn Vomiting

Although acid reflux is quite common, the range of symptoms heartburn can produce is surprisingly broad, with some symptoms that are easily recognizable, and others that are more unusual and can therefore be difficult to recognize as symptoms caused by heartburn.

If you suspect you may be suffering from symptoms heartburn may have triggered – whether they are common or unusual – it is important that you speak to your doctor for a formal diagnosis. This is to rule out any other underlying condition and to prevent any serious or long-term consequences that may result from the disorder.

GERD can cause you to suffer from reactions that can range from quite mild – almost unnoticeable – to ones that are actually life threatening. Keep in mind, the more dramatic symptoms heartburn causes are typically those that have developed over time, so if you do feel a bit of discomfort you shouldn’t panic. However, make a doctor’s appointment anyway to ensure you know the degree and type of GERD you are suffering from and what your options are.

Aside from typical symptoms heartburn presents, you may also want to watch for these less common symptoms, which can include:

Pain – though pain is one of the more common symptoms heartburn has to offer, there are forms of pain that are considered to be quite unusual. For example, the typical pain felt from GERD includes a burning sensation in the mid to upper chest region, or a burning sensation in the esophagus or lower throat area. However, more rare are pains that migrate to the shoulder blade or overall shoulder area.

Vomiting – among the more unpleasant symptoms heartburn presents is varying degrees of vomiting. This can include wet or sour burps, wet hiccups, or food coming up a bit within an hour of eating. Less common versions of this potential symptom of GERD include feelings of nausea during or soon after eating or sometimes projectile vomiting. Though not common, there have been cases where this has occurred and should be checked if you experience these symptoms and suspect GERD.

Respiratory – the respiratory system is easily impacted by GERD and therefore frequently presents with symptoms caused by heartburn. These commonly include a runny nose, bad breath, recurrent sore throat, sinus infections, upper respiratory infections, wheezing, bronchitis, asthma, a nagging dry cough, coughing at night, frequent throat clearing, labored or noisy breathing, a hoarse or deepened voice, or nodules on the vocal cords. More rarely however, GERD can develop into sleep apnea, aspiration (inhalation of stomach acids into the lungs), pneumonia, and laryngospasm (a brief spasm of the vocal cords that temporarily interrupts breathing, usually lasting up to 30 seconds).

Due to so many different kinds of symptoms – and a range of uncommon symptoms that can easily be mistaken for other illnesses, diseases, and conditions – acid reflux may not be the obvious choice as a diagnosis. Only a doctor can help you know for certain if your symptoms heartburn may be causing are indeed a result of GERD. When in doubt, it is always best to seek the advice of a medical professional. This is especially true in the case of children, who may need different remedy options than adults.

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Frequently Asked Questions

    What does it mean if you have a positive result for leukocytes in your urine?
    I have not been feeling well....severe stomach and intestinal cramps, heartburn, vomiting, aches, fever. I took an Azo Test Strips UTI test and it was positive for leukocytes(the highest positive result-purple), but negative for nitrites. The test says its not a UTI, and I don't have the typical symptoms(burning pee, etc) of a UTI, but have had them in the past and didn't know until it turned into a major renal infection. Could it be a UTI that is asymptomatic, or an intestinal infection? Would this be present with a bleeding ulcer, which is what I am thinking it might be? Checked webmd, couldn't get a straight answer. Is this something that can wait until my dr. appt tomorrow afternoon? Please help!!!!

    PS-Not pregnant
    I don't think its systemic (yeast or fungal)-I did have that checked and don't have any symptoms that would point to that-No chance of STD's, etc., either. Thanks:)

    • ANSWER:
      The nitrites test on urinalysis strips only show up as being positive if you have an infection caused by gram-negative bacteria, the kind that most likely cause urinary tract infections. The most common example of gram-negative bacteria is E. coli, and its also the most common cause of UTI's. Gram-negative bacteria occur naturally in the intestinal tract and because of the close proximity between the end of the intestinal and urinary tracts, cross contamination can easily happen ... especially in women. However, almost any kind of pathogenic bacteria can cause a UTI. Just because nitrites aren't flagged as positive doesn't eliminate the possiblity of infection.

      The presence of alot of leukocytes (white blood cells) in your urine could also indicate the presence of a vaginal infection. White blood cells are part of your body's immune system and migrate to the site of an infection to start battling it.

      A bleeding ulcer or intestinal infection wouldn't explain the presence of leukocytes in your urine. Remember that all your symptoms don't neccessarily have to indicate one particular condition. You could have had an on-going vaginal infection and the stomach cramps and vomiting could be completely unrelated to your urinalysis results. Also, UTI's can cause stomach pain and fever before you experience painful urination ... it all depends on the organism causing the infection.

      If you have a persistent, high fever (greater than 100 degrees F) that doesn't go down after taking Tylenol or Motrin, you should go to the emergency room. You should also go if you feel you're getting dehydrated -- if you aren't able to hold water or other clear liquids on your stomach. Otherwise, just do what you feel comfortable with. I hope that you feel better soon.

    What does it feel like to have a baby inside?
    I think I might be pregnant, I have all the classic symptoms: heartburn, swollen breasts, sore nipples, cramping, constipation, backaches, and nausea included with vomiting as well as fatigue so I am just curious.

    • ANSWER:

    Was your second pregnancy easier or harder than your first?
    With my first I probably had every negative symptom known to man. Headaches, heartburn, vomiting, backaches etc etc.

    Now I'm 16 weeks 4 days into my second pregnancy and it's been some pretty easy sailing so far. I've probably just jinxed myself now having said that.

    How different was your second pregnancy compared to your first? And is it normal that your second time around is easier or perhaps your body is better prepared and knows what to expect?

    • ANSWER:
      Every pregnancy is different, and while all four of mine were pretty easy, the hardest one was actually my third. My second and my fourth were the easiest.

    What are the symptoms of a stomach ulcer?
    What are the symptoms of a stomach ulcer?
    What is the difference between the symptoms of a stomach ulcer and not just an upset stomach or indigestion?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Jany.


      A stomach ulcer (also called a peptic ulcer) is a small erosion (hole) in the gastrointestinal tract. The most common type,

      duodenal, occurs in the first 12 inches of small intestine beyond the stomach. Ulcers that form in the stomach are called gastric

      ulcers. An ulcer is not contagious or cancerous. Duodenal ulcers are almost always benign, while stomach ulcers may become


      Stomach ulcer disease is common, affecting millions of Americans yearly. The size of a stomach ulcer can range between 1/8 of an

      inch to 3/4 of an inch.

      Stomach Ulcers may be a symptom of another disease or condition. Stomach ulcers are often common in mastocytosis. Bleeding from

      stomach ulcers may cause iron deficiency anemia.


      The direct cause of peptic ulcers is the destruction of the gastric or intestinal mucosal lining of the stomach by hydrochloric

      acid, an acid normally present in the digestive juices of the stomach. Infection with the bacterium Helicobacter pylori is thought

      to play an important role in causing both gastric and duodenal ulcers. Helicobacter pylori may be transmitted from person to person

      through contaminated food and water. Antibiotics are the most effective treatment for Helicobacter pylori peptic ulcers.

      Injury of the gastric mucosal lining, and weakening of the mucous defenses are also responsible for gastric ulcers. Excess secretion

      of hydrochloric acid, genetic predisposition, and psychological stress are important contributing factors in the formation and

      worsening of duodenal ulcers.

      Another major cause of ulcers is the chronic use of anti-inflammatory medications, such as aspirin. Cigarette smoking is also an

      important cause of ulcer formation and ulcer treatment failure.

      Personal story about battle with stomach ulcers.


      The major symptom of an ulcer is a burning or gnawing feeling in the stomach area that lasts between 30 minutes and 3 hours. This

      pain is often interpreted as heartburn, indigestion or hunger. The pain usually occurs in the upper abdomen, but sometimes it may

      occur below the breastbone. In some individuals the pain occurs immediately after eating. In other individuals, the pain may not

      occur until hours after eating. The pain frequently awakens the person at night. Weeks of pain may be followed by weeks of not

      having pain. Pain can be relieved by drinking milk, eating, resting, or taking antacids.

      Appetite and weight loss are other symptoms. Persons with duodenal ulcers may experience weight gain because the persons eats more

      to ease discomfort. Recurrent vomiting, black stool, blood in the stool and anemia are other symptoms.


      The main thing that a stomach ulcer affects is the nerves surrounding it. The nerves become agitated and cause a great amount of

      pain. However, stomach ulcers can cause hemorrhages from the erosion of a major blood vessel; a tear in the wall of the stomach or

      intestine, with resultant peritonitis; or obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract because of spasm or swelling in the area of the



      1. About 20 million Americans develop at least one stomach ulcer during their lifetime.
      2. Stomach ulcers affect about 4 million Americans every year.
      3. More than 40,000 Americans have surgery because of persistent symptoms or problems from ulcers every year.
      4. About 6,000 Americans die of stomach ulcer-related complications every year.


      • Family history of ulcers
      • Smoking
      • Excess alcohol consumption
      • Use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (aspirin) or corticosteroids.
      • Zollinger-Ellison syndrome
      • Improper diet, irregular or skipped meals
      • Type O blood (for duodenal ulcers)
      • Stress does not cause an ulcer, but may be a contributing factor
      • Chronic disorders such as liver disease, emphysema, rheumatoid arthritis may increase vulnerability to ulcers

      Take Care. Regards.

    What kind of food are good for people with heartburns?
    I always seem to have a heartburn ever since I could remember. Aside from medicine, are there any specific food one can eat to ease the heartburn, or make it go away? Please help me.
    Also, are there specific kind of food one should avoid when they have heartburns?

    • ANSWER:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    What were your pregnancy symptoms when you were pregnant?
    Im just curious and i need to know to compare them to what symptoms i have. Sry just looking up on the internet doesnt help so id thought id ask other woman.

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms of pregnancy can begin even before your first missed period. There are so many of them. Consider these early signs and symptoms of pregnancy which are found in most pregnancies.

      Missed Period

      When we have a missed period pregnancy is the first thing that we think of because it’s one of the more reliable signs.

      Unusual or Abnormal Period

      An abnormal period may be a sign of pregnancy. This is a menstrual cycle that is not the same as normal. It could be a difference in the amount of flow.

      Nausea and Vomiting

      Better known as morning sickness this is one of the first pregnancy symptom.

      Soreness the Breasts

      Many women have changes to their breast tissue. You could notice that your breasts are sore or tender, your nipples may become larger or after the first trimester your breast begin to grow.

      Strange Cravings

      No it’s not always pickles or ice cream but studies show that most women have cravings during pregnancy.

      Skin Changes

      The one you will think of first is the stretch marks. About 50 - 90% of all pregnant women usually get them. They normally show up in the lower abdomen area.


      Exhaustion and Fatigue for some women are one of the early signs of pregnancy. What causes this is what your body is going through. Another cause is increasing levels of hormones.

      Frequent Urination

      Frequent trips to the bathroom is also an early sign of pregnancy. What causes this is when you pregnant you get extra body fluids that of course has to be processed by your kidneys and bladder.

      Sensitivity to Aromas

      In some women the sensitivity to aromas may occur. Just the smell of certain foods or anything that you are around everyday can cause you to feel nauseated.


      Some women can het heartburn caused by the uterus starting to swell and pushing against the stomach.

      Emotional Mood Swings

      Pregnancy can really get to your emotions. You can have fixed emotions where you are excited and depression at the same time. Your mind can run wild on you with questions about everything which you then start to worry.


      Lower backaches may be a symptom that occurs early in pregnancy; however it is common to experience a dull backache throughout an entire pregnancy.

    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.

    After giving birth- how long till pregnancy symptoms stop?
    I've had some pretty bad pregnancy symptoms such as a constant runny nose, excessive salvis, nausea and vomiting, heartburn etc. Once I give birth how long will it take my body to go back to normal? It is pretty much straight away or will it take a couple of weeks depending on the symptom?

    • ANSWER:
      For me, the symptoms ended immediately. I think that's probably for most women.

    How Long before I start having symptoms?
    How long after you are pregnant do you start to have symptoms? What are some symptoms besides a missed period?
    I should have mentioned that my husband and I are trying to conceive so I am just wondering what to look for. It's not that I think I am. I am just trying to learn. Sorry peoples.

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms are not generally noticable until around the fifth or sixth week of conception, after you miss your first period. However, many women say they feel symptoms within a couple weeks.

      - A Missed Period. Missing your period is the most clear-cut sign of pregnancy. But it is not definitive, as stress or other factors may cause irregular periods.

      - Frequent Trips to the Bathroom. Even before missing a period, most pregnant women report having to go to the bathroom more often. You may even have to get up during the night! This occurs after the embryo has implanted in the uterus and begins producing the pregnancy hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). This hormone triggers frequent urination.

      - Fatigue. Utter exhaustion is a very early sign of pregnancy. Fatigue is a result of high levels of the hormone progesterone.
      Morning (and Noon and Night!)

      - Sickness. Guess what? That queasy feeling isn't limited to mornings. Most pregnant women who experience morning sickness feel slightly nauseated at other times during the day as well. About half have vomiting, but very few have severe enough morning sickness to develop dehydration and malnutrition.

      - Sore (and Enlarged) Breasts. If you're pregnant, your breasts will probably become increasingly tender to the touch, similar to the way they feel before your period, only more so. Once your body grows accustomed to the increase in hormones, the pain will subside.

      More Symptoms:
      missed menstrual period
      extreme fatigue
      frequent urination
      tender breasts
      feeling faint

    What were the first pregnancy symptoms that you got?
    were they before your missed period or after?

    i had really sore breast and was sleeping way more often.
    also heartburn when i ate certin foods...

    also.. when did you test positive and what test did you use?

    i test positive 6 days late of my period and i used first response.

    • ANSWER:
      I found out I'm pregnant last Friday. Yet BEFORE my period was due I was sitting down one day and suddenly felt the whole room tip, I stood up and vomited violently twice. Then that same night I had vivid, strange dreams and these have continued. I would fall asleep, dream for what seemed like weeks, wake up not knowing where I was and then discover I'd only been asleep 10 minutes! I dreamt twice that I had two children (I have just one here) and all this was before my period was due. I think the vomiting and dreaming was when the egg implanted. I also got a three-day migraine before my BFP. Two days after I found my bra didn't fit. Now I have only very sore breasts at night and vivid dreams.

      For me the tell-tale sign that I am pregnant has always been: getting insights of beauty - for example I'll be walking down the road and thinking how beautiful and special and amazing everything is - whether its cherry blossom or people laughing or ANYTHING. This has always been my first sign of pregnancy.

    For heart attacks and women, does heartburn start off mild and comes and goes, or is it strong and sudden?
    Some women don't get heartburn when it comes to heart attacks. I'm talking about the ones that do.

    • ANSWER:
      Common signs and symptoms of a heart attack include:
      Pressure, fullness or a squeezing pain in the center of your chest that lasts for more than a few minutes
      Pain extending beyond your chest to your shoulder, arm, back, or even to your teeth and jaw
      Increasing episodes of chest pain
      Prolonged pain in the upper abdomen
      Shortness of breath
      Impending sense of doom
      Nausea and vomiting
      Signs and symptoms of a heart attack in women may be different or less noticeable than heart attack symptoms in men. In addition to the symptoms above, heart attack symptoms in women can include:
      Abdominal pain or "heartburn"
      Clammy skin
      Lightheadedness or dizziness
      Unusual or unexplained fatigue
      Not all people who have heart attacks experience the same ones or experience them to the same degree. Many heart attacks aren't as dramatic as the ones you've seen on TV. Some people have no symptoms at all. Still, the more signs and symptoms you have, the greater the likelihood that you may be having a heart attack.
      A heart attack can occur anytime — at work or play, while you're resting, or while you're in motion. Some heart attacks strike suddenly, but many people who experience a heart attack have warning signs and symptoms hours, days or weeks in advance. The earliest predictor of an attack may be recurrent chest pain (angina) that's triggered by exertion and relieved by rest. Angina is caused by temporary, insufficient blood flow to the heart, also known as "cardiac ischemia."

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

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

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

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

      I hope this helps! ---

    What are some symptoms of being pregnant?
    If my head constantly hurts.
    I have pains in my stomach where it hurts with the slightest move (which i've never had before)
    If i feel like I have to vomit but i DON'T
    Am I pregnant?
    I'm usually on my period by now but I'm not?
    I've also been eating way more which isn't me

    • ANSWER:
      If you have any of these pregnancy symptoms, be sure to take an at home pregnancy test. It is important to receive prenatal care immediately, if the result is positive. Your doctor will tell you to take prenatal vitamins with folic acid in them as it can prevent some birth defects. Pregnancy symptoms differ from woman to woman.

      Top Ten Pregnancy Symptoms

      Missed Menstrual Period
      Tender Breasts
      Nausea and Morning Sickness
      Frequent Urination
      Light Headedness

    What are the symptoms of having a stomach ulcer?
    I have been feeling sick and lightheaded for a few days now but I've assumed that its from lack of sleep and poor diet. I am determined to feel better so I am taking nutritional supplements, exercising and watching my diet and I will also be going to the doctor. Anyone who has had a stomach ulcer, what are the symptoms, are they what I described?

    • ANSWER:
      A stomach ulcer (also called a peptic ulcer) is a small erosion (hole) in the gastrointestinal tract. The most common type, duodenal, occurs in the first 12 inches of small intestine beyond the stomach. Ulcers that form in the stomach are called gastric ulcers

      The major symptom of an ulcer is a burning or gnawing feeling in the stomach area that lasts between 30 minutes and 3 hours. This pain is often interpreted as heartburn, indigestion or hunger. The pain usually occurs in the upper abdomen, but sometimes it may occur below the breastbone. In some individuals the pain occurs immediately after eating. In other individuals, the pain may not occur until hours after eating. The pain frequently awakens the person at night. Weeks of pain may be followed by weeks of not having pain. Pain can be relieved by drinking milk, eating, resting, or taking antacids.

      Appetite and weight loss are other symptoms. Persons with duodenal ulcers may experience weight gain because the persons eats more to ease discomfort. Recurrent vomiting, black stool, blood in the stool and anemia are other symptoms.

    What do these symptoms sound like to you?
    Constant nausea - worse sometimes than others - sudden heartburn, in someone who has never had it before, sometimes gagging but not able to vomit.....

    I know it's gross, but I just can't figure it out!

    I'm not pregnant. (I checked.) But I am on the pill, and have been for years. Doctors just shake their heads at me and tell me to take rolaids and pepto. Those just aren't cutting it anymore. Could it be an inner ear issue? I don't have headaches. My wisdom teeth have already been pulled. I am not lactose intolerant, and I eat relatively healthy. It doesn't seem to matter if I eat, when I eat or what I eat. I exercise frequently, but I am a bit overweight.

    What do you think?
    I feel better when I take Prilosec, sometimes, but not always. I'm 25 years old.

    • ANSWER:
      I know a woman who had similar symptoms. She ended up having Lukemia.I am not trying to scare you so please don't take it that way.

    What are the symptoms of a gallbladder going bad?
    I have been having problems since at least February and am wondering if it couldbe my gallbladder. I end up having severe pain right under my sternum that shoots through to my back. It seems to vary with what I have eaten or drunk through the day...and mostly happens at night, but has happened during the day. I also have horrible heartburn, feels like some one is sitting on my chest and feel like I could vomit at any moment....any ideas as to what could be going on?

    • ANSWER:
      gall bladder symptoms:

      The symptoms of most types of gallbladder disorders are similar. Pain is usually intense and sudden, starting in the upper right abdomen and radiating to the right shoulder blade. The pain may come and go, and onset is often after a rich meal. Other symptoms include nausea and vomiting, fever and chills, and jaundice. See your healthcare provider if you have sharp persistent pain in the abdomen. He or she must rule out other causes that need immediate treatment. For example, the appendix is also on the right side of the abdomen. It is lower than the gallbladder.

      Ulcer symptoms(H. Plyori)

      Abdominal discomfort is the most common symptom. This discomfort usually

      * is a dull, gnawing ache

      * comes and goes for several days or weeks

      * occurs 2 to 3 hours after a meal

      * occurs in the middle of the night (when the stomach is empty)

      * is relieved by eating

      * is relieved by antacid medications

      Other symptoms include

      * weight loss

      * poor appetite

      * bloating

      * burping

      * nausea

      * vomiting

      Some people experience only very mild symptoms, or none at all.
      Emergency Symptoms

      If you have any of these symptoms, call your doctor right away:

      * sharp, sudden, persistent stomach pain

      * bloody or black stools

      * bloody vomit or vomit that looks like coffee grounds

      They could be signs of a serious problem, such as

      * perforation—when the ulcer burrows through the stomach or duodenal wall

      * bleeding—when acid or the ulcer breaks a blood vessel

      * obstruction—when the ulcer blocks the path of food trying to leave the stomach

      Hiatial Hernia

      Typical symptoms are heartburn and belching. One may have a burning taste in the mouth. Sometimes spitting up food occurs when the stomach is full. This may be more common at night. There may be a sense of food being stuck on its way down. This symptom may also be a symptom of esophageal cancer and should be evaluated by your healthcare provider.

      the reason I put all of these symptoms down is because sometimes you can be misdiagnosed. I was in fall of '99 the doctors said my gallbladder was bad. It turned out after several months of pain and testing I had the H. Polyri ulcer. It was horriable. I was never a small woman but in 4 months I lost 45 lbs and went from size 12 to a size 3. You was also was able to see every bone in my body because I have a large frame. My advice is to go to a doctor fast if you are having any of these symptoms.

    Acidity and vomits- any home remidies for that problems or any suggestion?
    My father is 45 and is facing minor problems such as acidity. The food is not being digested properly and is coming out of the body in form of vomits. Well home remidies are always better,, so any suggestions, please!
    Plz answer!

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some home remedies to cure acidity...

      - Skip the aerated drinks as well as the caffeine. Opt for herbal tea instead.

      - Have a glass of lukewarm water everyday.

      - Include banana, watermelon and cucumber in your daily diet. Watermelon juice is great for curing acidity.

      - Nariyal paani is known to soothe the system if you suffer from acidity.

      - Drink a glass of milk - everyday.

      - Have your last meal at least two to three hours before you hit the sack.

      - Keeping long intervals between meals is another cause for acidity. Have small but regular meals.

      - Try to avoid pickles, spicy chutneys, vinegar, etc.

      - Boil some mint leaves in water and have a glass of this after meals.

      - Sucking on a piece of clove is another effective remedy.

      - Jaggery, lemon, banana, almonds and yogurt are all known to give you instant relief from acidity.

      - Excessive smoking and drinking will increase acidity, so cut down.

      - Try chewing gum. The saliva generated helps move food through the esophagus, easing symptoms of heartburn.

      - Ginger aids in digestion. Either buy powdered ginger in capsule forms or add the herb to your recipes.

      - A simple preparation of lemon water with sugar can be sipped on an hour before lunch to reduce uneasiness.

      - Have vegetables like drumsticks, beans, pumpkin, cabbage, carrot and spring onions.

      Try some ayurvedic or homeopathic medicines.

      Use garlic pearl after food
      take one spoon methi daily with water
      Gasol vati (for gas problem)
      God bless you and

    Are heartburn and constipation symptoms of early pregnancy?
    I have been ttc for 3 months, ovulated around a week or so ago and have started to get heartburn and constipation. i read somewhere that this could be an early sign? period due on the 15th.
    i have never had problems with either of these things before, am also nauseus and tired and every emotional.

    • ANSWER:
      The First Trimester
      (Week 1 - Week 12)

      More about the First Trimester
      Your period stops or becomes very light.
      You may feel nausea or queasiness. Some women vomit. ("Morning sickness" can happen any time of day -- it may help to eat small meals throughout the day, snack on crackers or toast, or drink juice or lemonade.)
      Your breasts swell and may be tender.
      Your nipples and the area around the nipples (areola) get darker and broader.
      You have to urinate more often.
      You feel tired.
      You may become constipated and have heartburn (Tums may help).
      You may have headaches.
      You experience mood swings -- feel angry, sad, or happy for no reason.

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

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

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

    What is the difference between an ulcer and stomach flu? which one do I have?
    Last night I started with mild abdominal pain only but the pain got stronger and a few hours. I also had vomiting and diarrhea. In the morning there was no more vomiting but the upper abdominal pain is really really strong. I just took tylenol of 500 mg is this bad? I can't stand the pain anymore what can I do? Would this be an ulcer or just stomach flu?
    I'm 24 years old.

    • ANSWER:
      Some of the most common symptoms of Stomach Flu are: diarrhea, fever, headache, dehydration and vomiting. Vomiting and fever may or may not occur, but diarrhea almost always occurs. The symptoms of stomach flu usually takes several days to appear.

      The major symptom of an ulcer is a burning or gnawing feeling in the stomach area that lasts between 30 minutes and 3 hours. This pain is often interpreted as heartburn, indigestion or hunger. The pain usually occurs in the upper abdomen, but sometimes it may occur below the breastbone. In some individuals the pain occurs immediately after eating. In other individuals, the pain may not occur until hours after eating. The pain frequently awakens the person at night. Weeks of pain may be folowed by weeks of not having pain. Pain can be relieved by drinking milk, eating, resting, or taking antacids.

      Appetite and weight loss are other symptoms. Persons with doudenal ulcers may experience weight gain because the persons eats more to ease discomfort. Recurrent vomiting, blood in the stool and anemia are other symptoms.

    How do I know if I have slippage from my 4 yr Old Lap Band?
    I have heartburn after any and all food I eat now, its gotten noticably worse with time. My doctor and surgery was in Mexico and he is deceased now. I wonder if this is a sign of slippage? What can be done for me now with no money and no insurance?

    • ANSWER:
      When slippage occurs, the Band usually becomes too tight, and patients experience symptoms of reflux (heartburn) as well as nausea and vomiting. This is because the amount of stomach being “squeezed” by the Band is increased, thereby obstructing the Band. Your heartburn is your only symptom, the amount of food you can dose not chance and you don’t have nausea and vomiting, your band probably hasn't slipped. However, that is a medical question that only a doctor can answer. Additionally, most slippage (but not all) occurs during the first few months, as your stomach is healing.

      If you have bad heartburn you may have a different issue with you stomach (Acid Reflux). You need to see a regular doctor if possible. Otherwise, I would try over the counter Prilosec and see if that solves your problem.

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

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

    Thanks in advance for your help!

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

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

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

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

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

      Good luck :)

    What are the signs of a heart attack for men?
    I always see ads for signs of heart attack for women because women have different symptoms than men, but what about men like me? What symptoms do men have before a heart attack?

    • ANSWER:
      Common heart attack symptoms include:
      Pressure, a feeling of fullness or a squeezing pain in the center of your chest that lasts for more than a few minutes
      Pain extending beyond your chest to your shoulder, arm, back, or even to your teeth and jaw
      Increasing episodes of chest pain
      Prolonged pain in the upper abdomen
      Shortness of breath
      Impending sense of doom
      Nausea and vomiting

      Additional, or different, heart attack signs and symptoms in women may include:
      Heartburn or abdominal pain
      Clammy skin
      Lightheadedness or dizziness
      Unusual or unexplained fatigue

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

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

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

      Aleve (Naproxen) side effects:

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

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

      Motrin Sire Effects

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Avoid the use of alcohol while taking this medication.

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

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

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

    The difference between a food allergy and a food intollerance?
    I know that with an allergy your body releases histimine because the food product you ate is considered a 'foreign' or 'bad' product. (Histimine 1 deals with above the neck, histimine 2 deals with the stomach releasing excess acid)... With food intollerance, what kind of symptoms/signs do you have? Is it just having gas problems?
    oh, and with allergies one might have problems with hives, swelling, difficulty breathing, etc

    • ANSWER:
      From web MD.

      What Is a Food Allergy?
      A food allergy is an immune system response. It occurs when the body mistakes an ingredient in food -- usually a protein -- as harmful and creates a defense system (antibodies) to fight it. Allergy symptoms develop when the antibodies are battling the "invading" food. The most common food allergies are peanuts, tree nuts (such as walnuts, pecans and almonds), fish, and shellfish, milk, eggs, soy products, and wheat.

      What Is Food Intolerance?
      Food intolerance is a digestive system response rather than an immune system response. It occurs when something in a food irritates a person's digestive system or when a person is unable to properly digest or breakdown, the food. Intolerance to lactose, which is found in milk and other dairy products, is the most common food intolerance.

      What Are the Symptoms of Food Allergy?
      Symptoms of a food allergy can range from mild to severe, and the amount of food necessary to trigger a reaction varies from person to person. Symptoms of food allergy may include:

      Rash or hives
      Stomach pain
      Itchy skin
      Shortness of breath
      Chest pain
      Swelling of the airways to the lungs

      What Are the Symptoms of Food Intolerance?
      Symptoms of food intolerance include:

      Stomach pain
      Gas, cramps or bloating
      Irritability or nervousness

    what are the symptoms of a stomach ulcer?
    does anyone know what symptoms you get when you have a stomach ulcer?

    • ANSWER:
      The major symptom of an ulcer is a burning or gnawing feeling in the stomach area that lasts between 30 minutes and 3 hours. This pain is often interpreted as heartburn, indigestion or hunger. The pain usually occurs in the upper abdomen, but sometimes it may occur below the breastbone. In some individuals the pain occurs immediately after eating. In other individuals, the pain may not occur until hours after eating. The pain frequently awakens the person at night. Weeks of pain may be followed by weeks of not having pain. Pain can be relieved by drinking milk, eating, resting, or taking antacids.

      Appetite and weight loss are other symptoms. Persons with duodenal ulcers may experience weight gain because the persons eats more to ease discomfort. Recurrent vomiting, black stool, blood in the stool and anemia are other symptoms.
      The main thing that a stomach ulcer affects is the nerves surrounding it. The nerves become agitated and cause a great amount of pain. However, stomach ulcers can cause hemorrhages from the erosion of a major blood vessel; a tear in the wall of the stomach or intestine, with resultant peritonitis; or obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract because of spasm or swelling in the area of the ulcer.

    How much longer do I have to endure of having excessive saliva?
    ok I am 5 month pregnant and been spitting ever since I was 4 week pregnant and I am tired. I cant go anywhere for to long because it is embarrassing because I have to carry a spit cup with me. I didn't relies this symptom would last this long. Is any body going through the same situation as I am or does anybody have a clue what to do or to expect how long this will continue?

    • ANSWER:
      Let your caregiver know what's going on so she can help you try to relieve any underlying problems, such as nausea, vomiting, or heartburn. If you're a smoker, this is just one more reason to stop. (If you're having trouble quitting, ask your caregiver for a referral to a smoking cessation program.) And if you haven't seen your dentist for a while, get a checkup.

      There may not be much else you can do about your excessive saliva, although some women report that the following measures are helpful:

      • Brush your teeth and use mouthwash several times a day.

      • Eat frequent, small, well-balanced meals, and avoid excessive amounts of starchy food.

      • Drink plenty of water. Keep a water bottle handy and take frequent small sips.

      • Suck on hard candy or chew sugarless gum. This won't make you produce less saliva, but it will make it easier for you to swallow the saliva you do produce. Avoid sour candies and gum, as they can stimulate saliva production.

      If you can, just swallow any excess saliva you create. However, if swallowing it makes you feel nauseated, you may find that you need to spit it into a tissue, washcloth, or cup. If this is the case, be sure to drink plenty of water so you don't get dehydrated.

      For many women, this annoying — and, in extreme cases, downright distressing — problem often lessens or disappears as their nausea subsides around the end of the first trimester. However, just like nausea, it can last throughout pregnancy for a small number of women.

    what are signs and symptoms of a stomach ulcer?
    I do plan on going to the doctors but i have no heath care at the moment. I have applied to medicare and know it will be covered at a later date but it won't help with prescriptions until i receive it. So i just want to know what the signs and symptoms are and if there is medication they give you for it or what....

    • ANSWER:
      Greetings, I myself have been fighting ulcers, they aren't very fun. Here are some symptoms, Frequent heartburn, sudden belching, hot spots in your stomach (feels like someone's branding your insides with a hot poker over and over in 1 spot or more) dark stools that smell very foul (dark stools are due to bleeding ulcers) dizziness (from lower blood count), you will feel hot (stomach acid getting into your blood stream), nausea, blood in your vomit, sever pain after eating high acid content foods or black pepper etc, low appetite and/or get full fast when eating, sudden and unexpected loss in weight, hurts worse when stomach is eating or hurts when trying to sleep.. There are ways you can treat and ultimately get rid of them. Milk is very bad for them because milk turns into lactic acid when it digests, acid is bad. hot peppers help with the bleeding, but the best things to take are Aloe Vera Gel with x3 concentrate mixed with Aloe Vera Gel, Papaya enzymes, they are alkaline which reduce acid levels also it's an enzyme so it helps break down foods so your stomach wont produce as much acid, you can also try a Parasite Cleans, parasites can cause them and make them worse by flourishing in them and eating helpful bacteria in your GI track, the cleanse has really helped mine, in time will cure them. However follow directions on the parasite cleans and you should be alright, also be sure you have no negative reactions to any of the herbs in the cleans. Other things that help are oatmeal with added wheat germ, acidophiles will add extra organisms to help your intestines if they bother you... well hope this was helpful and I hope and pray you do not have ulcers because they aren't any fun if they get very bad, it hospitalized me and I was down and out for several weeks in pain I wouldn't wish on my greatest enemies. Doctors will prescribe things like Protonix to inhibit the proton acid pumps in your stomach, these can have negative long term reactions to your belly. Also there is a known parasite called H-pylori, i think is how it's spelled, that will will cause ulcers by burrowing into your stomach lining, antibiotics will get rid of these,, perhaps the parasite cleans will too. after taking antibiotics tho you want to take probiotic foods or supplements. Smoking, drinking alcohol, and coffee can really upset them, tomatoes do too cause they are high acid content.. anyways sry had to edit and add some more things to this answer. Again, I hope it helps :)

    Can Toprol Blood Pressure Medicine cause ringing in ears and swelling of toes and fingers?
    Can Toprol XL cause constant ringing in ears and other symptoms, such as swelling of fingers and toes, mood swings, hateful thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. It also is used to prevent angina (chest pain) and to treat heart attacks. Extended-release (long-acting) metoprolol also is used in combination with other medications to treat heart failure. Metoprolol is in a class of medications called beta blockers. It works by slowing the heart rate and relaxing the blood vessels so the heart does not have to pump as hard.
      Metoprolol may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
      * dizziness or lightheadedness
      * tiredness
      * depression
      * nausea
      * dry mouth
      * stomach pain
      * vomiting
      * gas or bloating
      * heartburn
      * constipation
      * rash or itching
      * cold hands and feet
      * runny nose
      Some side effects can be serious. The following symptoms are uncommon, but if you experience any of them, call your doctor immediately:
      * shortness of breath
      * wheezing
      * swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
      * unusual weight gain
      * fainting
      * rapid, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
      Metoprolol may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
      Do not stop taking metoprolol without talking to your doctor. Suddenly stopping metoprolol may cause chest pain or heart attack. Your doctor will probably decrease your dose gradually.
      Please see the web pages for more details on Metoprolol (generic name) Toprol (brand name)

    what can I take for frequent heartburn?
    I've been having heartburn for a little over a week now; it feels warm in the abdominal and chest area 24/7. I'm not vomiting nor have I felt nauseated. What would be the best over the counter medicine to take? And do you know what could be the cause? My mom has GERD and im wondering if this is genetic. ANy information is helpful!

    • ANSWER:
      See your health care provider as soon as possible for prescription medicine. It depends on the underlying condition you're being treated for. If it is chronic heartburn, you may need to take the drug indefinitely-or for one-to two-month periods when your symptoms flare up. With ulcers, the drug can usually lower the acidity of your stomach and upper gastrointestinal tract enough to allow any sores, scars, or irritations to heal. Then you can stop taking it, or switch to a less potent drug. In either case talk to your doctor about gradually stepping down from your current regimen, perhaps by taking half a dose, then alternating every other day with ranitidine (Zantac) or another mild acid-reducer. Yes, This can be genetic or runs in the family but perhaps may be not. See your doctor for sure. And good luck.

    How can I know if my girlfriend is pregnant?
    Symptoms, or something? help me.. we need to know!

    • ANSWER:
      1. Nausea or morning sickness: Morning sickness is term to describe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. This occurs in approximately 50% to 95% of all pregnant women as early as the first week of pregnancy. Morning sickness probably got it's name due to the fact that most of the nauseating symptoms start in the morning right after you get out of bed when your blood sugar levels are low. However, it may happen at any time of the day.

      2. Headaches: If you have never experienced regular headaches before pregnancy, be prepared for some throbbing pain in your head and neck during pregnancy. Changes in your body's hormonal patterns is the primary cause of headaches during pregnancy. Other conditions like lack of sleep, poor posture, stress, dehydration and low blood sugar levels may also worsen of cause headaches.

      3. Dizziness and fainting spells: Due to the lowered blood pressure in your body during pregnancy, blood flow to the brain may cause dizziness and fainting spells in serious cases.

      4. Mood swings: With your hormones raging, it is common for women to feel moody during their pregnancy. All women have to go through a period of adjustment to settle into their new roles as a pregnant women and that takes time.

      5. Fatigue: If you feel tired and experience some or all of the symptoms mentioned in this article, you have a good chance of being pregnant. Hormonal changes are usually the main cause of fatigue followed by the additional weight you have to carry around.

      6. Food cravings: Craving for food that you normally would not eat could be a sign that you are pregnant. Normally, women report cravings for salty and sweet food during pregnancy while others report a uncommon desire for spicy or starchy food.

      7. Weight gain and bloating: The combination of your baby's growth and your increased food intake will cause you to put on weight and your clothes to fit tighter than usual. An inexplicable increase in size of your stomach is also a definitive sign that you may be pregnant.

      8. Heartburn: Hormones created during pregnancy may relax the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which opens the valve to allow stomach acids to flow up into the esophagus causing a burning sensation.

      9. Lower back pain: As your baby grows in size, the additional weight pulls your spine to the front of your body and causes you to experience some back pain from time to time.

      10. Constipation: Hormonal changes during pregnancy slows down the movement of food through your digestive system which results in constipation. This could be a sign of pregnancy if you do not experience constipation frequently.

      11. Constant urination: Your growing baby in the uterus puts a lot of pressure on your bladder and you may find yourself visiting the toilet more frequently than usual.

      12. High Basal Body Temperature (BBT): If your BTT stays in the high temperature range for 18 days or more, you have a good chance of being pregnant.

      13. Cramping: As the uterus grows and stretches, it is normal to feel cramps that feel similar to menstrual cramps.

      14. Spotting: Slight bleeding occurs when the fertilized egg begins to implant itself into the uterus any time from 3 to 6 days after fertilization. This usually happens outside of a normal menstruation cycle so it should not be confused with a normal period.

      15. Darkening of the areolas: Your areolas could darken and increase in diameter during pregnancy. This is caused by your body's preparation for your breasts to produce milk.

      16. Tender or swollen breasts: A lot of women experience sore, swollen, tingly or tender breasts during pregnancy due to the increasing hormones that are used to prepare a woman for breastfeeding. This feels like a amplified version of how your breast feels before your period.

      17. Missed periods: If you have been sexually active and you missed a period, it is a good indication that are you are pregnant. A pregnancy test should be taken to confirm if the missed period is really caused by your pregnancy.

      18. Positive pregnancy tests: Only a positive urine test or blood test can give you solid indication that you are pregnant. The problem is, they may not be fool proof. Remember to visit a doctor to conduct further tests to confirm the results.

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Good luck :)

    What are the chances of death from a tileptal overdose?
    I can't find much info on the symptoms of a trileptal overdose

    • ANSWER:
      More common

      ; Change in vision; change in walking or balance; clumsiness or unsteadiness; cough, fever, sneezing, or sore throat; crying; dizziness ; double vision; false sense of well-being; feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings; mental depression; sensation of spinning; uncontrolled back-and-forth and/or rolling eye movements

      Less common

      Agitation; awkwardness; bloody or cloudy urine; blurred vision; bruising; confusion; congestion; convulsions (seizures); decreased urination; difficulty in focusing eyes; disorientation; faintness or light-headedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position; fast or irregular heartbeat; frequent falls; frequent urge to urinate; general feeling of illness; headache ; hoarseness; increased thirst; itching of the vagina, with or without white vaginal discharge; loss of consciousness ; memory loss; muscle cramps ; pain or burning while urinating; pain or tenderness around eyes or cheekbones; poor control in body movements-for example, when reaching or stepping; problems with coordination; shaking or trembling of arms, legs, hands, and feet; shortness of breath; skin rash; stuffy or runny nose; tightness in chest; trouble in walking; troubled breathing; unusual feelings; unusual tiredness or weakness; wheezing


      Anxiety; bleeding or crusting sores on lips; burning feeling in chest or stomach; chest pain; chills; decreased response to stimulation; hives or itching; irritability; joint pain; muscle pain or weakness; nervousness; purple spots on skin; rectal bleeding; redness, blistering, peeling, or loosening of skin; restlessness; sores, ulcers, or white spots in mouth or on lips; stomach upset; swelling of legs; swollen glands

      Other side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome.

      More common

      Abdominal pain; burning feeling in chest or stomach; nausea and vomiting; runny or stuffy nose; sleepiness or unusual drowsiness

      Less common

      Acid or sour stomach; acne; back pain; belching ; bloody nose; blurred vision; change in your sense of taste; constipation; diarrhea; difficulty in speaking; dryness of mouth; feeling of warmth and redness of face, neck, arms, and occasionally chest; heartburn; increased sweating; increased urination; nervousness; trouble in sleeping

      Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.

    How did you feel at four weeks pregnant?
    How did you feel at four weeks pregnant? What were your symptoms? Did anyone have weird gas cramps...that is the only way I can think of to describe it? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      4 weeks:

      5 weeks & 6 weeks:

      -very tired
      -sore boobs
      -dislike towards most food

      7 weeks - 14 weeks

      -very tired
      -sore boobs
      -dislike towards most food
      -morning (all damn day) sickness
      -intestinal gas (like trapped gas in your intestines) VERY PAiNFUL!

      15 weeks - 28 weeks

      -minor yeast infection
      -bled twice during sex

      29 weeks - 40 weeks

      -SORE RIBS
      -POOPiNG 5 TiMES A DAY


    Why do I get totally deathly full after only a few bites?
    Well, I get full after only like, two bites.
    I feel like vomiting and curling up in a ball on the floor after like three bites.
    What's wrong with me?

    • ANSWER:
      This is probably chronic infection of the stomach - chronic gastritis caused by Helicobacter pylori bacteria, which is very common.

      One or more symptoms may appear:
      - burning feeling in stomach area
      - bloating
      - burping
      - early satiety
      - heartburn

      I recommend you have a breath test for H. pylori. You drink a specific solution, and then they measure gases in your expired air. If positive, treatment is with antibiotics.

    what symptoms should i have if im pregnant?
    I am now 6 dpo. And my period isnt due for 8 more days, but i was wondering what symptoms should i have right now if ive conceived? Im really irritable and the last 2 days or so i have lots of little twinges and small sharp pains t hat are more anoyying then painful really. But its not like period cramping, its different. Also i have white cm discharge thats kinda sticky but not stretchy. the 2ww is going to kill me.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey, well every women is different. I'll give you a list of all the usual early symptoms too give you an idea.

      The onset and degree of pregnancy symptoms will vary within women. Many women experience them within days of conception, others take a few weeks before pregnancy symptoms kick in and a lucky few feel no discomfort at all. The early pregnancy symptoms listed here generally can be felt once implantation occurs (8 - 10 days from ovulation) and will lessen after the first trimester.
      It is frustrating to realize that many pregnancy symptoms are very similar to those that occur right before menstruating. However, combined with high temperatures and a longer luteal phase - they are key indications that you are pregnant!

      Nausea and Vomiting

      * Nausea and vomiting may come as early as a week into the pregnancy. Many women experience illness in the morning (morning sickness), some in the afternoon or evening, others feel nausea throughout the entire day. There is no explanation as to why pregnant women feel this or even a solution as to how to prevent it - however, eating small frequent meals, and snacking on saltine crackers seems to give some kind of relief. Eating a protein/carbo-hydrate at bedtime (try an apple and a glass of milk) tends to lessen the nausea that occurs in the morning.

      Breast Tenderness

      * Breasts may be very tender, swollen and start to enlarge. Many times the veins within the breast will become more visible. Your nipples may start to darken in color, become more erect and be extremely sensitive. These symptoms are due to increasing amount of HCG hormone that begins at implantation.

      Frequent Urination

      * Pregnancy causes the uterus to swell and it will start to enlarge for the growing fetus immediately. The uterus puts pressure on your bladder making you feel the need for more frequent urination. Many women start to feel this symptom within a week or two after pregnancy has occurred.

      Feeling Tired / Sluggish

      * This one is pretty obvious. When pregnant your body is going through some major hormonal changes. HCG levels alone go from 0 - 250,000 mIU/ml in just twelve weeks. Your temperature is also higher due to the amount progesterone circulating through your body which will also make you feel a little sluggish.

      Missed Period / Light Bleeding

      * Light bleeding (spotting) may occur approximately 8 - 10 days from ovulation. It usually happens around the same time you would have gotten your menstrual period. Some women assume they have started their period when in fact they are pregnant. The spotting is caused from implantation which is when the fertilized egg burrows into the endometrial lining.

      Dizziness and/or Fainting

      * When standing in one place you may feel dizzy or even faint. The growing uterus compresses major arteries in your legs which causes your blood pressure to drop making you extremely light headed. Skipping meals or going too long without eating may cause you to feel dizzy or faint. When not eating frequently enough it causes low blood sugar. Blood sugar is the primary source of food for your baby so it will be depleted much more quickly.


      * Pregnancy hormones will slow down bowel functions to give maximum absorption time of vitamins and nutrients. Unfortunately, this symptom usually only gets worse as the pregnancy progresses.


      * Raging hormones are the cause of this...along with having to put up with all the other symptoms. This symptom should decrease soon into the second trimester but until then, a healthy diet, moderate exercise and plenty of sleep should help the crabbiness somewhat.


      * The uterus is very swollen and starts to push upward as it grows. The increasing levels of HCG will also slow down digestion making your stomach not empty as fast which increases the stomach acid.

      GOOD LUCK!! hope you get your BFP

    what are the symptoms of gallbladder trouble?
    I have been waking up in the middle of the night with severe pains in my stomach and goes through to my back...Gas-X will not touch it. Some suggested it might be gallbaltter.

    • ANSWER:
      Signs and symptoms of gallbladder problems can include fever, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, chills and shaking, chest pain under the breastbone, abdominal fullness and gas, and abdominal pain. Abdominal pain can be severe,located on the right side (right upper quadrant) or in the upper middle of the abdomen, may subside over 12 to 18 hours in uncomplicated cases, may be recurrent or with similar pain in past, occurs following meals, worsens during deep inspiration, radiates to the back or below the right shoulder blade (right scapular area)and worsens after eating or drinking greasy (high fat) foods or fluids. If you feel this fits your symptoms, please see your doctor.

    Can a food intolerance develop into an allergy?
    I just found out I'm intolerant of peanuts. I already Googled the difference between an intolerance and an allergy, and I had all the intolerance symptoms: gas, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, stomach pain and cramping, heartburn, headache. This is the second time it has happened after eating peanut butter, and it was even worse this time...

    My question is whether or not this intolerance can develop into an allergy?

    • ANSWER:
      I believe it can if you keep consuming the food you are intolerant to. They say allergies get worse with every reaction. I would stay away from peanuts and maybe get allergy tested by the docs to see for sure

    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

    what are pregnancy symptoms for the first 1 to two months?
    i think the question is rather self explanatory. haha. what are the pregnancy symptoms for the first one to two months of pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      Every woman's pregnancy is different from the next so the symptoms can vary largely. Some women experience only a missed period while others, such as myself, experience much more. I am currently 6w5d and my symptoms are frequent urination, fatigue, cravings, increased sensitivity to smells, sore breasts and tender nipples, nausea (luckily with no vomiting), bloating, cramping and spotting, and slight mood swings. Other symptoms that women can experience are nausea with vomiting, dizziness, constipation, heartburn, and headaches.

    What are the symptoms of a hiatus hernia?
    What does it mean when your stomach hurts and feels nausea when you drink juices or even this the sign of a hiatus hernia?

    • ANSWER:

      The most common symptom is heartburn . A lot of the time there will also be chest pain , and regurgitation (vomiting) food .

      But what IS a hiatus hernia ? What is a HIATUS ?

      The hiatus is the connection between the stomach and the food pipe (the esophagus) . The stomach contains a powerful acid called "hydrochloric acid" , it also secretes juices that help break down food substances .
      You might say why is the stomach NOT DIGESTED by it's secretions ?
      It's because the lining of the stomach is designed specially so it is not affected by the secretions , even though the stomach secretions DO cause some beakdown in ingested foods including FLESH . This is due to the excessive MUCOUS which forms a mechanical barrier protecting the stomach wall .

      A 'hiatus hernia' is when part of the stomach bulges or "herniates" into the lower esophagus .

      Thus the "valve" between the stomach and the esophagus becomes "leaky" and the symptoms are caused by the BACKFLOW of digestive secretions AND FOOD from the stomach into the esophagus .

      The esophagus is not lined by the same resistant lining of the stomach , that is why the stomach secretions damage the inner wall of the esophagus , causing EXCRUCIATING pain .

      The backflow of food causes regurgitaton (slow or passive vomiting) of food especially when the stomach is filled excessively .

      On the long run , Hiatus Hernia might cause a mutation in the cells of the lower esophagus that might turn MALIGNANT . This condition is known as Barrett's esophagus and it is considered pre-cancerous .

      To answer your question : No , the symtoms you have are more consistent with
      1. Gastritis .
      2. Peptic ulcer disease .

    What are the symptoms of gall bladder problems?
    Would the pain be worse when laying down. If so why?

    • ANSWER:
      Abdominal fullness or gas
      Abdominal pain that is:
      Located on the right side (right upper quadrant) or in the upper middle of the abdomen (epigastric)
      Decreased over 12 to 18 hours in uncomplicated cases
      Recurrent or similar to pain in past
      Occurring after meals
      Worse during deep intake of breath
      Radiating to back or below the right shoulder blade
      Worse after eating or drinking fatty foods or fluids
      Nausea and vomiting
      Chills and shaking
      Chest pain under the breastbone

    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:

      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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    How were your pregnancies different to eachother and what where the gender of your babies??
    My first pregnancy i was sick all day and all night from two days or so after i missed my period, and it was crazy sick not just queezy. I had it up until about 23weeks, also had heartburn really badly, and slightly sore boobs. It ended up i had a boy.

    This time around, its been to total opposite so far.. I am 5 weeks pregnant and i have slightly sore boobs, heartburn, and every now and then a tiny tiny bit of queeziness will come over me but nothing huge and maybe only once every day or two.
    just interested to see how your pregnancies differ from eachother and what the sex of your babies were with each one. =)
    i feel like im not really even pregnant compared to last time.

    • ANSWER:
      Preg. 1) Heaps of energy all the way through, no symptoms apart from medium morning sickness & some vomiting until 7 months, felt really great and healthy, no heartburn, slightly sore boobs, symphisis pubis dysfunction (pelvic separation) - had a little girl full term

      Preg. 2) Severe morning sickness (hyperemesis gravidarum) so bad I had to be hospitalised on a drip, felt really bad, broke my waters at 19 weeks, fetal heart defect found at ultrasound at 25 weeks, induced two days later - little boy born @ 25 weeks who died soon after

      Preg. 3) Exactly the same as pregnancy three, right down to breaking my waters @ 19 weeks, except his heart was perfect, caesarean @ 26 weeks - little boy who survived

      Preg. 4) Felt very healthy again, only mild morning sickness, one day of vomiting, severe heartburn during last two months, lots of energy, pelvic separation - little girl born full term

      Preg. 5) Very healthy, mild morning sickness, not much energy, no heartburn, pelvic separation - little girl five weeks early

      Preg. 6) Very healthy, mild morning sickness, absolutely NO energy, bad heartburn, very severe pelvic separation (could hardly walk) - little girl full term

    Can you get a inflamed appendix without pain?
    I've recently went to the doctors due to a chest infection, they've given me some antibiotics, i'm also having heartburn so they gave me some medication as well, but since I've been taking them I've had a loss of apatite, sore back (down the spine and mostly top right), stomach pains, abdominal pains when I tense my abdominal muscles hard, rumbling stomach and i feel really bloated like I'm about to explode when I eat, could it have anything to do with my appendix?

    • ANSWER:
      Pain in right lower quadrant, vomiting and fever make the classical triad symptoms of appendicitis. What you are experiencing seems to be related with hyperacidity, may be ulcer that needs to be ruled out. Take antacids or omeprazole if available OTC. Since you have already had a check up, probably they have checked your blood count too. A blood count would have revealed appendicitis.

    How can I relieve heartburn / vomiting?
    Last night I felt really restless and quite nauseated, I was sweating and couldn't keep my legs still. Today has consisted of really horrible heartburn / reflux, vomiting (only the tiniest amounts) and really really bad nausea. I feel like I've brought up whatever was making me feel sick, but I still have some symptoms remaining that I would like to ease / get rid of. Anything natural to help me would be preferred.

    • ANSWER:
      Ginger ale or Tums often helps.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Still confused? Here's a chart to highlight some of the differences in babies. (It sometimes happens that the symptoms first appear in older children or even adults, but the basics of the chart are true for them as well.)

    What are the symptoms of being pregnant?
    I just wanted to know for a friend of mine.

    • ANSWER:
      The First Trimester
      (Week 1 - Week 12)

      Six Weeks: By twenty-one days after fertilization, the embryo's tiny heart has begun beating.

      More about the First Trimester
      Your period stops or becomes very light.
      You may feel nausea or queasiness. Some women vomit. ("Morning sickness" can happen any time of day -- it may help to eat small meals throughout the day, snack on crackers or toast, or drink juice or lemonade.)
      Your breasts swell and may be tender.
      Your nipples and the area around the nipples (areola) get darker and broader.
      You have to urinate more often.
      You feel tired.
      You may become constipated and have heartburn (Tums may help).
      You may have headaches.
      You experience mood swings -- feel angry, sad, or happy for no reason.

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

    • ANSWER:
      What Is Gastritis?

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

      What Causes Gastritis?

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

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

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

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

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

      What Is the Treatment for Gastritis?

      Treatment for gastritis usually involves:

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

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

      What Is Heartburn?

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

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

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

      What Causes It?

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

    How long does a stomach bug last?
    I've had it since June, and it's been giving me acid reflux, heartburn, etc. I went to my doctor early in July, who did blood tests on me, which tested positive for a stomach virus.

    Can anyone help? Because my doctor said I should go see a gastrologist, but my mom won't take me, and I'm afraid I could have something fatal (i.e., gastroenteritis - U.S. President Zachary Talor died from it in 1850)...
    Yes, the bug is still bothering me today.

    • ANSWER:
      Gastroenteritis means inflammation of stomach & small & large intestines. Viral gastroenteritis is infection caused by variety of viruses resulting in vomiting or diarrhoea. Often called "stomach flu," although it is not caused by influenza viruses.
      What causes viral gastroenteritis? - Many different viruses can cause gastroenteritis, including rota-viruses; noroviruses; adenoviruses, types 40 and 41; sapoviruses; & astroviruses. Viral gastroenteritis is not caused by bacteria (such as Salmonella species or Escherichia coli), or parasites (such as Giardia lamblia), or by medications, or other medical conditions, although symptoms may be similar. Your doctor determines if diarrhoea is caused by virus or something else.
      What are symptoms of viral gastroenteritis? - Main symptoms are watery diarrhoea & vomiting, may also have headache, fever, & abdominal cramps ("stomach ache"). In general, symptoms begin 1 - 2 days following infection with virus & may last for 1 - 10 days, depending on which virus causes illness.
      Is viral gastroenteritis a serious illness? - For most people, it is not. Most almost always recover completely without any long-term problems. Gastroenteritis is serious illness, however, for persons who are unable to drink enough fluids to replace what they lose through vomiting or diarrhoea. Infants, young children, & persons who are unable to care for themselves, such as disabled or elderly, are at risk for dehydration from loss of fluids. Immune compromised persons are at risk for dehydration because they may get a more serious illness, with greater vomiting or diarrhoea, may need to be hospitalized for treatment to correct or prevent dehydration.
      Is the illness contagious? How are these viruses spread? - Yes, viral gastroenteritis is contagious. Viruses are spread through close contact with infected persons, or by eating or drinking contaminated foods or beverages.
      How does food get contaminated by gastroenteritis viruses? - Food may be contaminated by food preparers or handlers who have virus, especially if they do not wash their hands regularly after using bathroom. Shellfish may be contaminated by sewage, those who eat raw/undercooked shellfish harvested from contaminated waters may get diarrhoea. Drinking water can also be contaminated by sewage & be a source of spread of these viruses.
      Where & when does viral gastroenteritis occur? - Affects people in all parts of world. Each virus has its own seasonal activity. In USA, rota-virus & astrovirus infections occur during cooler months (October to April), whereas adenovirus infections occur throughout year. Norovirus infections occur year round but tend to increase in cooler months. Norovirus outbreaks can occur in settings like, schools, child care facilities, nursing homes, banquet halls, cruise ships, dormitories & campgrounds.
      Who gets viral gastroenteritis? - Anyone can get it. Occurs in people of all ages & backgrounds. Some viruses tend to cause diarrhoea disease primarily among people in specific age groups. Rota-virus infections most common in infants & young children under 5 years old. Adenoviruses & astroviruses mostly in young children, but older children and adults can also be affected. Noroviruses infect persons of all ages, including older children & adults.
      How is viral gastroenteritis diagnosed? - Generally, viral gastroenteritis is diagnosed by a physician on basis of symptoms & medical examination. Rota-virus infection can be diagnosed by laboratory testing of a stool specimen. Tests to detect other viruses that cause gastroenteritis are not in routine use, but viral gastroenteritis unit at CDC can assist with special analysis based on public health need.
      How is viral gastroenteritis treated? - Most important of treating viral gastroenteritis in children & adults is to prevent severe loss of fluids (dehydration). Treatment should begin at home. Your Dr may give you specific instructions about what kinds of fluid to give. CDC recommends, families with infants & young children keep a supply of oral re-hydration solution (ORS) at home at all times & use solution when diarrhoea first occurs in child. ORS is available at pharmacies without a prescription. Follow written directions on ORS package, & use clean or boiled water. Medications, including antibiotics (which have no effect on viruses) & other treatments, should be avoided unless specifically recommended by a physician.
      Can viral gastroenteritis be prevented? - Persons can reduce their chance of getting infected by frequent hand-washing, prompt disinfection of contaminated surfaces with household chlorine bleach-based cleaners, & prompt washing of soiled articles of clothing. Avoid food or water thought to be contaminated.

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