Waking Up With Severe Indigestion

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is honey and lemon tea the best remedy to relieve stomach cramp and constipation?
    my mum has a weak stomach and ate a t bone steak last night and woke up with severe indegestion
    i tried giving her lemon and honey tea to sip on, does anyone know if it will really work?
    she says she feels like throwing up and is crying lying down on the sofa

    is this a good remedy? anyone know?

    • ANSWER:
      Your best bet is an over the counter medication called Senna-S. If you cannot get to the store or for any other reason, you can try prune juice which is effective but takes longer. But that is for constipation. You are saying constipation yet you are saying indigestion. If indigestion There are a number of great home remedies for indigestion that you can try. One of these is to take some lemon juice and add in some curry leaf juice. You only need about a tablespoon of each. After that, add in just a pinch of sugar for flavor and drink. This gives instant relief to stomach pains, and it's a great cure for indigestion. If you have a lot of indigestion that keeps coming back, remember that warm lemon water is a great relief for indigestion as well. You should try to drink it about 3 times a day. Other people are finding out that indigestion home remedies have a lot to do with herbal teas. These herbal teas are a lot better for you than just caffeine tea. You should get tea that contains things like mint or blackberry. If you do choose to use tea as a way to cure indigestion, then be sure to drink it after you eat and not during. If none of these work for you, then it's time to pull out the baking soda. Simply take a tablespoon of baking soda, and add it to a half glass of water. Stir it up really good, and then drink. This is another remedy that works right away.

  2. QUESTION:
    I have a severe case of indigestion (gas). What can I take to relieve it?
    I lay down and wake up with indigestion and I have most of the day. I have tried Tums religiously; but it only works for a little while and the gas comes back. Do anyone have any suggestions to help. It's not it the chest area very much, it's mainly in the stomach or under the rib cage.

    • ANSWER:
      Any product containing simethicone. And review your diet for gas-producing foods then eliminate all that you can. If you need a list of such foods, run a search for "gas-producing foods".

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

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

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

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

      The main acute causes are excessive alcohol consumption or prolonged use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (also known as NSAIDs) such as aspirin or ibuprofen. Sometimes gastritis develops after major surgery, traumatic injury, burns, or severe infections. Gastritis may also occur in those who have had weight loss surgery resulting in the banding or reconstruction of the digestive tract. Chronic causes are infection with bacteria, primarily Helicobacter pylori, chronic bile reflux, stress and certain autoimmune disorders can cause gastritis as well. The most common symptom is abdominal upset or pain. Other symptoms are indigestion, abdominal bloating, nausea, and vomiting and pernicious anemia. Some may have a feeling of fullness or burning in the upper abdomen.A gastroscopy, blood test, complete blood count test, or a stool test may be used to diagnose gastritis.[4] Treatment includes taking antacids or other medicines, such as proton pump inhibitors or antibiotics, and avoiding hot or spicy foods. For those with pernicious anemia, B12 injections are given.

  4. QUESTION:
    How can I tell if I have acid reflux disease?
    When I eat spicy foods I pay in a big way, is there a way to tell if I have acid reflux disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Do symtoms increase when you lie down ? Like do you wake up at night with heartburn , or even vomiting ?

      GERD can be compared to a valve failure between the stomach and the food-pipe . This valve due to many causes will leak and allow fluid from the stomach (which contains hydrochloric acid and powerful digestive juices) to pass to the food-pipe and even up to the mouth , causing a burning sensation in the chest and throat , and sometimes even severe pain as the stomach juice burns through the inner walls of the food-pipe .

      Definite diagnosis requires ENDOSCOPY , 24 hour pH monitoring of the ESOPHAGUS (food-pipe) , also a barium meal contrast study to show how stomach contents return back into the food-pipe .

      HEY !!!
      I will tell you a cheap practical way to definitely tell if your indigestion is caused by GERD or something else !!
      Simply take an ANTACID syrup or tablets when you feel the discomfort , if it gets better right away , then you most likely have GERD !!

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

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

  6. QUESTION:
    How do you know if you have depression?
    How do you know if you suffer from depression without going to your doctor first? And if you have depression does that necessarily mean that you suicidal?

    • ANSWER:
      Two hallmarks of depression - symptoms key to establishing a diagnosis - are:

      Loss of interest in normal daily activities. You lose interest in or pleasure from activities that you used to enjoy.
      Depressed mood. You feel sad, helpless or hopeless, and may have crying spells.
      In addition, for a doctor or other health professional to diagnose depression, most of the following signs and symptoms also must be present for at least two weeks.

      Sleep disturbances. Sleeping too much or having problems sleeping can be a sign you're depressed. Waking in the middle of the night or early in the morning and not being able to get back to sleep are typical.
      Impaired thinking or concentration. You may have trouble concentrating or making decisions and have problems with memory.
      Changes in weight. An increased or reduced appetite and unexplained weight gain or loss may indicate depression.
      Agitation. You may seem restless, agitated, irritable and easily annoyed.
      Fatigue or slowing of body movements. You feel weariness and lack of energy nearly every day. You may feel as tired in the morning as you did when you went to bed the night before. You may feel like you're doing everything in slow motion, or you may speak in a slow, monotonous tone.
      Low self-esteem. You feel worthless and have excessive guilt.
      Less interest in sex. If you were sexually active before developing depression, you may notice a dramatic decrease in your level of interest in having sexual relations.
      Thoughts of death. You have a persistent negative view of yourself, your situation and the future. You may have thoughts of death, dying or suicide.
      Depression can also cause a wide variety of physical complaints, such as gastrointestinal problems (indigestion, constipation or diarrhea), headache and backache. Many people with depression also have symptoms of anxiety.

      Children, teens and older adults may react differently to depression. In these groups, symptoms may take different forms or may be masked by other conditions. Kids may pretend to be sick, worry that a parent is going to die, perform poorly in school, refuse to go to school, or exhibit behavioral problems. Older people may be more willing to discuss the physical manifestations of depression, instead of their emotional difficulties.

      Types of depression
      The main types of depression include:

      Major depression. This type of mood disturbance lasts more than two weeks. Symptoms may include overwhelming feelings of sadness and grief, loss of interest or pleasure in activities you usually enjoy, and feelings of worthlessness or guilt. This type of depression may result in poor sleep, a change in appetite, severe fatigue and difficulty concentrating. Severe depression may increase the risk of suicide.
      Dysthymia. Dysthymia (dis-THI-me-uh) is a less severe but more chronic form of depression. Signs and symptoms usually aren't disabling, and periods of dysthymia can alternate with short periods of feeling normal. Having dysthymia places you at an increased risk of major depression.
      Adjustment disorders. If a loved one dies, you lose your job or you receive a diagnosis of cancer, it's perfectly normal to feel tense, sad, overwhelmed or angry. Eventually, most people come to terms with the lasting consequences of life stresses, but some don't. This is what's known as an adjustment disorder - when your response to a stressful event or situation causes signs and symptoms of depression. Some people develop an adjustment disorder in response to a single event. In others, it stems from a combination of stressors. Adjustment disorders can be acute (lasting less than six months) or chronic (lasting longer). Doctors classify adjustment disorders based on the primary signs and symptoms of depression or anxiety.
      Bipolar disorder. Having recurrent episodes of depression and elation (mania) is characteristic of bipolar disorder. Because this condition involves emotions at both extremes (poles), it's called bipolar disorder or manic-depressive disorder. Mania affects your judgment, causing you to make unwise decisions. Some people have bursts of increased creativity and productivity during the manic phase. The number of episodes at either extreme may not be equal. Some people may have several episodes of depression before having another manic phase, or vice versa.
      Seasonal affective disorder. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a pattern of depression related to changes in seasons and a lack of exposure to sunlight. It may cause headaches, irritability and a low energy level.

  7. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever had severe chest pain during early pregnancy?
    i usually get it in the middle of the night. it happened twice now. Im wondering has anyone else experienced this before? what can it mean?

    • ANSWER:
      Heartburn? Indigestion?

      No joke. Somewhere between 4-7 months, I had the worst of it. I'd get a little bit during the day sometimes (very rare) and I'd never had it before... but during the night, I'd wake up with this uncomfortable pain. I think my body has tuned out to the food I usually want most (which happened to make it worse; way hot food). I didn't know what was wrong... but it had to be that. Taking tums before I went to sleep helped a lot, and soon after, my cravings definitely changed to not include such spicy/hot food.

      I was told to avoid eating before I go to sleep, make sure I had a few hours between to help settle the food... but even that didn't help greatly so try to avoid certain foods, take tums, give yourself time before eating and sleeping.

  8. QUESTION:
    How Do I get Better Sleep?
    I get plenty of sleep (6 to 8 hours) but I’m still finding that I’m tired and have no energy when I wake up and during the day. What sort of diet and general things I can do to improve my sleep.

    • ANSWER:
      You do NOT have to be over 30 years old or obese to have
      Obstructive Sleep Apnea. OSA affects those of all ages and
      sizes, though many with OSA do have a higher BMI (body mass index).

      Excessive sleepiness despite the hours and hours of
      sleeping is a symptom of a sleeping disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA.

      What are the signs and symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

      Loud snoring
      Dry mouth in the morning
      Unrefreshing sleep and morning grogginess
      Headaches on awakening
      Night sweats
      Indigestion during the night
      Problems with memory and concentration
      Increased urination at night
      Daytime sleepiness
      Irritabilty and/or fatigue during the day
      Depression

      The most common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea are snoring, gasping for breath, choking, short pauses in normal breathing patterns, and sudden awakening when sleeping. During the day, you may have headaches and feel extremely drowsy because you do not sleep well at night. In severe cases, obstructive sleep apnea can eventually lead to heart failure and pulmonary complications because the lungs can’t provide enough oxygen to the blood, or remove enough carbon dioxide.

      You may feel like you have slept all night or during naps, but with OSA your body is continually working in overtime to keep you breathing. When an obstruction occurs your heart rate increases to help push oxygen to your brain, your brain is telling your chest wall and abdominal wall to continue the motion of breathing to try and force the airway open. You awaken enough to take a breath and then fall back asleep where the cycle begins again.

      You may not recognize or have the other symptoms listed, but the only way to know if you have the sleep disorder is to contact your physician and request a sleep study.

      Your doctor will perform a sleep study. This is a painless test in which you stay overnight in a hospital or independant sleep study laboratory. Sleep labs are designed to be like hotel rooms. While you sleep, respiratory therapists or sleep techswill monitor and register functions such as heart rate, respiratory rate, airflow, and blood oxygen levels. A audiovisual system also records snoring and body position.

      Treatment of OSA is done with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP that splits the airway open while you sleep relieving the obstruction and the symptoms of OSA, including headaches and excessive sleepiness.

      You can get more information from
      http://www.sleepapnea.org/info/index.html

  9. QUESTION:
    Sharp pain in the stomach area while breathing in heavily?
    Hi, I woke up this morning and while i was taking a deep breath in, i got this horrible pain in my stomach and then i felt like i was going to vomit. As i continued my day every time i take a deep breath or yawn it happens again. the pain and felling like vomiting lasts for about 15 seconds and it goes away. ive never had this before. i recently had 2 shots could it be a side effect?

    • ANSWER:
      Whether it is a mild stomach ache, sharp pain, or stomach cramps, abdominal pain has numerous causes. These include:

      Indigestion
      Constipation
      Stomach "flu"
      Menstrual cramps
      Food poisoning
      Food allergies
      Gas
      Lactose intolerance
      Ulcers
      Pelvic inflammatory disease
      Hernia
      Gallstones
      Kidney stones
      Endometriosis
      Crohn's disease
      Urinary tract infection
      Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
      Appendicitis

      What Symptoms of Abdominal Pain Are Cause for Concern?

      If your abdominal pain is severe or if it is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor as soon as possible:

      Fever
      Inability to keep food down for several days
      Inability to pass stool, especially if you are also vomiting
      Vomiting blood
      Bloody stools
      Difficulty breathing
      Painful or unusually frequent urination
      The pain occurs during pregnancy
      The abdomen is tender to the touch
      The pain is the result of an injury to the abdomen in the previous days
      The pain lasts for several days

      If it continues for a few days, see a doctor.

  10. QUESTION:
    Can you feel heart attacks during sleep?
    My grandad died yesterday of a heart attack during his sleep. Would he of felt anything? or would he of known? This was a shock to me and I'm so confused.

    • ANSWER:
      I am so sorry that this happened to your grandfather. Of course He may have felt something and woke up but couldn't make it to yell for help.

      @silentdogood, those are signs of a stroke not a heart attack
      Symptoms of a heart attack are
      Shortness of breath
      Chest pain
      Jaw pain
      cold and clammy skin
      Sense of impending doom
      Anxiety
      shooting arm pains
      Syncope
      moderate or severe Indigestion
      Nausea.

  11. QUESTION:
    can depression and anxiety cause dizziness and a heavy head feeling?
    I have had depression and anxiety but I'v been having weird symptoms like a heavy head, drowzy and dizzy feelings, could this all be because of depression and anxiety? can the mind create imaginary symptoms? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      The physical symptoms of depression include:

      •Changes in appetite
      This is the most common symptom of depression. Although typically, your appetite may decrease significantly, other people can express depression by excessive eating and weight gain.

      •Changes in sleeping patterns
      Many people with depression experience insomnia, reduced or disturbed sleep, difficulty of getting to sleep or waking up early and become unable to go back to sleep. In fact, 80% of clinically depressed patients report complaints of insomnia. However, other people may also sleep too much, which is often seen in patients who experience an increase in appetite.

      •Chronic fatigue and exhaustion
      When you are experiencing a sudden decrease in energy, this feeling may become severe to a point where even the smallest tasks seem strenuous to accomplish.

      •Headaches
      Another common physical symptom of depression, headaches can be mild to severe. However, if you have a history of migraines, headaches may become more persistent if you’re depressed.

      •Chest pain
      There has been evidence that depression raises the risks of heart diseases and increases the severity of existing cardiac problems. When you experience chest pains, it's advisable to check with your doctor to evaluate if it's related to heart problems or depression alone.

      •Digestive problems
      Depression can trigger certain digestive problems such as an inflated stomach, difficulty to urinate, stomach acidity, diarrhea, indigestion, and chronic constipation.

      •Musculoskeletal pains
      People with back pains or Scoliosis will suffer with relentless back pain if depressed. Other times, you may experience tenderness in your neck, muscles and joints. These symptoms may show up alone, or in any combination. However, if depression remains untreated, it may lead serious changes in your body’s structure, such as bone mass insufficiency leading to osteoporosis.

      •Nausea
      Due to different physical changes you may experience, you are likely to experience dizziness or lightheadedness caused by lack of sleep or food as well as headaches.

      •Agitation and physical slowing
      This occurs to people with severe depression. Anxiety can be seen when a person cannot sit still in one place and squeeze his or her hands constantly. On the other hand, some people may move and talk slowly. These two conditions can be experienced alone or alternatively.

  12. QUESTION:
    Why do painkillers make your stomach hurt?
    I took some vicodin last night for a sprained ankle... It was prescribed to my sister, not to me. An hour after taking it, I became severely nauseous and almost vomitted twice. I didn't feel better until I laid down to sleep, and even then I woke up every hour with a stomach ache. Am I allergic to painkillers? Do painkillers do this normally?
    They are 35mg pills, which I've been prescribed to several times in the past.

    • ANSWER:
      Many of your bodies cells have enzymes inside them called COX (short for cyclooxygenase). There are two main types, funnily enough called COX1 and COX2.
      a) COX1: like a housekeeper, it does important day to day stuff like protecting your stomach lining against stomach acid, maintaining blood flow to kidneys, etc
      b) COX2: this form plays a role in creating the pain, swelling, redness, heat that happens when a part of your body gets inflamed.
      Anyhoo, most pain killers (eg aspirin, paracetamol [Tylenol], ibuprofen) work by blocking COX enzymes, trying to stop the nasty COX2 that causes all the pain and inflammation. Butttt unfortunately COX1 often gets inhibited too, meaning that in large doses (or even sometimes in therapeutic doses) those lovely pain killers also stop the housekeeping functions, resulting in:
      - stomach upset, reflux/indigestion, or if severe ulcers
      - kidney impairment, or if severe acute renal failure

      These side effects can be reduced by taking the recommended doses, having them on a full stomach, and ensuring you stay well hydrated

  13. QUESTION:
    I know that there are quite a number of people on here and all over for that matter that are suffering from?
    stress, anxiety and depression. What I really want to know is what exactly are your physical symptoms because I have this also and would like to know if my ailments are similiar to anyone else out there, Any ans. would be greatly appreicated.

    • ANSWER:
      Depression is a disorder that affects your thoughts, moods, feelings, behavior and even your physical health. People used to think it was "all in your head" and that if you really tried, you could "snap out of it" or just "get over it." But doctors now know that depression is not a weakness, and it's not something you can treat on your own. Depression is a medical disorder with a biological and chemical basis.

      Sometimes a stressful life event triggers depression. Other times depression seems to occur spontaneously with no identifiable specific cause. Depression is much more than grieving or a bout of the blues.

      Depression may occur only once in a person's life. Often, however, it occurs as repeated episodes over a lifetime, with periods free of depression in between. Or it may be a chronic condition, requiring ongoing treatment over a lifetime.

      People of all ages and races suffer from depression. Medications are available that are generally safe and effective, even for the most severe depression. With proper treatment, most people with serious depression improve, often within weeks, and can return to normal daily activitiesTwo hallmarks of depression — symptoms key to establishing a diagnosis — are:

      Loss of interest in normal daily activities. You lose interest in or pleasure from activities that you used to enjoy.
      Depressed mood. You feel sad, helpless or hopeless, and may have crying spells.
      In addition, for a doctor or other health professional to diagnose depression, most of the following signs and symptoms also must be present for at least two weeks.

      Sleep disturbances. Sleeping too much or having problems sleeping can be a sign you're depressed. Waking in the middle of the night or early in the morning and not being able to get back to sleep are typical.
      Impaired thinking or concentration. You may have trouble concentrating or making decisions and have problems with memory.
      Changes in weight. An increased or reduced appetite and unexplained weight gain or loss may indicate depression.
      Agitation. You may seem restless, agitated, irritable and easily annoyed.
      Fatigue or slowing of body movements. You feel weariness and lack of energy nearly every day. You may feel as tired in the morning as you did when you went to bed the night before. You may feel like you're doing everything in slow motion, or you may speak in a slow, monotonous tone.
      Low self-esteem. You feel worthless and have excessive guilt.
      Less interest in sex. If you were sexually active before developing depression, you may notice a dramatic decrease in your level of interest in having sexual relations.
      Thoughts of death. You have a persistent negative view of yourself, your situation and the future. You may have thoughts of death, dying or suicide.
      Depression can also cause a wide variety of physical complaints, such as gastrointestinal problems (indigestion, constipation or diarrhea), headache and backache. Many people with depression also have symptoms of anxiety.

      Children, teens and older adults may react differently to depression. In these groups, symptoms may take different forms or may be masked by other conditions. Kids may pretend to be sick, worry that a parent is going to die, perform poorly in school, refuse to go to school, or exhibit behavioral problems. Older people may be more willing to discuss the physical manifestations of depression, instead of their emotional difficulties.

      Types of depression
      The main types of depression include:

      Major depression. This type of mood disturbance lasts more than two weeks. Symptoms may include overwhelming feelings of sadness and grief, loss of interest or pleasure in activities you usually enjoy, and feelings of worthlessness or guilt. This type of depression may result in poor sleep, a change in appetite, severe fatigue and difficulty concentrating. Severe depression may increase the risk of suicide.
      Dysthymia. Dysthymia (dis-THI-me-uh) is a less severe but more chronic form of depression. Signs and symptoms usually aren't disabling, and periods of dysthymia can alternate with short periods of feeling normal. Having dysthymia places you at an increased risk of major depression.
      Adjustment disorders. If a loved one dies, you lose your job or you receive a diagnosis of cancer, it's perfectly normal to feel tense, sad, overwhelmed or angry. Eventually, most people come to terms with the lasting consequences of life stresses, but some don't. This is what's known as an adjustment disorder — when your response to a stressful event or situation causes signs and symptoms of depression. Some people develop an adjustment disorder in response to a single event. In others, it stems from a combination of stressors. Adjustment disorders can be acute (lasting less than six months) or chronic (lasting longer). Doctors classify adjustment disorders based on the primary signs and symptoms of depression or anxiety.
      Bipolar disorder. Having recurrent episodes of depression and elation (mania) is characteristic of bipolar disorder. Because this condition involves emotions at both extremes (poles), it's called bipolar disorder or manic-depressive disorder. Mania affects your judgment, causing you to make unwise decisions. Some people have bursts of increased creativity and productivity during the manic phase. The number of episodes at either extreme may not be equal. Some people may have several episodes of depression before having another manic phase, or vice versa.
      Seasonal affective disorder. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a pattern of depression related to changes in seasons and a lack of exposure to sunlight. It may cause headaches, irritability and a low energy level.

  14. QUESTION:
    How do u know if u are going through depression?
    I mean I'm sure everybody has their really sad days..and it might continue for a while...but how would you know if u are going through "depression" without going to c a doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      Depression- Signs and symptoms

      Two hallmarks of depression — symptoms key to establishing a diagnosis — are:

      Loss of interest in normal daily activities. You lose interest in or pleasure from activities that you used to enjoy.

      Depressed mood. You feel sad, helpless or hopeless, and may have crying spells.

      In addition, for a doctor or other health professional to diagnose depression, most of the following signs and symptoms also must be present for at least two weeks.

      Sleep disturbances. Sleeping too much or having problems sleeping can be a sign you're depressed. Waking in the middle of the night or early in the morning and not being able to get back to sleep are typical.
      Impaired thinking or concentration. You may have trouble concentrating or making decisions and have problems with memory.

      Changes in weight. An increased or reduced appetite and unexplained weight gain or loss may indicate depression.
      Agitation. You may seem restless, agitated, irritable and easily annoyed.

      Fatigue or slowing of body movements. You feel weariness and lack of energy nearly every day. You may feel as tired in the morning as you did when you went to bed the night before. You may feel like you're doing everything in slow motion, or you may speak in a slow, monotonous tone.
      Low self-esteem. You feel worthless and have excessive guilt.

      Thoughts of death. You have a persistent negative view of yourself, your situation and the future. You may have thoughts of death, dying or suicide.

      Depression can also cause a wide variety of physical complaints, such as gastrointestinal problems (indigestion, constipation or diarrhea), headache and backache. Many people with depression also have symptoms of anxiety.

      Children, teens and older adults may react differently to depression. In these groups, symptoms may take different forms or may be masked by other conditions. Kids may pretend to be sick, worry that a parent is going to die, perform poorly in school, refuse to go to school, or exhibit behavioral problems. Older people may be more willing to discuss the physical manifestations of depression, instead of their emotional difficulties.

      Types of depression

      The main types of depression include:

      Major depression. This type of mood disturbance lasts more than two weeks. Symptoms may include overwhelming feelings of sadness and grief, loss of interest or pleasure in activities you usually enjoy, and feelings of worthlessness or guilt. This type of depression may result in poor sleep, a change in appetite, severe fatigue and difficulty concentrating. Severe depression may increase the risk of suicide.

      Dysthymia. Dysthymia (dis-THI-me-uh) is a less severe but more chronic form of depression. Signs and symptoms usually aren't disabling, and periods of dysthymia can alternate with short periods of feeling normal. Having dysthymia places you at an increased risk of major depression.

      Adjustment disorders. If a loved one dies, you lose your job or you receive a diagnosis of cancer, it's perfectly normal to feel tense, sad, overwhelmed or angry. Eventually, most people come to terms with the lasting consequences of life stresses, but some don't. This is what's known as an adjustment disorder — when your response to a stressful event or situation causes signs and symptoms of depression. Some people develop an adjustment disorder in response to a single event. In others, it stems from a combination of stressors. Adjustment disorders can be acute (lasting less than six months) or chronic (lasting longer). Doctors classify adjustment disorders based on the primary signs and symptoms of depression or anxiety.

      Bipolar disorder. Having recurrent episodes of depression and elation (mania) is characteristic of bipolar disorder. Because this condition involves emotions at both extremes (poles), it's called bipolar disorder or manic-depressive disorder. Mania affects your judgment, causing you to make unwise decisions. Some people have bursts of increased creativity and productivity during the manic phase. The number of episodes at either extreme may not be equal. Some people may have several episodes of depression before having another manic phase, or vice versa.

      Seasonal affective disorder. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a pattern of depression related to changes in seasons and a lack of exposure to sunlight. It may cause headaches, irritability and a low energy level.

  15. QUESTION:
    do i have early warning signs of a heart attack?
    When i used to smoke sometimes my heart would beat irregularly. I stopped smoking but my heart beat seems to be a bit iregular. I don;t want to go to bed (it is 11.25 pm) as i am scared i will wake upand be having a heart attack. wot do u think

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms include:
      chest pain: usually located in the centre of your chest and can feel like a sensation of pressure, tightness or squeezing
      pain in other parts of the body: it can feel as if the pain is travelling from your chest to your arms (usually the left arm is affected, but it can affect both arms), jaw, neck, back and abdomen
      shortness of breath
      feeling sick
      being sick
      an overwhelming sense of anxiety (similar to having a panic attack)
      feeling light headed
      coughing
      wheezing
      The level of pain can vary significantly from person to person. For many the pain is severe and it has been described as feeling like ‘an elephant sitting on my chest’. For others, pain can be minor and similar to that experienced during indigestion.
      Also, people with diabetes, some women, and older people do not experience any chest pain at all.
      It is not the level of chest pain that is important in determining whether you are having a heart attack, it’s the overall pattern of symptoms that is important.
      Do not worry if you have doubts about whether your symptoms indicate you are having a heart attack. Assume that you are having a heart attack and dial for an ambulance immediately.

  16. QUESTION:
    How do you know if your sinking into depression?

    • ANSWER:
      Bonjour madam

      Signs and symptoms
      Two hallmarks of depression — symptoms key to establishing a diagnosis — are:

      Loss of interest in normal daily activities. You lose interest in or pleasure from activities that you used to enjoy.
      Depressed mood. You feel sad, helpless or hopeless, and may have crying spells.
      In addition, for a doctor or other health professional to diagnose depression, most of the following signs and symptoms also must be present for at least two weeks.

      Sleep disturbances. Sleeping too much or having problems sleeping can be a sign you're depressed. Waking in the middle of the night or early in the morning and not being able to get back to sleep are typical.
      Impaired thinking or concentration. You may have trouble concentrating or making decisions and have problems with memory.
      Changes in weight. An increased or reduced appetite and unexplained weight gain or loss may indicate depression.
      Agitation. You may seem restless, agitated, irritable and easily annoyed.
      Fatigue or slowing of body movements. You feel weariness and lack of energy nearly every day. You may feel as tired in the morning as you did when you went to bed the night before. You may feel like you're doing everything in slow motion, or you may speak in a slow, monotonous tone.
      Low self-esteem. You feel worthless and have excessive guilt.
      Less interest in sex. If you were sexually active before developing depression, you may notice a dramatic decrease in your level of interest in having sexual relations.
      Thoughts of death. You have a persistent negative view of yourself, your situation and the future. You may have thoughts of death, dying or suicide.
      Depression can also cause a wide variety of physical complaints, such as gastrointestinal problems (indigestion, constipation or diarrhea), headache and backache. Many people with depression also have symptoms of anxiety.

      Children, teens and older adults may react differently to depression. In these groups, symptoms may take different forms or may be masked by other conditions. Kids may pretend to be sick, worry that a parent is going to die, perform poorly in school, refuse to go to school, or exhibit behavioral problems. Older people may be more willing to discuss the physical manifestations of depression, instead of their emotional difficulties.

      Types of depression
      The main types of depression include:

      Major depression. This type of mood disturbance lasts more than two weeks. Symptoms may include overwhelming feelings of sadness and grief, loss of interest or pleasure in activities you usually enjoy, and feelings of worthlessness or guilt. This type of depression may result in poor sleep, a change in appetite, severe fatigue and difficulty concentrating. Severe depression may increase the risk of suicide.
      Dysthymia. Dysthymia (dis-THI-me-uh) is a less severe but more chronic form of depression. Signs and symptoms usually aren't disabling, and periods of dysthymia can alternate with short periods of feeling normal. Having dysthymia places you at an increased risk of major depression.
      Adjustment disorders. If a loved one dies, you lose your job or you receive a diagnosis of cancer, it's perfectly normal to feel tense, sad, overwhelmed or angry. Eventually, most people come to terms with the lasting consequences of life stresses, but some don't. This is what's known as an adjustment disorder — when your response to a stressful event or situation causes signs and symptoms of depression. Some people develop an adjustment disorder in response to a single event. In others, it stems from a combination of stressors. Adjustment disorders can be acute (lasting less than six months) or chronic (lasting longer). Doctors classify adjustment disorders based on the primary signs and symptoms of depression or anxiety.
      Bipolar disorder. Having recurrent episodes of depression and elation (mania) is characteristic of bipolar disorder. Because this condition involves emotions at both extremes (poles), it's called bipolar disorder or manic-depressive disorder. Mania affects your judgment, causing you to make unwise decisions. Some people have bursts of increased creativity and productivity during the manic phase. The number of episodes at either extreme may not be equal. Some people may have several episodes of depression before having another manic phase, or vice versa.
      Seasonal affective disorder. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a pattern of depression related to changes in seasons and a lack of exposure to sunlight. It may cause headaches, irritability and a low energy level.

      Just keep the mind occupied and you wont be depressed, do sports and keep bussy most importantly, exercise helps,

      dont eat too much, i used to do that when i was young and m mum used to leave for paris and left me on my own here

      good luck madam

      aurevoir

  17. QUESTION:
    How it feels to be pregnant.....?
    We are trying for a baby and I was just wondering how it felt to be pregnant. Not to be gross, but you know when you have diarrhea how you get really bad stabbing pains in your belly....... Is that how it feels to be pregnant?

    • ANSWER:
      No! Pregnancy does not feel like that at all.

      During your first trimester you usually feel nauseated and you may have a lot of headaches, sore breasts, extreme fatigue-basically a lot of the same symptoms you get on your mentrual cycle but worse!

      Then the 2nd trimester (months 4,5 and 6) is usually the best because all of your nausea is gone and your body is adjusting to being pregnant--not too many aches or pains at all and that is when you can first feel the baby move inside you as well! I always felt GREAT during that stage and you are starting to show and feeling really good about being pregnant! Not at all like diarreah pains...lol!

      The last trimester is harder because the baby is growing inside of you and getting larger and pushing on your insides! You get heartburn and indigestion, you make wake up with severe leg cramps, it's harder to sleep because the baby may be laying in a position that gives you a bad pain in your side (that has happened ot me a lot!) or for other reasons, the list just goes on!

      Do you mean how do the contractions feel--are they like stabbing diarreah pains? I would not describe them like that! Contractions and labor pains are very intense and you feel like you are being squeezed very tightly during a contraction during the early stages of labor, but as it goes on the pain is extreme and intensifies--NOTHING like diarreah pains at all in my opinion!

      You will LOVE being pregnant--I always did and I have 6 children! Best of luck to you in trying :)

  18. QUESTION:
    should i go to the hospital for this?
    yesterday i had some taco bell. i woke up today with severe abdominal pain (like 7.5/10) -- so bad that i can't stand up straight because it causes too much pain... im not vomiting or ill in any other way but the abdominal pain is unbearable. i just dont want to waste the doctors time becausei have indigestion from crappy food or whatever... what is your opinion, should i go to the ER or not?

    • ANSWER:
      I would go if that pain is still there.

  19. QUESTION:
    Klonopin help indigestion chest pain?
    Okay so I went off to vacation and forgot my heartburn meds. Now I have severe indigestion pains and they are really bad going into my arm mimicking heart attack symptoms. i was wondering if klonopin will help this? i hardly take these only as needed for anxiety, will this help some of the pain? no im not having a heart attack, i just got visited the ER and forgot to ask them. ekg was normal. thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think klonopin will help indegestion pain, but it might help you to sleep and you might feel better when you wake up.

  20. QUESTION:
    27 weeks pregnant, abdominal, diarreah and sickness?
    It started around 'midnight last night where I woke with severe abdominal pains High up, thinking its indigestion, have been sick 4 times in total but constantly have diarreah! Was finding it difficult to breathe with the pains last night, although the Pains have stopped I still have diarreah and really bad hemoriods ( sorry for too much info)

    Should I contact the hospital?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the emergency

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

    • ANSWER:

  22. QUESTION:
    I'm having a really hard time sleeping?
    I get tired around 8pm and I go to sleep which seems like forever I even sometimes dream. Then I wake up at 11 or 12. Stay up until 3 or 4 until I'm tired again. Wake up at 6am and it repeats its self.

    I also wake up really hungry and my mouth is always really full of saliva and my head hurts and my eyes are red.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello K,

      Home Remedies for Insomnia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      TAKE CARE! Mama Bear

  23. QUESTION:
    i dont know if im depressed or just upset. anyone know anything?
    iv been trying to figure out if im depressed. i dont think i have any reason to be but sometimes i get very down. i hate my high school and i hate home. the only place im happy is with my friends but even still i get upset when im with them and either dont show it or just automatically suppress my feelings without even trying. i have a few suicidal tendencies. i try to talk to my friends but they have their own problems and i am forced to help them instead. I've harmed my self a few times when im really upset. but i still dont feel im depressed because in public i tend to act happy without trying almost as if i am happy but the second i am alone i want to fall on the floor and cry. someone just tell me am i being a teenager or is there something wrong with me?

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry. That must be hard. You do sound depressed though. A lot of people , and I mean A LOT of people try to hide their feelings. They call these people "stuffers." Short term gain, Long tem pain. I am also very concerned about your "suicidal tendencies." People that are depressed tend to have that kind of behavior if it is severe.Depression is a disorder that affects your thoughts, moods, feelings, behavior and even your physical health. People used to think it was "all in your head" and that if you really tried, you could "snap out of it" or just "get over it." But doctors now know that depression is not a weakness, and it's not something you can treat on your own. Depression is a medical disorder with a biological and chemical basis.

      Sometimes a stressful life event triggers depression. Other times depression seems to occur spontaneously with no identifiable specific cause. Depression is much more than grieving or a bout of the blues.

      Depression may occur only once in a person's life. Often, however, it occurs as repeated episodes over a lifetime, with periods free of depression in between. Or it may be a chronic condition, requiring ongoing treatment over a lifetime.

      People of all ages and races suffer from depression. Medications are available that are generally safe and effective, even for the most severe depression. With proper treatment, most people with serious depression improve, often within weeks, and can return to normal daily activities.

      **Two hallmarks of depression — symptoms key to establishing a diagnosis — are

      -Loss of interest in normal daily activities. You lose interest in or pleasure from activities that you used to enjoy.

      -Depressed mood. You feel sad, helpless or hopeless, and may have crying spells.

      In addition, for a doctor or other health professional to diagnose depression, most of the following signs and symptoms also must be present for at least two weeks.

      Sleep disturbances. Sleeping too much or having problems sleeping can be a sign you're depressed. Waking in the middle of the night or early in the morning and not being able to get back to sleep are typical.
      Impaired thinking or concentration. You may have trouble concentrating or making decisions and have problems with memory.
      Changes in weight. An increased or reduced appetite and unexplained weight gain or loss may indicate depression.
      Agitation. You may seem restless, agitated, irritable and easily annoyed.
      Fatigue or slowing of body movements. You feel weariness and lack of energy nearly every day. You may feel as tired in the morning as you did when you went to bed the night before. You may feel like you're doing everything in slow motion, or you may speak in a slow, monotonous tone.
      Low self-esteem. You feel worthless and have excessive guilt.
      Less interest in sex. If you were sexually active before developing depression, you may notice a dramatic decrease in your level of interest in having sexual relations.
      Thoughts of death. You have a persistent negative view of yourself, your situation and the future. You may have thoughts of death, dying or suicide.
      Depression can also cause a wide variety of physical complaints, such as gastrointestinal problems (indigestion, constipation or diarrhea), headache and backache. Many people with depression also have symptoms of anxiety.

      Children, teens and older adults may react differently to depression. In these groups, symptoms may take different forms or may be masked by other conditions. Kids may pretend to be sick, worry that a parent is going to die, perform poorly in school, refuse to go to school, or exhibit behavioral problems. Older people may be more willing to discuss the physical manifestations of depression, instead of their emotional difficulties.

      Types of depression
      The main types of depression include:

      Major depression. This type of mood disturbance lasts more than two weeks. Symptoms may include overwhelming feelings of sadness and grief, loss of interest or pleasure in activities you usually enjoy, and feelings of worthlessness or guilt. This type of depression may result in poor sleep, a change in appetite, severe fatigue and difficulty concentrating. Severe depression may increase the risk of suicide.

      If you show little interest in once-enjoyable activities, if you feel sad, helpless, tired or worthless, and if your eating and sleeping habits have changed greatly, see your doctor to determine if you have depression.

      Depression is a serious illness that can take a terrible toll on individuals and families. Untreated, depression can lead to a downward spiral of disability, dependency and suicide. Women attempt suicide more often than men do, but men are much more likely to succeed in killing themselves. The rate of suicide is four times greater for men. Men over 70 are the most likely to commit suicide.

      Certain warning signs may indicate serious depression and the possibility of suicide. Take any threat of suicide seriously, even if the person is already being treated for depression. If you see any of the following danger signs, call a doctor, mental health clinic or suicide hot line immediately:

      -Pacing, agitated behavior, frequent mood changes and sleeplessness for several nights
      -Actions or threats of assault, physical harm or violence
      -Threats or talk of death or suicide, such as "I don't care anymore," or "You won't need to worry about me much longer"
      -Withdrawal from activities and relationships
      -Putting affairs in order, such as saying goodbye to friends, giving away prized possessions or writing a will
      -A sudden brightening of mood after a period of being depressed
      -Unusually risky behavior, such as buying or handling a gun or driving recklessly

      I would definetely seek some treatment, before it gets worse, believe me, it will sooner or later creep up on you when you think you are happy.

      Alot of "teens" express anger , but it really is depression. They are scared, or embarrased, but I would talk to somebody.

      Treatment: Therapy or Medications. Or both....most effective.

      Take Care!!!

      Self-help organizations have become potent allies for people who are coping with mental illness or who care about someone with such an illness. For depression or other mental illnesses, self-help groups include:

      National Mental Health Association (NMHA): (800) 969-6642; or, in a crisis: (800) SUICIDE (784-2433)
      National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI): (800) 950-6264
      Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: (800) 826-3632

  24. QUESTION:
    I am disturbed by this dream what could it mean?
    I was dreaming that I was donating some of my skin so a friend could have a tummy tuck.I remember them hooking me to the IV and telling me when I woke up that I would feel severe pain and it was going to be hard.I was watching as they marked up the girl who I never saw before but I guess was someone I was donating my skin too.I wake up the next day and feel no pain but keep anticipating when the pain will start up again.I lay in bed and am afraid to move,the nurse comes and tells me to slide this plate under my butt so when I turn I do not rip my stiches,anyway no one is taking me seriously everyone is smiling and even my husband doesnt seem too concerned hes annoyed really and wants to be left alone.I end up turning the wrong way in the night and rip my stiches It starts to bleed,I keep anticipating pain but there is none.They bring a morphine shot and IV drip and I start feeling doped up.My husband doesnt seem to take me seriously he moves in slow motion.
    at one point during the dream I woke up and realized I was in my bed and thought I saw blood in my sheets,i was scared but too tired to check so i went back to sleep and back into my dream.

    some rough person came to do harm to me,but i dont remember the reason why,the dream fades after that
    i wanted to add my wound that was bleeding was on my back.....and my back was cut straight across

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with Willoughby Belch, now known as Hairy Caray, in addition I would add these:

      Blood : To dream that you are bleeding or losing blood, signifies that you are suffering from exhaustion or that you are feeling emotionally drained. It may also denote bitter confrontations between you and your friends. Your past actions has come back to haunt you.
      Body: To dream about your own body, signifies your level of self-worth and self-esteem. Often times, these qualities are dependent on your physical appearance or how your perceive yourself. The dream body also reflects your conscious identity. The body is also representative of your state of health.
      Abdomen: To see your abdomen in a dream, refers to your natural instincts and repressed emotions. This symbol may also have a strictly physiological factor where you may be experiencing constipation or indigestion. Emotionally, seeing your abdomen in your dream may imply something in your real life that you "cannot stomach" or have difficulties accepting You want to get it out of your system.
      To dream that you abdomen is exposed, signifies trust and vulnerability. You may be expressing a desire to express your primal emotions/instincts.
      Stomach: To see your own stomach in your dream, suggests the beginning of new changes in your life. The dream may highlight your difficulties with accepting these changes. It is also indicative of how you can no longer tolerate or put up with a particular situation, relationship, or person. The stomach is often seen as the center of emotions.
      Skin: To dream of your skin, represents protection or shield of your inner self. It serves as a physical boundary and how close you let others get to you. Alternatively, it may indicate that you are being to superficial or shallow
      Anesthesia : (Morphine)
      To use anesthesia in your dream, suggests that you are trying to suppress your emotions instead of confronting them. There may be situation in your life that you are desperately trying to avoid. You are refusing to take responsibility for your actions.
      Injection: To dream that you are being injected for health reasons, suggests your need for healing behavior/ideas/attitudes. You need to develop yourself on a mental and spiritual level.

  25. QUESTION:
    I have abdominal pain + left side of the stomach hurts?!?
    Yesterday the pain was in my upper stomach (The section right under my boobs) and when I woke up, The pain is on the left side side of my body and I have slight abdominal pain. If this helps, I am sexually active but I've had abdominal pain before I had sex so I don't think having sex has anything to do with it. Can you tell me what it might be and what should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Some of the more common digestive-system causes of left-sided abdominal pain include intestinal gas accompanied by abdominal distension, indigestion, colitis, Pancreatitis, Diverticulitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or renal problems affecting the left kidney or ureter. If the pain is new, sharp or severe, contact a physician for advice.

      http://www.ehow.com/about_4687816_causes-leftsided-abdominal-pain.html

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

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like your gallbladder. If you could put your fingers up under that rib and go up about an inch or two I bet you might come unglued.You having abnomral bowel movements goes hand and hand with it too. Monitor for elevated tempts.
      Here is an overview of symptoms to monitor:The primary symptom is typically a steady gripping or gnawing pain in the upper right abdomen near the rib cage, which can be quite severe and can radiate to the upper back. Some patients with biliary colic experience the pain behind the breast bone.
      Nausea or vomiting may occur.
      Changes in position, over-the-counter pain relievers, and passage of gas do not relieve the symptoms.
      Biliary colic typically disappears after 1 to several hours. If it persists beyond this point then acute cholecystitis or more serious conditions may be present.
      The episodes typically occur at the same time of day but less frequently than once a week. Large or fatty meals can precipitate the pain, but it usually occurs several hours after eating and often wakes the patient during the night.
      Recurrence is common but attacks can be years apart. In one study, for example, 30% of people who had had 1 or 2 attacks experienced no further biliary pain over the next 10 years.
      Digestive complaints such as belching, feeling unduly full after meals, bloating, heartburn (burning feeling behind the breast bone), or regurgitation (acid back-up in the food pipe) are not likely to be caused by gallbladder disease. Conditions that may cause these symptoms include peptic ulcer disease,GERD or indigestion.

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

  27. QUESTION:
    Anyone had lower abdomen pain?
    I woke the other night with a strong stitch like pain in my lower abdomen. Has anyone experienced the same? Or does anyone have any suggestions as to what it could be?

    • 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 :)

  28. QUESTION:
    how to cure an insomia in the most effective ways?

    • ANSWER:
      Try the Natural Cure. Every thing is listed in detail so that you know it better.

      Insomnia or sleeplessness has assumed alarming proportions in present times, especially among the upper classes in urban areas. This is evident from the wide range of medication for this condition prescribed by physicians and sold by chemists. Instances of persons taking an overdose of sleeping pills with fatal results are quite frequent. Insomnia deprives a person of mental rest and thereby interferes with his activities in the daytime. It constitutes a severe health hazard when it becomes a habit.

      Sleep is a periodic state of rest for the body which is absolutely essential for its efficient functioning. Sleep gives relief from tension, rests the brain and body and a person wakes up in the morning fresh and relaxed after sleep. The amount of sleep, however, varies within very wide limits from individual to individual. Normally, 7-8 hours of sleep every night is adequate for most people. Some, however, do well with four to five hours because their sleep is deeper and more refreshing.

      Insomnia is common among the elderly for a variety of reasons. The sleep of the elderly is often punctuated by brief periods of wakefulness during the night. In such cases it is the quality rather than the quantity which is most affected. With age, there is gradual reduction of periods of deep sleep. The older person, therefore, gets roused easier. Sleep requirements also diminish with ageing. From 9 hours of sleep per night at the age of 12 the average sleep needs decrease to 8 hours at the age of 20, seven hours at 40, 6-1/2 hours at 60, and 6 hours at 80.

      Symptoms: The signs of pathological insomnia are dramatic changes in the duration and quality of sleep, persistent changes in sleep patterns, lapses of memory, and lack of concentration during the day. Other symptoms are emotional instability, loss of coordination, confusion, and a lingering feeling of indifference.

      Causes: The most common cause of sleeplessness is mental tension brought about by anxiety, worries, overwork, and overexcitement. Suppressed feelings of resentment, anger and bitterness may also cause insomnia. Constipation, dyspepsia, over-eating at night, excessive intake of tea or coffee, and going to bed hungry are among the other causes. Smoking is another unsuspected cause of insomnia as it irritates the nervous system, especially the nerves of the digestive system. Often, worrying about falling asleep is enough to keep one awake.

      The Cure: Sleeping pills are no remedy for sleeplessness. They are habit forming and become less effective when taken continuously. They lower the I.Q., dull the brain and can prove fatal if taken in excess or before or after alcohol. The side-effects of sleeping pills include indigestion, skin rashes, lowered resistance to infection, circulatory and respiratory problems, poor appetite, high blood pressure, kidney and liver problems and mental confusion.

      To overcome the problem, one should adhere to a regular sleeping schedule, going to bed at a fixed time each night and getting up at a fixed time each morning. Early to bed and early to rise is a good rule. Two hours of sleep before midnight are more beneficial than four after. It is sheer folly for students, at examination times, to keep awake till long after midnight, drinking one cup of tea after another, as that is only apt to cause blackness and inability to concentrate in the examination hall.

      Research has shown that people with chronic insomnia almost invariably marked deficiencies of such key nutrients as B-complex vitamins, and vitamin C and D as also calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, and zinc. The sleep mechanism is unable to function efficiently unless each of these nutrients is present in adequate amounts in the diet.

      A balanced diet with simple modifications in the eating pattern will go a long way in the treatment and cure of insomnia. Such a diet should exclude white flour products, sugar and its products, tea, coffee, chocolate, cola drinks, alcohol, fatty foods, fried foods, foods containing additives, that is chemicals for preserving, colouring and flavouring, excessive use of salt, and strong condiments.

      In the modified eating pattern, breakfast should consist of fresh and dried fruits, whole cereals, seeds and yogurt. Of the two main meals, one should consist of a large mixed salad and the other should be protein-based. A cup of milk sweetened with honey at bedtime is helpful as the amino-acid tryptophan contained in milk induces sleep.

      Sleep is often elusive. Any attempt to force it only drives it further away. It is better to divert the mind with soft music or light reading. While going to bed, visualise a blank black wall occupying the entire field of vision. Turn your thoughts to light and cheerful matters. Use light bed clothes and relax. Do not lie on your back, put on your side with one or both knees brought well up and the head and shoulders slightly forward. During the night, the position of the arms and legs should be changed frequently and a healthy sleeper usually shifts from one side to the other several times in the course of the night.

      Controlled breathing is also a great help in inducing sleep. The method is to lie on your side in bed, and then take three deep breaths expanding the abdomen completely. Then hold your breath as long as you can. Next, take three more breaths and repeat the breath holding. While you hold your breath, carbon dioxide accumulates in the body and induces natural sleep. Regular, active exercising during the day and mild exercise at bedtime enhances the quantity and the quality of sleep. Exercise stimulates the elimination of lactic acid from the body which correlates with stress and muscular tension. Regular exercise also produces hormonal changes which are beneficial to the body and to the sleep pattern. Walking, jogging, skipping, swimming are all ideal exercises. Vigorous exercise should, however, be avoided at night as this can be over-stimulating.

      Yogasanas: Yoga helps a majority of cases of insomnia in two ways. Firstly, yoga treatment helps tone up the glandular, respiratory, and nervous system. Secondly, yoga also gives physical and mental relaxation as a safety value for one’s disturbing problems. The traditional yogasanas which are effective for insomnia patients are shirsana, sarvangasana, paschimottanasana, uttanasan, viparitakarni and shavasana.

      Hydrotherapy is also effective in treatment of insomnia. Application of hot packs to the spine before retiring, hot fomentation to the spine, hot footbath, or an alternate hot and cold footbath at bedtime are all time tested methods. The cold hip bath with the feet in hot water and the prolonged neutral immersion bath (92 o to 96 o F) at bed time, when one’s nerves are usually irritable, are also effective measures.

      Along with the various measures for the treatment of insomnia, all efforts should be made to eliminate as many stress factors as possible. The steps in this direction should include regular practice of any relaxation method or meditation technique, cultivating the art of doing things slowly (particularly activities like eating, walking and talking) limiting the working day to 9-10 hours and five and a half days weekly, cultivating a creative hobby and spending some time daily on this, avoiding working against unrealistic targets and completing one task before starting another.

      Good Luck, Have a Good Sleep.

  29. QUESTION:
    What are the signs of depression............?
    in a teen and depression in general. And when you go to the doctor how do you tell them that you think you might be depressed and then what do they do to find out. Thx.

    • ANSWER:
      Loss of interest in normal daily activities. You lose interest in or pleasure from activities that you used to enjoy.
      Depressed mood. You feel sad, helpless or hopeless, and may have crying spells.
      In addition, for a doctor or other health professional to diagnose depression, most of the following signs and symptoms also must be present for at least two weeks.

      Sleep disturbances. Sleeping too much or having problems sleeping can be a sign you're depressed. Waking in the middle of the night or early in the morning and not being able to get back to sleep are typical.
      Impaired thinking or concentration. You may have trouble concentrating or making decisions and have problems with memory.
      Changes in weight. An increased or reduced appetite and unexplained weight gain or loss may indicate depression.
      Agitation. You may seem restless, agitated, irritable and easily annoyed.
      Fatigue or slowing of body movements. You feel weariness and lack of energy nearly every day. You may feel as tired in the morning as you did when you went to bed the night before. You may feel like you're doing everything in slow motion, or you may speak in a slow, monotonous tone.
      Low self-esteem. You feel worthless and have excessive guilt.
      Less interest in sex. If you were sexually active before developing depression, you may notice a dramatic decrease in your level of interest in having sexual relations.
      Thoughts of death. You have a persistent negative view of yourself, your situation and the future. You may have thoughts of death, dying or suicide.
      Depression can also cause a wide variety of physical complaints, such as gastrointestinal problems (indigestion, constipation or diarrhea), headache and backache. Many people with depression also have symptoms of anxiety.

      Children, teens and older adults may react differently to depression. In these groups, symptoms may take different forms or may be masked by other conditions. Kids may pretend to be sick, worry that a parent is going to die, perform poorly in school, refuse to go to school, or exhibit behavioral problems. Older people may be more willing to discuss the physical manifestations of depression, instead of their emotional difficulties.

      Types of depression
      The main types of depression include:

      Major depression. This type of mood disturbance lasts more than two weeks. Symptoms may include overwhelming feelings of sadness and grief, loss of interest or pleasure in activities you usually enjoy, and feelings of worthlessness or guilt. This type of depression may result in poor sleep, a change in appetite, severe fatigue and difficulty concentrating. Severe depression may increase the risk of suicide.
      Dysthymia. Dysthymia (dis-THI-me-uh) is a less severe but more chronic form of depression. Signs and symptoms usually aren't disabling, and periods of dysthymia can alternate with short periods of feeling normal. Having dysthymia places you at an increased risk of major depression.
      Adjustment disorders. If a loved one dies, you lose your job or you receive a diagnosis of cancer, it's perfectly normal to feel tense, sad, overwhelmed or angry. Eventually, most people come to terms with the lasting consequences of life stresses, but some don't. This is what's known as an adjustment disorder — when your response to a stressful event or situation causes signs and symptoms of depression. Some people develop an adjustment disorder in response to a single event. In others, it stems from a combination of stressors. Adjustment disorders can be acute (lasting less than six months) or chronic (lasting longer). Doctors classify adjustment disorders based on the primary signs and symptoms of depression or anxiety.
      Bipolar disorder. Having recurrent episodes of depression and elation (mania) is characteristic of bipolar disorder. Because this condition involves emotions at both extremes (poles), it's called bipolar disorder or manic-depressive disorder. Mania affects your judgment, causing you to make unwise decisions. Some people have bursts of increased creativity and productivity during the manic phase. The number of episodes at either extreme may not be equal. Some people may have several episodes of depression before having another manic phase, or vice versa.
      Seasonal affective disorder. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a pattern of depression related to changes in seasons and a lack of exposure to sunlight. It may cause headaches, irritability and a low energy level.

  30. QUESTION:
    Can I be experiencing withdrawal?
    I take the 10ml percocets sometimes. friday i took 1 or 2, saturday i took one and half, sunday i took 2, monday i took none, today i woke up 4am and felt nauseous, this morning i was still quite sick (diarrhea - bleh) and headache so i took a half (5ml) and felt fine. I'm wondering if even though i'm not taking that many, can i be going through withdrawal? i don't take them everyday, just happen to take them for a few days in a row.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, this is a mild withdrawal. You will feel pretty sick, but I'm surprised you are having intestinal purging since these types of medicines cause constipation. If you took more to feel better, it is definitely a sign your body needs it to cope and feel normal again. I suggest plenty of water, because you do seem dehydrated, a solid meal with lots of fiber (whole grains, fruits, greens), eat yogurt or take a probiotic, and a good amount of rest between taking another. If you don't need to take them, don't. If you have pain only take OTC's, ib profin works best.

      Our bodies are all different, even taking a small amount, especially with opiates, can form a dependency, creating a withdrawal effect. It does not seem severe enough to put you in the hospital, but your body is having a hard time adjusting to the chemical. Opiates are notorious for causing indigestion problems and slowing down bodily functions.

      Use common sense, and if all directions seem to point at danger, seek medical attention.

      Be safe and take care.

  31. QUESTION:
    pain to the right of my belly button?
    i woke up in the middle of the night and my stomach was hurting i tossed and turned for hours than i got up toke a couple of Tylenol and i was able to fall asleep for about 2 hours. as the day has bin going on ive noticed the pain is to the right side of my belly button. i cant walk straight im hunched over when i walk and i can hardly eat and i am a guy. plz help if theres any questions i will repost asap with the answers

    • ANSWER:
      This could possibly be appendicitis! What you described here sounds exactly like this:

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

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

      You may have appendicitis if:

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

      (taken directly from http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/appendicitis-symptoms)

  32. QUESTION:
    What's good for a hangover?

    Hey Goody2Shoes...it's not Christian to judge people. I had some red wine last night and I am petite so it messed me up. Jesus drank wine for crying out loud so stop judging people!

    • ANSWER:
      Eat before you go out-

      Holiday times are cool, office parties and free booze etc, so who wouldn't be tempted at a little over indulgence?
      To keep that hangover at bay, you should eat loads before you get your glad rags on and go to that party.
      Looks like Barry from Eastenders (right) hasn't been paying much attention though; misery guts!
      On this occasion (and only this occasion!), a fatty meal is beneficial - as fat is digested slowly, and will protect the stomach from the irritating effects of alcohol.
      A glass of fatty milk slows down the absorption of alcohol.
      But don't make the basic mistake of thinking you're safe now.
      Fat slows down intake; it does not negate intake!
      And when you're there? ... Lighten up
      Avoid drinks that contain large amounts of "congeners", as these tend to cause more severe hangovers.
      Generally, these are dark-coloured drinks such as red wine, brandy, and port.

      Have some soft drinks too-

      If you have a non-fizzy soft drink or water between each alcoholic tipple, you'll drink less booze and ultimately have a less severe hangover. It's a way of kidding yourself basically.
      BUT (there's always a BUT) fizzy drinks do help to speed up the amount of alcohol going into the bloodstream.
      Also alcohol is very dehydrating (this is the main cause of a hangover headache) so if you drink water between vodkas you'll be more hydrated and less likely to wake up with a splitting headache! Yippee!
      Some people even recommend hydration tablets.

      Get some fresh air-

      If it's safe for you to walk home then the activity and the fresh air will help you sober up and to feel better in the morning.
      Drink... something else!
      Next time you roll out of the pub bladdered, thinking you barely have the energy to brush your teeth before you go to sleep, pause for a second and think about gulping some water before you to sleep.
      You're hungover because you're dehydrated. Water combats dehydration.
      Bingo!
      This is the best way to cure your hangover then: drink a pint of water before you go to bed. You won't feel so rubbish in the morning.
      Or, before crashing out, remember to drink some orange juice, because the vitamin C speeds up the metabolism of the alcohol by the liver.

      Have some toast -

      A lack of sugar is responsible for that wobbly trembling feeling, and it will settle your stomach too, so whack up your blood sugar level by eating, well, almost anything!
      A sports drink contains everything you need and is a convenient alternative.
      If you still wake up with a hangover?
      Taken all the advice above and still feel like someone's dropped a ton of concrete on your head?
      Well here's what to do (and what not too do) to make yourself feel a tad better...

      Fry-up-

      After a hard night's boozing, your digestive system is under a lot of strain, so bacon, sausages and the works may cause indigestion, but fat contains lots of calories, so you will get a much-needed energy boost.
      And eggs and meat are rich in the amino acid, cysteine, which is thought to be good at clearing out toxins.
      So does it work?
      Yes-ish, but it wouldn't hurt to get some of the food grilled.

      Painkillers-

      Avoid ibuprofen and aspirin as these will just make your stomach even more irritated. Paracetemol is a safer option. Some people swear by sea sickness tablets to stop that overwhelming sickness feeling.
      To be honest though you're better off avoiding painkillers altogether if you can. You've already spent the night giving your liver a good solid kicking and popping pills just gives your poor liver even more work to do.

      Hair of the dog-

      There is scientific evidence to prove this works, but only in the short term!
      While your body is busy dealing with a new intake of booze, it suspends its torture until you're done drinking again - and then it's back to hangover hell.
      So basically by doing this you're just avoiding the inevitable, so don't bother!

      Caffeine-

      Some people swear by a can of coke, cup of tea or black coffee. However, these will only make you feel better for a short time.
      A hangover is a sign of dehydration... caffeine causes dehydration… ER, work it out dude!
      It's a combination destined to make your head hurt.

      Water-

      You're hungover because you're dehydrated. Water combats dehydration. Bingo!
      So, if you din't drink water before crashing out, then drink a pint of water every hour of the day.

      Fruit Juice-

      The best sort is freshly squeezed and works because it replaces lost vitamins.
      The fruit sugar boosts your energy levels and may help your body get rid of toxins.
      If it feels too acidic, water it down, add it to a smoothie with banana and yoghurt, or try less acidic vegetable juice.

      Sleep-

      Try to get as much sleep as possible. Your body is working extra hard to rectify the mess you've made of your internal organs. This will make you sluggish.
      If your banging headache's not keeping you awake - go back to sleep!... so your poor neglected body doesn't have as much work to do..

  33. QUESTION:
    Nasel problems affecting stomach and lungs.?
    For the last year this person seems to have mucus coming from her sinus' all the time. Huge amounts are running down the back of her throat and into her stomach and lungs. She has horrible coughing jags where it gets so bad that she can throw up or wet herself. She can't lay down at night because her throat fills up and brings on a coughing jag waking her up every hour or so. She is constantly blowing her nose... there isn't any infection as it is clear. She can't seem to do much talking as it also brings on the coughing.

    She has no insurance and can't go to the doctor unless she is in a life threatening situation. She simply can't afford it. She also suffers from severe indigestion.

    I am trying to get her to go to the doctor. What could this be? An allergy? What?
    Also could this give her an ulcer too?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like an allergy, real severe. She can try a netti pot to rinse it out her sinuses. If it gets real bad, she can always go to a ER and they will have to treat her regardless of insurance. Has she tried taking a benadryl before bed?

  34. QUESTION:
    Negative test. Now new signs???!?
    About a week and a half ago I woke up in the early am feeling ridiculously hot, needing to throw up. I threw up quite a bit and for the rest if the day I felt as tho I had a hangover!!! (it wasn't tho) I was very dizzy, hot, and my lower back ached extremely bad. The next few days I felt like I had severe indigestion and decided to take an hpt since my breasts were very sore as well. It came out negative. My indigestion is still going on my breasts aren't AS sore anymore tho. Last night after using the restroom I noticed pinkish discharge and I have a bit of cramping.
    My period has always been out of whack so I'm not too sure about ovulation and all that.
    If this was so called implantation bleeding is it too soon to test again?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be. You should trust your gut. No pun intended.

  35. QUESTION:
    looking for natural cures for depression other than meds?
    what worked for you?

    • ANSWER:
      If we offered you a miracle remedy that cures "depression" would you buy it? Certainly you would. You won’t find it in a Pharmacy but at the Grocery Store.

      Try the Natural Cures for Depression.

      Depression is the most prevalent of all the emotional disorders. This may vary from feelings of slight sadness to utter misery and dejection. It brings together a variety of physical and psychological symptoms which together constitute a syndrome.

      Depression is the most unpleasant experience a person can endure. It is far more difficult to cope with than a physical ailment. The growing complexities of modern life and the resultant crisis, as well as mental stress and strain in day-to-day living, usually leads to this disorder. It also arises out of the monotony and drudgery of a daily routine, without any meaningful variation in urban life. Suicide is the major risk in extreme cases of depression.

      Symptoms: It is not always easy to diagnose depression clinically. The most striking symptoms of depression are feelings of acute sense of loss and inexplicable sadness, loss of energy, and loss of interest. The patient usually feels tired and lacks interest in the world around him. Sleep disturbance is frequent. Usually the patient wakes up depressed at 4 or 5 in the morning and is unable to return to sleep. Other disturbed sleep patterns are difficulty in getting off to sleep on going to bed at night, nightmares and repeated waking from midnight onwards.

      The patient often suffers from guilt, oppressive feelings, and self-absorption. Other symptoms of depression are: loss of appetite, giddiness, itching, nausea, agitation, irritability, impotence or frigidity, constipation, aches and pains all over the body, lack of concentration and lack of power of decision. Some persons may lose interest in eating and suffer from rapid loss of weight while others may resort to frequent eating and as a result gain in weight.

      Cases of severe depression may be characterized by low body temperature, low blood pressure, hot flushes, and shivering.

      The external manifestations represent a cry for help from the tormented mind of the depressed persons. The severely depressed patient feels worthless and is finally convinced that he himself is responsible for his undoing and his present state of hopeless despair.

      Causes: Depleted functioning of the adrenal glands is one of the main causes of mental depression. Irregular diet habits cause digestive problems and lead to the assimilation of fats. An excess of carbohydrates like cereals, white sugar, coffee, tea, chocolates and comparatively less quantities of vegetables and fruits in the diet may result in indigestion. Due to indigestion, gases are produced in the digestive tract, causing compression over the diaphragm in the region of the heart and lungs. This in turn, reduces the supply of oxygen to the tissues, which raises the carbon dioxide level, causing general depression.

      The excessive and indiscriminate use of drugs also leads to faulty assimilation of vitamins and minerals by the body and ultimately causes depression. The use of aspirin leads to deficiencies of vitamin C and antacids can cause deficiencies of calcium and vitamin B. Diabetes, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), and weakness of the liver resulting from the use of refined or processed foods, fried foods, and an excessive intake of fats may also lead to depression.

      The Cure: The modern medical system treats depression with anti-depression drugs which provide temporary relief but have harmful side-effects and do not remove the causes or prevent its recurrence. The harmful side effects include gross liver damage, hypersensitivity, insomnia, hallucinations, a confused state, convulsions, a fall in blood pressure which brings on headaches and dizziness, blurred vision, difficulty in inhaling and urine retention. The plan of action for self-treatment of depression consists of regulating the diet, exercise, scientific relaxation, and meditation.

      Diet has a profound effect on the mental health of a person. Even a single nutritional deficiency can cause depression in susceptible people. Dr. Pricilla, associate clinical professor at the University of California, prescribes nutritional therapy to build up brain chemicals, such as serotonin and norepinephrine that affect mood and are often lacking in depressed people. She recommends eating foods rich in B vitamins, such as whole grains, green vegetables, eggs and fish.

      The diet of persons suffering from depression should completely exclude tea, coffee, alcohol, chocolate, and cola, all white flour products, sugar, food colorings, chemical additives, white rice, and strong condiments. The diet should be restricted to three meals. Fruits can be taken in the morning for breakfast with milk and a handful of nuts and seeds. Lunch may consist of steamed vegetables, whole-wheat chappatis and a glass of buttermilk. For dinner, green vegetable salad and all available sprouts such as alfalfa seeds, mung, cottage cheese or a glass of buttermilk would be ideal.

      Activity and Exercise: The depressive mood can be overcome by activity. Those who are depressive will forget their misery by doing something. They should turn away from themselves and consider others. At home they can take to decorating, repairing or constructing something new. The pleasure of achievement overcomes the distress of misery.

      Exercise also plays an important role in the treatment of depression. It not only keep the body physically and mentally fit but also provides recreation and mental relaxation, it is nature’ best tranquilizer. According to Dr. Robert Brown, a clinical associate professor at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. "Exercise produces chemical and psychological changes that improves your mental health. It changes the levels of hormones in blood and may elevate your beta-endorphins(mood-affecting brain chemicals). Exercise may also improve the function of the autonomic nervous system."

      Exercise also gives a feeling of accomplishment and thus reduces the sense of helplessness. Some form of active exercise, must be undertaken each day at a regular hour. To be really useful, exercise should be taken in such a manner as to bring into action all the muscles of the body in a natural way. Walking is one such exercise. It is, however, so gentle in character that one must walk several kilometers in a brisk manner to constitute a fair amount of exercise. Yogic asanas such as vakrasana, bhujangasana, shalabhasana, halasana, paschimottanasana, sarvangasana and shavasana and pranayamas like kapalbhati, anuloma-viloma and bhastrika are highly beneficial in the treatment of depression.

      Relaxation and Meditation: The patient must gain control over his nervous system and chanelize his mental and emotional activities into restful harmonious vibrations. This can be achieved by ensuring sufficient rest and sleep under right conditions. He must also learn the art of scientific relaxation and meditation which will go a long way in curing depression.

      Relaxation enables the muscles to work more efficiently and eliminates fatigue by promoting venous blood circulation throughout the body. The best method of relaxation is to practice shavasana or the ‘dead pose.’ The procedure for this asana has been outlined in chapter 7 on yoga therapy.

      Meditation involves training the mind to remain fixed on a certain external or internal location. All the mental faculties should be directed, without cessation, towards the object of meditation. It can be achieved by constant practice. It will be advisable to meditate on God or Atman as one becomes imbued with the quality of the object on which one meditates.

      Meditation will help create an amount of balance in the nervous system. This would enable the glands to return to a correct state of hormonal balance and thereby overcome the feeling of depression. Regularity of time, place and practice are very important in meditation. Regularity conditions the mind to slowing down its activities with a minimum delay. The most effective times are early dawn and dusk, when the atmosphere is serene and peaceful.

      A neutral immersion bath for one hour daily is also helpful in the treatment of depression. This bath is administered in a bathtub which should be properly fitted with hot and cold water connections. The patient should lie in the tub after filling it with water at a temperature ranging from 92 degrees to 98 degrees F. The head should be kept cold with a cold compress.

      Hope this helps, Good Luck.

  36. QUESTION:
    i have heartburn and indigestion with purging in the morning and im not pg what is wrong docs say im fine.?
    im a vegetarian since i was like 13-14 and im now 22 ive noticed recently past yr or so i havent been feelin well. seen many doctors who say nothings wrong but my stomach never feels quite right and in the past week ive had to purge every morning...and im not pregnant! before and after purging i have severe heartburn and indigestion, and usually have to go number 2 simultaneously. the purging stops after bout an hour of being woke but the rest comes and goes a little to frequently for me. ive elevated my bed recently to help the indigestion and am not takin any otc or presc. i wanna try orange peel extract should i??

    • ANSWER:
      Your stomach, under normal circumstances, is full of acid. When you eat, the food sits in the stomach full of acid and is broken down into very small particles so it can be digested.

      If you do not have enough acid in your stomach, the food will just sit there and ferment. This is indigestion.

      When the food starts to ferment, you will start to bloat as gasses build up. Now, because the stomach is still full of food, as it is not passing into the intestine to be metabolised, these gasses can cause the stomach to erupt and push the food up the esophagus. When this happens (apart from throwing the food up completely) the small amount of acid that is mixed in with the food burns the esophagus and this is called 'heartburn'.

      This is mis-named 'acid reflux'. It shouldn't be called this as it is not because you have too much acid that is causing the reflux but it's as I described above.

      The simple fact is that you DON'T HAVE ENOUGH acid in your stomach to break down the food.

      You need more acid, not less, so don't take antacids. Instead, take a desertspoon of vinegar each day. This will increase the acids in your stomach and should relieve the discomfort you feel and settle things down.

      The Gall bladder is the storage unit for these stomach acids so you need to work out which is the problem -- the Gall bladder or stomach acids.

      So, you could add some Flax seed oil, Lecithin and vitamin C to your diet . The vitamin C will neutralise free radicals sufficiently in the liver so it can perform its function of producing bile -- thats what the Flax seed oil and Lecithin are for -- production of bile (stomach acids). Avocados are good for their oil and fats, too.

      The fact that you are vegetarian is good as you should not only be off red meat but should also stay away from dairy.

      Drink vegetable juices and lots of water (8-10 glasses per day).

      If after about three weeks of this you dont feel any relief AT ALL (which I doubt) you may need to consult a naturopath on the condition of your Gall bladder -- there may be a problem there but I dont think so as you havent mentioned any pain associated with this condition.

      .

  37. QUESTION:
    Acid Reflux and Lump in throat while pregnant? Hernia?
    I found out I am pregnant on Jan. 26. Due to irregular periods, I do not know how far along I am until my ultrasound next week. I have been going to the only prenatal program here in town, but have received pretty much no care as of yet. So, I have switched and will be driving an hour and a half to a women's clinic where I have an appointment with a midwife.

    I have been having throat problems for a month now. I finally figured out what it is and want to kick myself for not figuring it out sooner. I have some severe acid reflux. My throat and espophogus hurt everyday. Sometimes it feels like I have drank Drano. After figuring out what it is, I have stopped eating all foods that are triggers--but it is still so raw and painful. I have to sleep sitting up now. I have been chewing tums, but haven't wanted to take anything else til I talk with the midwife.

    I am also suffering from morning sickness. I have been doing a lot of dry heaving and throwing up. For the past two and a half weeks, on top of the throat pain, I constantly feel like something is in my throat. I feel it on the left side every time I swallow and sometimes even when I am not swallowing, I can still feel it there. It is worse when I am trying to sleep and sleeping. I feel like I am choking. Sometimes I just want to stick my finger down my throat and try to clear it. I wake up choking sometimes. It is so frustrating to never have any relief. When I hold a flashlight down my throat and cough the right way, I can actually see something pink and fleshy behind my left tonsil which I am sure it what I feel when I swallow. Sometimes it feels like it is creeping into the middle of my throat, and I swallow just the right way and it moves back. I just always feel it. I feel like I am going crazy. I know that feeling a lump in the throat is a symptom of acid reflux. But, I actually do have something back there and not just a feeling.

    Does anyone have an experience with this or any idea what it could me. Is it possible I have given myself a hernia in my throat from all the straining? Is this something that a midwife will be able to help with or should I go see someone else about it? If it is a hernia, what kind of relief is there? Can you get surgery while pregnant. I don't know if I can make it much longer with this problem. It is just so constant, and I feel so desperate for it to go away.

    I will also take advice on how to deal with the acid reflux while pregnant as well.

    • ANSWER:
      I've never dealt with pregnancy and I'm not sure this will help you but I had bad acid reflux a while ago so i really feel for you. Tums and Tagamet helped me but the only thing that made it go away was probiotics. I dunno--i couldnt see anything stuck in my throat; it was more like my food kept trying to crawl back up my esophagus and I kept trying to cough and I felt weird pressure on my chest (also got nausea after eating). Anyways probiotics apparently help with GI issues. There are probiotic supplements but obviously you'd need to talk to a doctor before you consider those, but there are natural sources of probiotics you can eat such as yogurt, kefir, sour krout, Kim chee (maybe skip this one cause it smells like raw sewage), and that Yakult stuff or Activia--which is manufactured, but has live active cultures. In fact, last time I was at the grocery store I noticed they now have a bunch of Kefir smoothies and kefir is supposed to be a good probiotic... If you decide to try it, try adding them to your diet slowly. I took a supplement that had a lot and my indigestion almost seemed to get worse at times before it got better over the first two weeks until it pretty much disappeared. I was getting it every day up until then and it was driving me crazy. When i stopped taking probiotics for a week it came back so for me at least, they seem to work for acid reflux.

  38. QUESTION:
    Can anyone suggest medicine for insomnia.Is it treatable or one lives with it.?
    The ordinary medicine is tranqlizers like valium and other benzo diazepam products.However, one is required to increase the dose to make them effective and the possiblity of going into depression is also not removed.hall be grateful if the proper medicine is suggested.

    • ANSWER:
      Try the Natural Cures.

      Insomnia or sleeplessness has assumed alarming proportions in present times, especially among the upper classes in urban areas. This is evident from the wide range of medication for this condition prescribed by physicians and sold by chemists. Instances of persons taking an overdose of sleeping pills with fatal results are quite frequent. Insomnia deprives a person of mental rest and thereby interferes with his activities in the daytime. It constitutes a severe health hazard when it becomes a habit.

      Sleep is a periodic state of rest for the body which is absolutely essential for its efficient functioning. Sleep gives relief from tension, rests the brain and body and a person wakes up in the morning fresh and relaxed after sleep. The amount of sleep, however, varies within very wide limits from individual to individual. Normally, 7-8 hours of sleep every night is adequate for most people. Some, however, do well with four to five hours because their sleep is deeper and more refreshing.

      Insomnia is common among the elderly for a variety of reasons. The sleep of the elderly is often punctuated by brief periods of wakefulness during the night. In such cases it is the quality rather than the quantity which is most affected. With age, there is gradual reduction of periods of deep sleep. The older person, therefore, gets roused easier. Sleep requirements also diminish with ageing. From 9 hours of sleep per night at the age of 12 the average sleep needs decrease to 8 hours at the age of 20, seven hours at 40, 6-1/2 hours at 60, and 6 hours at 80.

      Symptoms: The signs of pathological insomnia are dramatic changes in the duration and quality of sleep, persistent changes in sleep patterns, lapses of memory, and lack of concentration during the day. Other symptoms are emotional instability, loss of coordination, confusion, and a lingering feeling of indifference.

      Causes: The most common cause of sleeplessness is mental tension brought about by anxiety, worries, overwork, and overexcitement. Suppressed feelings of resentment, anger and bitterness may also cause insomnia. Constipation, dyspepsia, over-eating at night, excessive intake of tea or coffee, and going to bed hungry are among the other causes. Smoking is another unsuspected cause of insomnia as it irritates the nervous system, especially the nerves of the digestive system. Often, worrying about falling asleep is enough to keep one awake.

      The Cure: Sleeping pills are no remedy for sleeplessness. They are habit forming and become less effective when taken continuously. They lower the I.Q., dull the brain and can prove fatal if taken in excess or before or after alcohol. The side-effects of sleeping pills include indigestion, skin rashes, lowered resistance to infection, circulatory and respiratory problems, poor appetite, high blood pressure, kidney and liver problems and mental confusion.

      To overcome the problem, one should adhere to a regular sleeping schedule, going to bed at a fixed time each night and getting up at a fixed time each morning. Early to bed and early to rise is a good rule. Two hours of sleep before midnight are more beneficial than four after. It is sheer folly for students, at examination times, to keep awake till long after midnight, drinking one cup of tea after another, as that is only apt to cause blackness and inability to concentrate in the examination hall.

      Research has shown that people with chronic insomnia almost invariably marked deficiencies of such key nutrients as B-complex vitamins, and vitamin C and D as also calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, and zinc. The sleep mechanism is unable to function efficiently unless each of these nutrients is present in adequate amounts in the diet.

      A balanced diet with simple modifications in the eating pattern will go a long way in the treatment and cure of insomnia. Such a diet should exclude white flour products, sugar and its products, tea, coffee, chocolate, cola drinks, alcohol, fatty foods, fried foods, foods containing additives, that is chemicals for preserving, colouring and flavouring, excessive use of salt, and strong condiments.

      In the modified eating pattern, breakfast should consist of fresh and dried fruits, whole cereals, seeds and yogurt. Of the two main meals, one should consist of a large mixed salad and the other should be protein-based. A cup of milk sweetened with honey at bedtime is helpful as the amino-acid tryptophan contained in milk induces sleep.

      Sleep is often elusive. Any attempt to force it only drives it further away. It is better to divert the mind with soft music or light reading. While going to bed, visualise a blank black wall occupying the entire field of vision. Turn your thoughts to light and cheerful matters. Use light bed clothes and relax. Do not lie on your back, put on your side with one or both knees brought well up and the head and shoulders slightly forward. During the night, the position of the arms and legs should be changed frequently and a healthy sleeper usually shifts from one side to the other several times in the course of the night.

      Controlled breathing is also a great help in inducing sleep. The method is to lie on your side in bed, and then take three deep breaths expanding the abdomen completely. Then hold your breath as long as you can. Next, take three more breaths and repeat the breath holding. While you hold your breath, carbon dioxide accumulates in the body and induces natural sleep. Regular, active exercising during the day and mild exercise at bedtime enhances the quantity and the quality of sleep. Exercise stimulates the elimination of lactic acid from the body which correlates with stress and muscular tension. Regular exercise also produces hormonal changes which are beneficial to the body and to the sleep pattern. Walking, jogging, skipping, swimming are all ideal exercises. Vigorous exercise should, however, be avoided at night as this can be over-stimulating.

      Yogasanas: Yoga helps a majority of cases of insomnia in two ways. Firstly, yoga treatment helps tone up the glandular, respiratory, and nervous system. Secondly, yoga also gives physical and mental relaxation as a safety value for one’s disturbing problems. The traditional yogasanas which are effective for insomnia patients are shirsana, sarvangasana, paschimottanasana, uttanasan, viparitakarni and shavasana.

      Hydrotherapy is also effective in treatment of insomnia. Application of hot packs to the spine before retiring, hot fomentation to the spine, hot footbath, or an alternate hot and cold footbath at bedtime are all time tested methods. The cold hip bath with the feet in hot water and the prolonged neutral immersion bath (92 o to 96 o F) at bed time, when one’s nerves are usually irritable, are also effective measures.

      Along with the various measures for the treatment of insomnia, all efforts should be made to eliminate as many stress factors as possible. The steps in this direction should include regular practice of any relaxation method or meditation technique, cultivating the art of doing things slowly (particularly activities like eating, walking and talking) limiting the working day to 9-10 hours and five and a half days weekly, cultivating a creative hobby and spending some time daily on this, avoiding working against unrealistic targets and completing one task before starting another.

      Hope this helps, Good Luck.

  39. QUESTION:
    Severe chest pain? I'm only 19.?
    About 12 hours ago i was sleeping and kept waking up with severe pain radiating through my torso. It has subsided throughout today though, but now it's just hitting me again. I'm sweating, dizzy and having trouble breathing, but I think that may be because I'm panicking.

    Could it just be gas? Or indigestion? Or random muscle pain? I don't want to waste anyone's time going to the hospital; I know there are REAL emergencies and I don't want to get in the way of that.

    If I was 40 years older I'd be booking it to the hospital so fast. But I'm only 19, should I just wait it out?

    • ANSWER:
      Everyone is entitled to emergency treatment regardless of age. Take one or two regular aspirin and try to rest. Or most cities have Ask a Nurse telephone help lines. Ours is found inside the front cover of the White Pages and the Yellow Pages.Try calling them and relaying your symptoms and frequency. They will give you some solid information.
      Do not shove it under the rug! Your health is important.

  40. QUESTION:
    Digestive problem, concerned?
    I woke up Saturday morning with extreme indigestion and fullness (after drinking the night before and having McDonald's), I blamed it on those things but it is now Wednesday and still have not been able to eat since then. I constantly feel full and have pain just below my sternum down my left rib cage. This morning I woke up with severe pain in my kidneys an that was not subsided. Tuesday night my bowel movement was black and hard. My doc is just blaming it all on acid reflux but I just don't feel right after acid reducers or the PPI he prescribed. Very concerned just want answers

    • ANSWER:
      Black stool typically indicates blood in the small intestines (eg. brown and red mixture). There are many reasons that this could have occurred including injesting something not soluable that may have scratched its way through the intestines. If this is a single occurrance, maybe doc is correct. If it continues, you better get a second opinion.

  41. QUESTION:
    Is it possible i have E - COLI ?
    ok so basically my mum works alot and while shes not at home i eat microwavable burgers , i allways cook them for 10 seconds more than the allocated time,
    but this morning i have woke up and i have belly cramps i feel like my stomach is crushed and feeling slightly sick , whats the chances?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi
      pain in stomach could be due to indigestion or flatulence. You may get loose motion if the stuff ahs not digested properly. If you are pasing more frequent bowel motion and vomiting and severe pain then consult doctor. Otherwise just give rest to your stomach and take lemon juice with little bit salt. Two homeopathy medicines I am prescribing that wil fix your problem instantly. Lycopodium 30 and pulsatila 30 . Take those two medicines one after another same time. Every 15 minutes interval 4 times it wil be cured. For detail contact at http://www.multicarehomeopathy.com/contact-us.php Thank you

  42. QUESTION:
    Severe Heartburn & Acid Indigestion, please help!?
    About 4 days per week I wake up with AWFUL indigestion. Today is the worst it has ever been. I have extreme tightening in my upper stomach, I have excessive belching, and I have an awful headache. I honestly feel like my eyeballs are floating in acid, that is no exaggeration. My throat burns, it is absolutely awful. I have taken 6 TUMS and drank 1 tsp of baking soda dissolved in water. Nothing is helping....can someone please help me?

    • ANSWER:
      I suffered with something similar to this a few years ago, and it was due to extreme stress. I always felt like I was going to vomit because of the awful indigestion feeling. I went to my doctor after a while, and she simply advised that I started taking Pepcid AC twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed. Also, before every meal, I took two Tums to help stop the indigestion before it started. After a few weeks of this routine, I felt back to normal. Good luck and feel better!

  43. QUESTION:
    i think im depressed, what are the symptoms?
    well i think i might but not sure, I would just like to know the symptoms. any help would be appreciated
    wow. thank you for the help.
    I think i am depressed and now can get help but it's kinda embarrassing. i do have actually many of the symptoms. thank you for your help once again

    • ANSWER:
      Two hallmarks of depression — symptoms key to establishing a diagnosis — are:

      * Loss of interest in normal daily activities. You lose interest in or pleasure from activities that you used to enjoy.

      * Depressed mood. You feel sad, helpless or hopeless, and may have crying spells.

      In addition, for a doctor or other health professional to diagnose depression, most of the following signs and symptoms also must be present for at least two weeks.

      * Sleep disturbances. Sleeping too much or having problems sleeping can be a sign you're depressed. Waking in the middle of the night or early in the morning and not being able to get back to sleep are typical.

      * Impaired thinking or concentration. You may have trouble concentrating or making decisions and have problems with memory.

      * Changes in weight. An increased or reduced appetite and unexplained weight gain or loss may indicate depression.

      * Agitation. You may seem restless, agitated, irritable and easily annoyed.

      * Fatigue or slowing of body movements. You feel weariness and lack of energy nearly every day. You may feel as tired in the morning as you did when you went to bed the night before. You may feel like you're doing everything in slow motion, or you may speak in a slow, monotonous tone.

      * Low self-esteem. You feel worthless and have excessive guilt.

      * Less interest in sex. If you were sexually active before developing depression, you may notice a dramatic decrease in your level of interest in having sexual relations.

      * Thoughts of death. You have a persistent negative view of yourself, your situation and the future. You may have thoughts of death, dying or suicide.

      Depression can also cause a wide variety of physical complaints, such as gastrointestinal problems (indigestion, constipation or diarrhea), headache and backache. Many people with depression also have symptoms of anxiety.

      Children, teens and older adults may react differently to depression. In these groups, symptoms may take different forms or may be masked by other conditions. Kids may pretend to be sick, worry that a parent is going to die, perform poorly in school, refuse to go to school, or exhibit behavioral problems. Older people may be more willing to discuss the physical manifestations of depression, instead of their emotional difficulties.

      Types of depression
      The main types of depression include:

      * Major depression. This type of mood disturbance lasts more than two weeks. Symptoms may include overwhelming feelings of sadness and grief, loss of interest or pleasure in activities you usually enjoy, and feelings of worthlessness or guilt. This type of depression may result in poor sleep, a change in appetite, severe fatigue and difficulty concentrating. Severe depression may increase the risk of suicide.

      * Dysthymia. Dysthymia (dis-THI-me-uh) is a less severe but more chronic form of depression. Signs and symptoms usually aren't disabling, and periods of dysthymia can alternate with short periods of feeling normal. Having dysthymia places you at an increased risk of major depression.

      * Adjustment disorders. If a loved one dies, you lose your job or you receive a diagnosis of cancer, it's perfectly normal to feel tense, sad, overwhelmed or angry. Eventually, most people come to terms with the lasting consequences of life stresses, but some don't.

      This is what's known as an adjustment disorder — when your response to a stressful event or situation causes signs and symptoms of depression. Some people develop an adjustment disorder in response to a single event. In others, it stems from a combination of stressors.

      Adjustment disorders can be acute (lasting less than six months) or chronic (lasting longer). Doctors classify adjustment disorders based on the primary signs and symptoms of depression or anxiety.

      * Bipolar disorder. Having recurrent episodes of depression and elation (mania) is characteristic of bipolar disorder. Because this condition involves emotions at both extremes (poles), it's called bipolar disorder or manic-depressive disorder. Mania affects your judgment, causing you to make unwise decisions. Some people have bursts of increased creativity and productivity during the manic phase. The number of episodes at either extreme may not be equal. Some people may have several episodes of depression before having another manic phase, or vice versa.

      * Seasonal affective disorder. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a pattern of depression related to changes in seasons and a lack of exposure to sunlight. It may cause headaches, irritability and a low energy level.

  44. QUESTION:
    chest pains?
    after workimg in the garden about couple hours after I had a severe attack of indigestion . I went to bed and woke up 4 hours later still with indigestion and my left arm aching which I put down to the work I did in the garden. should I be concerned?

    • ANSWER:
      go to A and E they will do a ECG and blood test immediately. Yes be concerned but don't freak out - just go get checked out asap. If it is your heart, and it sounds like it could be, you've got to get the right treatment NOW
      If you've still go the pain, ring for an ambulance now. Take an aspirin while you wait for them - it is the best thing ( not paracetamol or anything else, aspirin)

  45. QUESTION:
    what is wrong with my body ?
    yesterday @ 3 AM i woke up Thirsty , so i went directly and very fast to drink some water .
    after drinking i felt like a rock on my hart , and breathing problems .

    the water was normal , not cold , not hot .
    tell me please what was the problem ?
    the pain took 5 sec as max then stopped .
    i am 15 y o

    • ANSWER:
      If you were really dehydrated when you got up then you could have drank very rapidly. Most probably it wasn't your heart but a spasm in your Esophagus. Many people go to ER's everyday with chest pain thinking they are having a heart attack and it turns out to be severe heartburn /indigestion of the Esophagus.

  46. QUESTION:
    Diarrhea worry in a lot of pain?
    I woke with severe stomach cramps which then followed by diarrhea but then the pain subsided. I don't feel sick at all except an acidic stomach in which I suffer from that anyway, I have recently started taking ranitidine again for my stomach acid but have never had any problems with it before but I've read it can cause side effects at any point? At the moment the stomach cramps are coming back and I need the loo again, will this only last a few days the pain is extremely intense before I go to the toilet, I have a normal temperature though. I had chocolate fry up and chips yesterday, could that be the cause? That's not usually my eating habits but was having a lazy movie day.. As you do :) just wanted some more info and how long it might last and care tips etc.. Thankyou everyone

    • ANSWER:
      the medication you use for your acidic stomach can also cause poor digestion of food and indigestion because it lowers the acidity in your stomach which is what breaks down your food for absorption. You may need a different medication. If the symptoms worsen, become continuous or you begin to see blood then it is a sign of something far more serious and you will need to see a doctor.

  47. QUESTION:
    I wake up in the middle of the night with severe indigestion and epigastric pain...is this gallbladder related

    • ANSWER:
      Probably not....usually gallbladder pain is associated with eating greasy fatty foods. If you avoid those and the pain stops then it could be your gallbladder. It sound more like acid reflux than anything. Before heading to bed avoid foods like ice cream(milk), chocolate, and peppermint. All these foods can cause the muscle that keeps the top of your stomach closed to relax and allow acid to leak out and up into your throat while sleeping. Another trick is to elevate the head of your bed so you aren't lying so horizontal. There are many OTC meds to help...Tagament, Pepcid, and Prilosec....these all work great but can take a day to kick in. Good luck

  48. QUESTION:
    sometimes 6 hours after dinner i wake up with stomach pain (not acidity) it feels like indigestion?
    i tried omeoprazol but it did not work ..what u suggest other then the doctor

    • ANSWER:
      Depends where the pain is, but it sounds like it could be gallstones. You will, however, have to see a doctor to find out, as the diagnosis is by ultra-sound scan. Gallstones typically cause pain (often severe) in the upper abdomen, usually slightly to the right, and the pain often occurs at night, a few hours after eating (especially, but not exclusively, after eating food that contains fats).

  49. QUESTION:
    Do i have indigestion or!?!?
    Since yesterday after dinner ive had this pain in my chest, thatt pain you get wheb you eat food to fast and it goes down slowly... its that but after i woke up this morning i still have it
    What could it be?!

    • ANSWER:
      It could be severe indigestion or heartburn. Try eating celery before you eat, it really helps.

  50. QUESTION:
    Severe indigestion with occaisional nausea almost every night?
    I have recently started birth control (loestrin 1/20) and a few days into it, I noticed very bad, acidic indigestion with slight nausea almost every night. It's been a week that I've been on it, and I always take it with dinner to prevent getting an upset stomach. Could I be suffering with this because my diet is pretty low in fat? Is there a certain ammount of food that should be consumed with the pill? I'm just curious, because I am so sick of waking up around 3 a.m every other night feeling sick. I would really appreciate any input. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:


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