What To Eat With Severe Indigestion

Severe heartburn caused by acid reflux and GERD (gastroesphageal reflux disease) is suffered by millions of people across the globe. Heartburn feels as though one’s heart is on fire. However, this feeling is simply caused by stomach acid being pushed back up into the esophagus, which tends to result in a burning sensation behind the breast bone. Thus, the effects of heartburn are not actually causing the heart any damage.

Unfortunately, it is easy to mistaken an attack of severe heartburn for a heart attack or vice versa. In fact, it is estimated that every year over five million Americans with chest pain, who fear a heart attack, are admitted to emergency. Of these five million cases of chest pain, more than half are noncardiac chest pain cases (NCCP), and as many as 60% of these NCCP cases are GERD related.

How can you distinguish heartburn from a heart attack? Although symptoms may be similar, the following are the symptoms associated with each condition to help you determine your personal diagnosis:

Typical heartburn Symptoms - Discomfort and/or burning pain located directly behind the breastbone, which is often accompanied by burping, bloating or gas. Sometimes an acidic taste can be felt in the back of the throat or mouth. Symptoms are generally worse after eating, especially after large meals. They may also worse after ingesting alcohol, caffeine and after using tobacco.

Heartburn usually feels worse when lying down to rest. Heartburn symptoms may subside after taking an over-the-counter (OTC) antacid. However, in severe heartburn cases, prescribed medication may be the only treatment to provide relief.

Typical Heart Pain – A tight feeling in the middle of the chest that may also feel like squeezing, weight or pressure in the chest. Pain may spread into the shoulders, neck and/or jaw. Sweating and shortness of breath may also accompany symptoms. Heart pain usually occurs after being physically active or exertion.

Heart pain will not subside after taking an antacid but can subside when lying down or from general rest.

When should you seek immediate medical attention? Although the above symptoms are typical for each condition, they may not be the same for everyone. Therefore, it is in your best interest to pay close attention to the symptoms you experience. If you have GERD or are prone to acid reflux, write down the symptoms you feel and refer to these each time you experience heartburn to be sure that is what you are experiencing. If for any reason you experience a symptom you’ve never felt before, or are worried that your condition could be more serious than severe heartburn, Seek Medical Attention Immediately. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

If it turns out that you are suffering a heart attack, the first few hours of your symptoms are critical for effectively saving your heart muscle.

In addition, make sure you see your doctor for regular physical checkups to help ensure that you heart is strong and healthy. Furthermore, if you have not been diagnosed with GERD, but experience frequent chest pains, be sure to bring any symptoms to your doctor’s attention to receive a proper diagnosis.

Finally, if you are suffering from severe heartburn, medication is the only effective treatment to provide quick relief. The following are three types of medications that may provide you quick relief:

- OTC Antacids – Tums, Rolaids, Maalox, and Gelusil.

- OTC or prescription H-2 receptor blockers – OTC Pepcid AC, and Zantac 75 - while prescription meds may be Axid, Tagamet, Pepcid and Zantac

- OTC or prescription Proton pump inhibitors – OTC Prilosec – Prescription Nexium, Prevacid, Aciphex, and Protonix

Keep in mind that taking medication all the time to treat your heartburn isn’t the best way to treat your body, so be sure to discuss alternative treatment with your doctor. Try to avoid severe heartburn in the first place by watching your diet and eating smaller meals at a slower pace.

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Frequently Asked Questions

    What can I eat with severe gas and indigestion?
    I ate pinto beans last night and today I have had severe gas all day and haven't eaten anything except yogurt! I am starving, but don't want to eat anything that will worsen my stomach cramps. What can I eat?

    • ANSWER:
      Usually drinking some Vernor's to burp will help! I'd try that and see if it helps.I hope it helps so try it ?

    What food is safe if you're suffering from Acid Reflux or severe Acid Indigestion?
    I have a pool of acid in my stomach that is not allowing me to eat anything I like. But I got to eat something. Any recommendations?

    • ANSWER:
      When I'm like that I tolerate milk and crackers decently.

    24 weeks and having severe heartburn and bad indigestion?
    I'm having severe indigestion and heartburn to the point where i haven't eaten properly for about 4 days the only thing i can keep down is milk and im taking my vitamin tablets but am worried its going to hurt the baby. your advise please.

    • ANSWER:

    What is this numbness in my feet when i eat too much sweets?
    When i eat alot of sweets or junk food, theres a numbness around my ankles on one of my feet. I dont know what it is but after i have slept, its gone. what is this?
    is it a sign of diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you may have had diabetes for a long time.

      Diabetic neuropathies are a family of nerve disorders caused by diabetes. People with diabetes can, over time, develop nerve damage throughout the body. Some people with nerve damage have no symptoms. Others may have symptoms such as pain, tingling, or numbness—loss of feeling—in the hands, arms, feet, and legs. Nerve problems can occur in every organ system, including the digestive tract, heart, and sex organs.

      About 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes have some form of neuropathy. People with diabetes can develop nerve problems at any time, but risk rises with age and longer duration of diabetes. The highest rates of neuropathy are among people who have had diabetes for at least 25 years. Diabetic neuropathies also appear to be more common in people who have problems controlling their blood glucose, also called blood sugar, as well as those with high levels of blood fat and blood pressure and those who are overweight.


      What causes diabetic neuropathies?
      The causes are probably different for different types of diabetic neuropathy. Researchers are studying how prolonged exposure to high blood glucose causes nerve damage. Nerve damage is likely due to a combination of factors:

      metabolic factors, such as high blood glucose, long duration of diabetes, abnormal blood fat levels, and possibly low levels of insulin
      neurovascular factors, leading to damage to the blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients to nerves
      autoimmune factors that cause inflammation in nerves
      mechanical injury to nerves, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
      inherited traits that increase susceptibility to nerve disease
      lifestyle factors, such as smoking or alcohol use

      What are the symptoms of diabetic neuropathies?
      Symptoms depend on the type of neuropathy and which nerves are affected. Some people with nerve damage have no symptoms at all. For others, the first symptom is often numbness, tingling, or pain in the feet. Symptoms are often minor at first, and because most nerve damage occurs over several years, mild cases may go unnoticed for a long time. Symptoms can involve the sensory, motor, and autonomic—or involuntary—nervous systems. In some people, mainly those with focal neuropathy, the onset of pain may be sudden and severe.

      Symptoms of nerve damage may include

      numbness, tingling, or pain in the toes, feet, legs, hands, arms, and fingers
      wasting of the muscles of the feet or hands
      indigestion, nausea, or vomiting
      diarrhea or constipation
      dizziness or faintness due to a drop in blood pressure after standing or sitting up
      problems with urination
      erectile dysfunction in men or vaginal dryness in women
      Symptoms that are not due to neuropathy, but often accompany it, include weight loss and depression.


      What are the types of diabetic neuropathy?
      Diabetic neuropathy can be classified as peripheral, autonomic, proximal, or focal. Each affects different parts of the body in various ways.

      Peripheral neuropathy, the most common type of diabetic neuropathy, causes pain or loss of feeling in the toes, feet, legs, hands, and arms.
      Autonomic neuropathy causes changes in digestion, bowel and bladder function, sexual response, and perspiration. It can also affect the nerves that serve the heart and control blood pressure, as well as nerves in the lungs and eyes. Autonomic neuropathy can also cause hypoglycemia unawareness, a condition in which people no longer experience the warning symptoms of low blood glucose levels.
      Proximal neuropathy causes pain in the thighs, hips, or buttocks and leads to weakness in the legs.
      Focal neuropathy results in the sudden weakness of one nerve or a group of nerves, causing muscle weakness or pain. Any nerve in the body can be affected.

      Neuropathy Affects Nerves Throughout the Body
      Peripheral neuropathy affects


    Has anyone else on Earth had the misfortune to eat in 'Masala Zone'?
    A friend and I went there last night. We were sold on the idea of the Tali dishes, but we made a fatal mistake.

    My friend got nothing he liked and I have had severe indigestion for the last 14 hours.

    Additionally, their menu states no service charge will be added, which is at direct odds with what actually appeared on the bill.

    Has anyone else eaten there, and if so, was your experience as bad?

    • ANSWER:
      Never ate there, but just the name would put me off going in there. It sounds like a dreadful tourist trap place designed to fleece the gullible and give them indigestion to boot. Kind of like a curry version of an Aberdeen Steak House.

      You don't say where you live, but any city in Britain would have at least a dozen decent Indian restaurants, London probably has several dozen, so why would you go in a place like this? Heck, even Wetherspoons do a Thali on curry Thursdays, which is probably better than what you got in this dive.

    Pregnant with severe gastritis what can I do?
    I am 10 weeks pregnant and have had severe gastritis for about a year and half now. Normally it's not a huge deal, but with morning sickness and throwing up it's increased my stomach acids to an agonizing point.

    What are some things I can do aside from antacids (which don't usually work)? Also, I know to go to the doctor. It's not life threatening so I've got to wait and it still hurts til then!

    • ANSWER:
      The best thing that you can do is to avoid acidic foods and drinks. Yogurt, orange juice, spicy food. Try not to keep your stomach too full because that can irritate heartburn or indigestion that you can get during pregnancy. At the same time definitely don't go too long without eating either. I had a lot of mylanta and popsicles during my first trimester into my second to help with the nausea and heartburn. The cooling effect of the popsicles always provided some much needed relief right away and helped keep me hydrated. You can also try chewing on ice chips if you don't want to have popsicles.
      Also, if you have severe heartburn, try to sleep propped up on several pillows so that your somach juices don't come back up your esophagus and bother you.
      You can always call your ob or midwife and see if she can do anything for you.
      Feel better!

    stomach ache after i eat, breasts sore, and exahusted all the time?
    I know pregnancy is one thing it could be, will be going to get a test tonight. I have been exahusted for two weeks now, I just feel blah all the time, very unusual for me. Now this week whenever I eat something my stomach gets severe acid and indigestion, to the point where it gives me a stomach ache. Any other suggestions on what could be wrong? Dont worry i will see my doctor if the preg. test comes out neg.

    • ANSWER:
      stomach flu maybe

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

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

    Is it normal to have indigestion after throwing up?
    For the past 2 days I have been throwing up every few hours. Today, I have not thrown up, but I have had a weird feeling in my heart. I am young, and I have never had heart problems so I am guessing it is indigestion. (It feels like pressure on my heart/back and it hurts to breath out) So is this indigestion, and if so, is it normal to have after throwing up?

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      I think you need to tell your doctor about your vomiting first of all.

      It could be because of stress/anxiety, acid reflux, gallbladder issues (I'm 23 and I just had mine out in March and a couple of my friends have as well), intestinal issues..there are lots of reasons why you might vomit like that but the pain is concerning and since the majority of us here at Y!A aren't doctors and those who are may not see this right away...please take good care of yourself.

      I had pain right under my sternum and under my right lower ribs with my gallbladder attacks. The ER saw me several times and said it was gastritis induced by anxiety...I believed him the first time...but not the 40th time ya know? I would have vomiting attacks after eating (sometimes 10 or more times in a row), a slight fever, with a pressure like sensation behind my right ribs (like someone put their hand there and was pushing really hard) and an awful ache in the front and sometimes stabbing pain on the right side. Sometimes it would be this clenching like sensation right in the middle of my chest and I almost screamed quite a few times because of how painful it was. No ultrasound or CT scan showed anything wrong. Not even with CCK dye. The HIDA scan was what saved my life basically. It showed the disease and I got it out and now I'm much better!

      If the pain becomes severe, or you suddenly cannot control how much you are vomiting and cannot hold down any liquids and develop a fever, you develop jaundice or have very light colored stools, please have someone take you to the ER. If there is any doubt in your mind that you should wait to see someone, then go now anyways. It's better to be safe than sorry!

      Good luck! I wish I could help more!

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

    • ANSWER:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Raise the head end of your bed by about 3-4 inches, using bed blocks or bricks. Pillows over pillows won’t help.

      Nicotine increases the amount of gastric acids secreted. It also loosens the valve, i.e., relaxes the sphincter. So, don’t smoke.

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

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

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

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

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

      Natural Remedies

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

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

    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 !!

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


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

      hope this helps!! :)

    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.
      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)
      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.

    What kind of apple releives acid reflux?
    There is one kind of apple that helps heartburn and acid indigestion. Can anyone tell me what kind it is?

    • ANSWER:
      Red Delicious is the one rumored to help, but it does not help in all cases.

      I am not a doctor, so either way you will want to talk to them, but this is what I have to say as a long time sufferer of Acid Reflux (G.E.R.D.)!

      Three part answer: information, what not to do, and what to do!

      I have a very severe case of Acid Reflux (G.E.R.D.). I have had to go to the hospital for some of the heartburn that I have had because the pain can become overwhelming or your breathing can be effected. It can be caused by Smoking, Drinking Beverages with caffeine (My case with hereditary), Drinking Beverages with Alcohol, Stress, Anxiety or can be Hereditary

      The good thing about G.E.R.D. is that it can be a temporary thing and can be cured. It is never a permit thing even if you end up with it for the rest of your life it has the ability to be cured.

      G.E.R.D. is caused by too much acid being created in your stomach. This can lead to or cause ulcers, esophagus damage, heartburn and/or damage in the mouth. . Other symptoms that can be found in a few cases are dizziness, tingling in limbs, numbness of Limbs, Chest/Back pain focused on the left side (in most cases), and shortness/difficulty breathing.

      WHAT NOT TO DO!!!!!!!!
      In most cases, stress is a factor to the reflux if you watch what you eat and reduce some of the stress it will help. If you watch what you eat for about a week you should find relief, if you do not then that is when you definitely what to listen to the doctor. Things to watch for are as follows:

      Fatty Foods
      Citrus Foods
      Oranges (Juice and fruit)
      Lemon (Juice and fruit)
      Foods That Contain Grease
      Fried Foods
      Potatoes (Starch)
      Buffalo wings
      Chocolate (including any Coco)
      Tomato Based Products
      Sour Cream
      Cottage Cheese
      High amounts of Carbohydrates
      Roughage (Berries and Nuts)

      WHAT TO DO!!!!
      The two foods that I recommend is Black strap Molasses and Raw honey. The apple is better for night time reflux while these will work for just about all of it. What you will do is take about a tsp. of whatever one you chose. Molasses being the better because of strength and nutrition, but must be use to the taste. What the substance will do is stick to the sides of the esophagus and do two things, one is heal and the other is protect.
      On the healing end, both substances have a healing property in them, and as they sit on the walls of the esophagus they will heal it. This is also helpful if you have a sore throat in the morning from refluxing.
      On the protection end, both substances are high in sugar and when acid that is refluxed comes up to that the sugar will neutralize it and it will not longer be a problem at that point.

      I would also look to putting Cinnamon and Ginger in you diet, they have been know to help with digestion and will help you reduce the amount of acid needed to brake down food, therefore causing you to reflux less.

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

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

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

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

    How does the body change during pregnancy?
    What changes occur in the appearance of the woman? And where does the weight normally go to? Do some women only gain in their belly area? I would think that a woman who is in good shape and continues to eat right during pregnancy would only get a belly, and not much more fat. Is this correct? I'm worrying about the shape of my body being different after baby because somebody told me, you can lose the weight but never get your shape back because it's different after the baby. Is this always true?

    • ANSWER:
      Pregnancy is a natural state and one that is different for every woman every time. I have had three pregnancies and deliveries and they were all different. You never know exactly what you¡¦re going to get, but it does help to be prepared by knowing what changes your body will likely go through. Follow the changes your body goes through trimester by trimester. You can expect to feel all or some of them.

      The first trimester (Week 1 - Week 12)

      „h Cessation of menstrual period

      „h Morning sickness that occurs at any time, day or night, or all day and night. This includes nausea and/or vomiting

      „h Excessive saliva

      „h Swollen and tender breasts

      „h Darkening of the areola

      „h Frequent urination

      „h Fatigue

      „h Constipation

      „h Heartburn

      „h Mood swings -- feel angry, sad, or happy for no reason

      „h Stuffy nose and allergies¡Xeven if you have never suffered from them before

      „h Food cravings

      The second trimester (Week 13 - Week 26)

      „h Weight gain and thickening of the waist

      „h Fetal movement

      „h Dry skin on stomach where the skin is stretching

      „h Breasts increase in size¡Xtime for new bras

      „h Hemorrhoids

      „h Heartburn

      „h Indigestion

      „h Constipation

      „h Nosebleeds

      „h Slight swelling of the feet, hands, ankles and face

      „h Development of a dark line on the skin between your navel and your pubic area.

      „h Development of a "mask" or darker area on your face

      „h Backaches that can remain throughout pregnancy

      „h Nipple secretions

      „h Muscle cramps, particularly in the legs and at night

      „h Gas pains

      „h Changes in your hair: it can become less oily

      „h Skin problems

      The third trimester (Week 27 - 40)

      „h Increased fetal movement

      „h Protrusion of navel

      „h Increased backaches

      „h Shortness of breath

      „h Braxton Hicks contractions AKA false labor

      „h Groin pains

      „h Stretch marks

      „h Difficulty sleeping

      „h Varicose veins

      Your entire system is readjusted when you¡¦re pregnant. The heart pumps more blood and the lungs work more efficiently, as does the digestive system. With these and more changes occurring, it is no wonder that pregnancy can be uncomfortable. Minor aches and pains can be dealt with; however, you should never ignore pain or extreme fatigue, which can be warning signs of trouble. Always consult your health care provider if you experience any of these changes:

      „h pain or burning during urination

      „h vaginal spotting or bleeding

      „h leaking or gushing from vagina

      „h blister or sore in vaginal area

      „h uterine contractions

      „h severe nausea or vomiting

      „h severe abdominal pain

      „h chills and fever over 100 degrees

      „h dizziness or lightheadedness

      „h severe headache

      „h swelling of the face, eyes, fingers or toes

      „h sudden weight gain

      „h visual problems

      „h noticeably reduced fetal movement

      „h absence of fetal movement for 24 hours

      „h a hot, reddened painful area behind your knee or calf

      And just when you think you can¡¦t take it another day¡Xta da! ¡Xthe biggest changes of all: labor and delivery!

    Did you know the NY Islanders are good for your health??
    I could just eat Rick DiPietro up!

    • ANSWER:
      ROFLOL - sure confused the hell out of that one girl

      Rick Dipetro Omlette:
      2lb ham
      24 goose eggs
      1lb cheese
      A bunch of sour grapes
      And a heaping helping of crow

      Mix together in Hockey section and bake for 24 hr
      top with blue, orange and white sprinkles and serve on St Jude's Day
      Warning: May cause severe indigestion or leave a bad taste in your mouth. (Should pass after one day though)
      May wish to serve with a bottle of JD to make it go down smoother.

    Are excessive salivation and vomiting signs of an allergic reaction?
    Last night sucked. I ate some beans and I usually don't because they give me heartburn. Anyone else have a similar experience?

    • ANSWER:
      Not an allergic reaction but possibly an adverse reaction. Not the same :) Sounds like you ate something that didn't agree with you. If beans aren't something you eat often and then you eat a bunch, they can really upset your stomach. Usually it's just gas and indigestion but some are more sensitive than others. It may be that you need to gradually get used to them- if you don't like them all that much then why bother? or that you simply cannot tolerate them.

      Try taking Beano before eating them next time. Might help.

      Excess salivating goes along with vomiting. If you notice- you tend to produce a lot of saliva right before you have to throw up (in fact, the telling tale for me was the tingling in my jaw and a bunch of saliva building up quick right before I throw up).

      Don't rule out possible food poisoning. Even if beans aren't what you usually eat, maybe something was contaminated or there was undercooked meat or eggs or something. Can be a lot of things and hopefully you feel better already.

      As a side note: allergic reactions are usually characterized by itching, possibly hives (bumps all over the skin), redness in an area or all over, swelling, and if bad enough you may pass out, have difficulty breathing, etc. Typically nausea/vomiting is not a result of allergies. But many adverse reactions- the body is rejecting it for other reasons- can involve that.

      Edit: Chicken in black: Vomiting is not an allergic reaction. It's an adverse reaction or intolerance. Involves different mechanisms and different systems of the body. Allergic reactions involve a hypersensitivity of the body's immune system, not GI system. Adverse reactions can be pretty severe. I have an adverse reaction to Codeine- I simply cannot take it. I'm not allergic to it, but it goes on my med record as an allergy, as any severe intolerance would, since they don't really look at "adverse reactions" by themselves in the doctor's office. But it's important to note they are NOT the same!

    What is a good natural replacement for Prilosec?
    I have been taking Prilosec for years for GERD, or severe heartburn. I would like to get off of it now, but don't know of anything in alt. med to replace it. Help! and thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I used to have this problem and had to approach it in several ways.

      1. Aloe vera juice. Just as aloe vera pulls heat out of a burn on your skin it does the same thing for your stomach. Soothes and heals the mucous membranes. I drank 2-4 ounces daily for a year.

      2. Prilosec stops indigestion but also stops digestion. You want to improve your digestion by taking digestive enzymes with every meal. Start with the ones that don't have HCL--Nature's Plus has a great capsuled one. You want one that digests starches, proteins and fats.

      3. You want to increase the viability of your probiotics. Get one that has acidophilus (lives in small intestines), bifidus (large intestine) and bulgaricus (lives in stomach). Jarrow has one that has 8 not just 3

      4. Keep a food diary. You probably have some undiagnosed food allergies. Pay attention to what happens when you eat and you can eliminate the worst offenders.

      5. Practice meditation. Learning to calm yourself and live in the present will do a lot for cutting down on physical stress reactions.

      6. Make sure you are drinking enough water. 1/2 oz per pound of body weight each day. i.e. 100 pounds--50oz

      Don't drink water with your meals, it will dilute your digestive juices. Drink a large glass when you first get up. Wait 15 minutes before breakfast. Drink you water between meals.

    What are some causes of inside knee pain, at night, gets better if I walk around, hurts again, repeat walking?
    50 years old, ACL replaced, orthoarthristis in knee, takes pain pills. At night, after about 4 hous sleeping, I awake to severe pain on inside of knee. I have to get up and walk around for about two or three minutes. Go back to bed and after about a couple of hours, I have to repeat. Any Ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Two very likely possibilities here. The first is that you are not being properly hydrated. The average person needs water at the following rate:

      Take your total body weight and divide by 2. That number is the amount of water in ounces that you need to drink each and everyday. Along with that, you should consume 1/4 teaspoon of "air dried sea salt" in conjunction with each quart of water you drink. This puts the electrolytes in your body that will give you proper hydration. The typical white table salt you buy in stores like the Morton Salt, for instance, is terrible for you and has loads of chemicals added. Avoid that junk. If you drink ANY diuretic drinks like, sodas, coffee, tea, alcohol, commercially prepared fruit drinks, energy drinks, etc., these all dehydrate you and you will need to add more water to the total to compensate for the water loss due to these diuretic drinks. Take the total ounces of the diuretic drinks and multiply by 1.5 and add that total to the original total to come up with the proper amount of water you need to drink each day.

      When your kidneys are weak, you will get weak knees and problems with the knees. The ACL replacement was most likely done by surgery and this has caused an interference field and is most likely reflexing to another part of your body, maybe the knees or your kidneys making them weak. The arthritis is caused by "infection" most likely from a nanobacteria that does not show up on typical lab tests. You need to have a more sophisticated test to find them, like PCR testing. You can go to a Sports Medicine Doctor and for very little money and effort have them look at doing Prolotherapy to fix the damage done by the surgery. Most likely it has not healed correctly and this is so typical.

      The pain pills are blocking the bodies natural healing process. I know they make you feel better, but you need to get to the "root cause" of your problem, not just treat the symptoms as doctors all do. That is a long term drug sentence that is only "MAKE BELIEVE HEALTH."

      The infection in the joints promote cartilage destruction and is often a result of low mineral content in the body. This can be traced back to bad digestion due to low stomach acid. Low stomach acid allows nanobacteria to enter the body due to the lack of sanitation the acid provides and allows food to not digest properly, especially meat. This encourages lactic acid that may result in acid indigestion and acid reflux from the rotting, putrefying, undigested food that lies in the stomach waiting for the pH to go down. Minerals buffer the acid formed by the consumption of meat proteins and if there is not enough stomach acid from eating cooked foods, processed foods, and just getting older, the condition of the body will become more acidic and promote the arthritis.

      At 50 years old, you are producing less than 60%+ stomach acid you did at 25 years old. If you will notice, around late 20's you will be getting more weight deposited around your waste (if you are a man) and around your hips and thighs (if you are a woman). This is due to the toxic build up from your digestion slowly getting worse and the body stores these toxins as STORED FAT in adipose tissue to protect the organs.

      General deterioration of the body happens very rapidly in America today. People are not looking at being healthy and happy in their old age, in fact, instead of looking at the life expectancy, they look at the death expectancy rates now. Very few people die of natural causes; most are dying of some disease. All this is a result of BAD SCIENCE being promoted by the people being intrusted with your health, doctors, drug companies, the government agencies like the FDA, and the agricultural industry who focus on PROFIT, not health.

      You will NOT get to the "root cause" of your problem by seeing doctors that use drugs and surgery to give you a form of life support as you age. You can become healthy again, but it's not easy in America. INDOCTRINATION is the way people are taught and force fed misinformation that exacerbates the problems being generated by the food industry, the medical industry, etc.

      The getting up at night every few hours is not allowing your Adrenal Glands to recharge and they must be exhausted. You will have low energy from this. Also, the liver is where the body controls the maintenance and flexibility of the joints (energetically speaking). Most likely your liver is loaded with toxins and is going to need support and detoxification as part of you getting healthy. I suggest you find a practitioner that understands QRA testing and find out what the "root causes" are that are making you unhealthy and allowing the deterioration to happen. You do NOT have to live with this condition.

      good luck to you

    What could cause my areolas to be dark one day and normal the next?
    In addition, I have had mild diarrhea and heart burn/indigestion in the middle of the night that is so severe I end up vomiting. By the way, I am not running a fever, and feel sick after eating.

    • ANSWER:
      No one knows

    Is it common to be allergic to fish, but not shellfish?
    I can eat shrimp, clams, oysters, mussels, lobster, basically any shellfish (although oysters kind of give me heartburn and indigestion). However, it seems a lot of saltwater fish give me the typical anaphylactic shock that many people get with severe allergic reactions. I don't know about freshwater fish, because I've never eaten them. I am just curious if it is common with seafood allergies to be able to consume one type of fish or another, or shellfish only.

    • ANSWER:
      well I don't know how common it is, but I'm allergic to fish, but can eat shrimp, clams, and oddly enough canned tuna. I haven't tried crab or lobster or well anything else really.

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

    • ANSWER:

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


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

    Whats the difference between indigestion and heartburn?
    are they the same thing? or are they different things? i was just curios. what treatments are best for which?

    • ANSWER:
      Difference Between Indigestion and Heartburn
      By Jim Kesel Platinum Quality Author

      Acid reflux, heartburn and indigestion are for a good many people considered the same condition. If you ask people on the street how often he has heartburn and indigestion they will often reply with "aren't they the same thing?" The truth is they are very different in nature. Severe indigestion may lead to heartburn but heartburn cannot cause indigestion. The symptoms and root cause of indigestion are similar and many of the treatment options for both indigestion and heartburn are the same.

      The major cause of indigestion is of course food. How much you eat and what you eat will trigger an attack of indigestion. Large meals are probably the most common cause of indigestion but even a small meal of spicy or acid food will bring on an attack. Another cause of indigestion can be traced to irregular meals or eating one or two large meals a day. This lack of routine allows acid build up in the stomach with nothing to digest. Eating 4 or 5 smaller meals a day will solve this problem and give you more energy as well. Just be sure to eat them at the same time each day and after about 3 days your body will adjust and expect a meal at that time. Only then will it produce the acid necessary to digest the meal. This will eliminate all the extra stomach acid that was causing you indigestion.

      Stress and anxiety associated with meals can also lead to the excess acid production. In this time constraining world with all its pressures it is not all that easy to reduce ones stress. However there are some tricks you can use to help reduce the stress associated with meals. First of all if you are in an office situation do not eat in your office. No matter where you work try to remove yourself from the stressful environment. This can mean a simple walk to another location to get your food. The walk should be made at a leisurely pace and if possible outside in a quiet envrionment. Try not to eat inside a busy restaurant as it can also be a place of stress. Once you get your food do not take it back to the worksite. Find a quiet place to sit down and eat your food in a measured or slow pace. This may be hard at first but a simple technique is to chew each bite of food ten time before swallowing. When you have finished your meal take your time getting back to your office or worksite. You will be surprised at how much this will relieve your indigestion, stress and anxiety. A side benefit to this routine is that you will find that you be able to accomplish your work more efficiently.

      Indigestion can also be caused by medications both prescribed and over the counter. Even aspirin can cause stomach distress when taken incorrectly. If you read the label for each medication you will ascertain the best times to take the medicine. Many times you will read "take with food" on the label. Good food eaten properly will buffer the affects of stomach distress associated with medications. If you have any questions you should consult your medical professional.

      Indigestion as you can see has many causes. However the good news is that it can be controlled or even eliminated through simple changes in lifestyle. Failure to address the causes of indigestion may lead you to develop a more serious condition like acid reflux, Heartburn or GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease). Do not ignore you symptoms and address them now before it is too late.

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

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

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

    Thank you for the suggestions in this area though.

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

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

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

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

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

    I havent pooped in a week and im getting chest pain. Is it just indigestion?
    Im eating as normal but I never poop afterwards. Ever since it started almost a week ago I get a dull pain on the left side of my chest. I always feel a burn in my stomach but no matter how much I try I cant go. Also the chest pain lasts pretty much all day unless om doing some sort of activity cycling or video games etc.

    Is this just simple indigestion or something else?

    • ANSWER:
      lease call NHS direct on 0845 4647 for advice as this may be due to an obstruction in your bowel or part of your bowel has stopped working. also always check out any chest pain. you may have muscle strain from straining or referred pain which is where you have a complaint in one part of your body but feel the pain else where. if you haven't started any new medication or diet i would be concerned and seek immediate medical attention. ANY change in bowel habit can be a sign of bowel cancer, don't ignore this because even if it's just severe constipation your body is not evacuating certain toxins and waste products and they are seeping through the bowel wall into your blood stream. you may need an abdominal x-ray to check what's going on.

      please call now. best wishes, A x

    Is it just indigestion if I have severe back pain?
    I have severe pain under my rib cage on my right side and also the same area in my back. I can't sleep but haven't eaten since 5 o'clock yesterday. I had a bbq steak that was a little pink in the middle, some chips and cheese and some watermelon, and two beers.

    The pain has not gotten any worse of better.

    Is this constipation, gas, something else.

    • ANSWER:
      is the pain under the right lower rib? it might be an appendicitis.. Appendicitis has these other symptoms.
      Pain that intensifies when moving, taking deep breaths, coughing, or sneezing
      Constipation or diarrhea
      Abdominal swelling
      Loss of appetite
      Low-grade fever that begins after other symptoms
      Inability to pass gas
      Feeling like a bowel movement will relieve the discomfort.

    Why Do I Have a Severe Stomach Pain Right After I Ate?
    I just ate some pasta, cheese, and marinara sauce, and some oreos and milk. I just got a horrible feeling in my mid-gut. It is in a specific place, and hurts with a sharp pain. It is in to the right (when looking at me) of the halfway mark between the belly button and the chest cavity. It won't go away. What is this? This is the first time this has happened.

    • ANSWER:
      If you ate too much that could cause the pain. You might also have indigestion from the mix of foods, or possibly hear burn. I recommend taking Peptobyzmal or Maylox or something along those lines.

    My mom is experiencing severe chest pain when eating and drinking. Is this serious?
    She does not feel anything when she swallows the food but when the food is near the chest (oesophagues) she has a very severe chest pain. I read in the internet that this may be GERD, (because she eats a lot of spicy food, onions and sometimes garlic). This pain started on thursday when she ate a pudding which was very hot. I am very worried because some people say it may be stomach cancer. Please give me any advice. Is this serious?

    • ANSWER:
      Almost certainly indigestion, or an ulcer - but like any chest pains, it should be checked with the doctor.

      Spicey food is a killer for an ulcer - can cause unimaginable pain.

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

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

    What foods do I definitely stay away from if I suffer from heart and acid indigestion?
    I'm never quite sure what NOT eat...if someone has had a diet outlined on their behalf by a physician, I'd like to know what it is. I was fine an hour ago, had dinner, and now my stomach is in moderate to severe pain. I ate onions, rye bread, cheddar cheese, beef patty, ranch dressing, and french fries/ketchup.

    • ANSWER:
      Steering clear of table sugar would help as sugar is bad for your heart as well as your digestion. See items 16, 29, 50, 59, 77, 98, 141 and a few more in http://www.rheumatic.org/sugar.htm .

    Why do i keep having severe stomach pains?
    After eating my stomachs stops hurting..and i haven't came on my period today is the 19th i was suppose to come on my period on the 4th ...is there a possibility that i'm preggo ?

    • ANSWER:
      You could have a stomach or duedenal ulcer. Try taking low dose Zantac for a few days and or an indigestion remedy that also contains an alginate which will put a protective lining on the stomach.
      Pregnancy could be an related issue if it'd likr period pain or cramps.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Less common signs and symptoms of diverticulitis may include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Also remember to:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Aloe Vera Juice (Drink ½ cup 3 times a day) - promotes healing of the inflamed areas.

    why does my stomach hurt when the stools are mushy and it doesn't hurt when they come out hard?
    I have had stomach and indigestion problems for the last 6 months and doctors have told me that every thing is normal. I have had a colonoscopy and a endoscopy.

    • ANSWER:
      I have coeliac disease and if I eat wheat, rye oats barley or malt i get severe stomach cramps and diarrhoea. It hurts because your bowls are in some kind of trauma, so your body flush's the bowls with water to wash out what ever it causing it, causing diarrhoea. I'm not saying you have ceoliac, but you may have some kind of food intollerance, try taking certain foods out of your diet, and find alternatives to keep up the vitamins and minerals you need, eg swap dairy for soy, honey sometimes causes diarrhoea so try not having it for a week or two then introduce it back in to your diet and observe what happens, if you get cramps and such then you'll know, or see a dietician or natropath.

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

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

      Detrimental side effects of PPI's and antacids >>>

      Stomach acid (HCL) has three primary functions:

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

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

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

      Assessing and treating digestive dyfunction >>>

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

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

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

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

      Side effects of nexium starting with U >>>

      Side effects of nexium starting with P >>>

      Treating prostatitis naturally >>>

      Digestive Enzymes - King of Indigestion, Bloating and Acid Reflux Remedies >>>

    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.

    Is it normal with gallbladder problems not to gain any weight?
    lately i have been eating constantly and not gaining any weight. this has been happening for about a month and a week ago i had really bad stomach pains. i went to the doc and they said that i have sludge and possibly a stone in my gallbladder. i am probably going have to have it removed and i was wondering if it could cause me to lose weight?

    • ANSWER:
      When I was having gallbladder problems I lost weight because I couldn't eat. Everything that passed my lips including water burned and hurt as soon as it reached my gallbladder. Severe indigestion and burning pain in my back and gallbladder area. After 4 months of tests and not finding any real problems my doctor finally suggested it be removed. The surgeon agreed but told me after the surgery that until he got in there he didn't know if he should be removing it either. Come to find out it was completely free of sludge or stones...what it was was inflamed like an appendix ready to burst!! I was told that they can rupture and it can be a lot worse than an appendix rupturing when they do as all the bile acids go into the abdominal region and can cause severe injury and possible death! I did gain some weight after I had it removed...once the pain was gone and I was able to eat and enjoy food again...some people experience diarrhea with some foods after gallbladder removal. I didn't but everyone is different. Good luck!!

    How to kill worms in stomach?
    I recently visited US and after few days started having severe stomach aches. I thought it was due to indigestion but then I realized that as soon as I eat something the pain goes away. Also, i am highly constipated. Please suggest??

    • ANSWER:
      This clearly can't be normal. Visit your GP or Doctor they will be able to prescribe treatment.

      This website has information on worms if you believe this is what it is


    What should I take to help reduce stomach acid coming into my throat.?
    Are over-the-counter indigestion tablets strong enough or have you found that changes in what you eat have helped? If so, what has it been necessary to remove from your diet or add to your diet to stop this acid?
    I do not eat too much nor do I lie down almost immediately after a big meal, I am not at all overweight.

    I exercise a lot (mainly by walking 4 miles a day). I eat porridge for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch and a cooked dinner at approximately 6 p.m. All I have after that is a cup or warm milk just before I go to bed. Maybe I should drink that a little earlier.

    At intervals throughout the day I drink tea, coffee and water - just when needed. I drink far fewer caffeine drinks that most people I know and NO fizzy drinks.

    I eat sweets, chocolate and cake now and again but don't consume lots of these things. I eat more fresh vegetables than many people I know (carrots, onions, cabbage, broccoli, sweet corn and, obviously, potatoes) and hardly ever eat a frozen ready made meal.

    I don't eat a lot of fruit and, when I do, it's usually a banana. I think I might need to buy some oranges going by the first answer.

    Only occasionally do I eat fried food such as bacon, egg,

    • ANSWER:
      Changing your diet is everything, and otc antacids are only a temporary fix. Reducing acid reflux may be as easy as making a few changes to your diet, or using an over-the-counter acid reducer. For some people, however, prescription medication or even allergy testing may be in order. You may want to try reducing acid reflux at home before seeking medical help. Severe acid reflux, though, may be a sign of a medical problem that needs attention if these steps don't provide relief.

      Take a shot of apple cider vinegar. Surprisingly, a lot of acid reflux occurs when there isn't enough acid in the stomach to digest the food that's in there, and partially digested food gets backed up the esophagus. It tastes terrible, but the people who have found relief from this method say that it's worth it.

      Eat smaller meals and drink a moderate amount of water with each meal to prevent the churning stomach mixture from backing up (reflux).

      Try dissolving a teaspoon of baking soda in a half cup of warm water and drink it. The mixture is highly alkaline, which can cut the acidity and relieve pain.

      Avoid cigarettes, which tend to reduce the amount of saliva in your mouth. When you chew, food is supposed to become masticated and mixed with saliva to begin the enzymatic process in digestion. Without saliva, your food enters the stomach less digested than your stomach is prepared for. Your stomach releases more acids to compensate.

      Drink green tea with your meals as the antioxidants are believed to aid digestion.

      Eat something acidic before each meal, like an orange, strawberries or a papaya. These fruits will create an acidic environment in your stomach so that your stomach doesn't have to create extra acids. Food enters and can be immediately and efficiently digested.

      Chew your food well. The physical break-down of your food allows more enzymatic saliva to be pressed in between the food molecules, preventing the need for the stomach to release strong acids to break down the big chunks.

      Get tested for allergies. Lactose intolerance, for one, can cause severe heartburn. Other food allergies also can contribute to acid reflux.

      Watch alcohol consumption. The recommendation for a glass of red wine with meals, however, is a good one, but keep it to a four-ounce glass rather than a six pack of beer. Alcohol can relax the esophageal sphincter, inviting reflux.

      Use an extra pillow if you're subject to heartburn at night. When you're lying vertical, you're more likely to suffer from stomach acids rising into your esophagus.

      Avoid fried and fatty foods. These foods are unhealthy, they provide a lot of calories and your body is hardly able to digest them. It takes a lot of acid to break down hydrogenated fat

      Lose weight. People who are obese tend to suffer from acid reflux more often than those who are at their ideal weight.

    What kind of food am I supposed to feed my pet unicorn?
    I just got a pet unicorn and I don't know what to feed it. Am I supposed to feed it people? My neighbor's cat? Or what about asbestos?

    • ANSWER:
      You should give it plenty of four leaf clovers but not five leaf clovers or else it will get severe indigestion. and let it sit in the moonlight for at least half an hour each night to keep it nice and shiny.They generally eat anything so lock your door when you go to sleep each night, they can be great lock picks, so putting some playdoh in your key hole is recommended to avoid unicorn bites.

    How fast may a 10 week old pup's diet be changed?
    My sister rescued a puppy that had severe loose stools and dry flacky skin from a backyard breeder that was feeding it exclusively "Purina Puppy Chow dry food",but my sister would like to change the pup's diet to. "Wellness puppy food dry food".

    • ANSWER:
      It's good that you're changing. I hear Purina is rubbish, but Wellness is pretty good.

      Day 1 - 75% Purina, 25% Wellness
      Day 2 - 75% Purina, 25% Wellness
      Day 3 - 50% Purina, 50% Wellness
      Day 4 - 50% Purina, 50% Wellness
      Day 5 - 25% Purina, 75% Wellness
      Day 6 - 25% Purina, 75% Wellness
      Day 7 - 100% Wellness.

      Take your time with it, if you feel switching it in a week is too fast, then do it slower. If you see signs like Stomach Cramps, Heartburn, Indigestion, Diarrhoea, Vomiting or Refusal to eat, you'll know you've switched it too fast.

    What causes burning in lower chest accompinied with bloatedness?
    I have been experiancing abdominal pains with burning in my lower chest and the feeling of acid in my throat.

    • ANSWER:
      Heartburn and indigestion do. Try some over-the-counter remedies from the drug store, and if it happens frequently or causes severe pain or vomiting make sure to go to your doctor right away.

      Sometimes this is caused by over-eating or eating too many starchy or processed foods. Eating healthy and making yogurt a part of your daily diet may help you balance out your digestive system and make it less acidic.

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

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


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

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


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


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

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

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

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

    Can hepatities -B injection help to remove the dehydration problem?
    I am 24 year old boy facing severe problem of dehydration/constipation. I have tried so many options like eating green vegetables, cucumbers doing exercise –yoga and all. I have never taken the hepatitis-B injection. Can anybody explain about this injection? Will it help me to digest food properly and stay fit ? If yes is there anything to take care before taking this course ?

    • ANSWER:
      Hepatitis B is a virus which causes one of the serious forms of Hepatitis.. A form of Infective Jaundice.. The vaccine is a boon to prevent that, There is no relation for this vaccine and Dehydration..
      If U have'nt taken it, First go and Take it, Its one of the most important vaccine..

      Regarding Ur problem, Dehydration and Constipation can never Coexist For Such a long time.. Eat lot of Fibrous Vegetables like, Radish, Beans, Mangoes etc.. Drink Plenty of Fluids in form of Fruit Juices, not Cool Drinks.. Avoid Non Veg till ur Digestive system is set right..
      Have a good form of Exercise, remember, a wrong method of Yoga itself can cause indigestion and constipation.. Do it under a right guidance.. Do standing asanas, Avoid twistings, Do pavanamuktasana..

      Mostly U'll be fine within Days..

      If still symptoms persist, Consult a General Surgeon Near ur House.. He can help U..

    Is it okay for a dog to eat crow feathers found outside?
    She likes to find crow feathers and tear them to shreds. I worry if they may have some kind of disease.

    • ANSWER:
      No. don't continue plz. this is serious. Feathers are made up of KERATIN a protein that is not digestible which is as like our hair. this indigestion usually leads to deposition of undigested protein matter that may cause severe pain for dog and ultimately even to death..

      hope this help..

    My dad has been having these severe stomach attacks. What could cause them?
    His stomach gets really tight and he feels nauseous and uncomfortable. When he has these attacks, he can't stay still. He can't sleep or eat. He refuses to go to the doctor. I am just worried about him. I hope it is nothing serious. Please help me!

    • ANSWER:
      It could be something as simple as indigestion, or it could be something serious like appendicitis. You won't know anything til he goes to a doctor.

    I am 37 weeks and 1 day pregnant and I have been having severe heartburn/indigestion. Why?
    This is my 3rd pregnancy and I never got heartburn with my other 2. Also when I say severe, I mean it feels like I am going to have a heart attack. Seriously It gets to the point where I cant stand up or do anything. Help me out. It seems to come and go when it wants to. It doesn't make a difference what I eat.

    • ANSWER:
      I have found some good tips in following link, It may be good for you too

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

    • ANSWER:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Review Date: 5/15/2007
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