Dr. Howard Hack

Gastroenterology
Lafayette, IN
35 years experience male

Locations

Office

Lafayette, IN

Address

3218 Daugherty, Suite 140, Lafayette, IN
Directions

Insurances accepted

BlueCross BlueShield

Office

Costa Mesa, CA

About

Specialties
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Gastroenterology

Internal Medicine

Licenses

United States: Arizona, California, Indiana, Missouri, Nevada, Wisconsin

Doctor Q&A

188 Answers
78 Agrees
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Per MD: Barrett's esophagus is a change in the lining and is associated with a higher risk of esophageal cancer. There are national guidelines for the monitor... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Yes: A hiatus hernia is the stomach protruding up in to the chest above the bottom of the lungs. This is a common contributing factor to gerd. Gerd is the ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Multiple: Abdominal bloating is a common, non-specific symptom with multiple causes. Typically this is from benign causes such as gas or spasm. However, this ma... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Yes: Eating late can be problematic if you are going to sleep after your meals. Eating triggers our stomachs to make acid and this then can lead to acid re... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Many: Esophagitis can lead to ulcers with pain and bleeding, strictures which can result in serious swallowing problems and lead to an increased risk of can... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Gastroenterologist: Swallowing disorders may involve the muscles of the swallowing mechanism itself and/or the muscles of the esophagus (swallowing tube). The former are ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Yes: Any exercise can be associated with acid reflux. Sex can be a vigorous exercise activity and further involve different positions which can also predis... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Yes: Heartburn is referred to by different names including acid indigestion or heartburn. There are other symptoms of the condition know as gerd which can ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Yes: It is. In the sense laxatives may reduce the bowel's normal activity. This can result in worsening constipation.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Uninvited guests: Some bacteria when present in eaten food will result in irritation to the intestinal tract. This irritation then results in abdominal pain, cramping a... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Unknown: The traditional research in IBS has not definitively identified connections between foods or food allergies and ibs. This is actually one of the defin... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Endoscopy: Esophageal strictures are a common complication of acid reflux. These can frequently be treated by stretching open the scar tissue during endoscopy. F... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Yes: There is nothing in barley per se which should be problematic for acid reflux as a general rule. I would guide my patients to watch what and how much ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Endoscopy: Acid reflux can lead to damage of the esophagus (swallowing tube) including strictures or even pre-cancerous changes. These changes are frequently onl... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Maybe: Snoring is more associated with the airway and may be reflective of sleep apnea. Hiccups are non-specific and reflect irritation to the diaphragm. Hic... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
This is a cunundrum: It is difficult to find food per se to relieve gerd as eating stimulates more acid secretion and adds to stomach volume. Small amounts of water or whi... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Many contributors: There are many factors which can lead to heartburn. Problems with swallowing from medical conditions, diet (fatty, spicy, greasy foods, caffeine, toma... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Different responses: Relapse refers to when a process such as a hepatitis infection responds to treatment initially, but is followed by recurrence of the process/disease. ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Trial and error: There are no magical answers to this. I don't see consistent patterns with my patients with adhesions. Without further specifics, i would look at your... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
2-10%: The average rate of seroconversion is 2%. The actual probability involves other factors affecting the exposure. Exposed individuals should be tested a... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Not directly: Hepatitis, as any chronic illness, may result in depressive symptoms. Hepatitis does not directly cause depression per se.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Pain : Anal abscess or fistula typically cause pain near the rectum. The fistulae moreso during bowel movements. Both are important to diagnose and treat, es... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
No: Hepatitis c is difficult to transmit sexually. I don't suggest long term monogamous partners change their sexual habits give this low risk of transmis... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Colonoscopy: One has to know more about what is being evaluated. I use flexible sigmoidoscopy to evaluate known issues in the distal colon and rectum, frequently a... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Multiple ways: Bacteria may be introduced to food anywhere from the farm, to any processing or from contamination at the final food preparation at the kitchen.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Levsin, (hyoscyamine) bentyl: The most common prescription medications for IBS are Levsin (hyoscamine), Bentyl and to a lesser extent librax (clinidium and chlordiazepoxide). Amitz... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Several: Incontinence may be treated by your primary doctor, a gastroenterologist, colorectal surgeon or some combination. This would depend on the severity of... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
No: Gastroparesis is a common condition where the stomach empties more slowly than normal. There is a wide range of diversity of this delay and symptoms. ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
None: The most common complications after endoscopy are bleeding, perforation, and breathing issues such as from aspiration. A small number of patients will... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Different conditions: Rectal prolapse involves the abnormal movement of the lining of the rectum to outside the anus. Hemorrhoid are dilated veins in the anus and rectum. E... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Everyone: Food poisoning can affect anyone. However, the very young and old are at higher risk, as are anyone with a compromised immune system.
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Caution: Hepatitis b is readily spread with bodily fluids. Care should be taken with open sores or wounds. Intercourse should involve barrier protection such a... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Not cooked properly: Salmonella in foods may be present from the farm or be introduced in food preparation. It will cause symptoms if the affected food is not cooked adequ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Typically like moles: Polyps can occur anywhere in the colon. Polyps vary in size and shape from flat, pancake-like lesions or on stalks like mushrooms. The polyps may be m... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Observe: Loose bowel movements may be related to to infection or occasionally chronic colitis. You should see your medical doctor if the symptoms persist.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
See your physician.: This could be a benign process or something serious. It would not be possible to make an accurate assessment based on this information. It would be pr... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Sweetners: The original diet sodas were flavored with cyclamates and saccharin. There are newer and presumably safer sweetners now, mincluding aspartame and stev... Read More
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A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
No: Hemorrhoids are the result of abdominal pressure. This occurs with straining, constipation and pregnancy/childbirth. Anal sex may result in trauma and... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Depends: Acid reflux tends to be a chronic recurrent problem. Each persons treatment varies on the frequency and severity of their symptoms. I do warn my patie... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Annual visits: Colon cancer survivors should have regular visits as dictated by their doctors. Initially a colonoscopy should be performed at 1 year and then at leas... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
No: There are no clear dietary factors to trigger or protect against diverticulitis.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Probably: Everyones response to foods is different. There is nothing intrinsic in the foods which make them prohibited. I would use your body as a guide to if a... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
No worries: This sounds like mild acid reflux. If this occurs only when bending over, i would just be more cautious with the bending. If you are having other symp... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Perhaps an ulcer: Although it is hard to make an accurate assessment based on a short description, i would seek medical attention if you are having difficulty eating be... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Maybe: Abdominal pain after eating may be your body telling you to wait a bit. However, there are more serious conditions involving a diversion of blood flow... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Perhaps: Dehydration may be reflected in the skin. There are a variety of measurable clinical factors we look at such as blood pressure changes between sitting... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Food poisoning!: I would be careful about eating any food which has not been stored properly. This can allow bacteria and other organisms to grow and multiply. Some m... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Need more feedback: It is not uncommon to get abdominal cramping with bowel movements. This may represent some internal muscular cramping which is typically benign. Such ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
No: It is spread from fecal contamination of things subsequently swallowed. Aerosol inaction of particles swallowed may also occur. It is not spread from ... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Scar tissue: Abdominal adhesions represent scar tissue attaching between different abdominal organs. This can be triggered by any process of inflammation or surger... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Hack is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hack is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Dec 2, 2014
Very nice doc, I sent my mom to him.
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Your answer was very helpful! Thanks :) OK, thank you. I think I should make an Appt with my Dr soon.
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Specially your tips on OTC meds that can help ease.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Really thanks for a helpfull explaination

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
Graduated 1988MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Pennsylvania
Graduated 1984MD

Medical/Graduate school

Washington University School of Medicine, MO
Graduated 1988MD

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Stanford Hospital
Stanford University
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