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Dr. Howard Brown

Gastroenterology
retired as of 08/01/2015, GA
27 years experience male

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retired as of 08/01/2015, AL

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retired as of 08/01/2015, AL
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Gastroenterology

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United States: Alabama

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English

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10 Agrees
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Nausea and diarrhea: possibly due to viral enteritis . If it doesn't clear on its own within one to two weeks you will need a consult. Other possibility includes IBS
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
No stool post diar: It is not unusual for a lack of a bowel movement after an extended period of diarrhea. I would be concerned only if crampy abdominal pain and bloating... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
R subcostal pain: It is extremely unlikely to have a hernia in that location. If the pain is in a scar it may mean nerve entrapment . other things need to be ruled out... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Abdominal pain: Possible appendicitis. you should have a CBC done. I WBC count elevated. See your Doctor
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Dicyclomine : The only problem is the side effects which include rapid heart beat dry mouth and sometimes difficulty with urination. Long term use can result in tac... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Ovarian cyst: If there is a large cyst accompanied by bloating, I would advise seeing your gynecologist soon. At least a CT may be necessary
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Itching: Possible allergy to the sheets or laundry detergents. Try over the counter Benedryl or hydrocortisone if it works get non allergenic detergents or con... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Drinking and foggy: If you have been drinking heavily for that long you need to have a complete liver panel and a serum ammonia level to be sure you haven't developed cir... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Ignore: Dietary restrictions of red sauces, caffeine, Alcohol and tobacco products are essential.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Left Lower abd. pain: Yes it could since the ovaries are located there. If associated with fever or narrow stool caliber and or nausea it may represent incomplete obstructi... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Potassium absorption: This is variable but absorption usually takes around an hour. The full therapeutic effect. Could take a few days
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Slow bowel movement: You may have obstipation or constipation. I would be helpful to know what medicines you are on. Would also suggest an abdominal flat plate xray to eva... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Vomiting: Those symptoms are too general. You need a consult to evaluate. Please call
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Dizzy: A sinus infection can extend into the vestibular portion of the inner ear causing dizziness and nausea.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Anal soreness: I would recommend a good rectal exam digitally and possible to include anoscopy to assess for anal fissure or hemorrhoidal disease.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Ignore: Diet and habit control with no red sauces , no caffeine, no alcohol and no tobacco.
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Bloodin stool: Need gyne exam to be sure this is vaginal or colon. If colon at 50 should have colonoscopy in any case. Several different possibilities include procti... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Neck pain: There are several possibilities including Thyroiditis or lymph node enlargement due to strep or other infection. you need oral exam and possibility CT... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Pain: The spectrum of pain you describe can either be due to acid peptic disease sucj as gastritis or ulcer or it may be associated with pancreatitis . You ... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Spasm: Your symptoms are consistent with rectal spasm or tenesmis . This can be a symptom of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). if persistant in spite of antis... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
No problem: Yes it is safe along as there is no allergies
A female asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Abdomen tight: To alleviate concern I would recommend an appointment with your doctor for an abdominal exam. Your symptoms are too general to give you an online answ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Nausea dizziness: Possible inner ear infection or labyrinthine stone. Shoul see an ENT
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
H Pylorii: No, but these could be side effects of a change in the normal colon bacteria due to the antibiotics used in treatment. There is also the possibility o... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Abnormal nerve sensa: This may be due to nerve compression associated with spinal stenosis or violent burping. if it persists you will need to go to you family practice do... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Early satiety: Possible Bezoar orgastroparesis.needs a work up to include EGD and possible gastric emptying study along with CBC and complete metabolic panel
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Constipation: Make sure she is getting at least 64 ounces of water per day. If still a problem may need to add stool softener. Last resort would be to try amitiza (... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Cessation of diarrhe: You may not be able to stop a diarrheal episode sooner than three days after onset. At that point you may try Immodium, 1 after each diarrhea bowel mo... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Omeprazole dosage: This is not a normal side effect of Omeprazole but it can occur. . The use of omeprazole would effective if 40 mg is taken only in am before any eatin... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Liver cysts: No further studies needed now. Liver cysts are quite common and usually benign. To be sure I would get a liver function panel. If normal I would get o... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Abdominal pains: These could be signs of possibel gastritis and may require medicine in the PPI class. I would recommend a trial of Omeprazole over the counter dose (2... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Antral gastritis : Antral gastritis usually presents as epigastric pain below the sternum, not inthe chest. If associated with nausea, it may represent outlet obstrictio... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Abdominal pain: This can be acute appendicitis. I would see your doctor and get A CBC. If white count elevated, you may need to see a surgeon if the pain is in the ri... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Green stool: you need to see a gastroenterologist. Stools should be checked for infectious diarrhea an blood. Green stool either represent ice of rapid transit. Po... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Constipation: IBS-C will worsen with high fiber intake in excess.Suggest a trial of Miralax (polyethylene glycol) for 10 days and evaluate response after 10 days. I... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Pain and gastropares: If you have diagnose gastroparesis with delayed gastric emptying on a gastric emptyings study that rules out obstruction you may have compacted food i... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Water before test: If it was a small amount such as a few sips it would not ruin the test results
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
? GB disease: No I would not have sent you home.you should be admitted an MRC should be done as well as blood cultures an antibiotics and a surgical consult. Possib... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Hemorrhoid: Other than associated constipation, there is no danger. I would advise using a stool softener.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
ERCP: The ususal cause of a bile leak is a traumatic injury to the duct. with an obstruction of the duct bile may back up into the liver ducts.An MRCP is us... Read More
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Abdominal distension: Frequently this can be associated with air swallowing due to air hunger. Your medicines and diet should also be reviewed for any causes of constipati... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Ignore: My advise would be to use at least 64 ounces of water every day and use a stool softener 1 daily.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
On gun: there is a posiible uterine damage or perforation. I would recommend a CT of the pelvis an urgent appointment with your gynecologist
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
GERD: all of the medications have some side effects, usually mild. I would probably recommend starting with Omeprazole over the counter. I would be glad to... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Diarrhea: Probable prolonged gastroenteritis. If diarrhea ha resolved cramps should soon. Immodium over the counter should help. Use per instructions
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Fungus: fungal ingection can be associated with any immune deficiency or use of antibiotics on a continuing basis. I would advise that you use a live culture ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
LUQ: This could be spasm of the left upper quadrant. Possibly a sign of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). I would recommend an abdominal series xrays. If neg... Read More
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Brown
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Chest and arm pain: You must first rule out a cardiac issue. I would recommend a cardiology consult before anything else is done and I would recommend it soon, If negativ... Read More

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LA County USC Medical Center
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