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Dr. Michael Picco
What is spastic colon? In brief: Spastic colon is another term for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a common disorder characterized by abdominal cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation and diarrheaCOLONIC IBS (IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME) SPASTIC COLON
The term "spastic colon" describes the increase in spontaneous contractions (motility) of muscles in the small and large intestines associated with IBS.
Hernia truss: Can it help an inguinal hernia? In brief: An inguinal hernia occurs when tissue, such as part of the intestine, protrudes through a weak point or tear in the abdominal musclesGROIN HERNIA (INGUINAL HERNIA) INGUINAL HERNIA HIATAL HERNIA
The resulting bulge can be painful, especially when you cough, bend over or lift a heavy object.
My brother has been told he has end-stage hepatitis C. What does this mean? In brief: End-stage hepatitis C means the liver has been severely damaged by the hepatitis C virusHCV HEP C HEPATITIS HEPATITIS C
The hepatitis C virus slowly damages the liver over many years, often progressing from inflammation to permanent, irreversible scarring (cirrhosis).
Is acid reflux the same as GERD? In brief: Acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) are closely related, but the terms don't necessarily mean the same thingACID REFLUX GERD REFLUX
Acid reflux is the backward flow of stomach acid into the esophagus — the tube that connects the throat and stomach.
I've heard that some medications can aggravate the symptoms of GERD. Can you tell me more? In brief: Certain medications and dietary supplements can irritate the lining of your esophagus, causing heartburn pain, and others can increase the severity of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)GERD
GERD is a chronic condition in which stomach acid flows back (refluxes) into your esophagus.
What is a gallbladder cleanse? Is it an effective way to flush out gallstones? In brief: A gallbladder cleanse — also called a gallbladder flush or a liver flush — is an alternative remedy for ridding the body of gallstonesGALLSTONES YOUNG HEALTH OLD HEALTH
However, no scientific evidence suggests that a gallbladder cleanse helps prevent or treat gallstones or any other disease.
Is there such a thing as a nervous stomach? I've been told that I have one. In brief: "Nervous stomach" isn't a specific diagnosis or a recognized disease
Some doctors may use the term to generally describe symptoms of indigestion, nausea, bloating or changes in bowel habits — especially after diagnostic tests fail to reveal a specific cause, such as an ulcer or gallstones.
I've heard that eating certain foods can cause bezoars. What are bezoars? In brief: A bezoar (BE-zor) is a solid mass of indigestible material that accumulates in your digestive tract, sometimes causing a blockageBEZOAR EATING CERTAIN FOODS
Bezoars usually form in the stomach, sometimes in the small intestine or, rarely, the large intestine.