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A 21-year-old member asked:

can irritable bowel syndrome be treated with herbal supplements?

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Dr. Maya Porrino
Family Medicine 16 years experience
Yes, in part: Probiotics are often helpful. These are good bacteria, and i usually recommend culturelle brand, which is one capsule daily. If your ibs is diarrhea-predominant, you can try enteric coated peppermint oil capsules, 0.2 ml 3x daily. Turmeric may also help, by decreasing inflammation in the GI tract; take 300-400 mg 3x daily of a standardized extract managing stress and diet are equally important.
Dr. Sandra Pinkham
Holistic Medicine 53 years experience
Possibly: There are many forms of this disorder and a life style approach is usually necessary addressing sleep, healthy diet, exercise, and stress reduction. . Thyme, clove, and oregano oil are anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial herbal supplements that can be helpful. L-glutamine is an Amino Acid that is healing to the GI tract. Check 25-oh vit d level which may be too low.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Why do I find blood in my infant's diaper when she has not made a bowel movement?

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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Is it blood?: First, is it blood? Newborns especially can pass dark urine that when dried in a diaper can look like blood. Sometimes genuine blood can come from bloody vaginal discharge (normal in a newborn), or from a crack or fissure near the anus. Not sure what's going on? Go see the pediatrician for an exam.
A 45-year-old member asked:

I've been wearing an abdominal support belt, but my back pain hasn't decreased. Could I have a pinched nerve?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Possible: Back pain in pregnancy is extremely common. The added weight and the change in the curve of the spine both contribute to the back pain.
Dr. Tariq Niazi
Dr. Tariq Niazi commented
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
It should get better after the birth, but if it persists or gets worse, then you need to see a spine surgeon.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

Areabdominal "crunch" exercisesthe best way to keep from having low back pain?

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Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 20 years experience
No: Abdominal crunches are an excellent way to build muscles that support the back. It is also important to strengthen the muscles of the back itself, and together, they are best way to prevent low back pain.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How can I measure bouts of diarrhea from irritable bowel syndrome so my doctor knows how bad?

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Dr. Evan Altman
Psychiatry 19 years experience
Keep a log: One way would be to keep a record of dates and times of the events. This may also help with identifying any patterns, especially if certain foods are being eaten or certain stressors encountered frequently when the bouts are especially bad. By keeping the record you have an accurate log of events and do not have to try to remember which can sometimes be difficult if there are many.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Has anybody had a breast reduction and tummy tuck at the same time?

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Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: This is a very popular "mommy make-over" combo because women who have children often have abdominal bulges afterwards and the breasts may have enlarged/drooped. The procedures are safe to do at the same time if the patient is in good health otherwise and the doctor has experience with the procedure. Combining the two increases risks slightly so some people choose to do them separately.

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