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Hi I have acid reflux, gastritis, strawlike hair which is thinning, acne, missed period, dry skin, irregular bowel movements. What could this be?

Hi I have acid reflux, gastritis, strawlike hair which is thinning, acne, missed period, dry skin, irregular bowel movements. What could this be?

Go see ur family doc: While we usually try to narrow things down to one diagnosis to explain all symptoms, you might have two or more going on, which is why it's important to tell your family doc what's going on & get complete evaluation. Your acid reflux & gastritis are variations on a theme. However, strawlike thinning hair, missed period, dry skin & irregular bowel mvmts might be thyroid disease eg hypothyroidism. ...Read more

Dr. Marvin Ott
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Acid Reflux (Definition)

Technically called GERD, acid reflux is the presence of acidic stomach contents in the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms. The regurgitation or reflux can vary greatly as can the symptoms. Blocking stomach acid with medications can alleviate the burning but medication cannot stop the reflux. Complicated GERD requires surgical treatment ...Read more


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Acid reflux sufferer for over 10 years, I use fantodine. Two weeks ago I have issues swallowing, infrequent bowel movements and pain in both armpits?

Acid reflux sufferer for over 10 years, I use fantodine. Two weeks ago I have issues swallowing, infrequent bowel movements and pain in both armpits?

Maybe not related...: "Transfer dysphagia" is a problem moving the food bolus from your mouth to the top of the esophagus; "transit dysphagia" is a problem transiting the food down the esophagus. Motility studies (modified barium swallow; esophageal manometry) may be helpful in identifying pathology or spasm. GERD of 10 years duration is however a long time--call your GI doctor for checkup & maybe new acid blockers. ...Read more

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I have had pain in my ribs for over a week now. Also feels like I have acid reflux. Today I had a bowel movement and I had orange oil discharge. Help?

I have had pain in my ribs for over a week now. Also feels like I have acid reflux. Today I had a bowel movement and I had orange oil discharge. Help?

Cannot diagnose: Without seeing you face to face, obtaining a detailed history and doing a physical exam and possibly some lab testing it would be impossible to advise you. Suggest you see a GI doctor in your area and get evaluated. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can fibers like psyllium be helpful in addrsing slow bowel movement problem where food stays in stomach for long time resulting in acid reflux symptms?

Can fibers like psyllium be helpful in addrsing slow bowel movement problem where food stays in stomach for long time resulting in acid reflux symptms?

Fiber: Fiber products like psyllium provide bulk for good bowel movements but, in my opinion, do not promote better gastric emptying in those patients who have gastroparesis or very slow emptying of stomach contents. There are other medications that do such as reglan or erythromycin. A gastroenterologist is best qualified to advise and treat you. ...Read more

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Why do I have extreme fatigue after some bowel movements & usually after eating? *I was told I have Acid Reflux and just started Nexium (esomeprazole) in AM b4 food.

Why do I have extreme fatigue after some bowel movements & usually after eating? *I was told I have Acid Reflux and just started Nexium (esomeprazole) in AM b4 food.

Fatigue: There is a very long list of conditions and situations that lead to fatigue, so many other factors must be considered. A full evaluation includes analysis of daily habits and lifestyle (are you getting enough sleep?) plus a full medical history and exam to look for systemic causes. It's unlikely but not impossible that the Nexium (esomeprazole) is contributing, if the fatigue started after beginning that med. ...Read more

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Hi I have acid reflux, gastritis, strawlike hair which is thinning, acne, missed period, dry skin, irregular bowel movements. What could this be?

Go see ur family doc: While we usually try to narrow things down to one diagnosis to explain all symptoms, you might have two or more going on, which is why it's important to tell your family doc what's going on & get complete evaluation. Your acid reflux & gastritis are variations on a theme. However, strawlike thinning hair, missed period, dry skin & irregular bowel mvmts might be thyroid disease eg hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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Had Endoscopy 22 months ago was ok Consult said may be inflamation. I burp after bowel movements and on getting up from bed could it be GERD? Not lot of Reflux but acid vapour at night irritates lungs and confusing because already get seasonal asthma

Had Endoscopy 22 months ago was ok Consult said may be inflamation. I burp after bowel movements and on getting up from bed could it be GERD? Not lot of Reflux but acid vapour at night irritates lungs and confusing because already get seasonal asthma

Consult an allergist: A high percentage of people with asthma have GERD and vice versa. In GERD one needs to worry over aspiration into the lungs as well in addition to the fact that GERD worsens asthma. I think it is time for you to consult an allergist to get you under better control. If possible, propranolol should be replaced with another drug for migraine because it worsens asthma. No drug for GERD? ...Read more

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-hot/cold flashes -severe acid refllux -indigestion -gas -nausea -regular bowel movements of varying consistencies. Any ideas on what I might have?

-hot/cold flashes -severe acid refllux -indigestion -gas -nausea -regular bowel movements of varying consistencies. Any ideas on what I might have?

See answer: This Q & A box isn't designed to diagnose illness as it doesn't provide a physician enough information to do so. For treatment of heartburn go to MY CHECKLIST: "Treating Heartburn" and see > http://bit. Ly/ZquHBK For information on indigestion see > http://bit. Ly/1S4Uupd If
your symptoms continue see your physician ...Read more

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Having real problems with reflux and bowel movements have changed to tan colour could there be a connection ppi medication doesn't work?

Having real problems with reflux and bowel movements have changed to tan colour could there be a connection ppi medication doesn't work?

See answer: Likely reflux and tan stools aren't related. Having tan stools occasionally can be normal. But if the change is persistent it can indicate a problem in the hepatobiliary system (liver, gallbladder and bile ducts) causing an obstruction to the flow of bile, and you should see a physician. For detailed advice on reflux see http://bit. Ly/ZquHBK and http://bit. Ly/1KQEMhN ...Read more

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Past 24 hrs have felt nauseous, kinda bloated, less appetite, slight abdo pain, non-acidic reflux, altered bowel movement (not quite diarrhoea) cause?

Past 24 hrs have felt nauseous, kinda bloated, less appetite, slight abdo pain, non-acidic reflux, altered bowel movement (not quite diarrhoea) cause?

Symptoms: Please have a family or friend take you to the nearest Emergency facility. The team should be able to care for you but from time to time they may need to speak to your Primary doctor.
Hope all goes well - please let me know. ...Read more

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No bowel movements for two weeks, today I have several sudden severely painful heart burn/reflux episodes, can these two be related?

No bowel movements for two weeks, today I have several sudden severely painful heart burn/reflux episodes, can these two be related?

Go to urgent care: If you truly haven't had a bowel movement for 2 weeks, I would advise you be seen by a physician sooner rather than later for workup and treatment. Please head to your nearest urgent care clinic or ER. I would recommend that you refrain from eating anything until you are seen to avoid making things worse. ...Read more

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The past few wks my bowel movements have slimy blood mixed in/coating the stool. I have a strange pain below my left rib & severe reflux. What is this?

The past few wks my bowel movements have slimy blood mixed in/coating the stool. I have a strange pain below my left rib & severe reflux. What is this?

Multiple possibility: Is the blood bright red? Have you had a history of stomach problems in the past? Do you have family members with stomach problems? Given the symptoms you describe, I encourage you to get a physical exam, as the blood, pain and reflux at your age could mean a chronic abdominal disease that needs to monitored, or something more worrisome. ...Read more

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Had hemorrhoidectomy 6 weeks ago. Since then have had frequent bowel movements daily, gas, constant belching, cramping, & reflux. On protonix (pantoprazole).

Had hemorrhoidectomy 6 weeks ago. Since then have had frequent bowel movements daily, gas, constant belching, cramping, & reflux. On protonix (pantoprazole).

Bad gallbladder: Fever, nausea, pain in upper belly, usually right sided, bloating, belching, worse after eating fatty (or other) foods, getting worse over time, or after a surgery, family history are all symptoms of a bad gallbladder. Hydrate, avoid fatty foods while waiting for your doc surgeon visit, diagnostic testing, and/or surgery date. Take a friend with you to appointments. Be well ...Read more

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Could acid reflux be misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome?

Anything can be: Misdiagnosed. Acid reflux is easy to confirm with a barium swallow/upper GI xray. Irritable bowel should be a diagnosis of exclusion, that is all other causes of your symptoms need to be ruled out by proper diagnostic testing. ...Read more

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Is there any relation betn constipation/partial bowel obstruction and acid reflux? Wht relieves constipation? Tried fiber, plenty of water w/o much help.

Is there any relation betn constipation/partial bowel obstruction and acid reflux? Wht relieves constipation? Tried fiber, plenty of water w/o much help.

Constipation: Constipation can cause partial obstruction. The partial obstruction could lead to easy fullness and worsen reflux. Increased activity, fluids, fiber, stool softners and laxatives are main treatment. Evaluation to rule out mechanical obstruction including colonoscopy may be indicated in some cases. ...Read more

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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


Dr. Eric Weisman
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Reflux (Definition)

Acid reflux is defined as the presence of acidic gastric contents in the esophagus causing irritation. It's cause is blamed on the a lax gastroesophageal shpincter that permits usch regurgitation. Vesicoureteral reflux is regurgitation (backing up) of urine in the bladder into the ureter ...Read more