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Doctor insights on: How Can I Reduce Stomach Digestive Problems

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Does stress cause stomach or digestive problems?

Does stress cause stomach or digestive problems?

It can but...: It's important to rule out other causes of digestive problems first. Stress often makes symptoms worse, and learning ways to handle stress can significantly improve symptoms and often the course of disease. This is how mind-body medicine practitioners can help. ...Read more

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more


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My 89 year old grandma is having increased digestive problems and we don't know what to do. What are the lightest foods that won't upset her stomach?

My 89 year old grandma is having increased digestive problems and we don't know what to do. What are the lightest foods that won't upset her stomach?

See a doctor: Digestive problems in this age group can be a sign of a serious health problem. Amongst the diagnoses are gerd, gastric ulcer, gastric cancer... An upper endoscopy maybe suggested to determine the cause of the problem, and maybe easy to treat. ...Read more

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Ate half of a high protein think thin bar unaware that it can cause digestive problems. Should I be ok? What should I do to help my stomach?

Ate half of a high protein think thin bar unaware that it can cause digestive problems. Should I be ok? What should I do to help my stomach?

You should be OK: Half a bar is unlikely to cause any long term issue with your digestive tract. Fluids and healthy food is best. Reports of digestive problems with certain types of high protein bars state that certain patients can have digestive problems, it is not the case that all do. ...Read more

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I underwent varicocelectomy almost 2 years ago and I still experience pain and pressure in my left lower abdomen with digestive problems after sex.?

I underwent varicocelectomy almost 2 years ago and I still experience pain and pressure in my left lower abdomen with digestive problems after sex.?

Urologist: I recommend that you be examined by a urologist for diagnosis and treatment. You may have a low grade persistent epididymitis which is an infection/inflammation within the scrotum above the testicles. There is usually some associated tenderness in the area. ...Read more

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Ever since having my gallbladder out, I've been having stomach/digestive problems and mild pain on the right side. Could there be a post-surgery probl?

Ever since having my gallbladder out, I've been having stomach/digestive problems and mild pain on the right side. Could there be a post-surgery probl?

Possibly: Similar pain after gallbladder surgery may be related to the gallbladder. It really depends how long after surgery it is occurring. If it's within a week, it is probably just post-surgical pain. If it is longer, than stones may be present in the main duct and cause symptoms. You need to speak to your surgeon. ...Read more

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I m having pain in my upper stomach just below my chest when I m breathing in. I m getting tired very soon having digestive problems?

I m having pain in my upper stomach just below my chest when I m breathing in. I m getting tired very soon having digestive problems?

See pcp: Symptoms could be suggestive to ulcer specially if pain related to meals. See your pcp to have blood work and make sure not bleeding ulcer causing anemia and fatigue due to anemia. In meantime avoid NSAIDs or aspirin ...Read more

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What does it mean when I'm getting some pain in lower left abdomen? (maybe where left ovary is.) Not period cramps. Not digestive problems.

Mittelschmerz: This sudden onset of intense RLQ or LLQ pain occurs about halfway through the menstrual cycle, typically on days 12 to 16. The pain is generally attributed to local irritation caused by the release of blood, follicular fluid, and prostaglandins, as well as increased fallopian tube peristalsis during ovulation. ...Read more

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Masturbating once a day leading to mild stomach pains and digestive problems that are alleviated by eating or drinking water. Why does this happen?

Masturbating once a day leading to mild stomach pains and digestive problems that are alleviated by eating or drinking water. Why does this happen?

Not related.: The symptoms you're having with your stomach are not related to masturbation. I would try some antacids to see if they help your stomach problem. If they do not, then I would see your doctor if they persist. Good luck, and don't worry about the masturbation. It will not cause this kind of symptoms. ...Read more

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Is there any virus infection connected to digestive problems? I had fever for two days and my stomach was not feeling well. Now I cannot digest well.

Is there any virus infection connected to digestive problems? I had fever for two days and my stomach was not feeling well. Now I cannot digest well.

Many: Yes, there are many viruses that cause the "stomach flu", or gastroenteritis. I adults, that may cause fever, vomiting or diarrhea, and sometimes just nausea and stomach cramps. Nothing much to do, except drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated and it should resolve in a few days. ...Read more

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Male30yrs. When I have digestive problems, I urinate very less. Urine analysis normal. Sr cr used to be 0.9, now 1.1. Will have reduced appetite this time?

Male30yrs. When I have digestive problems, I urinate very less. Urine analysis normal. Sr cr used to be 0.9, now 1.1. Will have reduced appetite this time?

Refocus: Your creatinine levels are fine. The increase may be due to your putting on some muscle or having taken some medication or being dried out. Of course you urinate less when you're stomach's upset -- you drink less water. You also describe B12 deficiency -- this is a VERY serious problem that needs to be addressed. Pernicious anemia? Ill-advised vegetarianism? Work on the big issues here. ...Read more

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What are common digestive problems in teen agers?

What are common digestive problems in teen agers?

Upset system: Many issues digestive related are form eating too much fast food. Reflux, diarrhea, constipation are common. Sometimes depression presents as physical (somatic) symptoms like vague recurrent abdominal pain. Anxiety can present with digestive issues, fears, and generally not feeling well. Alternating diarrhea and constipation can indicate irritable bowels. If concerned, have your teen evaluated. ...Read more

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Can a very small umbilical hernia cause digestive problems?

Can a very small umbilical hernia cause digestive problems?

Very unlikely: If the hernia is small and reducible (you can push it back in) it is unlikely to cause problems. If the hernia ever causes you pain or you cannot push it back in, that needs to be evaluated by a physician right away. ...Read more

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If you have had your gall bladder removed will you have digestive problems?

If you have had your gall bladder removed will you have digestive problems?

FOR A FEW WEEKS OR: Months it is common to have loose or hard stools, bloating and heartburn also is possible from bile freely flowing into your stomach. ...Read more

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Milk seems to give me digestive problems. How do I know if this is lactose intolerance?

Milk seems to give me digestive problems. How do I know if this is lactose intolerance?

Lactose intolerance: Cow's and breast milk both contain lactose as the predominant sugar. Try withholding milk and dairy for 2 to 4 weeks and watch your symptoms disappear if you suffer from lactose intolerance. Milk allergy can be ruled out by either a skin test or rast blood test. ...Read more

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Is it good to eat oats in buttermilk daily? Will it have side effects? Or digestive problems?

Is it good to eat oats in buttermilk daily? Will it have side effects? Or digestive problems?

Oats are carbs: Let your reaction to oats and buttermilk guide your choices. It's best to rotate food so you get a variety of nutrients. Lower carbs and higher w/fruits and vegetables can be healthier. How about fruit/yogurt one day for breakfast and oats the next? Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Which digestive enzyme brand is better for acid reflux issue and digestive problems: swiss natural or jamieson?

Which digestive enzyme brand is better for acid reflux issue and digestive problems: swiss natural or jamieson?

Neither: Gerd or acid reflux disease results in irritation of the lower aspect of the esophagus resulting in changes in the lining (barrett's), some having scarring and difficulty swallowing, lung problems, and abdominal pain. Digestion should not be affected, and there should be no reason to take any enzymes unless you have other problems such as with your pancreas. ...Read more

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What are effects of using ginger for digestive problems?

What are effects of using ginger for digestive problems?

Excellent effects: It is an intestinal spasmolytic & helps eliminate gas from the intestines. It is very beneficial for nausea and motion sickness. It decreases nausea, vomiting, dizziness & clamminess associated with motion sickness. It can also be used for morning sickness & hyperemesis gravidum. ...Read more

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Can laryngomalacia be linked with digestive problems?

Can laryngomalacia be linked with digestive problems?

Yes: Most common associated symptoms related to feeding include regurgitation (ge reflux), emesis, cough, choking, and slow feedings. Infants with laryngomalacia may have a difficult time coordinating suck swallow breath sequence for feeding as a result of their airway obstruction and sometimes have aspiration problems. Treatment of ge reflux and thickening of feedings for aspiration often help. ...Read more

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What are side effects of using ginger for digestive problems?

What are side effects of using ginger for digestive problems?

Side effects are not: Common w ginger. However doses > 10, 000 mg (fresh) or > 4, 000 mg (powdered) aren't recommended long-term. Allergic reactions are rare but can include swelling of mouth, tongue, face, throat;rash, itching, hives, difficulty breathing ; chest tightness. It may cause heartburn, bloating, gas, belching, diarrhea ; bad taste. It may effect blood clotting -so consult dr about use w anti-inflammatory >>. ...Read more

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Had taking domperidone helped anyone with their digestive problems?

Had taking domperidone helped anyone with their digestive problems?

Domperidone: "Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stresses that domperidone is not an FDA-approved drug, and that it may not be legally marketed in the US." "FDA's concern about the potential health risks associated with the use of domperidone in lactating women. These risks include cardiac arrhythmias, cardiac arrest, and sudden death." ...Read more

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Could taking domperidone have helped anyone with their digestive problems?

Could taking domperidone have helped anyone with their digestive problems?

Domperidone: "Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stresses that domperidone is not an FDA-approved drug, and that it may not be legally marketed in the US." "DA's concern about the potential health risks associated with the use of domperidone in lactating women. These risks include cardiac arrhythmias, cardiac arrest, and sudden death." ...Read more

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Digestive problems causes dizziness?

Digestive problems causes dizziness?

Sure: There are numerous ways digestive problems cause dizziness. If you vomit and unable to due or eat for a day or two you will be dizzy. If you have severe diarrhea and unable to replenish the loss you will feel dizzy since your blood pressure will be low due to the effective circulating blood volume will be low. There or dozens or reason you might feel dizzy from GI causes. ...Read more

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Why do antibiotics cause me digestive problems?

Why do antibiotics cause me digestive problems?

Gut flora: Gets rid of gut flora. Recommend taking probiotics with it. ...Read more

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What causes colitis, Crohn's disease and other digestive problems?

What causes colitis, Crohn's disease and other digestive problems?

Unknown: While we don't entirely know what causes these, inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and crohn's) appears to be caused by an autoimmune mechanism. There is a degree of genetic susceptibility, which seems to be higher in crohn's. However other theories, such as a virus as a cause, may also play a role. There are many other forms of colitis that may mimic these, and only a doctor can tell. ...Read more

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What could cause both thyroid and digestive problems?

What could cause both thyroid and digestive problems?

Thyroid: Thyroid disorders are usually autoimmune on nature. Some GI issues are as well. These include gastritis, colitis, and celiac disease. Many can be screened by simple lab tests. See an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Can quitting smoking cause long term digestive problems?

Can quitting smoking cause long term digestive problems?

No: There is a small amount of evidence that some unusual bowel conditions may improve with smoking, but this is far outweighed by the mounds of evidence that prove that smoking cigarettes kills!

quit! ...Read more