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How Do Doctors Test Or Treat Sore Intestines
X-rays and scans: Intestinal pain can be difficult to diagnose. X-rays and scans can help determine a cause, along with upper & lower intestinal endoscopy. There are also laboratory tests to determine gastrointestinal function. The course of investigation dpends on the type of symptoms you are having. ...Read more
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
Chest X ray/AB titer: Chest x ray (cxr) shows diffuse, patchy infiltrates, while wbc, esr, liver fxn. Tests (lft) are normal. Diagnosis is made by isolation of gthe organism and seeing a 4 fold rise in antibody. Treatment is tetracycline (500mg/day) for 7-14 days. Fever and symptoms improve in 24-48 hours. Erythromycin can be used in those allergic or who have trouble with tetracycline. ...Read more
Of course...: ...diagnosing stomach problems is one of the things a "stomach doctor" specializes in. Diagnoses are based on physical exam, response to empiric medication trials, lab work, x-rays, endoscopic studies, and some nifty new technologies like functional methodology, swallowed capsules, and more. I note you're 50, so don't forget to get your screening colonoscopy! ...Read more
Sicker with Salmonel: It may be difficult in some cases without stoo; culture.But patients with salmonella are usually sicker, may have high fever and more frequent watery stools which may contain blood/mucus as compared to stomach virus.But some stomach virus may give you similar symptoms and you need a stool culture to differentiate between the two. ...Read more
LOOK IN STOMACH: Introduce a scope through mouth, esophagus into stomach and look around. ...Read more
First rule out dz: Doctors must first take a thorough history from you, do a full physical examination, appropriate lab work and other studies as indiciated to rule out disease as causing your pain. Stress is a diagnosis of exclusion, and your own observations about the pain as it relates to stress would be very important in nailing down this reason as the cause. ...Read more
How to treat throat clearing ?ent don't know if it lpr or allergies .i know all instructions to treat lpr .i need home remedies
LPR/Allergy: True that both those conditions cause throat clearing. Treating the underlying causes with antihistamine/nasal steroid spray for allergy and H2 blocker or PPI for LPR as well as dietary modifications (avoid fat, caffeine etc) will help. Increase water intake and develop habit to swallow water rather than clear throat. With time you'll undo the habit through repetition. ...Read more
How do doctors test for an armpit infection and how can they tell what kind? Is it skin scrapings?
Flu more severe: The flu is more severe, with more "systemic" symptoms: body aches, fever, headache. You get some of those symptoms with a cold too, but respiratory symptoms (sore throat, nasal congestion, cough) usually come first and are the most bothersome. Also, flu occurs over a more limited time frame: usually the winter months in north america, while colds can occur throughout the year. ...Read more
How can i convince ER triage to keep me to do a complete mycology/fungus test on me, my kidneys are tender and i have oral&esophageal thrush.
Not a triage test: This is not really something done in an emergency room. You should see your doctor and discuss all of you symptoms and your concerns. ...Read more
Treat symptoms only: Viral infections of the intestinal tract are almost always self-limiting. It is important, however, to not become dehydrated. Maintain a high fluid intake, treat nausea and vomiting and diarrhea with agents your doctor can provide. If you are not able to keep things down by mouth you may need intravenous fluids to maintain adequate blood volume, and if you are in doubt about this, see M.D. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
DNA test, anal swab: Chlamydia of the rectum is fairly common in people who have had receptive anal sex. DNA testing can be done from an anal swab. But perhaps you have seen news stories about the intestines as a source of a positive test for chlamydia after treatment, rather than reinfection from a partner. Too complicated for the 400 character limit; more in a comment to follow. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No, Sx are quite...: Different. Gerd is worse after eating. Thyroid pain is not. Gerd responds to otc prilosec. Thyroid pain does not. In fact, very, very few patients with thyroiditis have such an inflammatory response that they have pain. So really quite different. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a painful bladder infection, but I do not have any health insurance. What home remedy can I use to releive the pain fast and treat the infection?
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