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How soon after eating does the stomach empty?

How soon after eating does the stomach empty?

Depends...: 1-2 hours after liquids, 3-6 hours after solids. Carbohydrates & proteins exit faster than fats. Large meals take longer to empty than small meals. Medications, diabetes, neuropathies, certain infections can alter stomach emptying significantly, as can mechanical delays in emptying like stenosis & scarring of the pylorus (the gastric outlet into duodenum), gallbladder disease, small bowel issues. ...Read more

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Even after eating my stomach feels empty. What could this be?

Even after eating my stomach feels empty. What could this be?

Many possibilities: I have seen patients with this symptom caused by all sorts of issues, from nutritional deficiencies to ulcers (especially from infection} , cancers, diabetes and psychological issues. This symptom needs to be evaluated by a doctor who can examine you and do some tests ...Read more

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Empty feeling in stomach even after eating... What could it be?

Empty feeling in stomach even after eating... What could it be?

Hiatal: Hiatal hernia and other conditions may cause this symptom. Family practice/ internal medicine dr, or straight GI dr will clarify diagnosis. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can I take palafer after food even though it directs on box to take on empty stomach? Took it first time morning 2 hrs before eating & felt nauseous.

Can I take palafer after food even though it directs on box to take on empty stomach? Took it first time morning 2 hrs before eating & felt nauseous.

TheGutWrenchingTruth: That form of iron supplement can give your stomach a jag on an empty stomach.Most people can take it that way, but freaks like you and me cannot.The usual dose is one a day so this is what I do:I take one twice a day with food.Just don't take it with something that may already possibly upset your stomach,like six gin rickys or a pot of fish heads and grits.Also remember,iron can cause constipation ...Read more

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How long does stomach take to empty after eating a snack like an english muffin?

How long does stomach take to empty after eating a snack like an english muffin?

It depends: There are so many factors involved in gastric motility. What else did you eat with the muffin? Was it a fiber muffin? What medications do you take (your profile says unifiber) have you had any surgeries? Some people have slow gastric motility. I see you have a colostomy, and you have also had an endoscopy. Good luck. ...Read more

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Pain like empty stomach but in chest with or without eating, sharper hunching pains after eating... 22yrs 3 kids.. No current conditions?

Pain like empty stomach but in chest with or without eating, sharper hunching pains after eating... 22yrs 3 kids.. No current conditions?

Stomach pains: Sounds like a bad case of reflux - or possibly bile reflux. I might try any one of the over the counter acid reducing agents to see if that changes things. If not you might want to consider getting an upper GI x-ray done. ...Read more

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How long after eating does someone have to wait before taking levothyroxine. In other words, what's the definition of an empty stomach?

How long after eating does someone have to wait before taking levothyroxine.  In other words, what's the definition of an empty stomach?

No soy no iron: Although the packaging for levothyroxine says to take it on an empty stomach for many people its not possible to do that and take it consistently each day. As long as you take it at a consistent time and don't take it with soy or with iron which will interfere with its absorption it is fine to take it with breakfast or before bed without being strictly fasting. Just get labs checked after change. ...Read more

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Acid is released in stomach soon after eating on empty stomach. Does stomach also release acid upon drinking only water on empty stomach?

Acid is released in stomach soon after eating on empty stomach. Does stomach also release acid upon drinking only water on empty stomach?

Can not control it: Acid is made in the stomach all the time. So do not worry about the effects of drinking/eating food. This is a physiological function which you can not control . The only thing that can stop it are antacids which can shut off the production of acid in people who have acid related symptoms like Heart burn from Acid reflux. Tell us more about your problem...what are you trying to do to your acidity? ...Read more

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I have a dull pain in stomach when my stomach empty,but the symptom relieve after eating. I also experience burning stomach at night. serious problem?

I have a dull pain in stomach when my stomach empty,but the symptom relieve after eating. I also experience burning stomach at night. serious problem?

Not at your age...: But if the duration is very long.....may be. Get tested for H Pylori, get started with Ranitidine/omeprazol, reduce spices, keep your meal timing, reduce weight if overweight. ...Read more

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After eating 75 grams of carbs (french bread) on relatively empty stomach, 1 hour gluc level was 190. 2 hour gluc level was 127. Normal? Pre-Diab?

After eating 75 grams of carbs (french bread) on relatively empty stomach, 1 hour gluc level was 190.  2 hour gluc level was 127.  Normal?  Pre-Diab?

Probably normal: Hi. That is not a valid test. The OGTT uses 75 g liquid glucose; French bread is not an equivalent. And the OGTT uses serum glucose, not finger stick capillary glucose. You would also heed the fasting glucose, a standard part of an OGTT. Having said all that, your values could easily be normal. If you're worried, see your doc and do the REAL OGTT. Eat healthily and exercise regularly. Good luck. ...Read more

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Night of heavy drinker on empty stomach puking and pain after eating was it pancreatitis or gastritis I feel better now after a few days ?

Night of heavy drinker on empty stomach puking and pain after eating was it pancreatitis or gastritis I feel better now after a few days ?

Get help : You need to be seen by your pcp or a GI doctor to find cause of pain. Glad you're feeling better, but you're so young to be having possible complications from heavy drinking. Build support starting with a trusted doc, family member, close friend and get to an AA meeting. You'll be surrounded by others, all ages, who understand: http://www.aa.org/pages/en_US Be safe and take care. ...Read more

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I take excess of belching after eating and sometimes in early morning with empty stomach.This problem i facing from 11 months after jaundice. ?

I take excess of belching after eating and sometimes in early morning with empty stomach.This problem i facing from 11 months after jaundice. ?

Belching: It sounds to me that the valve that stays between your esophagus and stomach may not be working well. There may be inflammation going on in it. It looks like you've been on dromperidone and pantaprazole. Wonder if those have helped. If they've not, the next step would be upper endoscopy (egd). ...Read more

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I don't inhale deeply when empty stomach and i inhale deeply after eating meals. Is full stomach pushing against diaphragm and it damages diaphragm?

I don't inhale deeply when empty stomach and i inhale deeply after eating meals. Is full stomach pushing against diaphragm and it damages diaphragm?

No: Stomach pressing on diaphragm when full, is normal. It shouldn't damage the diaphragm. However, in obese people and those with preexisting lung diseases, full stomach may cause shortness of breath depending on severity. ...Read more

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For 9 years I have suffered from severe pain under my left breast after eating or even on an empty stomach, what could this be?

For 9 years I have suffered from severe pain under my left breast after eating or even on an empty stomach, what could this be?

See your doctor: For symptoms lasting this long, you need to discuss this with your doctor, who will to an examination in person. ...Read more

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I have started tetracycline for acne , says take on an empty stomach so can I take first thing in the morning or shall I wait two hours after eating ?

I have started tetracycline for acne , says take on an empty stomach so can I take first thing in the morning or shall I wait two hours after eating ?

No: Tetracycline can bind to doubly valent ions like calcium. Since a lot of people have milk with their meals the better instruction would be to avoid taking it with milk or antacids which also frequently contain calcium or magnesium. That's why it was important to be awake in Chem 101. Usually after an hour or two that food moves on. The pharmacist usually attaches a label to the bottle explaining i ...Read more

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Wake up with small burps & during the day even on empty stomach. Flatulence before & after eating. I can hear my stomach growling at times. Concern?

Wake up with small burps & during the day even on empty stomach.  Flatulence before & after eating. I can hear my stomach growling at times.  Concern?

Yes, especially: if it bothers you. It could be any number of things, from GERD to infection to something even more serious. It is impossible to say for sure without full history, examination, and even tests. You need to see a doctor to make sure. ...Read more