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Dr. Janet Greenhut
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Menopause (Definition)

The absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. After the complete transition into menopause, women can no longer get pregnant. The average age for menopause is 51 years old. Symptoms include dry vaginal tissue, irregular periods, hot flashes, mood ...Read more


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Have ibs-c and continuous intestinal and colon pain, anxiety.Celexa (citalopram) and antispasmodics don't help with pain.Suggestions/alternatives?

Have ibs-c and continuous intestinal and colon pain, anxiety.Celexa (citalopram) and antispasmodics don't help with pain.Suggestions/alternatives?

See your doctor: I'd go back to my doctor until he/she finds the right potion for my symptoms. You may want to consider a second opinion. ...Read more

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50 year old female with IBS diverticulitis/ delayed gastric emptying/ the bloating, pain diarrhea and nausea making me miss work any suggestions?

50 year old female with  IBS diverticulitis/ delayed gastric emptying/ the bloating, pain diarrhea and nausea making me miss work any suggestions?

Too complex for this: You clearly have multiple complicated issues. The.Se can not be dealt with in this forum. You need personal medical attention to address these issues. ...Read more

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Any relationship between bloating and bowel inflammatory conditions and colon cancer?

Any relationship between bloating and bowel inflammatory conditions and colon cancer?

Colitis & cancer: Inflammatory bowel disease, especially ulcerative colitis increases the risk of colon cancer substantially in that regular colonoscopic screening is recommended. Bloating probably has no relation to colon cancer. ...Read more

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Can menopause cause constipation and insomnia?

Can menopause cause constipation and insomnia?

Menopause: Both can be accompanying symptoms of other psychological/physiological symptoms seen commonly in menopause, such as depression/anxiety, irritability, pain, mood changes & poor quality sleep. ...Read more

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Im 31 female, often have irregular bowel movements. But more recently blood in stool and in urine. Abdominal bloating and indigestion and night sweats?

Im 31 female, often have irregular bowel movements. But more recently blood in stool and in urine. Abdominal bloating and indigestion and night sweats?

Many symptoms: Start by seeing your primary doctor. She/he may be able to find the cause and plan treatment. If not your doctor should refer you to a Gastroenterologist. I would appreciate it if you could let me know what transpires. Hope all goes well. ...Read more

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Do people with endometriosis have IBS symptoms outside of menstrual cycle?

Do people with endometriosis have IBS symptoms outside of menstrual cycle?

Idependent: The two diseases are independent of each other, so you can have IBS symptoms any time. They are both effected by stress, especially IBS, so if your endometriosis symptoms are worse, often the IBS is worse also. ...Read more

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Irregular periods, dry hair, feeling hot, indigestion, headaches, and constipation. ab ultra-normal and bloodwork. Could this be ovarian cancer?

Irregular periods, dry hair, feeling hot, indigestion, headaches, and constipation. ab ultra-normal and bloodwork. Could this be ovarian cancer?

Unlikely at age 20: Ovarian Cancer is very unlikely at age 20. Its most common in women in their 40s and 50's. Sounds more like a thyroid disorder or PCOS. See an Ob/Gyn. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Help I feel like I'm going through menopause at 18. Vaginal dryness, joint pain, heartburn, fatigue, insomnia, constipation, coarse hair, thyroid norm?

Help I feel like I'm going through menopause at 18. Vaginal dryness, joint pain, heartburn, fatigue, insomnia, constipation, coarse hair, thyroid norm?

FATIGUE EVAL: You need full EXAM AND labs. CBC/CMP/B12/FOLATE /TFTS/VITD/CRP//SED RATE//IRON STUDIES/LYME TITERS. Start a. Gluten free diet Wholeapproach.com gutbliss.com. And high potency vitamins. Rejuvenation-science.com Then review results if no firm diagnosis is made, a sleep study may be necessary many subtle sleep disorders cause Fatigue. Recheck full thyroid panel and thyroid antibodies. ...Read more

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What causes cyclical extreme pain with bowel movements and gas besides endometriosis?

What causes cyclical extreme pain with bowel movements and gas besides endometriosis?

IBS: Irritable bowel syndrome can cause some significant discomfort and is a chronic condition. I would review your bowel habits with you doctor and determine if you are more likely to be constipated or have diarrhea....Or possible both. There may be a simple treatment path in your near future:). ...Read more

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Are IBS and blepharitis related?

Are IBS and blepharitis related?

R/O IBS: IBS NO EVIDENCE OF LINK TO BLEPHARITIS. /IBD is inflammation usually DX by BX IBS SX can be managed .You need a full exam and blood work. Especially screen for H pylori . Also stool screen x 3 for occult blood /parasite/ &colonoscopy./EGD While you are getting these items checked out you should stick to a gluten free diet . Ie gutbliss.com and Wholeapproach. Tx:PROBIOTICS/LEVSIN/BENTYL ...Read more

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Ovarian cancer? Sometimes achy lower back, pellet like stool with constipation can't sleep at night. Regular periods though and no family history.

Ovarian cancer? Sometimes achy lower back, pellet like stool with constipation can't sleep at night. Regular periods though and no family history.

Unlikely given age .: But your symptoms need to be dealt with. Please see your doctor for a complete history and physical. Basic treatments for constipation should be undertaken - your symptoms could all be related to constipation. Imaging of your pelvis (ovaries and uterus primarily) with ultrasound may also be helpful, especially if basic treatments do not resolve your symptoms. ...Read more

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How is IBS diagnosed?

How is IBS diagnosed?

Rome Criteria: There is no lab test or procedure to diagnose ibs, but labs, xrays, colonoscopy, endoscopy can be used to rule out other conditions that are similar to ibs. Ibs is often diagnosed when one has the signs and symptoms of the rome criteria. These are criteria that experts have set up to diagnose ibs. ...Read more

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I've been experiencing on and off bouts of constipation and diarrhea. Also intestinal cramps. Family history of celiac disease. E.R MD thinks Gerd?

I've been experiencing on and off bouts of constipation and diarrhea.  Also intestinal cramps.  Family history of celiac disease.  E.R MD thinks Gerd?

Many possibilities.: GERD doesn't explain it. Constipation can though. Sometimes if you are constipated you get so backed up that eventually it comes out forcefully and fast (i.e. like diarrhea). If you stay regular it could go away (prune or pear juice, senna, docusate, miralax (polyethylene glycol) -- all over the counter). Take even if you start going to make sure it doesn't build up again. ...Read more

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Have chronic constipation, bloated, thin stools and severe gut pain...ER found no evidence of gallstones. Crohns? Bowel obstruction?

See gastroenterologi: You will need a colonoscopy to make sure you are not obstructed and rule out colitis. Possibilities include spastic colon, obstructive process or inflammatory process. Later usually causes diarrhea. Try increasing fiber and fluid plus osmotic agent like polyethyline glycol (Miralax). If those do not work, try Amitiza (lubiprostone) or Linzess ...Read more

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What natural cures are there to relive menopause symptoms like moodswings, bloating, confusion, and hot flashes?

Remedies: Black cohosh is an herb which may be beneficial for hot flashes, but which should be avoided if there is liver illness. The lignans in flaxseed and flaxseed oil may help night sweats/ to obtain the most benefit from flaxseed oil, it should be cold grinded. The plant Estrogens in red clover may be helpful with mild menopausal symptoms but may be contraindicated in a woman with either breast >>>. ...Read more

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Can estrogen replacement help with anxiety and depression in menopause?

Can estrogen replacement help with anxiety and depression in menopause?

Possibly: If hormones are out of whack and estrogen depleted it may help but usually there is a relative estrogen dominance even in menopause and sometimes progesterone, like Prometrium (micronized progesterone) or a bioitentical cream, may be of more benefit. ...Read more

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Having constant abdominal cramps, bloating, gas, and alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhea. Often brought on by stress, anxiety, and diet.

Having constant abdominal cramps, bloating, gas, and alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhea. Often brought on by stress, anxiety, and diet.

I suggest seeing a: Gastroenterologist or your physician. Improving healthfulness of your diet if very important. If you can find a quiet place - do so. Breath in slowly & deeply through your nostrils. Fill your lungs with air (but not to the point of discomfort). In the meantime try this: hold for a count of five then slowly begin to exhale through an open mouth. Repeat at least 12 times, longer if you need to. ...Read more

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Cause of nausea, cramps, and constipation? Colonoscopy, bladder and kidney ultrasound, labs, echo all clear.

Cause of nausea, cramps, and constipation? Colonoscopy, bladder and kidney ultrasound, labs, echo all clear.

Vague symptoms: Nausea, cramping, and constipation are vague symptoms at best. Gynecologic problems can cause them, as can irritable bowel syndrome, non-erosive reflux disease (NERD), gastroparesis, and other conditions. Best to talk to a gastroenteroligst (GI doctor) with ur symptoms. Keep a log of when u have symptoms & what u are eating - it may help the doctor trying to diagnose the problem. Good Luck! ...Read more

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How come women have mood swings during PMS and menopause?

How come women have mood swings during PMS and menopause?

The mood swings: That may occur are related to hormonal changes in the woman's body. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Definition)

A long-term disorder of gastrointestinal functioning. It results in abdominal discomfort, pain, bloating, stomach ...Read more