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How can altered gut microbiome affect our health?

How can altered gut microbiome affect our health?

Unknown: We are still in the early stages of knowing what constitutes altered gut flora and the consequences of this. Certainly when one develops an infection with Clostridium difficile it is very apparent, due to diarrhea and abdominal pain. Short of that, however, we have insufficient evidence to give you a definite answer. The longterm effect of probiotics is still unclear also. Good luck. ...Read more

Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more


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What are the most common health issues associated with "upper central abdomen" discomfort? "

More on mid-abd pain: I agree with dr. Hicks that the stomach is the likeliest source of your "upper central abdominal" discomfort. Acid-related disease is common. Slow emptying due to a variety of reasons may be another problem attributable to the stomach. Don't ignore the possibility however of pancreas and biliary (gallbladder, bile ducts) disease, vascular pathology, or even disorders of the transverse colon. ...Read more

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Excellent health, not overweight, exercise 5 to 6 times a week. When I bend over, I sometimes feel discomfort (like a tear) in my lower left abdomen?

Excellent health, not overweight, exercise 5 to 6 times a week. When I bend over, I sometimes feel discomfort (like a tear) in my lower left abdomen?

Suspect strain: You could be experiencing pain from an abdominal muscle strain or tear. You also should be evaluated for a possible inguinal hernia. See you primary care doc first and maybe expect a referral to a specialist. ...Read more

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Thinking of starting a probiotic for gut health. Can I die from them?

Thinking of starting a probiotic for gut health. Can I die from them?

No risk unless...: Probiotics are generally quite safe. There is one concerning report of patients critically ill with pancreatitis having higher risk of dying if they took probiotics, but no evidence they can increase risk of dying in anyone who isn't critically ill. I've had hundreds of patients take probiotics and most seem to benefit.
See http://tinyurl. Com/hq8axtt and The Good Gut by Justin and Erica Sonnenburg ...Read more

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I heard that vernix found on babies is good for your gut health - is this true?

I heard that vernix found on babies is good for your gut health - is this true?

Unlikely: I couldn't think of any reason it would. This vernix, is composed of dead skin cells, hair and other debris from the sterile environment that surrounds baby. Many cosmetic firms use the material (obtained from cattle) as a collagen basis for cold cream. For this basic collagen (skin protein) to aid to the digestive system doesn't pass my BS filter. ...Read more

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I ate WAY nire than I should have. What can I do to help my gut so I'm not constipated tomorrow? I overate on health food for the most part

I ate WAY nire than I should have. What can I do to help my gut so I'm not constipated tomorrow? I overate on health food for the most part

Water: Drink plenty of water and monitor situation should be fine. That big load of food will often times accelerate your metabolic rate if u don't usually splurge and shoud not be an issue ...Read more

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I suffer chronic anxiety, currently I'm fixed on my health and have a uncomfortable feeling in my abdomen only when pushed, What could this be?

I suffer chronic anxiety, currently I'm fixed on my health and have a uncomfortable feeling in my abdomen only when pushed, What could this be?

The important: Thing is if it's impeding your freedom of movement or if you spike any fever (101F or near) to then see your primary care physician. Take care. ...Read more

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What to know about yeast? I'm confident there is a problem with my gut con. Yeast. I think if I can control it my health would improve significantly.

What to know about yeast? I'm confident there is a problem with my gut con. Yeast. I think if I can control it my health would improve significantly.

Probably not. Sorry.: Sorry to maybe disappoint you, but "systemic" yeast infection, or yeast overgrowth in the intestine, is an urban medical myth. There is no such thing (not counting life-threatening fungal infections in people with cancer or immune deficient because of chemotherapy, etc). See a physician about your symptom and take it from there, but don't expect miracles or any yeast-related treatment. ...Read more

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How harmful for your health is it when prostate cancer spreads to the abdomen?

How harmful for your health is it when prostate cancer spreads to the abdomen?

Suggest treatment: Hello Maria, I hope I can be of help. Cancer spread is always serious, but in the case of prostate cancer treatments are available and should be discussed with the patients doctor or a Urologist or Oncologist.
Best wishes,
Dr. Long ...Read more

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Is there any research on which bacteria (s) in probiotics is (are) most beneficial for gut health?

Is there any research on which bacteria (s) in probiotics is (are) most beneficial for gut health?

It isn't pretty: Probiotics require living bacterial cultures. Most of the ones in the store won't have enough live culture. ...Read more

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My wife's health has gotten worse. From the liver cancer she has developed escitis (spelled wrong) the swelling of her abdomen. What can I expect?

My wife's health has gotten worse. From the liver cancer she has developed escitis (spelled wrong) the swelling of her abdomen. What can I expect?

Ascites: I'm sorry about your wife. When this develops, the cancer is usually not going to be curable. The decision about what to do next is hers. Insist on getting the facts, and if she chooses hospice, you can expect she will be cared for humanely and the most distressing symptoms that attend on this fairly common situation can be managed. ...Read more

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I might need two CT scans this year one for abdomen and one for chest, is that to many, could that many be risk to my health?

I might need two CT scans this year one for abdomen and one for chest, is that to many, could that many be risk to my health?

Very small risk: If appropriately used, the medical benefit of ct scans far outweighs the potential risks associated with radiation from ct scans. We are all exposed to natural background radiation in normal daily life, and the radiation from a ct scan is not much more than the radiation an average person gets exposed to in a year. ...Read more

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Is there is a relation between gut health and sleep. I was diagnosed with SIBO 3-4 months back. I lack proper sleep for last 1Y.

Is there is a relation between gut health and sleep. I was diagnosed with SIBO 3-4 months back. I lack proper sleep for last 1Y.

Health/sleep: There is a direct relationship between general health and sleep quality. Studies have shown that fractured sleep and sleep disorders can lower the immune body's immune system. Stress, tension, anxiety, depression, drugs and alcohol can all play a role in these issues. ...Read more

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I recently read an article about gut health as I suffer from fibromyalgia and am looking for better ways to manage the symptoms. A lot of the symptoms of GI candida overgrowth I could relate to. Is it possible to test for this? Who should I see?

I recently read an article about gut health as I suffer from fibromyalgia and am looking for better ways to manage the symptoms. A lot of the symptoms of GI candida overgrowth I could relate to. Is it possible to test for this? Who should I see?

“Fake” Diagnosis.: The possibility of Candida overgrowth as a cause of G.I. symptoms has been studied extensively and has not been found to be a real diagnosis, despite what everyone reads on the Internet. G.I. problems are very common with fibromyalgia, however. Your best bet is to consult your physician or a gastroenterologist to help you with your digestive complaints. Good luck. ...Read more

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Had rt leg pain, now gone. Thought maybe DVT don't really have any risk factors but now abdomen area hurts? Could it travel? I have health anxiety to

Had rt leg pain, now gone. Thought maybe DVT don't really have any risk factors but now abdomen area hurts? Could it travel? I have health anxiety to

Let me see: Having leg pain could be from many sources including blood clots especially if used oral contraceptive. Some time you do not have pain and still get blood clot. For the clot to travel to the abdomen it must be serious one and you will feel it. For this reason I do not think so.
Always be careful if you having blood clot and go have it checked. ...Read more

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I have had health issues since I had the essure coils put in, I think its caused from essure coils could you help? My menstal cycle is off, heavy with blood clots, pains in abdomen all over, pelvic pressure, back problems, hmeorratic cyst on ovarie and cy

Those: Those are not problems that are known to be associated with essure coils, but your problems sound significant. There could be another issue going on, particularly as you are experiencing pain and blood clots. Please see your doctor for a complete evaluation to determine the cause of your problems. Please be sure your pap is up to date. Cysts on the kidney need to be followed up typically as well, these are not a gynecological problem so your regular doctor will need to follow these up. See your regular doctor and your gynecologist for your concerning symptoms. ...Read more

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On top of my other health problems, hard to sleep, sore throat, hurts to swallow. Abdomen very tender after surgery, coughing=bad! Dr. Out until Tues.

On top of my other health problems, hard to sleep, sore throat, hurts to swallow. Abdomen very tender after surgery, coughing=bad! Dr. Out until Tues.

Pain after Surgery: You don't say what surgery you had or when, and you didn't mention what your other medical problems are. It sounds to me like you should be seen by a doctor. Your surgeon must have another surgeon watching over his patients while he is gone. The things you say may or may not be serious. To be safe, I think you should call the surgeon or go to the emergency room if that is your only choice. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Abdomen measures larger than expected?

What is the definition or description of: Abdomen measures larger than expected?

Abdomen: Abdomen measures larger than expected (increased abdominal girth) may occur for many reasons such as central obesity or ascites. ...Read more

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For what reasons might the doctor measure a pregnant woman's abdomen?

For what reasons might the doctor measure a pregnant woman's abdomen?

Fundal height: Fundal height is one of a number of measurements to help determine gestational age and how the baby is growing. ...Read more