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Medicine For Biliary Tract Diseases
Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my biliary tract disease stomach ache until I can see a doctor?
Perhaps: If there is no evidence of infection (no fever, chills, sweats and you're improving), you can try a clear liquid diet and then slowly advance to a low fat solid diet. Simple analgesics like Aleve (naproxen) or advil can help. But biliary tract infection can be lethal. You're playing with fire if you're not under close supervision. If recurrent or complicated, surgery is indicated - safer early than late. ...Read more
Yes: Biliary tract disease encompasses a broad spectrum of problems, including gallbladder disease, bile duct obstructions, and cancer. While many of these diseases are low-risk, they can be serious. For example, cholangitis is an infection in the biliary tract usually secondary to acute blockage of the bile ducts. This can cause life-threatening infections, especially if one if frail. ...Read more
Depends: There are many types of biliary tract diseases. Some are from birth defects, some are from gallstones, some are from biliary blockage such as rarely cancers or cysts. Pain or bloating pressure in the upper abdomen, frequent nausea, and abnormal blood tests can be a symptom. Yellow jaundice can sometimes occur. ...Read more
Low-Fat: The most common biliary tract problem is gallbladder disease. Fatty foods tend to precipitate gallbladder attacks because fat in the stomach releases a hormone, cholecystokinin, that stimulates gallbladder contraction. Of course, not everybody "follows the book": some people will get attacks after eating any food or even when fasting. This problem is easily solved by surgery, though. ...Read more
Yes but rare: Bile duct cancers are very rare-esp in this age group. Even thyroid cancer is rare in this young group, but does occur. If you have a thyroid nodule greater than a centimeter, usually we do a needle biopsy. Gallbladder problems at this age are more likely related to gallstones. ...Read more
For a stage 4 biliary tract cancer, are there benefits to being treated at a university hospital vs hmo?
Talk to your team: You should discuss this with your healthcare team. Given your status of stage 4, you may be interested in clinical trials, which should be more available in an academic setting. ...Read more
Does biliary tract/tree cancer (stage4) generally respond to chemo? Is the pain & suffering from treatment worth it? How much time can we really gain?
BAD: It it is one of the worest malignancies, especially in advanced stage. ...Read more
Can hepatitis B couse abdominal distension and pain in the upper abdomen.? 4 years that discovered disease, she dosn't use drugs, should it use? What?
Can GI tract disorder cause anxiety? I've been always a little anxious from childhood, it has worsened now. What could be the probable cause (s)? (don't live a stressful life anymore, no thyroid issues)
Anxiety: Of the type that you are describing is probably generalized anxiety disorder. It has been' described as a worry looking for a concern. It has also been described as the worrywart syndrome. Symptoms include fretting a lot and having a lot of anticipatory anxiety. It is often accompanied by tension in the neck and shoulder muscles. Best treatments are cognitive behavioral therapy, buspirone, or one of the antianxiety antidepressants.Relaxation training can also help. There is a large genetic component to this disorder. It is also possible to learn to thought patterns from anxious relatives. Trauma rarely if ever is causative of this disorder but it may exacerbate the symptoms of this disorder. See a psychiatrist for your initial evaluation and medication recommendations and a psychologist for psychotherapy.Hope you have happy holidays. ...Read more
As long as it is....: Once absorbed if it is a sytemic drug, that occurs quickly. However, if you have an eneteritis with diarrhea, you may not absorb much. ...Read more
Your doctor: The correct ;medication for your situation is best obtained via your doctor. ...Read more
Antibiotics, water: If you have a urinary tract infection, you need an appt/consult with a doctor to prescribe antibiotics. In the meantime, increase your water intake. There have been some studies that suggest that cranberry juice helps prevent bacteria from causing these infections, so consider 100% cranberry juice (read the label -- many have other juices as well). ...Read more
What are the causes of a urinary tract infection and what kind of medicine can I take for the pain?
Multiple causes: Most urinary infections are bacterial. Some are ascending infections through the urethra, especially in women, other are due to seeding of the kidney through blood. Some urinary infections are prompted by obstruction to the flow of urine. The medicine needs to be tailored to the organism causing the infection and it is not a matter for self-care. Please see your doctor for proper antibiotic. ...Read more
I've got a uniary tract infection and my doctor's appointment isn't until next week. Which medicine works the best?
What are some natural altrenatives to taking prescription drugs for acid reflux because allt he drugs really upset my GI tract?
A good alternative daily recipe for acid reflux:
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp aloe vera juice
1/8 tsp virgin coconut oil
in 4 oz of water.
Ginger is also good for promoting digestion.
Of course, avoiding things that worsen reflux such as caffeine, fatty foods, chocolate, alcohol or nicotine is key as well. ...Read more
Have you travelled:
If you have travelled to countries that have intestinal parasites, you can have stool exam.
If not see a gastroentrologist. ...Read more
Are there any sexually transmitted diseases which may cause vibrating like pain in the urinary tracts? Which are they?
Rule out STD and UTI: "Vibrating" is not a term we hear described often, but urethral and bladder pain are common. This can be caused by a urinary tract infection but can also be caused by chlamydia or gonorrhea. In males, it is more often a sexually transmitted disease. Have you been exposed to either? If you are having pain or urethral discharge you should have your doctor test you for these things. Good luck. ...Read more
Had a urinary tract infection, took medicine for that. Now I keep having burning what is causing that? What is causing the discomfort?
Continued: Continued burning could mean that your infection did not clear up from the antibiotic, or it could be that you have another type of infection or a yeast infection. You should be re-evaluated by your doctor. If you get pain, vomiting, or fever then you will need an emergency evaluation. ...Read more
I was prescribed ofloxacin nd drotaday medicine for digestive tract infection. But I am allergic to oflaxacin. Kindly suggest alternate?
Please explain: How is it that you knew you were allergic to Ofloxacin and you let your doctor prescribe it anyway? Asking a patient if they are allergic to any prescribed drug is an important part of the routine. You should explain your mistake to your doctor and he can suggest an alternative. ...Read more
Please clarify....: To which disease are you referring? Can you please rephrase your question? ...Read more
What is more serious of a disease, lower respiratory tract infections or upper respiratory tract infections?
Lower respiratory: Upper respiratory infections involve upper airways such as throat, nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses, eustachian tubes, trachea as, nd bronchi. When the disease process in the bronchi, or bronchitis, continues, it could begin to involve lower airways in the lung tissues, which is then more advanced lower respiratory infections or pneumonia. ...Read more
What should ivtake as a medicine for a urinary tract infection. Now I started taking effervescent granules urinary alkalinizer 4 times a day. Is good?
UTI treatment: You need to have your urine cultured to see what bacterium (b) is causing your uti. Starting an antibiotic (a) without knowing what b caused your UTI and what a it's sensitive to is not a good practice. Taking granules to make your urine less acidic is also not a good idea. Bacteria are less likely to grow in a acidic environment. Making your urine less so will do nothing to help combat your uti. ...Read more
I am sure a have a Urinary tract infection and my lower back started hurting so I think it spread to my kidney, I just bought some medicine for the ut?
Need urine culture: If the infection has spread to your kidneys, you need to get SPECIFIC treatment immediately. Your doctor needs to get a urine culture to find out exactly what type of bacteria is causing the problem and then use an antibiotic that will kill that specific organism. Nitrofurantoin and sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim are generally good. Treatment must be long enough to fully clear the infection. ...Read more
Cystoscopy. Is it a big deal. Does it show disorders of Urinary tract? Is it painful when u have chronic Urethritis or stricture? Can I have it with Sedation not local topical anesthesia?
Cystoscopy: Is usually done under sedation and is not that painful. They use IV sedation and a lidocaine gel to further numb the urethra. There may be some post op burning but it usually resolves very quickly. I have personally had it done twice and tolerated it well. ...Read more
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