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Friend hasbeen loosing weight constipated andcant keep food down and says her stomach hurts really bad?

Friend hasbeen loosing weight constipated andcant keep food down and says her stomach hurts really bad?

Seek medical care: This situation could represent a bowel obstruction which can have many different causes. Depending on the age, previous surgeries or medical problems, obstructions can be caused by scarring, congenital defects, hernias, tumors, or twisted bowel (volvulus). Also inactivity of the bowels (ileus) can be a cause. The vomiting could lead to electrolyte problems and dehydration which could be serious. ...Read more

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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Losing weight. On steroid for asthma. Hurt myself lifting boxes. Mild mid-abdomen rt side pain on exam. Dr said steroid will help it too. What's it?

Losing weight. On steroid for asthma. Hurt myself lifting boxes. Mild mid-abdomen rt side pain on exam. Dr said steroid will help it too. What's it?

Muscle strain: The usual tx for a muscle strain (oral meds) is a non-steroidal anti inflammatory drug (nsaid). Prednisone is a steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. This would be the logic of it working in your injury. Of course wet warm soaks, etc wouldn't be out of the question either. ...Read more

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25 year old son - home from college, is 5' 10", weighs 123 pounds. Best food for weight gain? His stomach hurts when he eats much. Saw dr. 3 times.

25 year old son - home from college, is 5' 10", weighs 123 pounds. Best food for weight gain? His stomach hurts when he eats much. Saw dr. 3 times.

Weight loss: His weight is abnormally low for his hight. He has a bmi (body mass index) of 17.6 normal is between 19 and 25. You should have him get evaluated again for his weight to rule out metabolic problems like hyperthyroidism, gastrointestinal absorption problems or behavioral problems like anorexia or bulimia. ...Read more

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How much weight can u carry in each trimester I hit my second trimester 2day and lifted 20lbs up a flight of stairs stomach hurts now did I hurt baby?

How much weight can u carry in each trimester I hit my second trimester 2day and lifted 20lbs up a flight of stairs stomach hurts now did I hurt baby?

Carry: I usually tell patients that if you have to use your "butt, back or legs" to lift anything then it is too heavy. So work smarter not harder. Lifting with your arms alone should be the main goal. In no way do you hurt the baby BUT you can injure yourself which makes the aches and pains of pregnancy harder to deal with. ...Read more

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No stress, normal weight, stomach hurts when I eat or too empty, get feeling of 'anxiety', but relieved as soon as I burp. Builds again, burp, then gone?

No stress, normal weight, stomach hurts when I eat or too empty, get feeling of 'anxiety', but relieved as soon as I burp. Builds again, burp, then gone?

Gas pains.: You might be getting gas in your stomach if you eat too fast and when you burp, the pain is relieved. There is no nerve endings to the stomach or the gut so the only things that make it hurt is distention by gas tumor or fecal material. Sometimes, anxiety causes one to hyperventilate unknowingly and causes gas to accumulate in the gut. ...Read more

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I'm not eating losing weight got constant nausea every time I try to eat I get severe stomach ache and having problems swolling food what should I do?

I'm not eating losing weight got constant nausea every time I try to eat I get severe stomach ache and having problems swolling food what should I do?

More info: The first thing one thinks of is gallbladder but more info is needed. How long does it last? Anything make it better? What food makes it worse? Have you had any surgery? How long has it been there? Have you tried any medications? Did they work? Did you injure yourself? Pulled muscle etc? Has anyone done any studies? See your primary for initial workup. Reflux, gastritis, esophageal issues poss. ...Read more

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Weight gain, top of stomach hurts, gas, sometimes low grade fever. Sometimes nausa, zantac (ranitidine) helps temp. Ongoing for couple of weeks. Veryfull all the time?

Weight gain, top of stomach hurts, gas, sometimes low grade fever. Sometimes nausa, zantac (ranitidine) helps temp. Ongoing for couple of weeks. Veryfull all the time?

Epigastric pain/feve: May be gallbladder versus H pylori infection, could be hepatitis/ crhosis ascites, rarely mass lymphoma, less likely infected pancreatitic cyst (would be more ill)or ovarian pathology. Would seek medical attention at doctor/ urgent care in ER may benefit from CT of abdomen/pelvis. ...Read more

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How to get a toned stomach without losing weight?

How to get a toned stomach without losing weight?

Stomach tone: For flat abdomen eat healthfully ; be physically active. Calories burned must > calories consumed. To tighten ab's: crunches, reverse crunches, exercise ball crunches, pelvic thrusts, lying leg raises, side bridge ; “bicycling” exercise on your back. Engage in regular aerobic exercise (i.e., running, swimming, nordic track, bicycling, kickboxing, walking, cross country skiing, hiking, etc.). ...Read more

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How do I tighten loose abdominal skin after losing weight?

How do I tighten loose abdominal skin after losing weight?

Loose skin: There are several ways including plastic surgery to remove excess skin or an nonsurgical treatment called thermage. ...Read more

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I've been losing weight and am worried about loose skin especially around my abdomen and thighs. Is there a way to reduce it?

I've been losing weight and am worried about loose skin especially around my abdomen and thighs. Is there a way to reduce it?

Maybe there is...: Weight loss that is gradual is better than rapid weight loss. Skin that does not have stretch marks usually will shrink to match your new shape. If after loosing the extra weight if there is loose skin you can consult a Plastic Surgeon to see if removal is possible. Excess skin removal does leave scars and only you can decide if the scar looks better than the loose skin. ...Read more

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How to have a flat stomach without losing weight?

How to have a flat stomach without losing weight?

Abs: For a flat abdomen you must eat healthfully ; be physically active. Calories burned must > calories consumed. To tighten ab's do crunches, reverse crunches, exercise ball crunches, pelvic thrusts, lying leg raises, side bridge ; “bicycling” exercise on your back. Engage in regular aerobic exercise. ...Read more

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Is it possible for an abdominal hernia, from losing weight, to go away?

Is it possible for an abdominal hernia, from losing weight, to go away?

Usually not: Because a hernia is a defect, a hole, in the abdominal wall supporting fascia. Losing weight will help to make surgery and anesthesia safer, and make your recovery easier. It will also minimize recurrence of hernia. But losing weight will not make the hole go away. ...Read more

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What do I do to get rid of excess body fat in the stomach area after losing weight?

What do I do to get rid of excess body fat in the stomach area after losing weight?

Weight loss: Weight loss should at all times be evaluated and supervised by a physician. Hallmarks of proper weight loss include exercises, diet, nutrition and reducing general stress levels. Your treating physician should have education and training in enering you into such a program. ...Read more

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Pop up stretch marks on stomach I'm losing weight not gaining weight so how can I be getting stretched marks on my stomach?

Pop up stretch marks on stomach I'm losing weight not gaining weight so how can I be getting stretched marks on my stomach?

Weight Loss: Stretch marks happen when your skin stretches. If you're losing weight then the skin had already been stretched as you gained the weight. As you lose weight, the skin relaxes and the lines become raised and more prominent. Congrats on losing the weight, but stretch marks are frustrating for both patients and physicians. ...Read more

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I've been losing weight and have lost about 30 pounds but now my chest feels bumpy and my stomach feels like I have bumps in it. Normal?

I've been losing weight and have lost about 30 pounds but now my chest feels bumpy and my stomach feels like I have bumps in it. Normal?

Get eval: If you were obese, and lost a lot of weight, you may have had underlying lipomas (benign fatty tissue tumors) that are now becoming palpable with your weight loss. Get them evaluated to be properly diagnosed. Best wishes and congratulations on the weight loss if you are trying to lose. (If you were not trying to lose-certainly get eval asap). ...Read more

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I'm losing weight without trying. I dropped from 98lbs to 87.9 I'm 5'1. Also, I'm nauseous and my stomach keeps making weird sounds. There's more...

I'm losing weight without trying. I dropped from 98lbs to 87.9 I'm 5'1. Also, I'm nauseous and my stomach keeps making weird sounds. There's more...

94.5 would be the: Lower limit of normal. Would encourage you to be medically evaluated to determine reason for these symptoms. ...Read more

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How do I lose stomach fat without losing weight?

How do I lose stomach fat without losing weight?

One has to lose: Weight to lose fat. Unless weight is not lost overall because muscle is being built. For a flat abdomen eat healthfully ; be physically active. Calories burned must > calories consumed. To tighten ab's do crunches, reverse crunches, exercise ball crunches, pelvic thrusts, lying leg raises, side bridge ; “bicycling” exercise on your back. Engage in regular aerobic exercise (i.e., running, swimming. ...Read more

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After losing weight, how can I reduce loose skin around the stomach and chest area?!

After losing weight, how can I reduce loose skin around the stomach and chest area?!

Abdominoplasty: Patients usually seek abdominoplasty for abdominal wall laxity. The ideal patient is within normal limits for his BMI, has a moderate amount of excess of skin and fat, and has a mild diastasis of the rectus muscles. Patients who seek body contouring following massive weight loss have their own set of criteria. They need to be evaluated by a plastic surgeon for the appropriate procedure. ...Read more

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I have been having stomach cramps for a week, and feel like I'm losing weight. Male-20?

I have been having stomach cramps for a week, and feel like I'm losing weight. Male-20?

Exam: Abdominal pain with weight loss is a serious condition and requires a comprehensive medical examination and blood testing. ...Read more

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I wake up every morning with an upset stomach and I think I'm losing weight because of it. It started about a year ago?

I wake up every morning with an upset stomach and I think I'm losing weight because of it. It started about a year ago?

How much weight loss: Unintended wight loss needs to be evaluated. First you need to document if you did lose weight. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor and discuss if you may be depressed. Counter-intuitive as it may seem, exercise may help. Start with low intensity exercise such as walking and gradually increase the intensity at tolerated. ...Read more

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Could drinking a lot of water before meals help in losing weight because it leaves less space in your stomach making you feel full faster?

Dieting: Good question. But no. It just stretches the stomach allowing room for more food. Please eat slower. Cut out all sugars. Make proteins the main source of your calories. ...Read more

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Hi I have been losing weight constantly for over 2 years now. I weight 92 right now. I cry all the time because of the pain in my stomach. Any ideas?

Weight loss abd pain: You should see a gastroenterolgist this week. May be H pylori-a bacteria sssociated with, gastritis, ulcer, May be esophagitis, GERD, gallbladder, inflammatory bowel disease or food intolerences but weight loss is a big deal. F/u/ w/ doc ...Read more

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How good is yoga for reducing fat and losing weight? I have about 3 pounds of stubborn fat clinging to my stomach and can't get rid of it no matter how much diet or exercise including weights/cardio.

How good is yoga for reducing fat and losing weight? I have about 3 pounds of stubborn fat clinging to my stomach and can't get rid of it no matter how much diet or exercise including weights/cardio.

Weight Reduction: Yoga could help along with an intense exercise and nutrition program but as you know excess stomach weight takes much time and patience to lose. Be realistic, continue your program, add yoga and that will be the best you can do for your health and appearance. ...Read more

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No reason losing weight and around stomach or belly area cracked body?

No reason losing weight and around stomach or belly area cracked body?

M.D. visit: If you are experiencing bone pain and wt loss, you should have a complete blood count, imaging and an evaluation by your physician. ...Read more

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Is gastric band/stomach stapling a good method for losing weight?

Is gastric band/stomach stapling a good method for losing weight?

Depends on you: Although surgery is often necessary for significant weight loss it also takes a patient willing to work hard also. Avoiding high calorie foods is also necessary. You can drink wendy's frostiness all day and still gain weight. ...Read more

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Losing weight from my stomach and none from like my legs and butt. How can I lose weight in my legs and butt and not my stomach?

No selectivity: Although you can tone & sculpt your muscles, the only effective strategy to target loss from specific areas is surgery. There is no natural way to spot reduce. ...Read more

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more