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Pediatric gastro has my son on 30mg amitriptylene and imodium (loperamide) for ibs. Other options he says are 'natural' medicine and not proven. Time for a new dr?
Maybe: You are not specific of your child's age or full condition, but, if you are not comfortable no matter how great a doc is, maybe you would feel better with a second opinion. ...Read more
Keep hydrated: Continue baby's breast milk or formula, he may tolerate smaller amounts at a time if he is vomiting. Watch for at least 3 wet diapers a day. A cotton ball can be useful if he's having watery stools to distinguish stool from urine. Limit his "P fruits" like peaches, pears and prunes, as these may worsen diarrhea. Studies show the sooner babies get back to regular diet, the sooner it resolves. ...Read more
That could be the: Case. Especially if you are taking long-term antibiotics. It can kill healthy bacterial flora in the gut. ...Read more
Symptoms: You can often gauge this based on your symptoms. Everybody's recovery is different but in general when you have stopped vomiting and stools have returned to normal with the ability to eat then you have recovered. Bloating and gas may be a problem with eating in the recovery phase. ...Read more
Yes but why?: It can cause more problems then you just mentioned. Stop taking right away and discuss this with a doctor please... ...Read more
Avoid dairy products: For a few days avoid dairy products, as severe diarrhea leaves you temporarily lactose intolerant. Try rice soups and bland foods at first (with lemon and salt to avoid dehydration). Then gradually reintroduce dairy products to your diet starting with greek yogurt - to restore your bowel flora and avoid chronic intestinal problems. ...Read more
In my experience: I have seen both successful cases and complicated post bypass cases. Please see your gastroenterologist/surgeon for the best advise. Best of luck! ...Read more
Hi Dr I have abdo pains 4/7 took buscopan and and symptoms relieved and returned. Could it be gastro?
YES: Get examined asap at your local PCP or UC clinic. ...Read more
Should we believe gastro who wants to put husband on chemo drug (mercup?) for life for crohns? No discussion of diet.
Yes but: May be the right thing, but never hurts in any important decision to get a second opinion from another gastroenterologist or perhaps a colon and rectal surgeon who might have a slightly different perspective on the problem. Any good and confident physician should welcome and not be offended by you getting a second opinion. ...Read more
Have advanced biochem degree and decided I want to go to pa school. Can a pa specialize? Gastro interests me the most.
Yes: You could take extra training after you finished your pa school to go to GI pa. ...Read more
Is a gastro virus contaigiouse and how long will it take before someone else can catch it even though they are over the virus the day before?
Highly contagious...: Most viral gastroenteritis is self-limited, not life threatening, but contagious--resolving with supportive care (drink fluids to prevent dehydration, eat moderately as tolerated, as needed analgesia). In special cases (newborns, elderly, debilitated) hospitalization may be required to provide IV fluids ; to support co-morbid medical conditions. No immunity from virus to virus. Wash your hands. ...Read more
Hello, I think I have gastro. I have been running to the bathroom quite a few times and have a bit of temperature. How can I improve it please?
What are the negatives if long-term (approx. 15 years) of ppi use? Stopped last month and the gastro is insisting I start use again. B/c of history
Some potential issue: There are some theoretical concerns about bone loss, infections and benign stomach polyp growth with long-term use of ppi's. However, this must be balanced with risks/benefits of not being on them i.e. Complications of long-standing reflux i.e. Esophageal cancer, strictures, etc. Best to use the drug at the most effective dose and for the recommended duration of the disease process. ...Read more
Gastro probl off an on, les than 3 yrs now. Gallblad remove March 2014.Tonite, jus puked up green stuf. Not food, can tell if was food, Only gastro's reply?
Possibly bile: You must be examinaed and not espect an answer to this complex issue online.- Call now and get examined. ...Read more
Recuring GI symptoms: Lots of things can cause GI distress to recur--incompletely treated infection (e.g. Giardia) or re-exposure with re-infection; maldigestion (pancreatic insufficiency) or malabsorption (celiac sprue); food intolerances with re-exposure to the offending substance (lactose, sorbitol, etc.), irritable bowel syndrome, missed diagnosis (incomplete evaluation), non-gi related problems (uti, pid, etc.). ...Read more
Is a probiotic dairy: Probiotics put good organisms into your gut. Yakult is a branded dairy drink that contains lactobacillus ; is available over-the-counter. It needs to be taken daily to maintain the probiotic organism population. Benefits include: less gas, regulated bowels, prevent infections, improve digestion, decrease inflammation. Alternative probiotics don't require refrigeration ; offer different organisms. ...Read more
Camera down mouth: Along camera is inserted through your mouth and into your stomach and the first portion of your small intestine this is performed while you are either completely asleep using anesthesia or in a twilight/ conscious state. As the camera is slowly withdrawn images of your small intestine stomach and esophagus are taken and closely examined. The doctor can take biopsies /remove tissue such as a polyp ...Read more
Gastro: Gastroenteritis is usually a viral illness that results in nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea. Hydration is very important, but you want to make sure you are replacing electrolytes which you lose - in younger kids, pedialyte and gatorade work. A bland easily digestible diet like toast and bananas work well. Many cultures use rice. ...Read more
Gastroparesis....: ....Is also known as delayed emptying of the stomach. It's a condition, from multiple causes, where the stomach doesn't empty properly into the intestines. I suspect you meant to ask something else. ...Read more
Small and frequent: You should eat small amounts of easily-digestible foods every few hours. Avoid eating too much at once, and avoid drinking too much liquid with meals. If you are needing to gain weight or improve your nutrition, try supplement drinks like boost or ensure, or glucerna if you're diabetic. ...Read more
? question: Not sure what you are asking here. Please re-ask with specifics and more information. ...Read more
Gastro resistant med: Hello. Do you mean meds which are not metabolized or processed through the stomach? If this is what you are talking about, then absolutely there are med optionss which are very beneficial for pain relief especially if the pain is considered dull, aching, and throbbing in origin. One such med has been on the market since Jan 2014. Many of my patients have had success with this med ...Read more
Change your eating habits
1 avoid mint, cocolate, alcohol, smoking and chewing tobaco, onions and caffeine
2 avoid spicy foods, tomatoes, oranges,
3avoid large fatty meals and eat small frequent meals, don't over eat
4loose some weight if you are over weight and avoid wearing tight clothings. ...Read more
See a GI doctor: Cannot diagnose or treat over the internet. You need to be seen and managed by a gastroenterologist. ...Read more
My son has gastro entritis who is 1year and 8 months old this is lasting for a week. Whne will it cure?
See doctor: If it has been going on a week he needs to be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more
Should we trust a gastro who tells husband "i don't have time for this" when asked questions during visit?
Up to you: Sometimes a doctor has had a bad day just like anyone else. Sometimes a patient comes in with a list of 50 questions. It would be better if he had said that he had a limited amount of time to answer your questions and that you should schedule another appointment to answer your questions. You could give him another chance but use your best judgement. ...Read more
I've had gastro for 4 days and taking gastro stop but it's having no effect - I'm also taking electrolyte -?
See a doctor: If this continues past 5 days you should probably go and see your pcp and find out the cause of this. Norovirus and other such pathogens are the usual cause of gastroenteritis, but living in a city in which there may be a higher frequency of persons (waiters, waitresses) with transmissible infections you may have acquired one. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more