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Constant loud stomach noises, abdominal cramping, occasional severe diarrhea, anxiety, sleeplessness, excessive mucus, acid reflux, frequent gas?
Yes, it's possible: Anxiety and stress can result in many physical symptoms, including all those you list. However, it's also important to work with your primary care doctor to make sure no additional conditions may be part of the problem. There are good treatments for anxiety, including talk therapies as well as medications if needed. Of course you also want to review and simplify any sources of stress! ...Read more
It depends: There are a few surgical options for wt loss and a few are actually very effective in reducing gerd symptoms. I do have patients who report more gerd sx after lap band but usually improves with dietary modification. Sometimes band adjustments are helpful for persistent symptoms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Does occasional heartburn/acid reflux cause esophageal cancer? Or is it more caused by chronic, long term severe acid reflux?
Cancer from reflux: Chronic GERD can increase the risk of esophageal cancer by producing changes in the lining of the esophagus from acid burns. This is called Barrett's esophagus and can increase the risk of esophageal cancer. This occurs in long term acid reflux. If you have only occasional symptoms, you are less at risk. If your symptoms are chronic, however, it's a good idea to get checked out. Good luck. ...Read more
Not really.: Ibs causes abd distention, bloating, cramping, constipation and diarrhea like symptoms. Your symptoms sound typical of reflux disease. Avoid spicy food, chocolates, coffee, eat small meals, and take anti ulcer meds. Reflux symptoms could be from a hiatal hernia as well which is diagnosed by either an upper GI contrast study or egd. Follow up with a GI doc if symp not goinng away. ...Read more
It depends: Many people do have GI distress -- including diarrhea -- with anxiety. However, diarrhea can also result from other causes. If yours is "prolonged" [you don't say how long], it warrants a checkup with your primary care physician. In the meantime, please be sure to drink plenty of fluids (water, not soft drinks, etc). ...Read more
Dietary changes: An alteration of intestinal motility or bacteria. Dietary factors, such as an increased intake of lactose, fructose, sorbitol, indigestible starches in fruits, vegetables, and legumes, and carbonated beverages. Products such as pork, upon digestion, may release trace concentrations of malodorous gases. Psychological factors. ...Read more
Feel bloated after eating. Chest pain + pressure while sleeping relieved by burping or walking. Taking prevacid (lansoprazole) for heartburn. Any ideas?
Maybe same thing but: Involuntary belching after a meal is normal, caused by release of swallowed gas after distension of the stomach with food. Magenblase syndrome is postprandial epigastric fullness & bloating, relieved by belching.Aerophagia (accumulation of gas due to air swallowing) is common with anxiety, hypersalivation from gum chewing, smoking, drinking, oral irritation. In some, belching can become habitual. ...Read more
I am experiencing constipation, heartburn (gerd) (worsened by: lying flat) and stomach cramps. Pale stools. ?
Pale stools: Abdominal discomfort with passage of pale stools may be seen with blockage in the biliary tract and gall bladder by a stone. Complications from gerd won't cause pale stools. If symptoms persist consult your physician or a gastroenterologist for evaluation and appropriate tests will be ordered in order to make a diagnosis. ...Read more
Chronic cough, heartburn (usually controlled with meds), fatigue, horseness, chronic pain. Could this be lpr?
Could be: Laryngopharyngeal reflux manifests as a sensation of a ball in your throat, a need to clear your throat and can be associated with gastroesophageal reflux. It can also produce hoarseness. I can't comment on the fatigue and chronic pain. Have an ENT perform a fiberoptic nasopharyngoscopy to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more
Protonix (pantoprazole): The most common side effects from taking Protonix (pantoprazole) are headaches, constipation, gas , and nausea. There is a long list of potential side effects that are really rather rare but these are the ones I have seen in clinical practice. Occasionally someone will have diarrhea or abdominal pain as well. ...Read more
Overwhelming anxiety, insomnia and depression coupled with chronic diarrhea, urgency, stomach burning, heartburn, vomiting during sleep, pain, fatigue?
Throat probs for weeks, severe heartburn & nausea for days, cardiac r/o. Insufficient relief w/protonix,bmx, zofran, Zantac, (ranitidine) pepto, & avoidances.
Yes: As well as a variety of other adverse and interrelated general medical/psychological conditions. ...Read more