Stomach problems - Doctor answers
Steps to take: If you have mucus in your stools. Referral for colonoscopy /sigmoidoscopy if you have rectal bleeding, night time abdominal pain, weight loss, anemia.If you have mucus +diarrhea-stool cultures to rule out GI infection. Lactose intolerance shd be considered to modify diet, need also to rule out celiac, ibs (inflammatory bowel disease), usually with yellow mucus. Be sure to see your doctor. ...Read more
Is it dangerous to self treat stomach problems at home? I have been unable to eat for approx one week. Very little to nothing at all. Staying hydrated
No: Gastroenterologist specialize in diseases of the stomach, intestine, colon, pancreas and liver. All gastroenterologist have completed a residency in internal medicine as well and have knowledge in this area but generally don't practice internal medicine (though some may do a lot of general medicine). ...Read moreSee 9 more doctor answers
Very unusual: Only a small dose of radiation reaches the stomach. ...Read more
Does levitra (vardenafil) 10mg orodispersible could be cut in half as the usual tablet and does it less effecting stomach problems?
Yes and no: Levitra (vardenafil) can be cut in 1/2 but you may wanna get the 20 mg and cut those. I do not think they cause stomachroblems but go to the website and see. I often prescribe a higher dose of medsand have people break them; it generally helps save tons of money; good luck and try some ranitidine, it may just be reflux. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should a 48-year-old person w/no stomach problems take an aspirin before taking a 13-hour flight (to prevent blood clots)? If yes, what dose?
Depends: What kind of stomach problems do you have? Are you taking medication for your condition? If you have ulcers or stomach bleeding I would not advise even 81 mg aspirin. Best advice is to talk with your family physician who will give you exercises you can do in your seat with your legs, get up and walk the aisle periodically and wear support stockings. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have ongoing stomach problems, every time I eat I get agonising stomach pains and nausea, I now avoid food unless starving, any ideas why? Thank you
My boyfriend frequently gets stomach upsets and stomach problems & was told to check on his gallbladder;could this be the cause of his stomach issues?
Medical eval needed: Many things can cause stomach issues, and I suppose gall bladder is only one. Referral to a gastroenterologist or internal medicine doctor would seem to be needed to beging a systematic approach to diagnosis rather than a shot in the dark. This is likely to help - best of luck! ...Read more
With chrons diseace being inherherited how could you go 40 years wih no stomach problems why would syptoms not startearlier?
Crohn's onset: Most people with Crohn's disease will experience symptoms between 15 and 30 years of age, but onset can occur at any age. Mice with mutations in a Crohn's disease gene require a virus to trigger symptoms, according to a new study. The finding may give insight into why some people with genetic risk variants for complex diseases remain unaffected.' -NIH 2010 ...Read more
I'm 22 should I get a colonoscopy? Great grandmother had cc in her 70's. Am I at risk? Have stomach problems, constipation but no bloody stools.
Screening for cancer: Nope. Not yet. You will need screening early, probably at age 40 rather than the standard start at age 50. ...Read more
Don't know: These type of medical concerns require a face-to-face consult with a primary care physician. There could be many reasons your stomach is bothering you. The good news is that we can fix them if we know what the reason for your discomfort really is. ...Read more
General symptoms of acid reflux include:
-burning in the chest, known as heartburn
-burning in the throat or an acid taste in the throat
-stomach or chest pain
-having raspy voice or a sore throat
the best treatment is to start and continue on acid reflux medications since these medications work by reducing acid in the stomach. ...Read more
Unlikely: Echinacea is a "pop" remedy that has failed most of the controlled studies, though its popularity makes me think perhaps there's some real effect. If you're experiencing significant GI upset, you owe it to yourself to get diagnosed and treated scientifically. Reflux is a breeding ground for serious problems, including lung damage and cancer. ...Read more
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