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What can I do to make my IBS less painful or just make it go away?

What can I do to make my IBS less painful or just make it go away?

Finding balance: When your gut's grumpy, it's sending you a message that something's out of balance & needs help. Diet: any food triggers (caffeine, alcohol, fake sugars, wheat, gluten, dairy)? Fiber "the whites" vs whole grains, nuts&beans? Exercise: moving 30-60 minutes every day? Good rest? Stress? Balancing work/play? These all trigger ibs. Anti-spasm: rx, peppermint oil capsules. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am coughing so hard that it hurts and it make me throw up what can I do or take to make it less pain full ?

I am coughing so hard that it hurts and it make me throw up what can I do or take to make it less pain full 

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Cough medication: This is not uncommon from violent coughing spells. You need some medication to suppress the cough reflex like dextromethorphan. If you combine that with Ibuprofen it will help with the aches as well. Of course if the cough is associated with high fever or difficulty breathing please get checked quickly. ...Read more

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I have chicken pox, but my boss says I need to come to work. Is there anything I can do to make it go away faster?

I have chicken pox, but my boss says I need to come to work. Is there anything I can do to make it go away faster?

Yes & no: You can take antivirals that can reduce the intensity/severity of your infection but that will not change your contagious status. This lasts until all the spots are dried up or 7 days from the first spots. Make your boss aware of this fact & put the risk of secondary transmission at the workplace on him/her. If you are too sick to work, that is a different issue. ...Read more

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Is there something I can drink or eat or make to make my cold/sneezing go away quicker?

Is there something I can drink or eat or make to make my cold/sneezing go away quicker?

Common cold: I think the best thing to make a cold go away faster is to eat healthy and get plenty of rest. You may also want to take a multivitamin. Some people advocate taking zinc supplements. I have noticed some patients will loose their sense of smell with the zinc preparations . I generally do not recommend them. Good luck! Feel better! ...Read more

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I have acute internal haemorrhoids. It comes and goes without warning what am i doing to cause them and how can I make them go away once I have them?

I have acute internal haemorrhoids. It comes and goes without warning what am i doing to cause them and how can I make them go away once I have them?

Considerations...: "healing" depends on whether the original cause for hemorrhoids persists. Have you been straining at stool, have rectal dysfunction, perform an activity that increases pelvic engorgement with blood or increases pelvic pressure (heavy lifting, prolonged sitting, etc.)? Have your hemorrhoids been surgically or medically managed (; with otc or prescription drugs)? Are you sure they're hemorrhoids? ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I have a bad headache and it just won't go awayany ideas how to make it go away?

What do you recommend if I have a bad headache and it just won't go awayany ideas how to make it go away?

Headache: If the headache has been treated with over the counter meds and still persists you might want to seek a consultation with a neurologist or a head ache specialist for further treatment. ...Read more

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What to do if I do not like go blow my nose, it just doesn't feel right but i need to cause it makes me cough more any tips?

What to do if I do not like go blow my nose, it just doesn't feel right but i need to cause it makes me cough more any tips?

Mucus & cough: Greetings. Since you don't like to blow your nose, try a saline nasal/sinus rinse. This will help to clear your nasal passages of the thick irritating mucus that causes a cough. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with a breast hematoma. They said it looked benign but i still notice it. What can I do to make it feel better or make it go away?

I was diagnosed with a breast hematoma. They said it looked benign but i still notice it. What can I do to make it feel better or make it go away?

Time will heal: A hematoma is just a bruise under the skin. It will go away over time, but it often takes weeks or more. Be patient. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I have a hemorrhoid will pushing it in make it go away?

What do you recommend if I have a hemorrhoid will pushing it in make it go away?

Swollen hemorrhoid: There is a difference in prolapsing hemorrhoids and swollen external hemorrhoids. Prolapsing internal hemorrhoids are covered by non-nerve bearing lining and can be banded in the office to prevent further prolapse. External hemorrhoids are covered by nerve bearing lining and are located outside. When they swell and cause pain, they are best treated initially with alternating ice pack and warm tub. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a really painful stye, how do I make it go away?

What to do if I have a really painful stye, how do I make it go away?

Sty: Microwave a clean potato with the skin on for four minutes. Wet a wash cloth or small towel with warm or hot water. Squeeze out the excess water and wrap it around the potato. Apply this to the eye lid until it cools down (about 15minutes).This can be repeated intermittently. Please see your opthamologist if no improvement. ...Read more

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Mouth hurts so bad! what can I do to make it go away faster?

Mouth hurts so bad! what can I do to make it go away faster?

Mouth pain: Dental pain needs to have a dentist evaluate the cause and treatment. Over the counter pain relievers as well as liquid antacids such as maalox can provide temporary relief. If the mouth pain is severe and lasting more than several days, a provider should examine you. ...Read more

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How long will it take for my internal hemorrhoids to go away? What can I do to get rid of them? I have painful bowel movements that bleed.

How long will it take for my internal hemorrhoids to go away? What can I do to get rid of them? I have painful bowel movements that bleed.

Psyllium Fiber: If you want to only care for this without any surgical intervention, then psyllium fiber or an equivalent is likely the best treatment for long term. Make sure you purchase unflavored psyllium. Start with a teaspoon a night mixed in 16 oz of water every night. Unless they are stuck out and causing significant pain or itching, surgery can usually be avoided. You should consider seeing your doc. ...Read more

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When i eat it chocolate it makes me go to the toilet. Do I have a problem?

When i eat it chocolate it makes me go to the toilet. Do I have a problem?

Sometimes: Chocolate may relieve constipation. Chocolate contains caffeine, central nervous stimulant, and theobromine, smooth muscle stimulant. Smooth muscles include the blood vessels, uterus, bladder and gastrointestinal tract. When the gastrointestinal tract is stimulated, your intestine will contract, potentially forcing a bowel movement. People with irritable bowel syndrome sensitive to chocolate. ...Read more

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Its possibly I have heat-rash and/or jock-itch what can do to make it go away?

Its possibly  I have heat-rash and/or jock-itch what can do to make it go away?

Jock Itch: Jock itch is a fungal infection of the groin area. The most effective treatment for this once you have it is any number of antifungal sprays or creams like tinactin (tolnaftate). The key is to keep the area clean and dry after athletic activity and to use clean dry undrgarments including a clean/dry athletic supporter that fits well and does not continously rub and irritate the affected area. ...Read more

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What to do if i get really bad menstrual cramps, what can I do to make it less painful?

What to do if i get really bad menstrual cramps, what can I do to make it less painful?

Several choices: If not on birth control pills that is a good start especially taking them intentionally not to have periods. Very safe. Many women benefit from the hormone iud. If periods are regular starting a Motrin or Ibuprofen product several days in advance sometimes helps. Some women (usually older than you) develop a condition called adenomyosis. Not dangerous but harder to control. Suggest sono if persist. ...Read more

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Should I go to the doctor and if so what will they tell me. Tonsil stones are worse and hurt so bad?

Should I go to the doctor and if so what will they tell me. Tonsil stones are worse and hurt so bad?

Need more details: How long have you had this? How often? Have you been seen before? Do you have a fever? ...Read more

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I get this a lot were my skin feels like want to do is itch it a lot and sometimes it does not go away any ideas?

I get this a lot were my skin feels like  want to do is itch   it a lot and sometimes it does not go away any ideas?

Water: Start with good hydration. Getting enough water will help hydrate you skin and may help resolve your itching. You can use a moisturizer such as coconut oil as well. If this does not help, please be evaluated because itching can also be a sign of something bad going on in your body. Good luck! ...Read more

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What can I do to make my IBS less painful or just make it go away?

Finding balance: When your gut's grumpy, it's sending you a message that something's out of balance & needs help. Diet: any food triggers (caffeine, alcohol, fake sugars, wheat, gluten, dairy)? Fiber "the whites" vs whole grains, nuts&beans? Exercise: moving 30-60 minutes every day? Good rest? Stress? Balancing work/play? These all trigger ibs. Anti-spasm: rx, peppermint oil capsules. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does IBS ever go away? Or are your symptoms there pretty much constantly?

Does IBS ever go away? Or are your symptoms there pretty much constantly?

Depends on cause: There are many causes that may include: stress, hormones, infections, inflammation, structural to name a few. Best is to work together with a gastroenterologist to arrive at the correct answer for you. Everyone is different and there is not one straight approach. You may start with as simple as an elimination diet and record which foods may aggravate you. Best wishes! ...Read more

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This may be gross but I think my IBS is worse than just ibs. Anything I eat has the same effect and its always painful and urgent. What should I do?

This may be gross but I think my IBS is worse than just ibs. Anything I eat has the same effect and its always painful and urgent. What should I do?

IBS: Keep a journal of all everything you eat and your reactions to the foods. Information like this can help you and your doctor choose a diet that is right for you and your particular circumstances. Also, it is important that your doctor rules out other inflammatory bowel diseases such as crohn's and ulcerative colitis in addition to an infection. ...Read more

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Can ibs cause deep penetration to be painful ?

Can ibs cause deep penetration to be painful ?

Not likely: Pain on deep penetration is more likely to be due to one of the following conditions: cervical infection(cervicitis), uterine fibroids, endometriosis, PID, ovarian cysts or tubal pregnancy. ...Read more

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I have ibs but nothing ever helps. its so painful. i feel like i should give up. all the life style changes are useless. what should i do dr? :(

IBS, Depression: I feel empathy for your pain Yes, you need relief. Your Life is PRECIOUS! See a Psychiatrist for stresses in your life including IBS, Have Intensive Counseling and medication as needed. Ask him for consultation with a Gastroenterologist, and collaboration of treatment. Feel good about your achievements in school, sports, art, music and hobbies Feel the Blessings and Wonders of your body. Relax! ...Read more

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Ibs-c symptoms, making the fullness/bloating go away, what to do?

Ibs-c symptoms, making the fullness/bloating go away, what to do?

R/O IBS: IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion. SX can be managed You need a full exam and blood work. Especially screen for H pylori . Also stool screen x 3 for occult blood /parasite/hpylori . you also need a baseline EGD/ colonoscopy. While you are getting these items checked out you should stick to a gluten free high fiber diet . Ie gutbliss.com and Wholeapproach.com. Also 64-80oz water TX LEVSIN/BENTYL ...Read more

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I get really bad trapped wind that is very painful what is the best thing to stop this as I have ibs?

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I get really bad trapped wind that is very painful what is the best thing to stop this as I have ibs?

IBS: Try to figure out what foods make you feel worse & avoid them. Kinda obvious, right? Milk & dairy products, or more specifically, lactose, ranks high on the list. If you must drink milk, consider lactaid or similar pre-digested lactose product. Beans, while high in fiber & protein, can be intolerable for some, who then find relief in beano. Perhaps you also have gluten enteropathy or celiac diseas. ...Read more

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I have reason to believe I have ibs. What is the best diet I should follow to discover my triggers and avoid the painful consequences?

I have reason to believe I have ibs. What is the best diet I should follow to discover my triggers and avoid the painful consequences?

Bland diet: Best to have small frequent meals of bland diet away from the extremes of the too spicy and too hot and fried food. ...Read more

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I had been diagnosed with IBS, but never had a colonoscopy. I've recently been waking up at night with painful episodes. could it still be the IBS?

I had been diagnosed with IBS, but never had a colonoscopy. I've recently been waking up at night with painful episodes. could it still be the IBS?

Possibly: But nocturnal symptoms are unusual in IBS and rarely awaken an individual from sleep in and of themselves. Would definitely warrant a visit to your internist or gastroenterologist to be sure you do not have something else like IBD and not IBS. IBD is much more likely to cause nocturnal symptoms that wake you up. ...Read more

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Been diagnosed with IBS is discomfort below both sides of rib cage a symptom of ibs. Not painful just uncomfortable at times?

Perhaps: Ibs can cause bloating or uncomfortable distension, which can be felt beneath the rib cage, but most often the pain or cramps are in the lower left abdomen. Please see your physician to exclude other causes (conditions of the liver, pancreas, lungs, kidneys, etc). Most ibs discomfort is strongly related to passing a bowel movement (gets better afterwards). ...Read more

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Diagnosed with acute bronchitis & given penicillin but am worried about taking it due to having severe ibs, could the bronchitis go away without meds?

Diagnosed with acute bronchitis & given penicillin but am worried about taking it due to having severe ibs, could the bronchitis go away without meds?

Please see below: Bronchitis are usually viral, they usually get better in 1 week without antibiotics but if your symptoms are severe and got fever, you may need to take antibiotics otherwise you don't need to. ...Read more

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Can Drotaverine HCl INN 40 mg be used in painful mild IBS-D. ?

Can Drotaverine HCl INN 40 mg be used in painful mild IBS-D. ?

Possibly: But overall you should be aware that there is relatively limited data/studies suggesting significant(or really any) benefit in managing IBS-diarrheal subtype. ...Read more

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Been having painful gallbladder attacks monthly 4 over year also have IBS like symptoms & am worried surgery could make bowl issues worse?

Been having painful gallbladder attacks monthly 4 over year also have IBS like symptoms & am worried surgery could make bowl issues worse?

Have the surgery : Would recommend having the gallbladder removed since it is needed and see if the other symptoms resolve but I don't believe it'll make it worse. Occasionally people have problems with diarrhea after gallbladder removal but it is rare and usually resolves over time and can be treated. ...Read more

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Could being a vegetarian be causing my ibs? I've read that those who return to eating meat have their IBS symptoms go away and have more energy.

Could being a vegetarian be causing my ibs? I've read that those who return to eating meat have their IBS symptoms go away and have more energy.

Avoid specific foods: Being a vegetarian per se does not worsen ibs, but certain foods that you may be eating more often may aggravate it. No single diet works for everyone, but ibs can be worsened by wheat, dairy, beans/legumes & certain fruits & vegetables. But eggs, nuts, seeds, meats & many fruits & vegies are ok. For more specific info see http://ibs.About.Com/od/ibsfood/a/ibsdiet.Htm & http://fodmapsdiet.Com/. ...Read more

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How long does it take for amitriptyline side effects to go away? On only a 10mg dose for ibs-d and i'm always tired and have pretty bad body aches.

How long does it take for amitriptyline side effects to go away? On only a 10mg dose for ibs-d and i'm always tired and have pretty bad body aches.

Are you taking it: At bedtime? Some people are very slow metabolizers of this drug and you may have a higher blood level than your doctor intended. Usually there is no sedation from 10mg, and, if anything it helps aches and pains. You may have something else going on. Have your doctor check an Amitriptyline blood level to see if it needs to be lowered. If that is the case i would follow up with a test for cyp4502d6. ...Read more

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With ibs-c is it normal to have a slight burn while defecating? not painful one, just slight one. no blood on stool/tp. doesn't hurt wiping after.

Not usually: IBS usually causes intermittent crampy pain in lower abdominal region. The burning could be caused by the food you eat and/or irritation one or two inches up in the rectum. I'm sure you have had colonoscopy but it may pay to have your physician do a proctoscopic exam to delineate the rectum. Much more comfortable than a colonoscopy. ...Read more