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A few weeks ago in a telephone conversation with my mom, she mentioned that one of my sisters had been having some problems with her stomach for the last month or so. Being concerned, I called my sister directly to talk to her about what was going on.
"I don't know," she said. I'm eating a healthy diet, but for the last month or so I've had a lot of diarrhea and even some vomiting. And my stomach hurts so much after I eat that I just don't want to eat anymore."
"What are you eating?" I asked.
"You know, healthy stuff. Fruits and vegetables and high fiber bread."
I explained to her that a healthy diet isn't healthy if it's making you sick. And if it's making you sick then you have to do something to figure out what is causing the symptoms. First, change what you're eating so that you can eat and get some nourishment into your body. And second, make an appointment with a gastroenterologist to discuss the problems.
"It's especially important to see a GI...
Months ago some qualified researchers (physician specialists in this case) published an article in Annals of Allergy , Asthma and Immunology which reported superior outcomes of intranasal steroid (INS) compared to antibiotic or placebo (a substance containing no medication but made to look like medication) in a clinical trial involving over nine hundred patients.
Acute Rhinosinusitis (ARS) is typically manifested by nasal congestion, runny nose, facial pressure or pain, postnasal drip and headache. It is often caused by viruses (like the common cold virus) and lasts up to 4-12 weeks according to these researchers. Interestingly, I’ve told patients for years, that viral based sinus symptoms shouldn’t last more than one and a half to two weeks.
Many healthcare professionals agree that antibiotics are grossly over prescribed for upper respiratory tract infections. Concerns about sinus infections are one of the most common reasons patients contact their doctor. Physici...
Alternative Names GI series; Barium swallow x-ray; Upper GI series Normal Values The esophagus, stomach, and small intestine are normal in size, shape, and movement. Normal value ranges may vary slightly among different laboratories. Talk to your doctor about the meaning of your specific test results. What abnormal results mean In the esophagus, abnormal results may mean:
Achalasia Diverticula Esophageal cancer Esophageal narrowing (stricture) - benign Hiatal hernia Ulcers In the stomach, abnormal results may mean:
Gastric cancer Gastric ulcer - benign Gastritis Polyps (a tumor that is usually noncancerous and grows on the mucus membrane ) Pyloric stenosis (narrowing) In the small intestines, the test may reveal:
Malabsorption syndrome Swelling and irritation of the small intestines Tumors Ulcers Other conditions under which the test may be performed: Annular pancreas Duodenal ulcer Gastroesophageal reflux disease Gastroparesis Intestinal obstruction Lower esophageal ring Primary or idiopathic intestinal ps...
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