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...
Did anyone notice the FDA warning about stomach medications issued earlier this year? This new safety alert states that certain medications called Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI) which are used to treat upset tummies can in fact increase the risk of bone fractures in the hip, wrist and spine. With this new warning, labeling on several over-the-counter and prescription medications will change. These medications include Prilosec (omeprazole), Prevacid (Lansoprazole), and Nexium (esomeprazole). Although the FDA did not mention another class of stomach medications called the H2 Blockers , this warning might extend to another family of popular stomach medications which includes Tagamet (cimetidine) and Pepcid (Famotidine).
The H2 Blockers might also increase the risk of fractures especially in those who are already at risk for osteoporosis. With this new information, those who have osteoporosis or those at risk for osteoporosis should pay attention to the way they use stomach medication...
Definition Breath odor is the scent of the air you breathe out of your mouth. Unpleasant, distinctive, or offensive breath odor is commonly called bad breath. Alternative Names Bad breath; Halitosis Considerations Some disorders will produce specific, characteristic odors to the breath. Bad breath related to poor oral hygiene is most common and caused by release of sulphur compounds by bacteria in the mouth. A fruity odor to the breath occurs as the body attempts to get rid of excess acetone through the breathing. This is a sign of ketoacidosis , which may occur in diabetes. It is a potentially life-threatening condition. Breath that smells like feces can occur with prolonged vomiting , especially when there is a bowel obstruction . It may also occur temporarily if a person has a tube placed through the nose or mouth to the stomach to drain the stomach contents (nasogastric tube) in place. The breath may have an ammonia-like odor (also described as urine-like or "fishy") in people with chronic ki...
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