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Holistic Gastroenterology

I'm looking for an awesome gastro doc (preferrably female) in the South Jersey/philadelphia area. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2014 - 4 answers

Tips to get through this

In less than a week I have a colonoscopy scheduled and with all the health problems I have, it's going to be hell. (which are reasons why I'm getting the test.) What are some tips to get through this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 17, 2014 - 26 answers

Pregnant + stomach sucks. WTF? (IT'S NOT MORNING SICKNESS).

I'm asking for a friend. Whom I'm married to. She says: I am 16 weeks pregnant and am having a GI symptom that I can’t find any information about online, from my OB, or from several different nurse midwives. (univac sez: This is not about morning sickness. If you think this question is about morning sickness or nausea during pregnancy, GO AWAY.) [more inside]
posted by univac on Jun 18, 2014 - 34 answers

What kind of gum will keep both my mouth and my tummy happy?

I like to chew sugarless gum on occasion to keep from mindlessly snacking. My GI system would prefer that I don't, and gives me gas and some...other stuff. Is there a brand of gum that causes fewer GI symptoms? Another gum-like substance that can occupy my mouth for a few hours now and then?
posted by genmonster on May 31, 2014 - 10 answers

I drank vinegar, and now i'm painfully bloated, what to do?

I drank 1 teaspoon of vinegar (which is 5 years old) with a half cup of water this morning, (for health benefits). Now I am painfully bloated and I assume it's related. My pant won't fit and my stomach is killing me. Was it the vinegar? and What can I do to fix it? Thanks. I am a 58 year old Mexican woman and I know you are not my doctor
posted by kikithekat on Apr 26, 2014 - 11 answers

Am I in the clear?

Late Friday/early Saturday I was up at midnight being sick to my stomach (the #2 way). After that I took some Rx anti-nausea meds and tried to go back to sleep. At around 5 am I threw up (which, as an emetephobic is a huge, scary deal for me). So at 5am I took a Xanax, 2 Pepto pills and another anti nausea pill). I slept on and off (only waking up when my boyfriend gave me sips of water). [more inside]
posted by sleepykitties on Apr 6, 2014 - 12 answers

Help me save my bf's birthday dinner! Recipe ideas for an upset stomach.

Today is my boyfriend's birthday and I had plans to make a lovely, elaborate, and special meal but he is recovering from a stomach bug. Let's say there is no longer any serious diarrhea, but he is taking it easy for now. But now I am at a loss to figure out something special, vegetarian and gentle to prepare for tonight. So, please share your lovely vegetarian recipes that are good for a weak stomach.
posted by maca on Jan 20, 2014 - 17 answers

New questions about an old problem (belly fat)

Regarding diet/exercise, what would you think would be the most effective way to lose my belly beyond what I'm already doing? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Dec 20, 2013 - 25 answers

Stomach crunches: more quickly, or fewer but holding them?

Is it better (in terms of muscle building) to do a large number of stomach crunches quickly without pausing at the 'up' part of each crunch, or fewer but pausing and holding the muscles tensed for a few seconds with each crunch?
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Nov 30, 2013 - 7 answers

Gagging (I think?) all the time

Since the end of august-- when I had a bout of extremely high anxiety that got me vomiting a bunch of times during panic attacks-- I have been gagging throughout the day. I call it gagging, but I am not sure if that's right-- basically, it feels like I am about to throw up, and I dry heave, and do the gag reflex thing, but most of the time I don't actually throw anything up. This happens sometimes after I've had a normal sized meal, but more often when my stomach is empty. My stomach doesn't usually hurt or anything. I think my appetite is not as good as before and I think I've lost some weight because my clothes are too big, but I am not completely sure (things have been a whirlwind since June). Is this bad? Is gagging the right word to describe this? I know you are not my doctors, but I don't have health insurance at the moment, so I am trying to get a sense of how badly I need to see a doctor.
posted by redwaterman on Nov 7, 2013 - 16 answers

Why is my stomach angry all the time?

I've been having gastro problems on and off for the past few months (more on than off). I finally have an appointment with a specialist, but it's not for another month. In the meantime, I'd like to try to do an elimination diet & see what's what, BUT most of what I'm finding online about elimination diets is very broad and don't explain enough. I'm looking for guidelines of how they are typically done as well as recipes and food ideas for the first stages of said elimination diet. [more inside]
posted by firei on Oct 17, 2013 - 11 answers

Can raw garlic cure my stomach ulcer and remove H. pylori?

I'm starting a garlic treatment for my stomach ulcer, and have some concerns about whether this will work. My doctor has prescribed antibiotics, but my naturopath has recommended raw garlic (3-4 times daily) and I want to try that approach first, along with other supporting herbs. However I'm worried about the ramifications if this fails, because stomach ulcers are pretty serious from what I hear. Am I taking a big risk of perforation, cancer, internal bleeding etc. by not taking the medication? And is it possible that the garlic could eradicate H. pylori bacteria? [more inside]
posted by TreeHugger on Oct 16, 2013 - 34 answers

If it's not my gallbladder, what is it?

My tests are normal but I'm having classic gallbladder pain symptoms - please help! [more inside]
posted by shrimpsmalls on Sep 11, 2013 - 15 answers

A Digestion Question

YANMD. I take a certain daily medication and am questioning its digestion (TMI within). [more inside]
posted by floweredfish on Sep 4, 2013 - 9 answers

Down with the sickness in Germany

I am a US citizen on vacation in Germany. I have bad stomach cramping. YANMD but what should I do here? [more inside]
posted by arniec on Jul 24, 2013 - 22 answers

I don't want diarrhea on my wedding day

I have been having major stomach issues that I need to solve. Really uncomfortable bloating and belching minutes after eating, nausea, cramps, etc. I'm getting checked out by a doctor, but I suspect it is my old friend IBS coming back after a 6+ year absence. I NEED to get this under control and back to rights ASAP but so far nothing is working. HELP! [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Jun 17, 2013 - 27 answers

Stomach Problem and Antibiotics

I used tetracycline for a year and a half for acne. I had no negative side effects. On April 14th I started to have abdomen pain, loose stools, diahrea, gas, and stomach gurgling. On April 18th I went to a walk in clinic and they told me that I should stop taking the tetracycline because I've been on it for too long and it can negatively effect my gut flora. I had a stool sample, blood test and ultrasound done and they all came back negative. I went to my family doctor April 29th and he said that I am suffering from IBS and said to take a PPI and a anti-depressant. He also said it was unlikely that the tetracycline could cause my stomach problems. I took the PPI and it didn't help. I do not want to take the anti-depressant. I visited my dermatologist this week and he said I should continue taking the tetracycline and that stomach problems can be related to stress. My stomach is still bothering me and I have diahrea in the early morning and I'm taking imodium to stop that. I am visiting my girlfriend in Europe in 2 weeks and I hope my stomach problems don't negatively effect my trip. Does anyone know if using Antibiotics could cause stomach issues like this. I am upset at myself for taking the Tetracycline for so long. But my dermatologist told me it was safe. I hope this will pass and not be a lifelong syndrome.
posted by Jack V on May 10, 2013 - 14 answers

Is this abdominal pain something I need to go to the hospital for?

I'm experiencing abdominal pain, and would like a non-medical sounding board for how serious it sounds, and whether it's hospital worthy (given my almost non-existent lack of health insurance). You are not my doctor, etc., etc., but I'd like some non-medical advice about whether what I'm experiencing is something serious, or something that I can just push through. I think I have a low pain tolerance threshold, and I'm not good at gauging relative pain strength while in pain, so I'd like some perspective. I don't know which details are important, so I'm including them all. [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad on Mar 26, 2013 - 71 answers

Help me figure out this very perplexing stomach bug

YANMD, and I understand that the internet cannot diagnose a medical issue. However, I am wondering if anyone has experienced the same symptoms in regards to a stomach bug, whether viral or bacteria. I am just trying to get some perspective on what my body is doing, and whether or not this seems in-line with something that will likely clear on its own. I'm not in severe pain, but will definitely see a doctor if things take a turn for the worse. I've had SEVERAL unhelpful, or frankly harmful, doctor visits in the past year, so I am (justifiably so) wanting to wade this out for a bit longer. [more inside]
posted by shrimpsmalls on Feb 28, 2013 - 14 answers

Is "hypochlorhydria" scientifically sound or natural-health quackery?

Is "hypochlorhydria" (low stomach acid) a scientifically sound problem or some natural-health quackery? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 23, 2013 - 5 answers

Save my gut flora.

I'm about to bomb my body with a double dose of powerful, wide spectrum antibiotics. What can I really do to help save/repopulate my gut flora? [more inside]
posted by moira on Jan 17, 2013 - 20 answers

I got fat really fast. I'm short. Where to find clothes that fit, stat?

Best stores for short and plus sized gals? Comfortable yet young professional clothes, especially. Snowflakey details inside. [more inside]
posted by ArgyleMarionette on Nov 12, 2012 - 17 answers

Am I on the fast track to esophageal cancer?

I have had acid reflux for about a year which is mostly controlled via Zantac but still flares up occasionally. It's basically okay, but I've now realized that it's something I'll have to live with. How worried should I be about getting esophageal damage or cancer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2012 - 25 answers

Scotch but not American whiskey upsets my stomach. Why?

Why does single malt scotch, but not whiskey, upset my stomach the next day? [more inside]
posted by Earl the Polliwog on Aug 2, 2012 - 20 answers

Need suggestions for some sensitive stomach cat food.

Need suggestions for some sensitive stomach cat food. [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Jul 25, 2012 - 15 answers

A biological explanation of food poisoning please

What is happening in the body when food poisoning occurs? Are the symptoms defensive actions or purely symptomatic? [more inside]
posted by distorte on Jun 25, 2012 - 13 answers

The Forbidden Fruit

Can I become allergic to (almost) all fruits over night? If so, what can I eat/drink as substitutes? [more inside]
posted by MinusCelsius on Jun 18, 2012 - 24 answers

Is it dangerous to eat ice?

Aside from the dangers to your teeth, is it dangerous to eat ice? [more inside]
posted by princeoftheair on May 21, 2012 - 25 answers

Help me make this suck less, part II

Just diagnosed with GERD, possible ulcer following 5 weeks of high-dose antibiotics for sinus issues. Seeking recs for anything that might help my beleaguered digestive system, information on getting tested for H. pylori. Gross details and looong narrative await within. [more inside]
posted by terrierhead on Apr 17, 2012 - 10 answers

this belly fat is stubborn!

What is the best way to get rid of belly fat, for a woman? Diet or exercise? What kind of exercise? [more inside]
posted by never.was.and.never.will.be. on Feb 19, 2012 - 25 answers

Please help my miserable stomach!

I've had pretty much constant heartburn for a few months and I've completely miserable. What can I do and do I need a new doctor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 18, 2012 - 15 answers

What could be causing these sudden stomach cramp when I eat pasta?

What could be causing these sudden stomach cramp when I eat pasta? [more inside]
posted by kag on Feb 13, 2012 - 11 answers

Mystery Choking

Why does Mr. Llama's throat close up when he's eating? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Oct 1, 2011 - 21 answers

I need medicinal booze.

Stomach/GI problems for the past two weeks, now mostly gone except for persistent heartburn. What alcoholic beverage will cause me the least pain? [more inside]
posted by devotion+doubt on Sep 30, 2011 - 16 answers

Urgent care? ER?

Urgent care? ER? Where am I supposed to go? I don't have a doctor here (Fairfax County, VA). I'm clueless. I got the flu last weekend but am still experiencing symptoms, including a new one - a burning hot pain in the pit of my stomach. [more inside]
posted by windbox on Sep 23, 2011 - 24 answers

Is it normal for cat bellies to sag?

My one-year-old cat was spayed on Monday (five days ago). She appears to be doing fine, except that her tummy has started sagging. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by tickingclock on Sep 17, 2011 - 21 answers

Was it the tomatoes?

Trying to get on top of some long-standing food sensitivities/intolerances, and looking for recommendations on what to put in a food/dietary log. [more inside]
posted by purplefiber on Aug 13, 2011 - 14 answers

Bean betrayal. Is it possible?

Beans, beans, they're good for your heart, but the more you eat, the more you fart. Is it true, Metafilter? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Jul 7, 2011 - 24 answers

Mystery abdominal pain

(Warning - graphic details about my GI tract inside!) [more inside]
posted by bookgirl18 on Jun 1, 2011 - 20 answers

Help for stomach issues

Today, my SO went to the doctor about the stomach upset she's been experiencing over the last few weeks and was diagnosed with gastritis. Please help us deal. [more inside]
posted by utsutsu on May 16, 2011 - 15 answers

Is it Oops I Crapped My Pants in here, or is that just me?

Is there such a thing as heat-induced diarrhea, is it a cause for alarm, and is there anything I can do to thwart it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 12, 2011 - 12 answers

Stomach Gas

YANMD. My mother and I share a strange gastro-intenstinal issue for which I need to find an answer. If we don't eat regularly, I get what can best be described as gas. It doesn't feel like heartburn but more of a general pain in the tummy with the need to burp. It is very uncomfortable to the point that I can't do much of anything but sit and ride it out. I have always been told by my West Indian mother that there is nothing that can be done except eat small meals regularly or drink tea. I find it hard to believe that this is the means by which I have to treat this problem. [more inside]
posted by trinigirl on May 9, 2011 - 11 answers

Stomach stretching and tips on preparing for and succeeding at restaurant eating challenges (or competitive eating contests)

Man vs Food vs Stomach Capacity: How (and for how long) should I "train" my stomach to hold six pounds of food? What can the stomach handle? How does food differ from liquid in the stomach? Additional tips for beating restaurant eating challenges? Lots of questions, and an account of my experience preparing so far, after the break. [more inside]
posted by purefusion on Apr 22, 2011 - 12 answers

7am: Rocky Road Ice Cream; Mood: WOOHOO

I've been having various on-and-off problems varying from madigestion to bloating, etc. I've been seeing a doctor. I'm interested in keeping a food diary for the purposes of figuring out which foods, if any, are causing my issues. [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Apr 7, 2011 - 4 answers

How can I handle alcohol without throwing up?

I have trouble ingesting small amounts of alcohol (a few shots), what can I do to make my stomach cooperate so that I can drink the odd time when I go out with friends? [more inside]
posted by Dmac_rocker on Apr 5, 2011 - 33 answers

Help me become a binge eater!

I'm gonna be in an eating contest, but I haven't eaten a single large meal in ages.. how quickly can I stretch out my stomach? Over one weekend? [more inside]
posted by hobbes on Mar 25, 2011 - 3 answers

Heading off an inevitable stomachache

How do you head off inevitable stomach upset after a night of wine and spicy food? [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth on Dec 11, 2010 - 14 answers

What is the timeline of a peptic ulcer?

How quickly can a peptic ulcer (1) form, and (2) perforate? My girlfriend just had an emergency surgery in Mexico when an ulcer she didn't know about opened 2 mm and began leaking air out of her stomach. How long might she have had it? (YANMD, naturally.) [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Dec 8, 2010 - 5 answers

All-you-can-eat sushi in Manhattan or Brooklyn?

Please tell me about any all-you-can-eat sushi restaurants (in Manhattan or Brooklyn) that you are aware of! [more inside]
posted by ®@ on Nov 26, 2010 - 5 answers

YANMD advice for the uninsured please

Dull achey pain somewhere just below my chest for over 24 hours. No insurance, YANMD, what could it be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 4, 2010 - 12 answers

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