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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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I cannot personally come for any appointment. Today in the morning I got up at about 5.30 am with nausea, & stomach ache.Then I got extreme heat within & became somewhat unconscious followed by great stomach pain and after applying great pressure for about 20 minutes, I had hard & loose motions for about 1-2 hours and the routine followed after a gap of about 30 mts.after which I got extreme sweating followed shivering. After drinking water, the stomach pain repeated followed by the above routine. In the midst of my final sem.exam. at about 1030 am,, the same problem repeated.Now I am feeling weakness & no repetition of the problem. I had only taken veg.sandwich, cheese with cucumber with onions in the night before going to sleep.please advise the reasons for this sudden problem and medicines to take immediately, though I am not in panic due to my exams
Doctor :   hello
User :   HI THERE
Doctor :   i am Dr
User :   hello sir
Doctor :   give me a min , let me read your query
User :   alright.
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender please ?
User :   i am 22 years old male
Doctor :   and is this the first time this has happened ?
User :   yes .
Doctor :   what did you eat the night before ?
User :   i had a sandwich.
User :   a vegetarian sandwich with onions and cucumber and cheese.
Doctor :   well what you have been telling me it does look like a acute case of severe food poisoning
User :   but i had a healthy bread and also the vegetables used were fresh.
User :   none of them was rotten or spoiled in any manner.
User :   and i did not vomit either.
Doctor :   it can be a toxin from the cheese
User :   but i have had that cheese before, never i had such a problem.
Doctor :   let me tell you what you can do
User :   okay.
Doctor :   to begin with
Doctor :   you need BEDREST
Doctor :   Mix a tablespoon of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar in a cup of hot water before a meal
User :   okay
Doctor :   sometimes the culprit can be the utensils too
User :   i have noted it down.
Doctor :   Keep the utensils, plates, napkins, vegetable knives, etc., clean
User :   well i am actually having my final exams in progress.
User :   and because of this problem i have already cancelled two of them.
User :   because of dizziness, severe stomach pain.
User :   the doctor whom i visited yesterday over here said that it could be some gastric problem.
Doctor :   Ginger is the best home remedy for the treatment of food poisoning. Take small piece of ginger and make its paste by mixing buttermilk. Take this 2-3 times a day. Ginger extract can also be taken along with lemon juice to get fast relief from vomiting, nausea, etc. Take equal amount (2-3 tablespoon) of ginger and lemon extract, add little amount of black pepper powder into it. Take this mixture 3-4 times a day
User :   okay.
Doctor :   but it wont cause such severe problems like you have told me coz of gastric problem
User :   yes, i understand your point.
User :   i started to sweat and i felt like steaming up during that time
User :   and when it was over, i suddenly felt cold. it was weird.
Doctor :   when was the last time was vomited ?
Doctor :   its typical of a acute attack
User :   well i did not vomit, i had the sensation of vomit though.
Doctor :   well the best would be to rest
Doctor :   and have lots of water
Doctor :   to flush out the toxins
User :   yes.
User :   i should do so when my exams get over this week.
User :   Do you recommend any medicines/syrups?
Doctor :   make sure you eat somewhat bland food
User :   ok
Doctor :   avoid caffeine
Doctor :   and sodas
User :   oh yes, i also had coffee the night before
Doctor :   as they will irritate the stomach
User :   black coffee.
Doctor :   stop that
Doctor :   and do one thing
Doctor :   take this medication
User :   ok
Doctor :   PRILOSEC 20 MG
Doctor :   take ione tab a day for 14 days
Doctor :   ONE TAB
User :   okay
Doctor :   you will get relief
Doctor :   also have yogurt in your diet
User :   okay.
User :   i will.
Doctor :   how long its been since your last attack ?
User :   well i had one on the 11th, and today is 15th for me.
User :   and yesterday, that is on 14th, during my examination time i had severe stomach pain.
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   well do take the medication i have told you
Doctor :   and you will be fine
User :   ok.
User :   what if it repeats again?
Doctor :   then you would have to show to a gastroentrologist
User :   ok.
User :   since i live in, i don't know how to get the medication from here without a prescription.
Doctor :   dont worry
User :   Do you think i will get the mentioned drug without a prescription here?
Doctor :   its a OTC
Doctor :   YES you will get it at your local pharmacy
User :   okay then, i will give it a try.
User :   what else do you advise me?
Doctor :   nothing much from what i have already told you
User :   okay sir.
Doctor :   avoid coffee that a reminder
User :   alright.
User :   So i guess that is it then?
Doctor :   one more thing
Doctor :   good luck for your exams and dont worry you will be all fine
User :   Thank you sir.
Doctor :   your most welcome
Doctor :   take care
User :   I will follow your advise.
Doctor :   good bye
User :   Have a nice day.
Doctor :   you too
Doctor :   bye bye
User :   bye
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