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Contraction kind of pain in stomach - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
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How can I help you?
User :   Hi doctor. I have been having stomach pain for hours. My doc wont call me back and I am snowed in.
Doctor :  
Ok
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Where is the pain mainly?
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Upper or lower abdomen?
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Right/left/central
User :   Around the navel
Doctor :   Ok

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It is a functional pain
User :   sort of comes and goes like contractions
Doctor :  
which would be due to infection
User :   what is a functional pain?
Doctor :  
there will be infalmmation of the intestinal wall
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and it would be contracting more
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and hence pain
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that is functional variation
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structural means eg. appendicitis
Doctor :   this is not structural and only functional

User :   i guess id say yes then
Doctor :   Sorry, dint get you

Doctor :   Yes AAAAAAA I am waiting for your reply

Doctor :  
Proceed
User :   sounds functional
Doctor :   Yes, it is

User :   i have had this pain before
User :   Usually it would respond to something like gas medication
Doctor :   It is the due to infection
User :   over the past few years i would have this every month or so
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which would better only on taking antibiotics
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just the pain and gastric medications wont be enough
User :   at first it would respond to medications now it doesnt
Doctor :   Ok

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If was only due to gastric issue, it responds
User :   what should i do....i am snowed in today and i am in alot of pain
Doctor :  
now there is a likely chance of infection
User :   i see
Doctor :  
I would suggest you to start on antibiotics and anti gastric medications soon after getting a prescription
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You should do it from your nearby doctor
User :   how do i deal with pain til I can get to a doctor...it is Sunday and we have a snowstorm
Doctor :   Ok

Doctor :  
I shall tell you
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Take Omeprazole 20 mg for now
User :   What is that?
Doctor :  
It comes in certain brand names
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May I know which country you are from?
User :   USA
Doctor :   Omeprazole is an antigastric medication

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which inhibhits the secretions
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it is strong and will give you some benefit before starting on antibiotic
User :   Like a pepsid
Doctor :   Pepsid is a milder variant

Doctor :  
this is stronger
User :   Is it over the counter in the USA and do you know the brand names for USA?
Doctor :   BRAND NAME: Prilosec, Zegerid

Doctor :   Yes it is a OTC
Doctor :   20 mg twice daily

User :   OK....What if it doesn't work for pain?
Doctor :  
1 hour before food is better
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It should
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Calm yourself
User :   Ok
Doctor :  
Increased thinking and tension does make it worse
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Take in deep breaths
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avoid spicy foods
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also hot foods
User :   ok
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Take in a bland diet
User :   no fiber
Doctor :   Yes, that is right

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fiber increases pain
User :   like the brat diet
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and hence better avoided temporarily
User :   bannanas rice applesauce tea
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Avoid spicy, sour foods in short
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as they stimulate more secretion
User :   You think this may be what kind of condition...?
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and can increase intestinal contractions thereby increasing pain
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Gastroenteritis
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is the like cause
User :   i understand about the fiber
Doctor :   'likely

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Fiber stays in the gut and hence avoided
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dont take in high fiber foods for now
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during normal times, high fiber diet is recommended universally
User :   ok i won't
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Is there any thing else I can help you with?
User :   How would i have gotten the bacteria?
Doctor :   Mainly via food and water
User :   is that common in the usa....i am under alot of stress
Doctor :   In USA it is not that common

User :   and i wondered if it was some sort of ulcer or krohns
Doctor :   atleast to the extent of what we see in other couuntries
Doctor :   Do not worry about that
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they are chronic issues
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yours is a temporary one and will subside with medication
User :   yes as i said i have had this about once a month for several years
Doctor :   Ok

User :   first episode about three years ago
Doctor :  
Those problems do not show a periodicity of 1 month
User :   ok
Doctor :  
but will be evident in most of the time
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Hence should not think of that at this stage
User :   could it come from eating sushi maybe....
User :   or just eating out
Doctor :   Improperly cooked foods or the one that has contaminated by handling

Doctor :   are the major causes
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Cold foods are also responsible
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as bacteria become active at low temperatures
User :   oh must be from eating out...i am very cautious with food handling at home
Doctor :   yes, quite a possibility

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Eating out is always associated with such outcomes
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always in the sense, incidence is high
User :   ok so just prilosec 20 mg 2 times a day and see the doctor as soon as possible
Doctor :   Yes, thats right

User :   OK. I will do that.
Doctor :   Is there any thing else I can help you with?

User :   No. Thank you.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting HealthcareMagic. Bye for now. Please refer your friends to our service.

User :   Will do. Bye.
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