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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   hello
User :   hi
User :   my wife is 7 months pregnant & she has a burning feeling in the food pipe
Doctor :   may i know her age please ?
User :   26
Doctor :   since when is she having this ?
User :   last 10 -12 days
Doctor :   is there any relationship to food?
User :   and this happens generally in evening only
User :   she is not having any oily or spicy food
Doctor :   ok no problem i will explain you everything
Doctor :   As the little baby starts to take up more and more room inside her body, there is less space available for her stomach. As a result, stomach acid is frequently sent back up the esophagus, a condition known as acidity or heartburn.
Doctor :   and its very common during the last months of pregnancy
Doctor :   there are few things she has to do
Doctor :   to begin with
Doctor :   1) Eating several smaller meals each day rather than three large meals can help keep acidity at bay. Also, avoid eating right before going to bed. Give the body around three hours to finish digesting food before she lays down. When she does eat, she should eat slowly and chew each bite completely. When she is feeling full, stop, even if you are only partially through your meal. She can always come back for more later, but overeating will make her acid problems worse.
Doctor :   2) Chew a piece of gum when you are done eating. Chewing gum makes your salivary glands produce more saliva, without adding any more food to your stomach. This extra saliva has a neutralizing effect on stomach acid. If you are also dealing with queasiness, consider chewing cinnamon gum, as it seems to have a calming effect on the stomach. Avoid mint flavored gum, as mint can make acid worse.
Doctor :   3) When you go to bed, elevate your upper half by sleeping on extra pillows. You can also sleep on a wedge shaped pillow that will keep your head and esophagus elevated slightly. This will keep some of the acid from finding its way back up your esophagus while you are sleeping. This sleeping position will also aid in digestion, but make sure you are not sleeping on your back when sleeping elevated, as this is harmful to your baby.
Doctor :   4) Some drinks can help combat acidity. Carbonated water has been known to help the problem. You can also drink lemon juice mixed with honey to keep heartburn at bay. An aloe vera juice drink is another acid fighter. Chamomile tea or teas made with basil or peppermint are also helpful. Have one of these remedies on hand at all times so that you are ready for acid when it hits you.
Doctor :   5) f you are having regular problems with heartburn during your pregnancy, focus on the foods you are eating. Spicy and oily foods and foods that are high in protein will make acid problems during pregnancy worse. Uncooked almonds, bananas, plain cooked white rice, yogurt, licorice and plain bread can remedy the problem. Cucumbers also have a calming effect on stomach acid. If you eat an apple with every meal, you may notice much less heartburn as well.
Doctor :   just follow these
Doctor :   and there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to worry about
User :   thank you doctor
User :   one more thing i need to ask
User :   may i proceed
Doctor :   sure
User :   there is a bump on the back of my head
Doctor :   since when ?
User :   i dnt knw i noticed it yesterday only
User :   and its not paining
Doctor :   is it painful ?
User :   no
Doctor :   when you press it
Doctor :   any headaches ?
User :   little bit
Doctor :   and loss of hair on that area ?
User :   littlebit when i press it, no headache
User :   and no loss of hair
Doctor :   ok since you only saw it yesterday
Doctor :   we will have to wait and watch
Doctor :   sometimes it just a small swelling tht will go by it self
Doctor :   so if the size is increasing or you are getting more severe headaches
Doctor :   then you need to get it examined
Doctor :   otherwise its ok
User :   if size does not increase than no worry?
Doctor :   no not at all
User :   and my mother is having severe pain in her knee joints
User :   she is not able to walk even sometimes
Doctor :   how old is she ?
User :   56 yrs old
Doctor :   any stiffness in the joint ?
User :   let me ask to ma mother
User :   2 minute dr
Doctor :   ok
User :   no
User :   no stiffness
User :   when she stands for longer period she starts having pain and her leg gets swelled
User :   legs are always swelled
Doctor :   has she done any tests ?
User :   she is having thyroid problem bt uric acid is normal
Doctor :   when were the tests done ?
User :   no test in latest
Doctor :   ok she should get them
User :   which test?
Doctor :   for uric acid and also i will suggest that MRI should also be done
User :   wat is MRI done for?
User :   uric acid test she has done 2 months back
Doctor :   to find out the cause of the swelling
Doctor :   MRI is the test of choice
Doctor :   and yes the uric level should again be tested
User :   whai is mri
Doctor :   Magnetic resonance imaging
Doctor :   its like a scan
Doctor :   more detail than a CT scan
User :   ok
Doctor :   help us to see any abnormalities in the joint
User :   she had the xray done & doctor had told that he joints have started rubbing with each other
Doctor :   the MRI will give us a better and clear extent
User :   ok
User :   i will get that done & come back to you with the report
Doctor :   sure
Doctor :   you can always ask for me
Doctor :   i will be glad to guide you
Doctor :   you have a good evening
Doctor :   take care
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