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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have a question regarding my stomach ache...
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello.
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   I've talked to several doctors on here, but i really just want to be sure.
User :   So i would like your opinion on something.
Doctor :   Please proceed.
User :   For the past few weeks, i have been having very bad eating habits. I would either go to work for 4-8 hours or school for 5 hours and not eat a thing, and wait until i get home to eat. 5 days ago, i worked an 8hour shift, and i was extremely hungry that day, and when i got home i ate some food. 4 days ago, during dinner, i all of a sudden experienced a really bad stomach ache.
User :   I just ignored it and went to sleep.
Doctor :   Ok
User :   3 days ago, i told my mom about my stomach, and she told me its from not eating correctly, and i need to eat a good meal regularly. So she made me a steak dinner, and after, i felt great, no aching at all. Well, yesterday, i went to class from 12-430pm. I was hungry at that time, and my head was slightly hurting but i didn't eat until 6pm. After i ate, i felt fine. My headache got worse, so i took a hot shower, and went to sleep. I woke up in the middle of the night and ate a half piece of toast, and went took 2 pain killers. I woke up feeling great, no headache, no stomach ache.
User :   For the past 3 days, i haven't used the restroom, but today i used the restroom, no abnormal pain while i used the bathroom, no blood in my stool, and no blackness in color.
User :   When i eat, my stomach ache goes away, but if i don't eat my stomach ache gets worse. The pain is in the bottom of my belly button. It's sometimes an ache, and sometimes its a burning pain.
User :   When i ate a hot dog, my stomach felt fine, but when i ate a spicy burrito, my stomach was burning.
User :   The last 2 doctors i talked to on here told me that its due to irregular eating, and not eating in a healthy dosage, and its nothing serious. What is your inquiry?
Doctor :   Since your symptoms have been recent one and is associated with irregular eating habits
Doctor :   Its probably related to the same.
User :   ah
Doctor :   Stress and anxiety factors can be also contributing to the same.
User :   yeah
User :   Ive been under a lot of stress lately
User :   and ive been overthinking about this stomach ache too
User :   so in ur opinion, its nothing serious?
Doctor :   Yes,
Doctor :   its unlikely to be a serious condition.
User :   Okay, one doctor suggested i should drink some ginger honey lemon tea.
Doctor :   Ok
User :   will that help?
User :   I read on the internet, ginger has benefits such as helping stomach aches.
Doctor :   Yes, they will help.
User :   You have any advice or tips on helping my stomach ache?
Doctor :   But if you are continuing to be irregular, there are high chances this condition will recurr.
User :   But it's not serious?
User :   Whenever i have a full stomach, my stomach feels great, no aching or anything.
Doctor :   Based on your symptoms, it isn't serious.
Doctor :   You can discuss your symptoms with a panel of superspecialist - a gastroenterologist who will be able to explain you better, if you are interested.
Doctor :   The link to obtaining the second opinion is as follows
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User :   Hm, 38$?
User :   I mean, do you think it's something more serious?
Doctor :   Based on your symptoms, it isn't serious.
User :   Yeah like right now, my stomach was gurgling and i was cramping, so i just ate some chicken broth w/ rice, and my stomach feels great......
Doctor :   You can discuss with a gastroenterologist, who will give you more options to help you (the symptoms are not indicating a serious condition)
User :   If it's okay, I'd rather just talk to you, i don't think i really want to pay 38$. Is that okay, Dr?
Doctor :   Ok
User :   Thank you doctor.
User :   So, if i continue to eat regularly, how long will it take for my stomach ache to finally go away?
Doctor :   Your symptoms should resolve in a few days, as soon as you start eating regularly.
User :   Okay, the other doctor told me to avoid consuming spicy / dairy products which i agree, but, i am going to be drinking ginger tea, which is also spicy, is that okay?
User :   Are you there Dr?
Doctor :   Yes.
Doctor :   You need to reduce the spice in your diet and be regular with your dietary habits.
User :   Okay.
User :   I am going to take some ginger honey lemon tea.
User :   before i go to sleep.
User :   Excuse me Dr, if it was worse, what would i experience?
Doctor :   You mean worse symptoms of ulcers.
User :   okay, but as of right now, i don't have an ulcer correc?T
User :   i read on the internet the symptoms for uclers, and i dont have any of them.
Doctor :   Yes, your symptoms are not suggestive of ulcers.
User :   Oh there is a question i would really like to ask.
User :   I never knew a stomach ache from not eating regularly can last this long, what's causing this ache?
Doctor :   If the severity of the crampy pain is getting worse, or if you develop loose stools/ inability to pass stool or flatusssssss
Doctor :   flatus, it can be a serious concern then.
Doctor :   Hence eat regularly.
User :   What is Flatus?
User :   Oh you mean gas?
Doctor :   Report to your doctor, if your pain is getting worse and you aren't passing stools or gas(flatus)
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   Yes i have Dr.
User :   I am currently making
User :   Ginger tea right now.
Doctor :   Ok
User :   Doctor, do you have any other tips or suggestions for me?
User :   what to eat, what not to eat?
Doctor :   Proper chewing, eating slowly, avoiding spicy food is what you need.
Doctor :   no other restrictions.
User :   Okay, sounds perfect.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   Oh yeah, one doctor actually suggested that i take these chewable ant-acid tablets.
Doctor :   Since you are not eating well now, you are proned to get gastritis.
Doctor :   These tablets will help you prevent them.
Doctor :   Use them in the mean while get back to regular eating.
User :   ah so i should take them?
Doctor :   You can stop them once your eating habits become regular and your symptoms are down.
User :   I am passing a lot of gas right now.
User :   is that a good sign?
Doctor :   Its probably related to your eating irregularities.
Doctor :   and due to the fact, that you have been taking plenty of spicy and fat diet.
User :   Yeah the acid reducer i have in pill form relives the following
Doctor :   It should resolve.
User :   heartburn associated with acid indigestion and sour stomach, prevents heartburn assoicated with acid indigestion and sour stomach brough by eating or drinking certain food / beverages.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   heartburn associated with acid indigestion and sour stomach, prevents heartburn assoicated with acid indigestion and sour stomach brough by eating or drinking certain food / beverages. - should i take it?
Doctor :   Can you rephrase your previous question?
User :   Oh, like, you said i should eat an ant-acid, and i listed the effects on the ant-acids.
Doctor :   The antiacid previously mentioned by the doctor isn't because you have the symptoms,
Doctor :   its basically to prevent gastritis/heartburn, as you have been irregular.
User :   i dont have any heartburn.
Doctor :   Yes, the medication given to you is for prevention.
Doctor :   The chances of you getting it are high, if you are going to continue with your irregular eating habits.
User :   Yes, but i have been eating lately.
User :   so like you said and the previous doctors said, i hope my ache goes away.
Doctor :   The antacids given were suggested to prevent the gastritis and heart burn which are common in individuals due to irregular diet and in individuals who are exposed to increase stress.
Doctor :   You should feel better very soon.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
Doctor :   Yes.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   Hm that should be it for now, i mean, like you said i should feel better very soon.
User :   it's just, i can't stop thinking about it.
Doctor :   You need to stop worrying as it can increase your chances of gastritis.
Doctor :   Following a regular eating pattern is going to be absolutely necessary.
User :   yes.
User :   what is "gastritis"?
Doctor :   Gastritis refers to inflammation of stomach.
User :   And what is that?
Doctor :   Common cause is high acid secretion(similar to ulcer)
User :   ah
User :   i see.
Doctor :   Have you followed?
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   Yes, thank you doctor, you really made me feel relaxed.
User :   like you said, i need to simply relax.
Doctor :   You have got my point now.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
Doctor :   You can log back, if you have any other query.
User :   Okay, thank you doctor!
User :   time for ginger tea :)
Doctor :   Have a nice day!!
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