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Heart palpitations, hot flashes, frequent bowel movements, gastritis, stomach ulcers. Irritable bowel syndrome?

I am a 67 women in good general health. I can frequently feel my heart beat sometimes along with this I sometimes have hot flashes and a general mild to high feeling of unwellness . sometimes but by no means always I also have frequent bowl motions. these attacks can last for a few minutes or around 30 minutes I have been told I have IBS . I have gastritis and a few small stomach ulcers which showed on recent tests. I
Asked On : Wed, 13 Mar 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi there,Thanks for writing in the possibilities I can think of are anxiety disorder, Irritable bowel syndrome, Post menopausal symptoms, Thyroid disorders , Anaemia, Hypoglycemia etc.I am assuming that certain investigations like hemoglobin, TSH, blood sugars,endoscopy has already been done to rule out some of the above mentioned disorders .

You should be under the care of a good gastroenterologist.The doctor might prescribe some proton pump inhibitors like omeprazole or pantoprazole to treat the stomach ulcers.I would advise you to sign up for yoga classes ,if you have a good yoga instructor in your area.Breathing exercises and relaxation techniques might also help.Other general measures you could follow are :Avoid oily, fatty, deep fried or spicy food.Drink warm water at regular intervals.Have smaller frequent meals rather than 3 large meals a day.

Include Oats,Pasta,etc in your diet. Sufficient intake of fruits and vegetables. Avoid broccoli , cabbage etc.By trial and error method, avoid foods which seem to cause you discomfort and increased bowel movements.

Regular exercise 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week.

Stress tends to worsen gastritis and IBS... that is where yoga , exercise and relaxation techniques help.Please get back to me if you need further clarifications.Hope this helps.
Regards, Dr. Divya Kuttikrishnan
Answered: Wed, 13 Mar 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Gustav Gous's  Response
Thank you for your query.
Infection anywhere in your body, including the bowel may cause heart palpitations and hot flushes. Because you are known with gastritis and ulcers it is important to exclude the possibility that you may have an infection caused by a bacteria called Helicobacter Pylori , for this may explain your colon involvement, this is done by a so called Clo test. Also important is to exclude candida of the bowel(a fungal infection). Please discuss these tests with your doctor. I trust this information helps you.
Answered: Wed, 13 Mar 2013
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