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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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What is the treatment for digestive problems?

I have been having digestive problems for over nine months now. It started when I got a stomach flu last november, and after that I just kept getting nauseous. I found I couldn t run, excercise, or even eat more than a certain amount, as I would start to feel like throwing up. I ended up losing a fair amount of weight. I finally went to the doctor and, upon an X-ray, was shown my gut was full of stool and gas. I was given some magnesium citrate, and from that day on, felt the problem lay with too much in my system. I periodically tried to cleanse myself, though not too often, as I was told using laxatives more than once a week can make your body dependent on them. I have seen multiple doctors. One perscriped Linzess, but I felt that didn t make me feel much better than the symptoms. Another perscribed Omeprazole, but I feel that makes me constipated, which increases the problem. Alltogether, it is very frustrating to wait a month to get into see a gastrenterologst, talk to them briefly, get perscribed some random medication, and then try and make another appointment, and have to wait a month. My mother is a nurse, and a practitioner of the paleo diet. I am not so strict, and have indulged in grains, especially in trying to experiment in what made me feel better or worse. Different things seem to cause problems rather chaotically. I ate a gluten-free pizza from Pizza Ranch once, with no issue. When I tried to again, I felt it caused great gas in my stomach, as I was belching to the point almost to vomiting. I felt my symptoms improved some with the use of a probiotic once a day. Since I ve run out of probiotics, I have been experiencing a resurgence of old symptoms. I have also been very constipated this week, possibly due to an omprazole I took. I tried an enema, something I ve done on occasion. However, this is my third in two weeks, adn I felt it really upset me this time. I m sitting here with more bloating, gas, heartburn, and all around lousy feeling. I m tired of feeling this way
Mon, 26 Oct 2015
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Gastroenterologist 's  Response
Hello. Thanks for putting your query in hcm. For constipation I will suggest you to take lots of fibres and fluid in your diet. Also take any ayurvesic medicine by himalaya capsule herbolax which has no side effectbor habit forming. May take polyethyleneglycol to be used on sos basis. For gas and bloating take capsule simethicone which I found very useful in my patients. For heartburna take a proton pump inhibitor like rabeprazole and a prokinetic agent domperidone. Acoid spicy and fatty meals. I hope i have answered your query and this will help you. Wish you a good health
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