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Aug 28, 2014 in the GERD (Acid Reflux) Community - 1
With bad breath, you should ask your doctor the check for H Pylori infection. PPIs won't work well in the presence of persistent HP infx.
Aug 28, 2014 in the GERD (Acid Reflux) Community - 6
First of all, you are not supposed to wean it off until you are completely symptom free. Second, if you are taking a delayed release pill, you need to take it at 24 hour interval. If you take one in the AM one day and PM the next day, it will lead to rebound reflux that you described. Third, when you wean it off, you need to wean it off slowly. Take Prevac...
Aug 28, 2014 in the Colon Cancer Community - 2
The mucus is consistent with IBD. If you have family member dx'd with crohn's, you should be seen by a GI given the sxs you described here.
Aug 28, 2014 in the Colon Cancer Community - 3
Colon cancer at your age without family history is rare. What you described is consistent with IBS. The mass you felt could be constipated stool. The bleeding likely is from straining and hemorrhoid. The stress from worrying about whether you have colon cancer will in and of itself make IBS symptoms worse. Constipation can cause fatigue. What you ne...
Aug 28, 2014 in the Colon Cancer Community - 1
4.7 is within normal range for a smoker. I'm not a MD, but speaking from common knowledge as a survivor. Also, CEA is a monitoring tool, not a screening tool due to low sensitivity and specificity. I don't know why her MD ordered the test for her without any history of cancer. If she has persistent GI symptoms, she should see a GI doctor. ...
Aug 28, 2014 in the Gastric Cancer Community - 1
Hyperplastic = benign
Aug 24, 2014 in the Gastroenterology Community - 4
I have both GERD and atrophic gastritis (with intestinal metaplasia). I'm on PPI for life but it doesn't block the pain all the time. PPI is famous for rebound reflux. If I miss a single dose or accidentally ate anything not agreeable to my tummy, I'm doubling over. So yes, gastritis can be a very painful condition, better follow your doctor&...
Jun 23, 2014 in the Gastroenterology Community - 2
Any bowel habit changes persisting over 2 weeks warrant a visit to GI for investigation.
Jun 23, 2014 in the Gastroenterology Community - 1
It's more likely to be hemorrhoid. Try some OTC prep-H. If ineffective, ask for a Rx Anusol-HC. If still not working, maybe a repeat colonoscopy.
Jun 07, 2014 in the Deep Vein Thrombosis Community - 2
I would observe two weeks and get a biopsy if it persists. Not meant to scare you, my sister-in-law died from soft tissue sarcoma at age 36 initially presented with a lump like this. Yours might be nothing to worry, but better safe than sorry.