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What are the symptons of gastric problems and how can this be solved?

My mum is suffering from stomach aches and she has been diagnosed to have gastric problems and I want a solution to her problem.Can some one please help me?

Once the doctor tells you what's causing the stomach aches, ask the doctor what can be done to treat the stomach aches. He may not be sure what is causing them. If they only started recently after she began taking a new medication, maybe the medication is causing the gastric distress. If they only occur at night when she's lying down, maybe it's an "acid reflux" symptom which can be treated. She could try staying on a very bland food diet and if her condition improved, she could tell her doctor so that he would know what the problem is. There are hundreds of gastrointestinal problems that your mother may have, and you need to continue monitoring her symptoms and comparing them to those you can read about on medical websites such as
http://www.webMd.com and http://nihseniorhealth.gov/listoftopics.html
Also, hospitals have telephone assistance for people calling in with medical problems that need help. Ask for the "nurses hot line" or doctor referral information.  (+ info)

What are the downsides to gastric bypass surgery?

specifically what are the nutritional ramifications because I have read that B-vitamins and protein cannot be absorbed because of the portion of small intestine that is bypassed. Also, what happens if there is a pregancy? What happens to a developing fetus if the B-vitamins and protein is not accessible? What are other downsides to gastric bypass surgery? I want to make the best informed decision and I am afraid that I am only hearing of the "up" sides of surgery or at best "sugar coated" negative sides to the surgery. I would like the most information anyone is able to give me! Thank you!

If I was interested in that kind of surgery, I would go to my family doctor. He will be able to answer all your questions. In fact he can refer you to a doctor that can help you. Please, be very careful on deciding to have the surgery and be sure to shop for an absolute, 100% for real doctor that knows his business. I will be anxious for you. And I pray you will make the right decision . Thanks and God Bless.  (+ info)

How much will gastric bypass affect my excess skin?

I am having Gastric bypass in less than a week and i know that I will have excess skin. I will probably have it where my love handles are, a little above the belly button. How much will gastric bypass effect the stretching of my skin? I am only 19 years old and currently weigh 261 pounds. The doctor told me it will not be as bad as an older person, but still i would like to know. Is there a way to get rid of excess skin besides more surgery?

I had bypass at 34 and can tell you that after meeting many people that have also had it, it's a real toss up. I know you would like to know but like you rdoc said - the only known thing is that your young and you still have a lot of snap back left in your skin. But your genetics place a big part as well as how much you loose. Start to exercise as soon as you can and to be safe just have the idea in your head that after you hit goal you MAY be one of those that have to have plastic surgery to get the real look you want. That way you are not disappointed. I need it but I lost a lot more weight and have no more snap back in my skin. Good luck 2 you.  (+ info)

How expensive is the gastric bypass surgery (bariatric) if you don't have health insurance to pay for it?

I am 39 years old and very obese and have diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, and high triglycerides. My doctor at the VA Hospital wants them to give me gastric bypass surgery but they no longer do it at the VA Hospital. Is there any VA Hospitals that perform gastric bypass surgeries (regular one) or how much money do you need to have it done on your own? Please help me. Thank You.

Completely depends on whether the patient has complications. I had it done 3 years ago...absolutely no complications..total cost was about $30,000

Gastric Bypass Surgery Cost & Profile

* Avg. Cost: $25000
* Candidate: BMI of 40 or higher
* Length: 2 hours
* Treatments: One
* Results: Permanent
* Back to work: 3-6 weeks

I paid about $1,500 out of pocket.

Not sure of any VA hospitals that offer the procedure.

Hope this lets you figure out an estimate on the cost.  (+ info)

How do you find out if your insurance will cover gastric bypass surgery?

I am not very proficient in understanding how insurance companies work. I am interested in having gastric bypass surgery. My weight has gotten out of control and I have an appointment with my physician next week. I'm sure she will be able to help, but I want to go in with as much knowledge as I can. Thanks for any answers that you can give me as far as insurance goes and anything about gastric bypass.

Generally speaking, insurance companies do not like to pay for bariatric surgeries, for many reasons:
1. It is much, much healthier if you lose weight the old fashioned way -- diet and exercise.
2. It is much, much cheaper for the insurance company if you lose weight the old fashioned way.
3. If you're not going to diet and exercise after the surgery, you may eventually gain weight back anyway.
4. The surgery often has lots of complications, which cause more health problems.
5. The complications also cost the insurance company more money.

So, yeah, you will have difficulty getting insurance to pay for the surgery, but if you persist, and if your doctor is willing to fight with the insurance company, you may get it paid for.

It is obvious from your well-written question that you are a very intelligent person. Please do a lot of research into this before you have major surgery.

From CBS News:
Gastric Bypass Surgery Gone Bad
Study: 1 In 50 People Die Within A Month Of Surgery

From WebMD:
Is Gastric Bypass Surgery Worth the Risk?
http://www.webmd.com/content/article/77/95549.htm  (+ info)

How does having had a gastric bypass effect pregnancy?

My co-worker just found out she was 3 months pregnant. She had a gastric bypass in september of 06. She wasn't suppose to get pregnant for atleast a year after the surgery. What should she be doing? How does a past gastric bypass effect pregnancy?
She was told that she could not have kids. She hasn't been taking birth control because she has been trying to have kids for all these years and she is now 40. So I guess she thought it didn't make any sense to take birth control since she was told that she can not have kids

It will affect the baby because since the bypass, the mother is not getting the same amounts of nutrients. She will have to be monitored very carefully by her physician to make sure the baby is growing properly. She may have to be on a special diet. It would be wise if she consulted with a dietician.  (+ info)

What are the chances of death and complications of gastric bypass?

What are the chances of death and complications for me getting gastric bypass surgery? I already know I'm getting it and I'm about to go through therapy. Here are some details that might be of help:
• I'm 15.
• I'm 330lbs.
• I'm 6'5".

Please give me an estimate on what my chances of death or major complications are! I really want to know!

The chances of death during gastric bypass surgery are very slim. The procedure is very safe. Every patient is different, so the chances or complications will differ. Much of it will have to do with what shape you are in prior to the surgery. Your doctor will take all of that into consideration and will tell you what complications can arise. At your age they may not even consider the surgery. Your body is going through a lot of changes.

See your doctor and have him/her refer you to a bariatric surgeon. The surgeon will determine if you are a good candidate and will probably put you on a weigh loss program first. The process from the time of your initial consultation and when the surgery takes place can be several months.

I had a gastric bypass three years ago and now head the local support group for weight loss patients. Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

stagelady/eileen  (+ info)

Can someone suggest suitable food or foodstuff to alleivate gastric pain?

Any other information regarding food to avoid or suggestions to minimise gastric pain will be welcome. Thanks.

Gastric pain can mean many things and be caused by many things. You could have an ulcer, acid reflux, constipation, food poisoning or many other things. My first suggestion would be to have a doctor tell you the source of the pain. My next suggestion would be to investigate the many benefits of ionized, alkaline water. This technology has been used in Japan and Korea for over 20 years. They actually use this technology in their hospitals. There is an unpleasant video on the website below that shows how the water helped people with colon problems. I know of people who have cut their acid reflux medicine by 80% by using the water. It is definitely worthwhile to study all of the many uses of both the ionized acid and alkaline water. It helps with many different issues so check it out and form your own opinion. Most importantly, if the pain is always there then you need to have a professional diagnose why! Blockages in the intestine can be life threatening if untreated. Hope all goes well and have a blessed day!  (+ info)

how to treat little gastric troubles in the home without seeing doctor?

i have some gastric troubles, because if I eat a little oily, or spicy food, my entire stomach gets completely upset. What home remedies can I take for this, without seeing the doctor, also should I avoid tea and coffee, until this problem gets over? And take only milk?

Greek style yogurt, or just yogurt. There are also other food products like drinkable yogurt and one amazing food item...like Kefir, which is a cousin to yogurt. Some gastric troubles are linked to an imbalance of intestinal bacteria/organisms and you can right the balance by eating some of these cultured foods. You may avoid caffeine drinks, if you can link drinking them and a resulting attack. I also recommend you see your doctor anyway, and get a complete check up on your intestinal troubles to ensure there isn't a larger problem at bay.  (+ info)

How many calories should i be eating 2 years after gastric bypass?

I had gastric bypass a little under 2 years ago and i am working out 3 times a week for an hour and half. THe first hour is weights and the half hour is doing cardio. I have plateaued in weight loss and need to know how many calories i should be eating so that i can loose more weight.

I'm 16 months out from my Gastric Bypass surgery. I eat no more than 900-1000 calories per day. I walk 5 miles a day(except Sunday) and do strength training 3 times a week. I've lost 150 pounds and only need to lose 25 more.

Trying exercising daily ad eating no more than 1200 calories. Check your portion sizes too. You shouldn't' be eating more than a cup or so at a sitting.  (+ info)

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