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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Intestinal Problems
Food Poisoning Concerns [posted
Answer: Yes, it varies a lot from individual to individual depending on their own genetic factors. Avoid foods that have been insufficiently cooked or which have been sitting after cooking for any time. Prevention centers on avoiding bacteria in your food. Clean hands, clean surfaces and complete cooking.
Answer: A few possibilities. First, most likely is that you will have this problem forever, and no treatment will be found to be helpful. Second, try a treatment for giardia (a fairly common intestinal once cell parasite). This would be Flagyl 250 mg tid for 10 days or so. Lastly, ensure that a HIDA scan of the gall bladder has been done (this is a functional test of the GB and can show an abnormality without stones being present).
Answer: There are several possibilities. First, this may be a congenital problem which will take some special x-rays. Second, it could be colitis-a colonoscope is necessary to visualize the colon. Usually, there is some diarrhea or bloody stools with this diagnosis but not always. Third, it could be different colonic or intestinal parasites. Has his stool been checked and/or treated for parasites. Fourth, there is a familial problem called porphyria which manifests itself with spells of abdominal pain. A urine test during a spell for porphyrins will make this diagnosis. If your primary physician doesn't seem to have a plan to diagnose this problem, I'd see another physician-- preferably a pediatric GI(they will be aware of congenital problems that adult GI may over look.).
Answer: If it is a recurrent condition it needs to be evaluated. This represents
rapid flow of partially digested food out of your stomach and through the small intestine.
Since there is no time for absorption of the fluid/water it moves rapidly causing a large,
poorly controlled BM. This will happen on an occasional basis-especially if you have
trouble with dairy products, or got a small amount of food poisoning. However, any more
than once every 6 months or so is usually abnormal and represents some trouble with your
stomach and upper small intestine.
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