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April 11, 2007

Part I: Frequent tummy upsets? Read this

Part II: Get your stomach in order


Do you suffer from heartburn after eating food?


Do you perpetually have an upset tummy, even after you've stopped eating outside food?


Does the lining of your stomach often produce a burning sensation?


If the answer to the above questions is 'yes', you need to read this.


Gastroenterologist Dr Jose Filipe Alvares helped address issues pertaining to digestive troubles during a chat on March 29.

For those of you who missed the chat, here's the transcript.



Deven asked, Hi Doc, Recently from the last 2 years i have been having this stomach pain. Whenever i go to my family doctor he says that its gastro and it is because of food eaten outside. Please note that i carry boiled water and eat only warm food if i have to eat outside without chatni. Tell me what is the problem as i am a little scared. 
Dr Jose Filipe Alvares answers, There's no problem with you. Don't worry.



feroz asked, Sir, I have some stomuch problem as i use to take the food out side in retaurants my age is 39, my bigger intestine some times get swollen i got this checked up by Gastroenterologist first two times he had given me course and then afterwards he told me to take Orni-o for atleast3 days whenever i fet this problem, now problem has got reduced and whenever it happens i take orni-o, my weight is around 83 kg, any tips you would like to give sir?
gastroenterologist Dr Jose Filipe Alvares answers, There is no real problem with you. A probiotic like Probiza 1-0-1 x 1 month will be good for you.



astro23 asked, hi sir. i get a lot of acid reflux after food. had got that test done where u put a pipe inside the stomach. it showed everythin normal. took a lot of medicines too. i tried EVERYTHING possible like controlling my food habbits, not sleeping after food for a couple of hours etc. but nothing seems to cure or suppress the reflux. what do i do? thanks..
gastroenterologist Dr Jose Filipe Alvares answers, Take HAPPI-D 1-0-0 and Itokine 50 mg 1-0-1 x 1 month. Use two pillows while sleeping and don't sleep immediately after eating. Avoid spicy foods and citric foods.



santosh_vijayan asked, Hello. I am suffering from IBS. I eat mostly home food, but even then my tummy is upset. Please let me know what kind of food is best and what to be avoided. Is alcohol a culprit? Thanks
gastroenterologist Dr Jose Filipe Alvares answers, Avoid milk and milk-based products. Avoid too much of spicy and oily foods.



chandan asked, I am suffering from colitis & I find it hard to adjust to a new place. I have an irregular eating habits & find hard to control things which are banned for prevention of colitis. Kindly advice what should I do?
gastroenterologist Dr Jose Filipe Alvares answers, Take Normaxin 1-1-1 x 2 months and Providac 1-0-1 x 2 months. avoid milk and milk-based products.



sethia asked, Hi I am 41 yrs of ageand vegitarian since last one year I got pain in stomach & chest on every 10-15 days , I have constipation problem & also chew tobboco. I did ECG , Chest X-ray ,Blood sugar but nothing abnormal found , can you pin point what's the exact cause for the pain & what will be the precaution to be taken
gastroenterologist Dr Jose Filipe Alvares answers, Stop tocacco intake. Take Cremadiet 1 tablespoon mixed with water at night and Itokine 50 mg 1-0- 1. hope your thyroid test is normal.



shinit asked, Have been operated for piles 15 years ago. Lately am regularly constipated - is this a sign of the recurrence of the piles? Will continued constipaition lead to piles?
gastroenterologist Dr Jose Filipe Alvares answers, No, if you strain whilst passing motions, it can lead to piles.



hello asked, On 20/3 morning... i found some drops of blood (blackish in colour)coming after having finshed my latrine.., but didnt happen after that...what was that piles or what
gastroenterologist Dr Jose Filipe Alvares answers, You require a colonoscopy to be done.



Vin asked, Hello doctor.. I am suffering from gases, constipation, abdominal pain etc. Hv got all test done everything is normal. Could this be irritable bowel syndrome. What is the cure?
gastroenterologist Dr Jose Filipe Alvares answers, Yes. There is no cure, you can take Pantocid-DSR 1-0-0 x 1 month, GI-tune SR 1-0-0 x 1 month, cremadiet 1 tbsp at night mixed with water after food, Providac 1-0-1 x 1 month



devrushi asked, Hello Sir, I'm suffering from chronic-constipatio, could not able to pass stool properly. From last 5-6 years I'm sufferign from constipation. I've undergone Alopathy, Ayurvedic and Homeopath medicine but my constipation is not cured. Is there any permanent remedy for this??
gastroenterologist Dr Jose Filipe Alvares answers, Get a thyroid test done. Start cremadiet 1 tbsp at night after dinner, Tegibs 6 mg 1-0-1 x 1 month.



dindua1262 asked, Some time during my sleep in night i suddnly feel some burning in my stomach and i need to have water or something to eat, many times i use digene or aciloc, many times i have also faced acids comeing up in my mouth and my throat burns as i have taken a lot of chilly. this all happens only in night. I take around 3-4 cups of tea daily and take lot of salad and curd in my lunch and dinner I dont take much heavy lunch and dinner. Even I dont eat much i am gaining weight, I am 45, my weight is around 98.
gastroenterologist Dr Jose Filipe Alvares answers, Take Pantodac 40 mg at night before dinner x 1 month.



22vishalsagar asked, I suffer from burning sensation in my stomach in the morning.. help
gastroenterologist Dr Jose Filipe Alvares answers, Pantocid-DSR 1-0-0 before breakfast x 1 month.



baluyadav asked, hello sir, i have problems with digustion if i eat bit more like spicy food i get problems with stomach uncomfort,so i wont eat any spicy food,even i have stopped drinking alcohol, and early mornings lot of times i have burning in stoamch. thanks.
gastroenterologist Dr Jose Filipe Alvares answers, Avoid them.



Pudina asked, what should one eat to keep tummy in good shape all the time? are there things which should be avoided?
gastroenterologist Dr Jose Filipe Alvares answers, Excercise is the best thing.



mv kumar asked, Respected Sir, I do drink about two to three pegs, which I have stopped totally now, my stomach is big for which I am taking a daily walk and also I have BP. Kindly advise any precautions to ensure that the digestive system which has been effected by use of alchol may not deteriate further
gastroenterologist Dr Jose Filipe Alvares answers, Always have multivitamins like Becosule-Z and probiotocs like Providac 1-0-1. Eat well -- include vegetables and fruits in your diet. asked, what could be an ideal breakfastthat can be prepared quickly?........because i am not comfortable with milk and milk products
gastroenterologist Dr Jose Filipe Alvares answers, Eggs and chappati/bread.



viveck asked, i do not get enough sleep due to enziety and curosity for which my stomach is always upset and i get a burping sensation every day, also whenever i eat spicy oor stuffy food i get pain for my bladder distension pls help
gastroenterologist Dr Jose Filipe Alvares answers, Pantocid-DSR 1-0-0 before breakfast and MEVA-Sr 1-0-1 x 1 month.



aashish asked, sir plzz answer me i m waiting for the answer since 30mins hello iused to get severe stomach pain sometimes,now i never drink outside water nor eat outsde food, but whenever i eat any junk food i get pain & also loose motion..none of medicine is effectie,only norflox tz...can u tell me a permanent remedy so that some time i can have panipuri & chaat. Also i feel buring sensation quite frequently, reflex oesophagitis..then only remedy is to take jelusil..plzz help i feel alot this problem rite now also feeling burnin sensation
gastroenterologist Dr Jose Filipe Alvares answers, No permanrnt remedy; avoid unhygienic food. Take Pantodac 40 mg 1-0-0 before breafast x 1 month.



Kous asked, Sir, I do excersice 4 times a week.I eat frequent meals atleat 4-5 times a day.Drink 2-3 litres of water.I go to toilet 2-3 times.Is it normal for a person to go to toilet for 2-3 times a day ie, does the food get digested properly or not?Also i have Gas problems and sometimes little pain in my lower abdomen but not regular?
gastroenterologist Dr Jose Filipe Alvares answers, As long as it is not watery, for an Indian, it is ok because we have more vegetables in our diet.



imy asked, Dr, I had pain in my upper stomach for ten days. It would come on and off. Now it's gone. It has happened in the past too. Pls advise
gastroenterologist Dr Jose Filipe Alvares answers, May have been acidity; forget it since you don't have it now.



tutu asked, Yes biospy was taken ande was advsed to take cosacol/mesacol
gastroenterologist Dr Jose Filipe Alvares answers, The dose has to be adjusted based on symptomatic response, we do an ESR, CRP to see for disease activity and then adjust dose.



Paddy asked, I eat Non-veg every sunday. From next day my stomach is not clear. This happen on every monday. This last for 2-3 days. I have pimples on my skin due to this problem. Please suggest how to have clear motion regularely.
gastroenterologist Dr Jose Filipe Alvares answers, 2 bananas every day, 2-3 litres of water daily, green leafy vegetables everyday.



Neeraj asked, I have a weak digestion , as a result , stool is not very hard.... Food is not able to extract the proper nutrients.....Lot of pain in the joints and general weakness....any remedies... Doctor has diagonosed enzyme loss..
gastroenterologist Dr Jose Filipe Alvares answers, On what basis was this diagnosis arrived at, ask your doctor.



gastroenterologist Dr Jose Filipe Alvares answers, Walk for half an hour every day and then gradually increase it to an hour.. you can try out yoga, it helps at times.



gastroenterologist Dr Jose Filipe Alvares says, Due to time constraints,  I will have to log off. Until next time...      


Part I: Frequent tummy upsets? Read this

Part II: Get your stomach in order

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