Bad Foods For Fatty Liver

People are often shocked when they see how much butter I use and eat in one day.  But I know the real truth; Butter is a good fat and can actually help you to lose weight.

Unfortunately, a person thinking butter is unhealthy is a very common misconception. People still think t 00004000 hat butter and saturated fats are the reason for heart disease. It is one of the top killers in this country (and now in many other countries as well). The truth is that it’s not the natural fats that are causing this epidemic, it's the sugar, processed and packaged foods and overconsumption of refined oils that are causing so much disease (and you can add Diabetes, High Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure to this list as well).

I go into this topic in much greater detail in the Fats Chapter of the Diet Solution Program but here are a few nuggets of info to ponder:

1. Did you know that during the 60 year period from 1910-1970, the proportion of traditional animal fat in the American diet declined from 83% to 62%?

2. During this same time butter consumption plummeted from 18 pounds per person each year to 4 pounds per person each year.

3. During the past 80 years, the consumption of dietary cholesterol intake has increased only one percent.

So where is the problem? Why all the heart disease?

1. During the same period, the average intake of dietary vegetable oils (margarine, shortening, and refined oils) increased by about 400%.

2. During the same period, the consumption of sugar and processed foods increased by about 60%

Those are the facts, but there’s never better proof than the results I see with my clients and my readers. When people finally stop eating margarine, refined oils, “fake” butters, sugar and processed foods made their health sky rockets! (and by sky rockets I mean, gets better, greatly improves, elevates to whole new levels). Not to mention all the body fat they lose off their body (now isn’t that just an awful side effect?)

It’s important to mention that the butter I use is organic and grass fed. It has this beautiful deep yellow color and is not white like most conventional butters. It has gone through minimal processing and has no added growth hormones and antibiotics.

Now that I told you butter is ok to eat, here is a delicious chicken recipe you can enjoy:

(Please remember that the mad scientist in me sometimes forgets to document the exact amounts so you may need to play around with this a bit.)

Chicken with “I’m not afraid of butter” dressing

Ingredients:

2 large chicken breasts (approximately 1 lb of chicken)
6 Tbsp of melted butter
lemon juice from 1/2 large lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste

Directions:

Melt 1 tbsp of butter in a large pan. Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Cook chicken breasts in butter covered on a very low heat. Do not let the butter get brown. Pour lemon juice in a separate bowl. Slowly stir in the remaining melted butter as you stir mixture. Then slowly add the olive oil as you stir mixture. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder.

Once the chicken is cooked through, serve on a plate and pour the “dressing mixture” over your cooked chicken breasts.

Don’t be surprised if you are tempted to pour this dressing on your veggies and just about every other food item you can think of. It’s delicious!

Find out the real truth behind healthy fats and get started on your own fat loss goals right away with this complete Weight Loss Program.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    i like eating FATTY food... esp fried beef fat..its so yummy.. is it bad for my liver?

    • ANSWER:
      FATTY FOOD is bad. But what you are doing goes even further. When you broil, you are heating sugar without water, the aldehyde groups of sugar reacts with amine functionality of amino acid of protein and uiltimately produces AGEs (advanced glycated end products). It is now known that some of these AGES breaks down in body and are quite toxic and give diseases like for e.g. diabetes. It is possible that they affect liver too.

  2. QUESTION:
    What should you eat if you have a fatty liver?
    I am 16 and I just found out that I have a fatty liver. I don't drink but I eat the worst foods all the time. I am not over weight at all. I am actually under weight but I eat fast food all the time and pizza and everything like that. So now I have to change my diet. The problem is that I do not like vegetables at all. So salads wont work for me. Does anyone have any suggestions? I really have no idea what to eat now and its going to be really hard for me considering what i usually eat.
    please help.

    • ANSWER:
      eat steamed fish or grilled chicken, avoid red meat as much as possible. eat whole-grains instead of processed or white bread, butter over margarine and mayo, avoid deep-fried things.skim milk over whole.no soda.take multivitamins to get the nutrients youre missing out on. start drinking smoothies,that way you can get your fruits for the day in an easy and delicious way.plus,most places have options of adding extras,like carrot juice (tasteless) or a vitamin boost of some kind.
      after awhile,your liver will lose its fattyness, but you need to keep on a healthy regime.fast food is ok as a treat,but not right at first.
      itll be tough,but you can do it =)

  3. QUESTION:
    can fatty liver cause weight loss and digestive issues?
    i have been having weight loss since two years, the only thing doctors could find out was a fatty liver and H pylori. though i have eliminated h pylori . i continue to have digestion problems , semi formed stools with food particles, weight loss. my liver readings were a bit high before. since i lost weight they also came in normal range. but i have occassional pains in right quadrant which became worse when i took antibiotics for h pylori.

    • ANSWER:

  4. QUESTION:
    I have a fatty liver and it hurts!?
    Im 16 almost 17 and im female I weigh 112 pound and im 5'7.

    Ok so I have a fatty liver for some strange reason. I don't drink, smoke, eat a lot of fatty foods or even do drugs and yet my liver is fatty. Ok so last year in October I got horrible chest pains for 2 weeks that left me in tears everyday. I went to the hospital and they said my liver was fatty and it was rubbing up against my chest plate causing abrasions which was causing the pain. They gave me pills the pain subsided but now it's back and the pain is increasing really fast. Whats worse is I hurt the top part of my spine and my right shoulder plate when I fell down the stairs a week ago so im also in pain from that.

    What can I do to stop the chest pains. It hurts so much and is really discomforting. Also how can I get rid of the fat from my liver with out going to the doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to go back to the doctor, you may have even hurt something when you fell, you maybe young but you can still get hurt sometimes, Go see the doc..

  5. QUESTION:
    I might have fatty liver, i got a few diet questions?
    My doctor found high alt and ast enzymes in my blood and she said its most likely fatty liver because im vaccinated for hepatitis B and i'm 98% sure i dont have C or A.

    Anyway what changed should i make in my diet if i had fatty liver? my mom already said that's it you should stop eating ketchup and don't keep cooked food in fridge more than 3 days because it's bad on your liver. Is this true?
    What else should i be careful with, not counting the obvious alcohol.

    p.s. im 5'5 and i weight 125 pounds 22yrs old

    • ANSWER:
      First: No one blood testing is 100% accurate. Many things can effect the
      results of these tests like: exercising before the test was done, an
      intramuscular injections, muscle injury, etc. Only one of the liver enzymes,
      the ALT is most specific to the liver itself because it is made mostly by
      the liver cells as the others enzymes can be made in other parts of the
      body also.
      More tests will be done to see if you truly have a liver problem.
      The blood tests would include the liver function tests and liver viral
      tests. Ultrasounds or Ct scan to look at the liver itself.

      Second: there are many causes of liver cell damage:
      alcohol consumption, medication toxification,
      chemical exposure, auto immune disease,
      mushroom poisoning, cardiac/vascular problems
      biliary obstruction/malformation/infections,
      viral or parasite infections, hereditary conditions,
      tumors/cysts/growth/cancer, fatty liver disease and
      others.
      So this may not be fatty liver...the cause of the liver
      cells have to be determined. If you look over this
      list then you might see if any of these apply.
      There is no vaccination for Hepatitis C, but they
      still have blood tests to check to see if you have it.

      Third:
      Fatty liver disease also has many causes:
      weight gain or fast weight loss, malnourishment,
      diabetes, certain types of medications,
      high cholesterol/triglyceride levels, insulin
      resistances and others. The cause has to be determined
      here also. And of course alcohol consumption.
      It would be best to not drink alcohol now and not
      take any medications that are not approved of
      or prescribed by your doctor. (this includes
      over the counter, herbs, vitamins, minerals,
      supplements, etc)

      If this is a liver problem, ask to be referred to either
      a gastroenterlogist or hepatologist.
      You are not overweight because of your height.

      You do not state how high these levels are. The doctor
      may do more blood testing in a few months to see if these
      levels stay elevated. Some times they will return into the
      normal range. This is a more of a wait and see type thing.
      Best wishes. I hope this information has been of some help.

      Ketchup and cooked foods in refridge doesn't have much to do
      with a liver problem. (though, keeping foods this long can make
      you sick if you eat them) Heptatis A can be caused by feces in
      the food or drink...unclean water, shellfish, uncooked foods, etc.
      Hepatitis B and C are usually contacted from body fluids and
      blood transfusion or contact with another persons blood.

  6. QUESTION:
    the doctor just told me i had a bad liver, what should i do?
    i was in the hospital for 2 days because i have "too much fattty tissue" in my liver and a large spleen from it. i don't drink so it must be stuff that i eat. i don't get it. i work out a few times a week and i play sports during the winter. i've always hated my body and have been insecure my entire life and it's holding me back from so many things. sometimes i don't even want to leave my house because i hate the way i look that much. i'm miserable and just want to be skinny so i won't feel that way anymore. i just want something good in my life, i want guys to notice me when i walk down the street, i don't want to stay in my house all day, i want to look good in a bathing suit. i stopped eating all "fatty" foods and drinking any type of soda or juice when i found out. i've been eating salad and smaller portions too.

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver is a condition caused by obesity and a high fat diet.

      Its good that you have stopped eating high fat foods.

  7. QUESTION:
    Where can I get a list of food diet items I need to change to due to health reasons?
    I just found out that I have a really bad fatty Liver & Pancreas. The doctor said I have to change my whole diet. I am 46 years of age, where do I start? I have been eating the same things all my life!
    Also I know that exercise is important as well but at this time I can hardly walk & they will be doing a hip replacement for that.
    Also, I do NOT consume any alcohol !!

    • ANSWER:
      i was about your age when I was diagnosed with diabetes, and you now have a very large learning curve ahead of you. there is no list, but you can find out what you need to know by talking to your doctor.
      Also check out the link below for detailed info.
      It took me about 2 years to learn what to eat and how to translate dietary information on food product packaging...but a basic idea is to eat foods with less than 10% sugar and foods with a high fiber content, also low carb foods as carbs are sugars

  8. QUESTION:
    How long can a person live with fatty liver disease without treatment?
    I was diagnosed with a fatty liver in Feb and i weighted 260lbs im 6'0 , and since then i have worked really hard and im down to 220 i run for 45 mins a day and have cut out fast food and butter and pop and chips and now drink skim milk , i haven't had my check up yet but am looking forward to it

    I am juss wondering how long it takes for a liver to go bad from this if i isn't reversed like 10 years 5 or 20 or what .

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver is caused by increased deposition of lipids in your liver cells (hepatocytes). In it's mild forms, its very reversible and there's a good chance that your diet and exercise changes have made a big difference.

      As long as you continue exercising and eating right, as well as minimising your alcohol intake and controlling your cholesterol, it might not ever get worse.

      It's great that you've made so many changes to your lifestyle - it really reduces the risk of advancing liver disease. Keep at it!

  9. QUESTION:
    Please help me--I hate healthy foods, but need them. Good recipes?
    Hi-- I love to cook and enjoy food.
    But, I like the bad stuff. I'm at a good weight, but just had a blood panel that showed high cholesterol, lipids, and fatty liver. Ick!
    I know there are tons of websites for healthy eating, and know about healthy cooking methods, but just love tasty food. I would appreciate people sharing their own favorite good, healthy recipes.
    Thanks from me and my nasty blood :)

    • ANSWER:
      Lemon Spaghetti

      2/3 cup olive oil (this oil is heart healthy)
      2/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
      1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 2 lemons)
      1 teaspoon salt
      1/2 teaspoon pepper
      1 pound whole wheat spaghetti
      1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
      1 tablespoon grated lemon zest (from the two lemons)

      In large bowl, whisk the oil, cheese, lemon juice, salt and pepper to blend. Set the sauce aside. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving one cup of the cooking liquid. Add the spaghetti to the lemon sauce, and toss with basil and lemon zest. Moisten with reserved pasta water until desired consistancy is reached. Use more salt and pepper to taste. Can be used as a light meal or a side dish to boneless skinless grilled chicken. It is light and delish!

  10. QUESTION:
    Is it possible I have liver disease?
    I am 50.
    I was a heavy drinker heavy drinker until recently, and have managed to reduce my consumption and binge episodes to once a month or less.
    I am now concerned that I am showing symptoms of liver disease, be it cirrosis, fatty liver, or gallstones.
    The cheif symptoms are:
    1. Constant abdominal distension and feeling bloated although I am a light eater.
    2. Feelings of nausea, especially on rising.
    3.Constant dull pain under right rib cage.
    4.Pale, thin stools, and sometimes explosive dihrea.
    5.Visible veins on my abdomen
    6.Constant itching especially on my neck and feet.
    Today I had a nausea attack and severe bloating in the afternoon (all I had to eat was yogurt in the morning)felt so bad I almost left work.
    I have seen my doctor about this twice, and the liver blood blood urine tests always come back normal.
    He says to lose weight and exercise more. I cant lose weight despite eating very little and I run three times a week.
    I must confess that the weeks leading up to and over XMAS I did over consume alcohol and fatty foods, but not more than I usually do at Xmas.
    Do you think I have a liver problem?
    One friend said to stop alcohol for two months and it would completely heal itself.
    I did that last summer-didnt seem to help.
    If you think I need different tests please indicate so I can ask my doctor for them. I am so concerned about the bloating I want an xray!
    Thanks happy new year!

    • ANSWER:
      All liver patients are told No Alcohol. The symptoms of coming off of alcohol can be mistaken for a liver problem and, in some cases, can be life threatening...should be under a doctors care. He has medications that can lessen these symptoms.

      No one blood test is 100% accurate. Many things can effect the results of these tests and a comparison is done of more than one to be sure. However, in some patients, there is not an abnormal result even it they have liver disease.

      You should be with a gastroenterologist or hepatologist now.
      You definitely need further testing done to determine what exactly is happening with you.

      High Alcohol consumption over time can cause Fatty liver disease. Ultrasound or Ct scan may see this...a liver biopsy would definitely show it.
      Colonoscopy would check the colon...Pill swallow endoscopy would check the small intestines. ERCP(Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography) would check the esophagus, stomach, first part of the intestines and the biliary area and Pancreatic ducts.

      Wish I could be of more help. I hope you find out what is the problem.

      Here are some links you can click on that will give you information on different tests and different things that may be the cause of your problem.
      http://www.gihealth.com/html/education/pamphlets.html
      http://www.gitract.info/

  11. QUESTION:
    Who is going to party when heath care passes?
    Free medication for those bad girlfriend / boyfriend choices.
    Free heart care for those bad food choices
    Free liver care for all that booze you can drink
    Free cancer medication for all those cigarettes and trans-fatty acids
    you guys must be young because my question is dripping with sarcasm.

    The point is if heath care is free it will have to be rationed.

    • ANSWER:
      the illegals....the chronically pregnant....the sluts & ho's with new STD's every monday morning...the free-loaders that choose to not work....the "single-moms" that get bigger checks the more ninos they pop out......the "disabled" .......they "above mentioned"......0bama who will feel like he finally accomplished something..[even though it was by pay-offs, threats, blackmail, bribes, trade-offs,buy-offs, plane rides, job offers, $$$$$, chicago gangsta politics, & corruption,] ..i guess that's about it.....the working tax-payers will be staggering to their knees under added burden of taxes......and, our children & grand-children will be burdened with the debt....PARTY ON ,DUDE!!!

  12. QUESTION:
    Tips for Celebrating a 21st?
    Well that time finally came for me. Due to work i can't officially party till tomorrow. Anyway i was wondering if there are any precautions i can take today (the day before) to ease my pain the day after (sat).

    i'll be responsible so no need to comment on my safety.

    I googled this first and i herd bread is bad (because its a massive influx of carbs because i'll be drinking beer) and protein/fatty foods like liver are good.

    Thoughts/tips?

    • ANSWER:
      Eat enough but not too much. Eat fairly bland/plain meals which won't make you sick. Get a good nights sleep and take a few aspirin beforehand (make sure you take them at least 12 hours before you start drinking to avoid a reaction of the pills with the alcohol) The sleeping and the aspirin should make sure you are feeling your best while the bland meals will avoid you feeling unwell/stuffed and hopefully avoid vomiting. Another thing you can try is to drink a large glass of milk an hour or so before drinking. This will 'coat' your stomach and should stop you being sick.

  13. QUESTION:
    Just found out I have high cholesterol and an inflamed liver, need a diet plan?
    My cholesterol is the main concern as it is 317 with the bad alone taking up 228 of that. The liver is fatty liver, but there is no growth, so it is still highly reparable. I take lexapro on a daily basis, and have taken an anxiety med on a daily basis for 5 years now which plays a role in the liver problem, which is compounded by a couple of drinks on the weekends, horrible eating habits (fast food daily), lack of water, and until 3 months ago, smoking.

    I have started to drink more water, stopped eating fast foods (except subway) and as I said, 3 months clean from smoking.

    I want to know how I can eat a low fat, low salt, low sugar diet without giving up taste completely (safe substitutes for salt and sugar would be nice) while staying within a set budget. I also want to know what I can eat daily to get my vitamins (I don't like taking pills if I don't have to, especially now with the liver, so I would prefer to not take a daily vitamin if I can eat foods to get the same nutrition).

    Thanks :-) I look forward to your answers.

    • ANSWER:
      for lunch, try to go for whole wheat products.
      you could try fat free chocolate jello pudding, non-fattening yogurt ice cream,
      CHEERIOS. and thats great your 3 months without smoking thats wonderful!! keep it up thats so inspiring. subway is fine just get whole wheat bread. cereals are EXCELLENT. kashi go learn crunch and skim milk. this is GREAT. you're keeping the protein while not eating meat! stay away from EGGS and other meats, but eat peanuts and drink protein shakes and you'll be on a great path! good luck!!

  14. QUESTION:
    High ALT Liver Level?
    Ok, first of I haver anxiety and this is stressing the hell out of me, because I am of course thinking of the worse....

    But....

    What can cause a little high ALT liver level?

    My Info:

    Male
    24
    262 lbs
    5'11"
    No known diseases

    Alt levels - 62 or 68

    I am going on Monday for a U/S so I should know something Tuesday Hopefully.

    However, that is still 4 days away and I am freaking out, can't sleep, anxiety is taking a major toll on me right now...

    I don't want an answer that says "just relax and see what the tests say" or anything along those lines, don't send me links - I won't go..

    I am a social drinker but I don't drink all time time, maybe once per month and that is pushing it!

    I do notice when I eat certain food that I get really bad pains (this is what told me to go to the doctor) I am thinking fatty liver but I could be wrong...

    I have been surfing the net, and I see things on Hep C, but I don't believe I have that, as I have never come into contact with blood (mainly because I faint at the sight of blood) and I am not showing any of the other symptoms!

    I have gained 12 lbs in the past 45 days is that helps.

    Any thoughts?

    I want to know what can cause these levels to be slightly high??

    Thanks!
    I am not sure what ALT stands for (this is what the nurse called it) she said all the other levels are normal.

    Oh, I love mexican food, it is my favorite, with lots of cheese, I eat cheese on everything!

    I have noticed that when I eat alot of cheese it does cause pain (however it doesnt cause anything else other than pain, bowel movements are normal.)
    And I did just start playing Disc Golf recently, about a month and a half ago (havent played in about 2 weeks) However, the pain has been off and on for about 9 months now...

    • ANSWER:
      your alt is only slightly raised. we get worried if its in the 1000s. commonest reason if probably medcations next is probably fatty liver. really not very high so Id stop worrying
      http://www.labtestsonline.org.au/understanding/analytes/alt/test.html

  15. QUESTION:
    Bad acid reflux please help!!!?
    Hi,
    I been getting acid reflux for the past few days and have no idea why... i been eating healthy, staying away from fatty foods, spicey foods, caffeine, ect. I have no idea why all of a sudden i have developed this bad acid reflux. I've been taking vitamin c tablets, complete multivitamin tablets, and liver support with milk thistle tablets to maintain my liver healthy; everyday for the past few weeks.. maybe this is causing the acid reflux?? i have no idea.. i have taken medicine to cure the acid reflux like the purpple pill but still no results.. please help!!!!!

    thanks =]

    • ANSWER:
      coming from a person who has Acid reflux and a haital hernia which is a hernia between your stomach and esophagus. lay off the vitamins for a couple days see if that calms it down, sometimes those reflux pills are useless. i would say if this persists for longer then a couple weeks go to a gastro specialist to have yourself checked. Also try Apple Cider Vinegar 2 tps in a glass of water, tastes awful but it works to calm the heartburn down. but make sure you get checked cause severe constant heartburn could lead to damage to your esophagus in the long run and you dont want that. also try drinking a lot of water and dont be to stressed out, this could cause anxiety and it leads to digestive problems .. trust me ive been though this

  16. QUESTION:
    mild elevation in liver count in bloodwork?
    Hi I just got my bloodwork done and it showed a mild elevation in my liver count. i am not sure what has caused this i do not have an appointment for 20 more days. i am sooooo scared of what is to come of this. I cant stop crying i am going to die from this.
    Several months ago i ate a lot of high fat foods and salt. I cut out ALL fatty foods and salt as I was retaining water and also getting diareah and extreme pain up under my right ribs so bad i could not walk. I never went to the doc but ccut all those things out and i feel great. I still have weird bowles sometimes. I have lost weight and water build up and am feeling way better. i had this test a routine bloodwork and these results baffeled me. what should I do am i okay what next?Also i drink alot of dark soda thank you for your help

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you might have Fatty Liver Disease, but I would wait until you speak with your doctor again to be sure. In the meantime, try going to a healthier lifestyle and cut back on the soda.
      If you do find you have a fatty liver, try these resources:

      http://fattyliverdietplan.com

      http://www.squidoo.com/fatty-liver-solution

      http://fattyliverdisease.blogspot.com

      Good luck!

  17. QUESTION:
    I had an ultrasound and they discovered broken blood vessels in my liver. Is this common?
    I went to my doctor with sever abdominal pains that sometimes spread to my back when it got bad. It usually happened 1-2 hours after I ate, and I had been eating a lot of fatty foods so my doctor thought it was gall stones. I went in for an ultrasound that determined by gallbladder is fine. However, there were 4 spots on my liver that the radiologist said was most likely broken blood vessels. I can not find any info on this in google and my follow-up appointment with my doctor isn’t for a few days.

    Is this a common problem? Is it serious? As some background, I don’t drink much now but over the last few years I was a heavy drinker (binge drinking several times per week).

    • ANSWER:
      This is not a very serious problem, but it could develop into something more serious if it continues. As the blood vessels continue to burst there will be an excess of blood in your liver and may seap into other dimensions of the digestive system. Also you may progressively lose more and more blood.

  18. QUESTION:
    What is a good diet for someone with liver disease?
    This is the third time in a year I have had rapid onset of stomach pain with right upper quadrant tenderness. Happens after drinking coffee and eating late breakfast at about noon. I can feel periodic stomach pain and liver associated pain a leading up to episode. Symptoms last about a week with headache, fatique, extreme right upper quadrant pain that feels like it is in a spasm and real tight right over liver with stomach pain. When I eat it usually gets real bad where I can't move and is relieved when I drink water. I have had a number of scans from the Doctors and they turn up clear. I have also noticed bitter taste in mouth this last time. I don't eat very well. Lot's of coffee, ice cream and fatty, fried food. Need to eat more fruits and vegetables. My blood work usually shows up with elevated liver enzymes.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like gall bladder symptoms, or pancreatitis. Low fat, no fried stuff. No alcohol. Elevated liver enzymes are to be taken seriously. Liver disease is an ugly way to die.

  19. QUESTION:
    Which yahoo rule did i break to get my answer deleted?
    There was a question about how to get over a hangover: and my reply is underneath: I guess some of people could find it insulting maybe? I just think telling someone not to drink when they want a hangover cure is a bit like if someone asks how to cure a broken leg..."don't break it"

    Is my reply rude?

    "The answer you gave on Yahoo! Answers was reported by the Answers community:

    "HAHAHAHAHA i can't believe how many people are saying things like "prevention is the cure"...thats a fat lot of good after the fact! Ideally- when you go to sleep put a pint of water next to you, try to drink some before you sleep but having it to hand when you wake up is always good. Alka selzter is good, but if youre looking for a drug free cure: you lose water and vitamins when you drink, so you need to replace both. 1 glass orange juice - gentle sugar boost and vit c 1 tablespoon marmite (or something with b vitamins) lots of water/gatorade...ooh or if you have those rehydration sachets for diarrhea treatment theyll help a lot something gentle to eat...chicken soup etc apparently fatty foods just strain the liver more sleep hair of the dog is supposed to be pretty bad for you - and personally i cant face alcohol when hungover!"

    • ANSWER:
      I found no issues with your answer. Therefore appeal the decision.

      The answers team said it is "okay" for one to be conversational in their answers as long as there is an attempt to answer the question asked, which you clearly did.

      I see no problem with your answer,and it is definitely not chatty.

      Appeal it is my advice.

  20. QUESTION:
    undigested food in stool & it is loose, and looks dark green, i had it for last 2 weeks now?
    i m 29 male, i recently had bad stomach burning ache in upper stomach, went to doc, they checked n found fatty liver and cholestrol high, i took supplin 500mg for a week, then i started dieting and doing regular excercise, I have been noticing my stool for a week, its always loose, green, and undigested. what could be the cause? is it something to worry?

    • ANSWER:
      intestinal bacteria. get a fiber rich laxitive and drink apple cider vinegar.

  21. QUESTION:
    Onions, Grapes, and dogs...?
    This question is about an answer to "Why can't you give onions and grapes to a dog?" about 4 months ago.

    This one answer got a 'thumbs down'. Why? If you already know which of these foods listed are truly bad for a dog, will you please save me hours and hours of research trying to check which are true?
    I don't want to make my dog sick, but I don't want to spend my whole life researching every toxic thing on the planet instead of spending time with my family (dog included).

    If you are SURE you know, please tell me which on the list are incorrect? Please don't guess, as that is not helpful at all.

    Thanks very much, in advance, for your time and expertise! : )

    Here's the answer that got no thumbs-up and one thumbs-down:

    1. Onions (Both onions and garlic contain the toxic ingredient Thiosulphate. But onions are more of a danger. Many dog biscuits contain *small* amounts of garlic – garlic contains less of this toxin so huge amounts would need to be consumed to be toxic. And, by the way, this poison builds up the system – it can be toxic in one large dose – or with repeated consumption of small amounts.)

    2. Chocolate (Chocolate contains Theobromine, a compound that is a cardiac stimulant and a diuretic. This can be fatal to dogs.)

    3. Grapes (Grapes are dangerous because of an unknown substance which is toxic to dogs – affects canine’s kidneys)
    4. Raisins (See above.)

    5. Most Fruit Pits and Seeds (Contain Cyanogenic Glycosides resulting in cyanide poisoning – though the fruit itself is OK.)

    6. Macadamia Nuts (Macadamia nuts contain an unknown substance that is toxic to dogs.)

    7. Bones (Most bones should *not* be given (especially chicken bones) because they can splinter and cause laceration of the digestive system and/or become lodged in your pet’s throat – so they also pose a choking hazard.)
    Raw bones are generally fine, but Chicken wings poze a choking hazard to large dogs.

    8. Potato Peelings and Green Potatoes (Contain Oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.)

    9. Rhubarb leaves (See above.)

    10. Broccoli (Broccoli is only toxic in large quantities.)

    11. Green parts of Tomatoes or Green Potatoes (Contain oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.)

    12. Yeast Dough (Yeast Dough can produce gas and swell in your pet’s stomach – leading to rupture of the digestive system) THey mean Yeast Dough-which us Uncooked Bread. Cooked in the oven, already causes the yeast to rise, so doesn't pose an issue

    13. Coffee, Coffee Grounds, Tea, Soft Drinks (Coffee, tea, & most soft drinks are dangerous due to the caffeine.)

    14. Beer/Wine/Alcohol of any kind (Alcohol of any kind could lead to coma or even death.)

    15. Human Vitamins (Human vitamins, especially those containing iron, can cause damage to the lining of the digestive system as well as cause kidney and liver damage)

    16. Moldy or Spoiled Food (I think this goes without saying.)

    17. Persimmons (Persimmons can cause intestinal blockage)

    18. Raw Eggs and Raw Fish (Raw eggs and some raw fish can cause Salmonella poisoning.)

    19. Salt, Baking Soda, Baking Powder (In large amounts these can cause an electrolyte imbalance – and severe electrolyte imbalances can lead to muscle spasm or even congestive heart failure.)

    20. Mushrooms (Mushrooms may contain toxins which could cause liver and kidney damage)

    21. Sugar-Free Foods (Sugar-free foods containing Xylitol have been found to cause liver failure in some dogs.)

    22. Nutmeg (Nutmeg can cause tremors, seizures, and central nervous system damage.)

    23. Excessive Fatty Foods (Excess fatty foods can cause Pancreatitis.)

    24. Avocado (All parts of the avocado and avocado tree are toxic to dogs.)

    25. Diary Products (Dairy products don’t usually pose a great danger; but many dairy product have high fat content (see number 23) – and many pets are lactose intolerant – some pets more than others. Lactose intolerance leads to gas and diarrhea; though small amounts of yogurt and cheese are usually fairly well tolerated.)
    Source(s):
    http://www.animalpetsandfriends.com/Arti…
    4 months ago
    I didn't re-type this. I copied and pasted it from the other question's answers. It took under a minute to post this question.
    This was not originally from one of my questions or answers. I was looking for information. I found this list as an answer to some else's question and wondered how inaccurate it really was. I know, it's long. That's why I'm asking experts to save myself research time.
    Here's a link to the original question:
    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AmOFfYRbC5M1cQExdYLK3tIjzKIX;_ylv=3?qid=20090908215112AAXhQbK

    • ANSWER:
      that is a very long list, the potato is more for livestock animals not dogs, the salt baking soda, and baking powder I have never heard of before I would think it would have to be a very large amount so I wouldn't worry about that, mushrooms some are poisonous some are not, persimmons I am pretty sure it is talking more about the pit than the fruit, I have a tree in my backyard my dog does eat some. Any vitamins should be discussed with your vet before starting them anyway. Yeast can cause problems (bloat) but that is raw baking yeast. Broccoli is toxic to livestock not dogs.
      Raw is a debatable topic for many reasons talk with your vet about raw.
      I have not head about avacodos before but I found this link http://reboundhounds.blogspot.com/2009/03/avocados-poisonous-for-dogs-or.html

  22. QUESTION:
    so many problems please help?
    i have numerous health problems and some are incurable :(

    1 - trapped nerves in ankles that means i cant walk long distances without having burning pain in my ankles. really bad especially when i sleep

    2 - stress problems due to work and have had 2 panic attacks in the past two months. they are really horrible and make you feel dead. I also been signed off so many times by doctor because of the way everyone treats me, i feel as if no one cares.

    3 - worn discs on my spine and part of it is out of place. have had so many issues with bosses at work giving me jobs that cause me issues and with the tablets i have been given they make me really sleepy and also stop my sex drive.

    4 - been recently diagnosed with a vitamin b12 disorder. but also i can only eat certain things because i have gilberts syndrome in my liver that also makes my billirubin count go through the roof when i get stress and im unable to eat anything that is fatty when this happens because my liver cant break down the fatty foods and this makes me sick.

    5 - the doctors think i may have diabetes and i am having a test for it in a few days. damn so much wrong and i have had to give up 90% of my hobbies :(

    • ANSWER:
      One common problem that happens is this. I have been there and done that. You have to figure out what it is first that is destroying your sex drive. If your on medication like birth control or anti-depressants that is something to think about and do research on. Other then that it could just be stress, maybe the kids, really anything that makes your life stressful can do this and lower the libido.

      One thing I tried that seemed to work while I was doing it was exercising. I just felt sexier doing it which kind of boosted my libido. However it wasn't the best solution for me. My friend told me about these herbal enhancers that are made from natural herbs and don't cause any side effects besides having wild sex. She said it's the female version of viagra. I had to find out.

      I would always have a weak orgasm too (if I had one at all), which after trying this sex enhancer, it boosted them tremendously. I don't get multiple orgasms but I've had plenty since being on these herbs. It's seriously like the best vibrator ride you've ever experienced. These things make me horny all the time, some days I don't even take them because the urge is just too strong.

      Don't try out single herbs because they don't do it like the blend of herbs these scientists and researchers pick out. I've tried a couple of them by itself and they did crap. The stuff that I'm on is called Hersolution, at the time I saved money on it at herenhancement.com . Make sure you get the 3 month supply that way you fall under the guarantee/return policy if the herbs don't work for you, you can return them with no questions ask. I bet they will work though and you won't have any problems. Also if your on medication of any sort, check out the gel because if your like me, you wouldn't want to swallow any thing that might react with the medications your already on.

      Well have a good day and hopefully you solved your problem.

  23. QUESTION:
    Any idea of what this condition can be?
    My mom has a fatty liver already. She has had it for a while now. About a month ago, she had some tightening feeling in her stomach and her doctor said it was her stomach bunching up or pancreas. They haven't figured that out yet though but she recently had a blood test done to check for pancreatitis and an ulcer. It hasn't come back yet though.

    Her symptoms this past month have been burning in chest, pain radiating in her chest, down her arm, major belching after each chest pain stops (eating and not eating and while walking.) It gets worse when walking regularly or with certain foods/drinks.

    So she went to the E.R. when it wasn't that bad because she thought it was the heart. She stayed overnight at the hospital while the doctors kept checking her blood all night every few or so hours to see if it was a heart condition. It wasn't and they said she had good labs. She was sent home the next day with "gas."

    She still continued to get it and she still had to stop while walking because she was in so much pain. She ended up crying in pain and I had to call ambulance for her. Then when she got in the hospital she said her pain during that time was a nine out of ten. The doctors diagnosed her with "esophageal spasms."

    She still continues to get chest pain when doing anything even with minor exertion and small snacks. She just rests and has soup, pudding, jello, etc. < Light stuff to eat. She was given three medications 1) Prilosec in the morning, 2) Maalox after every meal, 3) Zantac at night

    • ANSWER:
      You mentioned that your mother has a fatty liver.

      Fat inside the liver doesn't cause a problem at first.
      However, if the fat continues to build up inside the
      liver, it can cause damage to the liver cells.
      When the cells of the liver become damaged, then
      the immune system of the body will respond to this
      and cause inflammation to develop in the liver...
      which causes the liver to enlarge in size.
      This is then known as Steatohepatitis.
      Your mother should be seeing either a
      gastroenterologist or hepatologist for this.

      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.html
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_liver
      http://www.gastro.com/Gastro/liverdisease/fatty_liver.aspx
      http://www.medicinenet.com/fatty_liver/article.htm

      Also, the spleen may enlarge, which is located
      on the other side.

      She may be having a biliary problem...if a gallstone
      has moved into the bile ducts, if a growth has develop
      in the ducts, if there is malformation of the ducts or
      an infection or narrowing of the ducts. This can cause
      alot of pain. The pain can be constant or come and go.
      This pain is more to the right, front area, under the
      rib cage and can move up the back toward the
      shoulder area.

      Pancreatitis, the main pain is usually in the center of
      the abdomen near the stomach area.

      You did not mention if they did an ERCP procedure on her
      or not. This is where they use a scope with a light and
      camera on the end. They numb the throat, ask her to
      swallow the scope and then sedate her. They move
      the scope down the esophagus, through the stomach,
      to the first part of the intestines (known as the duodenum)
      and over to the where the bile ducts come down to
      meet the intestines there. They can shoot dye up
      into the bile and pancreas ducts and check them for
      stones, obstructions, etc. This scope has tiny instruments
      that can be inserted through it to remove the obstruction,
      widen the ducts, and check all ducts.
      http://www.gihealth.com/html/education/ercp.html
      They can see exactly what is going on with her
      digestive system this way.

      If she is having difficulty swallowing or the food is
      not moving into the stomach...it may be a condition
      known as Achalasia.
      http://www.medicinenet.com/achalasia/article.htm

      I believe she should consider getting a second opinion
      on this since she is not out of pain.

      I hope this information is of some help to you.
      Best wishes

  24. QUESTION:
    My mom's condition, can anybody guess?
    My mom has a fatty liver already. She has had it for a while now. About a month ago, she had some tightening feeling in her stomach and her doctor said it was her stomach bunching up or pancreas. They haven't figured that out yet though but she recently had a blood test done to check for pancreatitis and an ulcer. It hasn't come back yet though.

    Her symptoms this past month have been burning in chest, pain radiating in her chest, down her arm, major belching after each chest pain stops (eating and not eating and while walking.) It gets worse when walking regularly or with certain foods/drinks.

    So she went to the E.R. when it wasn't that bad because she thought it was the heart. She stayed overnight at the hospital while the doctors kept checking her blood all night every few or so hours to see if it was a heart condition. It wasn't and they said she had good labs. She was sent home the next day with "gas."

    She still continued to get it and she still had to stop while walking because she was in so much pain. She ended up crying in pain and I had to call ambulance for her. Then when she got in the hospital she said her pain during that time was a nine out of ten. The doctors diagnosed her with "esophageal spasms."

    She still continues to get chest pain when doing anything even with minor exertion and small snacks. She just rests and has soup, pudding, jello, etc. < Light stuff to eat. She was given three medications 1) Prilosec in the morning, 2) Maalox after every meal, 3) Zantac at night

    What is this??? Can anyone give an answer?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think anybody would be able to tell you correctly, what's wrong with your Mom. This is yahoo answers, dude. Every time I ask a question like this, the answerers get me so paranoid, I think I have a terminal illness that is incurable, but as it turns out, it's nothing "serious". Now I'm not saying that what your Mom has isn't serious, I'm just sayin' most of these people that answer don't know jacksh*t, so don't really rely on their answers? O_o

  25. QUESTION:
    What could she have? Plz help?
    My mom has a fatty liver already. She has had it for a while now. About a month ago, she had some tightening feeling in her stomach and her doctor said it was her stomach bunching up or pancreas. They haven't figured that out yet though but she recently had a blood test done to check for pancreatitis and an ulcer. It hasn't come back yet though.

    Her symptoms this past month have been burning in chest, pain radiating in her chest, down her arm, major belching after each chest pain stops (eating and not eating and while walking.) It gets worse when walking regularly or with certain foods/drinks.

    So she went to the E.R. when it wasn't that bad because she thought it was the heart. She stayed overnight at the hospital while the doctors kept checking her blood all night every few or so hours to see if it was a heart condition. It wasn't and they said she had good labs. She was sent home the next day with "gas."

    She still continued to get it and she still had to stop while walking because she was in so much pain. She ended up crying in pain and I had to call ambulance for her. Then when she got in the hospital she said her pain during that time was a nine out of ten. The doctors diagnosed her with "esophageal spasms."

    She still continues to get chest pain when doing anything even with minor exertion and small snacks. She just rests and has soup, pudding, jello, etc. < Light stuff to eat. She was given three medications 1) Prilosec in the morning, 2) Maalox after every meal, 3) Zantac at night

    • ANSWER:
      It cold be caused by gluten or dairy. I don't know, but try cutting those out. Doctors don't have good tests for it.

  26. QUESTION:
    A good body weight should mean less tax?
    Hi! I read a lot about BMI and mine is 21.6 which is optimal - 5'8" and 147 lbs.

    According to http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/108770/20110204/u-s-americans-obesity-bmi-body-mass-risk-factor-disease.htm it seems that a total of 68% of American are fat or obese - which I believe is really fat correct?

    Now... thats BAD! That means we are more prone to a fatty liver which leads to liver problems which increases medical costs and has to get paid by taxpayers.

    I think they should have a law that people who are fat (ewwwww - how they let that happen I dont get) should pay MORE tax, its these people that are "clogging" up the health care system.

    Smokers have to pay more tax as in more per pack, I am in NY and its supposedly 80% is tax!!! So they are doing it to the smokers to prevent them from smoking more and making them in essence pay for higher costs related to medical problems from smoking.

    Now what about all of these lazy, gross, cheeseburger, fast food, chocolate, junk eating Americans?

    Shouldn't THEY pay extra? Think about it, it would lessen fattness in America. For example - fast food - should have a HUGE tax just like smokes! Watch how fast one of these Tuna's stop eating fast food. Or in the grocery store - fatty potato chips - TAXED!

    Why not? I mean look around... every 2 out of 3 people are NOT HEALTHY....

    Whats also scary is the Health Section in Yahoo answers... for every 3 "answers", 2 are by fat people of unhealthy people - how can they comment on someone when they need to get off the computer and start losing some chub?

    What do you think? Tax for the fat?

    • ANSWER:
      yes I agree.

  27. QUESTION:
    Why do I have sharp, ongoing back pain behind my kidneys? :( Ouch!?
    I've had this ongoing sharp/radiating pain in my back...it's right behind my kidneys/right below my ribcage and next to my spinal cord. It's been going on for about 6 months. I also have pain in the front/lower right side of my abdomen-it's a hot feeling that is always there. Both pains get worse after I eat any fatty foods.

    What could this be? :( I now have insurance so my doctor just had me get an ultrasound to find out if I have gallstones. The ultrasound showed normal gallbladder, kidney and liver. As happy as I was to find this out, I'm also frustrated not knowing what's going on. I've been on a very low fat diet for 2 weeks. It has helped a bit, but even the slightest amount of fat triggers the intense back pain and corresponding front pain. My doctor wants me to take anti-acids to rule out ulcers but the location of the pain doesn't seem right for a stomach issue.

    Has anyone had similar issues. I'd GREATLY appreciate any feedback. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Kidney problems from diabetes? Avoid sugar.
      Get the a1c test. it gives your average blood sugar.

  28. QUESTION:
    Stomach pains.. Think it's gallbladder. HELP.?
    Hello!! Ok so for the past month or so, I have been having severe abdominal cramping, bloating, and a full feeling. I also feel worse after eating, especially junk food or fatty foods. I am nauseous 24/7 and sometimes, I can't keep my food down. My tummy is usually flat, but it's poking out like I am a few months pregnant. But I am definitely not pregnant, I know for a fact!

    Anyways, I went to the ER rigth when it started happening because it was freaking me out. They did tests on my liver, gallbladder, and all other organs in my tummy. Liver was fine, they said my enzymes were like that of a child. And my gallbladder came back normal to. Well I got referred to get an upper endoscopy and it came back that I have a small hiatal hernia. Since it's small, it shouldn't be giving me too many problems.

    A lot of people in my family have gallbladder issues, and my great grandmothers have had them out and my grandmother needs hers out too. I have read through countless forums and articles and my symptoms match up pretty well with gallbladder issues.. I also read that your ultrasound will come back fine because all that will tell is if there's gallstones. I am really confused and waiting for the doctor to set up a hida scan for me.

    I am in a lot of pain right now, but don't want to be doped up on pain meds because I know that many teenagers and adults get hooked on them and I don't want that happening to me. I don't know what to do though because I don't think the hospital can do anything more for me since I am waiting for that hida scan.. I have also been experiencing chest pain and my chest hurts like there's bruises on it even though I don't have any. It hurts to push on it. And sometimes, my arm bothers me. Also some back pain between my shoulder blades on the rigth side.

    Anways, I guess what I am asking is if you could share yours or your family's gallbladder issues, symptoms, and experiences with me and tell me if this sounds like I have something wrong with my gallbladder. I'll list my symptoms again as well.

    Stomach bloating
    Diahreeah
    Nausea
    Pain in my chest and arm
    Loss of appetite
    Upper right abdominal pain and tenderness
    My stomach is very hard when you press (not constipated)
    Uncomfortable back pain between my shoulder blades

    Wheeeew. That's a lot. I really appreciate anybody who reads this and responds to me.
    Thanks so much.

    • ANSWER:
      It does sound very much like a gall bladder problem. I had all the same symptoms and had my gall bladder removed 8 years ago.

  29. QUESTION:
    gallbladder issues/ personal experiences/ advice please?
    Hello!! Ok so for the past month or so, I have been having severe abdominal cramping, bloating, and a full feeling. I also feel worse after eating, especially junk food or fatty foods. I am nauseous 24/7 and sometimes, I can't keep my food down. My tummy is usually flat, but it's poking out like I am a few months pregnant. But I am definitely not pregnant, I know for a fact!

    Anyways, I went to the ER rigth when it started happening because it was freaking me out. They did tests on my liver, gallbladder, and all other organs in my tummy. Liver was fine, they said my enzymes were like that of a child. And my gallbladder came back normal to. Well I got referred to get an upper endoscopy and it came back that I have a small hiatal hernia. Since it's small, it shouldn't be giving me too many problems.

    A lot of people in my family have gallbladder issues, and my great grandmothers have had them out and my grandmother needs hers out too. I have read through countless forums and articles and my symptoms match up pretty well with gallbladder issues.. I also read that your ultrasound will come back fine because all that will tell is if there's gallstones. I am really confused and waiting for the doctor to set up a hida scan for me.

    I am in a lot of pain right now, but don't want to be doped up on pain meds because I know that many teenagers and adults get hooked on them and I don't want that happening to me. I don't know what to do though because I don't think the hospital can do anything more for me since I am waiting for that hida scan.. I have also been experiencing chest pain and my chest hurts like there's bruises on it even though I don't have any. It hurts to push on it. And sometimes, my arm bothers me. Also some back pain between my shoulder blades on the rigth side.

    Anways, I guess what I am asking is if you could share yours or your family's gallbladder issues, symptoms, and experiences with me and tell me if this sounds like I have something wrong with my gallbladder. I'll list my symptoms again as well.

    Stomach bloating
    Diahreeah
    Nausea
    Pain in my chest and arm
    Loss of appetite
    Upper right abdominal pain and tenderness
    My stomach is very hard when you press (not constipated)
    Uncomfortable back pain between my shoulder blades

    Wheeeew. That's a lot. I really appreciate anybody who reads this and responds to me.
    Thanks so much.

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    Gallbladder issues/ Personal experiences or advice will be helpful.?
    Hello!! Ok so for the past month or so, I have been having sever abdominal cramping, bloating, and a full feeling. I also feel worse after eating, especially junk food or fatty foods. I am nauseous 24/7 and sometimes, I can't keep my food down. My tummy is usually flat, but it's poking out like I am a few months pregnant. But I am definitely not pregnant, I know for a fact!

    Anyways, I went to the ER rigth when it started happening because it was freaking me out. They did tests on my liver, gallbladder, and all other organs in my tummy. Liver was fine, they said my enzymes were like that of a child. And my gallbladder came back normal to. Well I got referred to get an upper endoscopy and it came back that I have a small hiatal hernia. Since it's small, it shouldn't be giving me too many problems.

    A lot of people in my family have gallbladder issues, and my great grandmothers have had them out and my grandmother needs hers out too. I have read through countless forums and articles and my symptoms match up pretty well with gallbladder issues.. I also read that your ultrasound will come back fine because all that will tell is if there's gallstones. I am really confused and waiting for the doctor to set up a hida scan for me.

    I am in a lot of pain right now, but don't want to be doped up on pain meds because I know that many teenagers and adults get hooked on them and I don't want that happening to me. I don't know what to do though because I don't think the hospital can do anything more for me since I am waiting for that hida scan.. I have also been experiencing chest pain and my chest hurts like there's bruises on it even though I don't have any. It hurts to push on it. And sometimes, my arm bothers me. Also some back pain between my shoulder blades on the rigth side.

    Anways, I guess what I am asking is if you could share yours or your family's gallbladder issues, symptoms, and experiences with me and tell me if this sounds like I have something wrong with my gallbladder. I'll list my symptoms again as well.

    Stomach bloating
    Diahreeah
    Nausea
    Pain in my chest and arm
    Loss of appetite
    Upper right abdominal pain and tenderness
    My stomach is very hard when you press (not constipated)
    Uncomfortable back pain between my shoulder blades

    Wheeeew. That's a lot. I really appreciate anybody who reads this and responds to me.
    Thanks so much.

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    Is this likely to be gallstones/gallbladder related and should i go to a doctor?
    Okay well i have had abdominal pain quite a few times in the last 9 months, a few severe attacks and many milder symptoms.
    I've had very bad pain after eating a Gregg's sausage roll which got steadily worse over 30 minutes from having to bend over a bit to literally not be able to walk or stand. It was underneath my ribs in the middle and right side and when the pain subsided i was sick in a bin at work :l It was honestly the worst pain i have ever felt in my life like someone was tightening an iron band under by ribs and squeezing in waves of pain that got worse and worse until they suddenly stopped and i threw up.

    I've also had pain that has come on suddenly and felt like i was having a heart attack and i couldn't breath deeply or lie on my right side, lying on the left side made it hurt a little less, it was painful for hours and when the pain went i had a sore patch underneath my right rib for a couple weeks.

    I also experience a lot of indigestion and heartburn, particularly when i eat chinese or pork/beef/cheese, i cannot eat food high in fat without getting twinges from the gallbladder/liver area.
    I went to a&e the morning after having mild symptoms of it for weeks as i suspected it might be due to my gallbladder as the symptoms match and i have a VERY strong history of it in the family in the side i take after in pretty much everything. The doctor i saw was also convinced it was gallstones or gallbladder related, he did a blood test which came back okay and sent me for an ultrasound.
    I waited a long time for the results in a&e the next day and they seemed to have forgotten about me, eventually after asking several times a doctor called me and he asked me who i was and what the problem was, so i told him, he flicked a page on the results looked for a second and said there was nothing wrong with my gallbladder and told me to eat less fatty foods and didn't offer me any more tests. The ultrasound did not show any gallstones, although my dad had 4 ultrasounds over 5 years and they always came back that he had no stones either and then eventually on another scan they found scarring that suggested stones had been there so they did the surgery (he was having very bad, frequent attacks that often caused him to pass out and end up in hospital by this point) when they took his gallbladder out, they gave him a jar with about 30 black stones in it that had apparently not been there all those years.

    I'm still having symptoms of gallstones and gallbladder disease and recently i've been getting very high temperatures after eating where i can literally feel the heat coming off my face, i feel particularly arm in the gallbladder area and they are accompanied by some abdominal discomfort but i usually do cool down after an hour or two.

    In the last week or so the sides of the whites of my eyes have also started to turn yellow and are slowly getting worse, i've been having darker urine since all these problems of 9 months began and sometimes soft fatty stools and sometimes paler than normal constipated ones aswell.

    I also had stabbing pain in the gallbladder area for an hour at work the other day after eating a cheeseburger, not as bad as the pain i had at work when i was sick but it was uncomfortable and when it went away i had a lot of flatulence for a few hours, i've also been very bloated after eating recently and my appetite has decreased quite a lot.

    The yellow eyes have made me think maybe it's time i went back to the doctor again, but i'm scared they'll just tell me there's nothing wrong with me and not give me any more tests again, i just want to know what the matter is, does this sound like gallbladder trouble to you?
    As i said it's very common in my family, my dad, grandma, 3 of my dad's aunts (1 died of a gallbladder infection), and my dad's grandad apparently used to have indigestion so bad it sent him to bed with a bottle of brandy.

    Do you think the doctors will take me seriously this time?

    • ANSWER:
      It definitely sounds like Gall Stones.

      My mom had her Gall Bladder removed only last Saturday after having severe pain and vomitting a few months ago (it took until now to get the appointment because it is NHS). She said said had similar symptoms to yours too - including milder pains, indigestion pain, right-hand side pain, etc.

      It is a common fact that you should not eat fatty or greasy foods if you have gall stones because it almost always will bring on the symptoms. Chinese food is always greasy (though I love it!), so that is why it is making it come on again.

      You NEED an operation to have your Gall Bladder removed. Do it now! Then you can live without this problem. You don't actually need a Gall Bladder.

  32. QUESTION:
    Which of these dog foods are better?
    Which of these sets of ingredients are better?

    1.
    Deboned Turkey, Deboned Chicken, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Potatoes, Dried Ground Potato, Tomato Pomace, Natural Chicken Flavor, Canola Oil, Chicken Liver, Salmon Oil, Flaxseed, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Broccoli, Spinach, Parsley, Apples, Blueberries, Vitamins & Minerals, Chicory Root Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Dried Lactobacillus plantarum, Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Products, Rosemary Extract.

    2.
    Deboned Duck, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Potato Starch, Peas, Chicken Fat (naturally preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Natural Chicken Flavor, Flaxseed (natural source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Tomato Pomace (natural source of Lycopene), Potatoes, Oatmeal, Whole Carrots, Whole Sweet Potatoes, Blueberries, Cranberries, Barley Grass, Dried Parsley, Alfalfa Meal, Dried Kelp, L-Carnitine, L-Lysine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Turmeric, Oil of Rosemary, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Beta-Carotene, Choline Chloride, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Niacin (Vitamin B3), d-Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Biotin (Vitamin B7), Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Ascorbate (source of Vitamin C), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Complex (source of Chelated Iron), Zinc Amino Acid Complex (source of Chelated Zinc), Manganese Amino Acid Complex (source of Chelated Manganese), Copper Amino Acid Complex (source of Chelated Copper), Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bacillus subtilis, Enterococcus faecium.

    Which ingredients are not good for dogs? by not good I mean can cause sickness or other things that are really bad, fillers are acceptable and don't cause those types of things they just don't provide the right nutrients or a digestible protein... please don't tell give me a list of ingredients that are acceptable when I want a list of ingredients that are an absolute no for your dog...

    THANKS!!! :)

    • ANSWER:
      Wellness Core and Blue Buffalo Wilderness are both excellent foods.
      There are no "ingredients that are an absolute no for your dog" in either brand.
      There is nothing that "can cause sickness or other things that are really bad"
      in either one.
      Deboned meat is 80% water. There is 400 times more meat in meal because the
      moisture is removed.
      Price, availability and how well your dog does with either brand may be deciding factors.

  33. QUESTION:
    I am doing a Spanish oral exam and i really need help translating this.The online translators are rubbish help?
    Please could some one translate this into spanish? There are several paragraphs. Thanks :)

    I have a healthy diet. I normally eat meat, vegetables, fruit and cereal. I really like eating fruit because it is sweet and healthy. I think that it is important to eat a healthy diet because if you do not you can become fat.

    I really like doing sport and exercise, because it is good for you and a great way to keep fit. To keep fit I run, play tennis and do horse riding. I am sometimes stressed but to stop my stess I play tennis.

    None of my family smoke but some of my friends do. It is dangerous if you smoke because it can destroy your lungs and heart. I do not agree with the smoking ban because if someone smokes it is their choice.

    My friends do not drink alcohol. Alcohol problems such as liver damage, aggression and brain damage. Alcohol causes many bad problems but in my opinion smoking is worse.

    When I am older I will not drink alcohol and I will try not to eat as much fatty foods. I would like to learn how to ski. I want to be more healthy so that I can live a long and happy life.

    In my opinion I hate drugs because they are very bad for you. They can cause lots of mental illnesses and even kill you. They are also very addictive.
    Please can you not use an online translator it does not work.

    • ANSWER:
      Tengo una dieta saludable. Normalmente comen carne, verduras, frutas y cereales. Me gusta mucho comer fruta, porque es dulce y saludable. Creo que es importante comer una dieta saludable porque si no lo haces, puede convertirse en grasa.

      Realmente me gusta hacer deporte y ejercicio, porque es bueno para usted y una buena manera de mantenerse en forma. Para mantenerse en forma que correr, jugar al tenis y hacer paseos a caballo. A veces me destacó, pero para evitar que mi stess juego al tenis.

      Ninguno de mis familiares de humo, pero algunos de mis amigos lo hacen. Es peligroso si usted fuma, ya que puede destruir sus pulmones y el corazón. No estoy de acuerdo con la prohibición de fumar, porque si alguien fuma es su elección.

      Mis amigos no beben alcohol. Problemas con el alcohol, tales como daños en el hígado, la agresión y daño cerebral. El alcohol causa muchos problemas de mal hábito de fumar, pero en mi opinión es peor.

      Cuando yo soy más viejo que no va a beber alcohol y no voy a tratar de comer tanto los alimentos grasos. Me gustaría aprender a esquiar. Quiero ser más saludables para que pueda vivir una vida larga y feliz.

      En mi opinión, odio las drogas porque son muy malo para ti. Pueden causar muchas enfermedades mentales y hasta la muerte. También son muy adictivos.

  34. QUESTION:
    How much wet food should I feed my cat(s) daily?
    So at the moment I am feeding my 3 cats 1/3 can of wet food in the mornings between the three of them, and leave out dry food for them to snack on all day. One is over a year old, and the other two are 11 almost 12 months old. Unfortunately they are a bit overweight so I would love to put them on a feeding schedule where they could lose some weight. They are all around 10-12Ibs. I am also putting them on a ALL wet diet, as soon as they finish their big bag of dry food. I am actually scared of the wet diet because I have no idea how much I should be feeding them. I don't want to feed them too much and have them gain or feed them too little and have them lose weight too fast and get fatty liver. I am quite confused. On the bigger can of cat food it says to feed 1/2 can, so 1 1/2 cans between the three of them throughout the day. Does this sound right or?

    As for the wet food brands, I know by the ingredients which brands are healthy and which ones are crap. I am on a budget so I was planning on alternating between a variety of brands... so healthy and crappy ones. This is the best I can do unfortunately. They love Friskies which is bad for them, and I try to get them to eat Wellness but it doesn't taste as good as Friskies to them, I am also going to feed Merrick, and Before Grains 100% meats.

    Also, how often should I feed them? I was thinking 3 times a day?
    Also, they are indoor cats, spayed/neutered so they are far less active than your average outdoor cat.

    • ANSWER:
      Avoid Friskies. Anything with grains, byproduct or "meal" in the ingredients list. Mixing two may result in one getting ignored, as happened with me (they ignore Wellness and just go for the Sanabelle).
      I feed my cats one third of a tin twice a day each and add some boiled chicken.
      Good for you to go wet, dry food promotes dehydration that just leads to renal problems in a few years. ANd they don't need it for cleaning teeth, old wive's tail.

  35. QUESTION:
    Vitamin B12 Definciy Possible (READ THIS PLEASE)!?
    Hi My name is ben if you look through all my questions and stuff.. Ive noticed something ive been really researching on the internet for my exact symptoms fataigue faintness feeling of shortness of breath.. and Major anxiety.. Ive had multiple EKGS done nothing
    a Echo cardogram negative.. all these physcial symptoms started when I suddenly stoped eating normally.. fatty foods such as meats and stuff and regular milk... when my dad had the heart attack i suddenly stoped eating all fatty foods every single kinda fatty food.. and nothing but vegatiables.. and my mental and physcial health have gone south .. but out of all the months i kept researching and researching and i found an artical that Chest pain fatigaue shortness of breath can be aggitated by Anxiety But also could be a Vitamin b12 DEFINCINIY! because i stoped all foods that contained b12.!!! today i just drank a regular glass of Milk.. and ate some REGULAR CHeese i feel much better my shortness of breath is 90 precent gone and my chest pains are not as prominint.. could this mean i really am B12 DEFINCIT if so i think it really is.. because of the shortness of breath.. i also have bad balance which i never had that problem until i suddnely changed my diet i lost 120 pounds.. unhealthy wise.. could this really be the vitamin b12 definciy? causing my problems ive been ruled out heart diease as nothing can be found in veins im also 18 years old should i start eating and drinking regular milk everyday? and eat meat once in a while cause.. i mean back in stone age days always nothing but meat and they LIVED LONG lives in moderation.. and still stay away from high choloestrol but eat meat maybe once every 3 days in small sizes? does it sound like i could have this b12 definciiy? It has ALL The symptoms ive been telling EMS emergency medical services.. can it cause nerve to twitch? please give me everything that yall know and tell me your experience with this definciy that i think i might have ive been tested multiple times for heart problems and they say its anxiety and blood levels are fine.. liver and throrid wise and i heard b12 can cause chest pain and palpitations is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      You need some fat, and some protein, and if you're not eating meat or meat substitute, you're not getting these vital foods. So start eating properly.

      The best meat to eat is organic, and lean. And because you haven't eaten it in a while, start with minced beef - that's ground beef if you're in the US - a small portions, because you might find a steak hard to digest.

      People didn't live long lives in the Stone Age, dear. If they made it to 30, they were doing well. They didn't have the wonders of modern dentistry and dental hygiene, so many of them died because of tooth decay.

      I would suggest going to see a therapist as well, I wonder if some of your symptoms are psychosymatic.

  36. QUESTION:
    VITAMIN B12 DEFINCINY? (PLEASE READ)?
    Hi My name is ben if you look through all my questions and stuff.. Ive noticed something ive been really researching on the internet for my exact symptoms fataigue faintness feeling of shortness of breath.. and Major anxiety.. Ive had multiple EKGS done nothing
    a Echo cardogram negative.. all these physcial symptoms started when I suddenly stoped eating normally.. fatty foods such as meats and stuff and regular milk... when my dad had the heart attack i suddenly stoped eating all fatty foods every single kinda fatty food.. and nothing but vegatiables.. and my mental and physcial health have gone south .. but out of all the months i kept researching and researching and i found an artical that Chest pain fatigaue shortness of breath can be aggitated by Anxiety But also could be a Vitamin b12 DEFINCINIY! because i stoped all foods that contained b12.!!! today i just drank a regular glass of Milk.. and ate some REGULAR CHeese i feel much better my shortness of breath is 90 precent gone and my chest pains are not as prominint.. could this mean i really am B12 DEFINCIT if so i think it really is.. because of the shortness of breath.. i also have bad balance which i never had that problem until i suddnely changed my diet i lost 120 pounds.. unhealthy wise.. could this really be the vitamin b12 definciy? causing my problems ive been ruled out heart diease as nothing can be found in veins im also 18 years old should i start eating and drinking regular milk everyday? and eat meat once in a while cause.. i mean back in stone age days always nothing but meat and they LIVED LONG lives in moderation.. and still stay away from high choloestrol but eat meat maybe once every 3 days in small sizes? does it sound like i could have this b12 definciiy? It has ALL The symptoms ive been telling EMS emergency medical services.. can it cause nerve to twitch? please give me everything that yall know and tell me your experience with this definciy that i think i might have ive been tested multiple times for heart problems and they say its anxiety and blood levels are fine.. liver and throrid wise and i heard b12 can cause chest pain and palpitations is this true?

    I DONT KNOW WHICH CATAGORY TO FIT THIS IN I KEEP GETTING SPAMMED ANSWERS !!!!
    STOP SPAMMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there, i was surprised to see this here because i have been diagnosed with Vitamin B12 deficiency anaemia about six months ago. This condition was diagnosed through having some blood tests. Also last month i had another blood test and was told to take iron tablets for 3 months because my iron level was very low. My symptoms may be very different to yours because of the two different types of anaemia ( ....i also have stage 4 endometriosis! :S ( had two operations in 2006 and may need to have more in the future as endo is still there and has spread to other areas).

      ( Lol, so i don't really know how to compare your symptoms and with all my conditions ).

      But anyway before my b12 deficiency diagnosis, i had following classic symptoms of b12 deficiency anaemia, which i told my doctor about:

      *Extreme tiredness;
      *Feeling faint;
      *Lethargy - couldn't stand up for more than 20 minutes! .... i had to sit down or lie down to feel better. So doing any work such as cleaning and cooking was extremely hard for me.
      *Breathing problems - shortness of breath;
      * Mood issues ( depression ).
      * Changes in skin colour ( very pale; in my case i looked really yellowish due to my skin tone ).

      Also i noticed the following:
      *Numbness and tingling.
      * Feeling really cold even in the summer! my hand and feet were always freezing cold ).
      * Poor memory.

      And other symptoms which may or may not be related with b12 deficiency but with endometriosis.

      My treatment for the b12 deficiency is an Intramuscular Injection every 12 weeks ( i will need to take this injection for the rest of my life ). My Initial treatment was having 6 injections within a 2 weeks duration.
      ...And a healthy balanced diet ( i was nearly underweight :S ).
      Good sources of vitamin B12 include meat and animal products, such as beef, liver, salmon, cod, cheese, yeast extract and eggs. Some breakfast cereals are fortified with vitamin B12. You need to speak with your doctor if you are vegeterian, they may give you suggestions to prevent anaemia.

      For the low iron anaemia i am taking iron tablets for the next 3 months.

      What i advice you to do is go and see your physician/doctor and tell them all your symptoms and ask to have a blood test if appropriate. Hopefully you will feel reassured after your visit with your doctor.

      I am rather cautious to take advices from here because people may give you various ( wrong ) information, thus causing you to worry about your symptoms; and also there is no way to verify whether someone here is a professional practitioner or not..........so definitely go and see a doctor!

      Look on the internet about b12 deficiency disorder, i looked at these:

      http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/B12-deficiency/Pages/introduction.aspx?url=Pages%2Fwhat-is-it.aspx
      http://hcd2.bupa.co.uk/fact_sheets/html/anaemia_b12.html
      http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Anaemia-%28Pernicious%29-and-Vitamin-B12-Deficiency.htm
      http://www.b12d.org/info/

      Now that i am having treatments i am seeing dramatic differences! my symptoms are not that extreme anymore! so good news there!

      Good luck!

      Please note: my conditions and symptoms are various so they may not be what you have!

  37. QUESTION:
    Please reply. Major low/right abdominal searing pain and also in lower right back below ribs. Why?
    I've been having this problem for about 6 months. About 30 min after I eat, my lower/right back (below my ribs) and front low/right abdomen area experience this searing/radiating pain. My doctor had me do an ultrasound 3 wks ago, and found no gallstones or weirdness w/ my kidney or liver. He gave me antacids and said he thought it may be an ulcer. But the pain doesn't seem to be in the right area for an ulcer. I've lost 10 pounds in the last 3 weeks, eating extremely low fat food (mostly salads, soups) because eating fatty foods aggravates whatever this problem is. The antacids do nothing, and I even feel the pain through Vicodin.

    Has anyone ever experienced this? It is so frustrating to not know what it is. Even eating healthily hasn't made it go away. It flares up every few days-always after I eat. Tonight I just had a salad w/ low fat dressing and soup and it began hurting super bad after...especially in my back. SO weird. Can anyone help? I'd GREATLY appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    9 Months of Hell (is it my gallbladder?)?
    I need to know I'm not alone out here; I am a 21 year old female and I believe I need my gallbladder removed.

    Symptoms:
    I cannot eat a thing without throwing up (also heave bile id I don't eat at all), I experience constant searing pain in my right side a little under my rib that only eases occasionally but never goes away (can sometimes feel it in my shoulder blade; can be described as a throbbing, someone pudiarrhoeaeir elbow in or a knife has been stuck in and twisted). I also experience constant cramping, gas and diarrhea.

    Reason to believe:
    I have a family history of this and my hormone levels have recently elevated due to the discovery of my hypothyroid; I take tricyclin and levo-thyroxide.

    I have tried many medications and adjusted my diet (even to B.R.A.T) but nothing helps to even ease the vomiting. There is 100% no chance of pregnancy. I have been seeing doctors for months trying to find out why this is happening but feel I have been getting the runaround. I will try to leave out my dissatification with them but this is progression of my situation:

    October 23rd 2009: I begin vomiting at least once a day. I figured I had the flu.
    Novemeber 18th 2009: I am diagnosed with Bronchitis and banned from work (apparently I am not eligable for EI or anything else so my folks help cover my bills).
    December 25th 2009: Discover my mother, grandmother and grandaunt all had to have their gallbladders removed for the same symptoms. Vomiting and breathing have worsened with addition of muscle pains (visited the ER several times but was sent home.)
    January 21st 2010: Have an Ultrasound (only a fatty liver found). The procedure was excruciatingly painful as they preformed the procedure (I literally tore up the sheet on the bed). From this date I begin experiencing the seering pain in my right side (hasn't left since).
    March 2010: Diagnosed with a bad allergy to dustmites and will begin immunization when I can afford it (to this date have not made enough money to cover my bills/food/rent until I am cured of my other problems.)
    April 6th 2010: I have an Upper Endoscopy with nothing found. Doctor tells me to take Nexium (which my family doctor already told me not to take because it was making a lump in my throat.)
    April 30th 2010: Must return to work (parents can no longer support me.)
    July 20th 2010: After occasional check ups my Doctor finally arranges catscan while informing me my iron levels are very low.
    August 9th 2010: I have my Catscan.
    August 12th: I recieve a phone call from my doctor saying the scan showed Diverticulosis (which is good to know) but doesn't explain the vomiting and pain. My gallbladder was not shown; an appointment is set for the 16th to discuss my results. After researching it, I will be asking my doctor for several tests such as an MRI for my gallbladder.

    Results:
    My symptoms continue. I have lost 40 pounds (with a hypothyroid), my hair is literally going grey from vomiting and I have to take tylenol every 4 hours in order to function. I continue to get low hours at work due to my illness. I have told my doctors at EVERY appointment about how much Tylenol I have to take, and their response is if I am in that much pain I should go to ER, but I have been to the ER several times and they always tell me there's a problem but it's not immediate enough to fix so they send me home. I'm scared that my liver is being seriously damaged and I am constantly having fits of crying. I don't remeber what it's like to NOT be sore.

    I find it surprizing that after research their are tons of other people out there who are treated the same way on this subject. Am I so wrong to believe that my gallbladder is the cause?
    I had my appointment yesterday; my doctor is going to try and arrange a Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) but not an HIDA or MRI. He also said I shouldn't worry about the amount of Tylenol I'm taking because a person can take 3000mg a day and I'm only taking 2500-3000mg a day. The Catscan said it found nothing remarkable but Sigmoid Diverticulosis (which wont be treated). Does this mean my gallbladder is not the issue?

    • ANSWER:

  39. QUESTION:
    Well today i found out i have hyperthyroidism and need some help?
    As a kid I was skinny as a rail and taller than everyone. Once I hit about 12 gaining weight, with no change in my diet and not an unhealthy one. In high school I was still gaining weight. I was on track team and could run quickly and just as normal as any fit person, well until my knee blew out. I don't eat bad, I'm a vegetarian, I don't drink soda, don't do fast food, no excesive snakcing and not alot of junk. I work to full time jobs for a total of 100 hours a week at 2 gas stations where i'm constantly going and going. Went to the doctor turns out i have hyperthyroidism, and its cause the weight issues. How can I loose the weight? I just can't seem to get rid of it. anyone else have this problem? because of the weight gain and the weigh i have fatty liver now, and i just feel so depressed. like my bodys going against me. I'm 5'11 and 250ish pounds.
    the worst that could happen? it could cause issues with the other natural supplements i'm on for my liver. so no thank you.

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    WEIGHT! Need to lose it before I die, any tips out there maybe someone can help.?
    I am 17 years old and was 174lbs back in feb.2009 and I went to a dr for some test and they found something I never thought I would have to deal with. They same thing my father had.CIRRHOSIS!!! I am only at the Fatty liver right now but my dr is telling me to lose 50 lbs if not more in 3 months ,I am now 168 lbs. yea I have done some of the pounds off, but my 3 months is about up and I am scared to go back to the dr. I have tryed the south beach diet and it didn't work for me, i have tryed diet pills DONT WORK.! I am working out and doing all the walking that I can, I have a very bad back problem and cant walk or be on my feet for a very long time, I have a child and I want to be here to see him grow up. My father died when I was only 13 and right after I got pregnant so I never got to tell him. I have had to deal with that and I don't want to leave my son any time soon. Is there anyone out here that has any tips, I have cut my food down to a very small taking at a time. and some days I don't eat at all or maybe one meal. I have looked everything up on the internet and one site said to not eat for days or as long as you can go without eating and that you stomach will have to eat it own body fat. It is very hard for me to do that because I wake up at 7 every morning and I am on the go until 11 or 12 that night and this is every night. Please some one help give tips or some ways that helped you. No 2 are alike but I have seen alot of people out here in the world that have helped people all in the up and up. Thank you
    Yes i am very sure of what my own father died of, yes he did drink and yes i do to not as much as he did, but i like to have a drink here and there no matter my age! I watched my father slowly die from it and I watched him in the hospital bed and when they had to cut the shit off because he was in so much pain, I have fatty liver and yes it could very much never go to any thing else but i am 17 and my dad was told he had it by the age of 16 years old ok. The dr's was going to get him a different liver but he wasn't going to stop drinking, now how do you think I felt the day I found out that I could die the same way my dad did and I had to watch him go though the pain! I felt like shit, and still do because I promised my self i would never end up with it!
    Yes i do drink , but look at this i have had the same bottle of vodka since new years and i still have half the bottle!
    My dr told me if I don't lose the weight that it will turn into cirrhois of the liver, and that i have 3 months
    Yea I know i could have lost more weight then I have, but it took TWO years to put it on, I use to walk every day all day around my naborhood, but i dont no more, i have been very depressed, and under ALOT of stress. and I just had my best friend get killed by a suppost to be friend of ours ok, there is alot that people don't know and all I was doing was coming here for help because i have been having a hard time, and i cant talk with my mother about it because she also drinks every day but she also has a job so when she gets off work she comes home and DRINKS! My child hood did not come to be a good one and my teenager hood was spent on my son, and even now it is. I dont get out of the house and go to parties and I dont get out a walk alot no more because my son's father has been stalking me, still waiting on the cops to do something about him, I came for help and some have but i dont need there aint nothing wrong with me or it wont get no worse ! thank you
    Yea I know i could have lost more weight then I have, but it took TWO years to put it on, I use to walk every day all day around my naborhood, but i dont no more, i have been very depressed, and under ALOT of stress. and I just had my best friend get killed by a suppost to be friend of ours ok, there is alot that people don't know and all I was doing was coming here for help because i have been having a hard time, and i cant talk with my mother about it because she also drinks every day but she also has a job so when she gets off work she comes home and DRINKS! My child hood did not come to be a good one and my teenager hood was spent on my son, and even now it is. I dont get out of the house and go to parties and I dont get out a walk alot no more because my son's father has been stalking me, still waiting on the cops to do something about him, I came for help and some have but i dont need there aint nothing wrong with me or it wont get no worse ! thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Eat regularly scheduled meals, with no snacking in between. Lay off the starches (potatoes, corn, processed wheat, etc) and eat complex carbs like oats, bran and brown rice. Eat more vegetables and proteins, like chicken and fish. Stay away from red meat, cheese, and don't eat too much fruit. Some fruit is good, but it does have a lot of sugar in it, so no more than 2 servings a day. Get more roughage, like lettuce and spinach. Don't eat anything processed or premade. You don't want to skip meals, because then you binge eat when you get too hungry. Just keep your servings small, and only eat 3 times a day.

  41. QUESTION:
    Why does everything I eat make me sick?
    Every time I eat anything I get sick to my stomach. It doesn't matter what it is, even water makes me nauseous. I haven't been taking my medicines regularly because when I take them it feels like they get stuck in my throat, and a couple times I've thrown them back up.
    I take Prozac for Fibromyalgia, Librax for colon spasms, & Prilosec for acid reflux. The Prilosec isn't as bad as the other two, which are capsules. The pills only started making me feel this way a little over a month ago, but food and anything I drink has been doing it for well over a year.
    I was checked for Celiac(Sp?) disease and a number of other things last year when I started having severe chest and abdominal pain, starting with an ER visit in May. They finally diagnosed me with Fibro. in late November, as well as Fatty Liver Disease, both run in the family. They also found out last May that I had gallstones, but no one would do anything about them. Another Gallstone attack sent me back to the ER A few weeks ago, only this time I don't have insurance, so it's going to be harder now that they've actually decided I need surgery. I lost my insurance at the end of December since I'm nineteen, but will get it back in the fall after I start college, it's just hard waiting that long.
    Could the Gallstones be causing my problems? I'm so tired of being scared to eat anything or take my pills because I don't want to throw it up.
    Thank you for any help you can give
    And no I'm not pregnant

    • ANSWER:
      Listen, Fatty Liver Disease is nothing to play around with. You really need to treat it with diet and exercise before it gets worse. You should really try to cut back on the medications you are taking and just start living a very healthy lifestyle. I know it's tough, but there are resources out there to help you.
      You are way too young (19?) to have all of these health issues. Please, take back your life before it's too late.

      http://www.dietplanforfattyliver.com/

      http://www.squidoo.com/where-to-find-a-diet-plan-for-fatty-liver-disease

      http://dietplanforfattyliver.blogspot.com/

  42. QUESTION:
    Type 2 diabetes - anyone leading what they consider a normal life?
    Here's my tale and my life bears no relationship to the active life I used to have. I live in England uk.
    I am male, 53 yrs old and have been diagnosed as type 2 diabetic since my mid thirties.
    my height is 6ft and my weight is 20 stone.

    As a young man my mother provided an excellent balanced diet and I was extremely athletic and fit as a fiddle. At 18yrs I married, left home, stopped sport and indulged my sweet tooth - my weight ballooned from 11.5 stone to 15 stone at the age 30, eventually reaching 21stone by my mid 30s resulting in my subsequent diagnosis as diabetic. At that time my blood pressure was measured at 159/36 the GP said it was borderline and said possibly "white coat effect" might be responsible.

    I have never drank or smoked at all.

    My work has always been sedentary - desk bound or driving - I have owned and driven my taxi for the last 12 years.

    Originally I was given metformin tablets to be taken 3 times a day after each meal - my weight reduced slightly from circa 20 stone to 18 stone over the first few years during which consultations were handed over to the diabetic sister at the GP practice.

    She put me on a variety of Blood pressure drugs, saying - "prevention better than cure"- I have tried various exercise regimes including gym membership, and made efforts with my diet but only getting to 17 stone as my lowest weight, but for the majority of the time I've fluctuated around the 19stone mark

    My diabetic controls monitored by the practice have remained reasonable - typically blood sugars between 5 and 6.5, cholesterol at 3.2, Blood pressure circa 128/72, but since inclusion of the blood pressure control medication I have continually felt washed out - if you speak to an ME sufferer the experience seems identical.

    I left it for 2 years to see if things might improve because I still ate unsuitable foods and thought that I wasn't giving the drugs a fair chance. If anything the lethargy, dizziness, general stupor got worse with the inevitable eating of more unsuitable foods to feel better with the usual weight increase.

    During an annual consultation I relayed my thoughts to the nurse, particularly about being unable to walk or raise my head for any length of time but because my blood test results were ok I got the impression aything else is superfluous so nothing was done. A year later I spoke with another nurse about it and she said I must make another appointment and insist upon a reduction in medication. 2 weeks later the Diabetic Nurse called me in and in between searching for her holiday tickets (honestly) she took all of 30 secs to withdraw one of the drugs and within 24 hrs the improvement was fantastic.

    I can't remember what the drug was but this episode plus another of my tablets being replaced because of newspaper revelations about it's side effects have left me sceptical of "by the numbers treatment" ever since.

    I've tentatively raised the issue with the senior doctor there, who clearly irritated, replied "well, come off the drugs - but they're keeping you alive" and another at the practice was more direct saying "why don't you lose some weight, then we'll see about taking you off some of the tablets".

    I've included a list of what I'm taking, it's been pretty consistent for about 10yrs.

    During my last assesment my weight had risen to over 21stone, in my opinion I know when and why I eat sugary, fatty foods and a good part of it is dealing with the dreadful effects of these tablets - is there no other way?

    Below is a list of medication.

    on wake up:
    Lercanidipine 10mg

    after breakfast:
    atenolol 50mg
    Competact 15mg/850mg onetablet
    ramopril 10mg

    After evening meal:
    Competact 15mg/850mg onetablet
    aspirin 75mg
    cod liver oil capsule 550mg (not on prescription)

    Before bed:
    simvastatin 40

    • ANSWER:
      The short answer to your main question is that, yes, it is entirely possible to have Type 2 diabetes and lead a normal life. You can even lead a fantastic life. And you can be rich and famous too. Did you know that two of the most famous Type 2 diabetics in the world are Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave, and the Hollywood actress Halle Berry?

      Medication is supposed to improve your life. If it doesn't, you shouldn't be taking it. And you shouldn't be asking for advice on this on an anonymous forum. You should discuss this with your GP. There are many different meds out there, and each has different side effects. It is a matter of balancing the effect of the medication against the side-effect.

      It could also be the case that what you are feeling is not a side-effect of the meds, but clinical depression. Depression can make people feel awful, listless, tired etc. Again, this is something you need to discuss with your GP.

      You also need to know that your medical conditions are not necessarily weight-related. There are lots of thin, active people who have hypertension or diabetes or both. Being of normal weight did not help them prevent either condition, and losing weight isn't going to help them. You don't know if it will help you either. Although that doesn't need to stop you exercising/eating healthy/losing weight for other reasons. I'm just saying that losing weight is not a panacea. I can offer my own experience in this: diagnosed with hypertension at overweight BMI, told it might possibly go away if I lost weight, gained weight to obese BMI with no change in hypertension, then lost weight to normal BMI with no change in hypertension. Basically my blood pressure stayed the same whether I was normal or obese BMI. Finally, diagnosed with diabetes at normal BMI.

      A final word to your diet. I don't know what you have been told about a diabetic diet but in truth there is no such thing. You can eat anything you want, as long as your blood sugar remains within target afterwards. That's a big 'if'. There are no forbidden foods, it is all about portion control, though you might find you can only tolerate a minuscule portion, e.g. not the entire slice of cake, but two teaspoons.

      A true diabetes-friendly diet is low in carbohydrate, not just sugar. ALL carbohydrate turns to sugar in the blood. But there is no reason why you need to limit fatty foods as fat as no impact on blood sugar. The killer combination is high fat high carb (which I suspect is what you are referring to, e.g. chips, cakes, doughnuts, biscuits) which will spike your blood sugar for hours and hours. But high fat low carb (e.g. bacon, avocadoes, olives, nuts) is all perfectly fine and very healthy from a blood sugar management point of view.

  43. QUESTION:
    I need a doctor- where should I go?
    If you read my previous question, BECAUSE the doctors can't find anything wrong with me...they refuse to sign intermittent FMLA papers. They say I have NO diagnosis, yet I was diagnosed with Sjogren's Syndrome, fibromyalgia, and speculated fatty liver (yet no tests were done for that).

    I am nasueated all the time. I had only been rejurgitating my food until today, the symptoms are still only getting worse. I am still having a lot of right sided pain.

    If I have to go see someone, think I should go to another hospital? Let them retest me? I don't know what to do?

    Eventually, if this keeps going the route it's going, I'm not going to be able to eat anything. Or do anything.

    NO one will sign my intermittent FMLA papers. WHY???? They said that it is a liability because I don't have a diagnosis! What is Sjogren's...it's a diagnosis...Just because they can't figure out why I'm so nauseated...and stuff...I don't get it..please shed some light on this for me.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi I have looked up and listed two different organizations with ph#'s hopefully they can help. One is the National Instititute of Health, and the other is a University in Florida that deals with Fibro. I really hope this will guide you. Please don't give up that's what they are hoping for then your in trouble. Call the number on the Fibro line it's on here read the message thouroughly. When I was fighting with my docs about being sick and they kept telling me I wasn't well here I am going through the worst part of chemo treatment and they made me wait an extra year and half. I am suing them. I'm angry about how they treat people when they are to busy or lazy to do what needs to be done. Please try stay strong. Drink some Boost, slowly and mix it with water cause it's thick and take a Gravol. Antinauseant after to keep it in for energy.
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      What is Sjögren's Syndrome?
      Sjögren's syndrome is an autoimmune disorder in which immune cells attack and destroy the glands that produce tears and saliva. Sjögren's syndrome is also associated with rheumatic disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis. The hallmark symptoms of the disorder are dry mouth and dry eyes. In addition, Sjogren's syndrome may cause skin, nose, and vaginal dryness, and may affect other organs of the body including the kidneys, blood vessels, lungs, liver, pancreas, and brain.

      Sjögren's syndrome affects 1-4 million people in the United States. Most people are more than 40 years old at the time of diagnosis. Women are 9 times more likely to have Sjögren's syndrome than men.

      Is there any treatment?

      There is no known cure for Sjögren's syndrome nor is there a specific treatment to restore gland secretion. Treatment is generally symptomatic and supportive. Moisture replacement therapies may ease the symptoms of dryness. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be used to treat musculoskeletal symptoms. For individuals with severe complications, corticosteroids or immunosuppressive drugs may be prescribed.

      What is the prognosis?

      Sjögren's syndrome can damage vital organs of the body with symptoms that may remain stable, worsen, or go into remission. Some people may experience only the mild symptoms of dry eyes and mouth, while others go through cycles of good health followed by severe disease. Many patients are able to treat problems symptomatically. Others are forced to cope with blurred vision, constant eye discomfort, recurrent mouth infections, swollen parotid glands, hoarseness, and difficulty in swallowing and eating. Debilitating fatigue and joint pain can seriously impair quality of life.

      What research is being done?

      The goals of research on disorders such as Sjögren's syndrome focus on increasing knowledge and under-standing of the disorder, improving diagnostic techniques, and finding ways to treat, prevent, and cure the disease.

      Select this link to view a list of studies currently seeking patients.

      Organizations

      National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)
      P.O. Box 1968
      (55 Kenosia Avenue)
      Danbury, CT 06813-1968
      orphan@rarediseases.org
      http://www.rarediseases.org
      Tel: 203-744-0100 Voice Mail 800-999-NORD (6673)
      Fax: 203-798-2291

      National Eye Institute (NEI)
      National Institutes of Health, DHHS
      31 Center Drive, Rm. 6A32 MSC 2510
      Bethesda, MD 20892-2510
      2020@nei.nih.gov
      http://www.nei.nih.gov
      Tel: 301-496-5248

      National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
      National Institutes of Health, DHHS
      31 Center Dr., Rm. 4C02 MSC 2350
      Bethesda, MD 20892-2350
      NIAMSinfo@mail.nih.gov
      http://www.niams.nih.gov
      Tel: 301-496-8190 877-22-NIAMS (226-4267)

      National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
      National Institutes of Health, DHHS
      31 Center Drive, Room 5B-55
      Bethesda, MD 20892
      nidcrinfo@mail.nih.gov
      http://www.nidcr.nih.gov
      Tel: 301-496-4261

      Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation
      8120 Woodmont Ave.
      Suite 530
      Bethesda, MD 20814-1437
      tms@sjogrens.org
      http://www.sjogrens.org
      Tel: 301-530-4420 800-4-SJOGREN (475-6473)
      Fax: 301-718-0322

      Arthritis Foundation
      1330 West Peachtree Street
      Suite 100
      Atlanta, GA 30309
      help@arthritis.org
      http://www.arthritis.org
      Tel: 800-568-4045 404-872-7100 404-965-7888
      Fax: 404-872-0457

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      We are here to help. We provide educational materials based on a lifetime of work by R. Paul St. Amand, MD, treating fibromyalgia. We raise money to fund legitimate fibromyalgia research. Our mission is to increase knowledge, reduce frustration and most important, to help. Your quality of life is extremely important to us.

      We are gratified that the number of people and organizations devoted to helping fibromyalgics has grown enormously. Treatment of fibromyalgia has become a multi-billion dollar industry and we have no objection to profit. However, conflicting information provided by marketers regarding the guaifenesin protocol can be harmful. If, after thorough investigation you and your doctor determine that implementing the guaifenesin protocol is appropriate for you, it is critically important that it be adhered to precisely.
      We are often asked why the Fibromyalgia Treatment Center does not manufacture, distribute, or promote any particular brand of guaifenesin for the treatment of fibromyalgia. Simply, our mission is to educate -- based on forty years of diligent, honest research. We will not risk compromising the integrity of our work with the perception of ulterior motivation.

      Now for the legalese:

      This information is not designed as or intended to be used as medical diagnosis or advice. Patients should consult their physicians about diagnosis and treatment.
      The only "official" videotapes, books and DVDs are those available here, and are sold exclusively for the benefit of the nonprofit Fibromyalgia Treatment Center research fund.
      R. Paul St. Amand, M.D. does not "approve, endorse or recommend" any products, services or reinterpretations of his published works. Only those products and services that have been researched by his staff are included here and are listed as a public service.

      Sincerely,
      The Board of Directors
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  44. QUESTION:
    Anyone help with a health problem?
    I am seeing a specialist gastroenterologist soon, but I am really worried about some quite severe abdominal pains I am having. I am 27 years old. It started November last year, with a bad case of gastroenteritis, possibly food poisoning. While this was really acute, and involved sickness and diarrhoea it went after a few days, although I still had a slight ache in the illium area of the abdomen. It stayed with me at a low level until just before christmas, when I had severe abdominal pain. At no point during this time was I sick, and my stool was very solid. I went to a doctor who identified an abdominal mass, and sent me for an immediate ultrasound. The ultrasound picked up inflammation of the intestinal wall in the Illium area, and slight fatty deposits in my liver. Blood tests identified elevated ESR and CRP indicating inflammation.The pain had been at a low level since that time, until this week, when it has been severe, in the lower right & centre abdomen. Stool solid. Help!!
    I
    I have oral allergy syndrome- allergic to uncooked apples, cherries, hazel nuts and almonds, but I don't eat them. To my knowledge I have no other food allergies. I am trying to keep track of foods which might have flared this, but no pattern yet.
    I have been looking into IBS, but would the inflammation of the intestine wall be consistent?
    Ultrsound says gall bladder OK. I dont think they are worried about appendicitis, either, cos I would have been in hospital weeks ago, if they were

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you may need just need to have your gallbladder removed. There are several possible causes for the symptoms you're experiencing that would need to be ruled out. These would include gall stones and cancer.

      I'm not a physician, but these people are:

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/gallbladder-cancer/DS00425

      In the meantime, try to maintain a low-fat diet and don't stress your immune system by worrying about all the things it *might* be. If you find yourself in a lot of pain, call the clinic and have your appointment moved up and/or ask to speak with someone.

  45. QUESTION:
    Anyone heard of WelChol? Are meds absolutely necessary for cholesterol?
    My health is excellent, but...my cholesterol is high. It has been high all of my life. The HDL is 60, but the LDL is 191. Triclycerides are 166.
    My diet is good and I am NOT overweight. I do not eat fatty foods or foods high is cholesterol. I walk almost daily, except when the weather doesn't allow. I do not smoke, and I do not have high blood pressure.
    Doctors have been trying to prescribe me a statin for over 30 years. I have refused. The side effects and long-term liver damage proven from statins have kept me away. I did try to take a statin once, and on the 4th day I was too nauseous to continue.
    I don't take any medications, except a small dose of Levoxyl for a slightly underactive thryoid. (before I did that, my cholesterol jumped to over 300, which is why I agreed to take the thyroid med about 5 years ago)
    Now the doctor is trying to convince me to take WelChol. It is not a statin, but blocks bile and inhibits cholesterol from being made. Side effects don't look quite as horrific as a statin, but it can cause bowel blockages and worse.
    Oh and yes, I have tried red yeast rice (got serious leg cramps after 4 months), but I do continue to take 'cholesterol support' vitamin w/ gugulipids, policosonol, garlic, niacin, etc. etc. None of these things have lowered the LDL, but they have helped with the HDL.
    I would prefer to take NO medication. However, the doctors are scaring me with the idea of a stroke or heart attack.( My carotid artery test came out fine.) As I am getting older, I am worrying more about this one problem area of my health. Ideas please?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't understand why you have such an aversion to medication. Sometimes they simply fix what isn't working right on its own, say for example, your thyroid (and good choice to go with the medicine on that one). Nobody ever really wants to take meds. It's just a necessity at times. So you avoided long term liver damage you may never have gotten, but you left yourself vulnerable to a stroke. Do you think that will improve the quality of your life? I'm sorry, but that just doesn't make sense to me. I do not know the effects of WelChol, but as with ALL medications, if it causes a side effect that is serious enough, then that condition, too, can be dealt with. You want a totally natural life? Well, OK, but that means that bodily organs and functions wear out. You can suffer with that or take a simple medication. I had a patient once who absolutely refused to take any of her needed medications. She had to be told point blank that if she refused, she would die. She refused and she died. She chose to live a short life instead of a long one. It was her choice, but in my estimation, not a very smart one. Her family suffered as well. Now you can do as you please, but there are significant checks and balances in place to make sure the medications we use help us, and that any associated risks from using them are minimal compared to the benefits. If you were to become constipated on WelChol, there are simple remedies for that: more fluid in your diet and more exercise--both good for you on many levels. There is a way to lower cholesterol without medication, but you need to plan to live your life in the bathroom. Increase the fiber in your diet until you live in diarrhea constantly. There's a quality of life for you. Your body is not doing what it should regarding cholesterol. It needs help. Since it cannot correct itself, if you don't do it, you probably will have a stroke...and then, when you can no longer speak or lift your arms or open your mouth, docs will insert a feeding tube into your stomach and prescribe a statin for you. By then, you might not live long enough to get that liver damage, and that's only on the extremely slight chance you were ever going to get it. Good luck with that.

  46. QUESTION:
    Question about gallstones?
    I have been feeling like crap for the past 3 months now. I have really bad gas and indigestion when I get and don't eat. I have a pain on my right side under my rib cage and the pain raids to the my back. I've been have a massive headache off and on. I get a little dizzy at times, especially when I get indigestion. Also when i get indigestion I feel like I can breath. I'm constipated. My stomach feels like it's on fire at times. When I get high fatty food like french fries I feel very sick. I'm bloated. My stool looks a little clayish and liver enzymes are up. I had an ultra sound 4 years ago to see if I had gallstones but nothing came back. They said I had GERD and put me on protonix for a few years and I was fine but now, now is very different.

    • ANSWER:
      There is a part of the bile, which the liver makes, known
      as Bilirubin. This is a greenish/yellowish/brownish substance
      and is known as a pigment, because it colors other things.

      The bile flows through tube like structures, known as ducts,
      from the liver to the gallbladder to be stored and
      concentrated. When we eat, the food moves from the stomach
      to the first part of the intestines. Hormones then signal the
      gallbladder to contract and it pushes the bile into a common
      bile duct and it flows down to the intestines to help emulsify
      the fats we eat so they can be digested and absorbed.

      Anything that prevents the flow of this bile reaching the intestines:
      stones moving from the gallbladder into the ducts; ducts that
      have narrowed; ducts that are mal formed; growths in the
      ducts; gallbladder inflammation; or bile duct infection
      ....can cause the bile to back up into the liver and raise the
      liver enzymes; because it can damage the liver cells there.
      Because the bile doesn't reach the intestines well, the stools
      can appear lighter in color to almost a grayish white and may
      float on top of the toilet water. That is because the bilirubin,
      also, isn't reaching the intestines.
      If the bile is backing up into the liver, the bilirubin may go
      higher in the blood tests results. It has to reach a certain
      level in the blood before the whites of the eyes and skin
      turn yellow in color (Jaundice).
      You should be seeing a gastroenterologist or hepatologist
      now.
      There is a procedure that is done where the doctors can
      directly see most of your insides of the digestive system,
      known as an ERCP. (endoscopic retrograde
      cholangiopancreatograpy) The will sedate you and ask
      you to swallow the end of a scope. They numb the throat
      first. They move this scope w/ a light and camera on
      the end, through the esophagus, through the stomach,
      and into the first part of the intestines and over to where
      the bile ducts come down to meet the intestines.
      They can shoot dye up into the ducts to see them much
      better on screen (monitor) They can even insert small
      instruments through the scope to remove growths,
      stones, widen the ducts, or take a biopsy.
      Link to click on: http://www.gihealth.com/html/education/ercp.html
      They also now have a capsule you can swallow that will look at
      the entire digestive system as it moves through; but they don't
      use this very often and they cannot do anything about what
      they see; that would mean an ERCP later.

      http://www.markfuscomd.com/gallbladder.htm
      http://www.markfuscomd.com/cholecytectomy.htm
      http://www.gallbladderattack.com/gallbladdersymptoms.shtml

      After this procedure is over, you may have a slight sore throat when
      you awaken in the recovery room. They can show you pictures,
      taken by the scope, of what your problem may really be.

      No one test is always 100% accurate...but, the ERCP where
      they look directly is more accurate than most other tests
      (film testing)outside the body are.

      Best wishes to you. Hope this information is of some help.

  47. QUESTION:
    All signs point to a gall bladder issue, but test results gotten at an ER says this should not be the problem.?
    I am a 28 year old male. Because of a non-functioning pituitary gland I was gaining weight no matter what I did, and all they did was put me on a testosterone treatment and recommend a gastric bypass.Immediately after I had a gastric bypass(rout en-y) of august of last year I had a horrible bruise and scrape that turned dark purple and/or black in the middle of my back around the lower lumbar, with no explanation of how it happened. Also, immediately following the surgery I had a stricture, but evidently that worked itself out over a few weeks. Since the surgery I have had NO appetite unless I don't eat for a VERY long time, and most times eating at all, anything, is unpleasant, so I don't.

    I previously had back problems, and a new issue that came forth was a pain in my front right side. Because I had no idea this could have to do with the surgery(besides the unknown bruise) I had a lower lumbar facet based off of one MRI, and then I had two different epidurals in the next segment of the back right above there(based on a newer MRI). There was little relief, the pain management doctor recommended I go back to see to the surgeon.

    The surgeon told me he left my gall bladder in when he did the surgery, and when he applied direct pressure to that spot it was extreme pain(which I had been having more and more often before he saw me, I just didn't know the exact place of the pain), he recommended I go to the ER and to have them call him. They did not call him, but they did a sonogram and told me I had no life threatening issues and asked me to leave.

    It has been increasing in pain since then, there is pain that wraps around my mid back to my right shoulder(previously thought to be part of the back issues) which evidently is a part of the symptoms for gall bladder issues, and when it is at it's worst I feel as though I am having a heart attack.

    I contacted the surgeon and he called the hospital's ER and told them to do a hidascan which those doctors said came up normal, they also did a CT scan, which they also said came up normal. My liver enzyme levels were normal. They recommend I go back to the doctor that did the surgery. All I was sent out with from the ER either time was a prescription for 20 7.5 loritab painkillers. And remember, the surgeon sent me to THEM.

    When I had the original surgery I had the best coverage I could get, while right now I have gap insurance that doesn't cover any catastrophic things like surgery(only doctor visits with a high co-pay and prescriptions, and it will keep pre-existing conditions from being an issue), and I do not have excess money to keep going to the doctors on my own dime. I hope to be getting a new position at my current job which will make some of this easier.. if the position gets approved by the board of directors.

    So I am left with symptoms that all point to a gall bladder issue, but they will not remove it because the test results do not show a problem. I am at wits end. I have actually passed out from the pain, and in order to function at work at all I have to take more than the daily recommended dose of the loritabs. I do not want to have to keep taking medication that doesn't really help the problem at all.

    What else could it be, or what can I do to get this issue resolved as it is interfering in every aspect of my life, work, sleep, relations with other people, everything. I am utterly baffled at what to do next, and I am sure I have over 10k worth of medical bills for these two ER visits. I avoid fatty foods, I have gone the route of not eating, I have done everything imaginable on my end to figure out if there is something I am doing wrong.. If someone has insight, by god, please feel free to share!

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the hospital where the ER is and get a copy of the test results, including copies of the scans and the radiologist's report. Never trust a doctor. Whether they are normal or not, take them to every doctor appointment. Doctors don't trust you, either.

      Your chances of getting gall bladder problems after weight-loss surgery are so high that most surgeons will remove the gall bladder when they do the surgery. Pain over the gallbladder is a good indication that that is your problem. But the negative sonogram, CT, and HIDA would make any doctor think that they have ruled that out. They forget that their job is not to rule out gall bladder problems, but to find out what the real problem is.

      There is one thing that crosses my mind that may cause problems besides gall bladder. You could have an abscess from an infection from your surgery. They like to locate themselves below the diaphragm, although they prefer the left side because the diaphragm is higher on that side.

      There could also be complications from the surgery. Sometimes things leak or even reroute themselves. (You can get an abscess from leaking, too.) The only test you haven't had that I would recommend is an upper GI series. It would assure you that things are going through the right channels. If you trust your surgeon, ask him what he thinks about that.

      I sure hope you get your promotion so you can get your insurance. In the meantime, please eat. I don't know what kind of diet they recommend for an RNY, but I have had a DS, and have no limitations. You need protein. The most compact forms of protein are in fish, meat, eggs, cheese, and nuts. Shortly after my surgery, when my stomach was small, I used to graze peanuts all day. If you are instructed to limit fats, try low-fat cottage cheese. If you don't eat, you will lose your muscles instead of your fat, and if you don't eat enough protein, your hair will fall out first and then everything will fall apart.

      The link below is to the Merck Manual, the chapter on acute abdominal pain. Although yours isn't acute, there is a nice diagram there that shows what organs are involved in pain in various parts of your abdomen.

      If you get your Cadillac insurance policy, I recommend Mayo Clinic. University hospitals are good for treatment, but if you want a diagnosis, go to the folks that treat people from all over the country, and can't send them away because they traveled so far to get there.

      Good luck.

  48. QUESTION:
    What kind of specialist should I see for the following symptoms:?
    I've had the following symptoms for a while now. My general practitioner isn't cutting it, and I've been negative so far for thyroid (hyper and hypo) problems, lupus, fatty liver disease, and diabetes. I'm at the end of my rope. If there is ANYONE out there who has similar symptoms and got help, can you please point me in the right direction?

    Severe Eczema (Since Birth, better with age, worse in winter)
    Severe allergies (Since Birth) (to food like fruits, veggies, and seafood. Meds like penicillin and sulfa, lots of different trees and plants, latex, and pet dander)
    Stunted height (grew very slowly, only 5'2")
    Rapid weight gain, inability to lose weight with proper diet and exercise (since my teens)
    Depression, and generalized anxiety disorder (Since my teens, worsens as I age. GAD was misdiagnosed as major depressive disorder for a long time)
    Migraines (intermittent, started in my teens)
    Fatigue (10+ hours of sleep per night)
    Gastrointestinal (I've always had constant gas. I get diarrhea very easily. Stomach aches give me severe headaches and will make me vomit)
    Insulin resistance (recently diagnosed)

    For a while, my thinking was that the depression and anxiety was causing an inability to deal with stress, which in turn caused the weight gain, and fatigue, and made my allergies/eczema worse. Then I couldn't lose weight for the life of me, and since my family has a history of autoimmune disorders, that led to the thyroid testing. Now I'm getting this insulin problem, and my doctor is telling me that I need to lose weight or risk becoming diabetic. But I still can't lose weight. See the conundrum? The most recent suggestion is that I might have celiac disease, but I looked it up and it seems to mainly have gastrointestinal symptoms, which I have very little of (just the persistent gas, really)

    Anyone have a suggestion? Anyone?

    I've had my thyroid checked. Also seen a rheumatologist (had joint pain for a while, but it was chalked up to the rapid weight gain). I also see my allergist and dermatologist regularly, they've been the same doctors since birth.

    I thought the allergies and eczema were just hereditary conditions unrelated to anything else until it was recently suggested that I include them in my list of symptoms to see if it narrows down my search, because apparently allergies and eczema can often indicate other disorders.

    • ANSWER:
      An Immunologist would test you to find out exactly what foods and other factors you are allergic to and therefore do not eat or avoid.

      An Endocrinologist would check your thyroid out really well and also advise you about the insulin problem.

      A specialist in Bariatric Medicine is the type of doctor who treats obesity. They use dietary/lifestyle changes and exercises and sometimes medicine in their treatment options.

      However before you contact any of them why don't you read this book extract in Google Books :

      " The Inflammation Cure", by William Joel Meggs, an Immunologist in America. Chapter 9 is the chapter that deals with dietary factors.

      Dr Meggs recommendations are :

      *to NOT eat wheat (found in breads, packet cereals, prepared sauces etc, cakes and biscuits). Doing this alone will stop the wind problem and start you losing weight. Alternatives to wheat are rye crackers, rye bread, spelt bread etc; oats for breakfast cereal.

      * DO NOT have dairy products except maybe pot set natural yoghurt which has beneficial bacteria for easy digestion. Alternatives to cows milk - goat milk, water or soy milk.

      * Lean red meat - beef as it is the best source of protein and iron. Once a week.

      *Oily fish for protein and Omega 3 Oils

      * Approved fruits and vegetables that YOU are NOT allergic or intolerant too.

      *Nuts and seeds that YOU are NOT allergic or intolerant to.

      *No junk food, no bought preprocessed foods.

      Good luck

  49. QUESTION:
    Syringe-feeding a cat?
    My cat is in treatment for liver damage, and I'm having to syringe-feed him until he will eat on his own. He hates it in the worst possible way. He will tolerate about half an ounce at a time, and so he's not getting nearly the amount of food he needs. The vet just said that if he's not eating, there's no more that can be done for him.

    Does anybody have experience with fatty liver/liver damage/liver disease in cats? Or any pointers in how to more effectively syringe-feed my cat? Or anything?? I'm desperate. He's only 3 years old, extremely sweet, and I'm not ready to give up on him.
    Edit: Fortunately, Rygel's very gentle and, even though I've clearly been doing it wrong, he has never tried to bite or scratch me. He just thrashes and tries to escape, and then cries. I've been letting him go when he starts fighting, but I'm going to have to get tough (or get it right) if I want to save his life.

    I had done some research, and I honestly didn't think his condition was that dire. I was completely unprepared to get the news that it was over. I can't accept that.

    Thank you for your answers and help. It's given me hope. :)

    • ANSWER:
      When you are about to feed you cat hold him on you lap and with one hand gently, but firmly hold him in between the scruff and the ears. Pull back.Then lightly press the tip of the syringe onto him lower gum behind the teeth.He will then (hopefully) open his mouth so you can push the food into his throat (again, be very gentle). When cats swallow they lick their nose, so don't let go or try to get him to open his mouth again because he will spit the food out.If he won't swallow gently rub the front of his neck until he does.

  50. QUESTION:
    Can someone please help me summarize :( ?
    I have always had trouble summarizing.
    I simply don't know what to eliminate! :(
    My summary that i wrote so far is longer than the article!!!!!! =[

    The article is on Cholesterol :

    Few people recognize cholesterol as a natural and essential part of our body. To many, it's something that should be avoided completely and people go to great lengths to avoid foods that contain it.

    But our body needs cholesterol to digest foods, produce hormones and to protect our cells.

    Confusion about cholesterol exists because many people don't realize there is a difference between blood cholesterol and dietary cholesterol.

    Blood cholesterol is the cholesterol that circulates in your blood. Most of it - about 80 per cent - is produced by your liver. Dietary cholesterol is the stuff found in foods from animal sources (there is no cholesterol in plant foods). Meat, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy products all provide cholesterol in varying amounts. Only about 20 per cent of the cholesterol in your blood comes from eating foods that contain it.

    If you have been told that you have high cholesterol, your health professional is talking about your blood cholesterol levels. These are a concern because they're a major risk factor for heart disease. If you have high blood cholesterol or have a history of heart disease in your family, reducing your blood cholesterol to a healthy level is important for long-term good health.

    Cholesterol from foods is often blamed for high blood cholesterol levels. But for most people, cholesterol from foods has little effect on blood cholesterol levels. Family history, diabetes and thyroid, kidney or liver disease, smoking, lack of exercise, excess body weight and high fat diets are all important factors.

    High intakes of fat, especially saturated fat and trans fatty acids, are mainly responsible for increasing total and LDL (bad) blood cholesterol levels. Saturated fats are found mostly in meat, egg yolks, dairy products made from whole milk, and foods that contain hydrogenated fat, including palm or coconut oils.

    Trans fats (also called trans fatty acids) are found in foods that contain partially hydrogenated fats such as shortening, some margarine, French fries, doughnuts, breaded and fried chicken and fish, crackers, chips, cookies and bakery products. Trans fats act like saturated fats in our bodies and increase total and LDL blood cholesterol levels but also reduce HDL (good) blood cholesterol levels.

    Monounsaturated fats are found mostly in canola, olive and peanut oils and foods made with these oils, nuts and seeds. These fats help decrease total and LDL blood cholesterol.

    Polyunsaturated fats are found in oils made from sunflowers, safflowers, corn, soybeans, nuts, flaxseed and sesame seeds. These fats have been found to reduce total and LDL blood cholesterol levels, particularly when eaten as part of a diet that is lower in fat.

    The accepted approach for lowering or keeping blood cholesterol levels in a healthy range is to focus on reducing your total fat intake, especially the amount of saturated and trans fat that you eat. Omitting foods simply because they contain cholesterol is not the answer. Dairy products, meat and eggs all contains cholesterol but avoiding these foods could prevent you from getting some of the important nutrients found is these foods such as calcium, protein, iron, zinc or B-vitamins.

    Follow these steps to healthier blood cholesterol levels:
    .

    Exercise regularly. Make higher-fibre foods such as whole grain breads and cereals, fruits and
    vegetables the focus of each meal. Include more meals made with meat alternatives such as beans, peas, lentils and tofu. Choose lower-fat dairy products such as buttermilk, skim milk, 1% milk, and yogurt and cottage cheese made with 1% milk fat or less. Enjoy fish more often, choose lean cuts of meat, have poultry without skins and limit serving sizes to about the size of a deck of cards. Eat foods prepared with little or no extra fat. Have foods containing shortening or partially hydrogenated fats and oils in moderation.
    Read labels: "Cholesterol-free" foods can still be high in fat. Some examples include potato chips
    and cookies.
    Switching to a diet that is lower in fat, higher in fibre and participating in regular physical activity can help keep your blood cholesterol in a healthy range

    • ANSWER:
      your problem is that your are explaining everything in far too much detail

      example

      Monounsaturated fats are found mostly in canola, olive and peanut oils and foods made with these oils, nuts and seeds. These fats help decrease total and LDL blood cholesterol.

      Polyunsaturated fats are found in oils made from sunflowers, safflowers, corn, soybeans, nuts, flaxseed and sesame seeds. These fats have been found to reduce total and LDL blood cholesterol levels, particularly when eaten as part of a diet that is lower in fat.

      change to something like "The article explains the effect of monounsturated and polyunstaured fats and gives examples of the types of food they are in"

      You can do drastic surgery like that on most of your explanation