Posts Tagged ‘prescription drugs’

Bleeding in Gastrectomy Patient

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Q.I am 47 years old, and 20 years ago I had a subtotal gastrectomy. Until recently, I had been doing fine. Now, I have blood in my stool. They think it is because I take Excedrin for chronic headaches. They want to do a colonoscopy and endoscopy, but I’m very scared of these tests. During my last endoscopy, I woke up during the procedure. Do I really need the tests? (more…)

Breathless: Causes and Treatments for Asthma

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Asthma is a distressing condition and can have potentially fatal consequences if the disease is not properly controlled and monitored.

Asthma is a respiratory condition where the lining of the airways becomes inflamed and swollen producing mucus while the muscles around them tighten — causing symptoms of coughing, wheezing and breathlessness.

People suffering from asthma already have sensitive airways. But often, a trigger will cause symptoms to recur. These triggers can be allergies to pollen or animal hair, exercise, sudden temperature changes, some foods and medications, cigarette smoke, dust and stress.