Pancreatitis - Health Tools
Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Healthy Eating: Cutting Unhealthy Fats From Your Diet
Gallstones - Exams and Tests
Gallstones may be found during tests that evaluate abdominal pain or during routine ultrasound exams to monitor a pregnancy. The health professional will ask questions about your medical history and your symptoms and will do a physical exam. Although your
Diverticulitis - Home Treatment
Home treatment may help you control symptoms of diverticulitis or reduce the chance of having additional attacks of diverticulitis. To reduce abdominal pain caused by mild diverticulitis: Apply a heating pad to your abdomen to relieve mild cramps and pain
Rectal Problems - Prevention
Tips to help prevent rectal problems.
Inguinal Hernia - What Increases Your Risk
Many factors can increase your risk for having an inguinal hernia. Risk factors you cannot change: Being male, having muscle weakness from birth along with a hernia sac, having muscle weakness from aging, and having one or more inguinal hernias.
Questions About Inguinal Hernia Surgery - Topic Overview
If you or your child needs surgery to repair an inguinal hernia,answers to the following questions will help you make the decision that is right for you. Ask the surgeon how many hernia repairs he or she has done using the type of surgery you will have. The risk of a hernia coming back is lower with an experienced surgeon. Ask whether a synthetic patch will be used to repair your hernia. ...
GERD: Esophageal Erosion and Ulcers - Topic Overview
The backup,or reflux,of stomach acids and juices into the esophagus that occurs with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can wear away (erode) the lining of the esophagus and cause sores,called ulcers. GERD is caused when stomach acid and juices reflux into the esophagus. This happens when the valve between the lower end of the esophagus and the stomach (the lower esophageal sphincter ) ...
Heartburn - Prevention
Tips to help prevent heartburn.
Milk Thistle - Topic Overview
What is milk thistle?Milk thistle is a plant that contains silymarin, a substance that improves liver function. Originally from Europe, milk thistle now also grows in the United States.You can take milk thistle in capsules or as a tincture (combined with alcohol). It has been widely used in Europe and Germany, where it is a common complementary treatment for liver problems such as hepatitis and ..
Dyspepsia - Topic Overview
Dyspepsia is a vague discomfort in the upper abdomen or chest that may be described as gas,a feeling of fullness,gnawing,or burning. Common causes of dyspepsia include: Swallowed air. Burped-up stomach juices and gas (regurgitation or reflux) caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or a hiatal hernia. Peptic (stomach) ulcer or duodenal ulcer. Stomach cancer. An inability to ...