I am 23 years old. Since I was 15, I’ve often experienced heartburn whenever I have my meals late. As I grew older, the heartburn has gotten worse. Now, I have heartburn even when I eat on time, with it sometimes happening twice a day. I do not experience vomiting or stomach pain. The heartburn usually goes away after I take medication. I am just worried that I have to rely on medicine for the rest of my life. What should I do?
I am Dr Lee Keat Hong, Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist practicing at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital Singapore and Mount Alvernia Hospital Singapore. Prior to entering private practice, I was Consultant at the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, National University Hospital (NUH), Singapore as well as Asst Professor at Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. I have been invited to speak at prominent global and national medical conferences such as the Asian-Pacific Digestive Week (APDW), Asian-Pacific Association for the Study of Liver (APASL) and Asian EUS meetings. Notably, my accomplishments in clinical research work in viral Hepatitis B has been published in reputable medical journals such as Hepatology International and Antiviral Therapy. I treat all general gastroenterology and hepatology conditions. My sub-specialty interest is in advanced diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). I remain a visiting consultant at NUH and continue to contribute to the training of future doctors and gastroenterologists. Learn more about my specialty and services here: https://aliveomedical.com/ and here: https://patients.smarterhealth.sg/specialist-doctor/lee-keat-hong/ I am excited to be here to share/discuss Digestive and Liver Health issues with everyone. Whether you've got questions about digestive or liver conditions, ask me anything! === Want to ask a question? Submit your question at the bottom of this page. Don’t forget to include your name and email address to get notified when the doctor answers your question.
My wife used to complain about having gastric pain. That was till one day when her stomach hurt so much, we sent her to the hospital. There, we found out that she had a gastric ulcer. She was hospitalized for a few days and given some medications. When she was out of the hospital, she got better. But these days, she complains of stomach ache if she eats foods where the flavors are a bit strong. Does it mean her problem is not totally cured, Doctor? Or should people with gastric ulcers not consume strong-flavored foods, such as spicy food, forever?
Dr. Lee, what is the cause of pain above the belly button? That part feels hard and makes me lose my appetite. I am always full although I've consumed only a small portion of food. If I force myself to eat, I will vomit.
My mother was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis last February. The cause is still unknown because the laboratory results showed negative hepatitis B & C, negative autoimmune. My mother doesn’t drink alcohol and doesn’t have a history of hepatitis. Her blood test, abdomen usg, and fibroscan/elastography shows she has liver cirrhosis. There has never been any symptoms or complaints by her regarding this condition before. This was known when we found a high sgot sgpt score in her blood test. These 6 months, she has been prescribed Hepamax and AHFC biolife. Are those medicines enough? Or are there any other medicines or vitamins she should consume? Is there any test she should undergo? Thank you
Doctor, I did a USG, CT scan, stomach endoscopy recently due to my gastric acid reflux causing some pain. I don’t have a gall anymore, and I also had surgery to remove my appendix. Is it still possible to cure gastric acid reflux if I don’t have a gall anymore? Currently I am taking prosogan 30mg, vometa 10mg,dogmatil 50 mg. But the effect is temporary and the discomfort will be back after a while. Are there any other recommended medicines, Doc? I keep my diet healthy though.
Doctor, I have been experiencing gastric acid reflux for the past 3 months. I have taken a lot of medicines, from antacid (Carsida Sanmaag Polysilane), Inpepsia to even PPI medications (Omeprazole, Lapraz, Nexium) and the one I am currently taking is Pantozol. But the problem keeps recurring. I did a stomach USG and the result is normal. I was advised to have an endoscopy/UBT to see if there is bacteria, but I am afraid to head to the hospital in this pandemic. I keep my diet healthy, but the problem keep recurring. Does it mean I have to keep taking these medications, Doc?
Doctor, I have been feeling pain in my epigastrium. My stomach is uncomfortable. Why is this so, Doc?
Doctor, I feel pain in the lower left part of my stomach. It has been hurting for a long time. If I press on it, I can hear the sound of water and air bubbles. I had a stomach USG. Everything is normal beside my intestines and gut that have not been examined. My bowel movement is normal too. What problem is this, Doc? Thank you
I am 54 years old. For the past 3 months I have been regularly taking vitamin C at a dose of 500 mg. Two days ago, my hands and feet felt cold and I had trouble sleeping. My stomach also feels nauseous in the morning and after eating. Does this have to do with the vitamin C I am taking? What could be the possible causes and what is your recommended treatment? Thank you
i m 50 years old. 3 months ago my stomach not feeling good, easily to get bloated, burping and farting. now getting better. but recently i have sour taste from my mouth. may i know how to get rid of this sour taste?
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