I am Dr Poh Choo Hean, Gastroenterologist and Internal Medicine specialist based in Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital. Ask Me Anything! I am a gastroenterologist specialising in the evaluation of gastrointestinal tract and liver disorders. I offer screening tests for cancers that affect the stomach, colon, and pancreas. I also specialise in Oesophageal Gastroduodenscope and Colonoscope, Therapeutic Endoscope to stop bleeding in ulcers, Manometry and pH impedance for acid reflux, PEG tube insertion, and video capsule endoscopy. I obtained my medical degree from the Queen’s University in the United Kingdom in 1999. Subsequently, I undertook my specialty training in Advanced Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology in Singapore and became a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine. In 2014, I decided to open my own clinic where I continuously serve both local and international patients. I rely on state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to help me provide an accurate diagnosis of a patient’s condition, thereby allowing me to formulate the most effective treatment and management plan. Learn more about me here: https://patients.smarterhealth.sg/specialist-doctor/poh-choo-hean/ I am excited to be here to share/discuss Digestive and Liver Health issues with everyone. I will be actively answering questions. Whether you've got questions about digestive or liver disorders, cancer screening for the stomach, colon, pancreas, 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.
Doctor, my epigastrium hurts if I press on it. And I feel it's getting harder to defecate. I sometimes see blood in my stool, although it's just a bit of blood and doesn’t always appear. I am advised to avoid spicy and sour food, but I sometimes consume them still. I am confused - is it really just because of food? I am afraid to see a doctor. I am worried that it turns out I have a serious disease. Please give me your advice, Doc. Thank you for your help.
Doctor, my right stomach aches these few days. When it occurs, the pain radiates to my hip. My thigh is also swollen. When this problem began, I saw a GP and was given some medications. But it didn’t work. Please give me your advice, Doc
Doctor, I have pain in my epigastrium. I sometimes feel a burning sensation in my stomach and have difficulty breathing. Sometimes I feel pain stabbing my shoulder blades. The sensation changes everyday. I take gastric pain medicines everyday. It has been 3 months since these symptoms occurred, though I have been avoiding spicy, hot, sour and oily foods.
Doctor, my epigastrium hurts this past two weeks, and my feet are swollen. I had a blood test. Sgot is around 50, sgpt around 70. Do I have a liver problem, Doc? What is the best treatment?
Doctor, my father has pancreas cancer. He has had an intestinal bypass. What diet should he take on to prevent constipation?
Doctor, are gastric acid reflux, GERD, and gastric ulcers hard to be cured and does the treatment take a long time? I have been having gastric acid reflux and have taken various medicines. I stopped eating spicy food and sour food such as milk, cheese, chocolate, coconut milk. But the reflux still recurs. Can hunger trigger this? My stomach USG result is normal.
I hear strange sounds in my digestive tract, from my stomach, throat, mouth. It sounds like there is a gas bubble. I feel as though something is pumping my stomach until it bloats and becomes hard. It often makes it difficult for me to breathe. I also feel as if there is pressure on my chest, giving me anxiety and panic attacks. My heart beats fast. The x-ray of my lung, also the ECG, abdomen USG, thyroid test - all of them showed normal results. But the USG result showed plenty of gas in my stomach. The doctor said I have a GERD problem. It has been years since I experienced all of this. What should I do to cure this?
Doctor, I don’t have bile anymore, and lately I had a surgery for appendicitis. I also had a stomach endoscopy, CT scan, because my stomach is bloated and I have gastric acid reflux. Is the reflux due to the fact I don’t have bile anymore? I take dogmatil50mg, vometa, prosogan 30mg. Sometimes, those medicines have no effect on me. Are there any other medicines, Doc? Thank you
Doctor, I have been waking up in the middle of the night for 2 days due to the pain in my epigastrium. My vision is blurry and I have cold sweats. But it is not the pain that makes me want to defecate. However, in the morning, the pain is gone. I have never had a gastric problem before. What condition is this, Doc? Please give me your advice.