Doctor, I am 58 years old. Almost a year ago, I had abdominal pain on the lower right side of my waist. During that time I was treated by a doctor and my diagnosis was gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). During treatment, an ultrasound was done, as well as a laboratory blood test. I also took medication. However, until now, there is no change and I still experience the pain. What should I do? Thank you.
I am Dr Tan Poh Seng, Senior Consultant Gastroenterologist at PS Tan Digestive & Liver Centre based in Mount Elizabeth (Orchard) Hospital. Ask Me Anything! I specialise in digestive diseases, endoscopic procedures (gastroscopy, sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, polypectomy, endoscopic variceal ligation and capsule endoscopy), liver diseases, viral hepatitis, fatty liver, liver cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver transplantation. Prior to entering private practice, I was: - Director of Clinical Services, Senior Consultant, Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, National University Hospital (NUH) - Senior Consultant of the Liver Transplant Programme at the National University Centre for Organ Transplantation - Clinical Lead for the Hepatobiliary Tumor Group at the National University Cancer Institute - Assistant Professor at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore - Core Faculty Member for the Gastroenterology & Hepatology Senior Residency programme at NUH I completed my specialist training in Singapore and obtained membership of the Royal College of Physicians (UK), as well as attained my Master of Medicine from the National University of Singapore. I received further advanced specialist training in Gastroenterology & Hepatology and undertook my fellowship and research training in advanced hepatology and transplant hepatology at the Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute and the Tisch Cancer Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (New York, USA). The prestigious Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) was conferred to me in 2018. Learn more about me here: https://patients.smarterhealth.sg/specialist-doctor/tan-poh-seng/ I am excited to be here to share/discuss Digestive and Liver Health with everyone. I will be actively answering questions. 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.
Doctor, my father is 50 years old and diagnosed with liver cirrhosis. He has been hospitalised several times but did not get better. Around two weeks ago when he was at home, his stomach was swollen, he looked very weak, and was unable to get up from his bed. He also vomited blood. What should I do? Is his disease threatening his life?
Doctor, I am 38 years old. Yesterday, the color of my feces was white and pale. I am worried. I know I eat normally and have enough rest. Is this dangerous?
Doctor, my mother is 58 years old. These two months, she has been complaining about the pain in her upper stomach. She often vomits, her stomach is a bit swollen and her skin is yellowish. The doctor said there is a stone in her pancreas and that it should be removed immediately. Is there any solution beside surgery? Does herbal medicine help?
Doctor, I am 28 years old and have had gastric pains since 5 years ago. I reduce the symptoms by carefully choosing what I eat and drink. But, lately I am feeling stressed in the office, so I get frequent stomach aches and I sometimes even black out. What should I do? Is the fainting due to my gastric getting severe or is it another disease? Thank you :)
Doctor, my father is 47 years old. In 2015, he had surgery to remove his gallbladder, and last October he had his appendix removed, but till today he still has gastric reflux problems. He has always maintained healthy eating habits. The medical check up results (USG, CT scan, endoscopy) in October last year showed negative gastritis helicobacter, 3-12 mm liver cysts, and the rest of the results are good. Why does he still have gastric reflux problems? What is the solution, Doc? Thank you.
I have been feeling pain in my left stomach for years. Sometimes the pain spreads out all the way to my back. What is the solution, Doctor?
Doctor, is it true that consuming alcohol can lead to liver cancer? My dad is diagnosed with liver cirrhosis - is it due to alcohol consumption?
Hello Doctor. I am a 42 year old female. Since I was a child my weight has always been below average. My current weight is 36 kg and my height is 158 cm. I cannot eat a lot, because it makes me nauseous. I had dengue fever and hepatitis when I was 7 years old. What might be the cause of my condition, Doc? What treatment should I undergo?
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