Digestive Health

How to do colonics the right way

Are colonics good for me? Should I get them regularly? Are colonics bad? Most people do colonics the wrong way. There is a natural way to do colonics and get rid of harmful waste in your body. Introduction to colonics Colonics are sometimes referred to as colon...

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Is it acid reflux? Heartburn not caused by GERD

Sofia is 38 years old. She has had symptoms of heartburn since she was 25 years old. Initially, she had heartburn twice a month but now she has heartburn almost every day. She saw her primary care physician 5 years ago for the heartburn. She was given ranitidine once...

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How to prepare for PEG feeding tube

To prepare for PEG feeding tube, you need to stop solid food for eight hours or more. You may need to stop blood thinners up to 7 days before the test. You can take your essential medications like those for blood pressure the morning of your test. What is a PEG...

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How to prepare for balloon enteroscopy

To prepare for a balloon enteroscopy, you need to stop solid food for eight hours or more. You may need to stop blood thinners up to 7 days before the test. You can take your essential medications like those for blood pressure the morning of your test. There are 2...

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How to prepare for hydrogen breath test

To prepare for hydrogen breath test, avoid antibiotics 4 weeks before the test. Avoid laxatives 1 week before the test. Hydrogen breath test is used to diagnose lactose and fructose intolerance as well as small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). What is hydrogen...

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How to prepare for 24 hour PH Impedance test

To prepare for 24 hour PH Impedance study, do not eat or drink for 6 hours before the test. You may need to stop medications that block stomach acid. The advantage of the 24 hour PH impedance test over other tests is that it can measure both acid reflux as well as...

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How to prepare for endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)

To prepare for endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), you need to stop solid food for eight hours or more. You may need to stop blood thinners before the test. You can take your essential medications like those for blood pressure the morning of your test. EUS is used to examine...

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How to prepare for ERCP procedure

To prepare for ERCP, do not eat or drink for 8 hours before the test. Some of your medications may be stopped or adjusted. ERCP is a special procedure performed by a gastroenterologist to examine and treat diseases of the bile duct and pancreas. What is an ERCP...

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How to prepare for anorectal manometry

Anorectal manometry measures how strong the anal sphincter muscles are; as well as whether they relax during passage of stool. To prepare for anorectal manometry, do not eat or drink anything 2 hours before your procedure. Use Fleet® enema 2 hours before your...

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How to prepare for esophageal manometry

  To prepare for esophageal manometry, do not eat or drink for 6 hours before the test. Only use essential medications the morning of your procedure. Esophageal manometry is used to evaluate difficulty swallowing, non cardiac chest pain and acid reflux. A...

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