How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. Arun Phophalia Your Own Question

Dr. Arun Phophalia
Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor (MD)
Category: Health
Satisfied Customers: 29530
Experience:  MBBS, MS (General Surgery), Fellowship in Sports Medicine
Type Your Health Question Here...
Dr. Arun Phophalia is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

To Dr. Arun only please For the past for or five years

Resolved Question:

To Dr. Arun only please

For the past for or five years I have dealt with the stress of caring for my Mother by drinking beer. Each day. Not getting drunk but throughout drinking too much. (Men's Valium!) I don't really like it. I suppose I was on my way to becoming an alcoholic. But I have stopped and there have been no withdrawal symptoms.

Last week (and a few times in the past) I did have a couple of beers. Lack of prudence. After I felt both abdominal pain and the my abdominal area was being torn apart. Really being torn. The pain was terrible. Now diet coke caused severe abdominal pain as does coffee. They do not cause the torn apart feeling.

I have this feeling that all the beer seared or burned my intestines. I mean just that is how it feels. So I won't drink beer, can live without unhealthy diet coke, miss the coffee but won't drink it.

But, and this is not so I can go back to self medicating with beer, is there something I can do to heal whatever damage I caused? I drink lots of water and soy milk seems to have a nice effect.

During these years I also became very addicted to xanax and now do not take it but take some Valium based on the Dr. Ashton method (in England)given to me by a careful doctor whom I see every two months. I could not yet function without the Valium but live for the day I am off that too. Any advice on this would be appreciated.

Being a caregiver, giving up my vocation as a Catholic monk for these past four years as destroyed me. I do not feel human. Total burn out. I do lots of things day and night for my Mother so I must love her but feel no love. I have gone from a 140 vegan to all this and constant stress. But I digress. Thank you and God bless you. Craig
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 2 years ago.
Hello and welcome, Craig.

Your symptoms of abdominal pain are likely due to any of the following (a combination may also be a possibility);

1) esophagitis (food pipe inflammation)
2) peptic ulcer (sores in stomach and adjacent part of small intestine)
3) gastroesophageal reflex disease (GERD)
4) gall bladder stone (if not removed already).

Antacids (Maalox / Tums) and acid blockers (Nexium / Prilosec) would help. In 3-6 weeks, it should heal. You may continue with the soy milk. Meanwhile consider an ultrasound, a CT scan of the abdomen and upper gastrointestinal endoscopy for the evaluation of the cause. Valium too can be very gradually withdrawn. I can understand your stress and the efforts you have put for care of your mother. You have done it as a mission and perhaps not taken a good care of yourself. Monotony of things, pressure of duty; also causes lot of inherent stress. So doing something else by finding time for few things which you love may de stress you. I know, you already know the treatment. I just want to reinforce what you know.

It is a great privilege assisting you.

Dr. Arun
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Dear Doctor,

First, thank you for your very kind and understanding words.Coming from you and taking the time to write them, and express them so kindly, means a lot to me and is and will be a great encouragement.

I will do all you recommend. (Except my gall bladder was removed about 15 years ago.

I just want to ask (not so I can go back to drinking beer, which also lead to terrible junk food eating and I got up to 290 (I am short) now down to 260 and slowing losing weight) did the beer cause that feeling of my insides being torn apart?

Thank you. You really are the best. God bless. Craig
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 2 years ago.
You are very welcome, Craig.

Beer is not the only thing being responsible. People who are very much devoted or have a strong sense of commitment for whatever they do; tense their nerves tremendously (this is not conscious). This leads to hormonal imbalance with adrenaline flow being constant at high levels. All these play role and take it's toll.

I appreciate your kind words and faith on me.

Dr. Arun
Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor (MD)
Category: Health
Satisfied Customers: 29530
Experience: MBBS, MS (General Surgery), Fellowship in Sports Medicine
Dr. Arun Phophalia and 6 other Health Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thank you. How true. I am tense every waking moment. My stomach often, if something esp. stressful happens goes into "knots"

Thank you for I now know the harm it is causing. I sometime find I am holding my breathe. Not breathing.

I will do all I can to change things for the better. With grateful prayers for you and yours.
Craig
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 2 years ago.
You are most welcome, Craig.

Take care.

Good luck.

Dr. Arun

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
< Last | Next >
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
  • I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well! Claudia Albuquerque, NM
  • Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion. Kevin Beaverton, OR
  • Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
    I feel better already! Thank you.
    Elanor Tracy, CA
  • Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem. Julie Lockesburg, AR
  • You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions. John and Stefanie Tucson, AZ
  • I have been dealing with an extremely serious health crisis for over three years, and one your physicians asked me more questions, gave me more answers and encouragement than a dozen different doctors who have been treating me!! Janet V Phoenix, AZ
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Nurse Milli, RN

    Nurse (RN)

    Satisfied Customers:

    4043
    20 years experience in many areas of Nursing. Both Hospital and Private Practice experience.
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/NU/nursescare4u/2013-3-31_03429_JApic.64x64.jpg Nurse Milli, RN's Avatar

    Nurse Milli, RN

    Nurse (RN)

    Satisfied Customers:

    4043
    20 years experience in many areas of Nursing. Both Hospital and Private Practice experience.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/agketch/2008-7-14_184046_drketchresized.jpg Dr. Ketch's Avatar

    Dr. Ketch

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    102
    Medical Degree, Former Assistant Professor at School of Medicine at Yale University
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/FA/FamilyPhysician/2013-8-31_191624_JA550x500Photo.64x64.jpg Family Physician's Avatar

    Family Physician

    Doctor (MD)

    Satisfied Customers:

    5622
    Emergency Medicine and Family Practice for over 26 years
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/drphophalia/2007-08-23_095626_dr._arun_phophalia.jpg Dr. Arun Phophalia's Avatar

    Dr. Arun Phophalia

    Doctor (MD)

    Satisfied Customers:

    17025
    MBBS, MS (General Surgery), Fellowship in Sports Medicine
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VA/VANP/2012-6-6_235535_Skye2.64x64.jpg A. Schuyler, NP's Avatar

    A. Schuyler, NP

    Nurse Practitioner

    Satisfied Customers:

    12170
    Board Certified NP, MS, RN. Private practice & hospitalist
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/TA/tazechip/2012-6-7_135230_drpic.64x64.png Dr. Chip's Avatar

    Dr. Chip

    Doctor (MD)

    Satisfied Customers:

    10029
    Over 20 yrs of Family Practice
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/neurosurg/2009-10-06_120923_profile.jpg Dr. Mark's Avatar

    Dr. Mark

    Doctor (MD)

    Satisfied Customers:

    6234
    U.S. Physician/Surgeon in Neurosurgery