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Week of November 13, 2000

    Question:   After eating a hamburger and getting sick I have not felt the same since. For the past 3 years I've had nausea that comes and goes throughout the day. This nausea is quite debilitating. I also get stomach pains. I've had numerous tests done and all seem normal according to my doctor. They did tell me that I have a B12 deficiency (I had to take shots once a month for this) and also an enlarged liver with fatty deposits (I don't drink and never have). The doctors are unsure why. I am taking Motilium 10 mg. 3 x a day which seems to help the nausea somewhat. The specialist says it isn't gastroparesis as I did have a gastric emptying study done. Is it possible that the tests are not conclusive? With gastroparesis being inconsistent is it possible the testing missed it? How accurate is it? I've also had a pancreatic attack. Once again I was told that my gallbladder is okay and they have no idea why I have the stomach pains or nausea. Any ideas on what this could be or where I could be looking for some relief? Any help is appreciated.    Dr. Shiller's Answer

    Question:   I took Propulcid for a while and have had problems with irregular heartbeat. Where can I go to find information on this drug?    Dr. Shiller's Answer

    Question:   My Mother will be 83 in December. She has small brown patches on her arms and legs that sometimes look scabby. She will not see a doctor because she does not like quacks. Could you help me put my mind at ease or get her to see the doctor?    Dr. Shiller's Answer