“I have been to many hospitals and have taken a lot of antibiotics. The lab always prescribed that I have typhoid and malaria parasite, and also stomach problem.”
Dr. Bibbi Oluranti
“I read Daily Sun and saw so many problems put up to you, which you proffered solution to. I intended to present to you what has been bothering me for long.
“I have been to many hospitals and have taken a lot of antibiotics. The lab always prescribed that I have typhoid and malaria parasite, and also stomach problem. The doctor said I had excess gas syndrome. It has been two years and some months since this sickness started.
“Please tell me what to do because you are the last doctor I’m writing to.”
– Keriani Gaskiya, Taraba
If your stomach is acting up with excess gas and the doctor called it a syndrome then maybe we are dealing with something that is difficult to delineate. A syndrome is always so called because of this, it is difficult to characterise or understand; but it is a recognised group of symptoms or challenges to health or well-being.Typhoid certainly can be the culprit. Also, chronic indigestion can do the same thing, just as the poorly understood Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). IBS means your bowel doesn’t work the right way; it can cause cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation, but doesn’t damage the bowel or lead to other health problems. The doctor, who will diagnose IBS based on your symptoms, may need to have medical tests done to rule out other health problems. Stress doesn’t cause IBS, but it can make your symptoms worse. Fatty foods, milk products, chocolate, alcohol, and caffeinated and carbonated drinks can trigger symptoms.
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Eating foods with fiber like vegetables and fruits like pawpaw, pineapple, apple, cabbage, carrots, bananas, and eating small meals (up to 5 or 6) throughout the day may reduce symptoms. Drinking lots of water helps too. There is no medical cure for IBS but treatment for IBS may include medicine, stress relief, and changes in eating habits. You’ll certainly need to see a good doctor face-to-face and have him investigate the IBS. Just seeing malaria parasite in the blood of anyone living in Nigeria’s holoendemic area is nothing to write home about— it’s of no consequence, especially if there are no accompanying symptoms of malaria.
I don’t want to be childless
“I am a lady of 27 years and I think I have some problems, which I don’t understand. I had about six abortions just in 2 years, between 2011 and 2012 and I did it in a good hospital. Ever since I have not been able to conceive. I have series of unprotected sex with my man, nothing has happened.
Also, there is discharge of milk from my breast, which has been causing a lot of embarrassment to me. I equally noticed that anytime I have sex, the semen flow immediately from my private part.
I need you to help me because I am getting married this December. I don’t want to be childless.”
– Raliatu Dawodu, Ilorin
Thank God marriage is here for you and nobody is asking you to get pregnant first. You will get pregnant, but first, you have some SERIOUS WORK to do. Milk from the breasts signals a hormonal imbalance referred to as “Hyperprolactinemia.” Its meaning essentially is that, like a breastfeeding woman, you are not ready to get pregnant – (oh, because you are like – still taking care of this baby first). So your body automatically refuses to get pregnant. Unless you are treated and treated properly.
Semen flowing back after sex is another syndrome of infertility that doctors hardly understand. But it has to do with spiritual opposition to your getting pregnant. I must congratulate you on your wedding. BUT please get cracking solving these challenges – else, yes, there will be no babies o!!
Call me. Okay?
Boy or girl; which?
“I had done ultrasound and had been told that this second baby was a girl but I was worried because I had had reason to think it was a boy I was going to have. My dreams, which usually come true do not deceive me.
“Again, I worried because my sister– in-law had quarreled with me and swore I would never have a baby boy in their family because a medicine-man had told her so. And by the time I saw you, doctor, I already had delivered my first baby as a girl. So I came and saw you, doctor. Instead of the usual platitudes I got from doctors, you listened to me and seemed to believe me and take what I said seriously. He said he understood my case and I would deliver a boy despite repeated ultrasound reports that said I was going to have a girl. We entered into the treatment phase, which I found hectic. At the end of the treatment, I delivered a boy and my husband’s people got the shock of their lives!!!”
– Jane Duruoma, Enugu
Let’s understand that there are things that are beyond the present knowledge of the experts in medicine. We happen to have some expertise in some of these areas. We are always glad to lend a helping hand to anyone who needs help.
Yes, the gender of babies can be tampered with in a way that you get a gender that you would rather not. You want a boy and you get a girl. You want a girl and get a boy. But there is a way to position yourself to get the very gender that you want, especially for families that have tried, first, second, third babies and are frustrated because of the gender they keep having. There is a remedy. Just call the helplines