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Wondering about your health? Confused by what you’ve read? Browse our Ask the Nurse answer archive to find answers to many women's health questions and concerns. All answers are from a Cleveland Clinic women's health nurse.

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Colonoscopy and Hemorrhoidectomy

March 14, 2018 at 4:57pm

Will having a colonoscopy disturb or make worse where I had a hemorrhoidectomy 4 years ago?

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Acid Reflux Treatment

June 2, 2017 at 9:18am

I am a 61 year old woman. Lately, I have woken up in the middle of the night with acid reflux. It’s so bad that I feel I have something stuck in my throat. I swallow, but it is still there. What over-the-counter medicine can I take beside Tums?

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Brittle Nails

May 11, 2017 at 10:04am

I am 60 years old and have brittle nails. What could be the cause and what can I do about it?

I never had strong nails, however this is worse and I would like to know what’s going on.

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Treatment for Heavy Periods

March 21, 2017 at 9:35am

I have a daughter, age 11, who has been experiencing two menstrual periods per month. She is also diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and experiences frequent periods of tiredness/exhaustion.

My pediatrician’s office is only recommending "birth control" of which I am opposed. I would like a second opinion! I would really appreciate advice from another health professional on this matter. Please help!

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How Often Should Women Have a Colonoscopy?

March 9, 2016 at 10:07am

I am 63 years old and I’ve had only one colonoscopy when I was age 50. Everything was fine, so how often should I have a colonoscopy?

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Gluten Free?

August 18, 2015 at 9:31am

I am a 79-year-old woman concerned about gluten. I love cream of wheat. Generally speaking, should I avoid eating cream of wheat or eat it in moderation?

For your reference, I have heartburn and osteoporosis. I am a breast cancer survivor and have had a lumpectomy and hysterectomy.

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GERD Medication

January 31, 2015 at 4:00pm

I am a 50 year old woman and was diagnosed with GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease) 2 years ago. This started after I began treatment for my ulcerative colitis with mesalamine. I now take omeprazole before dinner and have noticed some benefit. I would like to get off the omeprazole. Do you have any recommendations?

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Left-side Abdominal Pain

August 14, 2014 at 2:20pm

If you have a pain in your left side, what could it be a sign of besides a pulled muscle?

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September 27, 2013 at 9:55am

I suffer from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Any suggestion as to what to eat for breakfast? I am also dieting.

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Healthy Digestive Tract

September 20, 2013 at 1:42pm

What are some tips for keeping my digestive tract healthy?

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