The baking soda stomach acid test. For this test, the patient drinks baking soda, creating a chemical reaction in the body. As a result, carbon dioxide is produced, which results in burping. Although this test is cost effective and easy, it can be difficult to control all the variables that can affect the results. This test can be done at home though by consuming baking soda mixed with water and timing how long it takes for you to burp. If you haven’t burped within five minutes, stop timing, as that is an indicator of low stomach acid—normally, you should burp within two to three minutes.
If a young man's low testosterone is a problem for a couple trying to get pregnant , gonadotropin injections may be an option in some cases. These are hormones that signal the body to produce more testosterone. This may increase the sperm count. Hedges also describes implantable testosterone pellets, a relatively new form of treatment in which several pellets are placed under the skin of the buttocks, where they release testosterone over the course of about three to four months. Injections and nasal gels may be other options for some men.
Data Sources: We searched PubMed for the key term acute low back pain; this term was also searched with the following key terms: medications, nonsteroidals, muscle relaxants, opioids, red flags, differential diagnosis, exercise, McKenzie, spine stabilization, traction, acupuncture, heat, ice, advice, cost, manipulation, chiropractic care, brace, bed rest, massage. In addition, we searched the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Clinical Evidence, Essential Evidence Plus, and the National Guideline Clearinghouse. Search dates: April 2011 and May 2, 2011.