Morning Musume's Reina Tanaka Diagnosed With Duodenal Ulcer, Esophagitis
Saturday 9 Feb, 2013 - 11:32pm UTC
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member Reina Tanaka
revealed through her blog that she has been diagnosed with duodenal ulcer and esophagitis.
Tanaka has been absent from several events recently due to medical conditions. The most recent one, a fan club event on February 9th, was skipped due to pain caused by the ulcer.
"The pain comes and goes. Sometimes it's not very bad, but other times it really, really hurts. It's unpredictable when the pain will come, and when it comes, I'll have to be absent just like today. I'm sorry, but I'm fine except for my stomach
," she wrote.
While esophagitis is a general term used for any sort of inflammation of one's esophagus, a duodenal ulcer is a type of ulcer found in the first part of the small intestine. The most common effect of the ulcer is abdominal pain that usually occurs after eating.
Tanaka will be treating her diseases using medicine rather than through surgery, all the while preparing for her upcoming graduation from Morning Musume on May 21st and embarking on a tour with her new band
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