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Fecal Retention Colon
Sugary foods make throat feel like a lump, fecal retention in the colon, laxatives no help, gluten bloats me, lactose makes me sick, what could it be?
Outlet constipation?: Many people have poor coordination in the pelvic floor muscles that perform dual function: tighten up to hold things in during cough, sneeze, laugh or lifting; completely relax to allow easy passage of stool. If the relaxation is incomplete or the muscles tighten up when you push then passing stool will be difficult. Pelvic exercises guided with biofeedback can often improve relaxation. ...Read more
When I have a UC episode, I hardly have any formed fecal matter. I would like to know what is happening in my colon. Where is the fecal matter?
Ulcerative colitis: The inflammatory reaction in your intestine draws water, white blood cells, and the destructive secretions from the inflammatory response from the overstimulated inflammatory cells (wbc's - neutrophils, macrophages, lymphocytes, etc) that cause breakdown if the linings of the intestinal tract and bleeding. These materials usually are more volume than whatever stool may be in the colon ...Read more
Test for blood in BM: The fobt tests for blood in the stool. Test is performed on spontaneously voided stool on three separate occasions. Presence of blood in any of the samples is a "positive" test. Blood may indicate cancer, hemorrhoids, blood vessel abnormality, local irritation or a host of other non life threatening things. However, blood in the stool is a finding that needs follow up with a more specific test. ...Read more
Yes, test is for Colo: Yes, this is a test for Screening for colon Cancer. Besides this test, Colonoscopy is a very good screening test, recommended to be done at the age of 50 years. If you have a family history of colon cancer, then you should have colonoscopy done now (at age over 40 years) ...Read more
How accurately will a fecal test find early stage colon cancer? The one that looks for cancer blood markers. Please help!! Approximate percentage.
Pretty low: Conventional assessment of colorectal cancer (CRC) risk largely involves detection of non-dysplastic adenomatous polyps. Standardized sensitivity was 48.2%, for CRC stages I-IV, values were 35.0%, 63.0%, 46.0% and 77.4%, respectively. Specificity was 91.5%. Sensitivity for advanced adenomas was low (11.2%). Ref: Mol Diagn Ther. 2014 Apr;18 (2):127 & Gut. 2014 Feb;63 (2):317 ...Read more
With fecal loading with hard dry stool, could contorting the torso cause the colon, full of hard stool, to press against other organs and damage them?
Fecal impaction manually removed today and now my bottom is so sore! I am suppose to drink Golytley to clear my colon and am terrified of the pain! ?
Don't worry so much!: You already had the most difficult part of the most difficult part of the exam, a manual disimpaction. You should go through the rest of the exam in a breeze. ...Read more
Vomited today, noticed abd really sucks in during. If I have (unrelated) fecal loading w hard stool, can colon rupture or DMG other org. During suck-in?
I need advice for colon cleanse, how can I remove fecal matter built up? I have good bowel function, take fiber, water and exercise.
FOBT is screen: Fobt is designed to test for blood in stool. Blood in stool may be due to any bleeding in the GI tract from the gums to the anus; and there are false positives also. If fobt is positive, colonoscopy is generally recommended to look of colon cancer. Fobt per se is not a diagnostic test for cancer, just blood in stool. ...Read more
No: Occult blood in stool suggests a point of bleeding from area near appendix across the colon to the rectum. This could be AV malformation, bleeding polyp, tumor, hemmorhoid or fissure. When blood is detected it has to be defined as to origin. Occassionally colonoscopy will reveal a lesion. Newer stool tests for tumor protein more accurate. ...Read more
If brother had colon polyps removed and so did mom...do I need a colonoscopy to check? I had a negative fecal test by my doctor?
If not discuss with your MD! ...Read more
Had an open lower anterior resection for colon cancer. Taking metamucil. How long can I expect to have clustering and fecal incontinence? 2mths post
It's really variable:
The anatomy is totally different after the surgery and will work differently.
Metamucil is a very good first step. Frankly, physical ttherapy for anal/rectal tone
If there is a gap in the perineum, SOLESTA can act like bondo and fill in missing areas a bit.
Phys therapy and overview of topic:
http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/268674-treatment ...Read more
Colon cancer age 30?? RUQ pain, fecal occult test negative- CT- Normal- (GI tract WNL no obstruction or perforation) should I get colonoscopy for pain
Colon cancer is unlikely in your age group, but other GI and colon diseases can also cause such symptoms. Have you had your gallbladder evaluated?
Remember, colon cancer has minimal symptoms and CT is NOT a great test for it. In sum though low yield I would likely recommend colonoscopy to you based on what I've read. ...Read more
If colon cancer was causing pain RUQ wouldn't it be big enough to show on CT of abdomen and pelvis? 31 yo- fecal occult blood negative
Not likely colon Ca:
Classic colon cancer causes pain via colon obstruction, so in that case, CT would see it. But this would not be expected in a 31 yo w/ occult neg stool.
RUQ pain can be any number of causes in young adult. Need to know more history and clinical exam by a Dr. To advise work up.
Best screen for colon Ca is colonoscopy, but unless strong family history, may start around 50 yrs old. ...Read more
Motility: The colon is the last part of the tube we call the GI tract. The colon's primary job is absorption of water and storage of solid waste until defecation. There are circular & longitudinal muscles that contract sequentially to both mix food so it contacts the colon lining effectively (& thus promotes absorption) as well as propels food forward toward the rectum. Various stimuli control the process. ...Read more
Likely not: The colon and the rectum are parts of the same thing: the large intestine. The colon is the part of the large intestine that is inside your body, the rectum is the part of the large intestine that is near the anus. So unless the colon "telescopes" into the rectum then no the colon full of stool cannot get stuck in the rectum. ...Read more
My stool contains black large flakes, say 1/4 inch in size. 1 1/2 days previous history of colon canc 15 yrs ago. Anything to be concerned?
Black stool: Black stool or tarry black stool is a sign of upper GI tract bleeding, not from colon, but anyway needs to be evaluated. ...Read more
What to do if I frequently do not go often and heard it is good to do a thorough colon cleanse regularly to get the old stool out what is the best way to do this?
R/O IBS: IBS = irritable bowel syndrome constipation predominant. It is a diagnosis of exclusion. You need a full exam and blood work. Especial screen for H pylori. Also stool screen x 3 for occult blood /parasite/hpylori. I recommend a gluten free high fiber diet. Ie gutbliss. Com and Wholeapproach. Com. Also 64-80oz water. If symptoms persist a CT Scan may be needed. ...Read more
Not likely scenario!: How do you define "constipation? " A medical definition is bowel infrequency (less than one bowel movement every 3-4 days). I know of no patient who died due to bowel infrequency. On the other hand, an obstructed colon that ruptures, leaks, infarcts can be life threatening if the obstruction is not relieved. By the way, your colon is about 5-6 feet long, not 30 feet--find a better source of info. ...Read more
Please don't believe: ...everything you hear! The colon is only 5-6 feet long. A "back-up" as you describe would have stool coming up your esophagus. What problem do you have that we can assist with? ...Read more