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Best Medicine For Kinked Bowel
The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more
Surgery: The only effective treatment for symptoms or complications of gallbladder stones is surgery to remove the gallbladder. This can be done in a minimally invasive fashion as an outpatient. Medications are not effective. ...Read more
It depends...: For constipation, metamucil (bulking fiber) + stool softener is a good daily regimen. For intestinal spasm, Hyoscyamine can cut excess saliva/ drooling and reduce spasm. For nausea, consider ondansetron, dimenhydrinate, or promethazine. For bloating/ gas pain/ gastritis, simethicone +/- antacid liquid works well. Ask your neurologist for a med regimen tailored for you. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a history of severe constipation and bowel obstruction. Doctor is doing an abdominal CT with barium. Is the barium safe for me??
Start simple, but...: Docusate (per pdr) helps moisten & soften hard, dry stools. It is not a true laxative, but facilitates natural defecation, usually within 12 to 72 hours. This is safe & available for anyone over 2, & assumes normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or instrinsic obstruction. Change in bowels is a "red flag", like weight loss or blood in stool, that needs evaluation if persistent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Long term: Psyllium products give bulk to the stool and can thus relieve constipation -- but be sure you drink lots of water too. Prunes are a fruit, but can help a lot -- can use them every day, indefinitely. What you want is lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet, along with plenty of water -- that may be the most healthy constipation treatment of all. ...Read more
What is the treatment for severe slow colon transit constipation? No laxatives work for me other than enema and stimulant. Doc mentioned Surgery??
AvoidSurgery, likely: end up with more problems: http://goo.gl/Blh6rW. Physical activity & avoiding delays in evacuation (when slightest urge) typically most effective strategies. Agents which bind water, best above ground veggies (trial & error for which & how much daily required) next best. Mental issues (infancy on) always relevant though hidden except via symptoms. Trial of linaclotide might help for symptoms. ...Read more
It may clear: The current episode but if you don't diagnose or treat the reason for the constipation, you may be missing the diagnosis of a potentially serious problem. See a GI doctor or a colon and rectal surgeon for proper management and eat healthy and drink plenty of fluids without caffeine or alcohol. ...Read more
Can internal hemorrhoid cause Constipation, diarrhea & bloating? What approach is the best solution for healing? Thank you!
Hemorrhoids: Internal hemorrhoids do not cause those symptoms. Bleeding is the usual complication. Your symptoms, if common, are consistent with irritable bowel syndrome. If this is the problem and you can't identify triggers of diarrhea, research the fodmap diet showing what foods to avoid. Your gastroenterologist can advise you best on this matter. ...Read more
Not sure: Whether you mean diverticulitis (acute infection in colon) or chronic diverticulosis. Two are treated differently. If it is diverticulitis , I use Levaquin (levofloxacin) and Flagyl for 2 weeks and a low fiber diet for 6 weeks . If diverticulosis, no medicine just a high fiber diet and lots of fluids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Best treatment plan for gastroparisis, barretts, nighttime gasbloat and hiatal hernia, IBS ?I see a GI , just for looking options as im newly diagnosed.
See below: Complex but not rare constellation of problems. Barrett esophagus most important - severe esophageal damage due to reflux. If no dysplasia on biopsies can be treated by hernia repair and fundoplication. Repeat surveillance endoscopy may be advised first. Gastroparesis concerning but fundo. Can sometimes improve gastric emptying. By lbs do you mean morbid obesity? Running out of space. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
65 yrs male chronic constipation, haemorrhoids, gaseous intestines,feeling bloating what is the best medicine can be used???
Constipation treat: Fiber, water, and activity on a regular basis can help keep your GI tract regular. Colace or an over the counter stool softener can also be beneficial. Occasionally people will need a laxative, senna and milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) are commonly used. A colonoscopy is also usually recommended for people over 50 yo to evaluate their colons. ...Read more
What are the typical drugs for a cronic diareahha caused by a functional gastro desease. Doc prescribed pantoprazol (panogastin).Been 1month, no relief?
Chronic diarrhea: To successfully treat chronic diarrhea you need to find the cause. Pantoprazole is not a treatment for diarrhea, and, in fact, this drug can cause diarrhea. I would recommend at the very least an xray of your abdomen to look at the amount of stool in your colon; if you have chronic diarrhea, there shouldn't be much. It there is a lot, then you probably have overflow diarrhea, which needs a laxativ. ...Read more
I have an irritable bowel syndrome with constipation. my doctor prescribed “Linzess”, coast over $300, Is there cheaper medication for same results ?
IBS: Most irritable bowel syndrome patients are treated without prescription medications. Dietary advice and food intolerance clues are sought. Taking a gentle bowel stimulant daily like senoktS may keep your bowels .more regular. It's not advisable to rely on chronic laxatives. A gastroenterologist is best to evaluate, advise and treat you. ...Read more