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Best Medicine For Kinked Bowel
I have a kink/ twisted bowel and have been told by the doctors that they won't operate as it could be dangerous I have put up with this for 14 years.
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
Caution...: Not sure what you are referring to as a "kink" but when doctors use this term they are usually describing a redundant colon or large intestine. This means there are more folds or twists in the colon than normal. Another type of "kink" might mean there are adhesions in the abdomen causing fixation of the intestine. This frequently comes to light after a difficult colonoscopy exam. ...Read more
Nothing: Unless you are having symptoms of bowel obstruction. Usually the kink is due to prior abdominal surgery and adhesions. The obstruction can be partial, intermittent or complete, the latter usually requiring surgical correction and the former two usual respond to bowel rest in the hospital for 1-3 days. ...Read more
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 more
I was diagnosed with an irritable bowel syndrome, had taken medicines. Is dat life threatening? What wud be the best food for me to eat for ibs. Thanks!
Rome 3 criteria: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a non-critical condition w/ abdominal discomfort, altered/ alternating stool pattern, accompanying nausea, bloating, gassiness. Often improved by stooling, ibs is defined by changes in perception of gut distension, motility, sensation. Diet (keep a food diary) & emotional stress may be a factor but first rule out inflammation, ischemia, infection, malabsorption. ...Read more
Hi. Cancer in bowel, ovaries and peritoneal. Krukenberg tumour. What are the best chemo drugs? Need to clear spread from small bowel before surgery
Haven't had a bowel movement in 3 days since starting cough medicine with codeine. What is the best/safest OTC remedy given my current meds?
My GP gave me a PPi for Irritable Bowel syndrome I have taken 15 mg a day for couple of years now, it stops the stomach cramps I used to get, but I want to review this medicine if this best treatment?
For things like Irritable Bowel Syndrome, I think if it is controlling your symptoms, it is ok to continue taking it. You are on a pretty low dose. The next best thing would be to try to switch to a less potent medication or to try tapering off the PPI to see how you do. Hope this helps ...Read more
Many: Gi anti-inflammatory (5-asa, mesalamine), steroids (prednisone, budesonide), immunosuppressants (azathioprine, cyclosporine) and biologics (infliximab) are the most common meds used for ibd. Depends on your symptoms and clinical response, combination treatment is common. You need to work closely with your doctor. ...Read more
Depends: You would need to see your doctor and likely a gastroenterologist who specializes in these conditions. There are different types of inflammarory bowel diseases, and medical therapy or medications are usually used. Colonoscopy surveillance may be indicated. Surgery only used if there are complicating factors such as bleeding or obstruction or increased cancer risks. ...Read more
My hida scan was unable to be done due to the nuclear medicine staying in my gallbladder and not releasing into my bowel. Does this mean my gallbladde?
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If the scan was a hida with cck (sincalide) augmentation, and the gallbladder (gb) filled with radioactive bile and then did not empty when cck was given, the gb ejection fraction should be low, and that indicates gb dysfunction.
If the radioactive substance (hida) did not even make it into the gb, it could be chronic or acute cholecystitis.
Either way, please see your healthcare provider. ...Read more
Google IBS: Check out reputable websites for ibs-no shortage of helpful info online. ...Read more
No specific diet: There is no specific exclusion diets for ibs, although many patients have difficulty tolerating water insoluble fibers, excessive dietary fats, fizzy drinks, & bowel stimulants (caffeine). If lactose, bean husk, sorbitol, &/or gluten intolerant it is best to avoid these foods or use appropriate enzyme supplements with them. Keep a food diary. Also, read "relief from ibs" by elaine shimberg. ...Read more
Balanced diet/ water:
Large bowel movements are associated with constipation.
The most common cause of constipation is a diet not rich in fruits and vegetables and not enough water.
If you eat at least 5 to 8 servings per day of fruits and veggies and drink at least 1 l of water it will get better.
Fruits that start with the letter "p" also help you with bowel movements. Don´t forget to keep your body moving! ...Read more
With doctor advice: Cause is unknown, but symptoms can be benefitted by certain prescription medications, which are relatively benign & well tested for several decades by physicians. Imo cause is dysfunction of parasympathetic branch of autonomic nervous system caused by hypermobility of sacroiliac joint (sij) of pelvic girdle. If I am correct pelvic stabilization via sij belt (boa. Com) might help; but no data yet. ...Read more
I am taking Rabeprazole-20 twice. Can I take Peppermint Oil capsule for bowel problem with the medicine. Thanks.?
Rabeprazole: Hi, it depends why you are taking it for, if you are taking it for acid reflux I don't think it's wise to take peppermint as that might increase your reflux symptoms. Also Peppermint decreases the clearance of Rabeprazole from your body, therefore you might not need to take it twice a day, talk to your Gasteroenterologist. ...Read more
My bowel will nit move without taking laxatives. What can I do for my bowels to move freely without taking medicine. I have tried everything.
Depends: Given that you are almost 50, make sure you have had your colonoscopy. Depending on rest of medical history, I would limit carbohydrates such as breads, pasta, rice, soda and drink more water, add fiber to diet. You may also create juices (kale, etc) and blend pumpkin seeds which are high in magnesium that is also used for constipation. Make sure the seeds are completely ground. Best wishe. ...Read more
See doctor: If you have an acute small bowel obstruction you should get emergency care. There are several possibilities and you will likely need to be hospitalized for at least short period of time since you will likely not be able to eat or drink until issue is resolved. ...Read more