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Doctor insights on: Bowel Changes After Colonoscopy

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Colonoscopy said everything was okay but bowel movements changed?

Colonoscopy said everything was okay but bowel movements changed?

Due to bowel prep: The bowel cleansing needed to remove stool from the colon before colonoscopy can change the mix of helpful bacteria that live in the colon. Eating yogurt, especially greek yogurt, for a couple of weeks will likely return things to normal.

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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


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Why would a gastroenterologist want to preform a 2nd colonoscopy only 3 years after the 1st. One. Bowel habits have change a lot within the last month?

Why would a gastroenterologist want to preform a 2nd colonoscopy only 3 years after the 1st. One. Bowel habits have change a lot within the last month?

That's why...: Re-colonoscopy may be performed for re-screening/ clinical guidelines, new risk factors, for recheck based on findings of 1st exam, ; to address signs ; symptoms of disease that raise concern ; require investigation. Your change in bowel habits is such a clinical alteration. Talk to your doctor about diagnostic options, but repeat colonoscopy is an appropriate step given info you've provided here.

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I'm 65. Have change in bowel habbits, bloating, gas. Dr told me ibs, did colonoscopy yesterday and says multiple hyperemic patches in rectum and sigmoid?

I'm 65. Have change in bowel habbits, bloating, gas. Dr told me ibs, did colonoscopy yesterday and says multiple hyperemic patches in rectum and sigmoid?

Time 4 food allergy: Testing. If you're having areas of inflammation in your lower bowel/colon area, you are eating things that your body doesn't care for or irritating it, and that can appear as a delayed sensitivity to foods. You may want to try an elimination diet and see if your bloating, constipation, 'ibs' symptoms go away. Stop dairy, corn, wheat, soy, sugar, potatoes, and see what happens. There may be others!

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5 days of taking 2000ug B12 due to low val. Had red-purple bowel movement today. Related to high B12 intake? Never had before. No other changes-Colonoscopy/upper scope done last year with no sig. Find

5 days of taking 2000ug B12 due to low val. Had red-purple bowel movement today. Related to high B12 intake? Never had before. No other changes-Colonoscopy/upper scope done last year with no sig. Find

Food dye in B12: The liquid form of B12 or a red sublingual tablet, is often a red/purple color. Dyes in our foods/supplements often show up in our stools. Other things I have seen change the color of stools include beets, red jello, red drinks.

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Diagnosed with hemorrhoids after a colonoscopy, I feel blocked up and struggle to poop is this normal? Finished anusol and no change in bowel habits.

Diagnosed with hemorrhoids after a colonoscopy, I feel blocked up and struggle to poop is this normal? Finished anusol and no change in bowel habits.

Constipation: Hemorrhoid veins are a normal finding at colonoscopy and can become inflamed or irritated by chronic straining and constipation. These veins would not be the cause of constipation, and anusol will not correct constipation. Drink more water, eat more fiber (fruits, vegetables, metamucil), avoid fried and junk foods.

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Constipation. Laxatives, fiber, water, diet changes, even castor oil haven't worked. Colonoscopy 3 years ago showed no bowel obstruction. Help?

Constipation. Laxatives, fiber, water, diet changes, even castor oil haven't worked. Colonoscopy 3 years ago showed no bowel obstruction. Help?

Schedule changes: May try getting up 15 minutes earlier, exercising, and then having a warm breakfast and then time to go to the bathroom for bowel function. This is retraining your bowel and may help. This may take a few days to help, but please be patient. Cut back on dairy products, as this can cause constipation. Sorry you have had so much trouble, but this can be treated.

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I had a routine colonoscopy 1 week ago. Ever since I have had intense pain on my upper left side and also my bowel movements have changed, less frequent & constipated. No fever or any other systems. Ideas?

I had a routine colonoscopy 1 week ago. Ever since I have had intense pain on my upper left side and also my bowel movements have changed, less frequent & constipated. No fever or any other systems. Ideas?

Check with your doc: Check with your doctor to make sure you do not have a complication from the procedure. Your pain could be a spasm specially if you have irritable bowel syndrom, severe pain is not normal.

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++ anxiety.5 mths bowel habit change fatigue right sided+ leg pain. Colonoscopy, abdo+ pelvic scan normal. CRP 20. Doc running out of ideas. Help?

++ anxiety.5 mths bowel habit change fatigue right sided+ leg pain. Colonoscopy, abdo+ pelvic scan normal. CRP 20. Doc running out of ideas. Help?

Here is one more ide: Anxiety is a chronic disease for which there is no quick fix. So I will give you a simple recipe which will help you provided you follow it religiously and without fail. The best medicine for you is a daily exercise which will be simple& practical : Take daily walks, preferably first thing in the morning. If you can devote 30 minutes for walking briskly, it will do wonders for you. Send report in

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Are there any natural bowel preps I can use before my colonoscopy?

Are there any natural bowel preps I can use before my colonoscopy?

Yes!!: Senna, an ingredient in many laxatives is a vegetable product. There are several non-absorbed sugars that give a clean prep without any "chemical" we often use sorbital- an ingredient in "sugar-free" candy. Diet is important for prep, also.

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Can I take also Linnezz to help cleanse my bowel before a colonoscopy?

Can I take also Linnezz to help cleanse my bowel before a colonoscopy?

Follow MD advice: Preparation for a colonoscopy is a little different than treating chronic idiopathic constipation or other indications for certain constipation drugs. It is best to follow your MD's preparation instructions exactly. If you misplaced them you can call the office. Good luck.

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If polpys were found in my bowel age 30 will I need regular colonoscopys 4 were removed?

If polpys were found in my bowel age 30 will I need regular colonoscopys 4 were removed?

Probably: But you do need to know the kinds of polyps they were. If hyperplastic and all at the very end - that's the only time I wouldn't necessarily repeat it. But if adenomas, and 4 - your next one should be in 3 years (unless they were quite big in which case even sooner).

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Have chronic lazy bowel for 10 months. Colonoscopy was clear. What medications could be useful?

Have chronic lazy bowel for 10 months. Colonoscopy was clear. What medications could be useful?

Constipation.: You have chronic constipation due to several reasons. Make sure you are not overdose on narcotics or any medications that has side effects of constipation. You can try citrucel or fibercon (these are fiber supplements) and drink adequate amt of water. If this doesn't help, try MiraLAX (otc, one tablespoon in 8 oz of water daily or bid). If no improve, see your GI doc. Others: amitiza, (lubiprostone) linzess.

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Due to acute left side abdom pain no food in over a wk. (doc thinks bowel inflamed).Will effects of no food show up in colonoscopy? (mask s/ thing else)

Due to acute left side abdom pain no food in over a wk. (doc thinks bowel inflamed).Will effects of no food show up in colonoscopy? (mask s/ thing else)

Not typically: Depending on age, lower left sided abdominal pain may be an indication of diverticulitis.This might be the " inflamed bowel" you are referring to. Putting the bowel at rest with clear liquids initially, and antibiotics usually helps. A. Ct scan of the abdomen/pelvis can help make the diagnosis. After you feel better, and the infection resolves, a colonoscopy is indicated to further evaluate the colon.

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Does colonoscopy reach the small bowel?

Yes: A complete colonoscopy reaches the most distal part of the small bowel. When the colonoscopy is being done to evaluate for small bowel conditions, like crohn's disease, the operator will go into the small bowel and take biopsies.

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Can endometriosis of the bowel be found during a colonoscopy?

Can endometriosis of the bowel be found during a colonoscopy?

Endometriosis of gut: Most GI doctors consider endometriosis in women with complaints of chronic discomfort. Crampy, nonpelvic pain can be seen in extensive endometriosis, & symptoms do not always intensify prior to or during menses. The disease can mimic inflammatory bowel disease on barium studies. On colonoscopy, submucosal lesions like endometriosis may be polypoid. Endoscopic ultrasound may be of further help.

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US protocol for colonoscopy mention to get samples from bowel tissue even there is no visual problem. Is it right or not?

Not standard practic: I doubt that it is the US Protocol to biopsy normal looking mucosa unless there is a suspicion of some rare inflitrative illness (like Amyloidosis etc). If you do not have symptoms of colon origin, there would be little reason to biopsy normal looking mucosa. What are you searching for? If you can define that, we can guide you better.

Dr. Charles Cattano
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