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What's a bowel dysfunction?

What's a bowel dysfunction?

Depends: Bowel dysfunction is any abnormality of bowel function such as diarrhea, constipation, pain with eating, improper absorption of nutrients, minerals. There is a very long list. It can be mild to severe. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

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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Can surgery on s1-5l cause neurogenic bowel dysfunction, I can't push or feel the stools moving, I have to take laxitives and seeing a specialist soon?

Can surgery on s1-5l cause neurogenic bowel dysfunction, I can't push or feel the stools moving, I have to take laxitives and seeing a specialist soon?

Denervation: Any type of spine or disc surgery can possibly (although rarely) affect motor nerves to the colon. Need to see both a neurologist and a GI physician. ...Read more

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What are the causes of bowel and bladder dysfunction in a person with low back pain?

What are the causes of bowel and bladder dysfunction in a person with low back pain?

See below: Bowel or bladder dysfunction is what we consider a red flag, meaning there is the potential for a serious problem in the spine. It can mean compression of the lower spinal cord or multiple nerves in the lumbar spine. It can be seen with very large disc herniations as well as some other conditions that can cause nerve compression. If you have these symptoms, you should see your doctor right away ...Read more

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How can I slow down my small bowel transit time to gain weight (doctor says mine is going way to fast). .. He says the underlying reason is autonomic dysfunction.

How can I slow down my small bowel transit time to gain weight (doctor says mine is going way to fast). .. He says the underlying reason is autonomic dysfunction.

Meds: There are several types of meds which can slow down GI transit time. Any med which causes lots of constipation would be a good choice. Tricyclic antidepressants and opioids are a good starting place. ...Read more

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What are bowel obstruction symptoms?

What are bowel obstruction symptoms?

Pain and distension: First comes abdominal pain followed by abdominal swelling + tenderness. Then vomiting of stomach contents followed by greenish (bile)vomiting. May feel like passing flatus, but cannot + bowel movements will cease. Abdominal sounds will be absent due to ileus. Plain abdominal xray will demonstrate distended bowel loops with "air fluid levels. See dr. For severe pain, abdo distension + green vomitus. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bowel obstruction?

What are the symptoms of bowel obstruction?

Pain & vomiting: Diffuse cramping abdominal pains, recurrent vomiting, abdomen may become distended, lack of bowel movement. Usually the person would also have a history of some type of prior abdominal surgery. ...Read more

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What is an aperistaltic bowel? Are there symptoms associated with this? What are the causes?

What is an aperistaltic bowel? Are there symptoms associated with this? What are the causes?

Bowel doesn't move: It means the bowel is not moving or contracting. Depending on the location of the "aperistalsis" or lack of movement you can have constipation, vomiting, abdominal pain. Most common causes are diabetes and medications (as a side effect). ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a bowel infection?

What are the symptoms of a bowel infection?

It varies: In the lower GI tract an infection can have a different range of symptoms like diarrhea (with or without blood), gas, or bloating. You can also have fever, nausea and vomiting. These infections can be bacterial or viral. Viral syndromes are usually self-limited while bacterial may need antibiotics for some cases. In any case you want to keep hydrated and see your doctor if you cannot do that. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of small bowel overgrowth?

What are the symptoms of small bowel overgrowth?

Unclear question: I am not clear as to what small bowel overgrowth you are addressing? Please advise. ...Read more

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What are signs and symptoms of bowel obstruction?

What are signs and symptoms of bowel obstruction?

Crampy pain, nausea: Bowel obstruction usually begins with loss of appetite and crampy pain in the abdomen. Usually, bowel gas and bowel movements slow down, and in some cases completely stop. Since food and saliva can't go anywhere, vomiting usually occurs. Most people who have a bowel obstruction have had previous surgery. ...Read more

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Describe signs and symptoms of a bowel obstruction?

Describe signs and symptoms of a bowel obstruction?

Pain and vomiting: The usual symptoms if a bowel obstruction include campy abdominal pain and abdominal distension and vomiting and decreased vowel movements hospital admission is required. ...Read more

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Are changed bowel habits symptoms of gastroparesis?

Are changed bowel habits symptoms of gastroparesis?

Probably not: Gastroparesis - delayed empyting of your stomach is not always the first diagnosis. History and exam and certain labs can aid your physician in the diagnosis. You should seek advice with gp or gastroenterologist to determine exact cause. ...Read more

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I just had a bowel obstruction and surgery for the first time in my life dr said should have never happened. A week later I am having same symptoms c?

I just had a bowel obstruction and surgery for the first time in my life dr said should have never happened. A week later I am having same symptoms c?

See your Dr: If you are developing the same symptoms as before the surgery you should see your surgeon or ER doctor as soon as possible. It's unlikely you have another bowel obstruction and more likely your bowels have not "woken up" completely yet, but to be sure you should have some x-rays at the very least. ...Read more

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I think I may have bowel cancer, what are some of the symptoms that would be expected?

I think I may have bowel cancer, what are some of the symptoms that would be expected?

Varies: Most patients have not symptoms in early stages. Symptoms depends on size and location of the cancer. Symptoms may be: a change in bowel habits (diarrhea, constipation or a change in the consistency of stool), rectal bleeding or blood in stool, persistent abdominal discomfort (cramps, gas or pain), a feeling of incomplete bowel emptying, weakness or fatigue, or unexplained weight loss. ...Read more

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Can bowel cancer symptoms come and go?

Can bowel cancer symptoms come and go?

Yes, bleeding: Cramps, pain is intermittent at first. But these are advanced symptoms. For early diagnosis of colon cancer, you need to have colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the symptoms of bowel cancer?

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Colon cancer symptom: Typical symptoms/signs from a local colon cancer include bleeding or back stool from bowel, abdominal pain, unexplained iron deficiency anemia, and/or a change in bowel habits. If abdominal distention, and/or nausea and vomiting occur, this may indicate a bowel obstruction or pending obstruction. ...Read more

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What symptoms does someone with bowel obstruction have?

What symptoms does someone with bowel obstruction have?

Pain, vomiting, etc.: A bowel obstruction causes generalized, cramping abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, distention, and the absence of passage of gas or stool (obstipation). ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some symptoms, diagnoses and causes of bowel obstruction?

I was wondering what are some symptoms, diagnoses and causes of bowel obstruction?

Bowel obstruction: Mainly these include abdominal pain, distention (swelling), nausea, vomiting

treatment varies and can either include nasogastric decompression and hydration to surgical intervention. ...Read more

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Do nuts cause bowel irritation for people with a sensitive bowel? If yes, what are the symptoms?

Do nuts cause bowel irritation for people with a sensitive bowel? If yes, what are the symptoms?

It may or may not.: Symptoms include abdominal cramps, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation etc. Be aware of foods that trigger your symptoms & avoid eating them. Http://www. Drdahlman. Com/inflammatory-bowel-disease-diet. Shtml. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of small bowel lymphoma bad?

Are the symptoms of small bowel lymphoma bad?

They can be: Often the initial symptoms of small bowel lymphoma are obstruction or perforation both of which can be very symptomatic. ...Read more

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What are the earliest symptoms of bowel cancer?

What are the earliest symptoms of bowel cancer?

None: Early colon (bowel) cancer will have no symptoms. Microscopic invisible blood in the bowel movements can be tested for with a doctor's visit. Colonoscopy can find early colon cancers. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease?

Depends: Inflammatory bowel disease generally refers to crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. Both may give you diarrhea up to 10-20 movements per day, uc usually with blood mixed in, abdominal pain, weight loss, loss of energy and numeropus other associated co morbid conditions. If in doubt see either a colorectal surgeon or GI doctor. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of small bowel obstruction bad?

It can be.: The most common symptoms include cramping, generalized abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, bloating, and the absence of any passage of stool or gas. We call this last symptom obstipation, and it is a very important predictor of the severity of the episode. In some cases, the pain becomes constant and severe--this may represent a compromised blood supply to the bowel, requiring emergency surgery. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Inflammatory bowel disease?

What are the symptoms of Inflammatory bowel disease?

The symptoms of Inflammatory bowel disease include:: Blood in stool, Rectal bleeding, Diarrhea, Fever, Tender abdomen, Bowel obstruction, Constipation, Fatigue, Abdominal pain, Abdominal mass, Unintentional weight loss, Left lower abdominal pain, Mucus in stool. ...Read more

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Bowel Dysfunction (Definition)

Bowel dysfunction refers to any problem with the lower digestive tract (the colon). This can include diarrhea or ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more