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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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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