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Bowel Stricture Symptoms
What are the symptoms of strictures in the large intestine causing slow moment or difficult movement of poop?
Colonic strictures: Colonic strictures are rather rare, and are often due to inflammatory bowel disease or colon cancer. If a stricture is found, it needs to be investigated by a gastroenterologist. Most constipation is not caused by strictures of any sort. Your G.I. doc can help you sort through that too. Good luck. ...Read more
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
Depends: How narrow is the lumen at the site of stricture? What caused the stricture? Do you have any symptoms of intestinal obstruction? If what caused the stricture has abated and you do not have intestinal symptoms, you may wait and watch. ...Read more
Is there a difference in pelvic abscess and a stricture of the bowel after ileostomy reversal surgery?
Yes: Following reversal the bowel is reconnected and dropped back inside. If the new connection leaks or bacteria gets in, an abscess can form causing pain /fever (treated with antibiotics, drainage or more surgery). This and other problems like mild infections, scarring, kinking, recurrent disease, etc, can cause strictures (narrowing). If severe, that causes partial blockage, bloating, pain. ...Read more
I have chron's with an ileostomy. I have been having bowel obstructions often that clear up on their own. Having upper gi/small bowel series. What happpens if he finds a stricture or adhesion?
Depends: May benefit from surgical lysis of adhesion, or removal/opening of stricture. ...Read more
I have recently had a colostomy reversed (had a bowel perforation following stricture from crohns) want to try for baby I am 36 are there risks?
Yes: The greatest risk is that you might not be able to get pregnant and/or carry to term. Some of that depends on the procedure you had and some depends on your underlying disease and activity and meds that you are on for it. That is worth a good discussion with your gastroenterologist and obstetrician. ...Read more
Can urethral stricture or conjested prostititis be painless? I've had a weak/split urine stream and semen during bowel movement for some time. Age 36
Congested prostate: Urethral strictures usually cause decreased flow, not usually painful unless associated with uti. I don't know how you can tell you have a congested prostate without symptoms. Weak stream and seminal fluid drainage during bowell movements can occur specially with constipation or severe straining with bm's. Voiding dysfunction can occur at times but more specific diagnosis will require an exam. ...Read more
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
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
Irriatable bowel syndrome what kinds foods should I eat and other things I can do to ease symptoms
IBS, SPASTIC COLON: Avoid caffienated, carbonated beverages, sugarless gum, mint and chocolate. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
Numerous: Abdominal pain, distention, lack of passage of stool or gas, nausea, vomitting, fever, loss of appetite. If in doubt, do not delay in seeking medical attention either at your doctor or the emrgencey room. If confirmed, initial treatment is bowel rest, most reolve but some will require surgical intervention if they don't resolve with bowel rest. ...Read more
IBS symptoms...: Ibs comes in variable forms: diarrhea predominant, constipation predominant and alternating type (diarrhea and constipation). All are associated with abdominal bloating and abdominal pain with onset of symptoms. Having a stool typically relieves the symptoms - temporarily. See you doctor if concerned. Good luck! ...Read more
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