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Following hernis surgery bowels stoped working, how long before they will work again, what to do?

Following hernis surgery bowels stoped working, how long before they will work again, what to do?

At most, 3-5 days...: For elective hernia repair in an assumed healthy man of 49, the potential undesirable effects from anesthesia and surgery should fade and disappear in 3-5 days. If persisting, check with surgeon for a clinical assessment for unusual event although it's rare. That is reasonable.

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I'm on laxative multiple x daily due to bowels not working. Today very sick, slight fever, burning in upper abd., very nausea, heartbeat visible in ab?

I'm on laxative multiple x daily due to bowels not working. Today very sick, slight fever, burning in upper abd., very nausea, heartbeat visible in ab?

Really NOT good...: Before you contemplate long term laxative dependency, seek medical evaluation--rule out metabolic causes of constipation (e.g. Low thyroid or adrenal conditions), distinguish slow versus normal transit constipation, consider a primary rectal dysfunction that may be treatable with biofeedback, check for structural pathology or extrinsic impingement, or intermittent ileus (e.g. Pseudo-obstruction). ...Read more

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How can I get my bowels to start working after spinal surgery?

How can I get my bowels to start working after spinal surgery?

Move: Patients can definitely have trouble with their usual bowel regimen after spine surgery for many reasons. Early mobilization and limiting the amount of narcotic medications and getting back to your usual diet as soon as possible are the most common interventions used. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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Right sided intermittent sharp pain (3wks post endometrial ablation.& appendectomy) also feeling full fast when eating & burping alot (bowels working)?

Right sided intermittent sharp pain (3wks post endometrial ablation.& appendectomy) also feeling full fast when eating & burping alot (bowels working)?

Right abd pain: Right sided abdominal pain after an appendectomy, especially with symptoms you describe may indicate continued inflammation of the tissues at the appendectomy site, with partial paralysis of your intestinal motility. See your surgeon who performed the appendectomy for an exam. ...Read more

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Hi there I have a real Bloated Stomach & my bowels seem to be working ok - waiting on a Abdominal Ultrasound. Pain still in left side. 3 Spleens shown?

Hi there I have a real Bloated Stomach & my bowels seem to be working ok - waiting on a Abdominal Ultrasound. Pain still in left side. 3 Spleens shown?

See your doctor: Bloating and the history of 3 spleens, neurogenic bladder should be evaluated by your doctor. At this point without review of your complete history and physical and the results of your CT scan the findings are unable to be determined. I wish you good luck ...Read more

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Severe lower abdominal pain for the last two days, bowels have not been working properly, lack of appetite, somewhat nauseous, not pregnant?

Severe lower abdominal pain for the last two days, bowels have not been working properly, lack of appetite, somewhat nauseous, not pregnant?

See details: Severe abdominal pain requires a prompt evaluation. There are several causes, some of which can be serious. See your doctor now or go to the er. ...Read more

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Pa diagnosed very silent bowels. Treated with ducolax. So far lots of loose or liquid bm's. Does that mean it's working? Is very silent bowels bad?

Pa diagnosed very silent bowels. Treated with ducolax. So far lots of loose or liquid bm's. Does that mean it's working? Is very silent bowels bad?

Word games: I'm afraid our attempts to communicate with patients are often misunderstood. I would call"very quiet bowel sounds" an observation, not a diagnosis. Perhaps, with the ducolax, s/he assumed you were constipated. Bowel sounds can be active or quiet at different times in the same patient over a period of minutes or hours. By itself, it has no specific meaning. ...Read more

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Can my bowel stop working after taking laxatives on a regular basis?

Can my bowel stop working after taking laxatives on a regular basis?

Yes: Your bowels can definitely be affected from long term laxative use. I would recommend seeing your doctor or a gastroenterologist for bowel retraining. This can be a difficult process so you will need to stick with it and not continue laxative use. ...Read more

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When working out, is it normal to have more bowel movements?

When working out, is it normal to have more bowel movements?

Exercise& Bowel move: Lack of exercise can contrbute to constipation beacuse inactivity slows the digestive system. Execise or working out regularly will help with good bowel movements. If you are already regular you may find you have more bowel movements. Bowel respond even more if you are consistent and work out same time every day. ...Read more

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For what length of time do orallly administered treatments of bowel cancer take to show they are working?

For what length of time do orallly administered treatments of bowel cancer take to show they are working?

Talk to your doctor: You have bowel cancer and have been given an oral medication to help. Talk to your doctor and discuss what time it should take for the effect to be noticed. It is always important to talk to your doctor before you leave the office and understand what the expectations of any new medication. Also talk to your pharmacist to see if any interaction exists between a new and old medication. ...Read more

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Can a gallbladder with no stones only working at 15% cause constipation? My bowel habits have changed and I'm always constipated.

Can a gallbladder with no stones only working at 15% cause constipation? My bowel habits have changed and I'm always constipated.

Not gall bladder: You should take fiber foods (see site below for info). Or you could take a fiber laxative like Metamucil. In either case drink enough water daily so that your urine is colorless.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948 ...Read more

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12 yr bowel problems. Toilet constantly. Both colonoscopy and celiac tests clear. 30yr old irish male. What could be wrong? Affecting working day help

12 yr bowel problems. Toilet constantly. Both colonoscopy and celiac tests clear. 30yr old irish male. What could be wrong? Affecting working day help

Lots of causes: Lot of causes for these complaints, including organic and functional. Do a diet diary, including alcohol, sugarless gum and candy, symptoms. Bring to doc. May need stool tests for parasites, fat, other. May need evaluatiom of all bowel, pancreas, thyroid, hormones. Check meds. Colon biopsied? May be easily rx'd or not. ...Read more

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I have a colonoscopy tomorrow. I took my bowel prep of about an hour ago. In how much time will it start working? Will a gatorade/miralax mix not work?

I have a colonoscopy tomorrow. I took my bowel prep of about an hour ago. In how much time will it start working? Will a gatorade/miralax mix not work?

May not work: A gatorade and MiraLAX combination is not a common bowel prep in my experience. Miralax is an excellent laxative but if only one dose is taken, it is not likely to clean the colon out as well as is optimal for colonoscopy. A single dose might not produce a bm for a day or 2. Gatorade is an electrolyte-rich drink but not likely as effective as GoLytely or other polyethylene glycol solutions. ...Read more

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I have myelomeningocele spina bifida I use senokot (senna) for bowel management once a week but it has stopped working is there anything else I can do?

I have myelomeningocele spina bifida I use senokot (senna) for bowel management once a week but it has stopped working is there anything else I can do?

There are a number: Of other medications for bowel movement, including the magic bullet if you are looking for suppository meds. If oral is preferred, can consider miralax, (polyethylene glycol) magnesium citrate for short term use only. Do you use any narcotic medications? These obviously can slow bowels and there is a new peripheral acting only Narcan that doesn't block pain but does clear bowels of opioid issues. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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I just started taking linzess, the highest dose. How long will it take for it to start working and my bowel movements to become regular?

I just started taking linzess, the highest dose. How long will it take for it to start working and my bowel movements to become regular?

Great drug choice: Linzess is a non-systemic agent that works within 1 week to improve both the frequency and completeness of emptying, and within 6-8 weeks to reduce the sense of abdominal discomfort that often accompanies constipation. Take one pill before your first meal daily. ...Read more

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What pain medication can I take for irritable bowel disease? Bentyl (dicyclomine) has no effect and 5mg of percocet is no longer working. The pain is excruciating.

Makes it worse: Opiates are BAD and temporary solutions to any kind of intestinal disorder. They may temporarily mask the pain, but by also slowing down the activity of the bowel they ultimately make the symptoms worse. Anticholinergic drugs like bentyl (dicyclomine) may or may not work. See your PCP or a gastroenterologist to make sure you have the right diagnosis and the right treatment. There are many available options. ...Read more

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Haven't had a bowel movement in 9 days. What do I do? Have tried laxatives as well as fiber bars, nothing is working.

Haven't had a bowel movement in 9 days. What do I do? Have tried laxatives as well as fiber bars, nothing is working.

It: It is crucial you seek medical attention. The constipation can be due to a bowel obstruction, which is best described by a small or large blockage in the intestines. Continued obstruction can cause a perforation of the bowels - where the fecal matter punctures the intestines. This can be life threatening. I recommend going to an urgent care or emergency room. If the constipation can not be relieved with enemas or other treatments, further tests, such as abdominal xray or ultrasounds studies will need to be performed. Get help. ...Read more

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What are some really good medications for irritable bowel syndrome. I live on the toilet and am always in so much pain. I'm on librax (clinidium and chlordiazepoxide) but not working!

What are some really good medications for irritable bowel syndrome. I live on the toilet and am always in so much pain. I'm on librax (clinidium and chlordiazepoxide) but not working!

IBS: There are several things to be done for this problem. Many antispasmodics may help. Sometimes meds for reducing nervousness will help. Every case is different so best advice is to see a gastroenterologist who treats ibs and you may have to try several things to see which one helps. Hyoscyamine or Dicyclomine are for spasms. Buspirone may help the nervous stomach. ...Read more

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My 84 year old mum is quite frail and housebound. She has only had 2 worthwhile bowel movements in 8 days. Senna+ prune juice +laxido not working.?

My 84 year old mum is quite frail and housebound. She has only had 2 worthwhile bowel movements in 8 days. Senna+ prune juice +laxido not working.?

How about water?: Before we become too alarmed, is she drinking adequate water? Elderly people very easily become dehydrated, and (believe it or not) a bowel movement is about 75% water. So none of the stuff you mentioned will really work too well if she’s not drinking enough water throughout the day. ...Read more

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Male 50yrs bowel stopped working, stomach bloated, projectile vomiting black bile &unable to breathe after general anesthetic. Why?

Male 50yrs bowel stopped working, stomach bloated, projectile vomiting black bile &unable to breathe after general anesthetic. Why?

Bowel obstruction: You need to seek medical help immediately. You may have small bowel obstruction. Not sure what surgery you had, but call the surgeon who perfomed the surgery ...Read more

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Constipated for 4 weeks numerous enemas, 2 bowel preps and laxatives not working nausea vomiting hurts to move doc not doing anything pain is worse

Constipated for 4 weeks numerous enemas, 2 bowel preps and laxatives not working nausea vomiting hurts to move doc not doing anything pain is worse

Diagnosis needed: I would be concerned about a possible incomplete mechanical obstruction in your intestinal tract in view of symptoms of abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.it may be an irritable bowel syndrome with predominant constipation, however. Nevertheless I recommend a thorough evaluation by a gastroenterologist who will order appropriate tests and, if advisable, refer to an abdominal surgeon for evaluation ...Read more

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I have a UTI (burning & flank pain) but also feel like I need to do a bowel movement - not just urinate. Is this normal? Antibiotics not working.

I have a UTI (burning & flank pain) but also feel like I need to do a bowel movement - not just urinate. Is this normal? Antibiotics not working.

Is this normal?: Not really! You must see your Gynecologist as soon as you can. The three items you listed above will help your doctor decide what should or should not be done.


Hope all goes well. ...Read more