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Bowels Not Working
Variable: It is not unusual after any surgery for the bowels to be slow. The bowels slow down for a number of reasons - decreased activity after surgery, pain meds cause bowels to be slow, daily routine not 'normal'... The best thing you can do to help is to remain active (within the limitations per your doctor) - even if it is just walking, limit pain meds, drink plenty of water, take a fiber supplement. ...Read more
24 hours: It should occur within 24 hours and if it hasn't contact your surgeon. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
Severe lower abdominal pain for the last two days, bowels have not been working properly, lack of appetite, somewhat nauseous, not pregnant?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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