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What could be the association between small bowel obstruction, hemorrhoids and swollen dry skin?

What could be the association between small bowel obstruction, hemorrhoids and swollen dry skin?

Bowel Obstruction: It's possible the hemorrhoids were there before and the increase in the abdominal pressure when the bowels were obstructed caused the hemorrhoids to "flare". Small bowel obstructions can cause a diversion of body fluids to the abdomen, which can cause the dry skin. I'm not sure exactly what you mean by swollen skin....But it's possible to have lower extremity edema in this situation as well. 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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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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Cause of severe backache? Had bowel obstruction prior.

Go to ER: If you are having new onset of severe back pain, it could be a sign of a serious health condition in your age group. Please go and be evaluated in the emergency room as soon as possible. Read more

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Could a bowel obstruction cause back pain and hurt to walk?

Could a bowel obstruction cause back pain and hurt to walk?

Other symptoms.: A bowel obstruction will cause cramping abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, abdominal distention, and constipation. Back pain and pain with walking may occur but this would be secondary to the above symptoms. Read more

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What's the cause of audible bowel sounds without bowel obstruction?

Bowel sounds: Are normally audible. In bowel obstruction, they become hyperactive and high pitched at first, then absent when it becomes more advanced. Read more

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Does small bowel obstruction usually cause many symptoms?

Does small bowel obstruction usually cause many symptoms?

Yes: Small bowel obstruction is typically the result of a blockage of one's small bowel and presents with symptoms of crampy abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. This is typically caused by adhesions or scar tissue as a result of previous surgery. It is typically treated conservatively with bowel rest (nothing by mouth) and IV fluids. Surgery may be necessary at times. Read more

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Might an h2 blocker like Pepcid (famotidine) to cause a bowel obstruction or even a partial bowel obstruction?

Not likely: Intestinal obstruction (in contrast with adynamic ileus) is a mechanical problem, caused most often by obstruction, less often by intestinal tumors or internal hernias. Some meds can cause ileus, but h2 blockers do not. Read more

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Can drinking alcohol cause bowel obstruction?

No: Obstruction is due to scar tissue or hernia. Alcohol causes neither directly but with heavy use, it can lead to liver failure and ascites. This can predispose you to have a hernia and possible blockage. Read more

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How can adhesions cause small bowel obstruction?

How can adhesions cause small bowel obstruction?

Think of adhesions: As bands of fibrous scars. If one happens to form in a location that involves a bowel loop, the loop can be deformed or compressed to the point where the lumen is compromised enough to be obstructed. Read more

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Are adhesions the usual cause of small bowel obstruction?

Are adhesions the usual cause of small bowel obstruction?

IT'S A RISK FACTOR: Repeated abdominal surgeries might increase the likelihood of developing abdominal adhesions. In simple terms like cobwebs. These can sometimes be the cause of partial or complete bowel obstructions. The mechanism is different because the source is external as compared to a mass growing inside the bowel. Talk to your doctor about your concern. Read more

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Is change in bowel habits caused by large bowel obstruction?

Large bowel blocked: Bloating, decrease in gas coming from rectum, small caliber stool, less frequent passing of stool, nausea, vomiting, fevers and abdominal pain. Large bowel obstruction is serious, so get in for evaluation. Treatment is available and sooner is better than emergency. Be well. Read more

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Can appendictis surgery and a bowel obstruction cause infertility?

Can appendictis surgery and a bowel obstruction cause infertility?

Very, very rare.: There is good recent data demonstrating that appendectomy does not interfere with fertility at all. Bowel obstruction surgery causing infertility would also be extraordinarily rare. Read more

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Accidentally swallowed a stem or wood piece of a raisin will this cause a bowel obstruction?

Accidentally swallowed a stem or wood piece of a raisin will this cause a bowel obstruction?

Not likely: Bowel obstruction from food or other ingested bezoar is rare. A raisin stem is very small and therefore able to navigate most GI systems. If you have abdominal symptoms, okay to start a bowel regimen to manage constipation. Constipation is much more likely to negatively impact your day to day GI tract. Be well. Read more

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Why and how does metastatic cancer cause bowel obstruction?

Why and how does metastatic cancer cause bowel obstruction?

Grows into intestine: Metastatic cancers can spread to the intestine or the area right next to it. It can grow into the intestine and cause an obstruction, or it can cause scarring that twists the intestine can causes this problem. Read more

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Can an inguinal hernia cause bowel obstruction?

Can an inguinal hernia cause bowel obstruction?

Yes.: A hernia is said to be incarcerated when a structure within the abdominal cavity gets "stuck" within the hernia. If this happens to be a loop of intestine, this can cause an obstruction and lead to the blood supply of the intestine being cut-off; we call this a strangulated hernia. If one has a large, tender lump in the groin that cannot be pushed back in, this requires emergency md attention. Read more

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Is constipation a sign of colon cancer? How does it cause this? Due to a bowel obstruction?

Is constipation a sign of colon cancer? How does it cause this? Due to a bowel obstruction?

Not necessarily: Constipation is not necessarily a sign of colon cancer. Constipation is usually caused by problems with diet - not enough fiber, not enough fresh fruits/ veggies, not drinking enough water, etc. It can also be caused by low activity level. Some patients have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) which can cause recurrent constipation. If the constipation is new with none of the above changes, see doc Read more

Obstruction (Definition)

Anything that creates a blockage of the intestinal tract. You may think of the intestinal tract (stomach, small bowel, large bowel) as somewhat akin to a garden hose. If you kink the garden hose, or twist it, or block it inside, you have created an "obstruction". Most obstructions are a results of previous surgery and most of these ...Read more


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Bowel Obstruction (Definition)

Occurs when either your small or large intestine is partly or completely blocked. The blockage prevents food, fluids, and gas from moving through the intestines in the normal way. The blockage may cause severe pain ...Read more