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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 went to the ER where I was diagnosed with colitis and an ovarian cyst on the right side. I do not have frequent bowel movement but pain Is awful. ?

 I went to the ER where I was diagnosed with colitis and an ovarian cyst on the right side. I do not have frequent bowel movement but pain Is awful. ?

Colitis: I assume the diagnosis of colitis was made after a CT scan was done to make the diagnosis of your pain. However it does not sound like you have symtoms of colitis, which is diarrhea. So the imaging study that showed colitis is likely an incidental finding mimicing the radiographic characteristics of colitis ...Read more

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Have massive ovarian cyst and colitis. Now when ever I have a bowel movement it is blood clots. Is this serious or even normal?

Have massive ovarian cyst and colitis. Now when ever I have a bowel movement it is blood clots. Is this serious or even normal?

See a Dr!: Yes, rectal bleeding could be serious, especially if you have already been diagnosed with colitis. Depending on the severity of the bleeding, you should see your doctor asap or even the emergency department if you don't have a primary physician or a GI specialist. ...Read more

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Complex ovarian cyst 5.6 cm. 2 ER visits in 1 week. Current severe pain, frequent urination, no bowel movement 2 days, feel bloated/distended. ER?

Complex ovarian cyst 5.6 cm. 2 ER visits in 1 week. Current severe pain, frequent urination, no bowel movement 2 days, feel bloated/distended. ER?

Severe pain--> ED: Have you called your gynecologist? Frequently, the ER will recommend a provider if you do not have one. If you are in severe pain, you should consider returning to the ED for further evaluation. Some ovarian cysts will resolve on their own. Others will require surgical evaluation. Only a physician who has reviewed the ultrasound and examined you can help formulate the best treatment plan. ...Read more

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I feel like I have an ovarian cyst, no bowel movement in 3 days, extremely gasey, hurts to press under right rib cage, stomach bloated, er?

I feel like I have an ovarian cyst, no bowel movement in 3 days, extremely gasey, hurts to press under right rib cage, stomach bloated, er?

See your doctor: Ovarian cysts that cause symptoms usually involve the pelvis and may cause changes in menstrual flow. Bloating is common. If concerned, your doctor can evaluate with pelvic ultrasound. ...Read more

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I am 5 weeks Pregnant and have a ruptured ovarian cyst I have lots of brown discharge and I'm scared is this normal I have pain during bowel movements?

I am 5 weeks Pregnant and have a ruptured ovarian cyst I have lots of brown discharge and I'm scared is this normal I have pain during bowel movements?

Call you OB provider: The brown discharge could be old blood or infection and needs to be addressed. If the cyst that ruptured is your corpus luteum, you may need progesterone supplementation as well. The bowel movement pain may or may not be related. IT could just be constipation which is common in pregnancy. ...Read more

Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


Defecation (Definition)

Passing food that is fully digested and ready for excretion out the ...Read more