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Diverticulitis And Bowel Movements
It can: It depends on the location of the pain; typical might be left lower abdomen or pelvic, associated with the sigmoid colon inflammation. If you are having fevers or all-over abdominal pain, or signs of infection you should see your doctor; consider taking a daily fiber supplement. ...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
Prob not: Probably not. Usually pain with a bowel movement is the result of either an anal fissure or external hemorrhoid. Neither one is dangerous and both are easily treated. Diverticulitis will usually give a patient fever and abdominal pain. The pain is more constant in nature. How long have you had this pain and is there any bleeding associated with the bm? ...Read more
I haven't had a bowel movement in 7 days. 10 years ago I had surgery on my intestines because I suffer from diverticulitis. Could this be related?
Could be related.: This could be related. After abdominal surgery, we can develop adhesions (scar tissue within the abdomen) that can ensnare the small intestines and cause obstruction. If you haven’t gone in seven days you should be evaluated, especially if you’re having abdominal pains. ...Read more
I eat fiber foods every day and have a bowel movement every day yet I had 2 diverticulitis attacks with in 3 months why do I get them?
I have diverticulitis and had a flare up on christmas eve. I had a endoscopy over a week ago and now have mucus in bowel movements. Normal?
I've had left abdomen pain, occasional hard bowel movements and microscopic blood in stool. Now notice I have some small areas of black tar stool that I haven't yet told doctor. Her working differencal is IBS with diverticulitis. Is correct w/ tar?
Melena: Black tarry stool, otherwise known as melena, can sometimes be due to diverticulitis, but certainly can be a sign of bleeding in the upper digestive tract. You should share this new finding with your doctor and see if it affects her working differential. You may need tests to rule out an upper gastrointestinal source of bleeding. Good luck. ...Read more
Yes & No:
You are still young to have serious intestinal problem like cancer.
Most rectal bleeding for young people is from hemorrhoids.
If you are constipated, take some laxatives or stool softeners.
But you should still see your dr and be referred to a gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy to be checked for the above.
Have a blood count too to check for anemia.
Best wishes! ...Read more
There are some foods that are a bit constipating to many people. Bananas & apples (or applesauce)are the main fruits & I've seen consumption of more than 1/day do it. White breads, pasta (spaghetti or macaroni), cheese & chips are also common offenders. Each person may have their own contributor.
A healthy intake of fluids will often override several of these & some foods naturally lossen stools. ...Read more
Would check GI Dr: I would get checked by a GI doctor. Black stools can be indicative of bleeding within your GI tract. Specs are an atypical way to describe this. ...Read more
Consider this...: Although much of stool is the bacterial flora of your gut, what you eat plays a big role in gut motility, effectiveness of digestion, stool pattern/appearance. Fiber supplements increase bulk & therefore stool volume. Adequate fluids avoid dessicated stool. Stool color is very dependent on ingestants. Also, diet modification, exercise, bleeding changes food transit time & the resulting stool. ...Read more