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Does The Sphincter Weaken With Agei M63
Which one?: Which sphincter do you refer to? There are multiple sphincters in the GI tract? The lower esophageal sphincter and the anal sphincter are the most commonly measured with special equipment known as manometries. ...Read more
Not sure: I agree, and you would have just ruined the hot dog gorging contests if true. The lower esophageal sphincter is more functional than an anatomic vice, ergo hard to rupture. I am not endorsing gulping or gorging, but sphincter tome is determined more by ph, hormones, and diaphragm anatomy than swallowing. ...Read more
Bulges and bowels: Not likely. Bulges are not likely to cause many symptoms. In fact, using study data, bulges are actually more normal than not. So bulges do not imply any symptoms. You would need severe pressure on the nerves with obvious spinal stenosis (which could be aggravated by bulges if you had congenital abnormalities). So relax. May be a fissure, or other bowel issue that a GI doc would solve. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If you mean: Thyroid replacement, no. At proper dose to keep your thyroid levels normal, all it does is return things to where they were before you had a thyroid problem. It doesn't weaken anything, just returns it to what it was before. ...Read more
A muscle contraction: When muscles contract they shorten. In the sphincter, the muscles are laid in a circular fashion around the opening that passes urine at the base of the baldder. When they contract, they shorten, thereby tightening the opening in the middle and shutting flow. The sphincter is under the control of both voluntary and involuntary nervous systems. That explains incontinence when someone is very scared. ...Read more
Antispasmodics or : Surgical interventions may help. Your dr can adjust the dose of your meds or add a stronger meds/ narcotics. Take care! http://my.Clevelandclinic.Org/disorders/gastrointestinal_tract_disorders/hic-sphincter-of-oddi-dysfunction.Aspx. ...Read more
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