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Early Signs Of Colon Problems
Many and varied: Depending on the problem, signs can include nausea and vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, bleeding from the rectum, abdominal cramping, weight loss or gain or no symptoms at all. If you suspect some sort of problem with your colon, see your doc right away for an examination and evaluation. ...Read more
Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more
Yes: The splenic flexure is the part of your colon that is tucked up under your left diaphragm and can cause pain that radiates upward into the left chest. It's not very common but can happen. ...Read more
Early colon cancer: Early colon cancer typically doesn't have any symptoms- that's why screening colonoscopy is important. If there were symptoms, blood in the stool would be #1. Other things could include pencil-thin stools, pain, cramping, or diarrhea. Most of these would not likely be present in early colon cancer, though, but increasingly likely with an increasing disease burden. ...Read more
Sometimes...: Bloating, irregular stools, and fullness may reflect diet (check your fiber intake), alterations in the population of healthy gut flora we each carry, food intolerances, maldigestion due to problems of the small intestine, pancreas, or biliary tree, changes in GI motility (how well your GI tract mixes and moves food along), various infections, and even irritable bowel syndrome. Testing is easy. ...Read more
My son was told after a colonoscopy, that his small intestines were on one side of his body and his colon on the other. His birth weight was only 4lbs and 5 oz. Born only two weeks early he was considered full term. Can this cause problems later?
Hard to know: The colon is part of your intestine so I'm not sure what your son was really told. I suspect that he was told he has a malrotation (though this is difficult to tell from colonoscopy). This is a dangerous condition and needs to be surgically corrected asap- to be able to say more i'd need to know the medical terms that were used. ...Read more
I understand colon cancer is rare in my 20s im 22 but is early satiety or loss of appetite specific symptoms of colon cancer? What are the main signs?
Wt loss: And early satiety are not normal, and you need a real vs a virtual person to ask you things, examine you, and see if further tests are needed. The one thing I'm fairly sure this is not is colon cancer. Can produce overt or covert blood, cramping, varied and changed bm patterns. A physical exam and full history would help a lot before mor costly testing. ...Read more
Can 2 months of serious anxiety can become the cause of health issues such as, digestive problems and oral cankers or it is sign of colon anal cancers?
Serious anxiety: Serious anxiety can definitely be associated with digestive problems and canker sores. At 23, it's unlikely that you have colon or anal cancer, but in your other info you've written that you have "black terrible stool" at times. I suggest letting your physician investigate this so that anything potentially problematic is taken care of. Referrals can also be made for help with anxiety. Be well. ...Read more
Does colon wall thickening go away once it is there? I had Giardia 3 years ago and was diagnosed with Diverticulitis by CT scan. Does Div have any other telltale signs by CT scan? I'm only 30 years old and have had zero constipation problems previous.
Can stomach problems (h pyolri infection, pud or gasritis) cause loose stools? Or is this a sign of colon problems too? :|
Helicobacter pylori: This will seldom affect the nature of your stools. This is probably due to another issue. ...Read more
Weight loss of 3 pounds since September. No diet or change. Worried about colon cancer as I have read unexplained weight loss can be a sign. I suffer from health anxiety. So my thoughts are racing. No thyroid problems. Blood work was normal in May 2017.
Anxiety focused on: Health issues suggests a POSSIBLE phobia or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Continue to see your doctor and please see a mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment. Please don't use medication only. Therapy can be more long-lasting and empowering. Peace and good health. ...Read more
I'm 23 yr old having stomach pain, gas, inflammation, and bowel problems. My grandmother had colon cancer. Can I test for cancer this early?
Probably not...: At 23, you should pay attention to what and how to eat a healthy foods such as those with less sugar, fat, and salt, with more vegetables and fruits, with less junky foods, with more nuts, beans, etc. Besides more exercise, better sleep, and no overindulgence and obsession for everything we do in life, will help live a long happy life. As to concern for family history of colon cancer, ask doctor. ...Read more
Colin cleansing: Colin cleansing in general is an unnecessary procedure and is occasionally harmful. The body rids itself of stool and toxins, with no need to intervene. The best thing to do is to increase fiber in the diet. Even taking a fiber supplement, such as Metamucil, can be helpful to have regular bowel movements. If you do, increase your fluid intake also. Good luck. ...Read more
Yes: Muscle spasms are common and can cause sudden, sharp, knife-like pain in the flat muscles. They should go away with rubbing them, like a charley horse in your leg. If they persist, or are associated with bowel changes, blood in the stool, weight loss, or appetite changes, it may be something more important. See your primary provider, and good luck! ...Read more
Talk with your: Surgeon, GI doctor, or et nurse. As you are not specific about the health problems, it is difficult to say more. But most patients actually feel a whole lot better after removal of the disease, rather than worse. Talk openly with your doctor and go to the local crohn's and colitis foundation meetings to see others who may have had the same problems and learn how they solved them. Good luck. ...Read more
Ok I got. 11 year old boy dr say his colon is stretch like really bad cuz he had problem few years well I want to know how serious is a stretch colon?
Chronic constipation: Can lead to a megacolon" if severe & long-term. A pediatric gastroenterologist can check that it's functional constipation & treat with bowel clean-out, then Miralax (polyethylene glycol) for 6 months or more. When he has soft stools at least every other day, have him sit on the toilet for 15 min., 15 min. After dinner nightly. Long-standing "stretching" of colon increases risk of diverticulosis in adult middle-age. ...Read more
Depends: Colon cancer sometimes presents with symptoms, but often has no symptoms until later. This is why getting regular screening colonoscopies is recommended. If symptoms are present they can include blood in the stool, weight loss, change in caliber of the stool. Abdominal pain is less common. Since this cancer grows from a small polyp into cancer slowly, be proactive & get regular colonoscopies! ...Read more
Depend of location: Women and men are equally affected by colon cancer. The symptoms depend of the localization of the tumor in the right or the left colon. Family history is important. The right colon cancer can grows without symptoms, it presents with asthenia, weakness and when checked anemia will be present, in the left side cancer presents with progressive const. Ipation. Colonoscopy at 50 y.O find curable cancer. ...Read more
Varies per person.: Signs and symptoms of colon cancer include: a change in bowel habits (including diarrhea or constipation or a change in the consistency of stool), rectal bleeding or blood in stool, persistent abdominal discomfort (like cramps, gas or pain), a feeling that bowels do not empty completely, weakness / fatigue, and unexplained weight loss. Many people with early colon cancer experience no symptoms. ...Read more
They can vary.: In older patients, physicians presume that "rectal bleeding is colon cancer until proven otherwise". Worrisome signs can include pain, diarrhea, constipation, blockage of the intestine, weakness, fatigue, weight loss, and even an enlarging lump that can be felt under the skin. These signs don't necessarily mean that one has colon cancer. The goal is to find colon cancer before any signs appear. ...Read more
Need more info: What are your symptoms? Pain, gas, bleeding in stool, cramping? ...Read more
I'm having some colon problems \u0026 still on diagnosis \u0026 tests phase. My c.E.A level is 21.65, should that be an alert for something?
I m 37 female. I hv 3 extra flesh outside my colon from last 7yrs. I don feel any problem now but I afraid is thr any chance to get anything seriou?
Rectal exam: Although this sounds like hemorrhoids, you need an examination and surgical evaluation as well as a rectal exam. ...Read more
My son was impacted last year. 2000 ccs removed from colon. Been having problems since age 4 he is 9 now. He goes potty all the time. What is problem?
He is not emptying:
Stooling incompletely can allow build of feces. That can stretch the bowel and cause inadequate signals from the brain to the bowel for evacuation.
Clean out is essential to constipation therapy. Daily measures are important afterward. Those should continue in cases of chronic constipation for 6-9 months.
Consider peds GI evaluation if your pediatrician is out of ideas. ...Read more
Hopefully, none.: The colon's primary function is to absorb water. Therefore, depending on what part of the colon is removed (and how much), one typically moves their bowels more frequently than before surgery; this often improves w/in 6 months. Early on, the main issues will be pain management & getting her diet back to normal. Thankfully, there are very few, if any, long-term consequences. ...Read more
I have gastroparesis and pseudo-obstructive disorder. I had >3.5' of colon removed and still have problems. My kids seem to have inherited it; help?
Doctors can help: An adult with such problems can be cared for by his primary care doctor or his G.I. Specialist. Sometimes various medications, foods, etc..., are tried, with different meds showing some level of effectiveness at different times in a patient's life. Kids can see their pediatrician and a pedi GI doctor for help. With chronic problems, be sure to always have very good medical insurance. ...Read more