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Extra Long Colon Bowel Disorders
Long story short, i need a colonoscopy and i heard that colon cleanses can cause your bowel to perforate. Is that true?
Colon Cleanses: Can be dangerous but the preps used for colonoscopies are safe and very low risk when used as instructed by your endoscopist. Otc colon cleanses are a hype and taking advantage of gullible patients and pose potential of damage to the cells lining your colon. Best way to keep colon clear is to eat a healthy high fiber doet, drink 80-100 ounces of caffeine/alcohol free fluid daily and save your mone. ...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
Ever since supplementing extra glutamine in my diet my bowel problems have stopped. How does extra or optimal levels of glutamine benefit the colon?
Feed cells lining it: Glutamine is a crucial nutrient for the cells that line our GI tract. It is proven to be very beneficial for many GI problems. While safe & affordable, unfortunately most doctors know nothing at all about this wonderful treatment. This is because it is natural & affordable, rather than being a drug that can be patented. See http://www.naturalnews.com/033532_l-glutamine_gut_health.html ...Read more
How long can a inflamed bowel track and a inflamed colon stay inflamed for that has not been treated?
Smolders: Inflammation can be of many causes, for example there is viral gastroenteritis (limited time), bacterial infection which rarely affect the colon per se or c diff for the colon and can cause the chronic polymembranous colitis. Others like crohn's and ulcerative colitis can smolder too and get worse. Have ti examined and treated appropriately as treatments also vary. ...Read more
Risk Factor For: Depending on the extent of disease, after 10 -15 years of either ulcerative colitis or crohn's (newer data also links crohn's) - they are considered risk factors for disease. Individuals with long standing ibd are at increased risk for colon cancer and other illnesses. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hi there. What's the difference between the colon, the bowel and the large intestine? They all appear to be the same long tube. Confused!
Doctor found a polyp in my bowel, I'm 26 they took it out. No Colon CA in family? They didn't find any inflammation disease, how could I have this?
Any adenoma?: Sometimes there are normal findings identified at colonoscopy that can form a small bump resembling a polyp. These will often be removed to make sure they are not a precancerous polyp. If the pathology report does not mention an adenoma or hyperplastic polyp, it may not be a true polyp at all. You can follow up with your doctor regarding the results of the biopsy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What's the difference between spastic colon , functional bowel disease , mucous colitis and IBS . How i can now that I am suffering from them ?!
Gastroenterology: You want to know if you have spastic colon, mucus colitis etc. A gastroenterologist can evaluate your stool and if required may perform a study called colonoscopy. Any times the doctor can get a lot of answers by talking to you about your stool habits. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
For the last week or two i habe experianced excess gas and a pressure around the colon. I have no other symptons. Bowel movements are normal. Help?
Are U sure it's gas?: Many report a sense of gasiness, bloating, pressure, abdominal fullness. This may (or not) originate in gut, & may (or not) be disease-related. Some are sensitive to gut distension, have bacterial overgrowth, have altered gut motility or inflammation. It's best to get checked. Also, keep a symptom diary, consider bifidobacter probiotics, start food elimination trials, avoid artificial sweeteners. ...Read more