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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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Bleeding in rectal, exam shows blood in stool & hemorrhoids, have loose stool, rare for solids. Can I use miralax (polyethylene glycol) safely to help loosen impacted stool?

Bleeding in rectal, exam shows blood in stool & hemorrhoids, have loose stool, rare for solids. Can I use miralax (polyethylene glycol) safely to help loosen impacted stool?

Yes you can: Use a dose (17 gm packets) daily, but also recommend you start taking supplemental fiber (like metamucil or equivalent) along with. This will help you be more regular naturally. Once you feel you have "cleaned out" somewhat - stop the MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) but continue the fiber on a daily basis. Also try warm soaks on your hemorrhoids, and topical creams with steroid (hc) may help, too. ...Read more

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Fissure in rectum bleeds every bowel movement w/ lots of pain. Taking 4 fiber caps + 2 stool softeners daily, but not helping. What else to do to heal?

Fissure in rectum bleeds every bowel movement w/ lots of pain. Taking 4 fiber caps + 2 stool softeners daily, but not helping. What else to do to heal?

Nuprecaunal: ovet the counter can help with pain. Also you should take a stool softener to assure you are not straining. (Docusate twicw a day.). Also you should drink 8-12 glasses of water a day and eat several servings of fiber (fruits, veggies, bran flakes). You should heal. See your friendly doctor for an exam to be sure you indeed have anal fissure. Happy healing and good luck. ...Read more

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What are good ways to help with chronic constipation? I've done fiber, enamas, laxatives.

What are good ways to help with chronic constipation? I've done fiber, enamas, laxatives.

Change diet: Try a diet with plenty of vegetables, fruit and lean meat. Every morning when you wake up drink 32 ounces of water. It's ok if it takes you 15-20 minutes to do this. Try to drink another 32 ounces of water through out the rest of the day. This should jump start your digestive tract and get it functioning properly. If this doesn't work after 3-4 days I suggest you see an MD ASAP. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've taken laxatives, fiber pills, miralax, (polyethylene glycol) colon cleansers and even enema and still have not had bowel movement. Do i go to the emergency?

I've taken laxatives, fiber pills, miralax, (polyethylene glycol) colon cleansers and even enema and still have not had bowel movement. Do i go to the emergency?

Depends: Depends, how long it has been since last bm, do you have abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, any other symptoms, if yes than go to er, if no you may want to try to see you doctor first. But in any case don't wait too long. ...Read more

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What are best natural treatment options for constipation due to morphine?, I want to avoid taking laxatives. Last bowel movement was Monday.

What are best natural treatment options for constipation due to morphine?, I want to avoid taking laxatives. Last bowel movement was Monday.

High fiber food: Eat high fiber foods and drink plenty of water. Recommended buy Metamucil at the pharmacy since it is OTC and well tolerated than other strong laxatives . Metamucil is a fiber supplement you can buy as powder form and mix with water. If you do not wish to take Metamucil, you can always try keeping hydrated and exercise. Narcotics cause constipation and a gentler laxative like Metamucil helps. ...Read more

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Treating old constipation through any home remedies? Constipation as old as 2-3 years, lack of bowel movements, feeling lethargic, using laxatives.

Treating old constipation through any home remedies? Constipation as old as 2-3 years, lack of bowel movements, feeling lethargic, using laxatives.

Eat more fiber: Eat more fiber, eat more vegetables, if you up the amount of vegetables and natural fiber you eat, you should have no problem having bowel movements. Also exercising should help. If your diet is more than 25% fresh whole vegetables, raw or cooked, and you still don't have bowel movements you might need some tests to figure out why. ...Read more

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I took a stool softener (max 3 pills/24 hours) and waited 12 hours, can I take a laxative (1-2 pills)? the stool softener didn't relieve constipation.

I took a stool softener (max 3 pills/24 hours) and waited 12 hours, can I take a laxative (1-2 pills)? the stool softener didn't relieve constipation.

Yes: Constipation can be caused by not eating enough fiber or drinking enough liquids. Other reasons include side effects of medication, hypothyroidism, irritable bowl disease and pregnancy. For advice on treating constipation see http://bit.ly/1uzOegm ...Read more

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My mother suffers from constipation. She can 't defecate w/o a laxative. She tried fiber, mucilax, and stool softeners but to no avail.?

My mother suffers from constipation. She can 't defecate w/o a laxative. She tried fiber, mucilax, and stool softeners but to no avail.?

See below.: Needs evaluation by her primary care doc to make sure there is no underlying anatomic or physiologic defect. The whole key to constipation is prevention and consistency. Not, as i often see, a continual juggling of meds with last minute enemas for relief. She may require a daily combination of several agents at small or moderate dose in order to stay regular and comfortable. ...Read more

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I'm looking for hemorrhoid remedies. How to cure hemorrhoids naturally?

I'm looking for hemorrhoid remedies. How to cure hemorrhoids naturally?

Considerations...: "healing" depends on whether the original cause for hemorrhoids persists. Have you been straining at stool, have rectal dysfunction, perform an activity that increases pelvic engorgement with blood or increases pelvic pressure (heavy lifting, prolonged sitting, etc.)? Have your hemorrhoids been surgically or medically managed (& with otc or prescription drugs)? Are you sure they're hemorrhoids? ...Read more

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I'm pregnant and very constipated. Stool softeners and prune juice ain't doing the trick. Can this be bad and are enemas safe?! what else can I do?

I'm pregnant and very constipated. Stool softeners and prune juice ain't doing the trick. Can this be bad and are enemas safe?! what else can I do?

Safe laxatives: There are many safe laxatives to try if necessary. Are you drinking enough water daily? Are you eating high fiber foods? Talk to your doctor about whether she has a preference for dulcolax, miralax, (polyethylene glycol) or a different product. Both are safe in pregnancy. ...Read more

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I'm having some watery stool with pinkous blood took 2laxatives last night do to constipation ?

I'm having some watery stool with pinkous blood took 2laxatives last night do to constipation ?

Response to laxative: Watery stool is from 2 laxative tablet. Some times f you had severe constipation and hard stool can irritate the Anal/Rectal mucosa and cause minor bleeding and the bloody stool. If this persist contact your doctor. Do you have hemorrhoids? That can also cause some bleeding too. ...Read more

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Is there anything over-the-counter that will help ease withdrawl symptoms. I'm into day 3 detoxing at home off opioids and i'm miserable.

See your doctor : Consult your physician. Opioid withdrawals can cause serious problems. There is no over the counter medication available that is recommended for opiate withdrawals. ...Read more

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35/m.Chronic constipation 5yrs, using na.Picosulfate syp.From many yrs.Colonoscopy, blood tests normal.Anal erosions, pain defecation.How to start rx.

35/m.Chronic constipation 5yrs, using na.Picosulfate syp.From many yrs.Colonoscopy, blood tests normal.Anal erosions, pain defecation.How to start rx.

Your doctor will hel: Your doctor can help you with this problem. The same doctor who did your colon check is the best person to seek help from. You need to eat foods with more fiber (fruits and veggies)and drink more water. This will help reduce constipation. ...Read more

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


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more