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How to tell if I have a bowel obstruction or fiber blockage?

How to tell if I have a bowel obstruction or fiber blockage?

SBO or LBO: You should be evaluated by your primary doctor or surgeon as these symptoms are very non-specific and may be related to a GI issue or even a stricture or other causes of GI tract narrowing or blockage. ...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


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How can I tell if I have a bowel obstruction will I poop just liquid if I have a bowel obstruction?

How can I tell if I have a bowel obstruction will I poop just liquid if I have a bowel obstruction?

Possible : That is the reason to call partial bowel obstruction which will lead to complete obstruction if untreated. ...Read more

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How to tell if a bowel obstruction is going away?

How to tell if a bowel obstruction is going away?

GI symptoms improve: When your belly pain and nausea start to improve and you can pass gas or have a bowel movement. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between bad constipation and a bowel obstruction?

How can you tell the difference between bad constipation and a bowel obstruction?

One need immediate: Medical attention, bowel obstruction is pathological (disease) process needs medical intervention including possible surgery, dissension due to constipation is due to inability to eliminate stool, still will be able to pass flatus. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what do you do about a large bowel obstruction?

Can you tell me what do you do about a large bowel obstruction?

Bowel obstruction: A true bowel obstruction can be a surgical emergency. Large bowel obstruction is relatively uncommon ; usually is from obstructing diverticulitis or cancer ; may need emergency surgery. Colon blockage from constipation is treated with laxatives ; sometimes enemas. ...Read more

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If you have a bowel obstruction, can you still have poop every day?

If you have a bowel obstruction, can you still have poop every day?

YES: If it's a partial bowel obstruction you might have stool but not solid, most likely loose and watery. In complete obstruction no stool or flatus (gas). ...Read more

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How to know if I have a bowel obstruction?

Bowel obstruction: If you are vomiting green that smells like stool. No stool or gas. Unremitting abdominal pain. Distension. Tympany the abdomen when thumped sounds like a drum. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a bowel obstruction?

Common symptoms: Are crampy abdominal pain, abdominal distention, nausea, vomiting, and obstipation, in someone who has had previous abdominal surgery or has a hernia. Only medical evaluation will differentiate intestinal obstruction from other causes of abdominal pain. You need to seek immediate medical attention if you have these symptoms. ...Read more

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What does it feel like to have a bowel obstruction?

What does it feel like to have a bowel obstruction?

Lousy.: A small bowel obstruction usually occurs due to scar tissue from prior abdominal surgery, causing the bowel to kink like a garden hose. This causes the intestinal contents to back up, leading to cramping abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, bloating, and, most tellingly, the absence of passage of stool or gas--we call this obstipation. Management requires hospitalization and sometimes even surgery. ...Read more

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Have a bowel obstruction and was wondering if a bowel obstruction could cause hunger?

Have a bowel obstruction and was wondering if a bowel obstruction could cause hunger?

Intestinal: Obstruction usually causes crampy abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, obstipation. Hunger is a very unusual symptom with this condition. ...Read more

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Could it be possible I have a bowel obstruction or am i overreacting, any recommendations?

Xray needed: If there is a possibility of bowel obstruction and symptoms are minimal, a flat film of the abdomen will reveal the presence of distended loops of bowel and make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Do I have a bowel obstruction risk if a c hyst?

Yes: Although the risk is small after any abdominal surgery, there is risk of intestinal obstruction due to formation of adhesions in the peritoneal cavity (abdominal cavity). ...Read more

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Can you have solid bowels but still have a bowel obstruction?

Can you have solid bowels but still have a bowel obstruction?

SURE: If you have a small bowel obstruction, usually from surgical adhesions from prior procedures, the colon, downstream from the small bowel, will still have material in it at the moment of sbo. So, for a day or two, a patient with a sbo can have a bowel movement, but they'll be distended, nauseated, and have cramping pain. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why do people vomit when they have a bowel obstruction?

Why do people vomit when they have a bowel obstruction?

Blocked pipes: The stomach and small bowel secrete gallons of fluid every day that is reabsorbed, aiding nutrient absorption. If the small intestine is obstructed, this fluid upstream from the blockage accumulates and, left with no place to go, backs up into the stomach. Also, we all swallow air--this furthers the upstream distention. A key sign of successful resolution is gas +/- stool out the bottom. ...Read more

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I can pass gass and all but I poop very little, could I have a bowel obstruction? I have no pain, it just feels like a lot of poo is in my intestines.

If you are: Passing flatus, I don't think you have an intestinal obstruction. More likely severe constipation or underlying intestinal motility problem. You can try otc laxatives or stool softeners or even suppository or enema, but if problem persists, see your doctor for precise diagnosis and proper treatment. ...Read more

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I'm having lower abdomonal pain and cramping off and on. Could I have a bowel obstruction if I poop but its small and hard and difficult to pass?

I'm having lower abdomonal pain and cramping off and on. Could I have a bowel obstruction if I poop but its small and hard and difficult to pass?

Not likely: Generally, with a bowel obstruction you won't pass stool or flatus, you will have a distended abdomen and nausea and vomiting. More likely you are just constipated and you may have an Irritable Bowel Syndrome. For information on treatment go to http://bit.ly/1uzOegm and http://bit.ly/1VlC078 http://bit.ly/1OiIRcI I think you will find this information very helpful. ...Read more

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How can I treat bowel obstruction?

You cannot: Bowel obstruction is a medical emergency and you should go to an er right away. It can be caused by foreign objects, tumors, serious vascular problems, bowel twisting, or an infolding termed intussecption. These may need surgical intervention and the er is the point of entry for the next steps. ...Read more

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Bowel obstruction how long to heal?

Depends: Did you have surgery to treat the obstruction? Were you hospitalized and treated medically only? Are you describing bowel constipation? Takes 4-6 weeks to recover from surgery. Takes a few days to recover after medical treatment. Would need much more detailed medical information to answer further. ...Read more

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What are bowel obstruction symptoms?

What are bowel obstruction symptoms?

Pain and distension: First comes abdominal pain followed by abdominal swelling + tenderness. Then vomiting of stomach contents followed by greenish (bile)vomiting. May feel like passing flatus, but cannot + bowel movements will cease. Abdominal sounds will be absent due to ileus. Plain abdominal xray will demonstrate distended bowel loops with "air fluid levels. See dr. For severe pain, abdo distension + green vomitus. ...Read more

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How is a bowel obstruction diagnosed?

How is a bowel obstruction diagnosed?

Combination: Bowel obstruction is diagnosed using a combination of patient history, physical exam, and scans (x-rays, ct, etc.). Sometimes the physical exam findings are so obvious that scans are not required. Some partial bowel obstructions can be very difficult to diagnose and may elude doctors and patients for months. ...Read more

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How to know if I have bowel obstruction?

How to know if I have bowel obstruction?

Swollen abdomen: Depending on the degree of obstruction and site, the abdomen enlarges, no passing of gas noted, developing of abdominal pain and possible vomiting depending on how distal the obstruction is. ...Read more

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What are the tests for bowel obstruction?

What are the tests for bowel obstruction?

Physical examination: A true intestinal obstruction is an emergency condition. One should see a doctor immediately for a physical examination, the best "test." blood tests, x-ray, and possible ct scan may be the first tests performed. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat bowel obstruction?

No home remedies: Bowel obstructions are potentially life-threatening emergencies that require urgent hospital evaluation and management: first, to diagnose the exact cause, and then to come up with a treatment plan. Some may simply require bowel rest, IV fluids, tube decompression of the stomach, and "time"; others will require emergency surgery. ...Read more

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Please help me? What is bowel obstruction?

Please help me? What is bowel obstruction?

Intestinal blockage: Bowel obstruction can involve either the small or large intestine. There are many causes of obstruction — for the large intestine, masses including cancer, inflammation or twisting (volvulus), for the small intestine, scar tissue from previous surgery, congenital twisting, congenital band, tumor or hernia. Partial obstruction may resolve without surgery but complete obstruction requires surgery. ...Read more

Obstruction (Definition)

Anything that creates a blockage of the intestinal tract. You may think of the intestinal tract (stomach, small bowel, large bowel) as somewhat akin to a garden hose. If you kink the garden hose, or twist it, or block it inside, you have created an "obstruction". Most obstructions are a results of previous surgery and most of these ...Read more


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Bowel Obstruction (Definition)

Occurs when either your small or large intestine is partly or completely blocked. The blockage prevents food, fluids, and gas from moving through the intestines in the normal way. The blockage may cause severe pain ...Read more