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How Can You Tell If You Have A Bowel Obstruction
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
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
How can I tell if I have a bowel obstruction will I poop just liquid if I have a bowel obstruction?
Can you have a bowel obstruction, without obvious symptoms.
Medication caused constipation, I have taken senna for two days, Miralax (polyethylene glycol) x2 no bm?
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
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
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
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
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
Irregular for 1 month. Usually loose BMs, sometimes diarrhea, occasionally constipation, stools rarely formed. Could I have a bowel obstruction?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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