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How Much Feces Is In Your Small Intestine
Can excess stool in the colon cause general intestinal "rumbling"? Can excess stool in the colon cause backup into the small intestine? What exams?
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
Gallbladder: Probably neither one, most likely green comes from gallbladder ...Read more
Can excess acid cause growling noises from small intestine and gas? I am passing stool everyday, does not appear to be food related
Growling noise: Yes excess acid can cause growling stomach and intestinal noises. ...Read more
What does dark green stool mean (problem in colon or small intestine)? Having for 5 weeks. Waiting for my colonoscopy biopsy results.
Orange/light brown stool with food and mucus. Joint weakness, white tongue, etc. Could it be pre-chrohns? Has been 6 months. Small intestine inflamed
See md: Crohn's disease is a serious illness. Don't make a presumptive diagnosis on the internet. Don't know what you mean by "pre-crohn's". Don't know results of tests you have had done. ...Read more
I have blood in stool. A lot of bloating. I feel the blood is from small intestine not colon. Is there any way doctor can tell if it's from small or large intestine?
Bloody BM: Blood in your bowel movements should be characterized. Is it blood streaked. Small bowel bleeding usually causes black bowel movements unless you are having a large bleed. A colonoscopy can easily rule out colonic bleed. A Pill Cam can take photos of your entire small intestine ...Read more
Pain in upper right abdomen. Had xray - stool in small intestines. Perscribed docusate 100 mg. I am on a low salt diet. Ok to take this medication?
I've had left abdomen pain, occasional hard bowel movements and microscopic blood in stool. Now notice I have some small areas of black tar stool that I haven't yet told doctor. Her working differencal is IBS with diverticulitis. Is correct w/ tar?
Melena: Black tarry stool, otherwise known as melena, can sometimes be due to diverticulitis, but certainly can be a sign of bleeding in the upper digestive tract. You should share this new finding with your doctor and see if it affects her working differential. You may need tests to rule out an upper gastrointestinal source of bleeding. Good luck. ...Read more
Sharp pain left front deep abdomen (warm) bottom of rib. Stool change little 2-3 inch pieces. Frequent with some foods. Relief w/ bowel mov/flatulence?
Sounds a lot:
Like IBS C (Irritable Bowel Syndrome-Constipation)
Speak with your PCP (Primary Care Provider) since this is usually a "Diagnosis of Exclusion" (after other more serious possibilities are eliminated)
Hope this is helpful!
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Hi, I've been experiencing pain in my abdomen and more frequent bowel movements. My stool is soft (and appears slightly undigested) ideas?
Not clear: We try to make sure there's no inflammation in your bowels with a good history (ie do certain foods or stress provoke your symptoms), testing your stools and if needed an endoscopy. If all is normal, it may be irritable bowel syndrome. See your doc but feel free to consult me if I can be of further help. Hope this helps though! ...Read more
Woried abdomen CT scan may have missed any defects I may have with colon because colon was full of stool (needed to empty bowel but couldn't).
CT likely adequate: The radiologist who read your CT was likely able to see everything that is possible to see on a CT even with stool in your bowel. CT can not see small defects in the bowel wall, and often can miss polyps even with an empty colon. If you did not receive a diagnosis from the CT, and are having bowel problems, I would recommend consulting with a gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy. ...Read more
1 week ago I had a bloody stool, difficulty with bowel movements since. Minor pain left side of lower abdomen. Also, a vibrator was inserted in rectum during sex? How concerned should I be?
Very concerned: You could have a bowel perforation a simple tear or worse go to a gastroenterologist or the ER for an eval ...Read more
Nothing: Unless you are having symptoms of bowel obstruction. Usually the kink is due to prior abdominal surgery and adhesions. The obstruction can be partial, intermittent or complete, the latter usually requiring surgical correction and the former two usual respond to bowel rest in the hospital for 1-3 days. ...Read more
Within and without..: The obstrction can be form something within the lumen (the passage) or within the wall or from externally (within the abdomen but outside the si). With this in mind it is possible to work through the possibilites and reach a conclusion... ...Read more
All but 150-200cm: All of the intestine can be removed. However, most adults need to keep at least 150 to 200 cms of small intestine to maintain enough function to avoid complications such as dehydration, severe diarrhea, and vitamin/mineral deficiencies. When you have less than that amount, you may require supplemental IV fluids of nutrition into the vein. Some patients receive intestine transplant, if necessary. ...Read more
All but 150-200 cm: All of the intestine can be removed. However, most adults need to keep at least 150 to 200 cm of small intestine to maintain enough function to avoid complications such as dehydration, severe diarrhea, and vitamin/mineral deficiencies. When you have less than that amount, you may require supplemental IV fluids of nutrition into the vein. Some patients receive intestine transplant, if necessary. ...Read more
Cysts in the: Small intestine are uncommon. Enteric duplication cysts, which are congenital anomalies, can occur anywhere along the GI tract. Usually these are asymptomatic, incidental findings on imaging studies and require no treatment. If they cause problems due to obstruction they can be surgically removed. ...Read more
Common bile duct: Bile is made in the liver and is a by-product of liver metabolism (generally broken down red blood cells cleared from the blood stream). The bile collects in the biliary system of the liver and flows to the larger bile ducts - one for the left and right lobes of the liver. These join as the common bile duct which exits the liver. The duct joins the pancreatic duct and flows into the duodenum. ...Read more
Yes: Probiotics help repopulate your intestines with the normal bacterial flora that helps us digest our food. That does not mean that more are better or that supplements are better than eating a well balanced diet. They are particularly helpful after an illness, a course of antibiotics, or exposure to harmful bacteria that disrupt the normal balance. ...Read more
Premalignant tumor: Neoplasms of the small bowel are unusual comprising less than 2% of all malignant neoplasms of bowel. They manifest with non-specific symptoms and frequently can be missed in the usual screening tests because they are flat and carpet like in appearance. Villous adenomas are often associated with larger adenomas and more severe degrees of dysplasia and are of concern primarily because of the risk of malignant transformation (approximately 15-25% overall) ...Read more
CAPSULE ENDOSOCPY: Traditional Endoscopy rarely reached the small bowel. Capsule endoscopy can show photos of the anatomy of the Small bowel to suggest a diagnosis. Also stool cultures x 3 samples on 3 seperate days hold for AFB smear and culture. Also evaluate for pulmonary TB with chest CT and sputum samples. ...Read more
Food malabsorption: Celiac disease leads to inflammation and damage of the lining of the small intestine, which causes decreased absorption of nutrients, vitamins, iron, etc... The intestinal lining loses its microscopic "villi", which are tiny protrusions that maximize the absorptive surface area needed to absorb nutrients. A patient gets diarrhea, anemia, lactose intolerance, tummy aches, irritable bowels, etc... ...Read more
Called enteritis: Infection of small intestines is called enteritis which usually causes diarrhea but if it has stomach infection with it it is called gastroenteritis and nausea and vomiting is added to the symptoms. It is hard to scope the small intestine but there is a technique called capsular endoscopy utilized now to look for small intestine lesions. ...Read more
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