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How Strong Are Intestines
Strong!: Think of all the crud we put into our bodies each day - brownies, cookies, 'sweet chili heat doritos'! we put our intestines through a lot, but most of the time they do their job of sucking out whatever nutrients and water they can. Some things intestines can't handle: magnets, sharp pointy things, poison. If you have downed any of these, swallow your pride and see your doctor asap. ...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
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Is there anything stronger than Acetaminophen for headaches that doesn't irritate intestines? I have intestinal issues that flare up if I take NSAIDs
How much?: How much Tylenol (acetaminophen) have you taken. A healthy person without liver disease can take up to 4000mg per 24 hours (two 500mg Tylenol (acetaminophen) every 6 hours. If that's not cutting your headaches see your doctor, there are other pain medication options. You may need an opiate pain medication. If you have migraine type headaches there are alternate, non-addictive very effective medications, like imitrex. ...Read more
I get this feeling like a strong bubble pops around my intestine area is this gas was told I have acid reflux can this be IBS or something serious?
Gas: It sounds like gas and is probably not IBS and does not sound serious. I would try some Gasex. ...Read more
For how long should I avoid black and strong ground roast coffee prepared in a french press if I have colitis/irritable bowel syndrome?
I would stay: Away from such sources as caffeine in either case as it increases acid production and dehydrates, leading to constipation and potentially worsening your symptoms. That being said colitis and irritable bowel are 2 completely different entities! They are not synonymous. Make sure your diagnosis is clearto you and your doctor. ...Read more
When should I take align, Morning or night? I want to have a bowel movement every morning when I wake up. Are side effects strong? I'm scared to start
Align: Align is not a laxative and may not fulfill your goal of having a bowel movement every morning. There is no specific time of the day recommended, but for the ease of use would recommend in am. Please refer to aligngi. Com. Gas and bloating are the most common side effects experienced with probiotics in general. ...Read more
I suffer from irritable bowel syndrome. Whenever I've to take train early morning, I GT intestinal contractions with strong urgnt need for a bowel movmt.
Sounds situational: If due to IBS, there is medicine you can take before facing the situation in which you expect to have symptoms. ...Read more
My 3 year old has a very strong ammonia order in his bowel movements when he has them is this bad?
Ammonia in stool: The ammonia odor in stool may be due to undigested food or possibly bacterial overgrowth. ...Read more
Almost 4 months from a tah-bso robitically. Is it normal to not have the same push with bowel movements as before surgery? It's not as strong.
How are the bowel and urinary systems related? I often find that about 20 minutes after a bowel movement, I have a strong urge to urinate...Why?
Bowels/bladder: Sometimes the presence of stool in the rectum will place pressure on the urethra acting to "hold" the urine - once it is relieved you may have the urge to void. They are two separate symptoms but emptying one may prompt the other system to "tell the brain" its time to empty the other one. ...Read more
Pvcs in the morning when I'm very tired and after a bowel movement why? Is this normal?! usually 1 or 2 stronger felt ones I feel them building!
PVCs?: You really don't know what your heart is doing - you can't diagnose a PVC by how it feels since all beats out of rhythm share similar feelings. Please get a 24 hour holter and let your doctor make an accurate diagnosis - then treatment will be much easier! ...Read more
Yesterday I was in agony from constipation. Today still constipated but strong pain when squeezing bowel muscles. Plus dark urine. Drink more water?
Good start but...: How do you define "constipation? " a medical definition is bowel infrequency (less than one bowel movement every 3-4 days). I know of no patient who died due to bowel infrequency, straining, or episodic constipation. On the other hand, an obstructed colon (due to inflammation, mass, impaction, pseudo-obstruction) risks ruptures, leaks, infarcts. Especially if in agony, go get checked now please. ...Read more
Blood during bowel movement, colour is bright red and sometimes strong. Condition ongoing for some years - not hemorrhoid related. Need more opinion?
The last few bowel movements that I have had have a strong metallic smell to them, what could cause this? I also have accomapnying abdominal pain
Unusual odor: Unusual odor in an otherwise normal appearing stool has no diagnostic significance. The abdominal discomfort may be significant but more information about the part of the abdomen involved, the nature of the discomfort, presence of tenderness and/or distension, nausea or vomiting, the relation to eating is needed. See your physician or a gastroenterologist if symptoms persist. ...Read more
I've a gastritis, hiatus hernia and irr. Bowel. When I eat I've strong nausea with air reflux inside mythroat. After that, I'm starving. Am I any probems?
Does fecal incontinence involve a strong urge to have a bowel movement? Or do you generally expel without warning?
Either: Fecal incontinence refers to loss of bowel control, which can mean involuntary loss of gas, liquid stool or solid stool. Some people with bowel incontinence experience fecal urgency or a strong, sudden urge to move their bowels & may not always make it to the toilet. Others cannot sense the urge and soil their undergarments with solid stool w/o awareness. ...Read more
So for about 1.5 years I've noticed a change in my digestive health, where it has a strong odor no matter what I do. I've seen a primary doctor twice. And I've seen a Gastro doc. The gastro doc says its perfectly normal to have multiple bowel movements
Strong odor: The odor of stool is strong. That is normal. It is normal to have several BM's a day. We have what is called a gastric colic reflex that encourages to defecate after meals. This is from ancient times when we were often chased or did the chasing to get our meals. We emptied our bowels to be lighter and swifter. This reflex is stronger in some people. The GI doc is correct. ...Read more
Each evening, I experience strong abdominal and lower back cramping, followed by a bowel movement. Is this normal to cramp so much before pooping?
Total liquid diarrhea & painful/strong intestinal cramping on 2nd day of period. No nausea or other symptoms & never had this before. Period related?
Maybe, but get eval: First define the problem (do you have soft or frequent stool?), any other circumstances in which diarrhea developed (malabsorption, pancreatic maldigestion, food intolerances, stressful times, exposure to ill individuals, food poisoning, ischemic gut, inflammatory colitis, etc.), severity (stool volume, dehydration, blood, night-time awakening, weight loss), duration/ recurrence, ? history of IBS. ...Read more
Why do I have fecal body odor? I am very hygienic I shower everyday and wipe my butt until the paper is white after a bowel movement but now I have started to notice a strong fecal body odor coming from me. A couple of times I have entered my finger into
From: From the chain of correspondence you have had with dr. Fowler, you may be suffering from fecal incontinence, which is the inability to control your bowel movements, causing stool (feces) to leak unexpectedly from your rectum, ranging from an occasional leakage of stool while passing gas to a complete loss of bowel control. Common causes of fecal incontinence include constipation, diarrhea, and muscle or nerve damage. Fecal incontinence may be due to a weakened anal sphincter associated with aging or to damage to the nerves and muscles of the rectum and anus from giving birth. Treatment will depend on the cause of fecal incontinence, but usually will start with dietary management and then medications, including laxatives and stool softeners. If the determination is made that the sphincter is lax or there is nerve damage, then sphincteroplasty may be beneficial. In some cases, sacral nerve stimulation may be considered. You may wish to see your gastroenterologist or a colorectal surgeon to assist in the management of your fecal incontinence. ...Read more
Can Zofran (ondansetron) relieve strong intestinal cramping (probably gastroenteritis related, or just in general) or is it only for nausea/vomiting?
I've been having strong cramping in mid and lower abdomen for 5 days. I am constantly feeling like I need to have a bowel movement. What could this be?
Does having sharp painful bowel movement and strong pelvic cramp upon pushing ONLY during period normal?
Constant itchy/sore anus, painful bowel movement and urination, strong smelling discharge, been going on for 4 days. What is this? I'm very worried
Needs exam &culture: Strong smelling discharge needs to be evaluated with a culture and if you are sexually active to rule out STD. The painful urination point towards a Urinary Infection and sore and itchy anus might be due to Hemorroids or anal fissure. I suggest you consult your doctor asap or go to ER and get checked and get appropriate tests and trestment as indicated ...Read more
Does having sharp painful bowel movement and strong pelvic cramp upon pushing ONLY during period a sign of endometriosis?
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