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Elderly mom emptyed her bowels and she had blood all over the toilet seat when she wiped. Hemorrhoids?

Dr. Ted King Dr. King
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Elderly mom emptyed her bowels and she had blood all over the toilet seat when she wiped. Hemorrhoids?

Don't assume: Don't just assume it is hemorrhoids and do nothing. I agree with dr. Welker, take your mom to the doctor to get it checked out. ...Read more

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


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Why does a stroke patient or elderly person lose bowel control?

Why does a stroke patient or elderly person lose bowel control?

Disinhibition: There are various reasons: just as one can be paralyzed and unable to move the muscles of the arm or leg, they may be unable to maintain sphincter control due to muscular weakness. Or they may not be able to feel that they need to evacuate. Or there may be higher cortical disinhibition in which they do socially unacceptable things they would never do if they had their full mental capacity. ...Read more

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My elderly mother has small bowel cancer and spread to liver and she is yellow and hardly eatling?

My elderly mother has small bowel cancer and spread to liver and she is yellow and hardly eatling?

Keep the hope: If the jaundice is due to biliary duct blockage, the endoscopy and stent will releive it. Then, there is chance for mild chemo like oral Xeloda (capecitabine) to help her to live longer. ...Read more

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Can having impacted bowels cause edema? What other problems can this cause? Thank you.

Can having impacted bowels cause edema? What other problems can this cause? Thank you.

Depends: Having constipation or being full of stool should not cause swelling unless the swelling is your belly. If you mean swelling in you arms and legs then there can be multiple reasons for why this is happening. Please see your doctor for more answers. Cheers. ...Read more

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How long is recovery after impacted bowel surgery?

How long is recovery after impacted bowel surgery?

Depends..: Recovery from surgery depends on many different factors. Was your surgery minimally invasive? Open with a large cut? Did they remove any bowel? Depending on these answers recovery could be from 1-6 weeks or more.. ...Read more

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Does music therapy impact elderly and children differently?

Does music therapy impact elderly and children differently?

Everyone: Music, and music therapy, affects each individual person differently, regardless of age. ...Read more

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Is it safe and non-habit forming to use Metamucil daily? I just had an impacted bowel and don't want it again. Thank you!

Is it safe and non-habit forming to use Metamucil daily? I just had an impacted bowel and don't want it again. Thank you!

Relatively safe: Increase your daily fiber as well as your water in take. Exercise as well. This will all help with your bowel schedule ...Read more

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What can I do for impacted bowel on a hospice patient?

What can I do for impacted bowel on a hospice patient?

Enema: Usually severe constipation that is refractory to colase or other rx stool softeners may benefit from several enemas. ...Read more

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X rayshowed impacted bowel. Have had off and on rectal bleeding then sudden diarrhea what could cause this?

X rayshowed impacted bowel. Have had off and on rectal bleeding then sudden diarrhea what could cause this?

Constipation: Colon impaction from chronic constipation can cause all types of abdominal bloating & discomfort. Straining to have hard bm will cause pain & rectal bleeding. Diarrhea can be an attempt at the body trying to eliminate the excess bowel waste. Drink more liquids, eat more fiber, try MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) laxative. See a doctor for an exam & discussion of treatment options. ...Read more

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Cause of pain in the upper abdominal area...Around where the diaphragm is located. Dad is 73. Has recently had a impacted bowel but they found no caus?

Cause of pain in the upper abdominal area...Around where the diaphragm is located. Dad is 73. Has recently had a impacted bowel but they found no caus?

Not enough info: I would recommend he see his primary care doctor or a gastroenterologist to help evaluate this further. Upper abdominal pain can be due to many different things, including gastritis/ulcers, gallbladder disease, constipation, irritable bowel, etc etc. Feel free to reach out to me if I can help your dad in our Sandy office. ...Read more

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Rectal pain and unable to make a bowel movement. Impacted?

Impaction is likely.: Please call your doctor to determine the best cleanout protocol for you based on your medical history. ...Read more

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Constipated but still have small bowel movements with a feeling of incomplete evacuation. Could I be impacted?

Constipated but still have small bowel movements with a feeling of incomplete evacuation. Could I be impacted?

Possible: You could check yourself with a glove to find out. Try NaturalCalmcan get on internet it's a magnesium product you can titrate till you pass the lumps. Be sure they come out because diarrhea will pass an obstruction. Then when clean you cN back odd untilyou have banana shaped stool without straining ...Read more

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Diagnosed with impacted bowel at ileocaecal valve, and colonoscopy was not successful, now looking at surgical removal. What can I expect?

Diagnosed with impacted bowel at ileocaecal valve, and colonoscopy was not successful, now looking at surgical removal. What can I expect?

Depends on cause: It is nott clear what is causing the blockage at the ileocecal valve - tumor, inflammation with or without scarring, infection, intussusception, twist (volvulus). In any case, the surgical approaches include open surgery or minimally invasive (laparoscopic or robotic). More than likely, part of your ileum (distal small bowel) and part of the right colon, will be removed and the ends reconnected. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed as impacted bowel at the em room 3 days ago. I stopped solids, liquids, colace, (docusate sodium) @ went some still have cramps @ full feel, what can I do?

I was diagnosed as impacted bowel at the em room 3 days ago. I stopped solids, liquids, colace, (docusate sodium) @ went some still have cramps @ full feel, what can I do?

Laxatives may help: If you mean you had a stool impaction, this is usually from severe constipation. This can be due to such things as narcotics or a motility problem. In some situations reducing narcotics with some laxatives may help. If it is related to chronic laxatives, you should see a specialist to help your bowel function. ...Read more

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I'm in hospital. X-ray said impacted bowel. Left side swelling. Waiting in mri. They say structure. Will see a surgeon. What operations can they do?

I'm in hospital. X-ray said impacted bowel. Left side swelling. Waiting in mri. They say structure. Will see a surgeon. What operations can they do?

? stricture: From your history you seem to have some type of inflammatory bowel disease. The stricture may be a result of this disease process. Often the surgery is a segmental resection. However, if you have crohn's disease, this may cause the disease to become involved in the area of bowel adjacent to the resected tissue. ...Read more