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Caution...: Not sure what you are referring to as a "kink" but when doctors use this term they are usually describing a redundant colon or large intestine. This means there are more folds or twists in the colon than normal. Another type of "kink" might mean there are adhesions in the abdomen causing fixation of the intestine. This frequently comes to light after a difficult colonoscopy exam. ...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
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
I have a kink/ twisted bowel and have been told by the doctors that they won't operate as it could be dangerous I have put up with this for 14 years.
Common: Having a "bloated stomach" after abdominal surgery is very common. It may take a few more weeks to go back to normal. If there was a kink in the intestine preventing passage of intestinal contents, this would generally caused pain nausea and vomiting. Call your surgeon if you are really concerned for an exam. ...Read more
It removes by itself: How do you know you have lot of mucous in your intestines. Well even if you have it you need not do anything as it will get removed naturally through the GI tract. ...Read more
Abdominal discomfort: Abdominal discomfort can occur for many reasons, not just for problems with the small intestine. If this is an ongoing problem or if it is acutely severe, then you should be seen by your doctor or an emergency room to sort it out. If it lasts longer than a day or two, or if it is getting worse, please seek care promptly. Good luck. ...Read more
Hernia, scar tissue: The two most common causes are hernias and scar tissue. A hernia is a defect in the abdominal cavity. The intestine gets stuck in this defect, causing a blockage. If it stays too long, this portion of the intestine can die. Similarly, scars in the abdomen, usually from previous surgery, can result in a blockage when the intestine gets tangles around the scar tissue. Other causes are less likely. ...Read more
Intestinal pain: Yes, any pain needs to be examined by your doctor. You MAY have a digestive issue or something more such as a blockage which can be very dangerous. A recent study indicates that pain is the number one reason people see their doctors. Peace and good health. ...Read more
I am curious, no one can give me a straight answer for how much weight is stored in your intestines due to waste?
3-4 pounds: Plan on losing about 3-4 pounds after drinking a colonoscopy preparation. This is a one-time "cleanse" and is neither recommended for repeat application to effect weight loss, nor are colon cleansers of any kind justifiable as a weight loss gimmick. See earlier healthtap answers about why not to use "detox" or "cleansers.". ...Read more
This is weird. It keeps feeling like my intestines are swelling. I can actually feel it sweeling what's gojng on here?
The only way to: Really get a handle on this one is with a thorough medical history, physical examination & pertinent studies. Recommend medical evaluation. ...Read more
I let my celiacs go untreated for quite some time now. I'm ready to tx it bc of bad sx. Aprox how long will it take for the s. Intestines to heal?
Weeks to months?: The clinical presentation of celiac disease varies from patient to patient with either typical intestinal symptoms (see earlier healthtap answers on this topic) or a host of atypical extraintestinal manifestations. Important complications include: malnutrition, osteoporosis, infertility, GI cancers. Up to 30% have persistent/recurrent symptoms, incomplete response, or refractory disease. ...Read more
What can I do to help relax my intestines and help this really loud borborygmi I have almost 24/7? My roommate can even here it from across the room
Bentyl (dicyclomine): This requires a prescription. Borborygmi may reflect poor dietary habits or intestinal disease. ...Read more
My son is having really painful aches in his lower intestines and they hurt everytime he eats anything even if its a single bite of food what do I do?
Abdominal pain: How old is your son, how long he had this problem, any other symptoms such as nausia, vomiting, bloating, bloody stools or weight loss. Abdominal pain in pediatric age is very common & most likely functional. He needs to see his1ry care physician for examination, workup & treatment. At the mean time keep him on bland diet, low fat, no spices cut down dairy products. I hope he gets better soon ...Read more
I think I need to rephrase-question. This did not happen. Educating myself. Could a button battery sit in your intestines for a week and not cause sx?
You would pass it: Generally you eliminate what you eat in a ay or two. So it is not in your intestines for a week unless it got stuck. ...Read more
Would I be able to donate some of my intestines to a four year old sine I am 17? My cousin is 4 years old and has had all of her intestines removed because they started to die. So I was wondering since she is my family.
What: What a loving gesture. You are to be commended. However, I am unaware of intestinal transplants. ...Read more