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Lazy Bowel Syndrome
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
See a doctor: If the doctor and find the true cause, usually can be treated with medication. You need to see a doctor to find the true cause. ...Read more
I have had chronic lazy bowel syndrome for the past year and need to use non prescription laxatives in order to have bowel movements. Any suggestions?
Depends on: The laxative . Some are safe for long term use while others are harmful. You already take metamucil and a stool softener. Those are good and safe. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is a good safe laxative you can titrate to response . Another really good one is natural calm, magnesium based(the plain flavor is horrible) but it is harder to find. It can be ordered off internet. It also is titrated to response.. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have lazy bowel syndrome, & have to take miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily. Could this affect my ability to get pregnant? Is it safe?
Should be OK: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) (/peg derivatives) are not absorbed and pull water into the GI tract (--or keep it there--). Should not have impact on reproductive cycle. Many patients, including pediatric ones, use it daily for years without problems. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Too Little Intestine: Certain medical conditions require emergency removal of a significant amount of the small intestine. We see this in infancy associated with necrotizing enterocolitis and in adults when the blood supply to the small intestine is cut-off. The small bowel is responsible for digesting nutrients within our diet; if a lot of the small intestine is missing, nutritional deficiencies occur. ...Read more