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Medicine For Strangulated Bowel
If I don't fix an umbilical hernia, how likely are the chances I will have a strangulated bowel? (i want to know how rare it is).
Umbilical hernias are pretty common. Incarceration or strangulation (very serious, can damage intestines) occur in about 1-10% of patients with an umbilical hernia during their lifetime.
The surgery is fairly easy and simple. Strangulation is more likely if the fascia defect is small (less than 4 cm). If it causes pain, it should definitely be fixed promptly. ...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
Many: Gi anti-inflammatory (5-asa, mesalamine), steroids (prednisone, budesonide), immunosuppressants (azathioprine, cyclosporine) and biologics (infliximab) are the most common meds used for ibd. Depends on your symptoms and clinical response, combination treatment is common. You need to work closely with your doctor. ...Read more
My hida scan was unable to be done due to the nuclear medicine staying in my gallbladder and not releasing into my bowel. Does this mean my gallbladde?
Need more info:
If the scan was a hida with cck (sincalide) augmentation, and the gallbladder (gb) filled with radioactive bile and then did not empty when cck was given, the gb ejection fraction should be low, and that indicates gb dysfunction.
If the radioactive substance (hida) did not even make it into the gb, it could be chronic or acute cholecystitis.
Either way, please see your healthcare provider. ...Read more
Start simple, but...: Docusate (per pdr) helps moisten & soften hard, dry stools. It is not a true laxative, but facilitates natural defecation, usually within 12 to 72 hours. This is safe & available for anyone over 2, & assumes normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or instrinsic obstruction. Change in bowels is a "red flag", like weight loss or blood in stool, that needs evaluation if persistent. ...Read more
I am taking Rabeprazole-20 twice. Can I take Peppermint Oil capsule for bowel problem with the medicine. Thanks.?
Rabeprazole: Hi, it depends why you are taking it for, if you are taking it for acid reflux I don't think it's wise to take peppermint as that might increase your reflux symptoms. Also Peppermint decreases the clearance of Rabeprazole from your body, therefore you might not need to take it twice a day, talk to your Gasteroenterologist. ...Read more
My bowel will nit move without taking laxatives. What can I do for my bowels to move freely without taking medicine. I have tried everything.
Depends: Given that you are almost 50, make sure you have had your colonoscopy. Depending on rest of medical history, I would limit carbohydrates such as breads, pasta, rice, soda and drink more water, add fiber to diet. You may also create juices (kale, etc) and blend pumpkin seeds which are high in magnesium that is also used for constipation. Make sure the seeds are completely ground. Best wishe. ...Read more
What to do if my loose bowel movements do not stop even after taking lots of medicines for 3 months.?
I took 2 puffs (1st in yrs) Will it show in comp drug screen at a pain clinic post 10+ days 44f 5'9 240lb Well hydrated slow bowel funtion?
Constipated yesterday and after I move my bowel I got hemorrhoid. It's external and small but doesn't bleed. Any medicines or topicals? Toget rid fast
Does narrowing of the stomach, mean the same as narrowing of the bowel? Because my pain medicine says don't take if have this problem. Its fentanyl pat
Stomach vs bowel: Fentanyl like any opioids reduces the movement of the bowels (peristaltic movements) if you have a narrowing into the bowel that needs a strong and sustained peristalsis to pass the content from one portion to the next then fentanyl it is not for you (you could get total or partial bowel obstruction)for the stomach area it does delay the gastric emptying, but does not produce obstruction. ...Read more
What is a medicine that you can get over-the-counter for a inflamed bowel track and inflamed colon?
Seek care: This is not the condition to deal with yourself. See a medical doctor. ...Read more
Does bowel prep medicines relieve severe fecal impaction prior to colonoscopy procedure night before?
Bowel preps are taken to assure that the colon is relatively clean as the scope is passed so that even small lesions in the mucosa can be visualized.
Many of the preps contain polyethylene glycol which absorbs liquid into the bowel. This may help but you may need a stool softner. ...Read more
Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my inflammatory bowel disease until I can see a doctor?
Irritable bowel syndrome, with pain, cramping and gases, with what medicines, drugs, can be treated?
Diet and fluids: I rarely prescribe meds for ibs. In my experience teaching people to eat and drink properly resolves most if not all symptoms when the patient is compliant and follows through. Hi fiber, 80-100 ounces non caffeine, non alcoholic beverages each day, regular meal times, excercise. Consistency is the key to being symptom free. ...Read more
Bowel movement after every meal, any medicine to make this once per day? Fruits (dried & fresh) make urge rapidly. Why its so quick? Medical reason.
Gastro-colic reflex: Not an uncommon phenomenon, but consider: are your symptoms related to all foods or only some foods? Is the volume or temperature of food a factor? Do your symptoms occur with every meal or only later in the day? Do you have associated symptoms of nausea, vomiting (with or without blood), biliary colic, tenderness, stool urgency with meals, blood or melena in stool? Any stress recently? ...Read more
Endometriosis symptoms left me disabled until I tried smoking meth. All pain, fatigue, bowel issues gone. Why? And what legal drug can equal this?
Meth can kill you: Meth can leave you disabled, dead, in jail, and with your life ruined. This is much worse than endometriosis symptoms. If your endometriosis symptoms are so bad that you have turned to meth, then you need to see your doctor to discuss this. If you find that you are now dependent on meth, please get treatment for this. Good luck. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with an irritable bowel syndrome, had taken medicines. Is dat life threatening? What wud be the best food for me to eat for ibs. Thanks!
Rome 3 criteria: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a non-critical condition w/ abdominal discomfort, altered/ alternating stool pattern, accompanying nausea, bloating, gassiness. Often improved by stooling, ibs is defined by changes in perception of gut distension, motility, sensation. Diet (keep a food diary) & emotional stress may be a factor but first rule out inflammation, ischemia, infection, malabsorption. ...Read more
Is it normal to bleed when having a bowel movement? With lupus? Could it be the medicine in taking or hemorroids
No: Blood in the stool is not a normal occurrence but not related to lupus. If it is fresh blood with wiping after a bowel movement, then hemorrhoids can be suspected as the cause. However, if stools are dark and tar colored, then a bleed from "further upstream" in the GI tract is likely. Constipation my also cause some minor bleeding from straining. See doctor to define cause. ...Read more
Does the drug vincristine cause blood clots in the bowel, grandad had rcvp them had a blood clot in the major artery supplying the bowel?
I suspect this was..: True...True and unrelated. Coagulopathy, is not a side effect of vincristine. However, having a cancer (such as lymphoma that I suspect your dad has) can elevate clotting risk all by itself. Prednisone in rcvp can elevate risk of clotting as well. Additionally, as a 67yo man, he could have had pre-existing vascular disease that elevated his risk for clotting in those vessels that supply the gut. ...Read more
I have hemorrhoid and was given medicine hemorol. It went away. But I had pain like needle with bowel movement and blood. Now now it is blueish color.
Haven't had a bowel movement in 3 days since starting cough medicine with codeine. What is the best/safest OTC remedy given my current meds?
I have diabetes and irritable bowel syndrome. Is there a stomach sensitive diabetes drug for me? A drug that doesn't cause diarrhea.
A number of them:
putting it backwards metformin, glip1 agents (byetta. Victoza (liraglutide) etc), ddp4 (januvia, tradgenta etc), 1 glucosidase (precose etc) can all give diarhea. Welchol (bile acid resin binder) gives constipation. degree of GI intolerence varies enormously.
other classes have only rare GI issues. ...Read more
Haven't had bowel movement for a week, I have taken medecine liquid and tablets, I have even tried eating beans, yogurth, grains and my stomach hurts.
Today: Please drink three liters of water over the next two hours. If you do not have some movement after that, then it is time to go see the physician. ...Read more
I take linzess for constipation. When I take my medicine, the first bowel movement is solid, but later ones are watery with white specks. Is this norm?
Linzess: It may be mucous in later stools check with your doctor re use of this product see if you may need to go to a lower dosage. ...Read more
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