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Colonoscopy early this afternoon. No pain till getting home & increasing since. Taking Percocet, fiber, & stool softener. Gas? ok to add simethicone?

Colonoscopy early this afternoon. No pain till getting home & increasing since. Taking Percocet, fiber, & stool softener. Gas? ok to add simethicone?

Should be: no problem. But check with your doc to be safe! Rarely colonoscopy may cause perforation/leak. Call your doc ASAP to be safe. DO NOT WAIT. Good luck ...Read more

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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more


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2 weeks of lower abdominal pain. Taking miralax (polyethylene glycol) for constipation. Motrin for abdominal pain. ?

2 weeks of lower abdominal pain. Taking miralax (polyethylene glycol) for constipation. Motrin for abdominal pain.   ?

Should be checked: Pain on the left side or under the belly button could be diverticulitis. R lower could be a chronic appendicitis. You state to be taking laxatives so I believe defecation is difficult. I would recommend a physician evaluation blood count to see if the white cells are up, a gastroentrologist or internist are good stating points but dont keep putting this off. ...Read more

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Is Miralax (polyethylene glycol) the best stool softener to use for slow moving colon and constipation? ( am on fentanyl patches 159 mg q2 days for chronic pain )

Is Miralax (polyethylene glycol) the best stool softener to use for slow moving colon and constipation? ( am on fentanyl patches 159 mg q2 days for chronic pain )

Choices: You have choices, and none are necessarily best for any one person. You might also try OTC supplement called Magnesium Oxide. Take according to the directions on the bottle. It should help stimulate your bowels to work, and also give you some magnesium to reduce pain and spasm. www.blatmanhealthandwellness.com ...Read more

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Is it okay to use magnesium sulfate or laxative a few hours before drinking contrast for CT of abdo & pelvis. Softeners & enema last night didn't work?

Is it okay to use magnesium sulfate or laxative a few hours before drinking contrast for CT of abdo & pelvis. Softeners & enema last night didn't work?

No problem.: It would be better if you take the Magnesium Sulfate and laxative the night before so the bowels can be as clear as possible of stool so you can have a better view of any pathology in the ct scan of your abdomen. ...Read more

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Upper abdomen pain. Tums (calcium carbonate) and warm bath didn't help. Ongoing for about 3 hours?

Upper abdomen pain. Tums (calcium carbonate) and warm bath didn't help. Ongoing for about 3 hours?

Upper abdominal pain: Unfortunately there just too many possibilities in that part of your body to be of much help without a hands-on exam. Of course we think of the most common things first like indigestion. Some of other possibilities include peptic ulcer disease, non-ulceraive dyspepsia, gastritis, gallbladder disease, indigestion, pancreatitis, esphageal reflex or esophageal spasm. See your PCP for help. ...Read more

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Wake up to epigastric pain 2-4am every night w/ nausea, cold sweats. Neither bentyl (dicyclomine) nor antacids relieves the pain. All blood tests normal.Advice pls?

Wake up to epigastric pain 2-4am every night w/ nausea, cold sweats. Neither bentyl (dicyclomine) nor antacids relieves the pain. All blood tests normal.Advice pls?

Possible diagnosis: With localized pain and a repeating pattern of pain a hernia, versus several other problems are possible. As long as you are not febrile or vomiting, okay to mark the tender spot with ink pen and ask your doc to order abdominal ultrasound with attention to right upper quadrant and the abdominal wall at the spot. It may take additional diagnostic tests to reach diagnosis. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can I take Motrin & an over the counter muscle relaxer?

Can I take Motrin & an over the counter muscle relaxer?

Possibly. : Read the label. If it contains ibuprofen than NO. ( because Motrin is ibuprofen ) if not, you are probably ok. Your pharmacist should be able to help you if you have the boxes ...Read more

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Severe pain possible anal fissure w/some bleeding for 5 months. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) softened too much. Citrucel = fissure pain back. OK to alternate both meds?

Severe pain possible anal fissure w/some bleeding for 5 months. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) softened too much.  Citrucel = fissure pain back.  OK to alternate both meds?

Several possibls: First you can reduce the dose of MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) to whatever level it needs to be to prevent you from being loose. You can also used scheduled emptying to be sure the lower bowel stays as empty as possible for as long as needed to heal. Twice a day works for most.Avoid the foods that plug like apples, pasta, bananas, and enjoy fruits that loosen if it helps.(Peaches,plums,prunes) ...Read more

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Severe constipation for 1+yr. On amitiza, colace, & take mag citrate capsules daily - kept me going but not regular. had colonoscopy Mon. No BM since.

Severe constipation for 1+yr. On amitiza, colace, & take mag citrate capsules daily - kept me going but not regular. had colonoscopy Mon. No BM since.

Constipation: I assume that your colonoscopy was unrevealing. It is not unusual to go a few days without a bowel movement after getting thoroughly cleaned out for a colonoscopy. Your gastroenterologist will give you dietary advice as well as critique your treatment regimen.If you have no urge to have bm's,then softeners and stimulants are indicated. If you get urge, work from below with suppositories and enemas ...Read more

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Does bowel prep medicines relieve severe fecal impaction prior to colonoscopy procedure night before ?

Does bowel prep medicines relieve severe fecal impaction prior to colonoscopy procedure night before ?

Possibly: 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

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2nd time taking 2x endone(oxycodone) tablets before bed for wisdom tooth extraction pain.except this time experiencing extreme itching everywhere?

2nd time taking 2x endone(oxycodone) tablets before bed for wisdom tooth extraction pain.except this time experiencing extreme itching everywhere?

Stop Using Oxycodone: Without second guessing the doctor who prescribed you this highly potent pain management drug, intended for management of chronic pain, I strongly discontinuing its use. Surgery in the mouth can be painful, however, healing is rapid and pain should be minimal after 3-7 days depending on the type of surgery. There are many OTC meds and other Rx meds that will help. ...Read more

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For IBS, how much/long should you take meds before going to ER? I have been alternating donnatal & Librax (clinidium and chlordiazepoxide) & Motrin & Percocet for abdominal pain.

For IBS, how much/long should you take meds before going to ER?  I have been alternating  donnatal & Librax (clinidium and chlordiazepoxide) & Motrin & Percocet for abdominal pain.

If your pain is bad: enough to require percocet, I would see gastroenterologist ASAP. I don't believe percocet is a good drug for IBS, and as you know it is habit forming, and so is librax (clinidium and chlordiazepoxide). ...Read more

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Migraines out of control,almost daily!Been taking tylenol (acetaminophen) every 6 hrs every day!Cant take NSAIDs,get nausea&bad tummy pain a LOT.What OTC meds 2 take?

Migraines out of control,almost daily!Been taking tylenol (acetaminophen) every 6 hrs every day!Cant take NSAIDs,get nausea&bad tummy pain a LOT.What OTC meds 2 take?

Migraine Treatment: Once a diagnosis of chronic migraine has been made, effective management of migraine involves three specific strategies: 1) patient education, 2) nonpharmacological management, and 3) pharmacological (medical) management. See an orofacial pain or headache specialist for evaluation and professional management. ...Read more

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Will Zanaflex (tizanidine) 4 mg work on rest if spasms along will spur like pain in neck? Had been taking methocarbam 750, with percocet 10's?

Will Zanaflex (tizanidine) 4 mg work on rest if spasms along will spur like pain in neck? Had been taking methocarbam 750, with percocet 10's?

Need prolotherapy: Insteas of more medication , you need less and you need prolotherapy. Visitwww.Proloshot.Com or www.Getprolo.Com or www.Aaomed.Org to learn about what prolotherapy can do for you and to find a doctor. ...Read more

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Progressive, extremely severe thoracic back pain at night, for months. Tried chiro, massage, accu, nsaids, antacids.MRI w/o contrast was normal.Ideas?

Progressive, extremely severe thoracic back pain at night, for months. Tried chiro, massage, accu, nsaids, antacids.MRI w/o contrast was normal.Ideas?

Diagnose: What you really need now is a diagnosis. Why would a 30 yo have sever back pain with a normal MRI? It suggests it may be non musculoskeletal. Things like pancreatitis, ulcer disease, and a variety of medical conditions can cause back pain. You may need to start over with a detailed exam and further studies to explain the source of your pain. Then appropriate treatment can be given. ...Read more

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Taking 1/2 Soma at night for sleep/muscle spasms. Looking for shorter-acting muscle relax. That won't change natural sleep architecture.Tried flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl)?

Taking 1/2 Soma at night for sleep/muscle spasms. Looking for shorter-acting muscle relax. That won't change natural sleep architecture.Tried flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl)?

Talk to your PCP: There are other frequently prescribed muscle relaxants including Flexeril and skelaxin (metaxalone). I generally prefer skelaxin (metaxalone) as it is better tolerated while Flexeril tends to be overly sedating. You should discuss with your primary care physician which medication is right for you. ...Read more

Painkiller (Definition)

"painkiller" is a general term and not a medical term. Literally, it is something that "kills" the pain. That can include just about anything that ...Read more