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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
I have an ileostomy and mucous fistula. I have hnpcc and want to know if my redundant bowel can be removed for my own comfort and preventative treatme?
I have severe redundant bowel due to chronic gas distension, in both widths and length, causes massive pain and nausea, would temp ileostomy help?
Need more info: Which part of your bowel is redundant - large or small bowel? How do you know? How long have you had symptoms? If the excess bowel is the large intestine, sometimes a bowel resection can help. I have never performed an ileostomy for this problem, I have done colon resections with a good bit of success. Have you seen a surgeon to discuss your options? ...Read more
Paralyzed intestine: Normally the bowel is usually moving, milking contents forward, in waves of contractions (peristalsis). When it stops, it's called ileus. It is seen with narcotic pain meds, some other medications, electrolyte imbalances, post-operatively, and in some patients with slow motility. Being very sick or bed bound can also contribute. If the underlying cause is fixed, it usually resolves with time. ...Read more
Moving bowel: Sometimes physician listens to abdomen with stethoscope and hears bowel making noise of normal movement or peristalysis. Sometimes if very hungry sounds can be heard related to bowel motion. It is normal for bowel to make some noise when peristalses. No bowel sounds mean bowel is staying completely still sometimes called paralytic ileum. High pitched sounds can be heard in bowel obstruction. ...Read more
Bowel upset?: There is not enough detail here to know what you mean by chronic bowel upset. Often chronic G.I. problems respond to increasing the amount of fiber in the diet. If a simple measure like that does not help, however, then I would recommend seeing your doctor for evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more