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Doctor insights on: Severe Bowel Infrequency

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I have severe problem, I am on pain killers and haven't had a bowel movement in over 8 days?

I have severe problem, I am on pain killers and haven't had a bowel movement in over 8 days?

The opioid: analgesics have side effects constipation, respiratory depression, euphoria, miosis, nausea and vomiting and physical dependence. A common problem associated with opioid therapy is constipation, which is a slowing of peristalsis caused by the action of the opioids. To prevent constipation from occurring, OTC laxatives are often prescribed along with opioid medication. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

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


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Have history of bowel obstructions. Would this predispose me to further bowel obstructions? Could this be cause again for severe lower left sided pain?

Have history of bowel obstructions. Would this predispose me to further bowel obstructions? Could this be cause again for severe lower left sided pain?

Possibly: if your bowel obstruction was due to adhesions in your abdomen and you have had surgery in the past, then you're at continued high risk of having recurrent bowel obstructions due to adhesions. If you have abdominal pain, bloating, fevers, or any other symptoms of obstruction, see your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Can severe bowel straining cause kidney problem?

Can severe bowel straining cause kidney problem?

See below: Not likely, kidneys are outside the peritoneum, ie the covering of intestines. ...Read more

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What causes adult (Male) transient small bowel intussusception , multiple severe episodes during 3 years time frame ?

What causes adult (Male) transient small bowel intussusception , multiple severe episodes during 3 years time frame ?

Uncertain cause: It's unclear why some people are prone to episodes of intussusception. It's possible that a low fiber diet is promoting dysmotility or making it difficult for the colon to transit stool. Consider increasing the fiber content of your diet by eating a pound of vegetables and fruits a day and transitioning some/most of your proteins to beans and grains, for longevity and improved colon health. ...Read more

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Severe sigmoid diverticulosis + strictures re section advised what should I expect complications will i get normal bowel functions back?

Severe sigmoid diverticulosis + strictures re section advised what should I expect complications will i get normal bowel functions back?

Resection.: The surgery for diverticulosis of the colon is to remove said portion of the colon. This is not to be taken lightly. There are specific indications in regards to the number of infections and bleeding episodes before a resection would be indicated. After surgery, normalcy of your bowel functions would depend on how much of your colon needs to be removed. ...Read more

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My girlfriend had intsupeption. Now her small bowel keeps twisting causing severe pain is there anything that can be done to prevent this.

My girlfriend had intsupeption. Now her small bowel keeps twisting causing severe pain is there anything that can be done to prevent this.

Probably not: Any time any abdominal operation is performed, there is the possibility of developing partial or complete small bowel obstruction due to adhesions. ...Read more

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Severe back and hip pain durning and before bowel movment? And it seems to be getting worse. Bowel movment is normal and regular otherwise.

Severe  back and hip pain durning and before bowel movment?  And it seems to be getting worse.  Bowel movment is normal and regular otherwise.

Herniated Disc: Consider the need for a lower back (ls spine) mri. This will go a long way in ruling out a herniated disc, which maybe the reason for your symptoms. Good luck! ...Read more

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If a patient was diagnosed with smalle bowel partial obstruction and is in massively severe pain, what is the max threshold for decidign on surgery?

If a patient was diagnosed with smalle bowel partial obstruction and is in massively severe pain, what is the max threshold for decidign on surgery?

Trust surgeon: Make sure that your surgeon is a part of your decision making. Severe abdominal pain by itself is a medical emergency and sometimes leads to immediate surgery. With severe pain and an underlying condition such as small bowel obstruction, the need for surgical correction or decompression is even more likely to be acute. ...Read more

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Cause of severe backache ? Had bowel obstruction prior.

Cause of severe backache ? Had bowel obstruction prior.

Go to ER: If you are having new onset of severe back pain, it could be a sign of a serious health condition in your age group. Please go and be evaluated in the emergency room as soon as possible. ...Read more

Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more