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I have been diagnosed with Sphincter of oddi dysfunction which is painful in the abdomen area, what alternatives do I have to treat my back pain besides chiropractic which hurts it?

I have been diagnosed with Sphincter of oddi dysfunction which is painful in the abdomen area, what alternatives do I have to treat my back pain besides chiropractic which hurts it?

SOD: The answer really depends on details--mostly your labs and the size of your bile duct. Especially if you have Type I or II SOD, a gastroenterologist with special training in this area will likely be able to help. There is no proven role for chiropractic care for treatment of SOD. You should talk to your GI doc in more detail, and consider a 2nd opinion at a center specializing in SOD. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the sphincter muscle?

What is the sphincter muscle?

Control of function: The sphincters are band of muscles around a lot of hollow organs controlling opening and closing around urethra, anus, mouth, eosophagus, stomac. ...Read more

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Is urinary sphincter pump a good option?

Is urinary sphincter pump a good option?

Yes: Assuming you are having urinary leakage, an artificial sphincter can stop this. ...Read more

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Will a lax esophageal sphincter heal in time?

Will a lax esophageal sphincter heal in time?

Lax LES: Try to avoid foods that can decrease LES pressure such as chocolate, coffee, tea, peppermint, fatty foods. Alcohol and tobacco can also lower LES pressure. Also avoid lying down with a full stomach. If nothing helps, there are surgical techniques that can work ...Read more

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How long does it take the sphincter to heal after anal sex?

How long does it take the sphincter to heal after anal sex?

It does not need to: Normal anal sex does not cause any trauma to sphincter and so there is no question of heeling if violent and traumatic anal sex than it needs to be checked to see the extent of injuries.But it is hard to cause cause traumatic injury to aphinctor and these are not common. ...Read more

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Can sphincter if oddi spasms be brought on by laying down (sleeping)?

Can sphincter if oddi spasms be brought on by laying down (sleeping)?

Unlikely: Though everyone's body is unique, simply lying down is unlikely to cause a sphincter of oddi spasm. I in fact just searched the medical literature and cannot locate a report of this happening. Spasm may be related to shifting stomach contents, so spasm may occur if you are lying down with a full stomach. Sphincter of oddi spasm is potentially serious, so please consult a physician. ...Read more

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Can l-theanine help relax my urethral sphincter like alphablockers can?

Can l-theanine help relax my urethral sphincter like alphablockers can?

Probably not : L theanine acts more as a brain stimulant and may help lower blood pressure but there are no scientific studies to prove this . I won't substitute this with Alpha blockers . Discuss with your urologist ...Read more

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Can Crohn's cause gallbladder failure and then sphincter of oddi disfunction ?

Can Crohn's cause gallbladder failure and then sphincter of oddi disfunction ?

Unlikely : They are not directly related. U can have one without the other. No obvious relationship between the two. ...Read more

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Is there any new research on sphincter of odi disfunction and pain management?

Is there any new research on sphincter of odi disfunction  and pain management?

Sphincter of oddi: There a couple of options for pain management and to prevent recurrent pancreatitis including: calcium channel blockers, nitrates, ursodeoxycholic acid, endoscopic or surgical sphincterotomy, and even botulism or electroacupuncture (but these aren't standard treatments, and still needs more data). ...Read more

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Why does the external urethral sphincter takes about a year after birth to become functional?

Normal development.: Urinary continence is more than just the development of the external urethral sphincter, but requires significant development of the nerves, spinal urinary reflexes, and centers in the brain that can inhibit and promote volitional voiding. This is a complex system, and humans require 1-2 years for this system to mature enough for potty training. ...Read more

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Why is there redness around my sphincter ani? Is it normal to have tight feeling when I try to tighten it?

Before worrying: have a doctor take a look. It is not possible to know without seeing it. Often when someone starts to examine their own body carefully, questions will come up. Most of the time there is no disease. But, the worrying can be stressful and last for a long time. ...Read more

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I have sphincter of oddi dysfunction but have developed left sided pain under my ribs causing discomfort. Could you give an opinion.

I have sphincter of oddi dysfunction but have developed left sided pain under my ribs causing discomfort. Could you give an opinion.

Sphincter of Oddi: Dysfunction is a controversial entity and physicians debate whether it's actually a cause of abdominal pain, as after treatment, less than 50% of patients improve. Left sided pain may be due to stomach ulcers, or may be related to your generalized pain as part of functional dyspepsia. ...Read more

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My upper e. sphincter opens 1.8 seconds to late when opening. Is that dangerous? I go to doctor on june 22nd. Should I be scared? Please help!!

My upper e. sphincter opens 1.8 seconds to late when opening. Is that dangerous? I go to doctor on june 22nd. Should I be scared? Please help!!

Not scared, cautious: Be wise with food choices. Soft foods, liquids, and foods that are not that "heavy" on the GI system would be best until u see the doc and a Upper endoscopy is set up. Different possibilities are Achalasia, hiatal hernia, esophageal stricture. ...Read more

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Is the internal sphincter hypertonicity the more common problem (than the external u s) in bladder sphincter dissynergy ? Ie urinary hesitation ?

Is the internal sphincter hypertonicity the more common problem (than the external  u s) in bladder sphincter dissynergy ?  Ie urinary hesitation ?

Inner sphincter: The term 'overactive bladder' is used to describe dis synergy of the bladder muscle -not contracting in coordinated fashion; this leads to loss of regularity and coordinated, controlled urination. The inner sphincter is controlled by the autonomic nervous system and is involuntary. The outer sphincter is part of the voluntary nervous system, and we can control it (the basis of kegel exercises). ...Read more

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My GI thinks may have sphincter of oddi. So he is sending me to a specialist. I'm so scared but hoping this will be the answer! what should I expect?

My GI thinks may have sphincter of oddi. So he is sending me to a specialist. I'm so scared but hoping this will be the answer! what should I expect?

Shincter of Oddi: The sphincter of oddi is an anatomical structure or a muscular valve that controls the flow of gastric juices into the small intestines. Your quesion does not tell us what the problem is, so write back about your problem and symptoms. ...Read more

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Pancreatitis recurs every few months with 1 day of extreme pain. What's the cause? I've been diagnosed with sphincter of oddi dysfunction in the past.

Pancreatitis recurs every few months with 1 day of extreme pain. What's the cause? I've been diagnosed with sphincter of oddi dysfunction in the past.

See answer: If you're truly having pancreatitis (with elevated lipase levels and/or imaging showing objective evidence of pancreatitis), you should see a GI doctor to evaluate for potential autoimmune or hereditary pancreatitis. If you were told of SOD, it sounds like you probably already had your gallbladder out. Alcohol is another common cause of pancreatitis. Rarely medicines or high triglycerides .. ...Read more