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Diagnosed with gastroparesis, slow transit bowel and tight sphincter/rectal muscle problems. Help!?

Diagnosed with gastroparesis, slow transit bowel and tight sphincter/rectal muscle problems.  Help!?

High sympathetic : High sympathetic nervous system activity will slow transit time, reduce ability to digest food, increase sphincter tone. Avoid calcium supplements (calcium increases sympathetic tone), consider magnesium supplmentation (magnesium blocks effects of calcium) see your doc. Good luck! ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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The last few weeks I have been slowly increasing the amount of kegels i practice. Recently my sphincter muscle has been spasming. Why?

The last few weeks I have been slowly increasing the amount of kegels i practice. Recently my sphincter muscle has been spasming. Why?

Levator Spasm: Congratulations on starting your kegel's at the age of 23. If there's one preventative thing you can do for your genitourinary health, that's it. Sometimes though, contractions of the muscles in the vaginal region can lead to spasms -- levator syndrome/spasm predisposes you to tight, rigid muscles that require physical therapy to help you relax. Get a pt referral, you may need vaginal dilators. ...Read more

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I believe I have a stretch mark on my external sphincter muscle. I've had a dull pain as if i need go use the restroom, but can go fine. Will it heal?

I believe I have a stretch mark on my external  sphincter muscle. I've had a dull pain as if i need go use the restroom, but can go fine. Will it heal?

Anal sores?: Could you be referring to fissures, fistula, abscess? Sexually transmitted disease (syphilis, gc, hiv, etc.) should be considered. Hemorrhoids & rectal prolapse can appear as an outward bulging. Anal trauma of any kind may cause mechanical injury. Skin eruptions need to be considered. Evaluation is recommended to distinguish serious versus less concerning reasons for your problem before treatment. ...Read more

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I sometimes suffer from a bowel sphincter muscle that gets painfull spasms for a few minutes then subsides. Only happens rarely, must i worry about it?

I sometimes suffer from a bowel sphincter muscle that gets painfull spasms for a few minutes then subsides. Only happens rarely, must i worry about it?

Proctalgia fugal: Your condition is suggestive of proctalgia fugax which is as you described a spasm in the anal sphincter it could be painful but it is not a serious condition. It could be stress related topical numbing medicine might help. It is usually self limited. ...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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Can a damaged iris sphincter muscle recover on its own?

Can a damaged iris sphincter muscle recover on its own?

No: Iris muscles cannot heal. You can have some surgical improvement if the iris is distorted or causes light sensitivity. ...Read more

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Sphincter muscle spasms. Is this related to anything other than proctal fugax?

Sphincter muscle spasms. Is this related to anything other than proctal fugax?

Hard to Know: Proctalgia fugax- brief episodes of rectal pain generally associated with, unpredictable spasm like pain that is often described by patients as: very sharp and twisting, lancinating, cramping, can awaken you from sleep. Last from seconds to as long as 30 minutes, feels exactly like sphincter muscle spasms, however- your doctor will still exam to rule out, lesions, fissures in that region. ...Read more

Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more