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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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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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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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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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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

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After researching online, I'm worried I might have anal warts. Do the warts usually "recede" into my anus if I flex my sphincter muscle?

After researching online, I'm worried I might have anal warts. Do the warts usually "recede" into my anus if I flex my sphincter muscle?

Anal warts: Please get an appointment with your primary doctor as soon as you can. If the doctor cannot help you as much as he would like you will be referred to a specialist
Hope all goes well. ...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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A not is on my sphincter muscle it is as big as a grape do I need to go to the er it just happen an hour ago

Let me help: Straining can push an internal hemorrhoid through the anal opening. This is known as a protruding or prolapsed hemorrhoid and can cause pain and irritation, if is not very painful you go to your doctor.
Or could be external hemorrhoid. ...Read more

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A not is on my sphincter muscle it is as big as a grape do I need to go to the ER it just happen an hour ago -

Probably not: A sudden grape like mass on the anal sphincter is most likely a hemorrhoid. Unless you are in severe pain, er visit is not necessary. Have your primary care provider evaluate this soon. ...Read more

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I have been suffering two months of soreness and pain on the left anal sphincter muscle at the opening. Dr. performed and a scope no abnormalities.

I have been suffering two months of soreness and pain on the left anal sphincter muscle at the opening. Dr. performed and a scope no abnormalities.

Proctologist: I recommend that you consult a proctologist if you want a thorough evaluation of this symptom. In my experience they are more expert in diagnosis and treatment of anal and rectal disorders compared with gastroenterologists or even colorectal surgeons. You may have a chronic anal fissure, small perianal abscess or fistula. ...Read more

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I got a fistulotomy 7 days ago. The doctor said it didn't involve sphincter muscle but the wound looks really deep. How long will this take to heal?

I got a fistulotomy 7 days ago. The doctor said it didn't involve sphincter muscle but the wound looks really deep. How long will this take to heal?

Ask your doctor: But usually about 2-3 weeks. Obviously it depends a lot on how big the actual wound is, but a healthy person typically heals pretty quickly. I am assuming you do not have a seton in place? For a definitive answer, ask the surgeon that did your operation! Good luck! ...Read more

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Held a warm, wet piece of tp against anus to clean. Felt a contraction around finger. Is this the outside sphincter muscle? Should it be this loose?

Held a warm, wet piece of tp against anus to clean. Felt a contraction around finger. Is this the outside sphincter muscle? Should it be this loose?

Outside/hard to say: The anus has two sphincters before the outlet. An internal automated one that keeps the fecal mass up and seldom dilates unless you are trying to evacuate. The external sphincter is usually closed at rest and you can close it harder if the inner sphincted is opening and you are trying to hold back a stool. Trauma to the outside sphincter or nerve damage can leave it weak and open. ...Read more

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Can bulges at l3-l5 weaken sphincter muscle and cause some degree of bowel incontinence?

Can bulges at l3-l5 weaken sphincter muscle and cause some degree of bowel incontinence?

Bulges and bowels: Not likely. Bulges are not likely to cause many symptoms. In fact, using study data, bulges are actually more normal than not. So bulges do not imply any symptoms. You would need severe pressure on the nerves with obvious spinal stenosis (which could be aggravated by bulges if you had congenital abnormalities). So relax. May be a fissure, or other bowel issue that a GI doc would solve. ...Read more

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Hypothyroid causes muscle weakness does it leads to GERD by loosening the esophageal sphincter muscle?

Hypothyroid causes muscle weakness does it leads to GERD by loosening the esophageal sphincter muscle?

Maybe!: Thanks for asking b/c until I just searched, I would've thought no. While I can't find any traditional evidence linking the two, enough people have written online to various forums complaining about such a link that it can't be a coincidence. My guess is that we need to treat one's hypothyroidism aggressively & adequately enough to regain les strength. I look forward to what GI colleagues say. ...Read more

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Ask a question since 2005 I have had cronic constapation. I was finally diagnoised for very tight spinctor muscle and got botox injection. It didn't?

Ask a question since 2005 I have had cronic constapation. I was finally diagnoised for very tight spinctor muscle and got botox injection. It didn't?

Might need more: If your constipation is due to a very over active anal sphincter, then Botox might help. The problem is if you don't give enough it won't work and even worse, if you give too much you will be incontinent for 3 months. There are doc that specialize in constipation, seek them out. ...Read more

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Is it possible to strain the muscles in the rectum or sphincter?

Anal muscles.: Yes. The anal sphincter is muscular in nature and very innervated (consider how these nerves allow people to distinguish between gas, solid stool and liquid stool). This muscular complex like others can be strained with consequential pain. Other common sources of pain with or following defection are hemorrhoids or an anal fissure, which is a small tear of the tissue making up the anal lining. ...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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68 yr old female mother of 6 all large babies now has weak anal sphincter muscles, is it safe to take antidiarriah pills every day?

68 yr old female mother of 6 all large babies now has weak anal sphincter muscles, is it safe to take antidiarriah pills every day?

No: This is not a good solution to your anal sphincter problem. Get in for a visit with your OB GYN for evaluation. To your Best Health! Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Doantipsychotics like zyprexa and haldol (haloperidol) affect the internal and external anal sphincter muscles? Or do they increase sweating? Feel dirty down there

To Some Degree: Haloperidal and Olanzapine can both cause constipation and increased sweating which will cause the symptoms you are describing. They do not typically affect the anal sphincters rather they commonly cause decreased motility of the GI tract. ...Read more

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If your tfl muscles are extremely shortend could this cause tight lats?

If your tfl muscles are extremely shortend could this cause tight lats?

TFL: Tensor Fascia Lata is the typical for the acronym TFL, which is on the lateral thigh. This would not affect the latissimus dorsi muscles. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What would cause tight pelvic muscles?

What would cause tight pelvic muscles?

See below: One of the most common causes is inactivity and lack of exercise. Activity helps stretch and condition the muscle tissue. ...Read more

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Can TMJ cause like tight facial muscles?

Can TMJ cause like tight facial muscles?

Yes: Problems with your TMJ may often be multifactorial and involve the muscles of mastication through clenching, grinding, or other abnormal movements. TMJ pain may come and go, often increased when one is under stress. Clench, grinding, or posturing ones jaw in a certain way could strain facial muscles. Try relaxing the mind and jaw, using warm compress, and even anti inflammatories if safe for you. ...Read more

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Can muscles in front of voice box be tight?

Rather a lot of: Possibilites. Cannot say in your particular case without an examination. Swelling INSIDE can do this. Nodes, throat infection, big thyroid. Then... muscle spasms, even an outpouching of the muscles lining the esophagus. (zenkers' diverticula). ...Read more

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I have high anxiety is it cause my tight shoulders muscles?

I have high anxiety is it cause my tight shoulders muscles?

It can: Anxiety causes many physical symptoms all over your body -- including muscle tension in shoulders and neck. Some people take pain meds for this, but a more direct intervention is to help the anxiety itself. You can see a therapist to explore & deal with your anxiety. If need be, antianxiety medications may also be used. You can also help yourself by getting massage, doing deep breathing, etc. ...Read more

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How to loosen tight hamstring muscles and core muscles from work outs?

Stretching: Stretching stretching stretching. Unfortunately, there is no easy way out here. Stretching at the end of a workout gets great results for muscle and tendon lengthening. Stretching 6 hours and 24 hours later reduces swelling that naturally results from muscle workouts. So the answer is stretching stretching stretching! ...Read more

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Can tight upper back muscles cause nerve irritation? Prickly painful sensations.

Can tight upper back muscles cause nerve irritation? Prickly painful sensations.

Sort of.: Tight muscles can certainly cause prickly sensations in the overlying skin. This is probably due to irritation of small nerves. It may also be due to medications or anxiety. In any case, gentle stretching may help. ...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