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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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What do you suggest if my doctor prescribed amitryptiline for colitis/irritable bowel syndrome but would like to know if there?

What do you suggest if my doctor prescribed amitryptiline for colitis/irritable bowel syndrome but would like to know if there?

Try it.: Amitriptyline in small doses help with IBSD but there has been reports that it can cause ulcerative colitis so I suggest that you discuss this with your primary care physician. ...Read more

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For how long should I avoid black and strong ground roast coffee prepared in a french press if I have colitis/irritable bowel syndrome?

For how long should I avoid black and strong ground roast coffee prepared in a french press if I have colitis/irritable bowel syndrome?

I would stay: Away from such sources as caffeine in either case as it increases acid production and dehydrates, leading to constipation and potentially worsening your symptoms. That being said colitis and irritable bowel are 2 completely different entities! they are not synonymous. Make sure your diagnosis is clearto you and your doctor. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could amitryptiline be taken indefinitely for someone who has irritable bowel syndrome/colitis?

Please tell me, could amitryptiline be taken indefinitely for someone who has irritable bowel syndrome/colitis?

With supervision: The key is to have amitryptiline supervised by your doc. He/she will need to potentially monitor your heart rhythm and to counsel you against the potential side effects of the medication, which can include constipation, dry mouth, and dry eyes. However, if it is working, then it is potentially a good long-term medication. If it is not helping after 3 months, you should stop it. ...Read more

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Could amitryptiline be taken indefinitely for someone who has irritable bowel syndrome/colitis?

Potentially: There is no absolute time limit that can stay on this medication. If you find that it is helping with your ibs symptoms and you don't experience any side effects, your doctor may recommend that you maintain this therapy for the long term. Please note that ibs and colitis are not the same thing. While Amitriptyline has been used with some success in ibs, it does not treat colitis. ...Read more

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Can amitryptiline be taken indefinitely for someone who has irritable bowel syndrome/colitis? Need expert opinions!

Can amitryptiline be taken indefinitely for someone who has irritable bowel syndrome/colitis? Need expert opinions!

IBS: Amitriptyline has strong anti-cholingeric effects and is not recommended particularly someone who has constipating form of IBS. The Amitriptyline would cause the bowels to slow. Why are you taking this medication anyways? Possibly there is better natural alternative. ...Read more

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I have BAD ulcerative colitis, it feels as though theres a piranha eating my stomach. I have 100% piece of bowel lining in my poo, i feel like im dyin?

I have BAD ulcerative colitis, it feels as though theres a piranha eating my stomach. I have 100% piece of bowel lining in my poo, i feel like im dyin?

UC flare: You may be describing a flare of your ulcerative colitis. This deserves immediate attention to avoid what can be very significant (and potentially life-threatening) complications. PLEASE, seek emergency care now. ...Read more

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Does having hemmroids mean that you likely have inflammatory bowel disease(crohns, ulcerative colitis, etc)?

Does having hemmroids mean that you likely have inflammatory bowel disease(crohns, ulcerative colitis, etc)?

No: Hemorrhoids are extremely common and are not necessarily a marker for IBD. Patients with Crohn's disease can develop large external hemorrhoids that can be very painful, but they almost always have other dramatic symptoms. ...Read more

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People diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Are they prone to othe bowel problems such as diverticulitis?

Separate issue: Not more prone than the next individual. Are more prone to colon cancer-risk increases with duration of and extent of disease.Will need more frequent surveillance colonoscopies than other folks. ...Read more

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No bowel movement for 3 weeks. Was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis back in 2002 but had no symptoms for the past 7 years. Could this be connected?

No bowel movement for 3 weeks. Was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis back in 2002 but had no symptoms for the past 7 years. Could this be connected?

Constipation: Time to go see your gp, especially any time you notice a persistent change in your bowel habits. Going w/o bowel movement for 3wks isn't healthy & suggests possible obstruction or impaction, which could be related to inflammatory bowel disease. If you have any abdominal pain, don't wait for monday. Go directly to your nearest a&e. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Definition)

Irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS, is a long-term disorder of gastrointestinal functioning. It results in abdominal discomfort, pain, bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and constipation. Additionally, patients with IBS usually have problems with gut motility. Triggers for IBS include certain foods, and elevated stress levels. Lastly, symptoms of IBS ...Read more


Dr. Jonah Essers
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Ulcerative Colitis (Definition)

Ulcerative colitis (ul-sur-uh-tiv koe-lie-tis) is an inflammatory bowel disease (ibd) that causes long-lasting inflammation in part of your digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis usually affects only the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum.There's no known cure for ulcerative colitis, but therapies are available that may dramatically reduce the signs ...Read more