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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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Have ibs, bad periods even when on apri get really bad cramping where i pass out and bowel spasms, is there something better then apri that could help?

Have ibs, bad periods even when on apri get really bad cramping where i pass out and bowel spasms, is there something better then apri that could help?

Diet changes: There are a couple of medications that I have used in my practice (not sure if they are available in canada). These are Linzess and amitiza (lubiprostone). However the corner stone treatment for most of my patients has been diet changes. I usually have them avoid processed foods and gluten for about 30 days. For about 99% of my patients these dietary changes relieve most if not all of their symptoms. ...Read more

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Why do I have very painful cramps, nausea, occasional vomiting, bowel spasms, diarrhea, painful trapped gas and feel feverish first day of my period?

Why do I have very painful cramps, nausea, occasional vomiting, bowel spasms, diarrhea, painful trapped gas and feel feverish first day of my period?

Ans: Well you are very young brakes up to age of 21 for the period to regulate itself symptoms not uncommon. If contine then see your do actor to be sure all symtoms are related to your period ...Read more

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Anyone out there have any idea if fresh raw fish can cause intense intestinal spasms or cramps?

Anyone out there have any idea if fresh raw fish can cause intense intestinal spasms or cramps?

Anisakis infestation: Anisakiasis is the principal "worm" infestation of the stomach, caused by ingesting anisakis larvae in raw or undercooked fish. Within a few hours, there is severe upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting (relieved after endoscopic removal of worm). As you know, raw fish (sushi, sashimi) are increasingly popular--choose carefully your source of fish (farm raised, not wild caught) & food preparer. ...Read more

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Can oxycodone cause intestinal cramps? How can I fix this if the oxycodone is the only one works in my endometriosis pain?

Can oxycodone  cause intestinal cramps? How can I fix this if the oxycodone is the only one works in my endometriosis pain?

See answer: All narcotics slow the gastrointestinal tract. That may cause you to feel bloated and full of gas. I would try eating foods that decrease transit time and if necessary you occasionally may take something for constipation. ...Read more

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What can cause ulcers in middle section of small intestine? Accompanied by blood & mucous in poo.. With stomach cramps

What can cause ulcers in middle section of small intestine? Accompanied by blood & mucous in poo.. With stomach cramps

Small intestines: Lesions in the small intestine are difficult to diagnose and often the patient has to swallow a camera like capsule to demonstrate it. Causes of ulcerations there can be difficult to identify. Medications like aspirin, Advil and Aleve are causes. Sometimes the bleeding lesion is caused by a vascular malformation which simply bleeds like a nose bleed. Your gastroenterologist is best qualified ...Read more

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What causes bowel spasms?

What causes bowel spasms?

Muscle contractions: Muscle contractions, which can be caused from electrolyte imbalances, relative obstructions, infection, or food-borne toxins. Rarely, tumors can cause spasms. ...Read more

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Can appendicitis cause bowel spasms?

Can appendicitis cause bowel spasms?

POSSIBLY: Appendicitis usually presents as a vague pain around the navel and mid-abdomen, which then progresses to right lower quadrant over 12 to 24 hours. Some patients might perceive the pain as a cramp, or spasm. Diarhea is usually not associated, but loss of appetite is. Certainly, as the disease progresses, fever can develop. Good luck. ...Read more

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What could cause bad bowel spasms?

Miscellaneous: Lots of things: crohns disease, diverticulosis, food allergy such as lactose intolerance, food poisening - see ur pmd - who might refer you to gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Can femoral hernia cause miscarriage? I've had 3.The hernia came out w/ 1st preg. Only during pregnancy, i had bowel spasms w/ 10/10 pain gone in 15 m

Can femoral hernia cause miscarriage? I've had 3.The hernia came out w/ 1st preg. Only during pregnancy, i had bowel spasms w/ 10/10 pain gone in 15 m

Doubtful : I think it is unlikely the femoral hernia had anything to do with a miscarriage, however anything is possible. Femoral hernias are at particular risk for becoming worse and turning into an emergency. It's probably a good idea to get a consultation from a general surgeon about repairing this. ...Read more

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For past 2 months I've had mild abdom. cramps and bowel habit changes (more frequent; undigested food). Could it be caused by prolonged antibiotic use?

For past 2 months I've had mild abdom. cramps and bowel habit changes (more frequent; undigested food). Could it be caused by prolonged antibiotic use?

Yes, possibly: Antibiotic usage can affect the composition of the bacterial flora in the intestines and colon. If this allows an organism called Clostridium difficile to grow, it is possible to get stool changes and/or diarrhea. Sometimes, antibiotics can cause school changes even on their own. If your stool changes persist, you should get checked out. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could anxiety cause bowel problems/cramping/gassiness?

Could anxiety cause bowel problems/cramping/gassiness?

Anxiety: Thru increased adrenaline, it can affect any organ system, such as gastrointestinal tract, cardiovascular, endocrine, nervous system, renal, etc. ...Read more

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Why do we feel so bad during period? What causes physical discomfort (cramps, bloating, bowel changes?)

Why do we feel so bad during period? What causes physical discomfort (cramps, bloating, bowel changes?)

Hormone fluctuations: A doctor can check to see if there is a medical issue, if a woman has mild menstrual-related symptoms. Many women have some variation of mucus discharge, of periods, or a missed period on occasion. Some women feel normal after a few days but others have bothersome symptoms and follow-up with a doctor. Hormone fluctuations can lead to some inflammation (with cramping) as the uterine lining is shed. ...Read more

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Can irritable bowel syndrome cause me to have use the restroom numerous times a day a long with stomach cramps?

Can irritable bowel syndrome cause me to have use the restroom numerous times a day a long with stomach cramps?

Yes it can.: These symptoms are usually due to excessive spasm of the intestines. In the long run, increasing fiber in the diet can decrease the symptoms significantly. Sometimes fiber supplements help as well. if you do take fiber supplements, be sure to increase your fluid intake as well. Good luck. ...Read more

Bowel (Definition)

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


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Bowel Spasms (Definition)

Bowel spasms = spontaneous contractions of colonic muscles ...Read more