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What Is The Best Not Invasive Way To Look At A Problem In My Large Intestine
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
Idiopathic Gastroparesis and Achalasia: what is the best med to take for pain? I had my large intestine removed but pain also continues in low pelvis.
Specialist: This is a very complicated motility problem they can effect each other in negative way you need to see a GI or motility specialist good luck ...Read more
Can recurrent cystitis be a clue to problems in small/large bowel? I have very slow transit in bowel "lazy bowel" and crohn's under control
Healthy Diet: A diet that is high in fiber, fruits, whole grains, and vegetables can help keep your colon healthy. It is very important to have a colonoscopy when you reach age 50 to screen for colon cancer (which is very treatable if caught early) or younger if there is a history of colon cancer or colon polyps in your family. Avoid habitual laxative use, and get regular exercise. Your body will thank you! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Some thoughts...: It's impossible to give advice based on your limited information--what have you tried, where does it hurt, what are the accompanying symptoms? Persistent abdominal discomfort can originate from the large or small intestine, stomach, gallbladder, pancreas, liver, female organs, muscles or hernia of the abdominal wall, bladder, etc. Never hurts to get medical examination when questioning source. ...Read more
Really constipated?: Colonics & purges are popular but should be avoided & can not be recommended (see earlier healthtap answers). Use of irritant laxatives are safe for the short-term only. Fiber supplements, stool softeners, & lavage agents like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) are safe. Rx drugs are available, but 1st need to know cause of constipation. Undergone medical evaluation to rule out colon motility, rectal dysfunction, blockage? ...Read more
Abdomen: The large intestine, aka the colon, is located in varying areas of you abdomen. It begins in the right, lower portion of your belly and travels to right upper area (ascending colon) becoming the transverse colon as it moves across from your right to your left side. Here it becomes the descending colon and transitions to you sigmoid colon in the lower left side. It moves central and down to end. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diarrhea/dehydration: The large intestine has two primary functions: 1) storage of stool and 2) absorption of water. When food leaves the small intestine, it is liquid. By the time it leaves the large intestine, it is solid. Therefore, remove the large intestine and have frequent liquid stools. This condition can lead to dehydration. Some patients require medicines to slow intestine transit; some need IV fluids. ...Read more
Large bowel, or large intestine connects terminal ileum of small bowel to rectum. Begins at the ileo-cecal valve and comprises cecum, ascendind, transverse, descending and sigmoid colon. Resposible for: 1) intestinal water resorption of ingested fluids, gastric & small intestinal digestive juices. 2) transporting end products of digestion & bacterial waste ...Read more
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