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Autonomic Nervous System (Definition)

The autonomic nervous system is part of the peripheral nervous system. It is ‘autonomic’ because it does not require voluntary thought to function. The autonomic nervous system is divided into the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. The sympathetic system manages “fight or flight” responses and the parasympathetic system acts as a counterpart that manages ...Read more


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How can I slow down my small bowel transit time to gain weight (doctor says mine is going way to fast) ... He says the underlying reason is autonomic dysfunction.

How can I slow down my small bowel transit time to gain weight (doctor says mine is going way to fast) ... He says the underlying reason is autonomic dysfunction.

Meds: There are several types of meds which can slow down GI transit time. Any med which causes lots of constipation would be a good choice. Tricyclic antidepressants and opioids are a good starting place. ...Read more

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Have you ever heard or seen a patient suffering with an Autonomic dysfunction, which seems to be related directly with their bowels?

Have you ever heard or seen a patient  suffering with an Autonomic dysfunction, which seems to be related directly with their bowels?

Yes: But just to clarify what you're really asking. First, I'm a neurologist. I see lots of things which appear to have NOTHING to do with the nervous system but then, they do. So that's not so new....but are you asking whether or not I've seen a case of Autonomic Dysfunction manifest SOLELY or FIRSTLY as Bowel dysfunction? That's an interesting question. Wanna chat? www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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Combination of lower stomach distention, very painful daily bowel pain the past year and half. mucus. Very tense bladder esp. after eating citrus.

Combination of  lower stomach distention, very painful daily bowel pain the past year and half. mucus. Very tense bladder esp. after eating citrus.

Irritable bowel?: A thorough evaluation by a GI doctor will be helpful. Potential diagnoses to consider could be inflammatory bowel problems, celiac disease, peptic ulceration or gastritis, certain infections and irritable bowel syndrome, food allergy, lactase deficiency. Please have a comprehensive gastroenterological evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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Extreme abdominal distention episodes. No distention on CT (no air, fluid, or distended bowel...Nothing). What could cause this confusing result?

Extreme abdominal distention episodes. No distention on CT (no air, fluid, or distended bowel...Nothing). What could cause this confusing result?

Chameleons vs Static: Humans change status. 2 issues: (1) like most medical tests, only issues present at moment of the test show; not previous or future issues. (2) the range of "normal" (as defined by medical industry: the central 96% of usual) is huge. I have seen many examples of radiologists calling images normal when the issue is quite visible within the images. Get ; examine the images yourself with assistance. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bowel distension? What causes it? How is it treated and what are the risks? Will it cause back pain and groin pain?

What are the symptoms of bowel distension? What causes it? How is it treated and what are the risks? Will it cause back pain and groin pain?

Here are some...: Bowel distention is the ending result of imbalance between gas formation and elimination. Gas formation comes from air swallowing and food indigestion with excess gas production; gas elimination results from poor bowel peristalsis from inactivity or certain medications, or bowel partial or complete obstruction. With these in mind, one can figure out what may cause bowel distention and how to Rx.. ...Read more

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I have severe redundant bowel due to chronic gas distension, in both widths and length, causes massive pain and nausea, would temp ileostomy help?

I have severe redundant bowel due to chronic gas distension, in both widths and length, causes massive pain and nausea, would temp ileostomy help?

Need more info: Which part of your bowel is redundant - large or small bowel? How do you know? How long have you had symptoms? If the excess bowel is the large intestine, sometimes a bowel resection can help. I have never performed an ileostomy for this problem, I have done colon resections with a good bit of success. Have you seen a surgeon to discuss your options? ...Read more

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Hypoactive bowel sounds with a loud sound of air pushing in llq, ulq also having diaherra with bright red blood a lot & abdomen distension left side?

Hypoactive bowel sounds with a loud sound of air pushing in llq, ulq also having diaherra with bright red blood a lot & abdomen distension left side?

You need to see doc: With your symptoms , need evaluation what is causing your problem, will need test including endoscopy to rule out ulcerative colitis , and other diseases, you must see your doctor soon. ...Read more

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


Autonomic (Definition)

The autonomic nervous system (ans or visceral nervous system or involuntary nervous system) is the part of the peripheral nervous system that acts as a control system functioning largely below the level of consciousness, and controls visceral functions, such as heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate, salivation, perspiration, pupillary dilation, ...Read more