Patient discussion about bowel

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Q. I recently had my surgery for bowel obstruction?

I recently had my surgery for bowel obstruction? None of the diet was restricted for me by doctor but should I go for any special diet.
A1I had surgery in 08/08 during having a c-section and hernia repair, and I'm having diarrhea all the time. I don't know what to eat nor what medicines to take. Only Immodium AD helps temporary. If I have an appointment, I don't eat breakfast or lunch. I come home and eat dinner. About 30 minutes after eating, I'm in the bathroom. Can someone help me please? I have to return back to work next month, and I don't want to be in the bathroom more than I am at my desk.
A2A tumor or a scar might cause a bowel obstruction which may narrow the small intestine. Surgery for this usually removes a very short section of the intestine. The requirement for any special diet doesn’t seem to be so clear because only a short section of intestine is removed; your digestion is essentially unchanged. I feel no special diet is needed.
A3well, i know that low fiber diet is recommended by doctors when you have the bowl obstruction. but if it was removed- so a high-fiber diet and plenty of water can prevent constipation and possibly diverticulitis.
eat more fiber- it might prevent intestine problems.

Q. Can Alcoholism makes you vulnerable to intestine infections?

A friend of mine is a heavy drinker, he had something like 5 infections in the past year. Is it connected?
A1yes

A2Look son, I was a heavy drinker myself. I wasted 4 years of my life drinking my health bit by bit. When I found myself hospitalized for liver problems and almost needed a liver transplant my son offered a part of his to help me. I cried that whole night and swore I will never touch that thing again. It destroys not just your health…here is a link to a web page that talks about alcoholism related health issues:
http://www.healthchecksystems.com/alcohol.htm
A3Among all the bad things alcohol does to your body- it destroys your body natural defense system. It weakens it, making your whole body vulnerable to infections. Things that won’t even have bothered you before – could get you sick. In all sort of things, not just colon problems. For example, you can easily get meningitis, which is a serious illness that might even end up killing you.

Q. What is the connection between bowel disease and arthritis?

My son suffers from ulcerative colitis, and the doctor said that his recent joint pain can be as a result of the colitis. Why is that?
A1Although ulcerative colitis happens mainly in the colon, it is a systemic disease, and patients may present with symptoms and complications outside the colon. These include musculoskeletal complications such as arthritis (for instance- ankylosing spondylitis). The exact mechanism of this injury is unknown.
A2Arthritis is one of the extra-intestinal manifestations of inflammatory bowel disease (crohn’s and ulcerative colitis). In fact, it is the most common extra-intestinal symptom in these patients. The types of arthritis to involve ulcerative colitis are: seronegative arthritis, which can be a large-joint oligoarthritis (affecting one or two joints), or may affect many small joints of the hands and feet. Also- Ankylosing spondylitis, arthritis of the spine, and sacroiliitis- arthritis of the lower spine.

Q. Can pregnancy cause an increase in bowel movements?

After very long years now I am 7 wks pregnant with my first child and I have noticed that I'm having more frequent bowel movements during this pregnancy. They are neither loose nor hard out of the ordinary. My husband is little bit afraid of what’s happening with me. I too fear of it. I don’t want to loose him. Has anyone else experienced this, and is this normal? Can pregnancy cause an increase in bowel movements?
A1It is nothing to worry maria. It’s a usual happening during pregnancy. Here I am 13 weeks pregnant with my second child and I too experience frequent bowel movements (2-4/day). It feels as if I am not gaining any weight b/c everything that goes in goes right out. I know this is okay. Here we can get an expert's opinion on this. So don’t worry and comfort your loving and caring husband. My best wishes for your healthy first baby.
A2it's normal:)...wait until you'll have to urinate every 20 minutes because the fetus will push the bladder.. you see , the womb is placed in a strategic point- it pushes the intestine and that can cause the bowl to be irritated more and then to be very active.

Q. what are the causes of diarrhea?

I've been having constant diarrhea, stomach aches and loud noises from my bowel. could it be cancer?
A1I don't know about cancer, but you might consider "Irritable bowel syndrome". it is a common disorder that can occur and have those symptoms that you mentioned. here is a nice web site that gives information about it: http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/ibs_ez/#symptoms
A2I never heard of cancer giving diarrhea, if you have cancer- there are other diagnostic ways to check it out. but there are a big list of causes to diarrhea. here one i found, and I'm sure it's not full:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_causes_of_diarrhea
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