It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
reply to post by boncho
Bonch? There is an easier way. Just get a poop sample and have it analyzed. Some of the tests are a little pricey but they can tell you ANYTHING you want to know.
Diverticulitis is a common digestive disease which involves the formation of pouches (diverticula) within the bowel wall. This process is known as diverticulosis, and typically occurs within the large intestine, or colon, although it can occasionally occur in the small intestine as well. Diverticulitis results when one of these diverticula becomes inflamed.
Patients often present with the classic triad of left lower quadrant pain, fever, and leukocytosis (an elevation of the white cell count in blood tests). Patients may also complain of nausea or diarrhea; others may be constipated.
Less commonly, an individual with diverticulitis may present with right-sided abdominal pain. This may be due to the less prevalent right-sided diverticula or a very redundant sigmoid colon. Some patients report bleeding from the rectum.
I think I herniated a disc at the start of this year. Have been to the doctors for test for my constipation first thing I thought was the worse. but turns out it was my back nervs playing up with my bowel movements now exercising makes good bowl movements. need to go back to the doctor thought to get a MIR scan on my back I have mild scoliosis, I avoid codeine as that makes you constipated and I hate taking pain killers I like to avoid them why block pain when it you could have something serious going on.
The study, published in the August issue of The AmericanJournal of Gastroenterology, suggests that patients with inflammatory bowel disease should avoid medications belonging to the class known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), because they both aggravate symptoms of the existing disease and may actually cause disease onset in people who are predisposed to the condition.
In this study, 60 patients with severe inflammatory bowel disease flare-ups requiring hospitalization were questioned regarding their use of NSAIDs. The authors found a correlation between NSAID use and flare-up of bowel disease symptoms in just under one-third of the patients.
Narcotic bowel syndrome (NBS) is a subset of opioid bowel dysfunction that is characterized by chronic or frequently recurring abdominal pain that worsens with continued or escalating dosages of narcotics. This syndrome is under recognized and may be becoming more prevalent. This may be due in the United States to increases in using narcotics for chronic non-malignant painful disorders, and the development of maladaptive therapeutic interactions around its use. NBS can occur in patients with no prior gastrointestinal disorder who receive high dosages of narcotics after surgery or acute painful problems, among patients with functional GI disorders or other chronic gastrointestinal diseases who are managed by physicians unaware of the hyperalgesic effects of chronic opioids.
he syndrome is characterized by chronic or intermittent colicky abdominal pain that worsens when the narcotic effect wears down. While narcotics may seem helpful at first, over time the pain-free periods become shorter and tachyphylaxis occurs, leading to increasing narcotic doses. Ultimately, increasing dosages enhance the adverse effects on pain sensation and delayed motility, thereby initiating the development of NBS.
Although pain is the dominant feature, nausea, bloating, intermittent vomiting, abdominal distension and constipation are common. Eating can aggravate the symptoms, so when the condition lasts for weeks, mild weight loss may occur due to anorexia or a willful restriction of eating out of fear of aggravating the pain (sitophobia). The symptoms may correlate with delayed gastric emptying and intestinal transit.
A common and misleading consequence of NBS is that abdominal X-rays may show signs suggestive of a partial intestinal obstruction, which in fact is due to an adynamic ileus or pseudo-obstruction. There may also be large amounts of fecal retention seen. Laboratory tests including blood count, amylase, lipase, liver chemistries and urinalysis are usually normal.
Given a choice between that definition of "constipation" and this:
Most people think it's normal to have a bowel movement 3-4 times a week, but that is actually considered constipation. Since changing my diet recently my movements have gone from once a day to three times a day
So, their definition of constipation is quite a bit different than the definition of constipation that you gave us. If more than three days pass between bowel movements I would agree with MUSC, that's constipation, but that's much less frequently than 3-4 times per week. They do agree with you that three times per day is still within the "normal" range.
Constipation is difficult, painful, or infrequent bowel movements. The normal frequency of bowel movements is from three times per day to three times per week. Usually, if more than three days pass between bowel movements, the intestinal contents harden. Hard stools are difficult and painful to pass.
It is not necessary to move your bowels every day. Even if the waste products stay in the intestines for longer than three days, they will not harm the body or cause cancer.
3. You can fry your feces
Sitting on a toilet bowel is absolutely horrible for you. Man evolved to squat.