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Why Am I So Constipated?

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

 

Brooklyn Colonoscopy and Endoscopy

Potential Causes and Solutions

1. Do patients often come to you asking about constipation?
This is a very frequent complaint. On average one in four adults suffer from some degree of constipation in the United States. I hear this complaint very frequently, with about a third of my patients inquiring about what to do to help with constipation.

 

2. What are the five most common causes of constipation?  

  • Lifestyle (not enough fiber, liquids and exercise)
  • Side effects of medications
  • Gastrointestinal disorders: irritable bowel syndrome and functional constipation
  • Manifestations of endocrine disorders (diabetes or hypothyroidism) or neurological disorders (parkinson’s, stroke)
  • More worrisome causes (i.e. tumors ) usually present with other accompanying signs and symptoms.

 

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Too Much Gas, Bloating, and Burping?

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Does excess gas cause you embarrassment and discomfort?

You may feel that you pass a lot of gas, or just suffer from bloating and crampy abdominal pain. You may feel this pain in areas where gas can become trapped, such as in bends in the colon, which occur naturally in the area under the liver (upper to mid-right part of the abdomen), and in the area under the spleen (upper to mid left part of the abdomen).

 

WHERE DOES ALL THIS GAS COME FROM?

There are two main sources of intestinal gas: gas that is ingested (mostly swallowed air) and gas that is produced by bacteria in the colon.

Air swallowing

It is normal to swallow a small amount of air when eating and drinking and when swallowing saliva. Some of that air comes out through belching and some moves on to the small intestine. Belching is more common with certain foods that relax the sphincter around the lower end of the esophagus where it joins the stomach, like peppermint, chocolate, and fats.

Bacterial Production

The colon normally provides a home for billions of harmless bacteria, some of which support the health of the bowel. Did you know that there are more bacteria than human cells in your body? Certain carbohydrates that are incompletely digested by our body’s enzymes are “eaten” by those bacteria instead. The by-products of this process include lots of different gases.

A condition called bacterial overgrowth can increase the number of bacteria and cause excess gas production.

But most people who complain of excessive gas do not produce more gas than the average person. Instead, they are more aware of normal amounts of gas. People with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and FD (functional dyspepsia) are especially sensitive, for example.

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A Gastroenterology Doctor in Brooklyn

Monday, January 17th, 2011

It’s often a confusing and frustrating experience when your digestion, bowel movements, and general gastroeintestinal health seem to be delivering less-than-the-best results. The source of the discomfort and, in some cases, pain is hard to pinpoint on a truly independant basis.

Pain and discomfort could simply be caused by a lack of digestive fiber or an over-consumption of highly processed foods. It could also be caused by more intense and dangerous ailments such as Celiac Disease, Crohn’s Disease, or even Cancer of the stomach, rectum, or colon. These are ailments that one cannot, and should not, try to self diagnose.

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Treating Crohn’s Disease with Plantains

Friday, September 10th, 2010

A study conducted at the Liverpool Biomedical Research Centre recently shed some light on what can only be described as an unusual treatment for Crohn’s Disease – fiber from plantains. For the countless people who have it, between 400,000 and 600,000 people in North America alone, this is optimistic news.

It had been previously determined that people inflicted with Crohn’s disease typically carry with them a high number of “sticky” type of E. coli. This increased presence of E. coli is coupled with a weakened ability to fight and flush our bacteria congregating in and infecting the gastrointestinal tract. E. coli is able to invade the walls of the gut because of special “M. cells” that exist in the gastrointestinal tract and act as an intermediary for the lymphatic system. E. Coli attacks these M. cells, causing the gut of someone with Crohn’s Disease to swell, an uncomfortable and unpleasant experience.
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