Category Archives: colon

Can probiotics decrease irritable bowel symptoms?

Yes!  The probiotic Bifidobacterium bifidum MIMBb75 is normally found in the GI tract (along with several hundred other organisms).  And, this strain is found in several over the counter probiotics.  This is an inexpensive safe alternative found to decrease overall bowel symptoms in … Continue reading

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Constipation

Constipation is a common digestive problem. Your stools may be very hard or you may have a sense of fullness even after a bowel movement. It’s not true that you must have a daily bowel movement to be “regular.” The … Continue reading

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Diverticulosis rarely progresses to diverticulitis

What does this mean?  Diverticuli are outpouches in the bowel.  Diverticulosis is the condition of having diverticuli.  Diverticulitisis when these diverticuli get inflamed.  Diverticulitis may present as right lower abdominal pain.  Diverticuli are more common as we age and with history of … Continue reading

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Irritable bowel syndrome. Innovative treatment…

Research about irritable bowel syndrome is turning us away from an “old friend” and instead to two different types of medicine.  A compilation of 56 randomized controlled trials (read this:  really good research studies) showed that there is better treatment … Continue reading

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Screening colonoscopies are receiving high marks!

Screening colonoscopy cut the incidence of colorectal cancers by 51% compared with patients without colonoscopy!  Wow! Here are the nuts and bolts: This was in a study of 170,000 people followed up to 24 years. The benefit from a single … Continue reading

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Pruritis ani– the dreaded “itchy butt.”

I have a great job.  Every day is different.  One of the conditions I see commonly is perianal itching. This affects 1 to 5% of the population and is the second most common anorectal condition (after hemorrhoids—a topic for another time). … Continue reading

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Confirmation that colonoscopies are worthwhile

Medicare study confirms colonoscopy’s benefit.  Medicare watches their pennies—I appreciate that.  Medicare assisted this study of 50,000 older adults which revealed colonoscopies were associated with a significant 73% reduction in right-sided colon cancer and 54% decrease of left-sided colon cancer, compared to … Continue reading

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Crohn’s disease of the bowel

I see many patients with GI complaints.  Some have Crohn’s disease which is inflammation of the digestive tract—it can affect anywhere between the mouth and the anus. Symptoms are stomach pain, weight loss, bleeding from the rectum, stomach pain and … Continue reading

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Does aspirin help avoid colon cancer?

Yes.  An article published in Lancet 2010 revealed aspirin (75 mg or more) a day decreases your risk of some types of colon cancer.  This article combined results of four studies totaling 14,000+ patients.  The caveats are that aspirin must … Continue reading

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(Irritating) irritable bowel syndrome. What is it? What to do about it?

Irritable bowel syndrome is a common intestinal problem.  We are unsure why it occurs.  It may signal intestinal hypersensitivity to pain or nerves–or a change in bowel bacteria.  A “textbook case” involves a 20-year-old woman with symptoms as below. Bloating and gas Constipation … Continue reading

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