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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: IBS(Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
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User :   hi, my consultant says i have "sticky bowels", following ileostomy op 27 years ago, several ops to resite stoma, one blockage and a twisted gut (8 weeks ago), since this last op i have had to return with a partial blockage (gripey pains sickness). Had fluids for 48hours along with sickness and antispasmodic IV. Just not sure what he means by "sticky bowels" - help!
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Doctor :   let me read
Doctor :   how are the bowel moments ?
User :   they feel fine at the moment I am keeping to a low fibre diet as recommended in hospital, just so worried this is going to happen again
Doctor :   what was the diagnosis before performing the surgery ?
User :   27years ago i had ulcerative colitis (4 years)
Doctor :   the consultant has used the term sticky bowels for Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
User :   that really surprises me? and is quite a shock, he didnt mention IBS, what actually is IBS
Doctor :   it is the name given to a group of gastro intestinal symptoms
Doctor :   ulcerative colitis for which you have been operated also comes under IBS
Doctor :   the main symptoms of IBS being abdominal pain or discomfort associated with diarrhea or constipation and relived by bowel moments
Doctor :   white mucus in the stool - which earns the name sticky stool
Doctor :   bloating sensation and fullness of stomach
Doctor :   all the symptoms need not be there at the same time
User :   but the ulcerative colitis was removed when i had my large colon removed and everything was fine, i dont get bloating at all
Doctor :   colon has been removed but the small intestine might be affected, also because of the surgery of colon removal there might be occurring complications
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