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Chronic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction anybody dealt with it?

I know what it is, my brother had it so I know a lot about it, but I was just wondering how anyone out there dealt with it and stuff like that.

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Sounds like a drastic diet change and bowel cleansing is in order. Start with a bowel cleanse. Psyllium and bentonite is one of the simplest and most effective ways to cleanse the digestive system.

Liquid bentonite should be used...or powdered bentonite should be hydrated to a semi-pourable yogurt consistency prior to using it. Mix 1 Tablespoon of liquid bentonite and 1 teaspoon of powdered psyllium (or 1 Tablespoon if using whole husk psyllium) with 8-10oz of water or diluted juice, shake and drink immediately. Follow this with another 8-10oz glass of water. This is in addition to daily water intake of half your body weight in ounces. Sufficient water is a key to success with this cleanse!

Psyllium and bentonite shakes should be taken at least one hour before or after taking any supplements, herbs, medications, etc.

*The shakes MUST be taken on an empty stomach....at least one hour away from food on either side. First thing in the morning, last thing at night are easy. Then one or 2 in the afternoon after lunch and before dinner - T*

Start with one shake a day and gradually increase as the body adjusts to the additional fiber. It may take 3-5 shakes a day and/or several weeks before you start passing mucoid plaque. Continue taking the shakes as long as mucoid plaque is being eliminated for up to 6 months. Additional cleanses may be necessary in order to thoroughly cleanse the digestive system and can be performed for a few months at a time. Each cleanse should be followed with the use of a good-quality probiotic to replace beneficial bacteria. Maintenance cleanses should be done 2-4 times per year.

If constipation should occur while doing this cleanse, 1) increase daily water intake, 2) use enemas or colonics to clear out released material and get things moving again, and 3) cut back on the shakes or stop the cleanse until the bowels are moving regularly again.

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has anyone heard of chronic intestinal pseudo obstruction?

" Chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction (CIP) is a rare disorder of gastrointestinal motility where coordinated contractions (peristalsis) in the intestinal tract become altered and inefficient. When this happens, nutritional requirements cannot be adequately met.

"Motility" is the term used to describe the contraction of muscles in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. To facilitate normal digestion and the absorption of nutrients, food content is propelled through the GI tract by synchronized or coordinated contractions in a process called "peristalsis." Peristalsis is dependent upon the coordination between the muscles, nerves, and hormones in the digestive tract.

In CIP the intestines react as if there is a true mechanical obstruction or blockage. However, when tests are performed, no physical evidence of blockage is found. There is no unique sign or symptom that allows a positive diagnosis of the pseudo-obstruction. "

there is more information in that link, too.  (+ info)

Have you ever come across a baby with chronic intestinal pseudo obstruction who eats normally?

During my daughters well periods she eats very well and gains weight, then she will have a bad period, start blocking up, stop pooig by herself and lose weight and appetite. She is usually admitted to hospital vomitting bile and put on a drip.

If she continues to have dips they said she will have to have an illieostomy. Would you say this is the best course of action?

We are about to start a bowel cleanse regime, using gut friendly antibiotics which sit in the bowel rather than being absorbed.Could it be malabsorbtion? That doesnt solve the blockages though does it.

Shes had 2 biopsies, an edoscopy and laperotomy (sp!?), been tested for milk or lactose intolerace, and they all drew blanks.

Meds: Senokot, movicol, suppositories, enemas, rectal washouts and soon the new anti-bi's.

Any help would be greatly appreciated
hello thankyou for your input. they took bowel biopsies to rule out a nerve disorder. they saw nerve staining so ruled out hirschsprungs. after what you said im going to mention about diabeties at her next check, thanks x

Probiotics seems like a good place to start to me, I've known adults with that set of symptoms stemmed from having lost needed intestinal flora due to heavy antibiotic use. Even if they have her on digestive tract friendly antibiotics, a diet rich in things like yogurt at the same time might be worth considering.

I'm assuming they'd checked her for nervous disorders, it's possible I suppose the nerves in the bowel aren't sending the signals to contract on their own. If not, that might be important to look into at this point.

I know this sounds obvious, but is she dehydrated at all along with the more obvious symptoms? I mean, if she were diabetic say, and the doctors never tested her a1c levels and missed it, one of the side effects would be dehydration and constipation.

I'm sorry, those are my first thoughts.  (+ info)

What prevention & treatment modalities available for "Idiopathic Subacute Pseudo Intestinal Obstruction"

A forty five year old male patient suffering from frequent attacks of sub acute pseudo intestinal obstruction since about 20 years. The frequency and severity of the attack varies from time to time.

Clinical and laboratory investigations revealed a normal bowel and other health parameters. But during an attack the patient feels bloated abdomen with distension, which may lead to projectile vomiting and unable to take food orally. An erect x-ray film of abdomen shows typical multiple fluid levels indicating intestinal obstruction.

Naso gastric aspiration, IV fluids and sedation with an anti emetic will usually relives the problem in a day or two and the patient goes back normally and will be absolutely normal till the next attack happens.

The patient feels it a big nuisance for him and is looking for any preventive or treatment remedies available to tackle this problem from happening frequently.


Diseases that affect muscles and nerves, such as lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, or Parkinson's disease, can cause symptoms. When a disease causes the symptoms, the condition is called secondary intestinal pseudo-obstruction. Medications that affect muscles and nerves such as opiates and antidepressants might also cause secondary pseudo-obstruction.

Good luck!  (+ info)

What is the possibility of a person who undrgone intestinal obstruction general operation get pregnant?

umm, your reproductive system and your g-i system are not connected. Your possibility of getting pregnant is the same as it was before your surgery  (+ info)

What are the syptoms of an intestinal / stomach blockage / obstruction?

how does it differ from constipation ? please help ! thanks .

People who have this are not having BM's or very small liquid BM's. They are very nauseated,having moderate to severe pain, bloated and often begin to throw up. They can't keep anything down. Some begin to vomit up stool or blood along with any food and liquid they ingest. They must be treated ASAP at a hospital with an NG tube inserted in nose and down to stomach with suction to help suck some of the backed up stuff out. Some may require surgery.  (+ info)

what are the nursing diagnosis for intestinal obstruction?

Altered tissue perfusion, Risk for fluid volume imbalance, Pain, Constipation, Risk for nutritional imbalance, Nausea, Risk for infection, Pain, Impaired therapeutic regimen. Man I hated nursing diagnoses!  (+ info)

What causes intestinal obstruction?

I'm just curious, and what does it feel like?

Chronic constipation, eating foods that are binding to your system, ignoring the urge to move your bowels. Certain illnesses/diseases ,such as, IBS ( Irritable Bowel Syndrome) which, can alternate between constipation and diarrhea. Some with IBS have to deal with being mostly constipated.
Other causes:
Dehydration ( water is needed to help regularity)
Intestinal Adhesion's ( scar tissue from abdominal surgery)
Chron's Disease

Certain foods that are binding ( they absorb water from the intestinal tract, which makes it harder to go = constipation)
Processed Foods
Cheese ( to name a couple)
A diet high in fiber, whole grains, fruits and veggies are important, along with drinking enough water, exercise can reduce the symptoms.
In experiencing a bowel/intestinal obstruction, it is quite uncomfortable:
Abdominal Pain
Abdominal Swelling ( the tummy is bloated ) to name a few symptoms.

I hope that this helps.  (+ info)

bowel movement with intestinal obstruction or blockage?

i figured it was constipation so i tried taking miralax it didnt work and its been going on since last saturday i had a few small bowel movements but not like i should and lastnight i took exlax and today i've used the bathroom 2 times since ive been awake (its 10:23 right now). i no longer feel bloated and my stomach no longer hurts so could it be an intestinal blockage or just constipation? btw im 13

I highly highly doubt you have intestinal blockage. I've had intestinal blockage and it results in constipation of weeks. Your diet is most likely to blame. Eat lots of fiber and water (the key is to do both- and only water or juice, not soda, coffee, tea, ect.) If your finding yourself constipated still, try citrucel or metamucil and more water. After that, go see a doctor. Do NOT start a laxative regimen unless instructed by your doctor. I highly recommend you stop your laxative use before your body gets used to it (consistent use of a laxative causes your colon to get weak). Good luck- constipation sucks!  (+ info)

anyone ever have a large intestinal obstruction or know anyone who did?i?

i am VERY sure i have one, but then again, im not 100 percent positive. i have all the symptoms and they just keep getting worse and worse.

should i go to a doctor or the hospital? the doctor i have is new - i dont even know the guy.. because i switched to my mothers doctor (the other one was way too far-because we moved since then)

You could go to the ER, but it will be expensive. You could take an enema and a laxative. You could see a doctor, maybe at an urgent-care clinic, or maybe your mother's doctor. You need to act soon.  (+ info)

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