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Board: Stroke 08-04-2017, 05:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 511
Posted By rufous57
Re: Stroke Questions

That's the scariest thing about a stroke- my DH's neurologist said usually the only warning sign is the stroke! And yes, it can happen to someone who looks young and healthy! My DH was only 56, in...
Board: Bowel Disorders 08-04-2017, 05:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 707
Posted By rufous57
Re: Intussusception female rectocele - looking to hear from anyone with the same

What are your symptoms? Does your doctor think they are from the Intussusception or rectocele?

I thank my lucky stars but I have lived with a low grade retocele and intussuception since 2011 and I...
Board: Bowel Disorders 08-04-2017, 05:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 641
Posted By rufous57
Re: Diverticulitis?

From our experience the pain isn't always left sided. It can be a vague feeling of discomfort in the back. Untreated it can lead to so many unpleasant complications such as absess, fistula bowel...
Board: Bowel Disorders 07-21-2017, 01:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 701
Posted By rufous57
Re: Very annoying ongoing problems with no help

What test was run?

So, I have to assume the doctor ruled out IBD(Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis), malabsorption syndromes in which food cannot be digested and absorbed, and chronic...
Board: Bowel Disorders 07-19-2017, 02:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 701
Posted By rufous57
Re: Very annoying ongoing problems with no help

What meds/supplements, etc., have been tried so far? What is your diet like now?
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 07-19-2017, 02:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,925
Posted By rufous57
Re: Hello all ... it has been a long time :(

I am so sorry you are going through this with your mother, it is the hardest decision to carry out but for what its worth you are doing what needs to be done to keep her safe and that is the most...
Board: Bowel Disorders 02-21-2017, 06:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 857
Posted By rufous57
Re: Recurrent Diverticulitis

You are right to be concerned, diverticulitis is very serious. It sounds like you need to press your gastro doctor for more specific details as to treatment? My DH had a colon resection due to a...
Board: Bowel Disorders 11-22-2016, 07:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 709
Posted By rufous57
Re: Chronic constipation, new symptoms

Were you ever told you could take Miralax over the counter? I doubt the ER has the ability to diagnose what is causing your chronic constipation, they are more about treating the symptoms. Were you...
Board: Osteoporosis 11-22-2016, 07:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,552
Posted By rufous57
Re: Calcium build up in blood

I don't want to get osteoporosis, but I don't want to have a stroke or heart attack either. I try to drink kefir milk and eat yogurt, plus I do try to eat a lot of dark leafy greens, but not enough...
Board: Bowel Disorders 11-21-2016, 09:47 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 499
Posted By rufous57
Re: bowel operation

I hope you have called your surgeon or doctor by this time and i am sorry no one responded to your message. My DH had a colon resection a few years ago, but by the 5 month post op, he felt good as...
Board: Bowel Disorders 11-21-2016, 09:41 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 501
Posted By rufous57
Re: Severe morning diarrhea?

Sorry but you definitely need to see a doctor asap--blood is not normal and needs to be checked out further to get a diagnosis. No one can diagnose you over the internet. At least call your doctor,...
Board: Bowel Disorders 11-21-2016, 09:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 937
Posted By rufous57
Re: Thin, softer stools to prevent anal fissures?

Did your doctor not prescribe medication for healing your anal fissure? For me, niphedaphine worked wonders.

Also, did your doctor advise you to take both a stool softener and Triphala on a...
Board: Osteoporosis 11-21-2016, 09:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,552
Posted By rufous57
Re: Calcium build up in blood

What was the recommended dosage that you were taking? My regular doctor told me 3-4 years ago to quit taking calcium supplements for this very reason.
Board: Allergies 11-10-2016, 06:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,175
Posted By rufous57
Re: MSG How long does it take for monosodium glutamate to leave the body?

What kind of reaction are you getting?

I get migraine headaches and swelling in my hands and feet if I ingest MSG, and I can tell within half an hour if any food i ate has it. I avoid eating at...
Board: Bowel Disorders 11-10-2016, 06:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 851
Posted By rufous57
Re: Diverticulosis Diagnosis

I hope your regular doctor was able to give you some answers? The reason I encourage most people to get this sort of pain checked out is this: my dh did not have excruciating pain at first either. ...
Board: Skin Problems 11-06-2016, 10:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 524
Posted By rufous57
Re: severly dehydrated skin

I find AHA's very irritating and drying and have stopped using them myself. You might want to look into what exactly is in the moisturizer and serum you are using, they may be the wrong formulation...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 11-06-2016, 09:51 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 598
Posted By rufous57
Re: GERD or Gallbladder? Scared..

Do you notice any correlation between eating heavy fatty foods and this pain in your chest? I suffered back and chest pains for 2 years and went from doctor to doctor and the ER and Walk In Clinic...
Board: Bowel Disorders 11-05-2016, 06:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 851
Posted By rufous57
Re: Diverticulosis Diagnosis

How often are you experiencing left sided pains? And when is the onset? My DH went from supposedly mild diverticulosis, which by the way, most people don't feel, to 3 full blown diverticulitis...
Board: Bowel Disorders 11-05-2016, 06:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 509
Posted By rufous57
Re: Hemorrhoidectomy - looks like I have external hemorrhoid

I would be willing to bey you are still experiencing pain and swelling from your surgery and this will likely be the case for weeks to come, it is part of the healing. Whatever you do, try not to...
Board: Bowel Disorders 10-11-2016, 01:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 684
Posted By rufous57
Re: Perianal Abscess and Anal Fissure Combo :(

No, I did not need surgery for either hemmorhoids or anal fissure, luckily. I was able to heal the fissure through persistant use of the niphediphin ointment and sitz baths. But it took time. I hope...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 10-11-2016, 01:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 509
Posted By rufous57
Re: Barrettes esophagus

I'm very sorry you are having to deal with this.
Board: Bowel Disorders 10-10-2016, 12:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 684
Posted By rufous57
Re: Perianal Abscess and Anal Fissure Combo :(

I feel so badly for you, I really do. To have the perianal abscess and an anal fissure while pregnant, big hugs. I don't have experience with the abscess but I do have lots of experience with the...
Board: Bowel Disorders 10-06-2016, 05:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 298
Posted By rufous57
Re: Questions?

I'm sorry to hear you're not feeling well! The procedure itself was a piece of cake- I had both an endoscopy and colonoscopy done but I was knocked out and didn't feel a thing! The prep is not the...
Board: Bowel Disorders 10-06-2016, 01:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 937
Posted By rufous57
Re: First episode of diverticulitis

My DH stayed on low residue as long as there was pain and inflammation. His worst attack kept him in the hospital for 2 weeks. When he got out of the hospital, we went to see his surgeon(who came...
Board: Bowel Disorders 10-06-2016, 01:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 405
Posted By rufous57
Re: Twisted "something"

Have you had any testing done at all? i.e. colonoscopy, ultrasound, CT etc? Do you notice if your pain comes on after eating or is it random? When you mentioned pain in the ribcage and belching, my...
Board: Bowel Disorders 10-04-2016, 08:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 497
Posted By rufous57
Re: Diarrhea.

I'm glad you got in to see your doctor, 10 days is way too long to have diarrhea, and very hard on your system. Most people do better sticking to clear liquids such as ginger ale or gatorade during...
Board: Bowel Disorders 10-04-2016, 08:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 552
Posted By rufous57
Re: Ulcer or possible pancreatitis?

I am probably way too late seeing your post--please let us know that you are okay and hopefully have seen a doctor? When you have acute abominal pain that lasts that long you really need to see a...
Board: Bowel Disorders 10-04-2016, 08:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 937
Posted By rufous57
Re: First episode of diverticulitis

I feel for you,I really do. My DH had 2-3 episodes of diverticulitis attacks before he needed surgery. But he has been fine ever since that life changing surgery.

Since I was not the patient, I...
Board: Bowel Disorders 09-13-2016, 01:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 512
Posted By rufous57
Re: Rectal Intussusception.

What test was used to diagnose your condition? (i.e. defocography, MRI, sigmoidoscopy?) It is my understanding that a rectal intussusception or prolapse is when one part of the wall of the large...
Board: Bowel Disorders 09-13-2016, 01:18 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 556
Posted By rufous57
Re: Need advice on bowel issue

When is your next OB/gyn appt? I would be in constant contact with this doctor and would be pressing him/her to figure out if you have bleeding hemmorhoids or an anal fissure. Both are treatable...
Board: Bowel Disorders 09-13-2016, 01:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 627
Posted By rufous57
Re: Could it be adhesions?

I'm not a doctor but am wondering what your doctor said about your not urinating except for every 2-5 hours? With the amount of water you are drinking, that doesn't sound right to me???? Have you had...
Board: Cancer: Bladder 09-13-2016, 01:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,084
Posted By rufous57
Re: small irregularity on the bladder

I can't offer any advice, only a doctor can really do that. But I can offer tons of support and hugs for the scary experience you are having!!

What type of doctor are you seeing? When I passed a...
Board: Diabetes 09-13-2016, 12:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 612
Posted By rufous57
Re: Help, just taken a full days meds all at once

Hi, just seeing this now. Are you okay? Did you call your doctor? I don't have experience with metformin but I recall reading it can upset your stomach in certain individuals. Please let us know how...
Board: Diabetes 09-13-2016, 12:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 435
Posted By rufous57
Re: 1st time poster

Welcome! I haven't actually been diagnosed as pre-diagnosis, but I am trying to prevent that myself through diet and exercize.

I have experimented with sugar substitutes since I used to like to...
Board: Bowel Disorders 08-24-2016, 10:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 725
Posted By rufous57
Re: Painful BMs, bright red blood, diarrhea

Hopefully by now you have had time to see your doctor? Blood in the stool isn't something to be ignored. Hypothyroid could explain the constipation but not the diarrhea, at least to me. Have you had...
Board: Diabetes 08-24-2016, 10:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 973
Posted By rufous57
Re: Question about refined sugar

The only way to know that is to check your blood glucose after eating the food. I purchased an human glucometer and check my blood glucose prior to meals, and an hour or two after meals to get an...
Board: Bowel Disorders 07-21-2016, 03:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 547
Posted By rufous57
Re: Wound open again and again

I hope you have contacted your surgeon regarding the discharge? This sounds ve4ry serious! please let us know how you are doing?
Board: Diabetes 07-21-2016, 03:33 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,736
Posted By rufous57
Re: Doing things right and still pre-diabetic - what next?

Congrats on getting your A1C and fasting glucose to normal ranges!

Do you test your blood glucose at home? It is a good idea to learn how your body reacts to food, testing your fasting blood...
Board: Bowel Disorders 06-15-2016, 09:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,213
Posted By rufous57
Re: mucus red blood - several bm after diverticulitis

I hope you are feeling better now?? If not, where are you feeling pain??(left sided, right sided?) What color is the blood-bright red, brown/rust, etc?

You had a CT and MRI 3 year ago, and...
Board: Bowel Disorders 05-12-2016, 02:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 568
Posted By rufous57
Re: Urgency and diarrhea

I'm sorry your husband has had this happen :-(
You might ask his doctor if it would be safe to take a drug called Welchol? ( colesevelam ) It is a bile sequestrant but is often prescribed for...
Board: Bowel Disorders 05-12-2016, 02:33 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 512
Posted By rufous57
Re: recovering from anal fistula operation

I hope you have called and spoken to your surgeon, I don't have first hand experience with this surgery but bleeding doesn't sound normal at this point. Please call your doctor
Board: Bowel Disorders 05-12-2016, 02:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 653
Posted By rufous57
Re: Blood and mucous in stool -scared

For what reason would your colonoscopy need to be delayed??? :-( Sorry this had to happen, you didn't need this.
Board: Bowel Disorders 05-12-2016, 02:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 735
Posted By rufous57
Re: Constant Lower Left Abdomen Pain- 4-5 weeks, 28 years old

((((IndyGirl1))) That is so awful to have chronic constipation, trust me, I have been there and done that :-( I would check with your doctor's office,but I would think enough water to prevent...
Board: Bowel Disorders 05-10-2016, 10:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 653
Posted By rufous57
Re: Blood and mucous in stool -scared

Did your doctor do any bloodwork or take a stool sample? I don't have advice, but just wanted to give encouragement and a hug of support- hopefully the colonoscopy will give you some answers....
Board: Bowel Disorders 05-10-2016, 09:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 735
Posted By rufous57
Re: Constant Lower Left Abdomen Pain- 4-5 weeks, 28 years old

I would get in to see your doctor as soon as possible- left sided pain can be diverticulitis, but there are many other things it could be, only a doctor would be able to rule things out. Do you...
Board: Bowel Disorders 05-06-2016, 10:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 626
Posted By rufous57
Board: Bowel Disorders 05-06-2016, 10:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 628
Posted By rufous57
Re: External hemorrhoid

Are you constipated? Hard large stool that leads to straining on the toilet will aggravate hemmorhoids. Enough fiber(25-30 grams) water 8 glasses daily? Your hemmorhoid will never go away unless you...
Board: Bowel Disorders 04-23-2016, 07:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 642
Posted By rufous57
Re: Recoverying from low anterior resection

My DH had 1 1/2 feet of his colon removed due to a perforated colon 6 years ago. His surgeon advised it would be normal to have more frequent bowel movements as there is less "storage". He did not...
Board: Bowel Disorders 04-23-2016, 07:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,293
Posted By rufous57
Re: Full thickness Rectal Prolapse - scared, bad things happening

Are you seeing a specialist? I am not sure a gastroenterologist is necessarily trained to see a rectal prolapse during a colonoscopy. I see a Colon & Rectal Specialist and was diagnosed via a...
Board: Bowel Disorders 04-23-2016, 07:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 576
Posted By rufous57
Re: Thrombosis hemorrhoids and constipation- Help please!!

Call your doctor - You might need to go to an urgent care clinic- not having a bowel movement for a week could mean the stool is impacted and might need a suppository or other means of extraction. I...
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