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Sun, Jul 14 4:40pm · Obstructed bowel prevention - Miralax everyday in Digestive Health

This response is mostly for Ashby1947, and my heart goes out to Thull. Difficult! But my note to Ashby is quite relevent since she described me to a tee. What I am doing is working well and guided by my GI and team at Mayo. I take linzess along with miralax daily. I titrate the miralax from 0 up to 2 doses. If things go wrongly, i put myself on liquid diet. I also am diligent on the positioning and quiet time with coffee in the morning to achieve relaxation of the pelvic floor and autonomic calm. In addition, i always have chicken broth and brothy soup in the cupboard if I run into a slow down or a pain cycle. I am very well versed on what an imminent obstruction feels like. There are various foods I have to look out for, and others I try to infuse into my days. This part is likely an individual thing. I hope this helps.

Sep 17, 2018 · Prolactinoma Surgery in Diabetes/Endocrine System

This note is a response to Peetiepie. Hi Peetiepie. Headaches and nausea are hard to deal with. My daughter’s pituitary adenoma was removed at Mayo a very long time ago and there has been no regrowth. These adenomas come with many variations according to what area of the tiny pituitary gland the growth is on, and thus which symptoms are produced. My daughter’s symptom was lactation. The premedication was unsuccessfull in reducing the size of the growth. Surgery was required. The surgery was through her nose. While seemingly not invasive, it is a very small and risky surgery, because you are entering the brain. I hope that you are under the care of a team. Your visual field needs to be monitored, as well as regular followup imaging. Do your research on reliable sites, and dont be afraid to ask questions to your healthcare TEAM. These things sre justifiably scary. Knowledge and clarification can reduce fear. Good luck with this!
UPArtist

Jun 23, 2018 · following gastroparesis diet while managing constipation in Digestive Health

Good morning techmom. I was wondering how you were doing. I hope you are able to achieve a better quality of life by focusing on some new things to "try" while staying within the parameters of your dietary restrictions and safe movement. Have you looked at adding Tai Chi to your daily routine? It helps the individual move through patterns of weight shifting, head positions, and gentle strengthening for stability. It also facilitates "Mindfullness", which decreases stress levels in our bodies. Lower stress levels help bowel motility, then on to better absorption of those nutrients we are trying to acquire. It also helps with pain control and flexibility of the joints in a gentle way. I hope you are feeling well today!
Respectfully,
UPArtist

Jun 12, 2018 · following gastroparesis diet while managing constipation in Digestive Health

Hi Tech Mom. I can post a few more strategies, but it is important to know that I am not a Nutritionist. I am just "into" nutrition. With that said, another strategy I use to get those nutrients ingested effectively, is building smoothies. It is a liquid route to get the raw veggies, proteins, and fresh fruits. You can do it through blended soups as well. The liquid and puréed forms of the foods pass through my stomach with less difficulty. Then they are able to be digested in the bowel more effectively. The smoothies (hot and cold) can be made to taste quite nice. I use them regularly when coming off an obstruction (especially the hot form) in order to achieve the nutrition I need when I am limited to only "cooked and soft". I use the cold form as a supplement to sneak in the nutrients in general. I also take a b-complex vitamin in powder capsules ( easier to move through the stomach). All my vitamins are chosen with the slow stomach in mind. I cannot afford to have those unpleasant things come back up into my esaphagus and mouth. Therefore I choose as many liquid versions, and buffered versions as possible. There is a lot going on in various research areas on FODMAP and bowel flora. It's good stuff and relevant to the variants of so many people's issues. The world of gastroenterology is exploding with new information. I hope this helps. We must try to live mindfully amid all the frustrations and explorations.

Jun 2, 2018 · following gastroparesis diet while managing constipation in Digestive Health

Good morning Teresa. I use bone broth because it's a clear liquid that is high in protein, low in sugar, and bland. When I am nauseated, the broth is more tolerable. You can boil your own, or buy it pre made. Pre made is nice, because when I don't feel well I don't want to try to boil down a chicken. Sugar levels are important to consider for many people with varying issues causing GI dysfunction, from bowel flora to diabetes concerns. Thus, bone broth becomes a good choice, vs pop or even Gatorade, to maintain electrolytes and stimulate the bowel motility without loading. However, since each person is very different, the choices need to be made according to that individual's specifics. Hope this helps.
UPArtist

Jun 1, 2018 · following gastroparesis diet while managing constipation in Digestive Health

Hell nonnie1,
Slow stomach emptying and slow bowels are very frustrating and tend to dominate our every day decisions, as you clearly know. My one suggestion for you, as I continue to play the daily balancing game, is a gentle but brisk walk daily for about 20 minutes. Schedule it so you have already consumed a good portion of your daily food, so the gentle movement of your body can have an opportunity to mobilize the stomach and the bowels indirectly. Another technique I use, is I lay flat on my back stretched out and gently massage the belly area. I can pretty much feel where the stool gets hung up, as it masses in a firm area. The massage is very gentle and sometimes just a little jiggle will produce that gurgle I am looking for. Continual liquids is imperative. A bottle of water with a bit of lemon is nice to sip on so I can get a continual stimulation for my gastric juices, which facilitates both the stomach juices and on to the bowel motility. Obstructions are not fun and I have had my fill. When An obstruction is threatening, I keep bone broth in my cupboard so I can switch to total liquids until I get the gurgling I am looking for. The liquids keep the gastric juices going. If you totally obstruct though, this won't work and you will need intervention. Good luck with this, and keep those steady liquids going. While we don't have control over everything, we do have control over behavioral alterations in our day to day. That's the best we can do.

Jan 6, 2018 · Conservative treatment of Hallux Rigidus in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Good morning dinnymurph. What is ultrasound mapping? And what is ablation? I would like to learn more about these. Thanks for any info you can forward!

Jan 3, 2018 · Conservative treatment of Hallux Rigidus in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Well Sandilee, I am not a physician, but I have had a blood clot in the past. This foot event I just had was assessed from that direction, in that, my physician assessed the foot and did a d-dimer blood test which did rule out a blood clot for me. Your symptoms could be a variety of different things and your foot does need to be looked at, especially with the sudden onset of symptoms. If it ends up being gout, or something else, then it can be treated appropriately. So you might want to consider going in to see a physician sooner than next week. If it were to be a clot, it shouldn’t wait until next week. Good luck!