If you have a young daughter who has experienced difficulty in childbearing and is now diagnosed with an obstetric fistula, you should inform your child's school about the condition. Although your child may be able to attend school, she may not want to for social reasons. Your child's school needs to be prepared so that it can provide special education services for your child. A young girl with this disorder may not be able to participate in school activities and will need support and encouragement.
Ben Terrany, MD
- internal medicine
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- Should I tell my child's school about her obstetric fistula?
How long does it take a healthy gastrointestinal system to process food?
An individual with a healthy gastrointestinal (GI) system will process food efficiently. The stomach and small intestine of a healthy individual will digest food in six to eight hours, and pass that food to the large intestine. The large intestine further digests the food, absorbs water and nutrients, and passes the undigested food waste into the rectum. An individual with a healthy GI system typically completes the digestion process in about 24 to 72 hours.
What causes blood to appear in stool?
Johns Hopkins Medicine answered
The signs of bleeding in the digestive tract depend upon the site and severity of bleeding. If blood is coming from the rectum or the lower colon, bright red blood will coat or mix with the stool. If the blood is coming from the upper colon or small intestine it may have a darker color such as dark maroon or even tarry.
Locating the source of bleeding is important.
The digestive or gastrointestinal (GI) tract includes the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine (or colon), rectum and anus. Bleeding can come from one or more of these areas, that is, from a small area such as an ulcer on the lining of the stomach or from a large surface such as an inflammation of the colon. Bleeding can sometimes occur without the person noticing it. This type of bleeding is called occult or hidden. Fortunately, simple tests can detect occult blood in the stool.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
How does bacteria live in the body?
Ashley Koff, RD, Nutrition & Dietetics, answeredIt's hard to imagine that we each host billions of live bacteria in our digestive tract that colonize by replicating quickly and massively, but it's true. What's even more fascinating is that different bacteria live in different places based on what they desire as a home environment. Think of a native Montanan versus a New York City resident -- some like crowds and feed off the energy of the crowd, the noise doesn't bother them, the pollution isn't a major deterrent, and they've adapted to the types of food available whereas others need wide open space. They preferentially choose pure air and hunting for their food, and they are okay if they only see a crowd on holidays or if they happen to travel. By the same token, a person who lives in Montana will have a different gut flora than someone who lives in New York -- or Tokyo -- for that matter.
There are many more bacteria in the large intestine versus the small intestine (100,000:1), as it is significantly less acidic; another way of saying this is to remember that your lower GI prefers to be more alkaline. The small intestine contains more digestive enzymes, has more movement (peristalsis), and generates more antimicrobial chemicals (for example probiotics acting on fiber can create an acidic byproduct that functions like an antibiotic). Thus, because bacteria have different preferences, what we eat and as a result the environment in each area of our digestive tract will either encourage or discourage the bacteria to inhabit and flourish in their respective geography.
Are prescription medications available for an obstetric fistula?
Prescription medications are available for obstetric fistula, but they may not cure the illness. Your doctor may prescribe medications such as antibiotics to eliminate infection in your body. If you have Crohn's disease, your doctor may prescribe a medication called Remicade to control this condition as well so that your obstetric fistula condition will not become worse. To cure the illness, surgery is a likely option.
What is the rebound effect caused by eating simple sugars?
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredElevated blood sugar sends your brain the message that it's time to take your plate to the counter and hit the couch. When your blood sugar is low, that's what stimulates hunger and causes you to feed like a rat in the Kraft aisle.
Now, where many of us get into trouble is when we eat foods with simple sugars (think soft drinks, jelly, cake). Simple sugars create a rebounding effect. You're feeling blah so you eat a 3 Musketeers. That sugar surge works like an electrical jolt and you instantly feel more energy. But less than two hours later, that energy surge (in the form of blood sugar levels) plummets like the neckline of an Oscars dress. And then you feel blah again. Your conclusion? You must need another 3 Musketeers.
That rebound effect (combined with the desire for the taste that's stimulated by the pleasure center in your brain) can put your body in biological turmoil, where you eat to feel better, though what you're eating is actually what's making you feel sluggish, so you swirl and swirl around, always feeling like you need to eat.
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Why is it important to address emotions in treatment of stomach problems?
Bill Salt, MD, Gastroenterology, answeredHere is an answer from Robert and Lydia Dorsky, from Healthcare Communications in Short Hills, N.J., who produce educational materials on health and medicine. In their article entitled "The Mind-Gut Connection" they wrote, "When you suffer from stomach problems, your emotions may play an important role in your digestive system's workings. Gastroenterologists have found that, for many patients, treatment for some digestive disorders must be geared toward the emotional as well as the physical aspects of their condition." In the same article, Ray Clouse, M.D., from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis says, "It is unacceptable to simply say that your bowel problem is making you depressed, and so we should just ignore the depression until the bowel problem is fixed. There is often an interaction between emotions, the brain, and the bowels, and this means treating the entire problem, not just the gut."
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What is spastic colon and irritable bowel syndrome (SC/IBS)?
Jacob Teitelbaum, Integrative Medicine, answeredSpastic colon (also called irritable bowel syndrome) is when you have gas, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation with a negative medical workup. When doctors don’t know what’s causing your symptoms, they give it the label of "spastic colon," instead of more effectively searching for the source of your symptoms.Helpful? 8 people found this helpful.
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