GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology

Lazy bowel: What to know

Some people use the term “lazy bowel” to refer to slowed digestion. Slowed digestion is a symptom of a condition rather than a condition in itself. A person who has slowed digestion may experience other symptoms, such as infrequent bowel movements, constipation, and straining. Read on to find out the causes of a lazy bowel […]

Blood / Hematology GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology

Epiploic appendagitis: Everything you need to know

Epiploic appendagitis is a rare inflammatory condition that affects the small fat-filled pouches on the colon or large intestine. People who have epiploic appendagitis may experience severe lower abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. Although epiploic appendagitis can cause significant pain, doctors can easily treat it with conservative pain management and, in some cases, antibiotics. Continue […]

GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology

What to know about homemade enemas

An enema is an injection of liquid containing various substances into the rectum. The goal is to loosen stuck stool and encourage a bowel movement. A doctor may recommend an enema to treat constipation when first-line treatments have not worked. Homemade and commercial enemas can cause adverse effects. Most doctors recommend using laxatives and dietary […]

GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology Mental Health

How is stress linked with constipation?

High levels of stress can cause or aggravate gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, stomach pain, and changes in bowel movements, which can include constipation. Researchers have identified various connections between the brain and stomach that may lead to constipation symptoms. A range of treatments and remedies can help relieve stress-related constipation. In this article, we […]

GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology

When is constipation an emergency?

If you buy something through a link on this page, we may earn a small commission. How this works. Mild constipation is common. Very severe constipation or constipation accompanied by certain warning signs — such as blood in the stool or severe abdominal pain — can constitute a medical emergency. Intestinal bleeding, appendicitis, a strangulated […]

Crohn's / IBD GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology

What to know about bowel disorders

Bowel disorders affect the organs in the digestive system, including the small and large intestines. These conditions can prevent the body from properly digesting and absorbing nutrients from food. This can cause symptoms such as diarrhea and constipation. If a person does not seek treatment for them, bowel disorders can contribute to other health complications, […]