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by Dr Christopher Black
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: IBS
Topic: How to successfully diagnose IBS
Replies: 1
Views: 1259

Re: How to successfully diagnose IBS

Hi magiksen, An endoscopy and colonoscopy are not a requirement to diagnose IBS. I don't agree that IBS can only be diagnosed if someone has had normal endoscopies. This gives the impression that IBS is diagnosed only when all other conditions have been excluded which is the wrong way to look at it,...
by Dr Christopher Black
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: haemorrhoids & anal fissures
Topic: Best way of living with these things?
Replies: 1
Views: 1174

Re: Best way of living with these things?

Hi lotusflower, Sorry to hear of the problems you're having with anal fissures. There are treatments to try and help them heal, and steps that can be taken to reduce the chance of them recurring. If they have been present for a long time, healing them can be trickier, and sometimes surgery is consid...
by Dr Christopher Black
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: haemorrhoids & anal fissures
Topic: anal fissures
Replies: 1
Views: 768

Re: anal fissures

Hi kjmpde1980, There are certainly ways of treating and trying to prevent anal fissures. One important step is to avoid constipation and straining. Sometimes laxatives, such as movicol, are used to soften the stools making them easier to pass and reducing the need to strain. This can help prevent an...
by Dr Christopher Black
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: haemorrhoids & anal fissures
Topic: Pencil Stools
Replies: 1
Views: 796

Re: Pencil Stools

Hi Shirleya, It is possible that very large fibroids could put pressure on the outside of the large intestine, thereby narrowing it and causing pencil stools. However, this is not a common scenario. Have you had any tests or imaging to suggest this is the case? More commonly, pencil stools can be se...
by Dr Christopher Black
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: bowel cancer
Topic: Bowel Cancer Screening
Replies: 1
Views: 953

Re: Bowel Cancer Screening

Hi DisneyPrincess26, I'm very sorry to hear about your dad. You're right to say that bowel cancer can have a hereditary aspect, but this is quite complex. Screening of the relatives of someone with bowel cancer is sometimes advised, but this depends on several factors. Striclty speaking, current UK ...
by Dr Christopher Black
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: bowel incontinence
Topic: Bowel incontinence
Replies: 1
Views: 991

Re: Bowel incontinence

Hi Shazza49, I suspect fybogel was tried to see whether adding bulk to your stools would help, but it doesn't sound like it has. It's difficult to advise on the right treatment option as this will depend on the underlying cause. Sometimes people can become constipated, and paradoxically get looser s...
by Dr Christopher Black
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: constipation & diarrhoea
Topic: Constipation
Replies: 1
Views: 1160

Re: Constipation

Hi Joolee, Irrigation devices for chronic constipation have evidence to support that they work and that they are safe. They are usually recommended for patients with chronic constipation which has not responded to drug treatments. If you are happy using this approach and it is providing adequate tre...
by Dr Christopher Black
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Helicobacter pylori
Replies: 1
Views: 1689

Re: Helicobacter pylori

Hi Tracy, The situation with H Pylori and cancer is complex. It is true that H pylori is implicated in causing certain cancers, particularly stomach cancer. However, there is evidence that it might protect against developing oesophageal (gullet) cancer. What is important to emphasise is that having ...
by Dr Christopher Black
Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: general
Topic: overly regular bowel movements
Replies: 1
Views: 730

Re: overly regular bowel movements

Hi, I'm sorry to hear of the problems your husband is having. I'm not really sure what the doctor meant by retraining his gut? It is normal for eating to trigger the need to go to the toliet, but this can be quite exaggerated in some people. However, it sounds like you might mean his bowels changed ...
by Dr Christopher Black
Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Mucus in in poo
Replies: 1
Views: 772

Re: Mucus in in poo

Hi, It is normal for the bowel to make mucus as it helps to keep things functioning normally and protect the gut lining. Passing some mucus from time to time is not all that unusual, and is not usually a cause for concern. It is more commonly reported in conditions like IBS. Having said that though,...
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