Thursday, October 12, 2006

Away Fecal Matter, Away!

So this post is along the lines of a prior post:

Did you know that you can get a rectal ulcer from constipation? Actually, you can get a lot of bad things from constipation. Nausea, vomiting, abdominal bloating, severe abdominal pain, even fecal impaction, where someone is going to have to glove up and do this!

But the pressure from all that feces can actually cut off blood supply to certain areas of the large intestine. No blood supply = dead tissue that sloughs off = ulcer. Which can lead to intestinal bleeding and anemia. So if you're constipated, don't sit on it. Fiber and water... fruits and veggies are your friends!

Not to prolong this unappetizing subject, but did you know that there is a medical chart used to categorize feces? It's called the Bristol stool scale, which was found on a google search for a decent picture of said product. Am not sure who uses this scale (we definitely were not taught this in school!) - perhaps the gastroenterologists??

Also, have you seen the fake poop gifts? Saw them in a souvenir shop in Vegas. They were pretty realistic, except for the plastic googly eyes on them, and the fact that they came in a nice box... too bad there's isn't a internet picture to show ya'll!

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Anonymous Moof said...

My! This subject really stinks! >;o)

I read about the Bristol Scale on Dr. Crippen's blog before ... if the Inuit's really have 200 words for snow, then the rest of the world can have 7 types of poop, right?

About constipation ... you must see a lot older people with the problem, because I think it's a chronic thing for anyone over 45!

Um ... can beer and nachos be substituted for water and fiber? *blinks innocently*

11:45 PM  
Blogger Susan Palwick said...

My gastroenterologist has a poster of the Bristol stool scale hanging on his office wall, and the last time I was there, he made fun of it. "Read those descriptions! 'Soft and fluffy'! Makes it sound like a dessert!"

9:06 PM  
Blogger always learning said...

Moof - isn't it amazing that one could describe something in 200 ways? It's sad that constipation is so prevalent. Not to be nasty, but tt can't be a good thing to have a stinky mess sitting around, waiting a few days to get out... hehe, like the beer and nachos idea. this is the great US of A, where the most popular vegetable at 15 months of age is ... the french fry.

Another shocking website:

Hello Susan, welcome! Glad to know that scale actually gets around! Hehe - it does sound like dessert. Although it wouldn't be the first or last time some physician has made a connection between a disgusting body fluid (or part) and something edible. (eg currant jelly sputum)

9:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am absolutely blogging about the BSS.
*roaring with childish laughter*

8:13 AM  

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