What are the bowels?
In order to understand all aspects of bowel blockage, it is important to possess knowledge regarding the bowel and its function. Everyone realizes that life revolves around key nutritional vitamins and minerals. To get these important nutrients, however, people must eat a proper diet that meets the dietary food guidelines.
The digestive system actually begins in a person’s mouth. Here, food is chewed and mixed with saliva before traveling onward to the stomach where the digestive enzymes break down the food into smaller particles. Those particles then pass through the small and large intestines (small and large bowel) where they continue to break down so that nutrients can be absorbed into the blood stream. The bowel is simply another word for your intestines. The bowel winds through the body ending at the rectum and then anus where the waste matter travels out of your body as fecal matter.
Causes of a Bowel Blockage
When the intestines become blocked, a condition that is referred to as a bowel blockage or bowel obstruction, it can become a dangerous situation. There are a number of potential causes for bowel obstructions. These causes range from pre-existing health issues to diet.
Once a person reaches his or her fifties, doctors recommend a colon screening in order to look for cancerous polyps. In the event that cancer is discovered, a portion of the intestine is removed. The resulting scar tissue can lead to bowel obstructions in which the food matter gets stuck in the narrower passageway. If a person skips his or her colon screening, the polyps themselves can cause blockages.
The colon walls spiral and twist creating small pockets. If food matter becomes trapped in these small pockets, bacteria can build up and cause an infection. The resulting infection, called colitis or diverticulitis, causes the colon to swell preventing the passage of additional food waste. Inflammatory Bowel Disease is another painful condition in which the lining of the intestines becomes swollen. A number of reasons can cause Inflammatory Bowel Disease from Crohn’s Disease to Ulcerative Colitis.
In some cases, the bowel wall will twist so much that it becomes kinked resulting in a condition called Volvulus. If this occurs, doctors will need to monitor the patient closely because some cases require surgical attention. Volvulus is more common in patients who have had a portion of their intestines removed due to colon cancer.
Ischemic Colitis is a condition in which the blood flow to the bowel is reduced. The lack of blood and oxygen causes the bowel to stop contracting and pushing food waste through the intestines and to the rectum where it can leave the body.
A change in a persons’ diet, water intake, or exercise routine can cause the food waste to become too hard for the bowel to move causing a bowel blockage. The hard stool becomes impacted acting like a cork and additional food waste is unable to exit the body.
Typical Symptoms and Resulting Effects of Blockage of the Bowels
If a bowel blockage is occurring, the typical symptoms will vary depending on how long the blockage has been in place and what is causing the blockage. Symptoms can include a lack of appetite, fever, constipation, abdominal pain and swelling, fever, nausea, and vomiting. It is important to discuss the cause with a doctor. If cancerous polyps are present, it is critical to have them removed immediately. Too many people are losing their lives to colon cancer, a disease that can be prevented if caught early!
It is important not to ignore the situation. If too much fecal matter builds up, the colon may tear. Additionally, if the blood supply is reduced to the portion of the bowel that comes after the blockage, that section of colon may die and gangrene will set in. Serious infections are common to those who ignore a bowel blockage.
Things One Can Do To Prevent and Alleviate The Problems
It is extremely important that those who think they may have a bowel blockage seek a doctor’s advice. Most often, the doctor will complete an x-ray to check for a reason for the obstruction, though other procedures may also be used in order to help pinpoint where the obstruction is at. If it turns out to be something serious, the doctor will likely send the patient to the hospital.
More commonly, the bowel blockage is caused by impacted food waste. If this is the case, the doctor will recommend a dietary change, exercise, and increased fluid intake. Often, doctors prescribe harsh laxatives. It is better to avoid these harsh products and instead rely on Oxy-Powder. Oxy-Powder® uses all natural ingredients in its vegetarian friendly formula. Oxy-Powder works quickly to break up hard packed stool with its effervescent power. Once the bowel blockage is clear, use Oxy-Powder® as recommended to keep the stool from building up in the future.