Ladies, yes; we have yet another reason to feel "special": according to a report just published in the November issue of Harvard Women's Health Watch , a new study indicates that women may have a harder time prepping for colonoscopies, than men.
Apparently, this is largely because women are more likely to suffer constipation and/or irritable bowel syndrome, resulting in gas, bloating, abdominal pain or spasm.
Since patients must empty their colons to increase the rate of success in the procedure, Harvard Women's Health Watch advises women:
* Receive and completely review your colonoscopy prep instructions well before the procedure date. Generally, the instructions will require that certain medications and foods be stopped up to a week ahead of time.
* Block out time, and arrange for privacy to complete the prep with as little stress as possible. Clear your schedule, be at home to start your prep, and stay close to the bathroom.
* Improve bad-tasting liquid prep...
The Ins and Outs of Colonoscopy
If your doctor suspects you have either Colitis or Crohn's disease then sooner or later you will be scheduled for a Colonoscopy. But it is not only a necessary procedure for properly diagnosing diseases of the colon like IBD but also to screen the general population for cancers of the colon.
Technically a colonoscope is a long, flexible tube about as wide as your finger with a small fiber-optic light and a camera attached to its end. The ‘scope' is connected to a TV monitor that allows your doctor to see inside your colon. However, in order for your doctor to properly conduct the test your colon must be cleaned out, meaning no fecal matter or debris can be left inside your colon or it will hinder your doctor's ability to feed the scope into the colon and the procedure may have to be stopped and rescheduled. That said, it is the ‘bowel prep,' as it's called, that is the most important job you, the patient, has in guaranteeing a ...
Some low back patients with acute pain don't get better. They become chronic pain patients. This study shows how the fear of pain more than the pain itself actually predicts who will transition from acute to chronic low back pain (LBP). And fear that is linked with pain is also linked with restricted physical movement. In the end the acute LBP patient sees himself as more disabled than he really is based on pain-related fear. The authors came to these conclusions by studying 96 men and women with acute LBP. Each one lifted a 15- pound bag from the floor to a table. Then the bag was lifted off the table and set on the floor again. The number of times the bag was lifted and the total lifting time were recorded. The authors make note of the fact that the average adult would not have any trouble lifting 15 pounds repeatedly. But someone with back pain may feel threatened by the task. Before starting the lifting task each person filled out several forms. The surveys asked questions about age...
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