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By W. Grant Thompson

How most sensible to house such benign difficulties because the irritable bowel syndrome, diverticula, heartburn, non-ulcer dyspepsia, and fuel, between different illnesses. For a basic viewers.

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These subjects were said to have dyspepsia. The 6 percent with constipation had straining of stool in more than 75 percent of occasions, whereas the 4 percent with diarrhea had loose, watery stools in more than 73-percent of occasions. Reproduced with permission from Gastroenterology (1980:79;283-288). 6 percent had their pain relieved by defecation (Figure 11). This last group usually reported pain in the lower abdomen and were more likely than the remaining subjects to have had several symptoms previously shown to be associated with the irritable bowel (see Chapter 13).

Thus, functional bowel symptoms occurred in 30 percent of the 301 subjects interviewed. Although these subjects were not a true random sample of the population, they were drawn in consecutive fashion from 5 groups of subjects who were not patients. Not only did these results astonish us, they also changed our perspective. Can symptoms that are so common be considered abnormal? Are they, like aging and the menopause, normal facets of the human condition? 50 CHAPTER FIVE The above symptoms are indeed common in Western cultures (Table 2).

This action should completely empty the left colon, which appears to function independently of the right. Furthermore, this activity is accompanied to a variable extent by abdominal muscle contraction, diaphragm descent, and forced expiration against a closed glottis (straining) . Much has been made of a person's position at defecation, probably influenced by all sorts of factors that only the upright posture and the social complexities of human nature could contrive. Aside from choosing the place and the time, human beings have selected a variety of positions.

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