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vanser
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Hello again everyone,

I don't know if it is the time of year (my mom was originally diagnosed around this time), but everyone is suddenly really nervous. My mom started complaining of "gurgling" sounds coming from her stomach, especially in the morning. Has anyone ever experienced this? What scared me a bit is that she mentioned she remembered this sound before her last recurrence...

vanessa

taraHK
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Joined: Aug 2003

Hi Vanessa,
No, I haven't ever experienced the 'gurgling' sounds you describe. But I can definitely relate to "the time of year". I just passed the second anniversary of the date of my diagnosis. It is a difficult time. It sounds like your mom is experiencing some concerns. Is it possible to arrange a visit to her doctor? That might provide some reassurance to you both. Thinking of you both.
Tara (who believes a little paranoia is a good thing!)

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spongebob
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Vanessa -

YES. I had the gurgles. It's very common. I won't say "normal". They lasted about two years. Not sure if they actually went away, or if I started eating better.

Again, if your mom feels like there's a problem, urge her to talk to her doctor about it. She knows her body best. If her inner voice is telling her there might be a problem, then she should see the advice of competent medical personnel.

All the best

- SpongeBob

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johnom
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Dear Vanser,
Like SpongeBob I too have had the "gurgles." I don't know what they are or where they come from but I assumed it was just my bowel complaining about some presumed insult I had given it...probably Mexican food.
However, paranoia which breeds vigilance is good. Your mom should get it checked out so everyone can relax.
Best wishes to your Mom and you.

johnom

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spongebob
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Call this "The Physics of the Gurgles" (at least in my case)

In my hemi, they removed the lower 2/3s of my colon which resulted in two things:

a. A 66%+ reduction in... shall we say "storage capacity" in my large intestine, and

b. A large difference in the "size of the pipe" at the two ends that they sewed together after removing said 2/3s.

The result of these two forces working in "harmony" (might as well keep with a "musical" metaphore, mes amis - hmmm... add in a bit of otomatapoea there...) and you get gurgles.

Check it out for yourself - connect two hoses of vastly different size together, push water from the small hose into the large hose and see what happens. The other thing to realize is that the holding capacity has been significantly reduced. That's why we are more prone to flatulance than you average Joe Six-Pack - because we can't hold as much of the gas caused by digestive processes and it has to go somewhere. Makes you wonder about the real cause of ozone depletion and greenhouse effect. Maybe they should call it "outhouse effect"...

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spongebob
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I know what you're thinking... "What the hell?"

Note the time stamp. Makes you wonder where your tax dollars are going, eh? What do you expect; I've been up since 3:30 - does that make me a "morning person" or a serious "night owl" who naps frequently?

ELAINE!!! Another triple-shot espresso over here!!

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spongebob
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Call this "The Physics of the Gurgles" (at least in my case)

In my hemi, they removed the lower 2/3s of my colon which resulted in two things:

a. A 66%+ reduction in... shall we say "storage capacity" in my large intestine, and

b. A large difference in the "size of the pipe" at the two ends that they sewed together after removing said 2/3s.

The result of these two forces working in "harmony" (might as well keep with a "musical" metaphore, mes amis - hmmm... add in a bit of onomatopoeia there...) and you get gurgles.

Check it out for yourself - connect two hoses of vastly different size together, push water from the small hose into the large hose and see what happens. The other thing to realize is that the holding capacity has been significantly reduced. That's why we are more prone to flatulance than you average Joe Six-Pack - because we can't hold as much of the gas caused by digestive processes and it has to go somewhere. Makes you wonder about the real cause of ozone depletion and greenhouse effect. Maybe they should call it "outhouse effect"...

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kangatoo
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Joined: Feb 2004

Anyone who posts twice with the same comment has gotta be burning tha midnight oil!!!!
Hey Vanessa--definately no paranoia here--worth asking the man with all the medical certificates, even just for piece of mind.
I am a bit like Bob--my anal utterances tend to be very frequent and with some force--lol!If I have my cat "Tessie" on my lap and tha tummy gurgles it scares tha hell outa her(she hates thunder n lightning too)
Jen positively frowns on my "capacity" to become quite "longwinded" and I must say that sometimes the sphincter muscles have no control over said gases--especially while in company of friends. Oh, how embarassing!
cheers, kanga n Jen

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spongebob
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Kanga -

I have found that if you light them, the noxious fumes go out in a blaze of glory!

As for the double post... if you look closely, I corrected the spelling of "onomatopoeia" in the second posting. I tried like hell to erase all evidence of my phoenetic faux pas (oooo... more alliteration), but to no avail. Jose and company need to look into that issue. What if I speak my true mind about the way people in OZ obliterate the English lexicon and then think better of it? Dare I say there is no rememdy for posting something you later regret!

Speaking of long-winded... Elaine, forget the espresso, pass me my lighter!

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aspaysia
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For all your diminished capacity you are still full of it.
I like otomatapoea better (oto from the Greek meaning ear) you don't have to memorize the music.
Miss smarty pants knows you don't want the rest of the spellcheck.

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spongebob
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I believe otomatapoea would roughly translate as "Listen to them kill the poet"

oto - hear
mata - kill
poea - close enough to fake that it means poet, eh?

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