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Hi, Im very worried about my adult son. He drove himself

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Hi,
I'm very worried about my adult son. He drove himself to the ER last week w very severe ab pain. They actually admitted him and kept overnite, released 10am next day.
He said they finally decided his bowel had gotten paralyzed. I guess somehow it worked loose and he finally moved his bowels.
He was told it was idiopathic. Doesn't that mean the doctors had no idea why this happened?
Whaaat?? Is this sign of something severe going on? He is VERY slender and a distance runner.
Thanks,
Holly
I'm going to gym right now and won't be available for online chat.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Natasha replied 10 months ago.

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This doesn't mean that he was paralyzed

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It means that he had an ileus

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This is not that uncommon

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you can get this in the setting of infection, after an operation, inactivity, stress, etc

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Physiologic ileus spontaneously resolves within 2-3 days, after sigmoid motility returns to normal

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If he is very athletic and exercises a lot, sometimes electrolyte imbalances can cause this

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he needs to make sure he is well hydrated at all times

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I hope that this helped

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please leave positive feedback if it did :-)

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