Short bowel syndrome

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What is short bowel syndrome?

Short bowel syndrome is group of problems related to poor absorption of nutrients. This can occur after colon surgery for people who have had half or more of their small intestine removed, or with congenital defects of the bowel. Common symptoms include dehydration, malnutrition, and weight loss.

Common symptoms reported by people with short bowel syndrome

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with short bowel syndrome

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Slow FE)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
2
Tried for
short bowel syndrome (2)
Type
Nutrition/Diet
How many have tried
2
Tried for
short bowel syndrome (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Imodium)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
short bowel syndrome (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Tincture of opium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
short bowel syndrome (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Suboxone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans patch)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Tums EX)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
1
Tried for
short bowel syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Questran)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
short bowel syndrome (1)

Data from patients with short bowel syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with short bowel syndrome

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Slow FE)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
short bowel syndrome (2)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
short bowel syndrome (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Imodium)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
short bowel syndrome (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Tincture of opium)
Perceived effectiveness
for short bowel syndrome (1 evaluation)
Side effects
nausea
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
short bowel syndrome (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Suboxone)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
withdrawal effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans patch)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Tums EX)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
short bowel syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Questran)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
short bowel syndrome (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with short bowel syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has short bowel syndrome on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 5
20s 3
30s 10
40s 25
50s 29
60s 20
70+ 10
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 6
20-29 years 3
30-39 years 10
40-49 years 4
50-59 years 5
60-69 years 3
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 25
Female 77

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 47
Not Diagnosed 5

These charts show data from short bowel syndrome patients who have completed their condition history
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