It sounds like your dad had a polyp. Sometimes they're cancerous and other times they're not.
Go to the doctor with a printout of what you've written here and insist on see a GI (gastroenterologist) doctor. Something is going on, and the longer you put off dealing with it, the harder it's going to be to get it under control. Plus you have a family history of colon cancer, which is all the more reason to see a GI and get tested.
I'd also suggest keeping a food diary. Write down *everything* (food, drink, supplements, etc) you consume, along with any symptoms you have throughout the day. It's much better to write everything down as it happens so you have a record, instead of trying to remember it.
Take that into the doctor too. When you have a write up like that they tend to take things more seriously.View Thread
I haven't tried it, but I know it's been talked about on WebMD many times. Of the people who had tried it, a few did well and many others either didn't notice any difference or had problems with it.
I just looked at their website again, and like you I think it's too good to be true. I honestly cannot believe that practically every autoimmune condition will be cured by a specialty aloe product. If you want to try something like it, I'd suggest trying a good quality aloe that you can pick up in a local health food store.View Thread
Doctors not wanting to do a lot of testing to try to find a needle in a haystack - typical. If you want any testing done you're going to have to push for it. The better doctors aren't going to want to prescribe much if you don't have a definite diagnosis.
Is it just constipation you have or are there other symptoms as well? Anything, even if it doesn't seem related, could point towards something. Don't worry about too much information - the more (and graphic) the better for figuring out what's going on.View Thread
Food intolerances can cause that. When the body can't digest something properly then it sits inside and the body's bacteria feasts on it - and then the smells begin. A food/symptom diary is a good way to figure out what he's reacting to.
Has he had to take antibiotics? That can mess with the bacteria and cause problems and smells too. Probiotics can help with that.
Those are the obvious things that come to mind. Even if they don't fix the whole problem, going to the doctor with a food diary is a good idea as it gives the doctor something to start from.View Thread
The thing is that IBS isn't one set of symptoms. When the doctor runs tests and can't find anything, then it's decided that you have IBS. Based on your description, you have constipation. Is there anything else going on that you didn't mention?
Have you tired any other fibre supplements? They don't all work equally well for everyone. Prunes are also regularly suggested. Do you drink a cup of coffee in the morning? A hot drink then (esp coffee) is known for getting things moving.View Thread