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Hard to have a bowel movement

A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Stanton
Emergency Medicine 20 years experience
No: Having to push really hard suggests constipation. This can be addressed with diet, hydration, and sometimes medications. You need to have your pcp che... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Samach
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 52 years experience
Yes: Hormones can have effects on bowel movements. You should take extra fiber and water the week before.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Johnny Green
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Longer, more turns: A "redundant colon" means the dr found it to be longer than usual with more twists and turns. Typically we think that the redundancy is because of pr... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrick Savoy
A Verified Doctoranswered
31 years experience
Need to see MD: Difficulty having a bm could be anything from constipation to cancer. The associated symptoms of pain and weight loss shouldnt be taken lightly. I su... Read More
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A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
It's normal: It's normal to have bowel movement once per day in the morning. If it's hard for you to do that, eating more fruits and vegetables, consume more fiber... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Perry Milman
50 years experience
Hemorrhoid/fissure: As the stool passes through the rectum and the anus, it can irritate internal hemorrhoids if they are present, or create a 'cut' in the lining of the ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Gromisch
40 years experience
Constipation: Sounds like colonic spasms secondary to constipation. I would recommend a stool softener and increase your daily intake of water.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 41 years experience
Did you ask her to?: You're describing anal fissures--please see the many excellent HealthTap answers on the subject. If your risk for anal herpes is substantial, please ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mila McManus
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Probably: Sounds like a possible hemorrhoid or fissure. Besides these, u can have blood from infection or inflammation or cancer. It would still be good idea ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Rohde
Anti-Aging Medicine 37 years experience
Fiber& probiotic: You shouldn't have a hard stool if your gut works normally. Add a potent probiotic and a blended soluble/insoluble fiber like pure encapsulations pure... Read More
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