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how soon after eating should you have a bowel movement

A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Forsythe
26 years experience Emergency Medicine
Depends on food: Typically, in a digestive tract that works properly, a bowel movement should occur twice daily. Various foods may affect it. High fiber foods will de ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hardin
35 years experience Wound care
A reflex: This is fine as long as it isn't happening with every meal there is something called the gastro-colic reflex. The intestines activity is stimulated ... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Anissian
20 years experience Internal Medicine
Normal: There is a gastro-colonic reflex which can cause this urge to have BM shortly after eating. Likely normal and good especially if constipated! Try to m ... Read More
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Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
37 years experience Internal Medicine
Defecation: The urge to defecate after eating is due to the gastrocolic reflex. There is with stretch in the stomach and GI release of neuromodulators with m ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bowers
32 years experience Internal Medicine
Irritable bowel: Sounds like irritable bowel or spastic colon. Your doctor can prescribe medication for that like Bentyl (dicyclomine) to be taken before meals and at ... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Gastro colic reflex: When food normally enters the stomach(gastro) smooth muscle stimulates the colon (colic) to make room for the next items for "food processing" resulti ... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Veena Govila
59 years experience Internal Medicine
Frequent bms: B ms after eating can be related to your nerves like ibs. Or gluten enteropathy. Depends what you are eating. Talk and consult your dr.
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patrice Hirning
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Bowel movement after: There is something called a gastrocolic reflex. After eating the colon empties.
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Larry Xanthopoulos
21 years experience Pediatrics
Normal reaction: It is normal to have an urge to go to the bathroom after a meal. This is called the gastrocolic reflex. There is no need to worry about this and the ... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Leander Po
17 years experience Infectious Disease
Normal body state: Though the timing of a person's bowel movement is highly individualized, depending on when the last bowel was performed, the amount of stool present ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Post meal BM: He probably has a very pronounced gastrocolic reflex. When food enters our stomach this stimulates peristaltic intestinal activity, but in some people ... Read More

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