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what caues yo to not have a bowel movement for several days

A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Bates
8 years experience Family Medicine
Constipation: Sounds like you're very constipated. In the long term, adding more fiber to your diet and drinking more water are essential to prevent this from happ ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ayisha Gani
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Change in diet: If there is change in dietary habit, for example reduced fiber intake might be the reason for it. As long as you have bowel movement and no associated ... Read More
Dr. Shashank Jain
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Probably not: I agree with Dr. Gani's answer. In addition remember normal bowel frequency can range from it being on a daily basis to once every 3 days - so take th ... Read More
Dr. Perumunda Sharma
48 years experience Emergency Medicine
See doctor.: These symptoms of sudden onset call for an examination by a physician. I recommend that you call your doctor for further evaluation and management.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tariq Niazi
43 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Could be normal to: Have a bm only 2-3 times a week. Most people have a bm daily but a good number do get it a few times a week only. If its recent change, the see your ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: Usually after the first few weeks the pattern of stooling can change from after every feed to every two or three days, sometimes even longer. If the ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Imran Saeed
19 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
It depends: As long as you r not uncomfortable, nauseated, bloated, and with any abdominal discomfort its ok. You see there are a lot of factors involved includin ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bowers
33 years experience Internal Medicine
Irritable bowel?: This may be a variant of irritable bowel syndrome. Make sure you have enough fiber in your diet or take a fiber supplement like metamucil.
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
39 years experience Gastroenterology
Rectus muscle tear?: The unifying diagnosis here is not necessarily a chest or anal problem, but possibly a pulled or torn abdominal rectus muscle from over-doing the sit- ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
50 years experience Pediatrics
No: As long as infant remains playful without vomiting or abdominal distention and had a soft stool on last bowel movement, it is unlikely baby has any se ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charlene Sojico
41 years experience Pediatrics
Breast fed : Babies can go 7 days without a bowel movement .Just be sure the stomach is not distended , tender to touch or having bloody stools , fussy or febrile ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
42 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
No: Since you took a laxative orally to prepare for the colonoscopy, it is not unusual to go 2-3 days after a colonoscopy before having a bm.
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