A 39-year-old male asked:
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is it normal to have a bowel movement right after you eat? i have to go immediately after i eat anything and it's never solid. it's within 10 minutes

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Dr. Mark Gromisch
37 years experience Gastroenterology
Post cholecystectomy: This is called a gastrocolic reflex. Basically, eating induces the need to evacuate the colon. This is often increased in patients who have had their gall bladder removed and now have bile draining freely into the duodenum. Often a bile binding resin available from your physician can be helpful in eliminating this.
Answered on Jan 2, 2017
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Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience Family Medicine
Rapid transit: Having a bm 10 minutes after eating is not normal and is too rapid of a transit time, indicative of some digestive disorder. Get an evaluation by a GI dr. Best wishes.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
Dr. Jared Adams
10 years experience General Practice
Maybe: It could certainly be normal if this has been going on all your life and there are no other symptoms to suspect irritable bowel syndrome. If it started happening right after your gallbladder surgery, it may be related to that. Excess bile flowing into the colon post-cholecystectomy can cause chronic diarrhea in a minority of patients.
Answered on Aug 15, 2017
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