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Trumbull, CT
A 21-year-old male asked:

Why when i push hard to make a bowel movement i get a surge of pain in my head and i can hear my heart beat.

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
Gastroenterology 37 years experience
Shouldn't strain...: ... So hard to have a bowel movement. You may be unintentionally performing what is called a valsalva maneuver since you are straining so hard. Simple things which may make your bowel movements easier to pass include increasing the amount of fiber in your diet through eating more fruits and vegetables and drinking more water. If you continue to need to strain so hard, and i would see your physician.
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