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A 24-year-old male asked:

Is it normal to get stomach cramps everytime i need to bm?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 63 years experience
May be: Some light cramping before a bowel movement may not be abnormal. People with irritable bowel syndrome may have cramps with an urgent need to move their bowels and have diarrhea shortly after eating a meal. In normal people any cramping should be mild(gastrocolic reflex) and the bowel movement itself is usually normal and not very loose. An antispasmodic medication like bentyl (dicyclomine) can prevent cramps.
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