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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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Colon cancer with hypoactive bowel sounds, distended abdomen, hypoactive bowel sounds, no bowel movement 2 days?

Colon cancer with hypoactive bowel sounds, distended abdomen, hypoactive bowel sounds, no bowel movement 2 days?

Call your Dr now: Hopefully this is transient, but the description provided is concerning for bowel obstruciton which can in turn lead to serious complications. ...Read more

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Is irregular bowel movement sign of colon problem?

Is irregular bowel movement sign of colon problem?

Sometimes...: Bloating, irregular stools, and fullness may reflect diet (check your fiber intake), alterations in the population of healthy gut flora we each carry, food intolerances, maldigestion due to problems of the small intestine, pancreas, or biliary tree, changes in GI motility (how well your GI tract mixes and moves food along), various infections, and even irritable bowel syndrome. Testing is easy. ...Read more

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Female- bleeding during bowel movement?

Female- bleeding during bowel movement?

Pain vs no pain? : Bleeding with bm and if associated with much pain, likely anal fissure and/or external hemorrhoids. Internal hemorrhoid usually does not hurt and blood is often found coating the stool rather than mixing with it. Better safe than sorry, check with your doc to see what you have. External hemorrhoids and fissures r pain in the _ _ _ but not dangerous, and can be treated. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is "soft" stool and frequent bowel movement common with colitis?

Is "soft" stool and frequent bowel movement common with colitis?

Not always: If you have symptoms such as bloody stools or urge to go but nothing happens, or abdominal pain, or weight loss, then I'd be more suspicious for colitis. Nevertheless it would be a good idea to get your stool tested for inflammation and infection. ...Read more

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What causes explosive bowel movements?

What causes explosive bowel movements?

Bowel movement: Explosive bowel movements are associated usually with some type of infection. They can be associated with, for example, lasctose intollerance. I would talk to a doctor. ...Read more

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Could hemorrhoids block your bowel movements?

Could hemorrhoids block your bowel movements?

Hemorrhoids: Hemorrhoids are enlarged blood vessels either internal or external or both. They do not cause intestinal blockage.http://www.laendo.net/english/hemorrhoids-75005385. ...Read more

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Bowel problems. Takes four bowel movements until complete.

Bowel problems. Takes four bowel movements until complete.

What's your normal?: "Normal" bowel frequency in america ranges from 3 stools daily to one every 3 to 4 days. Many patients have some variability. Maybe you have cause for concern. Lots of things alter how fast & completely your GI tract empties--obstruction, dysmotilities/pelvic floor dysfunction, Hirschprung's, infection, malabsorption/ maldigestion, metabolic issues, irritable bowel, more. Time for some testing? ...Read more

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My bowel movement is slow. Stool are not very hard. I have always feeling of incomplete bowel movement. Also prostate burning after bowel movement.

My bowel movement is slow. Stool are not very hard. I have always feeling of incomplete bowel movement. Also prostate burning after bowel movement.

Here are some...: With all what you have gone through as reported in your profile, what you experienced may be what you are going to have and live since you already have received the most common and effective treatment. Constantly feeling something inside rectum may be related with inflammatory change of prostate. Empirically, it's worthwhile to try 500 mg Ceftriaxone + 1 gm azithromycin and see. ...Read more

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Does painful bowel movement during period indicates endometriosis?

Does painful bowel movement during period indicates endometriosis?

Maybe: It really depends on the entire clinical picture. If you are having chronic pelvic pain and then yes, painful bowel movement can indicate endometriosis. Please give more details or do a virtual consult. ...Read more

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No bowel movement and stomach pain after laxative?

No bowel movement and stomach pain after laxative?

May be impacted: You may have a stool impaction. This is a large collection of stool that has hardened to the point abdominal it's very hard to clear. You get stomach cramps as gas and fluid backs up around and stretching the colon. You should see your doctor about this. He may have to arrange for disimpaction. Or a G.I. Evaluation and colonoscopy. Good health. ...Read more

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What cause bloating after bowel movement?

What cause bloating after bowel movement?

Many causes...: Abdominal bloating is common. A few causes include colonic bacterial dysbiosis, irritable bowel syndrome, or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Try taking a probiotic supplement and changing to a diet low in ferment able foods e.g., low-fodmaps. Good luck! ...Read more

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Lower and upper abdominal cramps, frequent bowel movements, 6 or more bowel movements a day, tannish color soft stool but anus fissure. What is this?

Lower and upper abdominal cramps, frequent bowel movements, 6 or more bowel movements a day, tannish color soft stool but anus fissure. What is this?

Irritable bowel?: In people who otherwise are outwardly healthy, by far the main cause of such symptoms is irritable bowel syndrome. However, several other kinds of intestinal disorders also are possible. You'll need in-person evaluation to know. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can irritable bowel syndrome cause frequent bowel movements? More than 3 a day ?

Can irritable bowel syndrome cause frequent bowel movements? More than 3 a day ?

Yes: One of the characteristics of IBS is variability of bowel movements. But without other symptoms, going frequently through the day can be normal ...Read more

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Coffee grounds runny bowel movement cause?

Coffee grounds runny bowel movement cause?

Blood?: This could represent blood. Blood in the GI tract tends to speed things along, hence the runny movement. And while we generally use the term "coffee grounds" to describe upper GI tract bleeding, it may still apply. Please see GI doctor for colonoscopy and EGD. ...Read more

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Haven't had bowel movement in 3 days, what do I do?

Constipation: The population does tend to-be fixated on bowel movements. Up to every three days is considered normal as long as not painful. The differential diagnosis for constipation is extensive including dehydration, inadequate fiber, medications including agents such as codeine. ...Read more

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'i haven''t had a bowel movement 5 days. What do I do?'

Enemas next: By 5 days, there is a high likelihood of a fecal impact ion. Without trying to loosen that up first, taking anything orally may not work. Try an enema 1st followed by some oral stimulant laxative like senekot or dulcolax. Magnesium citrate as a last resort before seeing your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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Haven't had a bowel movement in over 25 days what's wrong?

Haven't had a bowel movement in over 25 days what's wrong?

Long time: I am surprised you are not complaining of nausea and vomiting. You seem to be experiencing constipation. A bowel obstruction is a less likely expanation as your symptoms would be more urgent. Regardless of the cause, you should absolutely see a doctor about this. If you are not vomiting or in severe pain, your primary care doctor can probably take care of this. ...Read more

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What can I do if I haven't had a bowel movement in 2 days?

Increase fiber/fluid: Take more fiber and increase your fluid intake. Raisins can help, fruits/veggies have higher fiber content which helps absorb fluids and promote better bm's. Increasing water is important as well so there is enough fluid for the fiber to absorb. Probiotics are wonderful sources to promote gut health and provide better consistency of bm's too. Yogurt, etc. ...Read more

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Haven't had bowel movement in about 7 days. What should I do?

Try an enema: By 7 days, there is a lot of stool in the colon. Taking oral laxatives just packs in more stool towards the rectum. You need to break that up with an enema or two. Please go see a doctor for this. ...Read more

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I haven't had a bowel movement in nearly 7 days - what can I do?

OTC laxatives: There could be a number of things going and you need to be evaluated by a gastroenterologist. If you have no abdominal pain, fever, bleeding from rectum and symptoms are chronic, you should start with fiber supplement and stool softners along with daily exercise and increase fluid intake. If you have any of the above, seek immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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After how many days is it bad if you haven't had a bowel movement?

It depends: There is tremendous variation between the number of bowel movements normal people have each week. The important thing is for you to know yourself - if you usually have a bm every day and now you haven't in 3 days that is significant. On the other hand if you usually only have 1 bm a week then missing a day or two is not a big deal. If it is abnormal for you and you are uncomfortable see a doc. ...Read more

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Why is it i can't have a bowel movement for up two weeks at a time?

Mega colon: You need to retrain your colon to move stool. Your family doctor or a good gastroenterologist can help. ...Read more

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Haven't had a decent bowel movement in over a week. What can I take?

Laxative.: Stay well hydrated (at least 8 - 8 oz glasses of water per day). Eat 5 vegetable & 4 fruit servings per day – get that fiber in. Avoid junk carbohydrates. Stay physically active. You can also purchase an over the counter laxative. ...Read more

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Can't have bowel movement without manual stimulation. What should I do?

Develop good : Bowel habit. Increase fluid intake, 6 to 8 glasses of water, increase fibers, fruits and take laxatives, stool softeners. Your doctor may have you do vigorous bowel cleansing to help out initially. And you have to take charge from there. At least three bowels per day. ...Read more

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What to do if i haven't had a bowel movement in three days. What should I do?

See below: Eat more fiber, walk daily, drink 6-8 glasses of water a day, avoid processed foods. For now try MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) 17 g daily for the next few days, may also need a dulcolax suppository. If chronic constipation persists, get a GI evaluation. ...Read more

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I haven't a normal bowel movement in a few months. What could be the cause of this?

I haven't a normal bowel movement in a few months. What could be the cause of this?

GI and Diet eval: I recommend you get a thorough evaluation by a GI doctor (r/o ibs = irritable bowel syndrome, gluten intollerance, etc), then consider seeing someone to determine if you are having other food reactions. Be honest about all eating behaviors. ...Read more

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In the evening I have the urge to have a bowel movement but i don't have to go. Why is that?

? examination: You should get an examination of your lower intestinal tract if you haven't. The sensation of having to go without having a bowel movement might mean that there is a polyp or other colon lesion and over the age of fifty it's a good idea to get a colon exam even without symptoms for general screening. ...Read more

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Don't eat lots but haven't had a bowel movement for almost 3 days now. Is this an issue? Can't be normal?

Don't eat lots but haven't had a bowel movement for almost 3 days now. Is this an issue? Can't be normal?

Constipation : While there can be a lot of variability on how frequent someone poops, at the 3 day mark, it sounds like you're constipated. You should focus on staying hydrated, increasing your fiber intake, keep active and consider an over the counter laxative like Senna. If you start developing abdominal pain and nausea/vomiting seek an urgent evaluation to make sure there is no obstruction going on. ...Read more

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Whenever I have a bowel movement i feel like i haven t completely emptied my bowels, and continually feel like i need to go?

Whenever I have a bowel movement i feel like i haven t completely emptied my bowels, and continually feel like i need to go?

Need some tests: Normal bowel frequency in america fits a bell-curve distribution--once daily stooling is the middle of the curve, but the normal range extends from 3 bowel movements daily to 1 bowel movement every 3-4 days. Testing will define if your incomplete emptying is due to inflammation, rectal/anal dysfunction, partial obstruction due to mass, stenosis, obstipation, extrinsic, or is a functional issue. ...Read more

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I'm having bad pains in back nut it seams that they come and go when I don't pass a bowel movement. What could I do or should do?

I'm having  bad pains in back nut it seams that they come and go when I don't pass a bowel movement. What could I do  or should do?

Constipated?: Colonics & purges are popular but should be avoided & can not be recommended (see earlier healthtap answers). Use of irritant laxatives are safe for the short-term only. Fiber supplements, stool softeners, & lavage agents like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) are safe. Rx drugs are available based on work-up of your cause of constipation. However, patients define "constipation" differently than doctors--what's your issue? ...Read more

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16 month hasn't had a bowel movement since Saturday it's now Thursday. Very cranky and wants to nurse a lot. Should I be concerned?

16 month hasn't had a bowel movement since Saturday it's now Thursday. Very cranky and wants to nurse a lot. Should I be concerned?

Poop every 3 days: A toddler should have a stool at least every 3 days. Try some prune juice, a suppository, or some rectal stimulation (I.e., with a thermometer in the rectum). If this doesn't work, please contact your Pediatrician to make sure there is no mechanical obstruction. Good luck. ...Read more

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I normally have a bowel movement once a week but I have not been for nearly 3 weeks, i don't have the urge to go either. What should I do?

Go to your Doctor: You very well may need to retrain your colon to empty it of the waste. This situation you describe is abnormal and in no way representative of good health. Your doctor may put you on a treatment or get you in to the gastroenterologist. ...Read more

Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more


Bowel Movement (Definition)

Expulsion of fecal material, food residue and bactrial residue, ...Read more