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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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What is mean by change in bowel habit?

What is mean by change in bowel habit?

Change in : Frequency, consistency, caliber, color of bowel movement. Or new findings such as discomfort with voiding or blood in stool. ...Read more

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Change in bowel habits. What does this indicate?

Change in bowel habits. What does this indicate?

That depends: It can mean change is size, amount, color or consistency of stool. It may change due to eating a different diet, infection, bleeding, inflammation, cancer etc. ...Read more

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Would it be typical for bowel habits just to change?

Usually not: Sometimes it is due to a change in diet, medication or life event. If it is associated with things like abdominal pain, bleeding, weight loss, consult your physician. These other signs could signify that something else more serious is going on. ...Read more

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Change in bowel habits? Hurst to have bm so eating less.

Change in bowel habits? Hurst to have bm so eating less.

Woops: You just described change inbowel habits that could mean cancer, please have this examined by a gastroenterologist soon. ...Read more

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What could a sudden change in bowel habits entail? I haven't been regular for a month, despite changing my diet.

What could a sudden change in bowel habits entail?  I haven't been regular for a month, despite changing my diet.

Change in diet: Whole host of things it could entail. Have you been traveling? Certainly a change in diet could do it. At your age would recommend adding fiber and seeing if it does not improve and if not see a gastroenterologist for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I've had a change in bowel habits lasting more than 2 weeks. Should I cease taking Metamucil?

I've had a change in bowel habits lasting more than 2 weeks.  Should I cease taking Metamucil?

More information: What symptoms are you having? How long have you been taking metamucil? More information is needed. ...Read more

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No appetite, change in bowel habits and nausea feelings.?

No appetite, change in bowel habits and nausea feelings.?

Broad differential: Could be one of many things, but it should be further evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Habits (Definition)

A recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

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