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Avoid Strain With Bowel Movements
I had surgery of internal hemorrhoids a month ago. What should I do to avoid straining at bowel movements and maintain a soft stool ?
Fluid and fiber: You can increase daily water consumption to make sure you don't become dehydrated. Increase non soluble fiber intake. There are over the counter options if you find your stool is hard. Talk to a pharmacist and consider miralax (polyethylene glycol). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
For a year now I have problems concerning bowel movements, even if I'm not constipated I have to strain.so what can I do to avoid hemerrhoids?
Intestinal bleeding: Any blood after or with bm is not normal. Get seen by a GI dr, . For an evaluation to ascertain where the bleeding is coming from, be it a hemorrhoid/fissure or something more serious. Best wishes. ...Read more
Not normally: Because straining increases blood pressure, it is possible to have a stroke this way. This is rare though. Most strokes are not caused by a sudden rise in blood pressure, but by changes of the arteries over years that result in fragile debris on the inside of the artery breaking off and lodging in smaller artery in the brain. ...Read more
Constipation: Straining for bowel movements suggests constipation as the source of your discomfort. Try drinking more water, eating food high in fiber, and possibly taking some supplemental fiber. If you have soft bowel movements that do not require straining to pass and you still have the pain you should be evaluated by a physician for other possible causes. ...Read more
I had a sharp pain at the top of my head when straining during a bowel movement. What could this be?
Cough headache: Headache only triggered by straining is a rather uncommon condition. It could be primary cough headache, a benign condition that precipitated by coughing or straining in the absence of any intracranial disorder. Primary cough headache is usually bilateral and predominantly affects patients older than 40 years of age. However, it could happen in any age. ...Read more
I have back pain on the right side after every bowel movement. No straining is involved, and movements are pretty regular. The pain doesn't go away un?
See doctor: Since you have not given any information on the duration of the symptoms it is hard to give a guess. However if this problem has been present for more than 2 weeks or getting worse, it is best to get examined by your doctor. ...Read more
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