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I had surgery of internal hemorrhoids a month ago. What should I do to avoid straining at bowel movements and maintain a soft stool ?

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 more

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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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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?

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?

Hemorrhoid: A low fiber diet typically makes stool more difficult to pass, leading to more pushing and potentiating the development of hemorrhoids. So your first step will be plenty of water (so urine looks almost clear) and fiber (35 grams daily). ...Read more

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Straining when i pass bowel movement, and blood when i wipe. What is wrong?

Straining when i pass bowel movement, and blood when i wipe. What is wrong?

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

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Does straining to make a bowel movement hurt you in anyway?

Does straining to make a bowel movement hurt you in anyway?

Straining.: Excessive straining associated with bowel movement could lead to hemorrhoidal disease. One should never have to strain during bowel movement. Should try high fiber diet and take fiber supplement with goal of 25-30 grams per day to keep stool soft. ...Read more

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Can straining to have a bowel movement cause back pain?

Can straining to have a bowel movement cause back pain?

Straining back pain: The pressure within the spinal canal increases during straining. Any inflammatory condition may feel worse while straining. What are the other symptoms? Leg pain? Tingling? Numbness? Weakness in the legs? ...Read more

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Can you get a stroke through strain (e.g. bowel movement)?

Can you get a stroke through strain (e.g. bowel movement)?

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

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Pain in left lower pelvic region while straining for a bowel movement what could this be ?

Pain in left lower pelvic region while straining for a bowel movement what could this be ?

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

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I had a sharp pain at the top of my head when straining during a bowel movement. What could this be?

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

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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

Defecation (Definition)

Passing food that is fully digested and ready for excretion out the ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

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