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Bananas Bowel Movement
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
I have a bowel movement at least twice a day, but at times it is flat-ish on top and bottom. It is about 2 inches in diameter. Should I be concerned?
No: If you're stool pattern is two stools per day that are flat on the top and bottom and there's been no major change this is not usually significant. It would be a concern if your stools were pencil thin or bleeding in your stools or abdominal pain or inability to pass tools ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Absolutely: A bit of extra mucus lying free is normal. The colon makes far more than your nose does just to keep things lubricated, though we seldom realize it. If it is abundant or persisent, do let your doctor know; you may have anything from functional bowel syndrome to a mucus-producing tumor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why is it that every time I eat I have the urge to have a bowel movement 10-15 minutes after I have eaten?
I haven't had a bowel movement in 3 days and i had one today but it was very small. & i keep feeling like I have to go but nothing comes. Could something be wrong with my intestines.
Constipation,: Many reasons for bowel irregularity. Eating high fiber food ( fresh veges and fruits daily) drinking plenty of water and regular exercise helps regularize the bm may take stool softener like senna, colase, or laxative like exlax or mom;now if you are unable to pass stool. You can add psylium husk or fiber tablet daily if cannot eat high fiber food. Miralax is another option if this is chronic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Start simple, but...: Docusate (per pdr) helps moisten & soften hard, dry stools. It is not a true laxative, but facilitates natural defecation, usually within 12 to 72 hours. This is safe & available for anyone over 2, & assumes normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or instrinsic obstruction. Change in bowels is a "red flag", like weight loss or blood in stool, that needs evaluation if persistent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hydrate-more fluids: Usually painful bm's are the result of very hard stool.The job of the colon is to recover liquid.If we do not have enough liquid in our system the stool becomes very hard and difficult to pass.Add fluids and maybe some prune juice-it is surprisingly effective as a "gentle" laxitive. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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