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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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I had bowel movement and saw a little blue thing similar to a tic tackle later happened again. Later I urinated and wiped and their was blue on t.p.

I had bowel movement and saw a little blue thing similar to a tic tackle later happened again. Later I urinated and wiped and their was blue on t.p.

Tic Tac: If you have eaten blue tic tacs, think this object looked like a blue tic tac, and the blue discoloration on the toilet paper is consistent with this, you are probably right! Not to worry! ...Read more

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Is blue poop normal? My daughter had a bowel movement and it was "smurf" blue. This has happened before, but I was told it was because of her eating a cupcake with blue icing. It went away. This time there was no cupcake. What causes blue poop? She's 9 a

Is blue poop normal? My daughter had a bowel movement and it was "smurf" blue.  This has happened before, but I was told it was because of her eating a cupcake with blue icing. It went away. This time there was no cupcake. What causes blue poop? She's 9 a

Any : Any foods with blue dye can cause blue poop such as boo-berry cereal, kool-aid, jell-o or even natural sources such as blueberries. Good news! The only stool colors we get really concerned about are red (blood from colon), black (blood from small intestine or stomach), or white (liver is not working well). Colors such as brown, yellow, orange, green, blue, or even purple (beets) can all be normal and usually associated with diet. If she has a persistent change in her stool habits, you should contact her physician since this could be a sign of an underlying disorder, but a one-time strange stool that is not red, black or white is usually of no concern. ...Read more

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I have been having blue bowel movements for past few days with severe stomach cramps and change in my bowel movements. What could be the cause?

I have been having blue bowel movements for past few days with severe stomach cramps and change in my bowel movements.  What could be the cause?

Tricky: Blue covers a wide area. Black would be typical for ulcer and with pain is a serious condition.
It's hard to get blue.
Prussian blue and methylene blue antidotes or other food dyes. Beets are blue-purple.
Sky blue is very unusual and would imply both a dye AND something that makes the stool pale (liver disease for example).
Blue green isn't that unusual and can occur from vegetable matter. ...Read more

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

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?'

'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?

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 stools 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?

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?

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

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