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Doctor insights on: Bowel Movement Problems In Adults

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I have severe problem, I am on pain killers and haven't had a bowel movement in over 8 days?

I have severe problem, I am on pain killers and haven't had a bowel movement in over 8 days?

The opioid: Analgesics have side effects constipation, respiratory depression, euphoria, miosis, nausea and vomiting and physical dependence. A common problem associated with opioid therapy is constipation, which is a slowing of peristalsis caused by the action of the opioids. To prevent constipation from occurring, OTC laxatives are often prescribed along with opioid medication. ...Read more

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 haven't had a proper bowel movement since 2 days ago. Last week I was fine until I ate spaghetti, then I started having these problems.

I haven't had a proper bowel movement since 2 days ago. Last week I was fine until I ate spaghetti, then I started having these problems.

See details: There is no law that says you have to move your bowels every day. Spaghetti had nothing to do withit. It is persists3 or 4 days take a mild laxative but stop worrying. ...Read more

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What to do if I have bad bowel movement problems?

What to do if I have bad bowel movement problems?

Get checked.: Constipation? Diarrhea? Other? Chronic? Blood in stool? Etc. Get it checked. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have bad bowel movement problems?

What do you suggest if I have bad bowel movement problems?

Constipation?: Not sure if you were referring to constipation or diarrhea or something else, because the question is slightly vague. Regardless, getting more fiber in your diet usually helps whatever colon problems are present. If you need more detail, either reframe the question or set up a second opinion consult with me. Happy to help. ...Read more

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How big of a problem is it if I only have a bowel movement every 4 to 7 days?

Not normal...: The normal range of bm frequency is from 3 stools bms per day to 1 bm every 3 days. Your frequency falls outside the range of normal. The longer the stool sits in the colon is associated with greater risk of colon cancer. I suggest you eat more fiber, get more active, drink more water or use a gentle laxative to have more frequent bms. You may want to see a gastroenterologist. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is there a problem if after I have a bowel movement and wipe, thoroughly later in the day residue is present?

Is there a problem if after I have a bowel movement and wipe, thoroughly later in the day residue is present?

Maybe, but...: Occasional incontinence of stool with fecal leakage is common, but loss of bowel control particularly without warning may signal a significant infection, inflammatory problem, maldigestive concern, or neurologic disorder. Sometimes, particularly in youths, the condition is behavioral. Often, anal manometry followed by biofeedback can be curative without the need of surgery or medication. ...Read more

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I have had a problem with being able to have a bowel movement for a week or so now I do have the urge to but when I go nothing happens please help?

I have had a problem with being able to have a bowel movement for a week or so now I do have the urge to but when I go nothing happens please help?

Many tests available: Sounds like you have a functional defecation disorder, or FDD or possibly a rectocele. 1st step is to get tested. A good GI doctor can perform rectal manometry, where a special catheter measures pressures of muscles that are involved with retaining and propelling stool. If this fails, you can get defecating proctogram or MRI defecography, but this means you have to be in the Radiology department. ...Read more

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Hi I am 24 year old male... I have irregular bowel movement with more than 3 a day... Due to this problem I am not able to go work. I am worried?

Hi I am 24 year old male... I have irregular bowel movement with more than 3 a day... Due to this problem I am not able to go work. I am worried?

Possible diarrhea: Add fiber (fruits, vegetables, whole grains) or commercial water soluble supplements to "regulate" stools. Raise concern if bleeding, weight loss, localizing abdominal pain or a personal/family history of colitis, cancer. Stool frequency deserves medical evaluation to rule out infection, malabsorption/maldigestion, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome. Get checked & worry less. ...Read more

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I have severe problem, I am on pain killers and haven't had a bowel movement in over 8 days?

The opioid: Analgesics have side effects constipation, respiratory depression, euphoria, miosis, nausea and vomiting and physical dependence. A common problem associated with opioid therapy is constipation, which is a slowing of peristalsis caused by the action of the opioids. To prevent constipation from occurring, OTC laxatives are often prescribed along with opioid medication. ...Read more

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I haven't had a bowel movement in 5 days. I've taken laxatives for three nights and still haven't gone... What could be the problem? What should I do?

I haven't had a bowel movement in 5 days. I've taken laxatives for three nights and still haven't gone... What could be the problem? What should I do?

Dehydration: A common cause of constipation is dehydration. Make sure you are drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water a day or approximately 2 liters. Also make sure you have a high fiber diet. You can try an over the counter suppository. If your constipation continues make sure you consult your primary doctor. ...Read more

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How is excess bowel movement caused by digestion problems?

How is excess bowel movement caused by digestion problems?

They're connected: What goes in must come out. Large meals result in large stools; small meals result in small stools. ...Read more

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How long can person go without bowel movement if eating 3 meals a day before problems?

How long can person go without bowel movement if eating 3 meals a day before problems?

It varies: Some patients have a bowel movement every day and others may have one several days apart. Please see your health care provider if you have a problem with constipation... ...Read more

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Is having bowel movement problems an underlying symptom of something worse like leukemia

Is having bowel movement problems an underlying symptom of something worse like leukemia

What bowel problem?: Problems with bowel movements can be caused by many things but not commonly from leukemia. You didn't mention what the specific bowel problems are but persistent problems like diarrhea or constipation should be evaluated by your physician. Also, blood in your stool needs to be reported to your physician right away. ...Read more

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I have problems finishing bowel movement. I do have hemorhoids should I be concerned for something more?

I have problems finishing bowel movement. I do have hemorhoids should I be concerned for something more?

Yes Need evaluation: You have incomplete evacuation, need to find the cause, associated conditions besides hemorrhoids may be responsible. See your doctor for physical examination, endoscopy to rule out colorectal tumors, then you regulate your bm by diet stool softners etc. ...Read more

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What could be the problem and what all can I do to have a normal bowel movement and prevent this from happening again?

What could be the problem and what all can I do to have a normal bowel movement and prevent this from happening again?

Try these: Ideally we should have a bowel movement/ bm everyday to flush out the toxins in our stool. But with some people, their average bm is every few days.
Drinks lots of liquids, eat more fiber fruits and veggies, take some stool softeners & laxatives if you're constipated every now and then, get more exercise.
Hope you feel better! ...Read more

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My husband and 2 kids have bowel movement about 2 to 3 times everyday, usually after a full meal. What could be the problem?

My husband and 2 kids have bowel movement about 2 to 3 times everyday, usually after a full meal. What could be the problem?

Could be normal: This could be completely normal. Some people have 2-3. If this a new pattern, there is pain in belly, loose stools, blood in stools, then I would be concerned. A large meal can cause a reflex that instigates an urge to defecate upon some people. ...Read more

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I have strange addiction, I can't seem to stop myself from eating raw rice. I don't have any problem with my bowel movement though. What I am trying t?

I have strange addiction, I can't seem to stop myself from eating raw rice. I don't have any problem with my bowel movement though. What I am trying t?

Pica?: If the rice is from a trusted organic source and well washed, it will be safe - but if not, the toxins on it can be harmful. See a Dr for eval of a possiblr nutrient deficiency underlying this and a specialist behavioral therapist tor Tx if you have other non-food cravings that may be more risky and feel it should stop. Best! ...Read more

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While running, I get 3 miles in and have to have a bowel movement. I have tried going before but doesn't help. What can I do? I have been running about a year and this has been a problem since adding more distance. I have tried going before I run but often

While running, I get 3 miles in and have to have a bowel movement. I have tried going before but doesn't help. What can I do? I have been running about a year and this has been a problem since adding more distance. I have tried going before I run but often

This: This is a common complaint of distance runners. The mechanism is not entirely clear but I have suggested to my patients to use Imodium (loperamide) or another antidiarrheal in a prophylactic manner. I have had great success with this. It usually only takes one or two 15-30 minutes before a run and you will be much more comfortable. I would also suggest staying away from sugar or high electrolyte drinks prior to the run as they can also stimulate bowel movements. ...Read more

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Bowel (Definition)

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Bowel Movement (Definition)

Expulsion of fecal material, food residue and bactrial residue, ...Read more