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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.

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 (polyethylene glycol) is another option if this is chronic. ...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 am always full but feel no urge for a bowel movement, and only produce small movements when I do?

I am always full but feel no urge for a bowel movement, and only produce small movements when I do?

Water & fiber: You should drink 8-10 full glasses of water each day, and more if you sweat during the day. Mild dehydration is under-appreciated as the cause of constipation. Next, make sure you increase your intake of natural fruit & vegetable fibers. If this still doesn't work, talk to you doctor about starting an over-the-counter stool softener or glycerin suppository. Rarely intestinal tumors cause this. ...Read more

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When I do have a bowel movement which is only once a week there seems to be some sort of white small flakes of something in it?

When I do have a bowel movement which is only once a week there seems to be some sort of white small flakes of something in it?

BMs: It is advisable to try to have bms oftener than once per week. Have you tried to increase your fiber in your diet with more fruits and vegetables, or use psyllium seeds or white chia seeds daily, drink adequate water, take probiotics e.g. Live, active yogurt. Hard to tell about your white flake question. Be sure to get check ups to be sure you are healthy. ...Read more

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I had a laparoscopic hysterectomy on August 27. Have been recently having bowel issues and haven't had a bowel movement in 5 days(that was a small).?

I had a laparoscopic hysterectomy on August 27. Have been recently having bowel issues and haven't had a bowel movement in 5 days(that was a small).?

Unrelated : Four months later it is unlikely that this is related to the hysterectomy unless you have some post-op adhesions which could cause a partial obstruction. That would usually cause some pain too. Try starting with increased fluids and fiber. Many GI doctors recommend Miralax (polyethylene glycol). If this doesn't help, talk to your primary care provider. ...Read more

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What could cause small streak of blood in bowel movement?

What could cause small streak of blood in bowel movement?

Many causes: There are many causes. The straining due to constipation, hemorrhoids, small fissure. With age 64 and on asa may want to see your doctor for colonoscopy to evaluate for further causes. Good luck. ...Read more

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My 13 month old has hard balls when having a bowel movement. What can I give to help?

My 13 month old has hard balls when having a bowel movement. What can I give to help?

Constipation: With constipated kids, i always recommend starting with increasing the fiber in their diet (bran cereal, oatmeal, etc) and daily prune juice. Other juices, such as apple juice, can help too. ...Read more

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What can cause pain in my lower abdoman? Pain all day, small amount of bowel movement.

What can cause pain in my lower abdoman? Pain all day, small amount of bowel movement.

Hello. : Hello. If you are severely constipated or obstipated, it can be a cause for abdominal pain. Recommend that you drink at least 8 – 8 ounce glasses of water, have at least 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day, avoid junk food and make sure you have plenty of fiber in your diet. In the mean time you may need to take a laxative. If you develop severe abdominal pain, you should be urgently evaluated. ...Read more

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I am finding small traces of blood on my tissue when I have a bowel movement. Should I worry?

I am finding small traces of blood on my tissue when I have a bowel movement. Should I worry?

It depends : If blood in the stoll is red, it may be from a hemorrhoid. This needs to be evaluated and treated, but is fairly common.
If the blood or stool is darker (black) and has a 'tar-like' appearance, it is more indicative of a bleed in the upper areas of the GI tract. This is more significant and needs more prompt evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if occasionally when I have a bowel movement(mine are shaped like balls) it looks like a very thin tail attached to one.

Should I be concerned if occasionally when I have a bowel movement(mine are shaped like balls) it looks like a very thin tail attached to one.

Constipated?: Small hard bowel movements, (Bristol 1 stools) are a sign of mild constipation, you should probably increase your fiber and water intake. If the "tail" looks wormlike this could be a sign of a tapeworm. If you have abdominal pain or recent unintentional weight loss, you should see your GP, as this combined with stool changes can be a sign of colon cancer. ...Read more

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Delayed transit through small intestines into large intestines symptoms? I have lower rt pain on & off for wks. I usually have 1 bowel movement a day.

Delayed transit through small intestines into large intestines symptoms? I have lower rt pain on & off for wks. I usually have 1 bowel movement a day.

How measured?: The accuracy of small bowel transit time, and thus the clinical significance of delayed transit (particularly in your case where bowel frequency is normal) may depend in part on the measurement methodology used. ...Read more

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The past week Have noticed that I am using the loo more frequently, bowel movement almost every two hours, small amounts of stool being passed?

The past week Have noticed that I am using the loo more frequently, bowel movement almost every two hours, small amounts of stool being passed?

Loose stools: Could be a change in your diet, or a viral enteritis, or bacterial enteritis----due to the fact that you live in Africa it could easily be a parasitic infection. GO SEE YOUR DOCTOR where they can runs some tests on your stool to get you on the right treatment. ...Read more

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Cervic biopsy spotting is norm I haven't had a lot but small bowel movement causing more-entire toilet was red water.too much? Or could be from bowel?

Cervic biopsy spotting is norm I haven't had a lot but small bowel movement causing more-entire toilet was red water.too much? Or could be from bowel?

Timing of biopsy: Cervical biopsy should not bleed, after a couple of days. Bowel movement should not induce bleeding from the biopsy site. Whether it is cervical of intestinal, bleeding should not be ignored and you should contact your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I had a small amount of blood on my toilet paper after a bowel movement. I am only 17 years old. What do I do?

I had a small amount of blood on my toilet paper after a bowel movement. I am only 17 years old. What do I do?

Presumptive fissure : If this is a one time occurrence and associated with straining or a large BM, it is most likely a small fissure or tear of the anal tissue from overstretching or hemorrhoid. Use stool softeners and increase fiber foods like Fruit & Veg and it will heal. If associated with diarrhea, weight loss or fever, or recurrent problems more than a few days, make appt for evaluation. ...Read more

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I take plenty fiber, plenty water, several small meals but I have nearly 1 bowel movement daily. Is that normal?

I take plenty fiber, plenty water, several small meals but I have nearly 1 bowel movement daily. Is that normal?

It sounds normal BUT: Frequency of bowel movements varies from person to person. Having bowl movements once a day, several times a day or once every few days can be normal.

What is important is if there has been a change from your normal bowel movement
frequency. Changes can be due to changes in diet, stress or underlying illness. If you have had a change in bowel frequency that persists you need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Anal bleeding every bowel movement for nearly a month. Amount has been increasing every one. Can feel small bump on rectum. What should I do?

Anal bleeding every bowel movement for nearly a month. Amount has been increasing every one. Can feel small bump on rectum. What should I do?

You: Are describing a hemorrhoid. An enlarged, congested vein in the rectum. They can be internal or external in which case you can feel the bump. They usually get better on their own if you avoid straining. Use a stool softener for a while and if no improvement see your doctor. ...Read more

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I felt two small bubbles of skin when wiping after a bowel movement. No pain and nothing else unusual. Is this hemroids? How do I treat if so?

I felt two small bubbles of skin when wiping after a bowel movement. No pain and nothing else unusual. Is this hemroids? How do I treat if so?

Hemorrhoids: This sounds like hemorrhoids — but can''t be certain without visualization. It is not the only thing that can present in this manner. If it is hemorrhoids then suggest you drink at least 8 8 ounce glasses of water per day to help keep feces moist. Get in good dietary fiber — at least 5 servings of vegetable & 4 of fruit per day. Stay physically active. If in doubt your physician can eval. ...Read more

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When I had my bowel movement today, I noticed that although most of my stool was brown, a small section was black. Does this indicate bleeding?

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When I had my bowel movement today, I noticed that although most of my stool was brown, a small section was black. Does this indicate bleeding?

Melena : What you are describing is called melena which represents blood in stool. And it looks dark/black so It may represent blood in the stool. ...Read more

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2 times in last week clear stringy stuff with small amt of blood attached to stool or floating in toilet after bowel movement. What could this be?

2 times in last week clear stringy stuff with small amt of blood attached to stool or floating in toilet after bowel movement.  What could this be?

Blood in stools: You should see a GI specialist ASAP. There are many reasons that may cause the symptom you are mentioning and need o be worked up. Do not delay it, make a phone call on Monday please ...Read more

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Bowel movement feels like somethin scratching when coming out small amount of blood. Happened a few times off/on seems when the stool is soft its fine?

Bowel movement feels like somethin scratching when coming out small amount of blood. Happened a few times off/on seems when the stool is soft its fine?

Anal fissure: Pain on defecation is often due to an anal fissure, which is a split in the skin of the anal canal. The cause of the fissure can be passage of very hard stool, but in many patients the cause is unclear.

Initial treatment may be sitz baths, high fiber diet, stool softener and topical medication for pain relief.

If pain persists see a physician for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Pain in rectum sometimes after bowel movement. Few times had clear stuff in toilet or loosely attached to stool with small amount of blood. Causes?

Several possible: If any bleeding then inflammatory bowel disease would fit well--a serious autoimmune disease with a strong increased risk of needing surgery and/or cancer.
BUT, also possible is irritable bowel syndrome with exactly these symptoms, NO inflammation, tests all negative, colonoscopy negative.
Would need a colonoscopy to tell which. ...Read more

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Ate a pretty big slice of watermelon, next day had bowel movement and saw small red pieces in parts of my stool. Is the watermelon the cause of this?

Ate a pretty big slice of watermelon, next day had bowel movement and saw small red pieces in parts of my stool. Is the watermelon the cause of this?

Red spots: You would have to ingest a very large amount of watermelon fiber for red objects to appear in the toilet bowl. If there is any doubt that the spots were from blood, your physician can easily test a stool specimen in his office and detect blood. If the test is negative, I would rest assured. ...Read more

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I have some sort of small rectal protrusion an all I can think of that could've caused it would be a rather irritable bowel movement. What could it be?

I have some sort of small rectal protrusion an all I can think of that could've caused it would be a rather irritable bowel movement. What could it be?

Hemorrhoid : Possible that you have a hemorrhoid. I would have it checked out to make sure it isn't anything else... Like cancer. ...Read more

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I feel hungry and also very much like I need to have a bowel movement. However, I have only managed to pass small, round, soft stools for a few days?

I feel hungry and also very much like I need to have a bowel movement.  However, I have only managed to pass small, round, soft stools for a few days?

Maybe constipated?: A person with constipation needs to be sure there is no other disease causing it. If constipation is just due to slow movement of the food and poop through the gut, then the things to try are vegetables, water, prune juice, prunes, fiber+water, Miralax, (polyethylene glycol) Senokot or other senna, milk of magnesia, or other laxatives... A doctor can evaluate, find the true problem, and prescribe medication if needed. ...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