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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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Despite having have 1 large and 2 small bowel movements today, I still feel the need to go. When I try I can pass very small stools. Why is this?

Despite having have 1 large and 2 small bowel movements today, I still feel the need to go. When I try I can pass very small stools. Why is this?

Depending on: Your age and duration of symptoms, this can be a worrisome sign. Unfortunately, a change in stool caliber can be a sign of stricture/scarring in the gut and even tumor (for at risk individuals). It could also be benign as in cases of constipation predominant IBS or transient infection with swelling of the gut wall. If ongoing, discuss this with a physician. ...Read more

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I'm having bad pains in back nut it seems that they come and go when I don't pass a bowel movement. What could I do or should do?

I'm having bad pains in back nut it seems that they come and go when I don't pass a bowel movement. What could I do or should do?

Constipated?: Colonics & purges are popular but should be avoided & can not be recommended (see earlier healthtap answers). Use of irritant laxatives are safe for the short-term only. Fiber supplements, stool softeners, & lavage agents like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) are safe. Rx drugs are available based on work-up of your cause of constipation. However, patients define "constipation" differently than doctors--what's your issue? ...Read more

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I have not had a bowel movement in over 4 days and can't pass urine well. What should I do?

I have not had a bowel movement in over 4 days and can't pass urine well. What should I do?

Go see a doctor: You need to find the cause. This will require a visit to a doctor to check you and find out who you have not had a bm and what reason for your urine problem. If you are eating well then there is no reason to have constipation n of this degree. A visit to the ere may be necessary unless you can see a doctor in 24-48 hours. ...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?

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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My son us bleeding from his rectum when he has a bowel movement. His bowels are kinda hard n big could it be causing that?? He said he wasn't hurt.

My son us bleeding from his rectum when he has a bowel movement. His bowels are kinda hard n big could it be causing that?? He said he wasn't hurt.

Yes: Kids with hard or bulky stools or some that push out too fast will cause a crack in the outlet. This deposits bright red blood on the outside of the BM. It tends to recur as long as the stool is hard/bulky. Going more often, or using a stool softener like miralax can help over time. I've never seen a kid with a hemorrhoid. ...Read more

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I need to have a bowel movement but the stool won't pass?

I need to have a bowel movement but the stool won't pass?

Constipation: Be sure to hydrate yourself, eat fiber, prunes, and stool softeners. If does not work talk toy your pcp ...Read more

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Why does a large hard bowel movement cause bleeding?

Hemorrhoid/fissure: As the stool passes through the rectum and the anus, it can irritate internal hemorrhoids if they are present, or create a 'cut' in the lining of the anus, called a fissure. Both can bleed, and be precipitated by passage of a large hard stool. ...Read more

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What can I do to have a clean rectum right after I pass a bowel movement?

What can I do to have a clean rectum right after I pass a bowel movement?

Your rectum: Isn't designed to remain pristine after having a bowel movement. Using enemas like Fleets enemas on a regular basis can be dangerous for several reasons, including electrolyte changes, and trauma. Other patients may have discovered safer methods of cleaning their rectums that I don't know of, so I'd ask your doctor for more information. ...Read more

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5 weeks after episiotomy I think I may have torn while trying to pass a form bowel movement. Is this possible?

5 weeks after episiotomy I think I may have torn while trying to pass a form bowel movement. Is this possible?

Not likely: Episiotomy tends to heal very quickly because of the rich blood supply to that tissue. Although it is possible to tear the episiotomy open by passing a large hard bowel movement, it is unlikely that this would occur after 5 weeks. If you did cause a tear, you would see bleeding, but blood could also come from the rectum. Even if you did cause a tear it should heal without a problem. ...Read more

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Losing the sensation to pass urine & have a bowel movement I can't really tell it's not the same as before what could be wrong with me?

Losing the sensation to pass urine & have a bowel movement I can't really tell it's not the same as before what could be wrong with me?

See below: It seems that you are losing the sensation of the nerves that causes the function of those sphincters. With shooting pains down the leg is important you have an MRI of the lower spine with contrast to determine if there is anything pressing on those nerves ...Read more

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I need help! What I thought was just a tear in my anus has created much more of a severity. The past few days I have noticed large amount of pain from my anus, along with extreme discomfort when having a bowel movement. Now I will inform you that me typica

Fissure in ano: It sounds as if you may have an anal fissure. This can be incredibly painful and could also be infected. You should apply warm compresses or sit in hot water 4-6 times a day, dry off thoroughly and apply a soothing ointment after each soak. Though you can take Tylenol, (acetaminophen) you will most likely need to see a doctor to get more help for the muscle spasm that is causing the severe pain. ...Read more

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Might excess amounts of spaghetti sauce cause you to pass an orangy liquid when having a bowel movement?

Might excess amounts of spaghetti sauce cause you to pass an orangy liquid when having a bowel movement?

Greasy stool?: Yes... Are you seeing oily stools with floating oil droplets (which implies fat maldigestion from use of dietary fat blockers, pancreatic and/or biliary disease, small bowel malabsorption, or excessive dietary fat intake) or mucusy stool (due to a range of conditions from inflammatory, infectious, ischemic, or "functional" due to rectal dysfunction, colon delay, or irritable bowel syndrome)? ...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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Could a large bowel movement had inflamed my prostate?

Could a large bowel movement had inflamed my prostate?

Not likely: Some individuals with signficant, chronic constipation can also have bothersome, dysfunctional lower urinary tract symptoms. However, having a large bowel movement would not lead to prostatitis. ...Read more

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What happened if I strain during my large bowel movement?

What happened if I strain during my large bowel movement?

STRAINING BOWEL MOVE: If you strain with large bowel movements can cause hemorrhoids over time. To prevent that you need fiber in your diet with and without stool softners. ...Read more

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Why do I get so tired after a large bowel movement?

Why do I get so tired after a large bowel movement?

BM: Typically, a bm should not cause symptoms. However, if someone has watery stools, one can lose electrolytes (potassium) and fluids which can cause tiredness. ...Read more

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My anus stings/hurts when I pass a bowel movement?

My anus stings/hurts when I pass a bowel movement?

Possible fissure: You may have an anal fissure. Try Sitz baths an apply some Vaseline to the peri anal region. If it persists or you have bloody bowel movements, have yourself checked by your physician. ...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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What exactly does it mean when a person has a very large bowel movement that burns?

What exactly does it mean when a person has a very large bowel movement that burns?

Constipation: It sounds like you might have stretched the anus possibly even torn it from size of stool. Have your doctor check and discuss prevention of constipation, many treatments are available over the counter including water don't over use stool softeners and laxatives. ...Read more

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Stool feels too large to have bowel movement when try. What can I take to break it down?

Stool feels too large to have bowel movement when try. What can I take to break it down?

Try to. Use: A glycerine suppository or two. Insert one and lay down on you left side for 30 minutes. If no results try again in a few hours. If still a problem may need evaluation by a colon and rectal surgeon to make sure there is not something other than stool in the rectum. ...Read more

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Been having large amounts of yellow mucus without any bowel movement. I usually see mucus but never this much. What could it be from?

Been having large amounts of yellow mucus without any bowel movement. I usually see mucus but never this much. What could it be from?

Sounds irritable: Sometimes excess mucous can be a result of an over active intestinal tract. We typically call this syndrome irritable bowel syndrome (ibs). Other symptoms include alternating episodes of constipation and diarrhea, and cramping. Your physician may be able to help you with symptom control as some medicines have been shown to work in this condition. ...Read more

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5 year passes chunks of mucus during bowel movement. Only today so far No other symptoms. She did have a cold that is just clearing. Is this a normal?

5 year passes chunks of mucus during bowel movement. Only today so far No other symptoms. She did have a cold that is just clearing. Is this a normal?

Mucous in stool: Non-bloody, transient passage of mucous in the stool is usually of little concern. However, prolonged symptoms, bloody stools (hematochezia), fever, vomiting and weight loss in combination is NOT normal and should be evaluated. ...Read more

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I have had a little skin colored leason that is on the edge of my anus opening, it becomes inflamed and larger when I have a bowel movement. I have ha?

I have had a little skin colored leason that is on the edge of my anus opening, it becomes inflamed and larger when I have a bowel movement. I have ha?

Hemorrhoid?: Sounds like this could be a hemorrhoid. Hemorrhoids can seem larger after a bowel movement, and they can become painful or bleed at times. It should be examined though, just to be sure. ...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