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Bowel Movement Too Large To Pass
I pass large stool which makes defecation painful. It's not hard but really large. I have a bowel movement every 2 days. So what can I do about it?
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
Appendectomy 3 weeks ago. Normal bowel movements until now. Now can't pass stool. It hurts and straining a lot. Too big to pass. What is my next step?
Yes next step: Drink plenty of fluids, take mid laxatives or stool softeners and call your surgeon. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
The corn in my bowel movement today was bright green. Can this be caused by eating a large amount of pineapple chunks the day after the corn?
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.
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
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
I pass very tiny stools multiple times a day, and feel like I need to have a bowel movement all the time, what could be wrong?
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
Is it normal for a hemorrhoid to get really big then bleed out during a bowel movement. And then start process over again? Mine keeps going that.
Yes: Yes it is possible. Have it checked although preferably when it is obvious! ...Read more
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?
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?
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