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Had gall bladder removed 2 months ago. Have bowel movements 5-7 times a day which looks like flem most of the time. How do I stop it?

Had gall bladder removed 2 months ago. Have bowel movements 5-7 times a day which looks like flem most of the time. How do I stop it?

Loose Stools are a: Potential problem after gallbladder removal. Many people do not notice any change. A small number of people may notice loose stools after surgery. The duration is variable. You may need to take a medication like Questran (cholestyramine) which helps to bind the bile which gets released a little more often after gallbladder surgery. See your surgeon who did your surgery to determine if you need this 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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Is it normal to bowel movement only pebbles for a couple days, then have to bowel movement five times in one day?

Is it normal to bowel movement only pebbles for a couple days, then have to bowel movement five times in one day?

Not usual, but...: Although the pattern you described is not usual, some variation in the amount and frequency of bowel movements is not abnormal. As long as you're not having pain or bleeding, and as long as the stool consistency is fairly normal, I wouldn't worry. Increasing fiber in the diet will help regulate this. A fiber supplement each day, such as Metamucil, can help. Increasing fluid intake is also vital. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a bowel movement 5 times a day?

Is it normal to have a bowel movement 5 times a day?

Not everyday: If you have been having 5 bowel movements regularly for days to weeks, go see your doctor. There can be underlying causes of this if it is chronic. However, if you ate something spoiled and this has been occurring a day or two, it can be due to that but you need to make sure you don't become dehydrated. ...Read more

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My husband has been having frequent solid bowel movements for two weeks straight, sometimes 5 times a day. Is this a sign of a problem?

My husband has been having frequent solid bowel movements for two weeks straight, sometimes 5 times a day. Is this a sign of a problem?

Not really: If his bowel movements are solid, and there are no other symptoms, he is probably just eating a high fiber diet. The warning signs are loose stool and other issues like fever, abdominal pain, etc. ...Read more

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I've bowel movement 3-5 times a day for some 8 years. BMI normal range but low. What can I do? Diet? Medical exam? If yes, which medical speciality?

I've bowel movement 3-5 times a day for some 8 years. BMI normal range but low. What can I do? Diet? Medical exam? If yes, which medical speciality?

Family Doctor first: I would start with your family doctor for full physical exam and blood work. If your BMI is normal then I would simply pick a healthy eating plan with enough calories to maintain your current weight. You may need to see a gastroenterologist eventually, especially if there is a family history of any colon cancer. ...Read more

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Bowel movements are always runny/mushy. I get cramps when I have to go and I go about 5 times a day. I don't feel the same after having son 3 yrs ago.

Bowel movements are always runny/mushy. I get cramps when I have to go and I go about 5 times a day. I don't feel the same after having son 3 yrs ago.

Have hope.: You can improve, so have hope. You need to get into your physician and be evaluated to make sure you do not have an inflammatory bowel disease. A colonoscopy, blood work, and stool studies may help in your evaluation. Dietary considerations can also help. Start on a good probiotic and keep a food journal and get in for evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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How many times a day should I have a bowel movement?

How many times a day should I have a bowel movement?

Depends: More than three per day, or fewer than one every three days, or if they are difficult, suggests a problem. Beyond this, everything you'll be told is folklore / superstition. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a bowel movement 1 to 4 times a day sometimes less? .

Is it normal to have a bowel movement 1 to 4 times a day sometimes less? .

Normal depends on u: Sometimes people move their bowels everyday. Some people move their bowels less. Some more. People and their bowels are pretty unique and things can change with stress levels, diet, exercise, etc. Normal is a pretty broad term when it comes to bowels. ...Read more

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For years now I only have bowel movement once a day. But I struggle at times.

1/day-normal. Constip: Bm daily is normal. May need more fluid, fiber, activity. Meds, diet, mood, activity can all affect. Prior surgery, pregnancy, childbirth (vaginal or csection) can affect. Discuss with your doc. ...Read more

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How often should I have bowel movement? I've heard some people have it like 3 or 4 times day

Everyone different: A person's bowel transit time varies. Some people have BMs 2-3x/day while others go every 3-7 days. A lot of this can be diet-related. High fiber diet and staying hydrated will lead to more regularity in stooling. Some inflammatory bowel disorders and some infections can increase the transit time (more stools during the day). Irritable bowel syndrome can increase or decrease BM frequency... ...Read more

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Hi I have a bowel movement about 3-4 times a day. It is hard and brown. Is 3-4 times a day too much? Is that normal?

Hi I have a bowel movement about 3-4 times a day. It is hard and brown. Is 3-4 times a day too much? Is that normal?

Hard poop = abnormal: Each 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, other laxatives... A doctor can evaluate and prescribe helpful meds too. Exercise also helps. ...Read more

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I have a bowel movement at least twice a day, but at times it is flat-ish on top and bottom. It is about 2 inches in diameter. Should I be concerned?

I have a bowel movement at least twice a day, but at times it is flat-ish on top and bottom. It is about 2 inches in diameter. Should I be concerned?

No: If you're stool pattern is two stools per day that are flat on the top and bottom and there's been no major change this is not usually significant.
It would be a concern if your stools were pencil thin or bleeding in your stools or abdominal pain or inability to pass tools ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a bowel movement everytime after I eat something? I go to the bathroom 5-8 times a day

Is it normal to have a bowel movement everytime after I eat something? I go to the bathroom 5-8 times a day

Ibs: This is suggestive of an exaggerated gastrocolic reflex and is commonly seen in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (ibs). As always, you should see your doctor to exclude other potential causes. ...Read more

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I have been having bowel movements 6 times a day. Now my butthole hurts anything to do to help the pain?

I have been having bowel movements 6 times a day. Now my butthole hurts anything to do to help the pain?

Yes: Tucks medicated pads or witch hazel could help. Is there a reason u r having six bowel movements per day? Are they normal or are they loose, runny, bloody, hard like rocks, etc? Has this been evaluated before. You could also use a bit of prep-h to soothe. Lastly, and cheapest, a little white pertoleum jelly (vaseline) is dirt cheap. Do not put it into the whole, just the outside. ...Read more

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Hi I am guy 24 I have irregular bowel movement 3 to 4 times a day and its been happening for years. Which food is good for digestion?

Hi I am guy 24 I have irregular bowel movement 3 to 4 times a day and its been happening for years. Which food is good for digestion?

Needs investigation: It may not be that you need a good food, but to exclude some food item (s) that may be causing frequent bowel movements, e.g., foods containing gluten. It is not feasible to provide meaningful advice without examining you and performing some tests. Please discuss the matter with your doctor. ...Read more

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Pains in back at various sites at various times of the day. Bowel movement seems to relieve pain. Bowel movement brown but with tiny black specks?

Pains in back at various sites at various times of the day. Bowel movement seems to relieve pain. Bowel movement brown but with tiny black specks?

? diverticulitis: Diverticulitis commonly causes left lower abdominal pain, sometimes exacerbated/relieved by a bowel movement. Inflammatory colitises can cause symptoms. Constipation. You should see a doctor if it has lasted longer than a few days or if it is severe and limiting your daily activities. There are other causes as well and you may require a ct scan or colonoscopy to help sort them out. ...Read more

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My 4 year is having trouble having a bowel movement. She only goes a little every time and she goes 8-10 times a day. Is there anything I can do.

My 4 year is having trouble having a bowel movement. She only goes a little every time and she goes 8-10 times a day. Is there anything I can do.

Constipation: Constipation in a four year old can often be hard to treat. Some of it depends if your child is potty trained and if she doesn't mind sitting on the potty. Treatment involves two components--1. Medication to help her go more completely and 2. Behavioral training to help her relax more while sitting. Definitely go see her pediatrician so you can get a formal plan of attack. ...Read more

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I hurt my back a few weeks ago and my bowel movements have changed dramatically I e first three days after incident 6 7 times a day 5th day after inci?

Few possibilities: Pain meds with Codeine can cause constipation. Antiinflammatory medicines like aleve, (naproxen) advil, Ibuprofen may cause diarrhea. Also, if you were immobilized from your back injury, you might have more constipation. ...Read more

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Every morning I have a loose bowel movement with no other major symptoms, I get a bit bloated by the end of the day but I used to go 2-3 times a day?

Every morning I have a loose bowel movement with no other major symptoms, I get a bit bloated by the end of the day but I used to go 2-3 times a day?

Irritable bowel: This is characteristic of irritable bowel syndrome and/or very active gastrocolic reflex. Hot coffee or tea, anxiety, rushing or stress aggravate the process. If this becomes a very troublesome problem, medication like bentyl or donnatal can be taken a half hour before breakfast and prevent this reaction. A gastroenterologist is best qualified to evaluate and advise you about this situation. ...Read more

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Can you have bowel movements like 2 or 3 times a day at the start of your period?

Can you have bowel movements like 2 or 3 times a day at the start of your period?

Possible: Can be form the incrased prostagladin production, but if they are nor normal in consistency or color or any blood then u need an exavulation, or if u do not wantthem that often then your doc may be able to get you on a med for that. ...Read more

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My 12 month old son has bowel movements 2-3 times per day and it varies from marbles to pale and very loose in the same day. Normal? Diet?

My 12 month old son has bowel movements 2-3 times per day and it varies from marbles to pale and very loose in the same day. Normal? Diet?

Diet: Diet can effect the color and consistancy of stool. If the stool is always marble like or always pale, then he may have a problem, but if it changes day to day, then no worries. Take a sample to your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Constantly nauseas with no vomitting and also getting alot of bowel movement and have to use bathroom atleast 3-4 times a day for the last 2 weeks?

Constantly nauseas with no vomitting and also getting alot of bowel movement and have to use bathroom atleast 3-4 times a day for the last 2 weeks?

Gall Bladder?: This type of presentation could mean your gall bladder is not functioning properly. However, there are other things like ulcers or gastritis that could be causing you problems. I would document when the nausea is happening in regards to time of day and food intake. Get this evaluated with this info in hand. ...Read more

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Hello, last morning I took two bisacodyl tablets. Experienced bowel movement after 30mins, then about after an hour again, and the whole day it kept going, but it was only water. I went to toilet for 25 times I think. However last night I did something ve

Hello, last morning I took two bisacodyl tablets. Experienced bowel movement after 30mins, then about after an hour again, and the whole day it kept going, but it was only water. I went to toilet for 25 times I think. However last night I did something ve

This is: A bit "unusual" and "excessive" for what is a usual dose of the bisacodyl tablets but it is meant to "clean out" your bowel and prepare it for examination. I am assuming that's why you took this rather POWERFUL laxative! I am not sure of what your question is!
Ask again with more info!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Does IBS cause abdominial pain and having bowel movements 16 times a day?

Sometimes..: Ibs is often "diarrhea predominant" but 16 times a day is higher then the norm to be due to ibs and should be investigated with stool cultures. If those are negative then a colonoscopy would be indicated. ...Read more

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My3weeks old daugther cries during brestfeeding (she drinks 5-6 times and cries than again).I use nipple shield. She has several bowel movements per day?

My3weeks old daugther cries during brestfeeding (she drinks 5-6 times and cries than again).I use nipple shield. She has several bowel movements per day?

See her doctor: Check with her doctor to make sure there is no physical problem causing this. A common cause is nasal obstruction or congestion which doesn't allow the baby to breathe well while breast feeding. If you hear mucous in her nose, use saline nose drops and a bulb suction to remove it. Also, make sure that your breast tissue is pulled back so she can breathe while nursing. ...Read more

Defecation (Definition)

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Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more