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Why is my bowel movements skinny and I have a deep internal ache when going?

Why is my bowel movements skinny and I have a deep internal ache when going?

Bowel Movements: 31 year old lady with questions about thin bowel movements. Many causes ranging from hemorrhoids to other obstructions that may need to be evaluated to make sure they are not dangerous. Please evaluate your diet, make sure you are eating adequate dietary fiber, use nuts such as walnuts, oatmeal, beans, cauliflower, broccoli, etc. Pain/blood with BM also needs MD evaluation please see MD promptly. ...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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Are long skinny bowel movements something to be concerned about?

Are long skinny bowel movements something to be concerned about?

Abnormal stools: Any changes in stool shape from the usual should be evaluated as soon as possible especially in your age group. Starting at age 50 it is anyway recommended to have colon cancer screening (routine check up) even in patients with no symptoms. Other symptoms to check is blood in stool, weight loss, worsening constipation. My advise is to see a gastroenterologist as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Can only have bowel movement in the morning after drinking coffee. What can cause this? Stool comes out skinnier and longer than normal sometimes.

Can only have bowel movement in the morning after drinking coffee. What can cause this? Stool comes out skinnier and longer than normal sometimes.

Change in bowels: Change in bowels is a red-flag to doctors-- this includes alteration in stool texture, altered ease or completeness of elimination, frequency of stooling, occult bleeding, etc. Risk factors, co-morbidities, changes in activity/stress/diet, metabolic factors (diabetes, low thyroid) must be considered. It may be nothing serious, but medical evaluation is recommended & will likely prove reassuring. ...Read more

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What are bowel movements?

Poop: A bowel movement is when you pass the waste from your intestines. This is what is left over from your food after it is digested, along with some digestive enzymes that usually make it brown. ...Read more

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What causes soupy bowel movements?

What causes soupy bowel movements?

? severity: First define the problem (do you have soft or frequent stool?), circumstances under which diarrhea developed (malabsorption, pancreatic maldigestion, food intolerances, stressful times, exposure to ill individuals, food poisoning, ischemic gut, inflammatory colitis, etc.), severity (stool volume, dehydration, blood, night-time awakening, weight loss), & duration. The "cure" depends on diagnosis. ...Read more

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When is bowel movement after food?

When is bowel movement after food?

Approx 30 min: Most people have a bm about 30 minutes after a meal...And generally only twice a day.

If it is 3-4 x a day...Can be good diet or bowel transit time is too fast and digestion a problem. If poop every 3+ days, transit time is too slow and retaining toxins. ...Read more

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Does hemorroids stop bowel movement?

Does hemorroids stop bowel movement?

They shouldn't: Cause a bowel obstruction. However, severe constipation may contribute to hemorrhoids and may prevent bowel movements. ...Read more

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What causes blood in a bowel movement?

What causes blood in a bowel movement?

Eval: I see constipation listed as one of your conditions. Dry, hard rough stool can abraid tissues when being passed - or can lead to hemorrhoids. Both can cause rectal bleeding. Fistuala, fissure, cancer or inflammatory or infections GI conditions can also cause bleeding recommend med eval. ...Read more

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Why do I have painful bowel movements?

Not sure...: There are several causes for ano-rectal pain with defecation including anal fissure, hemorrhoids, proctalgia and proctitis to name a few. If this is a recurrent problem go see your doctor. ...Read more

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Female- bleeding during bowel movement?

Female- bleeding during bowel movement?

Pain vs no pain?: Bleeding with bm and if associated with much pain, likely anal fissure and/or external hemorrhoids. Internal hemorrhoid usually does not hurt and blood is often found coating the stool rather than mixing with it. Better safe than sorry, check with your doc to see what you have. External hemorrhoids and fissures r pain in the _ _ _ but not dangerous, and can be treated. Good luck. ...Read more

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What causes a bowel movement during sex?

What causes a bowel movement during sex?

Reasons....: Not evacuating before sex-you should do this. But the stimulation of the rectum/colon during sex, will increase colonic contraction, and hence, the need to evacuate! ...Read more

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Why do toddlers holding bowel movements.?

Child retains stool?: Voluntary stool retention is a surprisingly common problem among young children (typically males). Scheduled stooling, use of stool softeners, reward for healthy behavior & dissuading maladaptive behavior often helps. Before assuming however your child is exerting "control", first have him/her medically evaluated for colo-rectal dysfunction, hirschprung's, metabolic disease & re-evaluate diet. ...Read more

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Coffee grounds runny bowel movement cause?

Coffee grounds runny bowel movement cause?

Blood?: This could represent blood. Blood in the GI tract tends to speed things along, hence the runny movement. And while we generally use the term "coffee grounds" to describe upper GI tract bleeding, it may still apply. Please see GI doctor for colonoscopy and EGD. ...Read more

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Dizziness and green black bowel movements?

Dizziness and green black bowel movements?

This certainly could: Be due to significant blood loss from internal bleeding (gastrointestinal bleeding). You need to be evaluated as soon as possible. Go to a stat care or ER for evaluation. Don't delay. ...Read more

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What can cause clear water bowel movements?

What can cause clear water bowel movements?

Gastroenteritis: Viral intestinal infection. Is usually self limiting. ...Read more

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What do coffee grounds bowel movements mean?

What do coffee grounds bowel movements mean?

Coffee ground: Coffee ground stools are generally a sign of an upper gastrointestinal bleed. Best to see a doctor if this happens. ...Read more

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What to do if I have painful bowel movements?

What to do if I have painful bowel movements?

Hemorrhoids or more?: Anal pain or rectal pain? Pain from the rectum as you described that recurs may also indicate anal fissures, proctitis (due to infection, inflammatory bowel disease, radiation therapy, stercoral ulcers, rectal prolapse, trauma, etc.), prctalgia fugax. Depending on your age, risk factors, current medication (aspirin, nsaid's), circumstances, you will want to get evaluated. ...Read more

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I often have passing gases and bowel movement?

I often have passing gases and bowel movement?

Sources of gas...: Air in the digestive tract may come from a variety of sources--maldigestion due to enzyme deficiency (ex. Lactose intolerance) or food intolerance (ex. Gluten sensitivity), fermentation by gut bacteria (as with bacterial overgrowth syndrome or changed flora after antibiotics), altered GI tract motility, excessive air swallowing, as well as inflammatory and infectious causes. Easy to test 4 these. ...Read more

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I see blood during bowel movement, what to do?

I see blood during bowel movement, what to do?

Blood in stool: Well if you are having constipation then you can injure the bowel wall, develop hemorrhoid and fissure, see a doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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How come I bleed when I have a bowel movement?

Med eval: I don't know the reason that you bleed with bowel movements. Some possibilities include hemorrhoids, fissures, fistula, cancer or inflammatory or infection GI conditions. Please see your doctor to have this evaluated. Take care. ...Read more

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What causes bowel movement to be paste always?

Several causes: By paste do you mean soft, is normal.

If you mean white soft bm's you may have liver problems or a malabsorption problem, for which a GI doc will help. ...Read more

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Why do I get the chills after a bowel movement?

Why do I get the chills after a bowel movement?

Equilibration: Believe it or not, passing a bowel movement is an intricate, coordinated event that requires a specific sequence of nerves & muscles firing. One phase is the sympathetic phase, and the other is the parasympathetic phase. Brief (lasts < 5 seconds) chills immediately after a bm is part of the re-equilibration. Pain, or anything that lasts longer needs to be checked out by your doctor. ...Read more

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How many bowel movements should my infant have?

How many bowel movements should my infant have?

0-7: 7 times in 1 day or 1 time is seven days as long as it is soft and not painful, it's normal. ...Read more

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Does endometreosis affect your bowel movements?

Yes: It can. It usually does not. It can get on the outside of the colon or cause scarring of the colon and irritate the bowels. Very rarely it can get into the colon and even cause bloody stools around the time of the period. Often it just causes inflammation all over the belloy and can lead to constipation. ...Read more

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Why do you feel bloated after a bowel movement?

Why do you feel bloated after a bowel movement?

Maybe not just gas!: Bloating, irregular stools, and fullness may reflect diet (check your fiber intake), alterations in the population of healthy gut flora we each carry, food intolerances, maldigestion due to problems of the small intestine, pancreas, or biliary tree, changes in GI motility (how well your GI tract mixes and moves food along), various infections, and even irritable bowel syndrome. Testing is easy. ...Read more

Defecation (Definition)

Passing food that is fully digested and ready for excretion out the ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

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