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I'm a alcoholic and I don't take care of my health. ..I can't control my bowel movements any more and I have discharge white clear and green in it?

I'm a alcoholic and I don't take care of my health. ..I can't control my bowel movements any more and I have discharge white clear and green in it?

Need help: It is time for you to start taking care of yourself. The alcoholism can affect your liver and that may cause bowel issues to start as well, with the types of discharge you are having. Get treated as alcoholism is a serious condition that needs aggressive treatment, but the first step starts with you. God bless, best wishes. ...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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Which doctor should someone see if they can't control his bowel movements and urine?

Which doctor should someone see if they can't control his bowel movements and urine?

Start with PCP: ...who can perform some simple tests to best direct you either to the Urologist, Gastroenterologist, or Gynecologist. ...Read more

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Why can't I control my bowel movements anymore?

Why can't I control my bowel movements anymore?

Hard to say: You need to be evaluated by a doctor to determine a cause. ...Read more

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I have no control over on time and place about bowel movement. How do I fix this?

I have no control over on time and place about bowel movement. How do I fix this?

Depends: Depends on your age, your food habits, any past pregnancies/procedures, etc. Make dietary changes that include more fiber, often pelvic floor physical therapy helps. However, if your symptoms are significant- see either a GI specialist or an urogynecologist. ...Read more

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Is it possible to control the urge for a bowel movement, using any food substances or any techniques?

Is it possible to control the urge for a bowel movement, using any food substances or any techniques?

Listen to your body!: You really need to listen to your body's urges for defecation, and not try to stifle them. (holding on until you reach a toilet is a different matter.) over-controlling the urge to defecate can lead to dry, hard stools and constipation -- including all that comes with it (hemorrhoids, fissures, pain, rectal bleeding, etc). Please allow your bowel its needs. ...Read more

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How does the body control a bowel movement so no incontinence?

How does the body control a bowel movement so no incontinence?

Avoid incontinence: The colon's primary function is absorption of water (mostly right colon) & storage of solid waste (mostly left colon). Continence of stool relies primarily on rectal tone & sensation. An inflammed colon or one that is too active may result in diarrhea, whereas a sluggish colon may contribute to constipation. Fecal incontinence reflects rectal/anal disturbance (see my earlier healthtap entries). ...Read more

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Will I be able to control bowel movements after colostomy surgery?

Yes: Majority of the time you will be able to have bowel movements after colostomy. Rarely their might be a surgical issue that may decrease your bowel movements due to nerve impairment. It is also common to have some constipation after surgery due to anesthesia. If you do have constipation for a long time after surgery, consult your physician to get to the underlying cause. ...Read more

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Could a man still control his bowel movement if he receives anal sex frequently?

Could a man still control his bowel movement if he receives anal sex frequently?

Maybe, maybe not: If actual tearing of the sphincter occurs or damage to the nerves, incontinence may develop and progress from mild to complete lack of control. Best to avoid anal sex. ...Read more

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At times I lose control of bowel movement. I can't feel when it happens. Not watery, normal consistency. Childbirth or vertebrae pinching nerves?

At times I lose control of bowel movement. I can't feel when it happens. Not watery, normal consistency. Childbirth or vertebrae pinching nerves?

Concerning: This is a concerning symptom the should be evaluated promptly. It could be related to multiple causes but most concerning would be a spinal cord issue. In these cases loss of bladder control is commonly present as well. Have this evaluated soon. ...Read more

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What may cause excessive belching and burping after eating? T I always had issues with bowel movements. The burps started as side effect from the birth control. The last 4 months, I had excessive belching and burping after eating and they are long and som

What may cause excessive belching and burping after eating? T I always had issues with bowel movements. The burps started as side effect from the birth control. The last 4 months, I had excessive belching and burping after eating and they are long and som

It: It sounds like you are dealing with acid reflux. Your stomach is producing excess acid after eating. Typically this happens after eating spicy foods, acidic foods, caffeine, and chocolate, but could occur after eating anything. There are more serious issues that could be occuring (i.e. Stomach ulcer). Therefore you need to see your doctor for a medical work up, testing, and treatment. In the meantime you can try over the counter Pepcid (famotidine) or prilosec.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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My son had surgery for hirschsprung after birth, he's 4 now and having trouble control his bowel movement when passing wind. Is this normal?

My son had surgery for hirschsprung after birth, he's 4 now and having trouble control his bowel movement when passing wind. Is this normal?

Always possible: Hirschsprung can be short and long segment. If a large amount of colin had to be removed then it may be hard for your son to control gas and solids or semi formed stool. You may need to contact his surgeon and peds gi. A plan of action to help make stool more solid could help. 4year olds often have bowel control problems do it may be normal. ...Read more

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Hello, I've recently had a lot of gas the past 2-3 weeks, I had sex a month ago and took plan b a few days after not sure if that has to do with anything and I am on birth control, today I had a bowel movement that had 2 black balls and I'm not sure what

Hello, I've recently had a lot of gas the past 2-3 weeks, I had sex a month ago and took plan b a few days after not sure if that has to do with anything and I am on birth control, today I had a bowel movement that had 2 black balls and I'm not sure what

Behind the 8 ball: The only black balls that are fun to "play" with are in the game of billiards. These two extruded black balls rectally indicate internal bleeding if they were NOT from the vagina. A MD needs to check you for hemorrhoids or other causes for rectal bleeding so you won't be "behind the 8 ball" with your health care. ...Read more

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Haemorrhoids. External...39 weeks pregnant...bleedin durin bowel movement. Vl it cause prob durin labour or vaginal delivery. No control on bowel mov?

Haemorrhoids. External...39 weeks pregnant...bleedin durin bowel movement. Vl it cause prob durin labour or vaginal delivery. No control on bowel mov?

Common problem: It won't likely cause any concerning issue during labor or delivery. You do want to make sure the bleeding is definitely from your hemorrhoids and not somewhere else. You also want to make sure you do everything to minimize worsening hemorrhoids which means making sure your consuming fiber, not straining on the toilet and possibly utilizing stool softeners and/or laxatives if necessary. ...Read more

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On birth control pill. Light spotting between periods. Yesterday had bowel movement and had vaginal bleeding when I wiped, but no residual/recurrent.

On birth control pill. Light spotting between periods. Yesterday had bowel movement and had vaginal bleeding when I wiped, but no residual/recurrent.

Bowel movement: Spotting in between period can occur with pills. If there is blood when a woman wipes after bowel movement it can be from, 1- urine, 2- vagina and the 3rd can sometimes be seen when your bowel movement is hard and it can abrade the wall of the mucosa of your rectum and anus as it passed down. Foods you ingested may also cause blood in your stool and plus medical conditions. If persists see Dr. ...Read more

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Pain during sex, bowel movement, when bladder full all at same spot. Periods twice a month. Not on any birth control. Not pregnant. Constant cramping.

Pain during sex, bowel movement, when bladder full all at same spot. Periods twice a month. Not on any birth control. Not pregnant. Constant cramping.

Many possibilities: Your symptoms could be caused by a number of things, including endometriosis, infection, or tumors such as fibroids. Your gynecologist should be able to perform and exam, testing and ultrasound to help you understand the cause of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Why can't I have a bowel movement daily?

Why can't I have a bowel movement daily?

5 things: Gut need 5 things - water, salt, oil, bulk and fiber. ...Read more

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Haven't had bowel movement in 3 days, what do I do?

Haven't had bowel movement in 3 days, what do I do?

Constipation: The population does tend to-be fixated on bowel movements. Up to every three days is considered normal as long as not painful. The differential diagnosis for constipation is extensive including dehydration, inadequate fiber, medications including agents such as codeine. ...Read more

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'i haven''t had a bowel movement 5 days. What do I do? '

Enemas next: By 5 days, there is a high likelihood of a fecal impact ion. Without trying to loosen that up first, taking anything orally may not work. Try an enema 1st followed by some oral stimulant laxative like senekot or dulcolax. Magnesium citrate as a last resort before seeing your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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Haven't had a bowel movement in over 25 days what's wrong?

Haven't had a bowel movement in over 25 days what's wrong?

Long time: I am surprised you are not complaining of nausea and vomiting. You seem to be experiencing constipation. A bowel obstruction is a less likely expanation as your symptoms would be more urgent. Regardless of the cause, you should absolutely see a doctor about this. If you are not vomiting or in severe pain, your primary care doctor can probably take care of this. ...Read more

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What can I do if I haven't had a bowel movement in 2 days?

Increase fiber/fluid: Take more fiber and increase your fluid intake. Raisins can help, fruits/veggies have higher fiber content which helps absorb fluids and promote better bm's. Increasing water is important as well so there is enough fluid for the fiber to absorb. Probiotics are wonderful sources to promote gut health and provide better consistency of bm's too. Yogurt, etc. ...Read more

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Haven't had bowel movement in about 7 days. What should I do?

Try an enema: By 7 days, there is a lot of stool in the colon. Taking oral laxatives just packs in more stool towards the rectum. You need to break that up with an enema or two. Please go see a doctor for this. ...Read more

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I haven't had a bowel movement in nearly 7 days - what can I do?

OTC laxatives: There could be a number of things going and you need to be evaluated by a gastroenterologist. If you have no abdominal pain, fever, bleeding from rectum and symptoms are chronic, you should start with fiber supplement and stool softners along with daily exercise and increase fluid intake. If you have any of the above, seek immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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After how many days is it bad if you haven't had a bowel movement?

It depends: There is tremendous variation between the number of bowel movements normal people have each week. The important thing is for you to know yourself - if you usually have a bm every day and now you haven't in 3 days that is significant. On the other hand if you usually only have 1 bm a week then missing a day or two is not a big deal. If it is abnormal for you and you are uncomfortable see a doc. ...Read more

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Haven't made bowel movements in 4 days. What could be the problem?

What's your normal?: "normal" bowel frequency in america ranges from 3 stools daily to one every 3 to 4 days. Many patients have some variability. If your normal is every 4 days, then no worries. If your norm is 4x/day, then maybe you have cause for concern. Lots of things alter how fast your GI tract empties--obstruction, dysmotilities, infection, malabsorption/maldigestion, metabolic issues, irritable bowel, more. ...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