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Can't Control Bowel Movements
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
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
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
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
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
Depends: On whether he has sustained damage to his sphincter muscle or the nerves. ...Read more
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
I had c section in January to months latter I can't control my urine an bowel movement. I leak during the day and bed wet at night?
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 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
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
38, 6'4 male having constant lx p, traveling down posterior legs to knees. Left more. Seepage after bowel movement and loss of control in erection?
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
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
Pain during period, bowel movement and intercourse. Is this normal? I've been treated for PID and I just started a progesterone birth control pill
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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