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Can't Control Bowel Movements
Not likely: The most common hormone problem that can affect bowel habits is hyper or hypothyroidism. A low thyroid will contribute to constipation. A high thyroid level will result in increased number of bowel movements. Primary hyperparathyroidism associated with high calcium levels can also cause constipation. ...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
The book answer: Is most of bm is made up of sloughed bowel lining and skin. But diets usually include indigestables, vegetables and fruits with skins. A daily bm is normal. Some have multiple daily, but not going 3 days or longer is not clearing sufficiently. Always start simple and natural: prunes and dried apricots. Cheap, tasty, harmless. ...Read more
Not really: only if the hemorrhoid are painful it could cause problem because the patient avoid having BM because of the pain. in general you need to keep your bowels soft, by drinking a lot of water, average 10-12 bottles a day. you need to eat more fruits, and drink juices, you need to eat more fibers, more vegetables. you need to exercise daily. you might need to take some stool softener. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Stool can leak around obstruction.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
With flares, but...: Ulcerative colitis involves inflammation of the colonic mucosal surface, so colectomy (removal of the colon) is curative for it. Crohn's disease however is a transmural (full-thickness) inflammation of any part of the GI tract (from mouth to anus). Crohn's is not curable, but it is controllable with medications (see my previous healthtap answer regarding "step up" versus "top down" treatments. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Are you normal?: Normal bowel frequency in america fits a bell-curve distribution--once daily stooling is the middle of the curve, but the normal range extends from 3 bowel movements daily to 1 bowel movement every 3-4 days. Even variable stool frequency within the confines of this bell-curve is "normal.". ...Read more
Juice water : You need more fluids .Get a more detailed answer ›
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, but…: it is possible to have Crohn disease and constipation simultaneously, and if so that could manifest as rectal bleeding. There are many possibilities besides Crohn disease, however, as to a cause of bleeding. I would recommend that you see your doctor or a gastroenterologist to help sort this out. Good luck. ...Read more
I have had irregular bowel movements, but find laxatives like miralax (polyethylene glycol) do not help and cause bloating and constipation? Why?
Confusing?: Maybe you are confusing the cause (constipation=bloating, irregularity) with the effect of miralax, (polyethylene glycol) etc. Which gives easier, more regular bm's. Perhaps insufficient dosing, regular use rather than intermittent use, and other meds you might be on or other medical conditions are also a factor. Review your medications and problems with your doc and i'm sure a regular habit can be created. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've taken laxatives, fiber pills, miralax, (polyethylene glycol) colon cleansers and even enema and still have not had bowel movement. Do i go to the emergency?
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