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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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I have what I believe is known as hematochezia I was recently taking hCG drops for weight loss but as of dec 9 2012 I stoppd for maintenance phase and my stools hardened and became harder to pass and when I do have a bowel movement there is dark red blood

I have what I believe is known as hematochezia I was recently taking hCG drops for weight loss but as of dec 9 2012 I stoppd for maintenance phase and my stools hardened and became harder to pass and when I do have a bowel movement there is dark red blood

It happens: First off the drops are worthless and do not work. You need to have the diet administered by a qualified physician, injectable hcg, and strict 500 calorie diet. When on the proper diet it is typical to have a bm every 3-4 days, you must drink plenty of water. When you do the wrong diet and take bogus drops you will get constipation which will irritate rectum/anus and cause blood in stools. ...Read more

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Symptoms include: loss of appetite weight loss and increase in bowel movements - what are these symptoms of? I'm a 29yr old female otherwise healthy

Symptoms include: loss of appetite weight loss and increase in bowel movements - what are these symptoms of? I'm a 29yr old female otherwise healthy

You are NOT: Healthy since these symptoms are probably those of ibs. Commonest cause is lousy diet but it could be the beginning of inflammation. Try first by getting rid of all forms of sugar and sweeteners. Other potential causes are milk and milk products and gluten. ...Read more

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22 Female w/unintentional weight loss the last few months, loss of appetite, GFR of 84, GERD for 3 years, and irregular bowel movements. Ideas? Thanks

22 Female w/unintentional weight loss the last few months, loss of appetite, GFR of 84, GERD for 3 years, and irregular bowel movements. Ideas? Thanks

Challenging in 400: Characters! My first question, why do you know your GFR? Estimated GFR from serum creatinine? It is actually not too uncommon for people to have reflux and irritable bowel at the same time. Both dysfunctions of the GI system. Would be uncommon for symptoms of GERD to be so severe as to cause anorexia and weight loss. Then, why low GFR? This can only be sorted out by detailed eval in person by Doc! ...Read more

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If you having a bowel movement everyday can you lose weight from that?

If you having a bowel movement everyday can you lose weight from that?

You should BM daily: It is normal and healthy to have at least one bowel movement daily. Bms are a way to eliminate undigested food material, toxins and waste from the body. One should not use bowel movements as a weight loss method. If you have unexplained weight loss you should check in with your healthcare provider. ...Read more

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When you have a bowel movement do you lose weight?

When you have a bowel movement do you lose weight?

Yes: Technically yes but it's an insinsible loss, much like sweating or urinating. It is not weight loss in the true sense of losing fat. From this prespective, every time you eat or drink you gain weight. This is why a persons weight varies throughout the day. The best way to probably weigh yourself is to weigh in the morning after using the bathroom and before eating. ...Read more

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I go days without having a bowel movement. What kind of diet should I have? It's harder for me to lose weight?

I go days without having a bowel movement. What kind of diet should I have? It's harder for me to lose weight?

High fiber: Hi. You poor thing! That's miserable. Eat lots more fiber, and take psyllium with a lot of water before going to bed. ...Read more

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Myths&facts about bowel movement*? Like, is it ok to force self to go*? Do you actually lose weight if u go after a meal? What to look out for?

Myths&facts about bowel movement*? Like, is it ok to force self to go*? Do you actually lose weight if u go after a meal? What to look out for?

Wt loss stool only: Best for your bowels: plenty fluids, regular physical activity, avoiding eating a lot of foods that slow bowels, like fatty, high sugar, empty calorie snacks & a lot of cheese & meat. And eating plenty fiber-rich foods - fruits, & especially vegetables. No surprise, right? Straining is not good, & can lead to hemorrhoids & painful fissures. Regular laxatives also not good. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Does losing weight cause sticky bowel movements?

Does losing weight cause sticky bowel movements?

Rapid weight Loss: It could be pancreatitis. Rapid weight loss can lead to pancrea titis, which results and having malabsorption of fat. This can lead to school with gooey texture, bad smell and usually abdominal pain. It would be a good idea to call your doctor this weekend and discuss if evaluation is indicated. ...Read more

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Constant cramping, pain in tummy, nausea, varied bowel movements, weight loss. What could it be?

Infection?: If this is new in onset, infection may be the cause. If this is chronic, it still could be due to infection, but also could be due to a food allergy or reaction, for example, celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. See your internist. ...Read more

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Weight loss, multiple/waking for bowel movements, inflammation/ulceration near the terminal ileum, pain of abdo and joints, night sweats. Is it ibs?

Weight loss, multiple/waking for bowel movements, inflammation/ulceration near the terminal ileum, pain of abdo and joints, night sweats. Is it ibs?

Probably not: Your symptoms are more suggestive of ibd (inflammatory bowel disease, or crohn's disease) rather than ibs (irritable bowel syndrome). Other less likely possibility is non-hodgkin's lymphoma. I recommend that you see a physician who treats gastrointestinal disease soon. ...Read more

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Fiancé said he is experiencing lots of blood loss after bowel movement. He is a healthy, active 29 year old with no other health issues. Please help?

Bleeding with BMs: This is very normal. He either has a hemorrhoid or an anal fissure. I would advise that he needs to be seen by his family doctor and taught how to treat these common problems at home. ...Read more

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Is there a hidden cause that relates my chronic coughing with GI disorders (loss of bowel movement)?

Is there a hidden cause that relates my chronic coughing with GI disorders (loss of bowel movement)?

Cough: Could be acid reflux, gluten intolerance or lactose issues. The silent acid reflux can cause a cough. The cough can also trigger a reflex which may cause you to go to the bathroom ...Read more

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Dizziness, anxiety, loss of concentration then will pass gas or have a bowel movement andfeel better, only to happen again in a few hours. Why?

Dizziness, anxiety, loss of concentration then will pass gas or have a bowel movement andfeel better, only to happen again in a few hours. Why?

There is a condition: Called splenic flexure syndrome where by distenion of the left side of colon progress tot he level where the left colon make sharp turn. This place is called splenif flexure. When pressure build, it will push the diaphragm and then the heart. The signs and symptoms develop and then when the pressure decreases, symptoms resolve. Advise you to avoid gas forming food and try semitichone ...Read more

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After increasing my fiber in the diet to about 20g. I have 4-5 bowel movement s daily. Very very uncomfortable?

After increasing my fiber in the diet to about 20g. I have 4-5 bowel movement s daily. Very very uncomfortable?

Constipation: Do you have a history of constipation. Have you ever had a clean out done where you flush your system. Is your bowl movements watery or soft. Fiber is good to take but the amount depend on your age. It should be age plus five until you reach adult age, than you should take 45 grams a day. ...Read more

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Is that regular to have 1 bowel movement daily? Sometime I don't have bm at all throughtout the day, is that normal? I also eat plenty fiber and water

Is that regular to have 1 bowel movement daily? Sometime I don't have bm at all throughtout the day, is that normal? I also eat plenty fiber and water

Normal: That is normal. Not having a bowel movement daily can be normal as well. Your goal is to have a bowel movement that is soft, and easy to pass. It doesn't matter if it occurs daily or every other day. Continue with the fluids and fiber. Natural sources of fiber as fresh fruits and vegetables are the best. ...Read more

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I EAT 5 MEALS PER DAY, I TAKE PLENTY WATER BUT I USUALLY HAVE 1 BOWEL MOVEMENT DAILY. SOMETIMES I DON'T GO AT ALL THROUGHT A DAY. IS THAT REGULAR?

I EAT 5 MEALS PER DAY, I TAKE PLENTY WATER BUT I USUALLY HAVE 1 BOWEL MOVEMENT DAILY. SOMETIMES I DON'T GO AT ALL THROUGHT A DAY. IS THAT REGULAR?

Yes: It is not necessary to have a bowel movement each day. In fact, some normal people only go once every three or four days, which is perfectly acceptable if that is their normal bowel pattern. As long as you are not having pain or other symptoms along with it, then I would not be concerned by your bowel movement frequency. Eat a lot of fiber. Good luck. ...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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How much weight can you lose from a bowel movement?

That is quite: Variable as it depends on the volume / weight of feces. ...Read more

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How much weight can you lose having a bowel movement?

How much weight can you lose having a bowel movement?

Potentially a lot: It depends on much feces your intestines are filled with. An obstipated person might pass a significant amount of stool once the flow gets going. ...Read more

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Having one bowel movement daily but still feeling like I need to move my bowels again....what could be causing this? I also don't feel very hungry....

Having one bowel movement daily but still feeling like I need to move my bowels again....what could be causing this? I also don't feel very hungry....

Some thoughts: Cannot say in your particular case, but some triggers of the feeling of needing to empty the bowels are spasm of the bowel (generally not a serious condition) or much less common, some growth there like a polyp. Hypothyroid typically changes bowel motility. ...Read more

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I can't have a bowel Movement without laxatives. I take in the daily recamended amount of fiber, have 64 ounces of water a day, and work out.?

I can't have a bowel Movement without laxatives. I take in the daily recamended amount of fiber, have 64 ounces of water a day, and work out.?

A few ideas: Continue your present regimen while it may help to include a daily probiotic. Adding a little caffeine such as a cup of coffee or green tea can also help.

Stress can be source of bowel problems, so it may be worth addressing any sources of stress such as job, family, or money issues you may have.

Hope that helps. ...Read more

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What can I take on a daily basis so the I can have a regular bowel movement?

What can I take on a daily basis so the I can have a regular bowel movement?

Fiber and water: You need to ensure adequate fiber intake and water intake. This may entail fiber supplementation with fibercon or metamucil, benefiber, or adequate dietary fiber such as oatmeal or bran. You also need to make sure you drink plenty of water as it well. ...Read more

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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...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