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Why do I feel like I really have to defecate, but when I go, only a few 'pebbles' come out?

Why do I feel like I really have to defecate, but when I go, only a few 'pebbles' come out?

Small stools: Such small stools often signify a need to increase your daily fluid and fiber intake. If you have a strong urge to defecate and can't, insert a glycerin rectal suppository or a gentle fleets enema. Taking senokot daily gives you a stool softener with a gentle stimulant if this is needed. Consult a gastroenterologist if you have further concerns about your bowel movements. ...Read more

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Bowel Movement (Definition)

Expulsion of fecal material, food residue and bactrial residue, ...Read more


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Is it normal to defecate 3 or more times a day?

Is it normal to defecate 3 or more times a day?

"Normal" bowels: When defining "normal" for most things in medicine, consider a bell curve. Regarding stool frequency, "normal" is anywhere from 3 movements a day to once every 3-4 days. The peak of the bell curve (ie. Most common) is the magic 1 movement a day that everyone thinks is "normal." the bristol stool scale can also be used to define "normal" stool texture. Your doctor can help find "your normal." ...Read more

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What should I do to defecate regularly?

What should I do to defecate regularly?

Increase your intake: Of fiber, fruits, veggies and water, add prune juice, take stool softeners and/ or laxatives. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I felt to defecate but a light brown mucoid substance came out. What is causing this?

I felt to defecate but a light brown mucoid substance came out. What is causing this?

See doctor: Light mucoid brown substance during defecation may be sign of getting diarrhea or due to constipation .Watch for your bowel movements and if more brown stuff coming out. ,then see your doctor . ...Read more

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My metabolism is really bad, it can take up to seven days and not defecate what do you recommend I do ?, What is better to eat?

My metabolism is really bad, it can take up to seven days and not defecate what do you recommend I do ?, What is better to eat?

Not metabolism: this is not your metabolism, is what you are putting in your digestive system. drink a lot of water, and juices, and eat more fruits, and vegetables, and fibers, less meat and carbs. exercise and take stool softener if necessary. avoid sodas, and pops, and energy drink. ...Read more

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Whenever i defecate i tend to bleed quite profusedly. Is this something I should be worried about?

Whenever i defecate i tend to bleed quite profusedly. Is this something I should be worried about?

Absolutely: Rectal bleeding can be a first sign of cancer...So it is not to be ignored. You should go and see your doctor and get an examination done. Often the cause is benign such as hemorroids but you would not know it for certain without an examination by your doctor. So do not delay your check up. ...Read more

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It is typical for my son to take 20-40 minutes to defecate daily. Is there something wrong?

It is typical for my son to take 20-40 minutes to defecate daily. Is there something wrong?

No: He likely needs to do more frequent scheduled emptying and a stool wetting agent like MiraLAX to soften the material. Kids that take this long have slow transit stool issues & must work to speed up the transition from intake to output to improve function. ...Read more