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Doctor insights on: Diverticulitis And Bowel Movements

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Would diverticulitis cause pain during bowel movements?

Would diverticulitis cause pain during bowel movements?

It can: It depends on the location of the pain; typical might be left lower abdomen or pelvic, associated with the sigmoid colon inflammation. If you are having fevers or all-over abdominal pain, or signs of infection you should see your doctor; consider taking a daily fiber supplement. ...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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Would diverticulitis cause anal pain during bowel movements?

Would diverticulitis cause anal pain during bowel movements?

Prob not: Probably not. Usually pain with a bowel movement is the result of either an anal fissure or external hemorrhoid. Neither one is dangerous and both are easily treated. Diverticulitis will usually give a patient fever and abdominal pain. The pain is more constant in nature. How long have you had this pain and is there any bleeding associated with the bm? ...Read more

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Can bowel movement cause more pain when you have diverticulitis?

Can bowel movement cause more pain when you have diverticulitis?

Yes,: The straining with having a bowel movement could cause additional abdominal pain during an episode of diverticulitis. This will not however make the diverticulitis worse. Remember that you need to be under the care of a doctor if you have diverticulitis and abdominal pain. ...Read more

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I haven't had a bowel movement in 7 days. 10 years ago I had surgery on my intestines because I suffer from diverticulitis. Could this be related?

I haven't had a bowel movement in 7 days. 10 years ago I had surgery on my intestines because I suffer from diverticulitis. Could this be related?

Could be related.: This could be related. After abdominal surgery, we can develop adhesions (scar tissue within the abdomen) that can ensnare the small intestines and cause obstruction. If you haven’t gone in seven days you should be evaluated, especially if you’re having abdominal pains. ...Read more

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I have diverticulitis and had a flare up on christmas eve. I had a endoscopy over a week ago and now have mucus in bowel movements. Normal?

I have diverticulitis and had a flare up on christmas eve. I had a endoscopy over a week ago and now have mucus in bowel movements. Normal?

Mucous is normal: It is normal to have mucous in your stool. If your colonoscopy was otherwise normal then that is good news. Stay on a bowel regimen, to help you achieve two soft bowel movements daily. Good luck. ...Read more

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When I have a bowel movement, their is green and orange grease? Is this something I need to worry about? 58 female had cancer have diverticulitis

See physician: Changes as described often relate to bowel/colon absorption issue. Since you have had history of ca and diverticulitis, these should be immediately evaluated by gastrointestinal specialist. ...Read more

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I've had left abdomen pain, occasional hard bowel movements and microscopic blood in stool. Now notice I have some small areas of black tar stool that I haven't yet told doctor. Her working differencal is IBS with diverticulitis. Is correct w/ tar?

I've had left abdomen pain, occasional hard bowel movements and microscopic blood in stool. Now notice I have some small areas of black tar stool that I haven't yet told doctor. Her working differencal is IBS with diverticulitis. Is correct w/ tar?

Melena: Black tarry stool, otherwise known as melena, can sometimes be due to diverticulitis, but certainly can be a sign of bleeding in the upper digestive tract. You should share this new finding with your doctor and see if it affects her working differential. You may need tests to rule out an upper gastrointestinal source of bleeding. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why di I keep having bowel movements?

Why di I keep having bowel movements?

How long?: Many causes of diarrhea. It could be due to gastroenterintis, inflammatory bowl disease, celiac disease or malabsorption ...Read more

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Should I get bowel movements everyday?

Should I get bowel movements everyday?

NO: There really is not a " normal schedule" for everyone. If you are able to eat without bloating or pain, with good elimination of formed stool - do not become fixated on your bm frequency. ...Read more

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What causes explosive bowel movements?

What causes explosive bowel movements?

Bowel movement: Explosive bowel movements are associated usually with some type of infection. They can be associated with, for example, lasctose intollerance. I would talk to a doctor. ...Read more

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How can I have bowel movement everyday?

How can I have bowel movement everyday?

Eat fiber: African tribes that eat lots of fiber go 3 to 5 times a day. Roughage/fiber includes fruits and vegetables like celery, grapes etc.
These should help you go regularly. ...Read more

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What are causes of black bowel movements?

What are causes of black bowel movements?

GI bleeding: Black stools can be caused by GI bleeding, pepto bismol, (bismuth subsalicylate) iron, kaopectate and licorice. Your doctor should be able to examine you and tell what the cause is. ...Read more

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How often should you have bowel movement?

How often should you have bowel movement?

Varies, once a day: On average, one or two times a day but can vary and depends on the individual's bowel habits, diet etc. Could be 3-4 per day or every 2-3 days. ...Read more

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What causes fishy smelling bowel movements?

Eating fish and: Overeating in general. Foul smelling bowel movements may suggest malabsorption. If you have had unintended weight loss, see your doctor otherwise do not be concerned and try eating less. ...Read more

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What causes fishy smelling bowel movements?

What causes fishy smelling bowel movements?

Could be malabsorpti: The important thing is to assess the duration, could be indigestion, from some meds or supplements or lack of absorption of nutrients, go to your doctor to have it checked. ...Read more

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What to do if I keep having bowel movements?

What to do if I keep having bowel movements?

Isn't that normal?: Please elaborate if you're questioning: 1) stool frequency; 2) stool urgency; 3) fecal incontinence; 4) diarrhea of known or unknown cause; 5) unexplained change in bowel pattern, etc. We're here to help, but need clarification what you're asking. ...Read more

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Marbled bowel movements. What is the problem?

Not Enuf water: You need to drink more water! Eat more fruit and fiber. Try 6-8 glasses of water daily and 5 fruits and vegetables daily. ...Read more

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How often should adults have bowel movements?

1 or 2 per day: Most adults have one bowel movement in 24 hours. However some are habituated to have one bm on every other day or have upto two per day. ...Read more

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Is having a bowel movement everyday a bad thing?

Is having a bowel movement everyday a bad thing?

No: Just the opposite is not good, as long as well formed, no diarrhea or blood. ...Read more

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What could happen if we never had a bowel movement?

What could happen if we never had a bowel movement?

No BM's ever: It would become toxic and the colon could balloon out and eventually rupture. It is an essential function. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned having bloody bowel movements?

Yes & No: You are still young to have serious intestinal problem like cancer.
Most rectal bleeding for young people is from hemorrhoids.
If you are constipated, take some laxatives or stool softeners.
But you should still see your dr and be referred to a gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy to be checked for the above.
Have a blood count too to check for anemia.
Best wishes! ...Read more

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What kinds of foods inhibit healthy bowel movements?

Natural plugs: There are some foods that are a bit constipating to many people. Bananas & apples (or applesauce)are the main fruits & I've seen consumption of more than 1/day do it. White breads, pasta (spaghetti or macaroni), cheese & chips are also common offenders. Each person may have their own contributor.
A healthy intake of fluids will often override several of these & some foods naturally lossen stools. ...Read more

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I have black specks in bowel movement. What could that be??

Would check GI Dr: I would get checked by a GI doctor. Black stools can be indicative of bleeding within your GI tract. Specs are an atypical way to describe this. ...Read more

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Why would half of your bowel movement be darker than the other?

Why would half of your bowel movement be darker than the other?

Consider this...: Although much of stool is the bacterial flora of your gut, what you eat plays a big role in gut motility, effectiveness of digestion, stool pattern/appearance. Fiber supplements increase bulk & therefore stool volume. Adequate fluids avoid dessicated stool. Stool color is very dependent on ingestants. Also, diet modification, exercise, bleeding changes food transit time & the resulting stool. ...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