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Hi I have acid reflux, gastritis, strawlike hair which is thinning, acne, missed period, dry skin, irregular bowel movements. What could this be?

Hi I have acid reflux, gastritis, strawlike hair which is thinning, acne, missed period, dry skin, irregular bowel movements. What could this be?

Go see ur family doc: While we usually try to narrow things down to one diagnosis to explain all symptoms, you might have two or more going on, which is why it's important to tell your family doc what's going on & get complete evaluation. Your acid reflux & gastritis are variations on a theme. However, strawlike thinning hair, missed period, dry skin & irregular bowel mvmts might be thyroid disease eg hypothyroidism. ...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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Does gastritis strongly affect bowel movements?

Does gastritis strongly affect bowel movements?

Gastritis and bowels: Yes! gastritis or any stomach irritation can cause diarrhea gas and bloating. Treatment of the gastritis can improve these conditions. ...Read more

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I got diagnosed with gastritis last week and the past few days my bowel movements have been orange. What could cause this?

I got diagnosed with gastritis last week and the past few days my bowel movements have been orange. What could cause this?

Diet: Orange color in the stool is almost always related to something in the diet, or a medication that was ingested. If your stools turn red or black, see your doctor immediately ...Read more

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3 bowel movements this am? 1 normal color and shape. 2nd softer and lighter brown and 3rd a lot of small pieces? Inconsistent lately- diet? Gastritis?

3 bowel movements this am? 1 normal color and shape. 2nd softer and lighter brown and 3rd a lot of small pieces? Inconsistent lately- diet? Gastritis?

Probably normal: It seems it is related to what you ate and there is nothing abnormal.
As long as there are no loose stools, no fever, no abdominal pain, no nausea;vomiting you do not have to worry and these three stools are nothing to be concerned about.
But if it persists or you get other symptoms than consult your doctor. ...Read more

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I haven't had a bowel movement in 2 days after going to the ER and being diagnosed with "gastritis"? What could this mean? Can this be fatal?

I haven't had a bowel movement in 2 days after going to the ER and being diagnosed with "gastritis"? What could this mean? Can this be fatal?

Depends: Gastritis or inflammation of stomach can be painful and may make eating food not pleasant or result in liquid diet. If amount eaten in last few days reduced so would bowel movements. Food is the stimulation for bowel movements. ...Read more

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I've been having gas about everyday off and on could it be gastritis I have normal bowel movements about twice a day I have been under stress lately

I've been having gas about everyday off and on could it be gastritis I have normal bowel movements about twice a day I have been under stress lately

Upper or lower: Are you referring to upper gas (belching) or lower gas (passing flatus)? Gastritis is an inflammation of the stomach lining and its main symptom is discomfort in the upper midabdomen which may be relieved by food or antacids. There may also be belching and associated tenderness in the area. This is treated with bland diet;mylanta (which relieves acidity and upper abdominal gaseous distress)or prilose. ...Read more

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Just diagnosed with acute gastritis and ulcerative colitis. When will I have a bowel movement?

Often: Actually patients with ulcerative colitis who have an acute flare up may have bloody diarrhea. I would seek treatment from a gastroenterologist or colorectal surgeon. ...Read more

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Hi I have acid reflux, gastritis, strawlike hair which is thinning, acne, missed period, dry skin, irregular bowel movements. What could this be?

Go see ur family doc: While we usually try to narrow things down to one diagnosis to explain all symptoms, you might have two or more going on, which is why it's important to tell your family doc what's going on & get complete evaluation. Your acid reflux & gastritis are variations on a theme. However, strawlike thinning hair, missed period, dry skin & irregular bowel mvmts might be thyroid disease eg hypothyroidism. ...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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Do I really need to have bowel movements everyday beacause I don't is that bad?

Do I really need to have bowel movements everyday beacause I don't is that bad?

Not necessarily: It depends on what is normal for you. Normal patterns can be from 3 bowel movements daily to 1 every 3 days or so. If it changes for you, and makes you uncomfortable, it may be a problem, however. Getting lots of fiber and fluids helps keep things regular. ...Read more

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In the evening I have the urge to have a bowel movement but I don't have to go. Why is that?

In the evening I have the urge to have a bowel movement but I don't have to go. Why is that?

? examination: You should get an examination of your lower intestinal tract if you haven't. The sensation of having to go without having a bowel movement might mean that there is a polyp or other colon lesion and over the age of fifty it's a good idea to get a colon exam even without symptoms for general screening. ...Read more

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Whenever I have a bowel movement I feel like I haven t completely emptied my bowels, and continually feel like I need to go?

Whenever I have a bowel movement I feel like I haven t completely emptied my bowels, and continually feel like I need to go?

Need some tests: 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. Testing will define if your incomplete emptying is due to inflammation, rectal/anal dysfunction, partial obstruction due to mass, stenosis, obstipation, extrinsic, or is a functional issue. ...Read more

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Can you have a headache if you haven't had a bowel movement?

Can you have a headache if you haven't had a bowel movement?

Headache: Yes reasons for not having a bowel movement include not eating which can cause a headache, constipation due to not having enough hydration which can cause headache. Regardless you should be regularly going to the bathroom. If your system suddenly changes you should be seeing a physician to figure out why it has changed. Bowel movements are needed in order to get rid of toxins and waste from us. ...Read more

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Urge to have a bowel movement but can't and odd feeling around my anus?

Urge to have a bowel movement but can't and odd feeling around my anus?

Laxative: Its OK to take a mild laxative. As far as the odd feeling around the anus it might be hemorrhoids. Best to let you doctor check it out. ...Read more

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After a colonoscopy I can't seem to have a bowel movement. What should I do?

After a colonoscopy I can't seem to have a bowel movement. What should I do?

When was it: Remember that you emptied you entire colon in preparatio for the colonoscopy. You should have a bowel movement 24-48 hours after procedure. Check with the physician who performed the study. ...Read more

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I haven't had a solid bowel movement in almost two months. Should I be concerned?

I haven't had a solid bowel movement in almost two months. Should I be concerned?

Chronic diarrhea: What you are describing sounds like chronic diarrhea. You should see your doc to be evaluated so you can find and treat the cause. Left untreated, this can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances, which can become quite dangerous in some circumstances. Start with your family doc and go from there. ...Read more

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Should I be worried if I don't have a bowel movement for a few days after a colonoscopy?

No: The "transit time" for a normal person's colon (time it takes stool to get from the beginning to the end of the colon) varies from one to several days. Therefore, after you've done a bowel preparation prior to your colonoscopy, and the colon is empty, it may take a few days for stool to make it around to the rectum. ...Read more

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I have not had a bowel movement in over 4 days and can't pass urine well. What should I do?

Go see a doctor: You need to find the cause. This will require a visit to a doctor to check you and find out who you have not had a bm and what reason for your urine problem. If you are eating well then there is no reason to have constipation n of this degree. A visit to the ere may be necessary unless you can see a doctor in 24-48 hours. ...Read more

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Why do I have to have a bowel movement when I get nervous or when I can't get to a bathroom?

Why do I have to have a bowel movement when I get nervous or when I can't get to a bathroom?

Mammal stress call: Many species "relieve" themselves as an initial stress reaction. It makes it easier to flee or to fight without the burden of a full intestine. Psychotherapy may help you learn how to avoid some stress and how to be prepared for it when it has to be dealt with. Your pcp may also have suggestions for diet and medication options. Best. ...Read more

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My daughter haveing bowel movement can't go I need to know what to do cause it hurt her alot.

Constipation: It sounds like your daughter is suffering from constipation. This can be very discomforting. You should encourage your daughter to start drinking more fluids. Water is good. Have her avoid sodas, juices (those are high in sugar contents). Veggies are great. Fruit, too. I would have her retrain her bowels with miralax (polyethylene glycol). Try before bedtime, 1/2 measuring cup at first. ...Read more

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My formula-fed, one month old hasn't had a bowel movement in two days. Should I be concerned?

My formula-fed, one month old hasn't had a bowel movement in two days. Should I be concerned?

Not usually: This can be very normal as long as there is no symptoms of vomitting in excess, very bloated belly and loss of appetite. Yellow to green vomitting needs evaluation immediately. Otherwise on can keep an eye on this. Use of a q tip or glass thermometer with vaseline can help in rectal stimulation. ...Read more

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My daughter hasn't had a bowel movement in 9 days and they have given her everything and today go lightly she is 4?

My daughter hasn't had a bowel movement in 9 days and they have given her everything and today go lightly she is 4?

Follow Dr's program: A pediatrician can write out a program for using various laxatives and the amounts of each, to do a clean-out of the bowels, and then to keep them clear while the bowels "recover" their previous normal behavior. The doctor can examine the child to see what might be the cause of the constipation. Many times, there is no obvious cause, but sometimes there is (such as not-pooping due to anus pain). ...Read more

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Gastritis (Definition)

Inflammation associated with mucosal injury in the stomach. Gastritis is commonly a result of infectious or autoimmune diseases, although it can also result from drugs, extreme stress ...Read more


Defecation (Definition)

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