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Bowel Movement (Definition)

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


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After a hard digest hard poops & large. Stomach hurts from pushing it out. Anything I should do after? I barely exercise or eat fiber/vitamins

After a hard digest hard poops & large. Stomach hurts from pushing it out. Anything I should do after? I barely exercise or eat fiber/vitamins

Do that - and more..: Exercising regularly, eating a diet high in vegetables and fruits, along with adequate hydration with water, can go a long way to improving regulation and consistency of bowel movements. However, if this is a chronic problem, please see your doctor for a complete evaluation and recommendations. Also get clearance from doctor before starting an exercise regimen. Hope this helps. Best! ...Read more

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Rectal pain when pooping. Occasional bleeding w/ hard stool. High fiber diet. Certain points of pain. Feel like I always have to go. Problem for 2week?

Rectal pain when pooping. Occasional bleeding w/ hard stool. High fiber diet. Certain points of pain. Feel like I always have to go. Problem for 2week?

Constipation: You have to be seen by a gastroenterologist to get a full evaluation as to why you have constipation. That evaluation will include blood testing and likely a rectal examination. ...Read more

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Been constipated 2 days and my stool is hard to see when I go kind of blurry my diet is bad do I need more water and fiber?

Been constipated 2 days and my stool is hard to see when I go kind of blurry my diet is bad do I need more water and fiber?

Yes!: The two easiest components of correcting constipation are drinking plenty of water and getting plenty of fiber. Keeping active also helps. Everything else is drug therapy! ...Read more

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Now matter how much water and fiber I take, I'm always dehydrated, causing my stool to be hard and dark. Solutions?

Now matter how much water and fiber I take, I'm always dehydrated, causing my stool to be hard and dark. Solutions?

See your doctor: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Daughter is 18 months she been having a hard. Time passing stool it always hard she ripes all the time she has fiber lots of water prunes no luck?

Daughter is 18 months she been having a hard. Time passing stool it always hard she ripes all the time she has fiber lots of water prunes no luck?

Constipation: Cut down on the milk and milk products and the juices, especially the apple juice which is constipating. If those measures don't work try using Maralax to soften up the stool ...Read more

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I have chronic dry, hard stool and go 4-6d/wk that started 6 mo ago. Fiber&fluid only s/w help. How often is this the only sign of colorectal cancer?

I have chronic dry, hard stool and go 4-6d/wk that started 6 mo ago. Fiber&fluid only s/w help. How often is this the only sign of colorectal cancer?

Very rarely. The: Whole point of most cancers, & many other diseases (such as arterial disease which has begun in ~50% of population by later childhood & most heart attacks/strokes being asymptomatic), is that there Are No Symptoms, the whole point of focusing on other signs & indicators such as colonoscopies for colon cancer, BEFORE symptomatic. Study: http://goo. Gl/foDTU0. ...Read more

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I'm being treated for internal hemorrhoids but still have hard stools. I've been taking fiber and stool softener, what else can I try?

I'm being treated for internal hemorrhoids but still have hard stools. I've been taking fiber and stool softener, what else can I try?

Mural ax: I'm a huge fan of miralax, (polyethylene glycol) it's safe, cheap and very effective. Try adding a cap (17g) of this dissolved in water or juice daily, you can increase or decrease the amount to achieve stools that are the consistency of (I know it sounds gross) soft-serve ice cream ...Read more

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Low fiber diet and hard stool, *mild* stinging after passing a stool, &stress&anxiety do all those things sound like they could cause a hemorrhoid?

Yes. See your doctor: Your doctor will give you medication to clean out your intestine. Then you'll take a bulk laxative for at least 6 months to have peanut-butter consistency stools at least every other day. Sit on the toilet nightly for 15 minutes, 15 minutes after dinner. Chronic constipation causes anal fissures, hemorrhoids & stretches the walls of the colon, causing diverticulosis & diverticulitis later. ...Read more

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Pain &bright blood w hard BMs. Since colace (docusate sodium) & fiber, seem WAY better, still little bump left side of anus. Is this fissure? No HPV- scared anal cancer

Pain &bright blood w hard BMs. Since colace (docusate sodium) & fiber, seem WAY better, still little bump left side of anus. Is this fissure? No HPV- scared anal cancer

Sounds like: You have hemorrhoids causing your lower GI bleeding and the lump may represent a clotted hemorrhoid.

You need to consult with a General Surgeon!


Ask your PCP (Primary Care Provider) for a referral
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Hard stool w/ bit of red despite fiber fluid++. Could be the antidepressant, but worried colon cancer from lots of processed meats & junk. No fam hx.

Hard stool w/ bit of red despite fiber fluid++. Could be the antidepressant, but worried colon cancer from lots of processed meats & junk. No fam hx.

Stool softener: If fiber and water and have not helped, try taking a stool softener. It is unlikely that you have cancer, given the lack of family history and your age. When you turn 50, get a screening colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Had banding and laser for internal hemorrhoids but been having difficulty healing cause of hard stools. I take fiber and stool softener twice a day, could the stool softener make it worse?

Had banding and laser for internal hemorrhoids but been having difficulty healing cause of hard stools. I take fiber and stool softener twice a day, could the stool softener make it worse?

Soft stools: Fiber provides bulk to the stools but doesn't soften them much. Stool softener a like Colace have a mild effect. You should be taking stone fruits and their juices, consider PEG 3350 once or twice daily, milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) once or twice daily. Your doctor can help provide guidance. ...Read more

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I no I don't drink at lot of water my stool is very hard and I strain a lot. Went to doctor jan said need fiber. Insert my hand and I felt something hard like a bump. Can it be my feces that hard help.

I no I don't drink at lot of water my stool is very hard and I strain a lot. Went to doctor jan said need fiber. Insert my hand and I felt something hard like a bump. Can it be my feces that hard help.

Yes: Increase your water and fluids like tea/hot coffee. Then add fruits and vegetables to your diet. Increase these until you achieve a daily bowel movement without pain. Consult your doctor if it is with blood or requires straining that makes you faint headed. ...Read more

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Urge to have bowel movements but when I go I can't or only manage to get a few hard pebbles. Increased fiber, water, exercise, stool Softener. IBS?

Urge to have bowel movements but when I go I can't or only manage to get a few hard pebbles. Increased fiber, water, exercise, stool Softener. IBS?

Not necessarily: One with constipation needs to be sure there is no other disease causing it. If constipation is just due to slow movement of the food and poop through the gut, then the things to try are vegetables, water, prune juice, prunes, fiber+water, Miralax, (polyethylene glycol) senokot or other senna, milk of magnesia, other laxatives... A doctor can evaluate and prescribe medication like Linzess, if laxatives aren't working. ...Read more

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My 89 yr dad has been having small and hard bowel movements. He's tried fiber and stool softeners. His pcp wants him to have a colonoscopy. Advice?

My 89 yr dad has been having small and hard bowel movements. He's tried fiber and stool softeners. His pcp wants him to have a colonoscopy. Advice?

Finger rectal: Exaam & check first. Wrong to do a endoscopic exams but the prep may be tough on an 89-year-old a simple ct scan may be sufficient. ...Read more

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