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When is the first bowel movement after colonoscopy?

When is the first bowel movement after colonoscopy?

By now it should be: Let nature take its own time which is anytime about 3 to 5 days. By now it must be all fine. ...Read more

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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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Is it normal to have white in first bowel movement after a colonoscopy?

Is it normal to have white in first bowel movement after a colonoscopy?

Yes: Often after the colonoscopy, there is a little bit of mucous. As long as you are not having pain, it should resolve. ...Read more

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4 day days, no bowel movement after colonoscopy, should I be concerned?

4 day days, no bowel movement after colonoscopy, should I be concerned?

No not at all: No you don't have to be concerned as long as you are eating regular diet and otherwise feel ok without any other symptoms, it will happen soon.Have patience. ...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?

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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How many days after colonoscopy should I have bowel movement?

How many days after colonoscopy should I have bowel movement?

1-2 days: If you go home and start eating afterward, then you should start having some stool within a day or two. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a bowel movement 12 hrs after having an upper endoscopy and colonoscopy?

Is it normal to have a bowel movement 12 hrs after having an upper endoscopy and colonoscopy?

Do not be concerned: depending on when you eat after the procedure and how well your prep was performed, it is not abnormal to have a bowel movement within 12 hours of the procedure. ...Read more

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I sometimes have rectal pains after a bowel movement ; maybe spasms? Is this normal? Had normal colonoscopy 7 yrs ago. No family history of cancer.

I sometimes have rectal pains after a bowel movement ; maybe spasms? Is this normal? Had normal colonoscopy 7  yrs ago. No family history of cancer.

?FISSURE: It's hard to confirm in this forum, but anal spasm can be a sign of anal fissure, a recurring tear in the mucosa of the anal sphincter. It's usually painful, and can be associated with bleeding. I suggest you speak with your doctor, who may refer you to a general or colorectal surgeon for an exam. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm 57 and i had a colonoscopy at age 50 and it was normal. I also was told by doctors that I have internal hemroids. For about a week now i've notice once in a while bright red blood on tolit paper and in the tolit after bowel movement. I've been under

I'm 57 and i had a colonoscopy at age 50 and it was normal. I also was told by doctors that I have internal hemroids.  For about a week now i've notice once in a while bright red blood on tolit paper and in the tolit after bowel movement. I've been under

Unless you had: A hemorrhoidectomy, everyone has hemorrhoids..They are normal vascular cushions. Only when they are abused from diarrhea or constipation or some other trauma can they cause problems. Even with a negative scoping 7 yrs ago, new onset bleeding needs evaluation and probably a repeat colonoscopy. Don't ignore this. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more


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