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Doctor insights on: Frequent Bowel Movement And Lupus

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Is it normal to bleed when having a bowel movement? With lupus? Could it be the medicine in taking or hemorroids

Is it normal to bleed when having a bowel movement?  With lupus? Could it be the medicine in taking or hemorroids

No: Blood in the stool is not a normal occurrence but not related to lupus. If it is fresh blood with wiping after a bowel movement, then hemorrhoids can be suspected as the cause. However, if stools are dark and tar colored, then a bleed from "further upstream" in the GI tract is likely. Constipation my also cause some minor bleeding from straining. See doctor to define cause. ...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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Haven't had bowel movement in 3 days, what do I do?

Haven't had  bowel movement in 3 days, what do I do?

Constipation: The population does tend to-be fixated on bowel movements. Up to every three days is considered normal as long as not painful. The differential diagnosis for constipation is extensive including dehydration, inadequate fiber, medications including agents such as codeine. ...Read more

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'i haven''t had a bowel movement 5 days. What do I do?'

'i haven''t had a bowel movement 5 days. What do I do?'

Enemas next: By 5 days, there is a high likelihood of a fecal impact ion. Without trying to loosen that up first, taking anything orally may not work. Try an enema 1st followed by some oral stimulant laxative like senekot or dulcolax. Magnesium citrate as a last resort before seeing your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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Haven't had a bowel movement in over 25 days what's wrong?

Haven't had a bowel movement in over 25 days what's wrong?

Long time: I am surprised you are not complaining of nausea and vomiting. You seem to be experiencing constipation. A bowel obstruction is a less likely expanation as your symptoms would be more urgent. Regardless of the cause, you should absolutely see a doctor about this. If you are not vomiting or in severe pain, your primary care doctor can probably take care of this. ...Read more

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Haven't had bowel movement in about 7 days. What should I do?

Try an enema: By 7 days, there is a lot of stool in the colon. Taking oral laxatives just packs in more stool towards the rectum. You need to break that up with an enema or two. Please go see a doctor for this. ...Read more

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I haven't had a bowel movement in nearly 7 days - what can I do?

I haven't had a bowel movement in nearly 7 days - what can I do?

OTC laxatives: There could be a number of things going and you need to be evaluated by a gastroenterologist. If you have no abdominal pain, fever, bleeding from rectum and symptoms are chronic, you should start with fiber supplement and stool softners along with daily exercise and increase fluid intake. If you have any of the above, seek immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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I haven't a normal bowel movement in a few months. What could be the cause of this?

I haven't a normal bowel movement in a few months. What could be the cause of this?

GI and Diet eval: I recommend you get a thorough evaluation by a GI doctor (r/o ibs = irritable bowel syndrome, gluten intollerance, etc), then consider seeing someone to determine if you are having other food reactions. Be honest about all eating behaviors. ...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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Why can't I have a bowel movement without laxatives?

Why can't I have a bowel movement without laxatives?

Chronic constipation: Is a difficult problem. You can become dependent upon laxatives and this can lead to all sorts of problems. Consult with GI specialist to make sure that there are no mechanical or nerve problems. ...Read more

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I haven't had a bowel movement in about a week. Should i take a laxative?

I haven't had a bowel movement in about a week. Should i take a laxative?

Thats an option.: That is normally ok. Stay well hydrated (at least 8 - 8 oz glasses of water per day). Eat 5 vegetable & 4 fruit servings per day – get that fiber in. Avoid junk carbohydrates. Stay physically active. ...Read more

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I have presure in rectum but can't make a bowel movement what should I do?

I have presure in rectum but can't make a bowel movement what should I do?

Gently: Start slowly. Do not strain to pass a stool. Try a glycerin suppository (over the counter.) try a careful enema, either a single use one, like fleet's, or from an enema bag. Drink plenty of water. If these are not effective or bleeding occurs see a medical practitioner. Avoid extreme anxiety about this matter. This occurs often in constipation and can lead to inappropriately aggressive solutions. ...Read more

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Haven't had a bowel movement in over a week. Took laxatives and nothing. What now?

Haven't had a bowel movement in over a week. Took laxatives and nothing. What now?

See doctor: There is a problem somewhere. You probably have an impaction and the er rather than a doctor's office can probably deal with that. ...Read more

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Haven't had a bowel movement in days, tried laxatives but didn't work. What should I do?

Haven't had a bowel movement in days, tried laxatives but didn't work. What should I do?

Above and below: On the same shelves as the laxatives at the pharmacy are enemas and suppositories. Use the enema to soften up the stool in your rectum and take laxatives to help push from above. Be sure that you are eating plenty of fiber and drinking plenty of water. If this strategy doesn't work, go in to be seen by a physician ...Read more

Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more


Bowel Movement (Definition)

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