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Over the past week I have been having abdominal cramping frequent bowel movements sometimes diarrhea and mucus in stool, even when I wipe thick mucus?

Over the past week I have been having abdominal cramping frequent bowel movements sometimes diarrhea and mucus in stool, even when I wipe thick mucus?

Mucous in stool: When you have diarrhea it is not uncommon to have mucous in the stool. Try some lomotil (diphenoxylat and atropine) over the counter and or some keopectate and your bowels will get better in the future. Good luck and feel better. Read more

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What could cause frequent bowel movements that aren't diarrhea?

What could cause frequent bowel movements that aren't diarrhea?

Irritable bowel: Irritable bowel or colonic motility disorders can increase bowel movement frequency without diarrhea.
Add fiber to your diet help regulate the frequency Read more

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What does it mean when I have immensely frequent bowel movements which either contain watery diarrhea or a clear/white-ish foam-like substance?

What does it mean when I have immensely frequent bowel movements which either contain watery diarrhea or a clear/white-ish foam-like substance?

Infection - colitis.: That sounds like an infection primarily. Could also be an inflammatory condition like Crohn disease or ulcerative colitis, but I'd think of a bacterial infection of the large intestines first. You need some testing right away. Please see a doctor or get to an Emergency Room for an exam, blood and stool testing and CT scan of the abdomen. Read more

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Why do I keep having cramps and painful frequent bowel movements. I don't have diarrhea it's just solid but little amounts Everytime I go poop.

Why do I keep having cramps and painful frequent bowel movements. I don't have diarrhea it's just solid but little amounts Everytime I go poop.

Abd cramping: Could be constipation, are you drinking enough? About 2-3 liters/ day and also having fiber in diet. Try a cup prune juice a day. Could also be irritable bowel, or early inflammatory bowel (usually mucus/ blood) or other bowel disorder with innervation (mega colon), diverticulitis (whichc is rare at a young age). Rarely may be appendiciits if right lower side pain. F/u /w doc today Read more

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I am having extreme sciatic pain along with lower abdominal pain. Frequent bowel movements with little output. Diarrhea/waterlike stool.?

I am having extreme sciatic pain along with lower abdominal pain. Frequent bowel movements with little output. Diarrhea/waterlike stool.?

Pain: It sounds that you are having significant symptoms. I am assuming that your diarrhea is being caused because of your back pain. If that is the case you should be seen urgently. Read more

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What could be causing my frequent bowel movements in a morning and then ending in diarrhoea ie loose watery stools?

What could be causing my frequent bowel movements in a morning and then ending in diarrhoea ie loose watery stools?

Is this new?: Change in bowell habits, with watery stools needs a diagnostic work up.

See your health care provider. Read more

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What could be causing frequent bowel movements?

What could be causing frequent bowel movements?

Need more info.: There are so many possible causes that I can't list them all here; without more information on other symptoms, I can't narrow it down for you. I'd suggest seeing the doctor for diagnosis and any needed treatment. Read more

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Does caffeine cause more frequent bowel movements?

Does caffeine cause more frequent bowel movements?

Yes: Caffeine increases the speed of transit through the bowel. It increases bowel movements. But caffeine alone will not adequately treat constipation. Read more

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Is it normal to have less frequent bowel movements when dieting?

Is it normal to have less frequent bowel movements when dieting?

Dieting and bowel mo: Depends on what kind of diet you are on, like low carb diet like atkins you may be constipated, or scanty bowel movements. Hcg diet causes constipation.Reduce calory diet, liquid diet etc all cause fewer bowel movements or constipation due to less bulk in the diet.
So yes you have fewer bowel movements while dieting. Read more

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I was given two shots of penicillin this morning and now I am haven't very frequent bowel movements. Is this normal?

I was given two shots of penicillin this morning and now I am haven't very frequent bowel movements. Is this normal?

Antibiotics: Although antibiotics can eventually cause diarrhea, they would not have that effect within the same day of receiving them. There must be another cause of your frequent stools. Perhaps it is related to whatever reason you actually received the antibiotics in the first place. If the problem persists, contact your doctor. Good luck. Read more

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Frequent bowel movements more than once per day?

Depends on you: Frequent is more frequent for you. If you always poop 3 times a day then that is normal for you. If you always poop every other day then that is normal for you. If you are a once a day popper most of the time and all of a sudden you start pooping 6 times a day, then that would be "frequent bowel movements" for example. Read more

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What health issues can result from frequent bowel movements?

What health issues can result from frequent bowel movements?

Several things: These symptoms require a thorough evaluation to find out what's going on and what can be done for you. Read more

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I am having very frequent bowel movements. How can I reduce the frequency?

I am having very frequent bowel movements. How can I reduce the frequency?

Add bulk diet: Unless this is chronic problem, you may try by add fiber and roughage to your diet. Increase the amount of raw and green vegetables like salads and try taking fiber like metamucil every day. If not better start by visiting your personal provider. Read more

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Is it true that the body cleanses itself by making frequent bowel movements?

Yes and no: Stool is made of electrolytes, water and millions of colonic bacteria. So having bowel movements does take water and bacteria out of your body so that is a cleanse.
For colonoscopies, we also do bowel cleanses which also reduces the methane concentration in the colon eliminating the possibility of explosion with electrocautery. Read more

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What could be causing me to have frequent bowel movements? Too much roughage?

Too much roughage: Yes if there is more bulk in the diet due to more roughage than you will have bulky and more frequent bowel movements. Read more

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Is there any health benefit in having frequent bowel movements, like twice a day as appose to less frequent, like once every 3 or 4 days? Please explain, thank you very much

Is there any health benefit in having frequent bowel movements, like twice a day as appose to less frequent, like once every 3 or 4 days? Please explain, thank you very much

Bowel pattern varies: Everyone's stool pattern is different. Some people have 1 bowel movement/day and other people may have bowel movements every 3 to 4 days. The frequency of bowel movements depends on how active you are, your diet and how much water and fluids that you drink. Formed and nonpainful bowel movements are the goal. A probiotic may help with bowel movements. Any blood or hard stools is a problem. Read more

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