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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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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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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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Does more frequent bowel movements mean higher fiber?

Does more frequent bowel movements mean higher fiber?

What is the question: I cannot figure out what you are asking? Does high fiber cause more frequent bowel movements? Often yes, but not in all people. Is the question if I'm having frequent bm's should I eat more fiber? Maybe. The goal for daily fiber is 25 g per day or more. Check your fiber intake (count for a day or two), then increase as needed to get over 25 g per day. Most people in U.S. Are way below that. ...Read more

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My husband has diabetic gut, and he is in deep pain and frequent bowel movements constantly 24/7. I am desperate to find some comfort for?

My husband has diabetic gut, and he is in deep pain and frequent bowel movements constantly 24/7. I am desperate to find some comfort for?

Go to MD: Dm usually causes gastroparesis and slow intestinal movement, not diarrhea unless it is an overflow diarrhea from chronic constipation and malabsorption. It just does not sound right. If he has bee on antibiotics before, worry about superinfection, or even not. It is best to have a proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have frequent bowel movements right after eating, often loose, is this normal?

I have frequent bowel movements right after eating, often loose, is this normal?

No: See your doctor for full history, exam, and possible tests. It may be easily avoidable with simple diet modifications. ...Read more

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Can the use of two enemas have a side effect of frequent bowel movements for a week?

They shouldn't: Two enemas should not have a side effect of frequent bowel movements for a week. It sounds like something else is going on. If you changed your gut flora with the enemas, you might have an overgrowth of unhealthy bacteria which is causing and perpetuating the problem. Consider some probiotics to help the problem. ...Read more

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My son is 3 but for the past 5 months he's been complaining of his stomach hurting he has frequent bowel movements and they're very loose if not runny?

See a pediatrician: This should be looked into carefully. If not an infectious diarrhea (which is always possible) you must exclude inflammatory bowel diseases. Take him to a knowledgeable pediatrician and have him seen soon. Hope this is minor and he will be better quickly. ...Read more

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I am constantly tired and have frequent bowel movements. Yet I am always hungry?

I am constantly tired and have frequent bowel movements. Yet I am always hungry?

See a provider: There are many things that could relate these symptoms. IBS, celiac disease, chron's and many other GI illnesses can cause frequent bowel movements and a resulting vitamin deficiency which can lead to anemia and tiredness. I suggest writing a diary of your bowel movements (how often, consistency- watery/ loose/ normal, other symptoms) and going to see a provider. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can irritable bowel syndrome cause frequent bowel movements? More than 3 a day?

Yes: One of the characteristics of IBS is variability of bowel movements. But without other symptoms, going frequently through the day can be normal ...Read more

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What causes farts that burn and smell and frequent bowel movements? Small amounts of bowel movements each time.

What causes farts that burn and smell and frequent bowel movements? Small amounts of bowel movements each time.

Not Digesting...: 18 y/o Female asks, What causes farts that burn and smell and frequent bowel movements? Small amounts of bowel movement each time. Most likely one is not digesting their foods adequately/ properly. May be Intolerant to some of the gas forming foods (beans, broccoli, cabbage, garlic, onions, ...) they eat w consequential bowel Irritability /Gassiness. See PCP or GI consult for evaluation/management ...Read more

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I often get horrible cramping and frequent bowel movements about an hour or so after I eat. What area is the food located at after this time?

I often get horrible cramping and frequent bowel movements about an hour or so after I eat. What area is the food located at after this time?

Variable: Depending on what you eat, it could be in the stomach pouch (this is what doctors call stomach). The food then goes through the small intestine and on to the large intestine, usually 2-3 days, faster with food intolerance. If you have a food intolerance like a gluten enteropathy, food will move faster through the intestines. If you have a food intolerance, you may develop symptoms you describe. ...Read more

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I've had hemorrhoids for the past 5 days. I've been applying a cream and taking pills. I have frequent bowel movements. Is it bcos of hemorrhoids.??

I've had hemorrhoids for the past 5 days. I've been applying a cream and taking pills. I have frequent bowel movements. Is it bcos of hemorrhoids.??

No but frequent BM's: ...can aggravate the symptoms of hemorrhoids. Frequent BM's and the associated wiping can cause irritation, inflammation and protrusion of the hemorrhoids. Gentle wiping with an alcohol-free baby wipe or "Tucks" pads will help with the irritation. When your diarrhea settles down, the hemorrhoids should also. There are also OTC creams (e.g. Anusol) that may also help with hemorrhoid symptoms. ...Read more

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I'm a 40 y/o f. My rectum feels like it's pulsating bowel movements are painful even loose stools. Idk how to get relief.?

I'm a 40 y/o f. My rectum feels like it's pulsating bowel movements are painful even loose stools. Idk how to get relief.?

Sounds: Like you have an anal fissure and sphincter spasm. I would get in to see your colon and rectal surgery for confirmation and treatment and don't wait til you are disabled or have developed an abscess ...Read more

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Is there a reason why I am experiencing frequent bowel movements and sudden urge to pee?

Sorry you are: Having trouble. There are many reasons you might be struggling with these symptoms. One that is simple to address is too much caffeine. You should consider talking to your primary doctor about it. ...Read more

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Hi, I've been experiencing pain in my abdomen and more frequent bowel movements. My stool is soft (and appears slightly undigested) ideas?

Not clear: We try to make sure there's no inflammation in your bowels with a good history (ie do certain foods or stress provoke your symptoms), testing your stools and if needed an endoscopy. If all is normal, it may be irritable bowel syndrome. See your doc but feel free to consult me if I can be of further help. Hope this helps though! ...Read more

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Pale stool, not every time, frequent bowel movements daily?

Pale stool, not every time, frequent bowel movements daily?

R/O IBS: IBS IS SX OF EXCLUSION. You need a full exam and blood work. Especially screen for H pylori. Also stool screen x 3 for occult blood /parasite/hpylori. You also need a baseline colonoscopy. While you are getting these items checked out you should stick to a gluten free high fiber diet. Ie gutbliss. Com and Wholeapproach. Com. Also 64-80oz water ...Read more

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