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Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
52 years in practice
132M people helped
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I have a bowel movement every day but it's always dry and grainy like sheep stool. I've tried everything: fiber, water, fruits, veggies, nothing work!

Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
52 years in practice
132M people helped
I have a bowel movement every day but it's always dry and grainy like sheep stool. I've tried everything: fiber, water, fruits, veggies, nothing work!

I SEE NO PROBLEM: As long as you are moving your bowels daily and there are no other symptoms and you are not taking any medicine and have no coexisting medical condition.I will not worry about the stools which are grainy and dry You should continue high fiber diet and increased fluids.But if you have any other symptoms than consult your doctor. But at next doctor's visit discuss your concerns as well ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Levy
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32 years in practice
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Dr. Victor Bonuel
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
33 years in practice
35M people helped
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Should i be concerned having bloody bowel movements?

Dr. Victor Bonuel
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
33 years in practice
35M people helped
Should i be concerned having bloody bowel movements?

Yes & No: You are still young to have serious intestinal problem like cancer. Most rectal bleeding for young people is from hemorrhoids. If you are constipated, take some laxatives or stool softeners. But you should still see your dr and be referred to a gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy to be checked for the above. Have a blood count too to check for anemia. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Levy
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32 years in practice
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Dr. Janice Alexander
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
37 years in practice
1M people helped
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Marbled bowel movements. What is the problem?

Dr. Janice Alexander
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
37 years in practice
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Not Enuf water: You need to drink more water! eat more fruit and fiber. Try 6-8 glasses of water daily and 5 fruits and vegetables daily. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
38 years in practice
17M people helped
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I am having very frequent dark sticky bowel movements today. Should I be concerned?

Dr. Arthur Heller
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
38 years in practice
17M people helped
I am having very frequent dark sticky bowel movements today. Should I be concerned?

A change for you?: If it is a change in your usual bowel habit, can not be definitely related to diet change, and especially if associated with other symptoms, e.g. Pain, nausea, lightheadedness, cramps, bleeding, fever, sweats, etc. Definitely call your doc. If stool is black (like tar) or maroon-call doc now, or go to er. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Levy
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Dr. Rama Harouni
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
20 years in practice
21K people helped
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What can help with bowel movements?

Dr. Rama Harouni
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
20 years in practice
21K people helped

High fiber diet: A diet rich in fruits and vegetables along with adequate oral hydration will help with regular bowel movements. You can also use otc fibers to help. Just remember to drink plenty of water. ...Read more

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Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
25 years in practice
19M people helped
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Why di I keep having bowel movements?

Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
25 years in practice
19M people helped
Why di I keep having bowel movements?

How long?: many causes of diarrhea. It could be due to gastroenterintis, inflammatory bowl disease, celiac disease or malabsorption ...Read more

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Dr. Banita Kooner
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
17 years in practice
20K people helped
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Why is it that every month around that time I have severe pains with bowel movements and when I sit down?

Dr. Banita Kooner
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
17 years in practice
20K people helped

Pain bowel movement: The first thing i would ask is "are you female?": women can have ovulation pain or even mild endometrial pain with a bowel movement. If you are male, i would bring it up with your doctor so the can do an appropriate exam or study on you. Either way, if it consistently happens, make sure you don't ignore it, and bring it up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
28 years in practice
13M people helped
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What do normal bowel movements look like?

Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
28 years in practice
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What do normal bowel movements look like?

Soft, loose, yellow: Babies older than a week should have yellowish poops with the thickness of mustard or thick spaghetti sauce. Breastfeeding babies can have even looser poops. Formula-fed babies have firmer poops, but poop that holds shape would be too firm for the first 3-4 months of life. Poop gets darker, with brown/green colors blended in, and also gets firmer, as a baby gets older. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Alves
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
19 years in practice
18M people helped
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Hi! is it normal to have up to 6 bowel movements in a day? Its starting to effect my daily life.

Dr. Donald Alves
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
19 years in practice
18M people helped

Not usually: Sometimes fiber supplement will help control too much as well as too little movement. If that fails after a few days, should see a GI dr for history / exam / testing. Particularly since impacting daily functioning. ...Read more

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Board Certified, Family Medicine
2M people helped
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What are bowel movements?

Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Poop: A bowel movement is when you pass the waste from your intestines. This is what is left over from your food after it is digested, along with some digestive enzymes that usually make it brown. ...Read more

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