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Is it normal to have to push really hard to have a bowel movement?

Is it normal to have to push really hard to have a bowel movement?

No: Having to push really hard suggests constipation. This can be addressed with diet, hydration, and sometimes medications. You need to have your pcp check this out so they can assist with the best/safest treatment plan. ...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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What does it mean to have a redundant colon? And can that make it harder to have a bowel movement? Or more easily constipated

What does it mean to have a redundant colon? And can that make it harder to have a bowel movement? Or more easily constipated

Longer, more turns: A "redundant colon" means the dr found it to be longer than usual with more twists and turns. Typically we think that the redundancy is because of problems with constipation rather than the cause of constipation. You should be on a high fiber diet with MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) or similar agent to keep the stools soft and moving through your colon easily. ...Read more

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Can pushing too hard when having a bowel movement damage the nerves in the anal sphincter?

Can pushing too hard when having a bowel movement damage the nerves in the anal sphincter?

Bowel movement: Pushing too hard indicates that you may be constipated. The hard stool could be irritating the nerves of your anal sphincter ...Read more

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My son is having a hard time having a bowel movement and sometimes doesn't go to the bathroom for 6 days. He has horrific hemorrhoids...Any suggestions?

My son is having a hard time having a bowel movement and sometimes doesn't go to the bathroom for 6 days. He has horrific hemorrhoids...Any suggestions?

Assess his diet: The first thing I would do is look into his diet. Is he getting enough fiber, fruit and vegetable matter? Is he consuming to much of the types of food that are constipating; white bread, rice and so forth. Additionally is he drinking enough water? Only after a serious look into diet would I move to medicines. ...Read more

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Hard to have a bowel movement severe abdominal pain burning in chest stomach and backlosing weight what could this be?

Hard to have a bowel movement severe abdominal pain burning in chest stomach and backlosing weight what could this be?

Need to see MD: Difficulty having a bm could be anything from constipation to cancer. The associated symptoms of pain and weight loss shouldn't be taken lightly. I suggest you have a colonoscopy asap. Burning in the chest also warrants a complete work up including endoscopy and cardiac stress test. ...Read more

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My 13 month old has hard balls when having a bowel movement. What can I give to help?

My 13 month old has hard balls when having a bowel movement. What can I give to help?

Constipation: With constipated kids, I always recommend starting with increasing the fiber in their diet (bran cereal, oatmeal, etc) and daily prune juice. Other juices, such as apple juice, can help too. ...Read more

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When I eat, its hard for me to have a bowel movement until the next morning. What should I do?

It's normal: It's normal to have bowel movement once per day in the morning. If it's hard for you to do that, eating more fruits and vegetables, consume more fibers and most importantly, drink lots of water will help. There are also over the counter laxatives our stool softeners that you can take to help. Good luck. ...Read more

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Everytime I have normal vaginal sex the next day it seems harder for me to have a bowel movement. Is that normal?

Everytime I have normal vaginal sex the next day it seems harder for me to have a bowel movement. Is that normal?

Constipation: It's not a common complaint.
If vaginal intercourse is painful, you could have endometriosis. I'd recommend reporting this to your OB/GYN physician to see if she/he can find a cause. ...Read more

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Why Every time I have vaginal sex the next day it's hard for me to have a bowel movement, also my bladder hurts a bit. I've take std test & all neg.

Why Every time I have vaginal sex the next day it's hard for me to have a bowel movement, also my bladder hurts a bit. I've take std test & all neg.

Space Invader: When you have a object (penis or vibrator) travel in "inner space" (the vagina), there is a great deal of "galaxy sharing" The urinary bladder is just above the vagina and the rectum just below the same. As a result, vigorous vaginal intercourse can temporarily "hold up" those bodily functions. Make sure both the bladder and rectum are empty before enjoying the next "space flight". ...Read more

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I am having a difficult time starting urine flow and keeping it going. I have to bear down hard like I'm having a bowel movement and hold it to keep urine flow going. What can cause this???

I am having a difficult time starting urine flow and keeping it going. I have to bear down hard like I'm having a bowel movement and hold it to keep urine flow going. What can cause this???

See a urologist: Difficulty voiding in a women is usually due to one of several causes: UNDER ACTIVE BLADDER (due to aging, diabetes or neurologic disorders);BLADDER OUTLET OBSTRUCTION (due to pelvic prolapse, fibroids, urethral strictures or diverticula);FUNCTIONAL OBSTRUCTION due to several causes. **You need to see a Urologist for proper evaluation and diagnosis. ...Read more

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My bowel movement is slow. Stool are not very hard. I have always feeling of incomplete bowel movement. Also prostate burning after bowel movement.

My bowel movement is slow. Stool are not very hard. I have always feeling of incomplete bowel movement. Also prostate burning after bowel movement.

Here are some...: With all what you have gone through as reported in your profile, what you experienced may be what you are going to have and live since you already have received the most common and effective treatment. Constantly feeling something inside rectum may be related with inflammatory change of prostate. Empirically, it's worthwhile to try 500 mg Ceftriaxone + 1 gm azithromycin and see. ...Read more

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My toddler has fever 100.5 and hard stomach, didn't have bowel movement for 6 days. I have a cold, too, so it could be a cold he got from me.

My toddler has fever 100.5 and hard stomach, didn't have bowel movement for 6 days. I have a cold, too, so it could be a cold he got from me.

Fever: You have 2 seperate entities here. The low grade fever can be something picked up from you or something else. The constipation has nothing to do with the fever and would explain the hard stomach. Not sure how old the child is to explain what can be done for the constipation. ...Read more

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Hi I have a bowel movement about 3-4 times a day. It is hard and brown. Is 3-4 times a day too much? Is that normal?

Hi I have a bowel movement about 3-4 times a day. It is hard and brown. Is 3-4 times a day too much? Is that normal?

Hard poop = abnormal: Each person with constipation needs to be sure there is no other disease causing it. If constipation is just due to slow movement of the food and poop through the gut, then the things to try are vegetables, water, prune juice, prunes, fiber+water, miralax, (polyethylene glycol) senokot or other senna, milk of magnesia, other laxatives... A doctor can evaluate and prescribe helpful meds too. Exercise also helps. ...Read more

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What causes heated sensation going through your intestines when you have a bowel movement. And why does it make it hard to breath.

Inflamed?: A hot sensation is the guts usually means inflammation but the cause is another matter. I have however not heard people described an inflamed gut this way. If this is a prolonged problem, consult a GI doctor to find out what kind of inflammation you are having. As for the breathing issue, some inflammatory bowel diseases are linked to lung disease as well. ...Read more

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I sat down to have a bowel movement, but it seems to be stuck. I don't want to push too hard. I've been here for awhile and my legs are getting numb.

There are stool soft: There are stool softeners you can take so that it's easier to have a bowel movement. The numbness in the legs is because of the position on the toilet seat and the fact you're been there for a while. It is not anything dangerous. ...Read more

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I feel really sick AFTER I have a bowel movement -- I get really shaky, nauseous, sweaty, chills, and start having a hard time hearing.?

I feel really sick AFTER I have a bowel movement -- I get really shaky, nauseous, sweaty, chills, and start having a hard time hearing.?

Blood pressure low: If this only happened once, don't worry about it too much. If it happens every time, it sounds like your vagus nerve is overactive and it is causing all of these things. Make sure that you don't get constipated and have to strain to get it out or have a lot of pain. If it keeps happening, you need to see a clinic and particularly to get your blood pressure checked. And always get UP SLOWLY. ...Read more

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I just had a laparoscopy done yesterday and They removed patches of endometriosis. It's hard to pee and I cannot have a bowel movement.

I just had a laparoscopy done yesterday and They removed patches of endometriosis. It's hard to pee and I cannot have a bowel movement.

Depends: If you are able to eat and no belly pain, then this could be due to the effects of medication that was given to you during surgical procedure, but if you can't pee at all or started having vomiting, then you need to contact your doctor ASAP or go to the ED. ...Read more

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Light tan stool, extremely painful when I have a bowel movement. Mucky- hard to clean off the toilet. Terrible gas all the time. What could it be?

Light tan stool, extremely painful when I have a bowel movement. Mucky- hard to clean off the toilet. Terrible gas all the time. What could it be?

Eat fruit: You need to have more fibers in your diet you need to stay hydrated by drinking juices and a lot of water soda, caffeine, pop, beer are not fluid you need to eat more fruits and exercise to keep your bowel more regular and easy to manage good luck ...Read more

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I have what I believe is known as hematochezia I was recently taking hCG drops for weight loss but as of dec 9 2012 I stoppd for maintenance phase and my stools hardened and became harder to pass and when I do have a bowel movement there is dark red blood

I have what I believe is known as hematochezia I was recently taking hCG drops for weight loss but as of dec 9 2012 I stoppd for maintenance phase and my stools hardened and became harder to pass and when I do have a bowel movement there is dark red blood

It happens: First off the drops are worthless and do not work. You need to have the diet administered by a qualified physician, injectable hcg, and strict 500 calorie diet. When on the proper diet it is typical to have a bm every 3-4 days, you must drink plenty of water. When you do the wrong diet and take bogus drops you will get constipation which will irritate rectum/anus and cause blood in stools. ...Read more

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I didn't have my morning bowel movement & last night I had one that was like pebbles but not hard. Are these changes normal? I'm going through anxiety

I didn't have my morning bowel movement & last night I had one that was like pebbles but not hard. Are these changes normal? I'm going through anxiety

Brain, gut connected: You have nerves that connect your brain w/ your gut. Under chronic stress, you can have delayed gastric emptying & increased activity of the colon which may explain why you have small BMs. External or internal stressors which can lead to anxiety can also cause inflammation of the gut. ...Read more

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My son us bleeding from his rectum when he has a bowel movement. His bowels are kinda hard n big could it be causing that?? He said he wasn't hurt.

My son us bleeding from his rectum when he has a bowel movement. His bowels are kinda hard n big could it be causing that?? He said he wasn't hurt.

Yes: Kids with hard or bulky stools or some that push out too fast will cause a crack in the outlet. This deposits bright red blood on the outside of the BM. It tends to recur as long as the stool is hard/bulky. Going more often, or using a stool softener like miralax can help over time. I've never seen a kid with a hemorrhoid. ...Read more

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Why does a large hard bowel movement cause bleeding?

Why does a large hard bowel movement cause bleeding?

Hemorrhoid/fissure: As the stool passes through the rectum and the anus, it can irritate internal hemorrhoids if they are present, or create a 'cut' in the lining of the anus, called a fissure. Both can bleed, and be precipitated by passage of a large hard stool. ...Read more

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Can pushing hard during a bowel movement mak IUD come out?

Can pushing hard during a bowel movement mak IUD come out?

Sometimes but...: Straining at stool on occasion may promote colonic emptying, but you do so at a cost--increased risk of hemorrhoids, anal fissures, & even passing out. The better question is, "why am I having a hard time feeling empty." work-up depends on your age, sex, medical problems, current drugs, level of activity, hydration. Rule out blockage, rectal dysfunction, inflammation, non-gi problems. Don't push! ...Read more

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What would cause my 5 year old to have a very gritty, hard to clean bowel movement?

What would cause my 5 year old to have a very gritty, hard to clean bowel movement?

Not to worry.: If this is just something that happens from time to time, it's likely related to something he/she is eating. Berries are very good at making poops gritty and sandy and difficult to clean. Poops come in all shapes and sizes and textures and as long as your little one is growing and feeling well, there is nothing to worry about. ...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