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Bowel Movement (Definition)

Expulsion of fecal material, food residue and bactrial residue, ...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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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 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?

Fiber, stool softners: He should see a doctor if has not, to make sure there are no problems. Once this is done then to help with bm :1)exercise2)plenty of water3)fiber-30 grams daily with diet and supplements4)stool softeners-2 at bedtime5)occasional laxative 2x per month. For the hemorrhoids: warm baths (sizt) 4x daily and after bm, otc hemorriodal creams or suppositories. I find changing your diet can solve this most. ...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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My son is 7 always had a hard time with a bowel movement. Have tried mirilax and metamucil. But his stool is very large. He has normal movement daily?

My son is 7 always had a hard time with a bowel movement. Have tried mirilax and metamucil. But his stool is very large. He has normal movement daily?

Chronic constipation: Large-caliber stools mean that your son's colon has enlarged from long-standing constipation & that referral to a pediatric gastroenterologist is warranted. A " clean-out" has to be done before MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) will work. After it's done, he'll need treatment for at least 6 mos. To reduce the risks of medical & behavioral complications of chronic constipation. See his pediatrician first. ...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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Why does my upper left side hurt after bowel movements, gas smells horrible, tired all the time. 1 bowel movement per wk not hard or hard to pass?

Why does my upper left side hurt after bowel movements, gas smells horrible, tired all the time. 1 bowel movement per wk not hard or hard to pass?

See doctor: I see that you are having multiple health issues. In general, if you have had a sudden change in bowel habits or pain lasting for more than 1-2 weeks, it is a good idea to get the bowel checked out preferably by a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to strain on the toilet from a bowel movement?? I'm only 20 but I strain pretty hard every time I try to poop

Is it dangerous to strain on the toilet from a bowel movement?? I'm only 20 but I strain pretty hard every time I try to poop

Straining: Indicates constipation and is not good for you. Drink80-100 oz of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid per day, 20 oz more for every 30 minutes of exercise. ...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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Abdominal pain chest pain that comes and goes and having a hard time passing a bowel movement also on my period. Gi suspects adhesions?

Pains: I would like to recommend you to try Miralax (polyethylene glycol) for a week, if you don't feel good then follow up with your primary care. If you have had adhesion, it will cause intestinal obstruction and you will have nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain causing acute abdomen. ...Read more

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Can straining for a bowel movement worsen a shortened cervix? Am 30 wks with 2.5 cm cervix and chronic constipation with hard stools & strain at times

Can straining for a bowel movement worsen a shortened cervix? Am 30 wks with 2.5 cm cervix and chronic constipation with hard stools & strain at times

Strain: Usually don't recommend straining because can lead to hemorrhoids etc. With a shortened cervix the worry is about preterm labor so straining should be avoided as much as possible. Consider MIRALAX (polyethylene glycol) 2 scoops a day to help improve your constipation and avoid straining. ...Read more

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21yr old male, could this be colon cancer? Blood on stool, Rectal bleeding (bright red/darker at times,) painful bowel movement, big & hard stool, etc.

21yr old male, could this be colon cancer? Blood on stool, Rectal bleeding (bright red/darker at times,) painful bowel movement, big & hard stool, etc.

Chronic constipation: Chronic constipation can lead to hemorroidal bleeding and fecal impaction Once the stool is hard and large, medications are generally not effective initially. Treatment consists of preventing constipation through diet, bowel retraining and stool softeners. To get things moving at the beginning of treatment, Fleets enema may be necessary. Without a strong family history, cancer would be uncommon. ...Read more

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I take dump/stool 3 times nowadays. What's the problem?

I take dump/stool 3 times nowadays. What's the problem?

May be normal: Your dumping 3 times daily may be normal. Normal stool frequency is anywhere from 4 times per day to once every 4 days. As long as you don't have discomfort or suffer from constipation or diarrhea, 3 stools per day may be due in part to what you're eating. If you are having to strain, or you have urgency, you should see your doctor. ...Read more