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Holding Back A Bowel Movement
I'm having bad pains in back nut it seams that they come and go when I don't pass a bowel movement. What could I do or should do?
Constipated?: Colonics & purges are popular but should be avoided & can not be recommended (see earlier healthtap answers). Use of irritant laxatives are safe for the short-term only. Fiber supplements, stool softeners, & lavage agents like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) are safe. Rx drugs are available based on work-up of your cause of constipation. However, patients define "constipation" differently than doctors--what's your issue? ...Read more
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
Haven't been able to keep anything down. Food or medications either comes right back up or in terrible at bowel movement. What can it be?
Stomach flu: Sounds like stomach flu (vomiting + diarrhea). Trying sips of water instead of drinking much fluids at a time may be helpful. Avoid solids for now. If you medication to help nausea (phenergan), take that. If you have loose frequent stools, over-the-counter rehydration solution is the way to go. ...Read more
Maybe constipated?: Are you constipated? A medical definition is bowel infrequency (less than one bowel movement every 3-4 days). What's "normal" for you? The fact your symptoms abate after decompressing your gut by defecating suggesting a colonic source of distress. Examination is in order certainly for your reassurance & accuracy of diagnosis. ...Read more
My back started to hurt almost a week ago and today I realized that I am having more bowel movement. Should I be worried?
No bowel movement for four days and lower back is extremely painful. Isthis something to worry about?
Yes and no: Yes if this is not normal for you but not going to the bathroom for 4 days constitute constipation so just is not but if this happens intermittently then you have to because all the way from irritable bowel syndrome to other mechannical , finctional etc so you decide yoursel the good thing is you are young so thats in your favour but dont ignore and see a physician. ...Read more
Pains in back at various sites at various times of the day. Bowel movement seems to relieve pain. Bowel movement brown but with tiny black specks?
?diverticulitis: Diverticulitis commonly causes left lower abdominal pain, sometimes exacerbated/relieved by a bowel movement. Inflammatory colitises can cause symptoms. Constipation. You should see a doctor if it has lasted longer than a few days or if it is severe and limiting your daily activities.. There are other causes as well and you may require a ct scan or colonoscopy to help sort them out. ...Read more
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