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Doctor insights on: How Soon After Eating Should You Have A Bowel Movement

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How long does it take to have a bowel movement after eating?

How long does it take to have a bowel movement after eating?

Depends on food: Typically, in a digestive tract that works properly, a bowel movement should occur twice daily. Various foods may affect it. High fiber foods will decrease the transit time, cheese and various other foods may slow it down. Probiotics help to promote gut health to maintain consistency of bm's.

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Why do I have a bowel movement right after eating. Is this normal?

Why do I have a bowel movement right after eating. Is this normal?

A reflex: This is fine as long as it isn't happening with every meal there is something called the gastro-colic reflex. The intestines activity is stimulated by distention and hot drinks sometimes causing bowel movements.

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What could cause the urge to have a bowel movement after eating, also constipated?

What could cause the urge to have a bowel movement after eating, also constipated?

Normal: There is a gastro-colonic reflex which can cause this urge to have BM shortly after eating. Likely normal and good especially if constipated! Try to maintain a balanced diet with plenty of water and fiber.

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What causes cramping & an urgency to have a bowel movement immediately after eating?

What causes cramping & an urgency to have a bowel movement immediately after eating?

Likely functional: Most times these symptoms represent a functional disorder such as ibs. However other etiologies such as ibd, small intestine bacterial overgrowth, bile salt induced diarrhea (to name a few) can result in similar symptoms and in the right scenario should be further evaluated. So see your doctor.

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I have a rash mostly under breasts but growing. Also, after eating most meals I get an almost instant need to have a bowel movement.?

I have a rash mostly under breasts but growing. Also, after eating most meals I get an almost instant need to have a bowel movement.?

Gastro colic reflex: When food normally enters the stomach (gastro) smooth muscle stimulates the colon (colic) to make room for the next items for "food processing" resulting in a urge to have a bowel movement. If the stools are not "loose" or "frequent" as in diarrhea then all is well with the system. The rash cold be a heat rash under the breasts but it wouldn't hurt to have a MD exam the area.

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Frequent bowel movement shortly after eating.

Frequent bowel movement shortly after eating.

Frequent bms: B ms after eating can be related to your nerves like ibs. Or gluten enteropathy. Depends what you are eating. Talk and consult your dr.

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What causes bowel movement right after eating?

Bowel movement after: There is something called a gastrocolic reflex. After eating the colon empties.

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What can be done on having a bowel movement immediately after eating?

What can be done on having a bowel movement immediately after eating?

Normal reaction: It is normal to have an urge to go to the bathroom after a meal. This is called the gastrocolic reflex. There is no need to worry about this and there is nothing to do about it, because it is normal

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What could cause a bowel movement 10-15 minutes after eating non greasy food?

Gastrocolic reflex: Your body is hardwired to increase activity in your bowels when you eat. This is called the Gastrocolic reflex. This reflex is most obvious in babies. When you feed a baby it frequently isn't long before you are changing their diaper. It happens in adults also but its usually less obvious. You can read more about it here: http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/Gastrocolic_reflex Best wishes!

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My husband has a bowel movement less than five minutes after eating and thinks it is ok. I think something may be wrong. Please advise?

My husband has a bowel movement less than five minutes after eating and thinks it is ok. I think something may be wrong. Please advise?

Post meal BM: He probably has a very pronounced gastrocolic reflex. When food enters our stomach this stimulates peristaltic intestinal activity, but in some people it is very strong leading to an urgent BM soon after eating. If this is problematic medication like bentyl can be taken a half hour before a meal which slows down this peristalsis.

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What could cause loose bowel movement shotly after eating?

What could cause loose bowel movement shotly after eating?

Bowel spasm?: This is not uncommon. You can try cutting back on greasy, fatty foods or whatever food seems to be the culprit for you, and increase the amount of fiber in your diet. If you have a persistent change in bowel habits or any bleeding, see a gastroenterologist immediately. And don't forget your colonoscopy when you turn 50--it could save your life.

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After eating out at a restaurant for breakfast, I have an eruptive bowel movement?

After eating out at a restaurant for breakfast, I have an eruptive bowel movement?

Not uncommon: Having urgent bell movements after eating a meal is not uncommon. This tends to happen after eating large fatty meals. If it is happening regularly, you should see your doctor. If it is just every once in a while, I would increase the amount of fiber and liquid in your diet. We'll see if this will help. Good luck.

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Is it considered malabsorption IF I have a loose bowel movement 2 - 3 hours usually after eating ALOT of vegetables. Steamed and raw vegetables.

Is it considered malabsorption IF I have a loose bowel movement 2 - 3 hours usually after eating ALOT of vegetables. Steamed and raw vegetables.

Possible IBS: You could have IBS, aka Irritable Bowel Syndrome. You could have malabsorption issues. A possible food allergy may cause these symptoms. Many people suffer for bean/legume allergies or sensitivities. See you doctor for food allergy testing discussion.

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What causes heated sensation going through your intestines when you have bowel movement, makes it hard to breath, and five min after eating have a liq?

What causes heated sensation going through your intestines when you have bowel movement, makes it hard to breath, and five min after eating have a liq?

Abdominal distention: When you have abdominal distention, pain is also noted, lack of bowel sounds, suspect obstruction or paralytic ileus. Problem breathing is noted when no enough bm is evacuated.

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After eating almost half a turkey, is it normal to have a large bowel movement?

After eating almost half a turkey, is it normal to have a large bowel movement?

You're kidding...?: Stool volume is largely dependent on what & how much you eat, effectiveness of digestion, gut flora, GI transit time. That's a pretty impressive appetite by the way!

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Doesn't eating numerous grapes suppose to make you go to the bathroom I still have no bowel movement how long do it take after eating so many grapped?

Possible: Although grapes have fiber sometimes just increasing fibre is not the problem. Although I think apples are a better source of fibre. Decrease your milk and wheat consumption and try coconut oil. That might do the trick.

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Both big toes numb, sleepy after eating, urge to have bowel movement feels like I can't hold it in, hair strands coming out from the roots. Might be?

Both big toes numb, sleepy after eating, urge to have bowel movement feels like I can't hold it in, hair strands coming out from the roots. Might be?

Anxiety possible: Sounds like a panic attack, they have numbness of fingers, toes and lips, urge to go to bathroom, short of breath, increase heart rate, sweating, hair can stand on end. They usually last under 60min, come on quickly, peak in 10min and slowly fade.

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Get drowsy and bowel movement immediately after eating or tasting something sweet sugary. Blood sugar is fine. What can be the issue?

Get drowsy and bowel movement immediately after eating or tasting something sweet sugary. Blood sugar is fine. What can be the issue?

Possible answers: After eating a meal, particularly a meal high in carbohydrates, sugar, the pancreas can overproduce Insulin to keep up with the rising blood glucose levels. If secretes too much Insulin blood glucose levels go below normal range and drowsiness can occur. Gastrocolic reflex is increase in motility of the colon in response to stretch of stomach and digestion in proximal bowel. Healthier eating helps.

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Why do I sometimes feel an adrenaline rush after eating? Often accompanied by bowel movement. Too much sugar? No idea why happening

Why do I sometimes feel an adrenaline rush after eating? Often accompanied by bowel movement. Too much sugar? No idea why happening

Symptoms: I suggest you start with a clinic visit to a Gynecologist. She will take your full history, examine you, and order laboratory tests. Results should be available within a day or two and your Gynecologist will discuss things with you when results are in. Please let me know how things go.

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