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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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How do I regulate my bowel movements better?

How do I regulate my bowel movements better?

Fiber, Water, play: A good fiber/ hydration balance with an active lifestyle will keep your gut happy. Typical grown ups should have 25-30 grams of fiber a day. ( average apple=4 grams). Depends on your size and activity level, sometimes you need more than 7-8 glasses of fluid just to keep up. ...Read more

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Why do I keep having cramps and painful frequent bowel movements. I don't have diarrhea it's just solid but little amounts Everytime I go poop.

Why do I keep having cramps and painful frequent bowel movements. I don't have diarrhea it's just solid but little amounts Everytime I go poop.

Abd cramping: Could be constipation, are you drinking enough? About 2-3 liters/ day and also having fiber in diet. Try a cup prune juice a day. Could also be irritable bowel, or early inflammatory bowel ( usually mucus/ blood) or other bowel disorder with innervation ( mega colon), diverticulitis ( whichc is rare at a young age). Rarely may be appendiciits if right lower side pain. f/u /w doc today ...Read more

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Whenever I have a bowel movement i feel like i haven t completely emptied my bowels, and continually feel like i need to go?

Whenever I have a bowel movement i feel like i haven t completely emptied my bowels, and continually feel like i need to go?

Need some tests: Normal bowel frequency in america fits a bell-curve distribution--once daily stooling is the middle of the curve, but the normal range extends from 3 bowel movements daily to 1 bowel movement every 3-4 days. Testing will define if your incomplete emptying is due to inflammation, rectal/anal dysfunction, partial obstruction due to mass, stenosis, obstipation, extrinsic, or is a functional issue. ...Read more

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Why do I have loose bowel movements around ovulation?

Why do I have loose bowel movements around ovulation?

Consistent?: If it's only 1 cycle its probably not related. If it's consistent, it's for sure related to prostaglandins. You can try NSAID drugs like advil: these reduce prostaglandins and might help. ...Read more

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How do I stop loose bowels? Visited Egypt and now I have cramping, loose and frequent bowels.

How do I stop loose bowels? Visited Egypt and now I have cramping, loose and frequent bowels.

You may have: traveler's diarrhea and will need antibiotics and anti-diarrhea medicines to help with the symptoms. Drink double the amount of fluids that you are losing i.e. 1 liter fluid for every bout of diarrhea. If the cramping continues, or you feel weak/dizzy from fluid loss, then you must visit a hospital or doctor to get help. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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I'm 2 months pregnant and i haven't had a bowel movement n 3 days....I've tried laxatives, but nothing. What should I do. It really hurts when i try.

I'm 2 months pregnant and i haven't had a bowel movement n 3 days....I've tried laxatives, but nothing. What should I do. It really hurts when i try.

Other meds: Talk to your obstetrician who may recommend something like an oral lubricating agent for hard stools. There are other laxatives that just pass through the bowel cleaning it out. Iron supplements prescribed during pregnancy can cause severe constipation. Daily prune juice helps it. ...Read more

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Why am I having cramps, stomach pain, bowel movements, and when I fart it burns my anus?

Why am I having cramps, stomach pain, bowel movements, and when I fart it burns my anus?

Need more info...: ...for example: diet preferences, past evaluation, current medications, known conditions, etc. Relative to your question: where are your cramps, how often are your bowel movements, what helps, what worsens the symptoms, etc. Happy to help you. ...Read more

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Why do I have painful bowel movements?

Not sure...: There are several causes for ano-rectal pain with defecation including anal fissure, hemorrhoids, proctalgia and proctitis to name a few. If this is a recurrent problem go see your doctor. ...Read more

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My bowel movements are very weak right now. I sometimes have to drink prune juice or something to help me poop. Am i constipated?

My bowel movements are very weak right now. I sometimes have to drink prune juice or something to help me poop. Am i constipated?

It stools are: Hard, dry ; difficult to pass - you are likely constipated. It is important to try not to get hemorrhoids in the first place. Stay well hydrated (at least 8 - 8 ounces glasses of water per day). Try to get in 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day – get that fiber in. Stay physically active. ...Read more

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'i haven''t had a bowel movement 5 days. What do I do?'

'i haven''t had a bowel movement 5 days. What do I do?'

Enemas next: By 5 days, there is a high likelihood of a fecal impact ion. Without trying to loosen that up first, taking anything orally may not work. Try an enema 1st followed by some oral stimulant laxative like senekot or dulcolax. Magnesium citrate as a last resort before seeing your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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No bowel movement in 5 days and I am experiencing pain in my stomach. I am unable to pass gas and i am nauseous. I have tried laxatives and...nothing?

No bowel movement in 5 days and I am experiencing pain in my stomach. I am  unable to pass gas and i am nauseous. I have tried laxatives and...nothing?

Bowel obstruction?: Bowel obstruction can be partial or complete, due to problems outside the gut or problems within the gut, functional or space-occupying, acute or resolving, small bowel or large bowel. When obstruction is complete, surgery is needed. Based on the symptoms you describe, evaluation is warranted now to distinguish reversible versus problematic causes for your constipation, nausea, pain. ...Read more

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I have no bowel movement and my lower back hurts severely what do I have to do?

I have no bowel movement and my lower back hurts severely what do I have  to do?

Laxative and enema: Try some over the counter laxative like magnesium citrate and some enemas. If your symptoms do not improve with having a bowel movement, seek help from a physician to narrow down a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Why is my 4-week old having trouble making bowel movements, and what can I do?

Several issues : A 4 wk old is becomming more robust in its efforts and will often make a lot of noise pooping. Their main muscle for this action is the breathing muscle and will be until the flabby belly muscles mature. If the poo is soft and emptying is regular i would not be concerned. Breast babies can poo a smear/feed or once a week. Bottle babies are more regular. If the poo is hard extra water may help. ...Read more

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I have to do a bowel movement everytime i eat?

I have to do a bowel movement everytime i eat?

Bowel movement: This could be normal. There is a reflex that can initiate that urge to defecate with eating. If this is new, bothersome, or your bowel movements are different in some way, then i recommend you see your MD for further evaluation. ...Read more

Defecation (Definition)

Passing food that is fully digested and ready for excretion out the ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more