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Hi I have acid reflux, gastritis, strawlike hair which is thinning, acne, missed period, dry skin, irregular bowel movements. What could this be?

Hi I have acid reflux, gastritis, strawlike hair which is thinning, acne, missed period, dry skin, irregular bowel movements. What could this be?

Go see ur family doc: While we usually try to narrow things down to one diagnosis to explain all symptoms, you might have two or more going on, which is why it's important to tell your family doc what's going on & get complete evaluation. Your acid reflux & gastritis are variations on a theme. However, strawlike thinning hair, missed period, dry skin & irregular bowel mvmts might be thyroid disease eg hypothyroidism. ...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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I hardly ever have a bowel movement until a few day before my period is this ok ?

I hardly ever have a bowel movement until a few day before my period is this ok ?

No: Constipation can be very painful, isn't good for your body, and can turn into severe complications. Use a stool softener like colace (not a laxative). Stay hydrated for this to work! take colace 100 mg twice a day for a few days. Then take it once a day. It's over the counter (no prescription needed). ...Read more

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Hello. Today I have had period type pains most of the day and have had increased bowel movement for the last two days. I'm 24 weeks today with twins?

Hello. 
Today I have had period type pains most of the day and have had increased bowel movement for the last two days. I'm 24 weeks today with twins?

Can be normal: Changes in bowel frequency common in pregnancy as GI tract is more sensitive. So long as no watery diarrhea it's okay that you have increased bowel movements. In terms of period type pains, these cramps could be related to GI/stomach or they could be related to your uterus. Since you're at viability I would go to L&D to be checked out to make sure that cramping isn't preterm labor. ...Read more

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Having cramp during first day of period, severe painful bowel movement during first 2-3 days of period. should i get help?

Having cramp during first day of period, severe painful bowel movement during first 2-3 days of period. should i get help?

It depends: It depends if this continues on for a couple more days and if it gets worse over time. Cramping and pain are common symptoms of menstrual cramps and perhaps this is just a bad month. But if you have vaginal discharge that is not normal (white, odor, cream in color), have fevers, or painful urinations then yes you should see a physician for a check up. ...Read more

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Having cramp during first day of period, severe painful bowel movement during first 2-3 days of every period. should i get help?

Having cramp during first day of period, severe painful bowel movement during first 2-3 days of every period. should i get help?

Cramping your style: intrstinal symptoms during menses may be hormonal in nature. Or may signal ovarian or endometriosis problems. Recomend a pelvic us and gynecological consultation ...Read more

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Having cramp during first day of period, severe painful bowel movement during first 2-3 days of every period. should i see a doc?

Having cramp during first day of period, severe painful bowel movement during first 2-3 days of every period. should i see a doc?

Yes, especially if: Your worry is becoming annoying to you. Anything severely painful is not good and until you know a cause that's not too serious, it can be scary. Drink more water to avoid constipation and have a GP or OBGYN exam. I hope it's easy to relieve. Best! ...Read more

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Can you have bowel movements like 2 or 3 times a day at the start of your period?

Can you have bowel movements like 2 or 3 times a day at the start of your period?

Possible: Can be form the incrased prostagladin production, but if they are nor normal in consistency or color or any blood then u need an exavulation , or if u do not wantthem that often then your doc may be able to get you on a med for that. ...Read more

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Help please! could bowel movement be related to start of period?

Help please! could bowel movement be related to start of period?

Some normal or not!: Yes, when the period starts there are higher levels of certain hormones, and this can cause either loose stools or cramps, or even constipation. Some of this is normal, but in endometriosis it may cause pain with BMs, severe cramps after passing stool, or even diarrhea and painful BMs. If you are concerned then see your doctor for more testing. Good luck. ...Read more

Menstrual Cycle (Definition)

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Menstrual Period (Definition)

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