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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Definition)

Irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS, is a long-term disorder of gastrointestinal functioning. It results in abdominal discomfort, pain, bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and constipation. Additionally, patients with IBS usually have problems with gut motility. Triggers for IBS include certain foods, and elevated stress levels. Lastly, symptoms of IBS ...Read more


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Can irritable bowel syndrome cause frequent bowel movements? More than 3 a day ?

Can irritable bowel syndrome cause frequent bowel movements? More than 3 a day ?

Yes: One of the characteristics of IBS is variability of bowel movements. But without other symptoms, going frequently through the day can be normal ...Read more

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Recently, my bottom has been very sore due to frequent bowel movements. Could this be a result of irritable bowel syndrome?

Recently, my bottom has been very sore due to frequent bowel movements. Could this be a result of irritable bowel syndrome?

No: Soreness in your anus is irritation from the stool or too frequent of passing of stool. Try applying some vitamin a & d ointment, neosporin cream and take tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain. Ibs/ irritable bowel syndrome would present with alternating diarrhea and constipation accompanied by abdominal cramping, nausea, etc. And ibs is diagnosed after all other diagnoses are ruled out. Take care! ...Read more

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Is it normal with IBS to feel like you have to keep having a bowel movement but can't?

Is it normal with IBS to feel like you have to keep having a bowel movement but can't?

YES: This condition is called ibs-c or constipation type. You should be thoroughly examined by a physician and ask about prescription medication for same. ...Read more

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I pass blood with bowel movement constant bowel pains.My gp says it may be ibs.The spasmongal tablets i have, don't seem to work. Anything else to try?

I pass blood with bowel movement constant bowel pains.My gp says it may be ibs.The spasmongal tablets i have, don't seem to work. Anything else to try?

Blood is bad: Bright red blood in stool or black tarry colored stool referred to as melena are both reasons for concern. Ibs, a diagnosis of exclusion, by itself will not usually cause blood in stool, you will likely need to get a colonoscopy if you haven't already to find the cause of your bleeding. See your doctor again to get this diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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I don't have IBS but I am having thick chunks of mucus in my bowel movements. Could this be cancer?

I don't have IBS but I am having thick chunks of mucus in my bowel movements. Could this be cancer?

Doubtful: It is doubtful, but anything is possible. You probably have some GI disorder that is most likely not cancer, but see a GI dr for an evaluation and possible scope procedure to definitively DX your condition. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What could be causing frequent bowel movements?

Need more info.: There are so many possible causes that i can't list them all here; without more information on other symptoms, i can't narrow it down for you. I'd suggest seeing the doctor for diagnosis and any needed treatment. ...Read more

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I was given two shots of penicillin this morning and now I am haven't very frequent bowel movements. Is this normal?

I was given two shots of penicillin this morning and now I am haven't very frequent bowel movements.  Is this normal?

Antibiotics: Although antibiotics can eventually cause diarrhea, they would not have that effect within the same day of receiving them. There must be another cause of your frequent stools. Perhaps it is related to whatever reason you actually received the antibiotics in the first place. If the problem persists, contact your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have frequent bowel movements right after eating, often loose, is this normal?

Frequent BMs After E: You may be describing gastro-colic reflex where the intake of food stimulates a bm. It may be triggered by a large meal and/or a fatty meal. Eating more often , smaller amounts with less fat content may help. See your doctor for full evaluation. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea is a term that describes loose, watery stools occurring more frequently than usual. It is often not due to a serious cause, but severe diarrhea ...Read more