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Why do you get involuntary bowel movements? What causes this?

Why do you get involuntary bowel movements? What causes this?

Fecal incontinence?: Occasional incontinence of stool with fecal leakage is common, but loss of bowel control particularly without warning may signal a significant infection, inflammatory problem, maldigestive concern, or neurologic disorder. Sometimes, particularly in youths, the condition is behavioral. Often, anal manometry followed by biofeedback can be curative without the need of surgery or medication. ...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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Is it voluntary or involuntary straining for a bowel movement that mostly causes diverticular disease? i.e colon muscle or abdominal muscle straining

Is it voluntary or involuntary straining for a bowel movement that mostly causes diverticular disease?  i.e colon muscle or abdominal muscle straining

Diverticula are: formed by increased pressure on weakened spots of the intestinal walls by gas, waste, or liquid. Diverticula can form while straining during a bowel movement, such as with constipation. Squeezing the colon increases the pressure within the colon lumen. There are likely both voluntary and involuntary components in the development of dive reticular disease. ...Read more

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After a colonoscopy i can't seem to have a bowel movement. What should I do?

After a colonoscopy i can't seem to have a bowel movement. What should I do?

When was it: Remember that you emptied you entire colon in preparatio for the colonoscopy. You should have a bowel movement 24-48 hours after procedure. Check with the physician who performed the study. ...Read more

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I haven't had a solid bowel movement in almost two months. Should I be concerned?

I haven't had a solid bowel movement in almost two months. Should I be concerned?

Chronic diarrhea: What you are describing sounds like chronic diarrhea. You should see your doc to be evaluated so you can find and treat the cause. Left untreated, this can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances, which can become quite dangerous in some circumstances. Start with your family doc and go from there. ...Read more

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Should I be worried if I don't have a bowel movement for a few days after a colonoscopy?

Should I be worried if I don't have a bowel movement for a few days after a colonoscopy?

No: The "transit time" for a normal person's colon (time it takes stool to get from the beginning to the end of the colon) varies from one to several days. Therefore, after you've done a bowel preparation prior to your colonoscopy, and the colon is empty, it may take a few days for stool to make it around to the rectum. ...Read more

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I have not had a bowel movement in over 4 days and can't pass urine well. What should I do?

Go see a doctor: You need to find the cause. This will require a visit to a doctor to check you and find out who you have not had a bm and what reason for your urine problem. If you are eating well then there is no reason to have constipation n of this degree. A visit to the ere may be necessary unless you can see a doctor in 24-48 hours. ...Read more

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Why do I have to have a bowel movement when i get nervous or when i can't get to a bathroom?

Why do I have to have a bowel movement when i get nervous or when i can't get to a bathroom?

Mammal stress call: Many species "relieve" themselves as an initial stress reaction. It makes it easier to flee or to fight without the burden of a full intestine. Psychotherapy may help you learn how to avoid some stress and how to be prepared for it when it has to be dealt with. Your pcp may also have suggestions for diet and medication options. Best. ...Read more

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My daughter haveing bowel movement can't go i need to know what to do cause it hurt her alot.

Constipation: It sounds like your daughter is suffering from constipation. This can be very discomforting. You should encourage your daughter to start drinking more fluids. Water is good. Have her avoid sodas, juices (those are high in sugar contents). Veggies are great. Fruit, too. I would have her retrain her bowels with miralax (polyethylene glycol). Try before bedtime, 1/2 measuring cup at first. ...Read more

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My formula-fed, one month old hasn't had a bowel movement in two days. Should I be concerned?

My formula-fed, one month old hasn't had a bowel movement in two days. Should I be concerned?

Not usually: This can be very normal as long as there is no symptoms of vomitting in excess, very bloated belly and loss of appetite. Yellow to green vomitting needs evaluation immediately. Otherwise on can keep an eye on this. Use of a q tip or glass thermometer with vaseline can help in rectal stimulation. ...Read more

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Can u give me some tips on good food and laxities so i can use the bathroom i haven't had a bowel movement in a few days?

Can u give me some tips on good food and laxities so i can use the bathroom i haven't had a bowel movement in a few days?

High fiber, prunes: Take diet in high fiber such as vegetables, fruits. And use prunes or prune juice daily for good affect. ...Read more

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I haven't had a proper bowel movement since 2 days ago. Last week i was fine until i ate spaghetti, then i started having these problems.

I haven't had a proper bowel movement since 2 days ago. Last week i was fine until i ate spaghetti, then i started having these problems.

See details: There is no law that says you have to move your bowels every day. Spaghetti had nothing to do withit. It is persists3 or 4 days take a mild laxative but stop worrying. ...Read more

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I've had 1 bowel movement n 7 days. Taking lax everyday. And other sugg? I can't take this any longer. I'm so bloated an unconffy. Plez help

Constipation: Have you had any abdominal surgery?(why are you taking Valium?) its possible you have bowel obstruction. It is dangerous to be taking laxatives so frequently. If you are laxative dependent, your bowel habits will be effected. I highly recommend consulting your doctor for exam and possible abd X-ray and lower GI series. ...Read more

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I have been getting bloated more and more latley even if I don't eat but it gets worse after a bowel movement which I have every day why is that ?

I have been getting bloated more and more latley  even if I don't eat but it gets worse after a bowel movement which I have every day why is that ?

Gas: If the bloating is due to gas,the question is whether you are forming excessive gas or are not passing normal amounts of gas. To reduce gas, try simethicone 1/2hour after meals. Drinking hot water helps break down trapped gas. You may be gluten or lactose intolerant. A gastroenterologist is best qualified to evaluate and treat you if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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I only have a bowel movement once out twice a week. I've just recently asked someone their opinion and they said it wasn't normal. Any idea the cause?

Probably normal.: Some people have bm only once or twice per week. If this has been your normal pattern and you have no real symptoms no one but your doc can tell you it is not normal. Note to self, do not ask strangers for medical advice. ...Read more

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I didn't have my morning bowel movement & last night I had one that was like pebbles but not hard. Are these changes normal? I'm going through anxiety

I didn't have my morning bowel movement & last night I had one that was like pebbles but not hard. Are these changes normal? I'm going through anxiety

Brain, gut connected: You have nerves that connect your brain w/ your gut. Under chronic stress, you can have delayed gastric emptying & increased activity of the colon which may explain why you have small BMs. External or internal stressors which can lead to anxiety can also cause inflammation of the gut. ...Read more

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Having one bowel movement daily but still feeling like I need to move my bowels again....what could be causing this? I also don't feel very hungry....

Having one bowel movement daily but still feeling like I need to move my bowels again....what could be causing this? I also don't feel very hungry....

Some thoughts: cannot say in your particular case, but some triggers of the feeling of needing to empty the bowels are spasm of the bowel (generally not a serious condition) or much less common, some growth there like a polyp. Hypothyroid typically changes bowel motility. ...Read more

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Always feel faint during and after having a bowel movement. It doesn't get better until I lie down or sometime not at all. What causes it? B/P Normal.

Always feel faint during and after having a bowel movement. It doesn't get better until I lie down or sometime not at all. What causes it? B/P Normal.

Valsalva maneuver: Straining at defecation causes an abrupt drop in bp. Although you note that your BP is "normal", it's the fall in BP that causes dizziness and it's likely that yours falls with valsalva (straining) as does everyone's. Your lactose intolerance and IBS may have caused some volume contraction - you can counteract this by pushing fluids and liberalizing your salt intake. Good luck! ...Read more

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Haven't had bowel movement in 3 days, what do I do?

Constipation: The population does tend to-be fixated on bowel movements. Up to every three days is considered normal as long as not painful. The differential diagnosis for constipation is extensive including dehydration, inadequate fiber, medications including agents such as codeine. ...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

Bowel (Definition)

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


Bowel Movement (Definition)

Expulsion of fecal material, food residue and bactrial residue, ...Read more