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Involuntary Bowel Movement
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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?
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'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
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
I"m having severe pain on my left side & will not stop. i haven't had a complete bowel movement in about 2 weeks,when I do its very small & bloody?
My 9 dy old last bowel movement was yesterday @ 11 am, he hasn't had one since only wet diapers. Is this normal? Should i be worry? What should I do?
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
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
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....
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
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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