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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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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 been able to keep anything down. Food or medications either comes right back up or in terrible at bowel movement. What can it be?

Haven't been able to keep anything down. Food or medications either comes right back up or in terrible at bowel movement.  What can it be?

Stomach flu: Sounds like stomach flu (vomiting + diarrhea). Trying sips of water instead of drinking much fluids at a time may be helpful. Avoid solids for now. If you medication to help nausea (phenergan), take that. If you have loose frequent stools, over-the-counter rehydration solution is the way to go. ...Read more

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How can I treat slow bowel movement and bloating?

How can I treat slow bowel movement and bloating?

Change your diet and: Fluids. Eat a high fiber diet between 20-25 grams per day, regular meal times and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free alcohol free fluids daily. If you exercise and should add 20 oz per 30 minutes of strenuous exercise. Some meds contribute to constipation so take the meds with full glass of fluid instead of a sip in addition to the above recommended fluids. ...Read more

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Are squats more efficiant when slow bowel movement?

Are squats more efficiant when slow bowel movement?

Theoretically yes: There are many who feel that this is true, though everyone has their own opinion on it. ...Read more

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I have vaginal discgarge when I have bowel movement. Or when ever i push or bare down a whitish discharge comes out?

See GYN : Light white discharge may be normal. But may also be a sign of a vaginal infection, like a yeast infection. See your gyn to determine if your discharge is normal vaginal discharge vs infection. ...Read more

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I am having a difficult time starting urine flow and keeping it going. I have to bear down hard like I'm having a bowel movement and hold it to keep urine flow going. What can cause this???

I am having a difficult time starting urine flow and keeping it going. I have to bear down hard like I'm having a bowel movement and hold it to keep urine flow going. What can cause this???

See a urologist: Difficulty voiding in a women is usually due to one of several causes: UNDER ACTIVE BLADDER(due to aging, diabetes or neurologic disorders);BLADDER OUTLET OBSTRUCTION(due to pelvic prolapse,fibroids,urethral strictures or diverticula);FUNCTIONAL OBSTRUCTION due to several causes. **You need to see a Urologist for proper evaluation and diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have pain and weaknesses in my right glute muscles, deep down, that decreases with a bowel movement?

I have pain and weaknesses in my right glute muscles, deep down, that decreases with a bowel movement?

Pain: Symptoms could be from some type of mass, infection, aneurysm or hematoma in area. The symptoms are often caused by irritation to your pyriformis muscle and it irritates your sciatic nerve. If this is a regular and reproducible symptom I would get checked. ...Read more

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Stool feels too large to have bowel movement when try. what can i take to break it down?

Stool feels too large to have bowel movement when try. what can i take to break it down?

Try to. Use: a glycerine suppository or two. Insert one and lay down on you left side for 30 minutes. If no results try again in a few hours. If still a problem may need evaluation by a colon and rectal surgeon to make sure there is not something other than stool in the rectum. ...Read more

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Is it true if you take senna with not enough water it will make it difficult to have a bowel movement?

Is it true if you take senna with not enough water it will make it difficult to have a bowel movement?

Probably not: Senna is a stimulant laxative; so unless the body is dehydrated, senna should not constipate. Fiber laxatives/supplements, however, do require extra fluid intake to prevent constipation, for they absorb water from the bowel to soften stool; if available fluid is inadequate, stool will be firm. ...Read more

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Had a bowel movement, now hurts to walk feels like cramps but much worse it even hurts to sit or lay down. What's happening?

Had a bowel movement, now hurts to walk feels like cramps but much worse it even hurts to sit or lay down. What's happening?

See doctor: If this is intolerable or getting worse, you need to see your doctor or go to an urgent care. If it is tolerable or getting better, you may wait another day. ...Read more

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Hi, I am 60 year old woman. Having digestion trouble, sometimes i feel run down, sweaty and after bowel movement , i feel better. What's it?

Constipation: If you are constipated the bacteria in your colon produce toxins that can make you sick. It sounds like you could benefit from a plan to fully clear out your bowels. ...Read more

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? After a good bowel movement & clean myself well in an hour or so I'll begin to burn down their , I wipe and its dirty again. Bowel leakage ??

? After a good bowel movement & clean myself well in an hour or so I'll begin to burn down their , I wipe and its dirty again. Bowel leakage ??

Pretty common: 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

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Urgency for a bowel movement constantly but when i go sit down to have a movement it doesn't always happen. Also have white mucus stuff in poop.Cause?

Urgency for a bowel movement constantly but when i go sit down to have a movement it doesn't always happen. Also have white mucus stuff in poop.Cause?

Need a rectal look: This could all be from constipation and stool in the rectum leading to a feeling of needing to go - but with the stool so hard it doesn't pass easily (and mucous is the body's natural lubricant in this situation). But you could also have rectal irritation (proctitis) and a direct look at the rectum (sigmoidoscopy) is the only way to separate the 2 possibilities. ...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