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Doctor insights on: Large Bowel Movements

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Is it normal to have some large bowel movements and some small thinner ones ?

Is it normal to have some large bowel movements and some small thinner ones ?

Yes: Your bowel movements depend on your fluid intake, your fiber intake, your protein and sugar intake each of which varies from day to day and from meal to meal. ...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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My 3 year old makes large bowel movements every day. What is this?

My 3 year old makes large bowel movements every day. What is this?

Strange answer: This so called "mega stool" that often blocks the toilet is commonly found in autism. That does not mean that he has autismd of course, but if there are other symptoms of a behavioral nature, you should get it checked out. ...Read more

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I've had part of colon removed due to cancer and ever since I have had very large bowel movements. Why is this?

I've had part of colon removed due to cancer and ever since I have had very large bowel movements.  Why is this?

Change of habits: Removing a segment of colon will not severely effect your bowel movements , most likely since surgery you are eating more fibre , besides large bm is better getting constipated. ...Read more

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My 35 year old daughter with Cerebral Palsy has for the past month frequent abnormal large bowel movements?

My 35 year old daughter with Cerebral Palsy has for the past month frequent abnormal large bowel movements?

Is it diarrhea?: A secretory diarrhea can produce large volumes of stool and should be tested for infection and other pathology. Have her primary care physician aware of this change any they can order stool studies in order to make a diagnosis. Once determined, proper treatment can begin. Be sure to test for C diff. ...Read more

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Does having rather large bowel movements (ever since I was a teenager) make me more prone to colon cancer by stretching my colon or something?

Does having rather large bowel movements (ever since I was a teenager) make me more prone to colon cancer by stretching my colon or something?

NO: Your family history is a major factor but NOT your colon size! Colon Cancer is a PREVENTABLE disease. Your Primary Care Provider will tell you when to begin appropriate screening tests! Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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What's better to take for heart racing lorazepam or metrolol succinate? Why do I have this been going on and off today. Had 2 large bowel movements.??

What's better to take for heart racing lorazepam or metrolol succinate? Why do I have this been going on and off today. Had 2 large bowel movements.??

Check with PCP: there can be several causes and at your age I will concerned about heart issues. Is this a new symptom? Why were you prescribed these meds in the first place? I will check with PCP or a cardiologist ...Read more

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Despite having have 1 large and 2 small bowel movements today, I still feel the need to go. When I try I can pass very small stools. Why is this?

Despite having have 1 large and 2 small bowel movements today, I still feel the need to go. When I try I can pass very small stools. Why is this?

Depending on: your age and duration of symptoms, this can be a worrisome sign. Unfortunately, a change in stool caliber can be a sign of stricture/scarring in the gut and even tumor (for at risk individuals). It could also be benign as in cases of constipation predominant IBS or transient infection with swelling of the gut wall. If ongoing, discuss this with a physician. ...Read more

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Why do I get so tired after a large bowel movement?

BM: Typically a bm should not cause symptoms. However if some one has watery stools, one can lose electrolytes (potassium) and fluids which can cause tiredness. ...Read more

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Could a large bowel movement had inflamed my prostate?

Could a large bowel movement had inflamed my prostate?

Not likely: Some individuals with signficant, chronic constipation can also have bothersome, dysfunctional lower urinary tract symptoms. However, having a large bowel movement would not lead to prostatitis. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when a person has a very large bowel movement that burns?

What exactly does it mean when a person has a very large bowel movement that burns?

Constipation: It sounds like you might have stretched the anus possibly even torn it from size of stool. Have your doctor check and discuss prevention of constipation, many treatments are available over the counter including water don't over use stool softeners and laxatives. ...Read more

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Why does having a large bowel movement make my right testicle hurt?

Why does having a large bowel movement make my right testicle hurt?

Increased pressure: It shouldn't hurt. When you have a bowel movement, it causes pressure in the abdomen and pelvis to evacuate the stool. This pressure can be transmitted to your testicle and be sensed as pain. It's worth getting a testicular exam to make sure nothing else is going on. ...Read more

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What happened if I strain during my large bowel movement?

STRAINING BOWEL MOVE: If you strain with large bowel movements can cause hemorrhoids over time.To prevent that you need fiber in your diet with and without stool softners. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get hemorrhoid prolapse after taking a very large bowel movement?

Is it possible to get hemorrhoid prolapse after taking a very large bowel movement?

Yes: If you are predisposed to prolapse, a large bm can certainly be the precipitating event. ...Read more

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I sometimes have weakness after bowel movement. It seems most pronounced after being constipated and then having a large bowel movement. ?

I sometimes have weakness after bowel movement.  It seems most pronounced after being constipated and then having a large bowel movement.  ?

Vasovagal event: The vagus nerve is a cranial nerve and after exiting our brain follows the course of our gastrointestinal tract. It sends branches to th carotid arteries and to the heart. During a bowel movement one raises pressure in abdomen in effort to evacuate. This can raise blood pressure and stimulate carotid artery. A neural impulse can feed back to the heart and slow the heart and abruptly drop pressure. ...Read more

Large Bowel (Definition)

Large bowel, or large intestine connects terminal ileum of small bowel to rectum. Begins at the ileo-cecal valve and comprises cecum, ascendind, transverse, descending and sigmoid colon. Resposible for: 1) intestinal water resorption of ingested fluids, gastric & small intestinal digestive juices. 2) transporting end products of digestion & bacterial waste ...Read more


Large Intestine (Definition)

The large intestine, colon, or large bowel is the last 5-6 feet of the GI tract. The colon functions to recover the last amount of water from food and to store solid waste. See healthtap ...Read more