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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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I have not had a bowel movement for five days I normally have one every two days i just managed to have one right after I threw up and I still feel li?

I have not had a bowel movement for five days I normally have one every two days i just managed to have one right after I threw up and I still feel li?

No bm: If you have the urge to have a bm but can't, work from below by inserting a rectal gkycerin or dulcolax suppository. If no good results, administer a fleets enema. If you have no urge take a laxative like miralax or milk of magnesia by mouth. Taking a daily mild stimulant like senokotS may keep you regular. Drink adequate fluids and eat enough fiber daily. ...Read more

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I have not had a bowel movement in 5 days, before this I was fine. I'm having trouble passing it, decreased urine, can't sit, stand, walk please help

I have not had a bowel movement in 5 days, before this I was fine. I'm having trouble passing it, decreased urine, can't sit, stand, walk please help

Medical Emergency: While there could be lots of causes of these problems which are not as bad, it sounds a lot like the symptoms of cord compression.

Cord compression can cause irreversible paralysis if left untreated.

You should go to the emergency room right away. ...Read more

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I haven't had a bowel movement in 5 days. I've taken laxatives for three nights and still haven't gone... What could be the problem? What should I do?

I haven't had a bowel movement in 5 days. I've taken laxatives for three nights and still haven't gone... What could be the problem? What should I do?

Dehydration: A common cause of constipation is dehydration. Make sure you are drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water a day or approximately 2 liters. Also, make sure you have a high fiber diet. You can try an over the counter suppository. If your constipation continues make sure you consult your primary doctor. ...Read more

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I had a laparoscopic hysterectomy on August 27. Have been recently having bowel issues and haven't had a bowel movement in 5 days(that was a small).?

I had a laparoscopic hysterectomy on August 27. Have been recently having bowel issues and haven't had a bowel movement in 5 days(that was a small).?

Unrelated : Four months later it is unlikely that this is related to the hysterectomy unless you have some post-op adhesions which could cause a partial obstruction. That would usually cause some pain too. Try starting with increased fluids and fiber. Many GI doctors recommend Miralax (polyethylene glycol). If this doesn't help, talk to your primary care provider. ...Read more

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I have chills, sweats, and fever. I have had no appetite for4 days and haven't had a bowel movement in 5 days. I amachey all over with no sharp pain. I also have a wheeze in my chest. What should I do?

I have chills, sweats, and fever. I have had no appetite for4 days and haven't had a bowel movement in 5 days. I amachey all over with no sharp pain. I also have a wheeze in my chest. What should I do?

Sounds viral: It sounds like a viral infection to me. Push fluids, rest, blend diet. If better, gradually return to normal routine. If no better or doing worse, call your doc. I'd give you another 48-72 hours to figure it out. ...Read more

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I haven't passed a bowel movement in 5 days is this normal after being on Dilaudid, Zofran, (ondansetron) Percocet and Morphine?

I haven't passed a bowel movement in 5 days is this normal after being on Dilaudid, Zofran, (ondansetron) Percocet and Morphine?

It is not normal: Constipation is the most frequent side effect associated with long-term opioid therapy. Dilaudid, Percocet and Morphine are opioids with bowel obstruction, severe constipation as a major side effect.
Magnesium is effective for constipation associated with opioid therapy. Talk to your prescribing physician for medication adjustment. ...Read more

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3yr old on amoxil (amoxicillin) for 2days for scarlet fever has not have bowel movement in 5 days. How much prune juice is safe to give and what else to do?

3yr old on amoxil (amoxicillin) for 2days for scarlet fever has not have bowel movement in 5 days. How much prune juice is safe to give and what else to do?

Prune juice fine: You can use 1-2 oz of full strength prune juice 1-2x daily for 2-3 days to get a 3yo kid moving. It's likely the minimal intake has slowed things down. It may take 2-3 days to see the juice work. Increase other fluids & work with it. ...Read more

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Did situps on incline bench, something snapped in my chest. I could not have a bowel movement for 5 days, then it was super painful. What did I do?

Did situps on incline bench, something snapped in my chest.  I could not have a bowel movement for 5 days, then it was super painful.  What did I do?

Rectus muscle tear?: The unifying diagnosis here is not necessarily a chest or anal problem, but possibly a pulled or torn abdominal rectus muscle from over-doing the sit-ups. Get your abdomen a rest, work out other parts of your body in the meantime, ; when resuming know your limits (when it hurts, stop)--pain does not make gain! However, don't ignore symptoms if they worsen or persist more than a few days. ...Read more

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My mom hasn't had a bowel movement for 5 days. After 3 enemas, she passed two marble sized pieces that were hard as a rock. Emergency?

My mom hasn't had a bowel movement for 5 days. After 3 enemas, she passed two marble sized pieces that were hard as a rock. Emergency?

Dependa: Constipation itself is not an emergency and would be treated with an oral laxative from the drug store. If there is abdominal pain and vomiting then be seen by a doctor or at an emergency room. ...Read more

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My 7 years old had fever and flu like symptoms. His fever went down but has no bowel movement for 5 days now he eats few should I worry?.

My 7 years old had fever and flu like symptoms. His fever went down but has no bowel movement for 5 days now he eats few should I worry?.

See pediatrician: Were the flu symptoms including stomach disorder? If so, did you give an anti-diarrheal medication? If you did that, it could explain lack of bowel movement. It is important that your child stay hydrated, so give plenty of fluids and have pediatrician examine soon. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have been having pain in my stomach for four days, it is also blotted and tight. I have had a solid bowel movement in five days.

I have been having pain in my stomach for four days, it is also blotted and tight. I have had a solid bowel movement in five days.

You : You are bloated to the point that your abdomen is tense with abdominal pain. Don't know if the second part means you have had solid bowel movements for five days, have had no bowel movements in five days or if you have had liquid bowel movements for five days. If you have severe abdominal pain, you need medical evaluation. ...Read more

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I had gallbladder surgery last Tuesday. Had one stool thurs. I haven't had a bowel movement in 5 days. Is this normal?

I had gallbladder surgery last Tuesday. Had one stool thurs.  I haven't had a bowel movement in 5 days. Is this normal?

Can be...: It's common to have constipation after any surgery, especially if you are taking any narcotic pain medication. The best think to do is to get some light activity (like walking 3 times per day). I also usually recommend to my patients over the counter Milk of Magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) 30ml once in the morning and once at night. If you don't have a bowel movement in 48 hours you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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No bowel movement in 5 days and I am experiencing pain in my stomach. I am unable to pass gas and I am nauseous. I have tried laxatives and...nothing?

No bowel movement in 5 days and I am experiencing pain in my stomach. I am unable to pass gas and I am nauseous. I have tried laxatives and...nothing?

Bowel obstruction?: Bowel obstruction can be partial or complete, due to problems outside the gut or problems within the gut, functional or space-occupying, acute or resolving, small bowel or large bowel. When obstruction is complete, surgery is needed. Based on the symptoms you describe, evaluation is warranted now to distinguish reversible versus problematic causes for your constipation, nausea, pain. ...Read more

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I have back pain in the bottom and top of my back and get bad pains in my stomach. I haven't had a bowel movement for 5 days either. Extremely painful?

I have back pain in the bottom and top of my back and get bad pains in my stomach. I haven't had a bowel movement for 5 days either. Extremely painful?

Exam-now: Please shut down your computer and go directly to the RR or UC clinic. You are obviously constipated and 5 days is a dangerous amount of time. You will need and abdominal ultrasound and blood testing. ...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

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How do you confirm twisted bowels? I haven't been able to have a normal bowel movement in over 5 days and when I do it is loose. Have a lot of gas too.

Constipation: It is unusual not to have a bm in five days. Is this a persistent problem? If so, you may have slow transit constipation. Therapy is indicated. Work-up may include several tests to determine the appropriate therapy. Consult a GI doc or colorectal surgeon. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a bowel movement every 4-5 days? I drink 70oz water and get 40-60 g of fiber. No pain and movement is very large, solid & soft.

Is it normal to have a bowel movement every 4-5 days?  I drink 70oz water and get 40-60 g of fiber. No pain and movement is very large, solid & soft.

BM.: Real question is what is normal for u. . Few people go maybe every 2-3 days but this is normal for that person, so, when did this change occur, any allied changes. Family history bowel ca, irritable bowel syndrome. Review your history with how why what when where of detective. Once organized see doc as history often makes diagnosis, but details important. What's normal? Why the change- seek consul. ...Read more

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Bloated & constipated. Haven't had a complete bowel movement in over 5 days. Took 2 Colace & 1 suppository. Only partial movements. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe?

Bloated & constipated. Haven't had a complete bowel movement in over 5 days. Took 2 Colace & 1 suppository. Only partial movements. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe?

Constipation: If you have a strong urge to have a bm but can't, work from below with a dulcolax rectal suppository or fleets enema or a gentle tap water enema. In stubborn cases manual disimpaction is required. If you don't have an urge to move your bowels and are not having severe cramps, then miralax (polyethylene glycol) or other laxatives can be used. ...Read more

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Haven't had a bowel movement in like 4-5 days took laxatives and nunthing coming out I try to strain at least to give it some help nunthan. Belly swoll?

Haven't had a bowel movement in like 4-5 days took laxatives and nunthing coming out I try to strain at least to give it some help nunthan. Belly swoll?

Miralax (polyethylene glycol) or Enema: You can try 1 or 2 things. A bottle of MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) mixed with 64 ounces of clear gatorade, and 4 tablets of dulcolax. Drink about 8 ounces every 15 minutes over 2 hours. Or you could try using a fleets enema. You can continue to take a capful of MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) with 8 ounces of water daily, until regular. ...Read more

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Is it normal to bowel movement only pebbles for a couple days, then have to bowel movement five times in one day?

Is it normal to bowel movement only pebbles for a couple days, then have to bowel movement five times in one day?

Not usual, but...: Although the pattern you described is not usual, some variation in the amount and frequency of bowel movements is not abnormal. As long as you're not having pain or bleeding, and as long as the stool consistency is fairly normal, I wouldn't worry. Increasing fiber in the diet will help regulate this. A fiber supplement each day, such as Metamucil, can help. Increasing fluid intake is also vital. ...Read more

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My five month old will go 5-10 days without a bowel movement. Is this normal?

My five month old will go 5-10 days without a bowel movement. Is this normal?

Yes: Breast milk is so completely digested, the stool is either mostly water (in which case it can be frequent), or it may take up to 10 days to gather enough for a bowel movement (you'll see more wet diapers, then). The big question is whether the child is gaining weight properly (a starving child will obviously have fewer stools), or whether there are any other concerns such as vomiting, jaundice, l. ...Read more

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For the last five days every time I have a bowel movement when I wipe its blood... Is this something serious?

Doubt it: Your type of bleeding is usually hemorrhoids or a fissure. However, at least a rectal exam, and possibly other tests should be performed. ...Read more

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Four or five days ago I had a dry bowel movement that tore skin at the anus. It has been bleeding since then. How can I stop it? There are no more details.

Four or five days ago I had a dry bowel movement that tore skin at the anus. It has been bleeding since then. How can I stop it? There are no more details.

Fissures: Are tears in the anal canal from spasm in the internal sphincter which arises with constipation or chronic diarrhea. Besides causing pain and bleeding, they can get infected and cause abscesses and/or fistulas. They should be properly diagnosed and treated to avoid complications. Drink more fluids and if the pain and bleeding doesn't stop in 10-14 days see a colon and rectal surgeon. ...Read more

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My five-year old daughter has a bowel movement every 3 or 4 days and doesn't urinate when first awakes in morning belly hurts sometimes . Normal?

NOT NORMAL: There: Should be one formed/soft bm/d. Better if one does twice. Your daughter has constipation. Fecal matter in rectum cause dysfunctional voiding- that she has, which can give rise to recurrent uti. Give 6-8 big glasses/bottle of water/day, more fiber- fruits, vegetables, salad, etc. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) (otc) 1-2 capful in big glass of gatorade/water/juice 1-2/d. Bowel training: sit on toilet 1-2/d until have bm. ...Read more

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What medical condition is associated with more than 10 bowel movements a day for five days in a row along with extreme fatigue?

What medical condition is associated with more than 10 bowel movements a day for five days in a row along with extreme fatigue?

Gastroenteritis: The most common reason is a viral gastroenteritis, or colitis. The diarrhea can cause the fatigue. Be sure you are drinking enough liquids to replace the fluids you are losing. ...Read more

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My husband has a bowel movement less than five minutes after eating and thinks it is ok. I think something may be wrong. Please advise?

Post meal BM: He probably has a very pronounced gastrocolic reflex. When food enters our stomach this stimulates peristaltic intestinal activity, but in some people it is very strong leading to an urgent BM soon after eating. If this is problematic medication like bentyl can be taken a half hour before a meal which slows down this peristalsis. ...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