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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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How long after colonoscopy until you have a normal bowel movement?

How long after colonoscopy until you have a normal bowel movement?

A day or two: Since you are not eating the day before and your bowel has been cleaned for colonoscopy and your bowel is clean. After colonoscopy you start eating regular diet and it may take a day or two to have a regular bowel movement. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have white in first bowel movement after a colonoscopy?

Is it normal to have white in first bowel movement after a colonoscopy?

Yes: Often after the colonoscopy, there is a little bit of mucous. As long as you are not having pain, it should resolve. ...Read more

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Is it normal not to have a bowel movement now for four days after colonoscopy?

Is it normal not to have a bowel movement now for four days after colonoscopy?

Yes: With some patients due to slow transit, the colon may not fill up significantly enough to ellicit a bowel movement. As long as there is no pain associated with this, this can be regarded as normal. ...Read more

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How long after a colonoscopy should you can expect to have a normal bowel movement?

How long after a colonoscopy should you can expect to have a normal bowel movement?

Two or three: Days. If you don't return to normal after that, consult your GI specialist. I hope they didn't find anything serious up there. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have an absence of a bowel movement for a number of days occur after a colonoscopy?

Is it normal to have an absence of a bowel movement for a number of days occur after a colonoscopy?

Yes, the bowel pres: Probably cleaned you out so well that no stool is left to come out for a few days. If you are passing flatus, don't worry, stool will come. ...Read more

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Is it normal after having a colonoscopy to eat a sandwhich and have a bowel movement 10 hours later multiple times?

Is it normal after having a colonoscopy to eat a sandwhich and have a bowel movement 10 hours later multiple times?

Yes: colonoscopy is there to examine the colon, one that has been cleaned out by oral meds such as GoLYTLY. This usually cleans out most of the bowel but more proximally in the rt. Colon and distal small bowel residual food products persist. Eating a sandwhich and having a bowel movement 10 hrs later especially if multiple doesn't represent the digested sandwich but the residual content after prep. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have bleeding after a colonoscopy that's not related to a bowel movement?

Is it normal to have bleeding after a colonoscopy that's not related to a bowel movement?

Probably some: Irritation at the anal opening. If it persists, report to your GI specialist who did the colonoscopy. I hope he didn't find anything serious up there during the procedure. ...Read more

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My daughter had a colonoscopy 2 weeks ago and still has not had a bowel movement. Is this normal?

My daughter had a colonoscopy 2 weeks ago and still has not had a bowel movement. Is this normal?

Colonoscopy: Is she having any abdominal pain? It's not normal to not have a BM for two weeks, period. If that's really the case, she needs to be seen ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a bowel movement 12 hrs after having an upper endoscopy and colonoscopy?

Do not be concerned: Depending on when you eat after the procedure and how well your prep was performed, it is not abnormal to have a bowel movement within 12 hours of the procedure. ...Read more

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Normal colonoscopy 6 days ago. No bowel movement yet. Constipation not unusual for me. Any need for concern?

Normal colonoscopy 6 days ago. No bowel movement yet. Constipation not unusual for me. Any need for concern?

No: Lack of a bowel movement 6 days after colonoscopy in a patient who often gets constipation isn't too unusual.
I would suggest the usual measures to promote a normal bowel movement. See my Checklist "Treating Constipation" and go to: http://bit. Ly/1uzOegm Increase
water intake, fiber supplement, dried fruit like prunes or apricots, more physical activity. ...Read more

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Is it normal to still have gas pains and no bowel movement three days after EDG and colonoscopy?

Is it normal to still have gas pains and no bowel movement three days after EDG and colonoscopy?

YES: TES
Remember how you "prepped" for the test.
You EMPTIED your bowel!!!!

Hope this helps!

Dr Z ...Read more

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Prior to a colonoscopy, laxatives are given to completely empty the colon. Normal to take a few days to have a bowel movement?

Prior to a colonoscopy, laxatives are given to completely empty the colon. Normal to take a few days to have a bowel movement?

Yes: Depending on how constipated you are and how much stool is in your colon. Continue bowel prep as instructed. ...Read more

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Clear anal mucus discharge 2X a week, with or without a bowel movement. No pain. Had a normal colonoscopy 2 years ago. Any suggestions?

Clear anal mucus discharge 2X a week, with or without a bowel movement. No pain. Had a normal colonoscopy 2 years ago. Any suggestions?

Many causes: This is generally due to normal mucous production which is abnormally expressed (poor sphincter tone, anal blockage) vs abnormal mucous production due to infection or inflammation. Intermittent nature (2X a week) is reassuring. Presume no blood. Would probably at least do flexible sigmoidoscopy even though colonoscopy only 2 years ago. See your provider when able. ...Read more

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I sometimes have rectal pains after a bowel movement ; maybe spasms? Is this normal? Had normal colonoscopy 7 yrs ago. No family history of cancer.

I sometimes have rectal pains after a bowel movement ; maybe spasms? Is this normal? Had normal colonoscopy 7 yrs ago. No family history of cancer.

? FISSURE: It's hard to confirm in this forum, but anal spasm can be a sign of anal fissure, a recurring tear in the mucosa of the anal sphincter. It's usually painful, and can be associated with bleeding. I suggest you speak with your doctor, who may refer you to a general or colorectal surgeon for an exam. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm 57 and I had a colonoscopy at age 50 and it was normal. I also was told by doctors that I have internal hemroids. For about a week now I've notice once in a while bright red blood on tolit paper and in the tolit after bowel movement. I've been under

I'm 57 and I had a colonoscopy at age 50 and it was normal. I also was told by doctors that I have internal hemroids. For about a week now I've notice once in a while bright red blood on tolit paper and in the tolit after bowel movement. I've been under

Unless you had: A hemorrhoidectomy, everyone has hemorrhoids. They are normal vascular cushions. Only when they are abused from diarrhea or constipation or some other trauma can they cause problems. Even with a negative scoping 7 yrs ago, new onset bleeding needs evaluation and probably a repeat colonoscopy. Don't ignore this. ...Read more

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1-2x week while having a normal bowel movement I sometimes uncontrollably vomit at same time! All tests Ct, colonoscopy, etc came back normal?

1-2x week while having a normal bowel movement I sometimes uncontrollably vomit at same time! All tests Ct, colonoscopy, etc came back normal?

Reflex: I am not certain, but this might be related to a vasovagal reflex which can occur if you are sensitive and bear down very hard while having the bowel movement. ...Read more

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Husband had colonoscopy two days ago. Still having bowel movements more than usual. Is this normal?

Husband had colonoscopy two days ago. Still having bowel movements more than usual. Is this normal?

Yes likely: Having residual waterry stool after colonic lavage is common, but should resolve in few days. If persistent beyond this, be sure to contact ur Doc. Avoid milk for now, no artificial sugard (incl diet drinks) and avoid high fructose. Can use bananas or fiber supplements to improve bulk. Red flags for urgent MD attention would be weight loss, signs of dyhydration, persistent blood, fever, pain. ...Read more

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3 mths loose am bowel movements. Flex sig and biopsies normal. Now pregnant so no colonoscopy. I'm trying not to worry; bloods, us normal. Advice?

3 mths loose am bowel movements. Flex sig and biopsies normal. Now pregnant so no colonoscopy. I'm trying not to worry; bloods, us normal. Advice?

Not Ca: Loose BM due to inflammation of bowel, When caused by tumor it progresses as lesion in sigmoid blocks more of bowel. Rt. sided lesions don't cause loose BM. If flex sigmoid scoping neg. There is no bowel lesion causing problem. Best to wait until completion of term if pregnancy present. If symptoms persist colonoscopy then performed. ...Read more

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Had a colonoscopy, Dr wants me to get CT scan. Iam not sure why. He removed two polups, I have no pain and bowel movements seem somewhat normal.

Had a colonoscopy, Dr wants me to get CT scan. Iam not sure why. He removed two polups, I have no pain and bowel movements seem somewhat normal.

Looking for tumor: CAT scan especially of abdomen is used to look for a tumor growth outside of the intestine and possibly evidence of colon tumor spread to the liver. This would only be suggested if the polyps removed were malignant with evidence of tumor invasion to the base of the polyp suggesting invasion of the adjacent mucosa to the polyp ...Read more

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Constipation. Mucus only bowel movements every 20min. Colonoscopy, blood test, CT all normal, no polyps. Pain in large int. What could this be?

Constipation. Mucus only bowel movements every 20min. Colonoscopy, blood test, CT all normal, no polyps. Pain in large int. What could this be?

Irritable bowel: Irritable Bowel Syndrome is the most commonly diagnosed gastrointestinal condition. The main symptoms are diarrhea and/or constipation and abdominal pain. For information on treatment see http://wb. Md/1QjwV9r and http://bit. Ly/1VlC078 The symptoms are the result of a complex interplay of genetics, emotional/psychological factors, and GI flora among other factors. ...Read more

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When is the first bowel movement after colonoscopy?

By now it should be: Let nature take its own time which is anytime about 3 to 5 days. By now it must be all fine. ...Read more

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4 day days, no bowel movement after colonoscopy, should I be concerned?

No not at all: No you don't have to be concerned as long as you are eating regular diet and otherwise feel ok without any other symptoms, it will happen soon. Have patience. ...Read more

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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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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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Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more


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