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Can lack of exercise and healthy diet cause difficult bowel movements even if stools are normal and not hardened? Normal stools but difficult passing?

Can lack of exercise and healthy diet cause difficult bowel movements even if stools are normal and not hardened? Normal stools but difficult passing?

Fiber & water.: By "lack of...healthy diet", we usually would refer to the lack of fiber-containing foods and enough daily water intake. Both of these are important for the easy passage of normal stools. Lack of such can lead to stools that are more solid than they should be and therefore more difficult to pass. Believe it or not, a "normal" stool is 75% water so adequate water intake is important for this. ...Read more

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I've been having green normal stools paste three days haven't eaten any green and I'm worried what could cause this?

I've been having green normal stools paste three days haven't eaten any green and I'm worried what could cause this?

Green stool: Green is the color of bile which enters the intestine from the gallbladder, faster transit results in greener stool. Or it could be from greens that your ate as transit time is about 53 hours (time in the colon alone in studies was 40 hours.) Stool colors that are worrisome are red, black tarry stool and white chalky stool.

http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/stool-color/expert-answers/FAQ-20058080 ...Read more

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Is urgency (2) considered normal in the morning. If l don't go l end up having an accident...Scopes normal, stools in smaller pieces.?

Is urgency (2) considered normal in the morning. If l don't go l end up having an accident...Scopes normal, stools in smaller pieces.?

Stool urgency: While stool urgency to the degree that you describe is not normal, it is also not uncommon. Before embarking upon further testing though, I would recommend that you give a trial to increasing dietary fiber. I would even add a fiber supplement such as Metamucil daily. When you do, increase your fluid intake also. If this doesn't help after 4 to 6 weeks, see your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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This morning I was on the toilet, and I had to normal stools, and 2 little stools they was like a almond and they where both colored maroon on the top?

This morning I was on the toilet, and I had to normal stools, and 2 little stools they was like a almond and they where both colored maroon on the top?

See ur pcp ; GI: The maroon coloured stool could be blood. If that is the case then it will need further investigations. Please see your primary care and a GI physician. Please keep a record of any further abnormal stools which you can present to the physician. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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28 wks preggo I have been experiencing looser then normal stools. Should I be concerned?

28 wks preggo I have been experiencing looser then normal stools. Should I be concerned?

Likely normal: Hi Tiffany,

Some women will notice looser stools due to iron supplementation in your prenatal vitamins, whereas other women more commonly experience constipation. As long as there is no diarrhea, blood or mucus in the bowel movement, there is no cause for worry. If the issue persists, please notify your OB.
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I'm so upset bcz twice or three times a week I pass normal stools but I often pass stool s with yellow foam and white mucus?

I'm so upset bcz twice or three times a week I pass normal stools but I often pass stool s with yellow foam and white mucus?

Stool: I would see a doctor about that and have your stool examined to make certain you do not have a parasite or some type of infection or underlying bowel disorder. ...Read more

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I have Crohn's disease but have constant diarrhoea is there a way to have normal stools again?

I have Crohn's disease but have constant diarrhoea is there a way to have normal stools again?

Yes: There are many treatments available for crohn's disease. See your doctor or a gastroenterologist for appropriate therapy. ...Read more

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If you had parasitic worms, would you see them more in diarreah, than you would normal stools?

If you had parasitic worms, would you see them more in diarreah, than you would normal stools?

Not necessarily: Most parasites are not visible to the naked eye, especially ones that can cause diarrhea. But a stool sample can be examined in a lab to see if this is a cause of the problem. ...Read more

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I have not had s problem moving my bowels, until two days ago. I am regular with normal stools. In a few instances, I have difficulty eliminating. Today, after an enema I passed hard pebble like stool. Not normal amount. Thisnis rare.?

I have not had s problem moving my bowels, until two days ago. I am regular with normal stools. In a few instances, I have difficulty eliminating. Today, after an enema I passed hard pebble like stool. Not normal amount. Thisnis rare.?

Bowel change: Since this is a change in your usual bowel pattern, it shouldn't be ignored and a colonoscopy may be in order. Your stools suggest recent constipation and if increasing fluid intake and fiber or Metamucil in your daily diet doesn't get you back to normal regularity, it's important to be evaluated by a gastroenterologist. If you haven't had a screening colonoscopy, this is a good time to get one. ...Read more

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Hemorrhoidectomy 2 weeks ago passed normal stools daily starting week ago, now spasms extreme pain lasting over 1 hour on verge of passing out?

Hemorrhoidectomy 2 weeks ago passed normal stools daily starting week ago, now spasms extreme pain lasting over 1 hour on verge of passing out?

See your doctor: Hard to tell from the limited information. You should see the doctor who did your surgery and be examined. Go to the nearest ER if you feel that bad. ...Read more

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I've had loose and normal stools for the last three days. I am also on my period but don't know if they are associated. What could cause this. Worry?

I've had loose and normal stools for the last three days. I am also on my period but don't know if they are associated. What could cause this. Worry?

No worry: It's very common... Nothing to worry about. Prostaglandins are increased while menstruating and these affect your bowels. So, you're ok. ...Read more

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While using washroom (#1 or #2) I drip bright red blood from my rectum - even when I am not having a #2. Not constipated - normal stools. No pain?

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While using washroom (#1 or #2) I drip bright red blood from my rectum - even when I am not having a #2. Not constipated - normal stools. No pain?

Hemorrhoids?: Internal hemorrhoids can lead to nonpainful bleeding per rectum, even spontaneously without a bowel movement. Definitely check with your primary doctor. He or she may do an exam and refer you to a gastroenterologist for their expert advice. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a 28 weeks preemie to pass meconium again at 5 weeks old after passing normal stools? She passed meconium after birth for a few days

Is it normal for a 28 weeks preemie to pass meconium again at 5 weeks old after passing normal stools? She passed meconium after birth for a few days

No: Meconium is a mixture of bile, hair, digested cellular debris, etc. That sits within the fully formed bowel and passes within the first days after birth. It never passes again. If your kid is passing dark black stools at 5 weeks it is abnormal and needs to be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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I've been having constipation on and off for over a month. Some days are normal stools and other days I can't pass anything. This past week I've been taking colace for 3 days straight and it finally helped a little as I was able to pass some stools but I

I've been having constipation on and off for over a month. Some days are normal stools and other days I can't pass anything. This past week I've been taking colace for 3 days straight and it finally helped a little as I was able to pass some stools but I

Hydration and fiber: Constipation can frequently be relieved with increased dietary fiber and drinking plenty of water. One of the colon's primary jobs is to reabsorb water from the stool before it is excreted. If you are not drinking enough water the stool can become dry and hard, leading to constipation. Fruits and vegetables are a good source of dietary fiber. ...Read more

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Is urgency to empty bowels in the morning normal? Stools come out in smaller pieces. Family history of crohns. Colonoscopy clear.

Is urgency to empty bowels in the morning normal? Stools come out in smaller pieces. Family history of crohns. Colonoscopy clear.

R/O IBS: IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion. IUC/CROHNS DZ/IBD is inflammation usually DX by BX IBS SX can be managed. You need a full exam and blood work. Especially screen for H pylori. Also stool screen x 3 for occult blood /parasite/ &colonoscopy./EGD While you are getting these items checked out you should stick to a gluten free diet. Ie gutbliss. Com and Wholeapproach. Com TXPROBIOTICS/LEVSIN/BENTYL ...Read more

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I have had Diahrea in morning with normal stools in evening. Spot of blood on tissue--none on feces. Anxiety and fear, planning for death.

I have had Diahrea in morning with normal stools in evening. Spot of blood on tissue--none on feces. Anxiety and fear, planning for death.

Way ahead of time!: Actually, it's not a bad idea for us all to plan for death if we mean living consciously w/ awareness and appreciation. But when you add anxiety and fear - you've made an error. You may have developed IBS (it's not too unusual w/ chronic anxiety). Consider both a psych eval, CBT therapy (great for anxiety) and a general physical exam w/ addt'l focus on GI tract. You've no threat to your life here. ...Read more

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Since started taking glucosamine/confronting, bowel habits changed from normal daily to less frequent normal stools followed by watery. Coincidence?

Since started taking glucosamine/confronting, bowel habits changed from normal daily to less frequent normal stools followed by watery. Coincidence?

? intolerance: The only way to be sure is to discontinue the supplement for a week or so to see whether your bowels return to normal. If they do you could try taking the supplement again to see if the intestinal reaction returns, and if it does you will have your answer. In the meantime ask your pharmacist for advice. ...Read more

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Had surgery bout 5 yrs ago for vortex hernia, around belly button, since then, I don't have normal stools and pain in my left side and surg. Area.

Had surgery bout 5 yrs ago for vortex hernia, around belly button, since then, I don't have normal stools and pain in my left side and surg. Area.

Adhesions?: Worth going back to the surgeon, getting an examination. Once possibility is that after surgery, people can have scarring which causes the intestines to get stuck together, causing mild to serious obstructions. These are called "adhesions" and can produce symptoms like yours. It could be unrelated as well or you could have a recurrence of the hernia. ...Read more

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I've been havin diarreah for almost 3 months ny doctor said its ibs sometimes I get normal stools nice brown but most of the time is direah is it ibs?

I've been havin diarreah for almost 3 months ny doctor said its ibs sometimes I get normal stools nice brown but most of the time is direah is it ibs?

Have any testing?: Diarrhea essentially straight for three months is concening, and not typical of IBS. Remember, IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning there are many other conditions that must be considered before settling on this diagnosis. Crohn's disease? Ulcerative colitis? Gallbladder or pancreas issue? Hyperthyroid? I think your symptom deserves another look. ...Read more

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My bowel movement after lapro is not normal. Stools are very hard and I don't pass fully. I pass thrice to empty my bowels. Please help to be normal.

My bowel movement after lapro is not normal. Stools are very hard and I don't pass fully. I pass thrice to empty my bowels. Please help to be normal.

Be patient: After surgery due to anesthesia and pain medications the bowels slow down causing constipation and it usually clears up when the effects of these medications wear off in the mean time some over the counter laxatives will help good luck. ...Read more

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Server abdom & back pain mucus and blood sometim from anus pain constanly feels like somone is pullin my organs thro my bum never normal stools either?

Server abdom & back pain mucus and blood sometim from anus pain constanly feels like somone is pullin my organs thro my bum never normal stools either?

See a doctor: Sever abdominal pain combined with blood and mucous appearing at the anus suggest significant illness, possibly inflammatory bowel disease (colitis). Please see a doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Back from Mexico upper ab pain worse after food. Black stools for 2 days, H. Pylori!? but now normal stools for 2 days & feel fine. Still see doctor?

Back from Mexico upper ab pain worse after food. Black stools for 2 days, H. Pylori!? but now normal stools for 2 days & feel fine. Still see doctor?

Pepto bismol?: Did you take any pepto bismol. This can turn your stool black for a day or so. As far as the pain it sounds like a gallbladder attack but more info is needed. If pain returns. See your MD. ...Read more

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My son 3 complains of stomach ache very often otherwise he has normal stools and is active too?

Normal?: Sometimes even when children are having a bm daily, it is not a good evacuation. I'd consider measures to improve stooling like fiber or prune juice. Some children have GI symptoms when stressed, don't you? As always, talk to his doctor. ...Read more

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My dad has rectal/anal pain when sitting and moving, no pain/blood in stools, normal stools. Also has fatigue and slight fever. What's wrong?

My dad has rectal/anal pain when sitting and moving, no pain/blood in stools, normal stools. Also has fatigue and slight fever. What's wrong?

Possibilities: Possibly has hemorrhoids along with a different cause of his fatigue and slight fever. Symptoms like these deserve a full evaluation in person by your health care provider. ...Read more

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My dad has rectal/anal pain when sitting and moving, no pain/blood in stools, normal stools. Also has fatigue and slightly feverish what's wrong?

My dad has rectal/anal pain when sitting and moving, no pain/blood in stools, normal stools. Also has fatigue and slightly feverish what's wrong?

Can't tell here: Could be lots of things, including perianal abscess (pus pocket) which could explain his symptoms; other problems could as well, including tumors, etc. Needs to see a doc. ...Read more

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Similac advanced to Enfamil Prosobee issues with no bowel movement but normal stools. Then hard stools changed to gentlease 2daysago. No BM yet.

Similac advanced to Enfamil Prosobee issues with no bowel movement but normal stools. Then hard stools changed to gentlease 2daysago. No BM yet.

Close Monitoring: Baby's age not listed but infants can go 4-5 days without stool. Type of formula can contribute to constipation but is not the rule & frequent change is usually disruptive, requiring baby to adjust at most & not therapeutic. Make sure you are mixing formula with enough water as directed, do not add extra water. Stay with Gentleease, . See doctor for thorough re-check if stools continue to be hard. ...Read more