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Should i be concerned having bloody bowel movements?

Should i be concerned having bloody bowel movements?

Yes & No: You are still young to have serious intestinal problem like cancer. Most rectal bleeding for young people is from hemorrhoids. If you are constipated, take some laxatives or stool softeners. But you should still see your dr and be referred to a gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy to be checked for the above. Have a blood count too to check for anemia. Best wishes! ...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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I am having very frequent dark sticky bowel movements today. Should I be concerned?

I am having very frequent dark sticky bowel movements today. Should I be concerned?

A change for you?: If it is a change in your usual bowel habit, can not be definitely related to diet change, and especially if associated with other symptoms, e.g. Pain, nausea, lightheadedness, cramps, bleeding, fever, sweats, etc. Definitely call your doc. If stool is black (like tar) or maroon-call doc now, or go to er. ...Read more

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Living with Bowel Incontinence (Checklist)

Increase dietary fiber
Once
Do kegel exercises
Daily
Follow up with a gastroenterologist
Yearly
See a pelvic floor specialist such as a urogynecologist
Yearly
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What can help with bowel movements?

High fiber diet: A diet rich in fruits and vegetables along with adequate oral hydration will help with regular bowel movements. You can also use otc fibers to help. Just remember to drink plenty of water. ...Read more

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Why is it that every month around that time I have severe pains with bowel movements and when I sit down?

Why is it that every month around that time I have severe pains with bowel movements and when I sit down?

Pain bowel movement: The first thing i would ask is "are you female?": women can have ovulation pain or even mild endometrial pain with a bowel movement. If you are male, i would bring it up with your doctor so the can do an appropriate exam or study on you. Either way, if it consistently happens, make sure you don't ignore it, and bring it up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Living with Bowel Incontinence (Checklist)

Lifestyle and dietary changes
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Exercise programs
daily
Medications to control constipation & diarrhea.
daily
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What do normal bowel movements look like?

What do normal bowel movements look like?

Soft, loose, yellow: Babies older than a week should have yellowish poops with the thickness of mustard or thick spaghetti sauce. Breastfeeding babies can have even looser poops. Formula-fed babies have firmer poops, but poop that holds shape would be too firm for the first 3-4 months of life. Poop gets darker, with brown/green colors blended in, and also gets firmer, as a baby gets older. ...Read more

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Hi! is it normal to have up to 6 bowel movements in a day? Its starting to effect my daily life.

Not usually: Sometimes fiber supplement will help control too much as well as too little movement. If that fails after a few days, should see a GI dr for history / exam / testing. Particularly since impacting daily functioning. ...Read more

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Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Checklist)

Avoid trigger foods and increase fiber in your diet
Once
Stress less, and enjoy life, as anxiety will worsen symptoms
Once
Take medications as prescribed and as needed
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What are bowel movements?

Poop: A bowel movement is when you pass the waste from your intestines. This is what is left over from your food after it is digested, along with some digestive enzymes that usually make it brown. ...Read more

Defecation (Definition)

Defecation is also known as Bowel movement. Passing food that is fully digested and ready for excretion out the ...Read more

Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more

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