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Doctor insights on: Reasons For Not Having Bowel Movements

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What is the psychological reason for kids who hold in their bowel movements?

What is the psychological reason for kids who hold in their bowel movements?

Control: Children often feel like they have little or no control over their environment, and stooling is something they can sometimes control. It's the one battle of wills that kids can win over parents. Other times, it's about avoidance, of either pain or the sensation of loss (yes, they are attached to the poop sometimes). One good hard bm and they will try to not have another one. ...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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Is there any reason to take Metamucil if you already have regular bowel movements?

Is there any reason to take Metamucil if you already have regular bowel movements?

No: If your are stooling well it indicates you are getting enough fiber in your diet and there is no need to supplement. Perhaps a fiber product as needed if you feel you are going on a trip or in a situation where your diet will change. ...Read more

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Bowel movement after every meal, any medicine to make this once per day? Why its so quick? Medical reason.

Bowel movement after every meal, any medicine to make this once per day? Why its so quick? Medical reason.

Common: Post-pea dial diarrhea is common and can be caused by many things including ibs. You should start to eat a healthy diet low in fat and then see a gastroenterologist for further eval. ...Read more

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Bowel movement after every meal, any medicine to make this once per day? Fruits (dried & fresh) make urge rapidly. Why its so quick? Medical reason.

Bowel movement after every meal, any medicine to make this once per day? Fruits (dried & fresh) make urge rapidly. Why its so quick? Medical reason.

Gastro-colic reflex: Not an uncommon phenomenon, but consider: are your symptoms related to all foods or only some foods? Is the volume or temperature of food a factor? Do your symptoms occur with every meal or only later in the day? Do you have associated symptoms of nausea, vomiting (with or without blood), biliary colic, tenderness, stool urgency with meals, blood or melena in stool? Any stress recently? ...Read more

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Often when I eat spicy/hot foods I have a bowel movement later it comes out just as hot & very painful. Is there a reason for this/way to avoid this?

Often when I eat spicy/hot foods I have a bowel movement later it comes out just as hot & very painful. Is there a reason for this/way to avoid this?

Avoid spicy foods: Sometimes this can be from active hemorrhoids or the medical condition pruritus ani. Spicy foods often have an ingredient capsaicin which can set off the p nerve fibers in the body. It seems that some people have more sensitive nerve fibers in their body and the capsaicin found in hot peppers triggers this. ...Read more

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Can proctalgia fugax be the reason for painful bowel movements? Pain is not severe and doesn't last long.

Can proctalgia fugax be the reason for painful bowel movements? Pain is not severe and doesn't last long.

Probably not: Proctalgia is a spasm of the muscles around the rectum. Generally it is like any muscle cramp (leg, foot) - spontaneous and without any precipitating reason. Pain with a bowel movement is more likely from anal irritation at the rectal orifice. Any more specifics requires a bit of detective work with a good history of when, what makes it better, worse, etc. ...Read more

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I have bowel movements about 6x a day and feel really tired, what can be the reason for this? I have not been drinking a lot of alcohol

I have bowel movements about 6x a day and feel really tired, what can be the reason for this? I have not been drinking a lot of alcohol

Many possible causes: Many things can damage intestines including antibiotics, allergy, diet, tumor, autoimmune disease causing diarrhea as well as abnormal bowel function such as irritable bowel syndrome. Fluid or blood loss may cause weakness/anemia. Bananas, applesauce, and rice slow diarrhea and you must hydrate. If you have blood/severe pain see your primary doctor asap who may refer you to a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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I notice after a bowel movement I have blood coming from my anus. What could be the reason for this? Should I go to the emergency room? It is also painful.

I notice after a bowel movement I have blood coming from my anus. What could be the reason for this? Should I go to the emergency room? It is also painful.

Bleeding after BM: The most likely reason for pain and bleeding after a bowel movement would be an anal fissure, or tear. This usually happens when a person tries to pass an unusually hard stool - as when we are constipated. The tissues tear a bit, and bleed. Hemorrhoids can bleed also. I think you should go to the er if the bleeding is heavy (unlikely). But do talk to your doctor about this problem. Lgromkomd. ...Read more

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Urine culture and sample test clear. What is the reason for burning and difficulty urination after bowel movement whole day?

Urine culture and sample test clear. What is the reason for burning and difficulty urination after bowel movement whole day?

? bladder irritants: It can be concentrated urine or bladder irritants like caffeine or spicy food. Cranberry can even do it. Only drink water for a few days and limit spicy food and see what happens. See your urologist. ...Read more

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I have been eating healthy and exersizing daily, could that be a reason why I am having so much gas and making so many bowel movements?

I have been eating healthy and exersizing daily, could that be a reason why I am having so much gas and making so many bowel movements?

Sure thing!: The easiest surest way to crank up the methane production in your gut is a change in diet and increased exercise! However, hang in there. Keep it up, it will get better. Gas vs bad health from crappy food and no exercise? Take the gas. ...Read more

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No varicoceles but my right side testicular veins swell when during bowel movement and back to the normal after 10 mins? What the reason?

No varicoceles but my right side testicular veins swell when during bowel movement and back to the normal after 10 mins? What the reason?

Normal: If you mean the veins on the scrotum (the sac that contains the testes) they can fill up without any pathology. Increased pressure inside the abdomen, such as during straining, can make them more visible at times ...Read more

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Can drinking honey and warm water every morning be the reason for softer and slightly more frequent than usual bowel movements? As it makes more mucus

Can drinking honey and warm water every morning be the reason for softer and slightly more frequent than usual bowel movements? As it makes more mucus

Warm water: Drinking warm water alone can stimulate peristalsis resulting in more active and softer bowel movements. If you secrete lots of mucus in your stool, then irritable bowel syndrome is suggested. If your current bowel pattern doesn't bother you, then I wouldn't worry about the softer and more active bowels. ...Read more

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Pig blood with meat is a delicacy in my culture I had a bowel movement and my stool was dark brown can that be a reason? Is dark brown stools normal?

Pig blood with meat is a delicacy in my culture I had a bowel movement and my stool was dark brown can that be a reason? Is dark brown stools normal?

Yes in your case: The color of the stool is influenced by what you eat. In the scenario you describe the bloody meet can be the reason for your stool's dark brown color (it is like having stomach bleeding) but you must make sure
that the source of the dark color is not a bleeding ulcer in the stomach ...Read more

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Is there a reason why I am experiencing frequent bowel movements and sudden urge to pee?

Sorry you are: Having trouble. There are many reasons you might be struggling with these symptoms. One that is simple to address is too much caffeine. You should consider talking to your primary doctor about it. ...Read more

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Upset tummy as in a lot of bowel movements during period time before and just after. Is this normal and I's there reason for this?

Upset tummy as in a lot of bowel movements during period time before and just after. Is this normal and I's there reason for this?

Yes: If this is normall what occurs with your cycles then this is how your body reacts to the hormones, prostaglandins, with your cycle. ...Read more

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I need to take stool softners or laxatives to have a bowel movement. What could be the reason for this? About a 2 months ago I thought I was constipated so I took a laxative. Ever since then I haven't been able to have a bowel movement without using one o

I need to take stool softners or laxatives to have a bowel movement. What could be the reason for this? About a 2 months ago I thought I was constipated so I took a laxative. Ever since then I haven't been able to have a bowel movement without using one o

Change your diet and: Fluids. Eat a high fiber diet between 20-25 grams per day, regular meal times and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free alcohol free fluids daily. If you exercise and should add 20 oz per 30 minutes of strenuous exercise. Some meds contribute to constipation so take the meds with full glass of fluid instead of a sip in addition to the above recommended fluids. ...Read more

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My legs gets tired early during bowel movement, specially right one which has thigh swelling front and back? Reason?

My legs gets tired early during bowel movement, specially right one which has thigh swelling front and back? Reason?

Thigh swelling: If there is definite swelling of the right thigh, it should be evaluated by your physician. Phlebitis or some other thigh pathology would be a possibility. Pelvic problems occasionally cause referred thigh discomfort also. ...Read more

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I am 18 male, having pain in the pelvic bone and experiencing cramps as well. Have showed doctors and all x-rays and urine test clean. Tried miralax but no effect and taking advil. Bowel movements are still regular. What's the reason?

I am 18 male, having pain in the pelvic bone and experiencing cramps as well. Have showed doctors and all x-rays and urine test clean. Tried miralax but no effect and taking advil. Bowel movements are still regular. What's the reason?

Pain & cramps: Please keep looking and get a second opinion, perhaps from a GI doctor. How is your diet and exercise level? Consider food sensitivity lab testing like the one at Great Plains Lab in Kansas. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Hello, I've had green stools for awhile and been only having one bowel movement everyday. What can be the reasoning? Scared it's cancer I'm 18.

Hello, I've had green stools for awhile and been only having one bowel movement everyday. What can be the reasoning? Scared it's cancer I'm 18.

Green stools: There are many things that can cause stools to be green but the basic cause is the food is passing to quickly thur the intestines. Normally bile makes stool green at the start and a normal transit time lets the stool go from green to yellow to brown. Google green stools and see if any of the causes match with what you are doing. Cancer is low on the list at your age. ...Read more

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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

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What cause green bowel movement?

Some green undigestd: It may be green if you ate some green colour food which was undifested. If otherwise your bowels are regular and normal, I will not worry about it, but if you have green stool persisting then consult your doctor. ...Read more

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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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What causes soupy bowel movements?

What causes soupy bowel movements?

? severity: First define the problem (do you have soft or frequent stool?), circumstances under which diarrhea developed (malabsorption, pancreatic maldigestion, food intolerances, stressful times, exposure to ill individuals, food poisoning, ischemic gut, inflammatory colitis, etc.), severity (stool volume, dehydration, blood, night-time awakening, weight loss), & duration. The "cure" depends on diagnosis. ...Read more

Defecation (Definition)

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