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


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I have very slow moving bowel and I have to take something to get movement so I can go. The stool is very long and soft when I do go, about once a week. Why can't I go more frequently?

I have very slow moving bowel and I have to take something to get movement so I can go. The stool is very long and soft when I do go, about once a week. Why can't I go more frequently?

Hard to say: Constipation (going <3 x week or with difficulty) has many causes, with diet and other medications you take playing a significant role in why you go so seldom. Discussing your medications with your doctor may help eliminate some of their side effects, boosting your fiber content and a thorough medical evaluation for things like low thyroid may shed some light as well. ...Read more

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Slow moving bowel movements. No matter how much water and fibre I take or any probiotics I take.?

Slow moving bowel movements. No matter how much water and fibre I take or any probiotics I take.?

QUALITY MATTERS: When using a quality fiber, you should have a bowel movement within approximately 24 hours of its ingestion. Try using a pure psyllium husk without any additives. Quality acidophilus must either have high potency (e.g., 250 billion/tsp) or be formulated to survive stomach acid. Such products are available from professionals (not over-the-counter) where they are prescribed for medical reasons. ...Read more

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- many digestive problems, many years - last 3 y., too slow/ineffective bowel movements => spends 2-3hrs on toilet/day Why? (Diet is OK.)

- many digestive problems, many years - last 3 y., too slow/ineffective bowel movements => spends 2-3hrs on toilet/day Why? (Diet is OK.)

IBS: If this has been going on for so long you are likely to have a problem with your bowel motility most frequently ascribed to irritable bowel syndrome. There are many effective treatments, but you need to see a doc to establish the diagnosis and prescribe a steady and progressive program of treatment. ...Read more

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How can I slow down bowel movements after taking antibiotics?

How can I slow down bowel movements after taking antibiotics?

Probiotic, yogurt: Taking a probiotic supplement (typically lactobacillus and saccharomyces strains) or adding yogurt with active cultures may help. It works better as a preventative measure if started before or along with the antibiotic, but it certainly won't hurt to start now and may speed recovery of a healthy intestinal microbiome! ...Read more

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I'm constipated. I took the correct dosage of a laxative 3 hrs ago. I am just now experiencing bowel movements, but it's painful and slow. Help?

I'm constipated. I took the correct dosage of a laxative 3 hrs ago. I am just now experiencing bowel movements, but it's painful and slow. Help?

Suppository: You may have hard impacted stool in your rectum that is being pushed out by the loose stool from above.

Try a suppository to see if it may soften the stool below and assist in its passage. ...Read more

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How to empty my stomach? Can hemorrhoids slow bowel movements

How to empty my stomach? Can hemorrhoids slow bowel movements

Not really: Only if the hemorrhoid are painful it could cause problem because the patient avoid having BM because of the pain.
in general you need to keep your bowels soft, by drinking a lot of water, average 10-12 bottles a day.
you need to eat more fruits, and drink juices,
you need to eat more fibers, more vegetables.
you need to exercise daily.
you might need to take some stool softener. ...Read more

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I'm having problems moving my bowels for over 6 months?

I'm having problems moving my bowels for over 6 months?

Could be serious...: Each person with constipation needs to be sure there is no other disease causing it (such as colon cancer). If constipation is just due to slow movement of the food and poop through the gut, then the things to try are vegetables, water, prune juice, prunes, fiber+water, miralax, (polyethylene glycol) senokot or other senna, milk of magnesia, other laxatives... A doctor can evaluate and prescribe helpful meds too. ...Read more

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What's the longest a person can go without moving their bowels?

What's the longest a person can go without moving their bowels?

A long time: There is a case on record of a person with 136 pounds of fecal matter. You can go for many days if you eat little. You can increase the time if the contents of your bowel are not irritating. For most, eventually, you will have to get rid of the stuff. ...Read more

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I have problems moving my bowels normally. And even when I do, its comes out very small. And I eat little and gets easily full?

Constipation: It would help to increase the volume of dietary intake, including more fiber and water. Reduce milk products. More protein and moderate fats may help in relieving your constipation as well. I would also suggest that in the absence of organic disease, you speak with a registered dietician about the best diet for you. ...Read more

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What's rectal prolapse effect on moving bowels?

What's rectal prolapse effect on moving bowels?

None usually: Rectal prolapse is where the rectum falls through the anus. Sometimes it results from constipation. A rectocele is a bulge from the vagina and stool can get stuck in it. ...Read more

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I've been extremely constipated 4 sev weeks now. I've tried everything. & I've gained 7 pds n just 2 days! Could this be where my bowels aren't moving?

I've been extremely constipated 4 sev weeks now. I've tried everything. & I've gained 7 pds n just 2 days! Could this be where my bowels aren't moving?

Might be your drugs: I see you list Cymbalta (duloxetine) as one of your medications- this med is known to have constipation as one of its side effects. It is definitely possible to quickly gain that kind of weight when you are not having bowel movements- stool is heavy! The things I suggest trying are magnesium citrate, an enema, Miralax twice a day, and/or getting a prescription for Go-Lytely from your doctor to really get moving ...Read more

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For days I've been moving my bowels more often and there's always lots of blood. It's not an external hemorrhoid, maybe internal? Or something else

For days I've been moving my bowels more often and there's always lots of blood. It's not an external hemorrhoid, maybe internal? Or something else

See a doctor: You really should see a doctor. Blood in the stool is never normal. It could certainly be an internal hemorroid but better to find out and get the proper treatment. It could be something more serious so it is important that you get examined. ...Read more

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I have been experiencing a dull pain in my lower left abdomen for two weeks. The pain is most noticeable in the evening and morning when moving bowels?

I have been experiencing a dull pain in my lower left abdomen for two weeks. The pain is most noticeable in the evening and morning when moving bowels?

Llq pain: Pain in the left lower quadrant of the abdomen often is due to inflammation of the descending colon as seen in diverticulitis or inflammatory bowel disease, especially if there are associated bowel symptoms. Simple strain of the abdominal muscles or an inguinal hernia are less likely possibilities. See your physician, gastroenterologist or abdominal surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Everyday I have trouble moving my bowels and severely bloat from gas and its painful. What can I do? Tried a lot already

Some laxatives: You can try a combination of miralax/magnesium citrate/dulcolax suppositories/fleets enemas. However, if this is a recurrent problem, you may be better on a maintenance medicine for chronic constipation. Talk to your physician about some available choices. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get hemorrhoids after appendectomy? I had the appendectomy 5 days ago, and now my bowels are moving again, but I now have a hemorrhoid

Is it normal to get hemorrhoids after appendectomy? I had the appendectomy 5 days ago, and now my bowels are moving again, but I now have a hemorrhoid

Please see below: Hemorrhoids are mostly due to constipation and so many other conditions. May be you have had hemorrhoid before but went unnoticed, this time it got worse due to this surgical procedure where you might have received pain medication. Pain medication cause constipation. Constipation cause you to strain during defecation and it makes the already present hemorrhoid worse.
Appendectomy should not. ...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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What is s safe amount of time without moving your bowels. I have actually gone 6 to 7 days. I drink alot of water and take laxatives and stool softners.

What is s safe amount of time without moving your bowels. I have actually gone 6 to 7 days. I drink alot of water and take laxatives and stool softners.

That's too long...: Doctors define constipation as stools less frequent than once every 3-4 days. If fewer, rule out metabolic causes (e.g. low thyroid or adrenal conditions), distinguish slow versus normal transit constipation, consider a primary rectal dysfunction that may be treatable with biofeedback, check for structural pathology, extrinsic impingement, or intermittent ileus (e.g. Pseudo-obstruction). Get eval. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use stool softeners often if I go a day without moving bowels?

Is it safe to use stool softeners often if I go a day without moving bowels?

Yes: As long as you are using only stool softeners (docusate) and not laxatives, you are safe using them every day, especially if stool is hard. ...Read more

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Why does milk of magnesia make me pee for days? Love that it gets my bowels moving but it makes me urinate 20 times a day. What's up with that?

Why does milk of magnesia make me pee for days? Love that it gets my bowels moving but it makes me urinate 20 times a day. What's up with that?

Milk of magnesia: What other medications do you take? Any diuretics? MOM usually can cause dehydration due to excessive diarrhea, but you may have a renal (kidney issue) check magnesium level, and consider referral to nephrologist (renal specialist) Do not take MOM daily only on rare occasions for 1-2 d as can get too much magnesium Stop MOM and f/u w/ doc today for electrolytes ...Read more

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I have to keep going to the bath room. My bowels keep moving and its not thin its kinda hard for me to so it. I get salava in my mouth and feel like i?

I have to keep going to the bath room. My bowels keep moving and its not thin its kinda hard for me to so it. I get salava in my mouth and feel like i?

Impacted: If you are having frequent hard stools, you are probably not completely emptying your rectum. You may need to take a laxative to clear your lower colon and rectum to reestablish a normal bowel routine. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) might be agood choice. Take it in either the evening before bed or before breakfast. Go to the toilet after breakfast to try to get on a schedule. Any change in bm may need further evaluation. ...Read more

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What can I eatto get my bowels moving after hwving the stomach flu?

What can I eatto get my bowels moving after hwving the stomach flu?

Drink water: The most important thing is to get rehydrated. One of the most under-appreciated causes of constipation is dehydration, which is common with the stomach flu. Then, just eat balanced meals. If you still need help passing a bowel movement, try an over-the-counter stool softener or perhaps a glycerin suppository. If it's been 3 days or more, check with your doctor. ...Read more