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I'm having pains that come and go in my lower abdomen also followed by gas and smaller looser poops, is this constipation or bowel obstruction?

I'm having pains that come and go in my lower abdomen also followed by gas and smaller looser poops, is this constipation or bowel obstruction?

Constipation: If you are having hard small stools and pain is not severe this is most likely constipation. High fiber diet (fruits and veggies), plenty of water, prune juice can help. If you are having severe pain, vomiting, definitely unable to pass any stool for several days you need to be seen asap. ...Read more

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So do I have constipation if I only poop 2 times a week maximum? And does it matter if it's small or large poop?

So do I have constipation if I only poop 2 times a week maximum? And does it matter if it's small or large poop?

Let's define problem: Doctors define constipation as stools less frequently than once every 3-4 days. Patients feel they are "constipated" when passing hard or small volume stool, or they feel full ; bloated. Have you been evaluated to show you're not blocked, if your gut is sluggish, or your rectum works correctly--these can be tested for (sitz marker study ; anal manometry, respectively). See a GI specialist next. ...Read more

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I feel full, but when I go to poop only a small amount comes out. My stool Is soft so I don't think it's constipation.?

I feel full, but when I go to poop only a small amount comes out. My stool Is soft so I don't think it's constipation.?

Time for evaluation: Is this new for you? Have you had testing that distinguishes a "slow transit" system, or tests that suggest inflammation (like crohn's, ulcerative colitis), infection, stenosis (the narrow passage you mentioned), extrinsic impression against the gut, pregnancy, etc.? Do you have irritable bowel syndrome? Pelvic floor dysfunction? A medical evaluation is in order--please see your GI doctor. ...Read more

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There is small white cotton comes with my poop when I bowel. I'm having constipation and the small white cotton floating after I bowel.?

There is small white cotton comes with my poop when I bowel. I'm having constipation and the small white cotton floating after I bowel.?

Stool mucus or more?: Mucus discharge occurs in up to 50% of patients with irritable bowel syndrome, with or without pain. Mucus may also be produced in response to partial obstruction, chronic constipation, rectal dysfunction, infection, & even from secretory villous tumors of the rectum. At the very least stool studies should help address if mucus white bits you're seeing are "worms" (pinworms, etc.) so rx can begin. ...Read more

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Constipation for 12 days. Only pooping small amounts. This started after taking Vitamin D. 1 dose of Miralax (polyethylene glycol) just producing small amounts. Any ideas?

Constipation for 12 days. Only pooping small amounts. This started after taking Vitamin D. 1 dose of Miralax (polyethylene glycol) just producing small amounts. Any ideas?

Constipation: Is often challenging to manage. Too much vitamin D may lead to high calcium, then constipation. Diet and lifestyle are the most important including increasing fluid/fiber intake and exercise. Fiber supplements may be needed and osmotic laxatives such as milk of magnesia or MiraLax (polyethylene glycol) can be taken according to directions. Beyond that, newer prescription meds may be helpful--Amitiza/Linzess. See Doc. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I'm constipated and the poop is small but there's a lot of blood?

What does it mean if I'm constipated and the poop is small but there's a lot of blood?

Need to see Dr.: Bleeding rectally is never normal, so you need to see a dr., preferrably a GI specialist, and get an evaluation urgently if there is a lot of blood. Good luck. ...Read more

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My breastfed 6 mth old is now on solids and poops several times a day. Although they are still soft, they are dry and small; is she constipated?

My breastfed 6 mth old is now on solids and poops several times a day. Although they are still soft, they are dry and small; is she constipated?

Unlikely: If she is having several bowel movements a day and is still eating and acting normally it is doubtful that she is constipated. If she is irritable, crying incessantly, not feeding regularly, sleeping excessively or develops fever have her see a pediatrician asap. Otherwise just watch and wait. ...Read more

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Whenever I poop I have a small amount of blood on the outside. I was constipated for a few days because of college cafeteria food. Help?

Whenever I poop I have a small amount of blood on the outside. I was constipated for a few days because of college cafeteria food. Help?

Bloody stool: This is consistent with hemorrhoids or a rectal fissure. Do you have pain too? Either way try to increase fiber in the diet and drink lots of water. Also get regular exercise. This should resolve in one or two weeks. If problem persists seek help. ...Read more

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Does a small bleeding tear inside anus when pooping constipated stool increase chance of catching disease from using public toilet (e.g. water splash?

Does a small bleeding tear inside anus when pooping constipated stool increase chance of catching disease from using public toilet (e.g. water splash?

I'm not sure...: ... that this specific problem has ever been studied in detail. However, any open wound is susceptible to infection, and certainly there are a lot of bacteria present both in that area of the body and in public toilets. If I had a perianal tear, I would try to avoid water splashing on it. You should see your doctor if the bleeding or pain are persistent. Good luck. ...Read more

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17old month its on lactaid & constipated she poops and I see a bit of blood, hard stools & small anal fisure normal milk creamy watery stools need help?

17old month its on lactaid & constipated she poops and I see a bit of blood, hard stools & small anal fisure normal milk creamy watery stools need help?

Treat constipation: This is due to constipation. A laxative promoting diet is very helpful (things with water insoluble fiber), prunes, apricot nectar are a big a help, and a daily laxative likely is needed. ...Read more

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Constipation or worse? Every few wks have to force my stool out because it won't go alone like it should. Very small amount of stool when this occurs.

Constipation or worse? Every few wks have to force my stool out because it won't go alone like it should. Very small amount of stool when this occurs.

Oh shucks: At your age I would love to get a good history and come up with a plan. Find someone who can give you a plausible reason rather than simply treating the symptoms. ...Read more

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For approx a month I have been feeling full after small portions, had brown mucus in stool and nausea. I have suffered with constipation for years.

For approx a month I have been feeling full after small portions, had brown mucus in stool and nausea. I have suffered with constipation for years.

See a GI doctor: You need an extensive detailed evaluation by an expert in this area, and this cannot be done over the internet. It may be as simple as Giardiasis or as complex as some inflammatory bowel disease. Go and be assessed. Good luck. ...Read more

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Been having constipation for 3 weeks. When stool comes out it appears to have small dark spots everywhere. Blood? Rest of stool is brown, hard& soft.

Been having constipation for 3 weeks. When stool comes out it appears to have small dark spots everywhere. Blood? Rest of stool is brown, hard& soft.

How is your diet?: Have you been taking NSAIDs (aspirin, Ibuprofen etc.) if not, do you feel weak, lethargic, weight loss or not, hemorrhoids, any significan family history? . I recommend visiting your primary doctor for evaluation of blood in stool, if its positive, have them pursue an upper and lower endoscopy ...Read more

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My son is 2 and been having a lot of constipation. Sometimes he not poo for 3 days. And when he does poo it is hard and small. Is something wrong?

My son is 2 and been having a lot of constipation. Sometimes he not poo for 3 days. And when he does poo it is hard and small. Is something wrong?

Constipation: This is very common in toddlers as well as on pediatrics so I doubt anything is wrong with your child. Encourage water drinking and increase his intake of fruit and vegetables especially peaches, pears and prunes. Limit his drinking of milk and eating cheese to two dairy servings a day. ...Read more

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Noticed a small hard grainy lump on my anus. No pain or bleeding. Had to strain in the toilet for last 2 days, as had bit of constipation. What is it?

Noticed a small hard grainy lump on my anus. No pain or bleeding. Had to strain in the toilet for last 2 days, as had bit of constipation. What is it?

External hemorrhoid: Most common bump on anus would be an external hemorrhoid. Any lesions though should be checked out, as anal cancer rates are on the rise. Sometimes a small bump like this could be a condyloma, the body's reaction to a hpv infection. See a doctor to get someone to check lesion and make sure it's benign and just a hemorrhoid. ...Read more

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Soft, small skin colored lump near anus- have internal hemorroids, constipation, bright red blood w/ BM. Sometimes feels like tearing. What's this? Spasm 2

Soft, small skin colored lump near anus- have internal hemorroids, constipation, bright red blood w/ BM. Sometimes feels like tearing. What's this? Spasm 2

Sounds: Like a chronic anal fissure with what is called a sentinel tag which indicates the fissure has been present for quite a while. Your constipation is the probable cause. Drink 80-100 ounces caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily to fix the constipation. The chronic fissure though, has only a 20% chance of healing without surgery so see a colon and rectal specialist soon please before you develop ...Read more

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I have small kidney shaped things passing in my stool, black specs and stringy, foamy loose stools and constipation. What is it?

I have small kidney shaped things passing in my stool, black specs and stringy, foamy loose stools and constipation. What is it?

Here are...: Noticing the kidney-shaped things in stool is coincidental and not specifically related with GI-symptoms, for which you need to work on healthy lifestyle without overindulgence. Meanwhile, check out the timing between current GI-symptoms and Wellbutrin (bupropion) to track if its potential benefits outweighs its side effects. For detailed long-term care, work with Doc closely and timely. ...Read more

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Have had internal hemorrhoids;recently a small external. Have constipation a lot. I had been taking fiber chews-stool is softer. Wipeding today, pain. NoAF?

Have had internal hemorrhoids;recently a small external. Have constipation a lot. I had been taking fiber chews-stool is softer. Wipeding today, pain. NoAF?

See surgeon: Hemorrhoids are distended veins; they can thrombose, be filled with blood clots and cause severe pain. You need to have them examined by a surgeon or proctologist, who may need to remove the clot or otherwise treat the hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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Can long term use of previcid/prilosec cause digestive issues, lower lft abdomen pain small/narrow stool, constipation, floating stool?

More info needed: Thanks for your question! Prilosec's main mechanism of action is to decrease acid production. Some of the more serious complications include a form of infectious diarrhea, known as C. diff (which is not very subtle). I suspect it's not the medication, but you could always try holding it for a few days and see if it helps your symptoms. Hope you feel better! ...Read more

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4yr old boy wakes up wit pain at midnight goes to washroom passes small amount of stool with gas and sme mucous. Wat cud b this? Constipation colic pain

4yr old boy wakes up wit pain at midnight goes to washroom passes small amount of stool with gas and sme mucous. Wat cud b this? Constipation colic pain

Abdominal pain: It is not uncommon for children to get some gas pain, possibly backed up behind some stool. If the pain resolved after he had the bowel movement, it's probably fine. If it keeps recurring or worsens, he should see his doctor. If there is blood in the stool, or he starts vomiting, call the doctor. ...Read more

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