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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 had a sharp pain at the top of my head when straining during a bowel movement. What could this be?

I had a sharp pain at the top of my head when straining during a bowel movement. What could this be?

Cough headache: Headache only triggered by straining is a rather uncommon condition. It could be primary cough headache, a benign condition that precipitated by coughing or straining in the absence of any intracranial disorder. Primary cough headache is usually bilateral and predominantly affects patients older than 40 years of age. However, it could happen in any age. ...Read more

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I sometimes have clear penile discharge when straining during a bowel movement, is this normal?

I sometimes have clear penile discharge when straining during a bowel movement, is this normal?

Clear OK: It is likely from the bm pushing against your prostate on its way out and is normal. If changes color / volume / odor or becomes painful, then be concerned. ...Read more

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What happened if I strain during my large bowel movement?

What happened if I strain during my large bowel movement?

STRAINING BOWEL MOVE: If you strain with large bowel movements can cause hemorrhoids over time.To prevent that you need fiber in your diet with and without stool softners. ...Read more

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Can my vagina prolapse during large bowel movement with straining?

Yes: Keeping stools soft is important factor in avoiding prolapse, the size of stool not so much as the hardness/straining. ...Read more

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Can straining during bowel movements cause ongoing lower back pain?

Yes: Straining with bowel movements can increase you intrabdominal pressure which can exacerbate back pain and can also worsen pain that may be resulting from a disc herniation. Talk with you pcp about your issue. They may recommend a stool softener or even a laxative to help alleviate the bowel issues. They can also help determine if there is some other source to your back pain. ...Read more

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I have to strain during bowel movements and have a skin tag near anus . I want to know if i Have heamorhoids ?

I have to strain during bowel movements and have a skin tag near anus . I want to know if i Have heamorhoids ?

Need to examine: If is not feasible to say if you have or do not have hemorrhoids without examining you. However, you should take a fiber laxative to avoid hard stools and constipation. You may take a laxative like Metamucil and drink enough water daily so that your urine is colorless. ...Read more

Bowel (Definition)

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


Bowel Movement (Definition)

Expulsion of fecal material, food residue and bactrial residue, ...Read more