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Doctor insights on: Sudden Change In Bowel Habits Constipation

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Can a gallbladder with no stones only working at 15% cause constipation? My bowel habits have changed and I'm always constipated.

Can a gallbladder with no stones only working at 15% cause constipation? My bowel habits have changed and I'm always constipated.

Not gall bladder: You should take fiber foods (see site below for info). Or you could take a fiber laxative like Metamucil. In either case drink enough water daily so that your urine is colorless.
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948 ...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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Will my body retain more fat if im constipated? And does "bowel habits" have anythingg to do with metabolism and/or weight?

Will my body retain more fat if im constipated? And does "bowel habits" have anythingg to do with metabolism and/or weight?

No to both: Constipation typically involves eliminating stool from the colon. Absorption of nutrients occurs in the small intestine which is higher up. So being constipated should not make someone more fat. ...Read more

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What could a sudden change in bowel habits entail? I haven't been regular for a month, despite changing my diet.

What could a sudden change in bowel habits entail?  I haven't been regular for a month, despite changing my diet.

Change in diet: Whole host of things it could entail. Have you been traveling? Certainly a change in diet could do it. At your age would recommend adding fiber and seeing if it does not improve and if not see a gastroenterologist for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Change in bowel habits. What does this indicate?

Change in bowel habits. What does this indicate?

That depends: It can mean change is size, amount, color or consistency of stool. It may change due to eating a different diet, infection, bleeding, inflammation, cancer etc. ...Read more

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Change in bowel habits? Hurst to have bm so eating less.

Change in bowel habits? Hurst to have bm so eating less.

Woops: You just described change inbowel habits that could mean cancer, please have this examined by a gastroenterologist soon. ...Read more

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No appetite, change in bowel habits and nausea feelings.?

No appetite, change in bowel habits and nausea feelings.?

Broad differential: Could be one of many things, but it should be further evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Hello! I'm a 27yr male, no family history of CRC. Wondering how to identify a change in bowel habits. How to know if it's something to worry about?

Hello! I'm a 27yr male, no family history of CRC. Wondering how to identify a change in bowel habits. How to know if it's something to worry about?

Lacking a family: ... history of colorectal cancer, you are very unlikely to have CRC at age 27. More common causes of changes in bowel habits at your age are: irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease & ulcerative colitis, lactose intolerance & gluten intolerance. All are manageable disorders. If you have noticed a distinct change in your bowel habits, it's best to see a doctor. Best wishes. Dr. Anne. ...Read more

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Change in bowel habits and lower butt pain. Could that be old endometriosis?

Change in bowel habits and lower butt pain. Could that be old endometriosis?

Could be: Bowel changes and butt pain could be endometriosis if that's where your symptoms were before. You should make sure it's not something wrong with your colon though. ...Read more

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I've had a change in bowel habits lasting more than 2 weeks. Should I cease taking Metamucil?

I've had a change in bowel habits lasting more than 2 weeks.  Should I cease taking Metamucil?

More information: What symptoms are you having? How long have you been taking metamucil? More information is needed. ...Read more

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Is change in bowel habits caused by large bowel obstruction?

Is change in bowel habits caused by large bowel obstruction?

Large bowel blocked: Bloating, decrease in gas coming from rectum, small caliber stool, less frequent passing of stool, nausea, vomiting, fevers and abdominal pain. Large bowel obstruction is serious, so get in for evaluation. Treatment is available and sooner is better than emergency. Be well. ...Read more

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Does drinking everyday cause a change in bowel habits / looser stool?

Does drinking everyday cause a change in bowel habits / looser stool?

Yes: Alcohol is damaging to the brush border of the intestine and chronic drinking can lead to malabsorption and loose stools along with numerous other complications of consuming excessive amounts of alcohol. ...Read more

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Can a change in bowel habits mean colorectal cancer?

Can a change in bowel habits mean colorectal cancer?

Yes: Persistent changes not correlating to your dietary or activity change should be worked up by your doctor. It does not diagnose colon cancer by itself but it is one of the symptoms. ...Read more

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Change in bowel habits since last 1.5 yrs. Change in consistency of stool - semi solid, foul-smelling. Flatus also foul smelling. Pain ;better ondefec?

Change in bowel habits since last 1.5 yrs. Change in consistency of stool - semi solid, foul-smelling. Flatus also foul smelling. Pain ;better ondefec?

Stool patterns: We need a good stool pattern history. Is the stool floating, oily consistency, is there blood, do you have diarrhea, food intolerances. Does anyone else near you have the same symptoms. Past history of ulcers, or UC.Chrohns... There is a lot to go through. Call in or make an appt and we will go through your history, ruling out possible causes. ...Read more

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I had change in bowel habits, stool analysis and blood work done and all came back normal.How can I stop worrying that I have bowel cancer ?

I had change in bowel habits, stool analysis and blood work  done and all came back normal.How can I stop worrying that I have bowel cancer ?

Colonoscopy: This is the only modality for ruling this in or out. You're 26 years old and without known polyp disease or a very strong family history the odds are low, but if the thought is troubling you, it might well be worth performing the procedure. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with hemorrhoids after a colonoscopy, i feel blocked up and struggle to poop is this normal? Finished anusol and no change in bowel habits.

Diagnosed with hemorrhoids after a colonoscopy, i feel blocked up and struggle to poop is this normal? Finished anusol and no change in bowel habits.

Constipation: Hemorrhoid veins are a normal finding at colonoscopy and can become inflamed or irritated by chronic straining and constipation. These veins would not be the cause of constipation, and anusol will not correct constipation. Drink more water, eat more fiber (fruits, vegetables, metamucil), avoid fried and junk foods. ...Read more

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I have Crohn's (in remission and on imuran), and for the past month I have felt nauseous after eating (sometimes) and feeling full sooner than normal when eating. No change in bowel habits. Worried...

I have Crohn's (in remission and on imuran), and for the past month I have felt nauseous after eating (sometimes) and feeling full sooner than normal when eating. No change in bowel habits. Worried...

Complex situation: Your question raises interesting issues, and there are a number of possible explanations. The nausea could be related to worsening of your crohn's, or a side effect of imuran, (azathioprine) or related to a new problem, such as gastritis (inflammation of the stomach, a trial of antacid medication - Omeprazole or ranitidine - might help), or other complications of crohn's. Needs evaluation by your doctor. ...Read more

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Ascending colon pain age 21 change in bowel habits and no anemia went to the er three times and everything clear.Scared it might be Colon cancer.

Ascending colon pain age 21 change in bowel habits and no anemia went to the er three times and everything clear.Scared it might be Colon cancer.

See below:: Agree with Dr. KATAKKAR. It is unlikely that you have colon cancer. However, the issue is not suitable for ER. You need to see your primary care provider and let her/him decide if a referral to a gastroenterologist is warranted.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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19 years old. Change in bowel habits but go everyday. Sometimes blood on toilet paper from known hemorrhoids. Should I be screened for colon cancer?

19 years old. Change in bowel habits but go everyday. Sometimes blood on toilet paper from known hemorrhoids. Should I be screened for colon cancer?

Not at this time: The incidence of colorectal cancer is very low under the age of 40, and stats for 19-39 years of age for women are 1/1400 and increase dramatically between age 40-50 to 1/140. Unless you have a strong family history of colorectal cancer, you can relax about that diagnosis for now. If you have not been feeling well, experience BM urgency, you should be checked for colitis. ...Read more

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Are changed bowel habits symptoms of gastroparesis?

Are changed bowel habits symptoms of gastroparesis?

Probably not: Gastroparesis - delayed empyting of your stomach is not always the first diagnosis. History and exam and certain labs can aid your physician in the diagnosis. You should seek advice with gp or gastroenterologist to determine exact cause. ...Read more

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Since giving birth 9 months ago my bowel habits have changed?

Need more detail: It is possible that delivery (or more likely change in lifestyle, diet etc)may have had an impact oin your bowel habit, but we need more detail on the natiure of the change to judge its importance and management. ...Read more

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Would it be typical for bowel habits just to change?

Would it be typical for bowel habits just to change?

Usually not: Sometimes it is due to a change in diet, medication or life event. If it is associated with things like abdominal pain, bleeding, weight loss, consult your physician. These other signs could signify that something else more serious is going on. ...Read more

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Habits (Definition)

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