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Doctor insights on: Thyroid And Bowel Movements

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Hi I have acid reflux, gastritis, strawlike hair which is thinning, acne, missed period, dry skin, irregular bowel movements. What could this be?

Hi I have acid reflux, gastritis, strawlike hair which is thinning, acne, missed period, dry skin, irregular bowel movements. What could this be?

Go see ur family doc: While we usually try to narrow things down to one diagnosis to explain all symptoms, you might have two or more going on, which is why it's important to tell your family doc what's going on & get complete evaluation. Your acid reflux & gastritis are variations on a theme. However, strawlike thinning hair, missed period, dry skin & irregular bowel mvmts might be thyroid disease eg hypothyroidism. ...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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I take propranolol for my thyroid, it causes a bowel movement each time I take it, why does it do that?

I take propranolol for my thyroid, it causes a bowel movement each time I take it, why does it do that?

Side effect: What you are experiencing is one of the many side effects of propranolol. If it persists or interrupts your life style, please inform you Doctor. ...Read more

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Bowel movement went from x2 a day to 2 a week with rapid weight gain and difficult to hear bowel sounds is this a thyroid issue?

Bowel movement went from x2 a day to 2 a week with rapid weight gain and difficult to hear bowel sounds is this a thyroid issue?

Seems a little quick: Hi
Sorry to hear that you've been struggling recently with your health. Your symptoms sound like they manifested a little too fast to be due to thyroid issues. Would be useful to have a little further discussion with a doctor either on HealthTap or in your local area to see if we can pinpoint another cause. Rapid weight gain over 2 weeks is usually due to water weight. Hope this helps ...Read more

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How can you have a bowel movement after having a back and neck injury?

How can you have a bowel movement after having a back and neck injury?

Bowel program: If you are referring to a spinal cord injury, the bowel can be trained to have regular movements. This often requires several steps and is taught during rehabilitation. ...Read more

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I need to know how to make a friend have a bowel movement after she had a back and neck injury?

I need to know how to make a friend have a bowel movement after she had a back and neck injury?

Bowel medications: If your friend has a spinal cord injury (with paralysis), then you should consult a physician to ensure a safe technique. If the constipation is due to pain medications, it is wise to take a stool softener once or twice daily while taking pain pills. For a home remedy, try a Dulcolax 10 mg suppository placed in the rectum and she should have results in an hour. See a doctor if there is no result. ...Read more

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When bowel movement is coming I get strong pressure in neck & head, feel sluggish, sleepy & mentally dull until I void. It then passes quickly, why? .

When bowel movement is coming I get strong pressure in neck & head, feel sluggish, sleepy & mentally dull until I void. It then passes quickly, why? .

Valsalva maneuver: When we bear down to move our bowels there may be a slowing of blood flow to the brain momentarily. In your case this may be somewhat exaggerated and you may not be aware of bearing down.. Some people strain and get lightheaded during a bowel movement. ...Read more

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I have the symptoms - acute pain left side of neck at base of cranium, left sinuses, pain gone after bowel movement. Diagnosis?

I have the symptoms - acute pain left side of neck at base of cranium, left sinuses, pain gone after bowel movement. Diagnosis?

Go see your DR for a: Thorough exam and accurate dx. Possibilities include muscle strain, carotid artery narrowing, sinusitis, intestinal problems etc. Based on your age, you may consider a screening colonoscopy, ekg, blood test to check for diabetes, kidney, prostate, liver & cholesterol problems etc. Stay active and maintain ideal weight. God bless u! ...Read more

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While body readying for bowel movement, get pressure in neck/ head, sleepy, mentally dull. It stops as soon as I void. Poss lack of fibre/ hydration?

While body readying for bowel movement, get pressure in neck/ head, sleepy, mentally dull. It stops as soon as I void. Poss lack of fibre/ hydration?

BM and MS changes: Robert, are you bearing down forcefully to have a BM? IF so what you describe is known as a vagal reaction. Bearing down stimulates vagus nerve, heart rate drops, BP drops, pressure in head/neck not uncommon. If so, more fresh fruits, veggies, water and increase fiber. ...Read more

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Can over straining while passing stool leads to nerve or vein in head & neck to break? After straining during bowel movements feel pain in forehead.

Can over straining while passing stool leads to nerve or vein in head & neck to break? After straining during bowel movements feel pain in forehead.

Headaches: Straining for bowel movements can increase intra abdominal and intra cranial pressure. Most of the time there is no threat to brain vessels. Very very rarely if a person has brain artery aneurysm then there is a possibility of rupture and bleeding in side the brain, which can lead to severe sudden headache, coma and death if not taken care quick;y. ...Read more

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Reasons for pain on my left side under the ribs and backpain which cause numbness on the leftside head neck hand and leg and frequent bowel movement?

Reasons for pain on my left side under the ribs and backpain which cause numbness on the leftside head neck hand and leg and frequent bowel movement?

Multiple systems: Those are a lot of symptoms. You should start by seeing your primary care physician to make sure that there is nothing systemic going on. After that a neurologist or physiatrist can evaluate the multiple areas of pain to see if they are related or if there are several causes. ...Read more

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Neck pain and shoulder pain after drinking. Lower back pain after standing or sitting for longer than 10mins. Inconsistent stool and bowel movements?

Neck pain and shoulder pain after drinking. Lower back pain after standing or sitting for longer than 10mins. Inconsistent stool and bowel movements?

Get evaluated!: At 18, these are unusual complaints.

I am concerned that you have a significant nerve compression, especially with the low back pain with standing, and the bladder and bowel inconsistency.

Please get this evaluated by a physician immediately. ...Read more

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What would cause intermittent luq pain with unexplained weight loss? Normal chest and abdominal xray, normal bloods with slightly high wbc. Normal thyroid. No nausea and usual bowel movements & hunger

Irritable Bowel Synd: There are multiple etiologies that would explain your symptoms, too many to fixate on a single cause. I would suggest you see a gastroenterologist for a egd. With that said, long term antibiotics can disrupt the normal intestinal flora resulting in a colitis. Consider taking probiotics. ...Read more

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After increasing my fiber in the diet to about 20g. I have 4-5 bowel movement s daily. Very very uncomfortable?

After increasing my fiber in the diet to about 20g. I have 4-5 bowel movement s daily. Very very uncomfortable?

Constipation: Do you have a history of constipation. Have you ever had a clean out done where you flush your system. Is your bowl movements watery or soft. Fiber is good to take but the amount depend on your age. It should be age plus five until you reach adult age, than you should take 45 grams a day. ...Read more

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I get re-occuring pain in my stomach before and during bowel movements that only stops once I've finished my bm. Been off and on for a long time but s?

I get re-occuring pain in my stomach before and during bowel movements that only stops once I've finished my bm. Been off and on for a long time but s?

Cramping: This could be due to gas passage or passage of hardened stool. It is also possible that you have a type of ibs (irritable bowel syndrome); nonetheless you need to be examiined by a physician. ...Read more

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A long time ago there was very little blood but haven’t seen anymore, it’s a sharp pain whenever I have bowel movements I feel some soreness sometime?

A long time ago there was very little blood but haven’t seen anymore, it’s a sharp pain whenever I have bowel movements I feel some soreness sometime?

Clean well: After you have a bowel movement, clean thoroughly with toilet paper. Then wipe the area with a tissue with a dollop of ordinary skin cream That should clean things up in a day or two. If the itching persists, then put a little over the counter cortisone cream on the paper and dab your rectum with that twice per day for several days. ...Read more

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Why di I keep having bowel movements?

Why di I keep having bowel movements?

How long?: Many causes of diarrhea. It could be due to gastroenterintis, inflammatory bowl disease, celiac disease or malabsorption ...Read more

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Should I get bowel movements everyday?

Should I get bowel movements everyday?

NO: There really is not a " normal schedule" for everyone. If you are able to eat without bloating or pain, with good elimination of formed stool - do not become fixated on your bm frequency. ...Read more

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What causes explosive bowel movements?

What causes explosive bowel movements?

Bowel movement: Explosive bowel movements are associated usually with some type of infection. They can be associated with, for example, lasctose intollerance. I would talk to a doctor. ...Read more

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How can I have bowel movement everyday?

How can I have bowel movement everyday?

Eat fiber: African tribes that eat lots of fiber go 3 to 5 times a day. Roughage/fiber includes fruits and vegetables like celery, grapes etc.
These should help you go regularly. ...Read more

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What are causes of black bowel movements?

What are causes of black bowel movements?

GI bleeding: Black stools can be caused by GI bleeding, pepto bismol, (bismuth subsalicylate) iron, kaopectate and licorice. Your doctor should be able to examine you and tell what the cause is. ...Read more

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How often should you have bowel movement?

How often should you have bowel movement?

Varies, once a day: On average, one or two times a day but can vary and depends on the individual's bowel habits, diet etc. Could be 3-4 per day or every 2-3 days. ...Read more

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What causes fishy smelling bowel movements?

What causes fishy smelling bowel movements?

Eating fish and: Overeating in general. Foul smelling bowel movements may suggest malabsorption. If you have had unintended weight loss, see your doctor otherwise do not be concerned and try eating less. ...Read more

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What causes fishy smelling bowel movements?

What causes fishy smelling bowel movements?

Could be malabsorpti: The important thing is to assess the duration, could be indigestion, from some meds or supplements or lack of absorption of nutrients, go to your doctor to have it checked. ...Read more

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What to do if I keep having bowel movements?

What to do if I keep having bowel movements?

Isn't that normal?: Please elaborate if you're questioning: 1) stool frequency; 2) stool urgency; 3) fecal incontinence; 4) diarrhea of known or unknown cause; 5) unexplained change in bowel pattern, etc. We're here to help, but need clarification what you're asking. ...Read more

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