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Have a nagging urge to have a bowel movement, but can't go. It is not constipation as I am still regular. Ocasional red bright blood appears in stools.

Have a nagging urge to have a bowel movement, but can't go. It is not constipation as I am still regular. Ocasional red bright blood appears in stools.

Call your physician: Hemorrhoids is a common condition caused by straining during bowel movements. Lifestyle modifications, medications and/or surgical procedures are necessary for treatment. Common symptoms of hemorrhoids may be a sign of other serious health problems like colon or rectal cancer and other conditions. Call your physician for evaluation and screening. ...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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Urge to have a bowel movement but can't and odd feeling around my anus?

Urge to have a bowel movement but can't and odd feeling around my anus?

Laxative: Its OK to take a mild laxative. As far as the odd feeling around the anus it might be hemorrhoids. Best to let you doctor check it out. ...Read more

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Both big toes numb, sleepy after eating, urge to have bowel movement feels like I can't hold it in, hair strands coming out from the roots. Might be?

Both big toes numb, sleepy after eating, urge to have bowel movement feels like I can't hold it in, hair strands coming out from the roots. Might be?

Anxiety possible: Sounds like a panic attack, they have numbness of fingers, toes and lips, urge to go to bathroom, short of breath, increase heart rate, sweating, hair can stand on end. They usually last under 60min, come on quickly, peak in 10min and slowly fade. ...Read more

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In the evening I have the urge to have a bowel movement but I don't have to go. Why is that?

In the evening I have the urge to have a bowel movement but I don't have to go. Why is that?

? examination: You should get an examination of your lower intestinal tract if you haven't. The sensation of having to go without having a bowel movement might mean that there is a polyp or other colon lesion and over the age of fifty it's a good idea to get a colon exam even without symptoms for general screening. ...Read more

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I normally have a bowel movement once a week but I have not been for nearly 3 weeks, I don't have the urge to go either. What should I do?

I normally have a bowel movement once a week but I have not been for nearly 3 weeks, I don't have the urge to go either. What should I do?

Go to your Doctor: You very well may need to retrain your colon to empty it of the waste. This situation you describe is abnormal and in no way representative of good health.

Your doctor may put you on a treatment or get you in to the gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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I have had a problem with being able to have a bowel movement for a week or so now I do have the urge to but when I go nothing happens please help?

I have had a problem with being able to have a bowel movement for a week or so now I do have the urge to but when I go nothing happens please help?

Many tests available: Sounds like you have a functional defecation disorder, or FDD or possibly a rectocele. 1st step is to get tested. A good GI doctor can perform rectal manometry, where a special catheter measures pressures of muscles that are involved with retaining and propelling stool. If this fails, you can get defecating proctogram or MRI defecography, but this means you have to be in the Radiology department. ...Read more

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I am always full but feel no urge for a bowel movement, and only produce small movements when I do?

I am always full but feel no urge for a bowel movement, and only produce small movements when I do?

Water & fiber: You should drink 8-10 full glasses of water each day, and more if you sweat during the day. Mild dehydration is under-appreciated as the cause of constipation. Next, make sure you increase your intake of natural fruit & vegetable fibers. If this still doesn't work, talk to you doctor about starting an over-the-counter stool softener or glycerin suppository. Rarely intestinal tumors cause this. ...Read more

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Is it possible to control the urge for a bowel movement, using any food substances or any techniques?

Is it possible to control the urge for a bowel movement, using any food substances or any techniques?

Listen to your body!: You really need to listen to your body's urges for defecation, and not try to stifle them. (holding on until you reach a toilet is a different matter.) over-controlling the urge to defecate can lead to dry, hard stools and constipation -- including all that comes with it (hemorrhoids, fissures, pain, rectal bleeding, etc). Please allow your bowel its needs. ...Read more

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Why is it that every time I eat I have the urge to have a bowel movement 10-15 minutes after I have eaten?

Why is it that every time I eat I have the urge to have a bowel movement 10-15 minutes after I have eaten?

Reflex: It is the gastrocolic refex which is present when we are newborns. Sometimes this persists in adults causing the urge to have a bowel movement after the digestive tract is stimulated. ...Read more

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Sometimes I get the urge to have a bowel movement very suddenly & it quickly becomes very difficult, even painful, to hold it. Causes?

Sometimes I get the urge to have a bowel movement very suddenly & it quickly becomes very difficult, even painful, to hold it. Causes?

Gastro-colic reflex: Not an uncommon phenomenon, but consider: are your symptoms related to all foods or only some foods? Is the volume or temperature of food a factor? Do your symptoms occur with every meal or only later in the day? Do you have associated symptoms of nausea, vomiting (with or without blood), biliary colic, tenderness, stool urgency with meals, blood or melena in stool? Any stress recently? ...Read more

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I haven't had an urge for a bowel movement in at least a week maybe two weeks. I've tried increasing my fiber but nothing. What should I do?

I haven't had an urge for a bowel movement in at least a week maybe two weeks. I've tried increasing my fiber but nothing. What should I do?

You are: CONSTIPATED! The formal definition of constipation is fewer than 3 bowel movements a week....as important as increasing fiber (5+ fruits/vegetables plus whole grains/cereals daily and? Fiber supplements), you need LOTS OF WATER...more than 8 glasses a day. And EXERCISE daily. You could next try laxatives, i.e. OTC MiraLax (polyethylene glycol) but at this point you should see Doc in case any tests are needed for eval ...Read more

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How come I have the urge to urinate immediately after bowel movement?

How come I have the urge to urinate immediately after bowel movement?

Stool blocks outlet: So, when you have evacuated the stool, your bladder doesn't have to work so hard to contract and empty. ...Read more

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Bowel movement after every meal, any medicine to make this once per day? Fruits (dried & fresh) make urge rapidly. Why its so quick? Medical reason.

Bowel movement after every meal, any medicine to make this once per day? Fruits (dried & fresh) make urge rapidly. Why its so quick? Medical reason.

Gastro-colic reflex: Not an uncommon phenomenon, but consider: are your symptoms related to all foods or only some foods? Is the volume or temperature of food a factor? Do your symptoms occur with every meal or only later in the day? Do you have associated symptoms of nausea, vomiting (with or without blood), biliary colic, tenderness, stool urgency with meals, blood or melena in stool? Any stress recently? ...Read more

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I had a partial hysterectomy (cervix & uterus) 1 week ago. I haven't had a bowel movement. I'm on stool softners but don't have the urge to go.?

I had a partial hysterectomy (cervix & uterus) 1 week ago. I haven't had a bowel movement. I'm on stool softners but don't have the urge to go.?

Too long: Constipation is not uncommon after a surgery and with using pain medications that can slow the bowel down, but that is too long to wait for your bowels to move - you should call you doctor for instructions on what type of bowel stimulant to use. ...Read more

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2-3 week I feel urge to have a bowel movement and then when I go I also start to get nauseated and end up vomiting as well. Why would this happen?

2-3 week I feel urge to have a bowel movement and then when I go I also start to get nauseated and end up vomiting as well. Why would this happen?

Retained stool: In the colon commonly causes the symptoms you describe. A person may have retained stool for days - months even when having regular bowel movements; the colon may not be completely emptying with each bowel movement. Stool contains toxins that your body needs to get rid of. Retaining stool in the colon is not only associated with these symptoms, but also with development of colon cancer. Try Senna ...Read more

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Recently when I have to have a bowel movement I get moderate cramps -unlike my normal feeling or urge when I need to go -its more crampy and intense, ?

Recently when I have to have a bowel movement I get moderate cramps -unlike my normal feeling or urge when I need to go -its more crampy and intense, ?

Vague: These symptoms, by themselves, can occur as a result of multiple illnesses and without further information and an exam it is not possible to diagnose over the internet. See a doctor. Good luck and hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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What can cause you to feel the urge to eat, then almost immediately have the urge to go to the bathroom due to soft stool bowel movement?

What can cause you to feel the urge to eat, then almost immediately have the urge to go to the bathroom due to soft stool bowel movement?

Fast transit: You have fast transit through your gastrointestinal tract. It may be that there is something wrong and needs to be checked or you have naturally increased stomach colon reflex which means your colon movements increase when food gets to the stomach. Try foods that require more time to stay in the stomach such as protein, fat. Carbs, fiber usually pass quickly. ...Read more

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Can internal hemorrhoids develop without bleeding? I have an itchy feeling and an urge to go to the toilet for a while after bowel movement.

Can internal hemorrhoids develop without bleeding? I have an itchy feeling and an urge to go to the toilet for a while after bowel movement.

External hemorrhoid: While internal hemorrhoids can occur without bleeding, external hemorrhoids will cause itching and pain. Try increasing the fiber in your diet, reduce the time you sit on the toilet, and use witch hazel/medicated pads on the area. If this fails to improve in two weeks, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have sudden urges to have a bowel movement and have to run to the bathroom, but when I get there very little comes out. Am I constipated?

IBS: You have irritable bowel syndrome. That means that your bowel is receiving signals from the brain "ordering it to start peristalsis (the wave like function of bowel muscle that pushes its contents down to the lower bowel). Commonest cause is dietary sugar, caffeine etc. ...Read more

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How are the bowel and urinary systems related? I often find that about 20 minutes after a bowel movement, I have a strong urge to urinate...Why?

How are the bowel and urinary systems related? I often find that about 20 minutes after a bowel movement, I have a strong urge to urinate...Why?

Bowels/bladder: Sometimes the presence of stool in the rectum will place pressure on the urethra acting to "hold" the urine - once it is relieved you may have the urge to void. They are two separate symptoms but emptying one may prompt the other system to "tell the brain" its time to empty the other one. ...Read more

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Have feeling after bowel movement that some is stuck in anus and not quite finished. Also have feeling of uti I'm bladder constant urge. What is It?

Have feeling after bowel movement that some is stuck in anus and not quite finished. Also have feeling of uti I'm bladder constant urge. What is It?

Uti and bm: Good question! Since your bladder and rectum are close to each other, a uti will cause irritation to your bladder give you the sensation of needing to urinate again after you've already done so. It is possible your rectum can be irritated, too. Have your PCP check you out. If he starts you on antibiotics, check in the rectal irritation resolves when the uti resolves. If not, may need GI consult. ...Read more

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What could cause the urge to have a bowel movement after eating, also constipated?

What could cause the urge to have a bowel movement after eating, also constipated?

Normal: There is a gastro-colonic reflex which can cause this urge to have BM shortly after eating. Likely normal and good especially if constipated! Try to maintain a balanced diet with plenty of water and fiber. ...Read more

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Why I have the urge to urinate several times after bowel movement? The speed becomes slow and seems some urine left? Feel miserable and discomfort?

Why I have the urge to urinate several times after bowel movement? The speed becomes slow and seems some urine left? Feel miserable and discomfort?

Prostate: You have difficulty with completing your urination after defecation. You are taking flomax (tamsulosin). This medication helps with prostate inflammation. The prostate is the very close to the area called the rectum. This is the storage area for bowel movement. You may still have a prostate that is inflammed. ...Read more

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Does fecal incontinence involve a strong urge to have a bowel movement? Or do you generally expel without warning?

Does fecal incontinence involve a strong urge to have a bowel movement? Or do you generally expel without warning?

Either: Fecal incontinence refers to loss of bowel control, which can mean involuntary loss of gas, liquid stool or solid stool. Some people with bowel incontinence experience fecal urgency or a strong, sudden urge to move their bowels & may not always make it to the toilet. Others cannot sense the urge and soil their undergarments with solid stool w/o awareness. ...Read more

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I have episodes where I experience sudden dizziness, fast heart rate, shaking and then urge for bowel movement.

I have episodes where I experience sudden dizziness, fast heart rate, shaking and then urge for bowel movement.

This combination of: Symptoms is consistent with an autonomic dysfunction. Perhaps POTS. You should see a health care provider for evaluation. I would suggest you see a cardiologist or electrophysiologist as many primary care doctors do not have experience with autonomic dysfunctions. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have the urge to have bowel movements but can't go?

What does it mean when you have the urge to have bowel movements but can't go?

Stool urgency: This is a common complaint but the differential diagnosis is quite broad and evaluation is key to distinguishing a functional process versus an inflammatory one (e.g. Crohn's), malabsorption (e.g. celiac sprue), maldigestion, infection, functional issue (like rectal dyssynergia, pelvic floor dysfunction). Time to discuss this condition with your physician. ...Read more

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Urge to have bowel movements but when I go I can't or only manage to get a few hard pebbles. Increased fiber, water, exercise, stool Softener. IBS?

Urge to have bowel movements but when I go I can't or only manage to get a few hard pebbles. Increased fiber, water, exercise, stool Softener. IBS?

Not necessarily: One with constipation needs to be sure there is no other disease causing it. 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 medication like Linzess, if laxatives aren't working. ...Read more

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I have ignored bowel movements since 5 years old, have had constipation since 15, and cannot feel urges now that I'm getting regular. What's going on?

I have ignored bowel movements since 5 years old, have had constipation since 15, and cannot feel urges now that I'm getting regular. What's going on?

Be seen: If you are chronically constipated you may be so backed up you have mega colon and do lose the sensation to go....You may just need a good cleaning out and then retraining your bowels to go regularly and normally. I guarantee you will need to make changes to your diet. ...Read more

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Is there a reason why I am experiencing frequent bowel movements and sudden urge to pee?

Sorry you are: Having trouble. There are many reasons you might be struggling with these symptoms. One that is simple to address is too much caffeine. You should consider talking to your primary doctor about it. ...Read more

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What causes stomach pain, cramps, urge to poop, and frequent bowel movements?

What causes stomach pain, cramps, urge to poop, and frequent bowel movements?

Abdominal pain.: The symptoms described are consistent with a whole array of potential causes. These symptoms may occur due to viral infections, food poisoning, parasitic infections, autoimmune or inflammatory diseases as well as other causes. A visit to your health care provider is needed to determine if these symptoms indicate a serious illness. ...Read more

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After eating I had gas and stomach pains and an urge to poop. It was normal but now I have stomach cramps and frequent bowel movements. Why?

After eating I had gas and stomach pains and an urge to poop. It was normal but now I have stomach cramps and frequent bowel movements. Why?

More info?: The first thing one thinks of is gallbladder but more info is needed. How long does it last? Anything make it better? Anything make it worse? Does it radiate to your back? Or shoulder? Have you had any surgery? How long has it been there? Have you tried any medications? Did they work? Did you injure yourself? Pulled muscle etc? Has anyone done any studies? Cough? Fevers? ...Read more

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Is it normal with IBS to feel like you have to keep having a bowel movement but can't?

Is it normal with IBS to feel like you have to keep having a bowel movement but can't?

YES: This condition is called ibs-c or constipation type. You should be thoroughly examined by a physician and ask about prescription medication for same. ...Read more

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Whenever I have a bowel movement I feel like I haven t completely emptied my bowels, and continually feel like I need to go?

Whenever I have a bowel movement I feel like I haven t completely emptied my bowels, and continually feel like I need to go?

Need some tests: Normal bowel frequency in america fits a bell-curve distribution--once daily stooling is the middle of the curve, but the normal range extends from 3 bowel movements daily to 1 bowel movement every 3-4 days. Testing will define if your incomplete emptying is due to inflammation, rectal/anal dysfunction, partial obstruction due to mass, stenosis, obstipation, extrinsic, or is a functional issue. ...Read more

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I'm having bad pains in back nut it seams that they come and go when I don't pass a bowel movement. What could I do or should do?

Constipated?: Colonics & purges are popular but should be avoided & can not be recommended (see earlier healthtap answers). Use of irritant laxatives are safe for the short-term only. Fiber supplements, stool softeners, & lavage agents like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) are safe. Rx drugs are available based on work-up of your cause of constipation. However, patients define "constipation" differently than doctors--what's your issue? ...Read more

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I haven't had a bowel movement in 3 days and I had one today but it was very small. & I keep feeling like I have to go but nothing comes. Could something be wrong with my intestines.

Constipation,: Many reasons for bowel irregularity.
Eating high fiber food (fresh veges and fruits daily) drinking plenty of water and regular exercise helps regularize the bm
may take stool softener like senna, colase, or laxative like exlax or mom;now if you are unable to pass stool.
You can add psylium husk or fiber tablet daily if cannot eat high fiber food.
Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is another option if this is chronic. ...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