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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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Often I need to have a bowel movement but the urgency to go either disappears by the time I reach the toilet or it feels like muscles won't relax. ???

Often I need to have a bowel movement but the urgency to go either disappears by the time I reach the toilet or it feels like muscles won't relax. ???

Possible IBS: To provide the best advice we would need to have you compile a bowel diary including dietary intake as well as consistency and estimated frequency of stools. You have commented that you are not weight bearing and is this a chronic neurologic condition or temporary post procedure condition. Are you on any narcotic or anticholinergic meds. How is your urination ...Read more

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Why would I have an urgency to have a bowel movement when I need to urinate? Sometimes I can barely make it to the bathroom.

Why would I have an urgency to have a bowel movement when I need to urinate?  Sometimes I can barely make it to the bathroom.

?irritable bowel: It's nit clear as to whether you're having irritable bowel symptoms also causing the need to urinate or vice versa, but irritable bowel syndrome appears likely nevertheless. Discuss this with your physician who may prescribe medication for your symptoms after assessment and ordering of appropriate tests if he/she deems them advisable. Dietary advice may also be given. ...Read more

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What causes cramping & an urgency to have a bowel movement immediately after eating?

What causes cramping & an urgency to have a bowel movement immediately after eating?

Likely functional: Most times these symptoms represent a functional disorder such as ibs. However other etiologies such as ibd, small intestine bacterial overgrowth, bile salt induced diarrhea (to name a few) can result in similar symptoms and in the right scenario should be further evaluated. So see your doctor. ...Read more

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Urgency for a bowel movement constantly but when i go sit down to have a movement it doesn't always happen. Also have white mucus stuff in poop.Cause?

Urgency for a bowel movement constantly but when i go sit down to have a movement it doesn't always happen. Also have white mucus stuff in poop.Cause?

Need a rectal look: This could all be from constipation and stool in the rectum leading to a feeling of needing to go - but with the stool so hard it doesn't pass easily (and mucous is the body's natural lubricant in this situation). But you could also have rectal irritation (proctitis) and a direct look at the rectum (sigmoidoscopy) is the only way to separate the 2 possibilities. ...Read more

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My 9 yr old son has recently had a urgency to go to the bathroom for a bowel movement. He does not always have a movement when he goes as he states it just felt like he had to go. This just started never had a problem before could this be his nerves?

My 9 yr old son has recently had a urgency to go to the bathroom for a bowel movement. He does not always have a movement when he goes as he states it just felt like he had to go. This just started never had a problem before could this be his nerves?

This could be nerves: but I would also advise looking into physical etiologies. It is also possible that if he tends to hold in his BM's, he may have a dilated rectal area, which would affect the normal urge to have a BM and the ability to go. Either way, I would recommend discussing this with his pediatrician and have him examined. ...Read more

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Some days my tummy hurts & I've bowel movements w/ frozen yogurt type of consistency Also urgency to go. Had a normal abdominal ultrasound, what next?

Some days my tummy hurts & I've bowel movements w/ frozen yogurt type of consistency Also urgency to go. Had a normal abdominal ultrasound, what next?

TTYD, Stool studies.: You should relay your symptoms to a doctor / gastroenterologist by visit or via HealthTap Prime. The urgency & stool consistency sounds like colitis (inflammation of the colon). Have you been on antibiotics recently (past 6 months)? Stool tests like checking for WBC (lactoferrin) & bacteria can help diagnose the condition, but there's not enough room here to discuss all the possibilities.Good luck ...Read more

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Had gall bladder removed Nov last year. However, running to have bowel movements for at least 2 years. Now always diarrhea with recent urgency to pas?

Had gall bladder removed Nov last year. However, running to have bowel movements for at least 2 years. Now always diarrhea with recent urgency to  pas?

Bile: use to get stored in the gallbladder till you had a high fat meal and gallbladder contracted releasing bile into your intestines. Now the bile has no where to collect and in effect drips into your intestines irrespective of food presence. This can cause loose stools. Questran (cholestyramine) binds bile and usually helps the loose stools. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Had gall bladder removed Nov last year. However, running to have bowel movements for at least 2 years. Now always diarrhea with recent urgency to pas?

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Had gall bladder removed Nov last year. However, running to have bowel movements for at least 2 years. Now always diarrhea with recent urgency to  pas?

Post-chole diarrhea: Unfortunately, diarrhea after gallbladder surgery is a known complication. Check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/cholecystectomy/expert-answers/gallbladder-removal/faq-20058481. I answered similar question here: http://alvinblin.blogspot.com/2012/09/q-session-at-avvocom_7051.html. Tell your Family Doc or Gastroenterologist about your diarrhea. Consider trial of cholestyramine ...Read more

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Relative unable to move bowels for over two weeks. Has taken dulcolax, citric magnesium, and prune juice. Given prescription suppositories by urgent care center, still now movement. No stomach pain, just pain in rear and urgency to go. What should be d

Relative unable to move bowels for over two weeks. Has taken dulcolax, citric magnesium, and prune juice.  Given prescription suppositories by urgent care center, still now movement.  No stomach pain, just pain in rear and urgency to go.  What should be d

Go to ER now. : Digital rectal exam? Occult blood? A KUB? Acute bowel series? Time to go to a real ER. He needs a CT+contrast. Critical: is he even passing gas? If not & you have no imaging, *stop* giving any treatment from above. NPO with IV fluids. Nothing by mouth except sips of ginger ale until docs know what is going on. He may just be impacted, or have something worse like a mass, torsion or infarct. ...Read more

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Why do I have a pain in my tush when I need to have a bowel movement?

Why do I have a pain in my tush when I need to have a bowel movement?

Hemorrhoid / Fissure: Could be a hemorrhoid or fissure. If you are constipated then i would increase your fiber intake and use an osmotic laxative such as miralax (polyethylene glycol). If perists see your doctor. ...Read more

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Feel no need to have a bowel movement after three days. Have fibre and do eat a little less than normal but lots of water. Is it normal or ok?

Feel no need to have a bowel movement after three days. Have fibre and do eat a little less than normal but lots of water. Is it normal or ok?

Bowel movements: usually we like bowel movements every 1-2 days about 3 /week. Make sure you are eating enough fiber-oats, barley,lentils,avocados, strawberries, kale,peas, black beans ,lima beans - you need 38 grams /day, and as you noted lots of fluid- 2-4 liters a day..Check thyroid.Follow up with doctor /urgent care. ...Read more

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My daughter is 5 years old. Does she need to have a bowel movement everyday?

My daughter is 5 years old. Does she need to have a bowel movement everyday?

Every other day is : fine. Stools should be peanut-butter consistency & formed. If she has hard BM's that have caused anal fissures, she may start to withhold stool & develop chronic constipation. If you suspect problems, take her to her pediatrician before giving her any bulk laxatives like Miralax, (polyethylene glycol) because she may need bowel "clean-out" with Golytely 1st. Kids can withhold stool after a traumatic experience, also. ...Read more

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I have been experiencing dizziness when I need to have a bowel movement . It happens 1/2 before and mostly subsides within 1/2 hour after. should I be?

I have been experiencing dizziness when I need to have a bowel movement . It happens 1/2 before and mostly subsides within 1/2 hour after. should I be?

Take your pulse: Sometimes bowel moveents trigger a vagal response with associated low blood pressure and pulse. The duration of time that you experience these symptoms is much longer than would be typically expected even if this was the cause. It might be best to be seen by your doctor since the cause may be something more unusual. ...Read more

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I need to have a bowel movement but the stool wont pass?

I need to have a bowel movement but the stool wont pass?

Constipation: Be sure to hydrate yourself, eat fiber, prunes, and stool softeners. If does not work talk toy your pcp ...Read more

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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