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What does an ideal bowel movement look or feel like?

What does an ideal bowel movement look or feel like?

Bristol stool score: There is a 7 point stool score with photos. Ideally you would have the 3, 4 score. Type 6 is too fluffy and type 1 is too hard. ...Read more

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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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What is the best medicine for making me have a bowel movement?

What is the best medicine for making me have a bowel movement?

Start simple, but...: Docusate (per pdr) helps moisten & soften hard, dry stools. It is not a true laxative, but facilitates natural defecation, usually within 12 to 72 hours. This is safe & available for anyone over 2, & assumes normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or instrinsic obstruction. Change in bowels is a "red flag", like weight loss or blood in stool, that needs evaluation if persistent. ...Read more

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What's the best way for me to change my bowel movement schedule for the weekend only?

What's the best way for me to change my bowel movement schedule for the weekend only?

I am not sure that: Is a healthy goal. You could retain a lot of feces if you limit your toilet use to weekends. ...Read more

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Will proctitis cause prostatitis? I'm freaked out. I have proctitis and always want to have bowel movement. What is the best way to cure proctitis?

Will proctitis cause prostatitis? I'm freaked out. I have proctitis and always want to have bowel movement. What is the best way to cure proctitis?

Proctitis: Proctitis involves the rectum and doesn't affect the prostate. Persistent proctitis is best treated by a proctologist who may perform an anoscopy and then prescribe dietary restrictions on spices, anal and rectal lotions,creams,suppositories or certain medical enemas. ...Read more

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Haven't had a bowel movement in 3 days since starting cough medicine with codeine. What is the best/safest OTC remedy given my current meds?

Haven't had a bowel movement in 3 days since starting cough medicine with codeine. What is the best/safest OTC remedy given my current meds?

Miralax (polyethylene glycol) and fiber: Make sure to drink plenty of fluids. Avoid caffeinated beverages, though. Eat leafy veggies and get a fiber supplement such as Metamucil or Citrucel. Adding Miralax (polyethylene glycol) to it may be helpful if fiber alone doesn't help. ...Read more

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I have anal fissure and pain during bowel movement I have xyloproct and preparation H suppositories and ointment which one is the best??

I have anal fissure and pain during bowel movement  I have xyloproct and preparation H suppositories and ointment which one is the best??

Anal fissure: Xyloproct has pain relieving qualities and should numb the anal area reducing pain with bowel movements. It's also important to keep your movements soft by taking a stool softener like colace and inserting a glycerin rectal suppository to make it easier to expel your stool. After the bm, apply warm applications.A proctologist or colorectal surgeon can give you the best advice and treatment,however ...Read more

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What is the best method to address a calcified fibroid tumor that is causing frequent urination and bowel movement issues?

What is the best method to address a calcified fibroid tumor that is causing frequent urination and bowel movement issues?

Hysterectomy: I'm going to assume this is a common calcified leiomyoma / fibroid of the uterus and that it's falling forward onto the bladder causing urinary urgency and pushing backward onto the bowel and causing constipation. These calcified tumors are unlikely to regress at menopause and elective hysterectomy might be a reasonable option if your physician is good with it. ...Read more

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What's the best exercise to improve bowel movements?

Exercise and digesti: All exercise improves digestion. For sluggish bowels, stretching the abdomen, backbending or yoga) can improve. ...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