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What Does Bowel Regularity Mean A Bowel Movement Every Day
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
Blood Flow diversion: Depends on exactly when before bowel movement. If it is just prior when you are bearing down to evacuate the rectal vault, then the valsalva maneuver cause redirection of blood flow from the brain to the viscera causing dizziness and in certain circumstances loss of consciousness. ...Read more
How do you define diarrhea, is it bowel movement consistency or frequency? Is one lose stool bowel movement diarrhea?
"Regular" bowels: As addressed on healthtap before, normal stool pattern in america is actually a range. Most people will defecate from once every thrid to fourth day to three times a day. Changes in stool caliber & texture, evidence of maldigestion/malabsorption, blood, & sometimes altered color all signal cause for concern that warrants medical evaluation. ...Read more
Bowel frequency: Normal bowel frequency varies from person to person. What's constipation to one person might be considered diarrhea to someone else. From healthcare perspective, we're more concerned about changes in bowel habits & frequencies. If your stool is consistently fluffy, ragged & mushy (bristol type 6: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/bristol_stool_scale), then you're normal as long as no pain or weightless. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Everyone?: We're taught to avoid absolute & all-inclusive questions/answers b/c everyone's different (that's pretty absolute & all-inclusive!). Assuming you eat enough fiber, drink enough fluids & get enough exercise (may only apply to small percentage of population) & allow enough time, bowel movement should empty most of rectum. But if you pinch one off b/c in rush, then might leave some behind 'til next ...Read more
Probably: Bowel movement regularity can vary from daily to every two or three days. Most people average at least daily but we are all different. I would encourage healthy diet and exercise with making sure you get appropriate fiber in your diet for colon health. If you experience any slowing down in your bowel movemente then start with gentle osmotic laxatives like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) or stool softener colace. ...Read more
I defecate very fast, no matter quantity, consistency of feces. I need 15-20 seconds to complete a bowel movement, with no straining. Is it normal?
Bowel movement: I think what you describe is normal. If you don't have any other symptoms or any discomfort defecating, you should not worry. ...Read more
Maybe bile, fat: Pale, yellow, foul smelling. Bulky, sticky stools can be seen with fat malabsorption , as may be seen with pancreatic disease, cystic fibrosis, celiac sprue, crohn's disease, olestra use, Alli use (with excess fat intake). Of course, yellow stool could just be that you ate a lot of carrots and squash. If it continues, if you have cramps, weight loss, nausea, pain, etc. See your doc. ...Read more
Is good bowel habit to have 1 bowel movement daily? Occasionally i miss a day or I have 2 bm's daily. Is that normal?
Normal: Normal can be once every five days or five times every day. Sometimes we target one soft bm/day for patients with symptoms, but if you feel fine this may be "normal" for you. ...Read more
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