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What Is Normal Bowel Movement
Soft bannana: Semi solid, well formed and regular/.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
I had anal sex on 11/23. Haven't had what I would call a normal bowel movement since. Feel soft moist tissue in middle of anal ring. No insurance, hlp?
Anal sex: Anal sex shouldn't affect your bowel regularity although if trauma occurred, bleeding,pain,or inflammation could occur and affect the mechanical passage of stool through the anus. You may be feeling a skin tag or an external hemorrhoid. For further advice consult a proctologist or colorectal surgeon as needed. ...Read more
Don't eat lots but haven't had a bowel movement for almost 3 days now. Is this an issue? Can't be normal?
Constipation : While there can be a lot of variability on how frequent someone poops, at the 3 day mark, it sounds like you're constipated. You should focus on staying hydrated, increasing your fiber intake, keep active and consider an over the counter laxative like Senna. If you start developing abdominal pain and nausea/vomiting seek an urgent evaluation to make sure there is no obstruction going on. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 only have a bowel movement once out twice a week. I've just recently asked someone their opinion and they said it wasn't normal. Any idea the cause?
Probably normal.: Some people have bm only once or twice per week. If this has been your normal pattern and you have no real symptoms no one but your doc can tell you it is not normal. Note to self, do not ask strangers for medical advice. ...Read more
I didn't have my morning bowel movement & last night I had one that was like pebbles but not hard. Are these changes normal? I'm going through anxiety
Brain, gut connected: You have nerves that connect your brain w/ your gut. Under chronic stress, you can have delayed gastric emptying & increased activity of the colon which may explain why you have small BMs. External or internal stressors which can lead to anxiety can also cause inflammation of the gut. ...Read more
Always feel faint during and after having a bowel movement. It doesn't get better until I lie down or sometime not at all. What causes it? B/P Normal.
Valsalva maneuver: Straining at defecation causes an abrupt drop in bp. Although you note that your BP is "normal", it's the fall in BP that causes dizziness and it's likely that yours falls with valsalva (straining) as does everyone's. Your lactose intolerance and IBS may have caused some volume contraction - you can counteract this by pushing fluids and liberalizing your salt intake. Good luck! ...Read more
Yes: Some people have bms several times a day, some once a day, some once every couple days. The key is consistence in frequency and form. ...Read more
Not everyday: If you have been having 5 bowel movements regularly for days to weeks, go see your doctor. There can be underlying causes of this if it is chronic. However, if you ate something spoiled and this has been occurring a day or two, it can be due to that but you need to make sure you don't become dehydrated. ...Read more
Not so much.: Everyone has some changeability in bowel habits, and sometimes a certain food will cause "the runs". However, if you frequently have 5 or more stools daily, you should see your doctor. Review your diet, medical history, and medications. If you see blood, that definitely should be evaluated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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Not normal: You normally should not be straining or pushing during bowel movements. If you are having pain as well, you may have an anal fissure. This is a crack in the anal opening. Can be painful and also make anus feel very tight. You may need a doctor for this. Try adding fiber and fluids, and soaking in warm water with epsom salts. If you have bleeding or pain worsens, see a doctor. ...Read more
No it is not normal: Not at all.Get a more detailed answer ›
Define abnormal...: Normal bowel frequency varies from 1 every 3-4 days to 3-4 movements per day. Many "normal" people alternate their stool pattern within this range. Are you outside the range? Your prior baseline stool pattern defines how alarming (or not) your possible infrequency may be. Ileus, blockage, ischemia, infection, inflammation is considered if fever, tenderness, distension, bleeding, vomiting. ...Read more
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