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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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How big of a problem is it if i only have a bowel movement every 4 to 7 days?

How big of a problem is it if i only have a bowel movement every 4 to 7 days?

Not normal...: The normal range of bm frequency is from 3 stools bms per day to 1 bm every 3 days. Your frequency falls outside the range of normal. The longer the stool sits in the colon is associated with greater risk of colon cancer. I suggest you eat more fiber, get more active, drink more water or use a gentle laxative to have more frequent bms. You may want to see a gastroenterologist. Good luck! ...Read more

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Why does a large hard bowel movement cause bleeding?

Why does a large hard bowel movement cause bleeding?

Hemorrhoid/fissure: As the stool passes through the rectum and the anus, it can irritate internal hemorrhoids if they are present, or create a 'cut' in the lining of the anus, called a fissure. Both can bleed, and be precipitated by passage of a large hard stool. ...Read more

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Lost a lot of weight and have minimal bowel movements for almost two months. I have a very small appetite. What could this be? Is this a big concern?

Lost a lot of weight and have minimal bowel movements for almost two months. I have a very small appetite. What could this be? Is this a big concern?

See a doctor!: Yeah, go see a doctor! Online chat will not confirm anything. Any night sweats? Fatigue? Nausea? See a doc and have some labs run! ...Read more

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I need help! What I thought was just a tear in my anus has created much more of a severity. The past few days I have noticed large amount of pain from my anus, along with extreme discomfort when having a bowel movement. Now I will inform you that me typica

I need help! What I thought was just a tear in my anus has created much more of a severity. The past few days I have noticed large amount of pain from my anus, along with extreme discomfort when having a bowel movement. Now I will inform you that me typica

Fissure in ano: It sounds as if you may have an anal fissure. This can be incredibly painful and could also be infected. You should apply warm compresses or sit in hot water 4-6 times a day, dry off thoroughly and apply a soothing ointment after each soak. Though you can take Tylenol, (acetaminophen) you will most likely need to see a doctor to get more help for the muscle spasm that is causing the severe pain. ...Read more

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What do I do if my bowel movements are to big that it makes my anus bleed?

What do I do if my bowel movements are to big that it makes my anus bleed?

Constipation: You appear to have a type of "constipation" in where your stools are large enough to cause pain and bleeding. Increase your fluids, regulate your diet with foods that improve the consistency of your stools and regulate you, like fruits and fiber, and if needed a stool softener may even be needed. So see a Dr. for an evaluation and treatment plan that can be developed for you! Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have some large bowel movements and some small thinner ones?

Is it normal to have some large bowel movements and some small thinner ones?

Yes: Your bowel movements depend on your fluid intake, your fiber intake, your protein and sugar intake each of which varies from day to day and from meal to meal. ...Read more

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My son us bleeding from his rectum when he has a bowel movement. His bowels are kinda hard n big could it be causing that?? He said he wasn't hurt.

My son us bleeding from his rectum when he has a bowel movement. His bowels are kinda hard n big could it be causing that?? He said he wasn't hurt.

Yes: Kids with hard or bulky stools or some that push out too fast will cause a crack in the outlet. This deposits bright red blood on the outside of the BM. It tends to recur as long as the stool is hard/bulky. Going more often, or using a stool softener like miralax can help over time. I've never seen a kid with a hemorrhoid. ...Read more

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Delayed transit through small intestines into large intestines symptoms? I have lower rt pain on & off for wks. I usually have 1 bowel movement a day.

Delayed transit through small intestines into large intestines symptoms? I have lower rt pain on & off for wks. I usually have 1 bowel movement a day.

How measured?: The accuracy of small bowel transit time, and thus the clinical significance of delayed transit (particularly in your case where bowel frequency is normal) may depend in part on the measurement methodology used. ...Read more

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Why do I get so tired after a large bowel movement?

Why do I get so tired after a large bowel movement?

BM: Typically, a bm should not cause symptoms. However, if someone has watery stools, one can lose electrolytes (potassium) and fluids which can cause tiredness. ...Read more

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Could a large bowel movement had inflamed my prostate?

Could a large bowel movement had inflamed my prostate?

Not likely: Some individuals with signficant, chronic constipation can also have bothersome, dysfunctional lower urinary tract symptoms. However, having a large bowel movement would not lead to prostatitis. ...Read more

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My 3 year old makes large bowel movements every day. What is this?

My 3 year old makes large bowel movements every day. What is this?

Strange answer: This so called "mega stool" that often blocks the toilet is commonly found in autism. That does not mean that he has autismd of course, but if there are other symptoms of a behavioral nature, you should get it checked out. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when a person has a very large bowel movement that burns?

Constipation: It sounds like you might have stretched the anus possibly even torn it from size of stool. Have your doctor check and discuss prevention of constipation, many treatments are available over the counter including water don't over use stool softeners and laxatives. ...Read more

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Stool feels too large to have bowel movement when try. What can I take to break it down?

Stool feels too large to have bowel movement when try. What can I take to break it down?

Try to. Use: A glycerine suppository or two. Insert one and lay down on you left side for 30 minutes. If no results try again in a few hours. If still a problem may need evaluation by a colon and rectal surgeon to make sure there is not something other than stool in the rectum. ...Read more

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Been having large amounts of yellow mucus without any bowel movement. I usually see mucus but never this much. What could it be from?

Been having large amounts of yellow mucus without any bowel movement. I usually see mucus but never this much. What could it be from?

Sounds irritable: Sometimes excess mucous can be a result of an over active intestinal tract. We typically call this syndrome irritable bowel syndrome (ibs). Other symptoms include alternating episodes of constipation and diarrhea, and cramping. Your physician may be able to help you with symptom control as some medicines have been shown to work in this condition. ...Read more

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My 16month old son has had black, big, round and thick hard bowel movements. It's almost like he's pooping black rounded rocks. What is this?

My 16month old son has had black, big, round and thick hard bowel movements. It's almost like he's pooping black rounded rocks. What is this?

Good food, probiotic: If your son overall looks good, appetite and activity are normal and his belly is not tender on pressing, then it is likely just constipation. It is quite common in kids.

Give him Probonix probiotics (1 dropperful daily), some sweet potato and avocado. Stop gluten. Reduce milk.

His bowels should get better in 2-4 days. If not, then contact his PCP. For severe symptoms, have him be seen asap. ...Read more

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I have had a little skin colored leason that is on the edge of my anus opening, it becomes inflamed and larger when I have a bowel movement. I have ha?

I have had a little skin colored leason that is on the edge of my anus opening, it becomes inflamed and larger when I have a bowel movement. I have ha?

Hemorrhoid?: Sounds like this could be a hemorrhoid. Hemorrhoids can seem larger after a bowel movement, and they can become painful or bleed at times. It should be examined though, just to be sure. ...Read more

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What happened if I strain during my large bowel movement?

STRAINING BOWEL MOVE: If you strain with large bowel movements can cause hemorrhoids over time. To prevent that you need fiber in your diet with and without stool softners. ...Read more

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Why does having a large bowel movement make my right testicle hurt?

Why does having a large bowel movement make my right testicle hurt?

Increased pressure: It shouldn't hurt. When you have a bowel movement, it causes pressure in the abdomen and pelvis to evacuate the stool. This pressure can be transmitted to your testicle and be sensed as pain. It's worth getting a testicular exam to make sure nothing else is going on. ...Read more

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Despite having have 1 large and 2 small bowel movements today, I still feel the need to go. When I try I can pass very small stools. Why is this?

Despite having have 1 large and 2 small bowel movements today, I still feel the need to go. When I try I can pass very small stools. Why is this?

Depending on: Your age and duration of symptoms, this can be a worrisome sign. Unfortunately, a change in stool caliber can be a sign of stricture/scarring in the gut and even tumor (for at risk individuals). It could also be benign as in cases of constipation predominant IBS or transient infection with swelling of the gut wall. If ongoing, discuss this with a physician. ...Read more

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I have anal fissures that won't heal & have tried many things to get a soft bowel movement but continue to have a very large bm 1 every cpl of days.

I have anal fissures that won't heal & have tried many things to get a soft bowel movement but continue to have a very large bm 1 every cpl of days.

See a surgeon: What exactly have you tried? For how long? If you have given conservative treatment options a good trial to see if your anal fissure will heal and it is not getting beter, then it is time to see your surgeon to discuss surgical options. There are surgical options to help you if you have reached the point that you can't heal the fissure nonsurgically and are willing to have surgery for this. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get hemorrhoid prolapse after taking a very large bowel movement?

Is it possible to get hemorrhoid prolapse after taking a very large bowel movement?

Yes: If you are predisposed to prolapse, a large bm can certainly be the precipitating event. ...Read more

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My periods are like a running tap with jelly substances and large clots and no real bowel movements help what can thia be?

My periods are like a running tap with jelly substances and large clots and no real bowel movements help what can thia be?

Get checked: Go to a physician for an appropriate physical exam and proper work up. It could just be dysfunctional uterine bleeding or more. Solution could be something as simple as birth control but would need appropriate evaluation. ...Read more

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I sometimes have weakness after bowel movement. It seems most pronounced after being constipated and then having a large bowel movement.?

I sometimes have weakness after bowel movement.  It seems most pronounced after being constipated and then having a large bowel movement.?

Vasovagal event: The vagus nerve is a cranial nerve and after exiting our brain follows the course of our gastrointestinal tract. It sends branches to th carotid arteries and to the heart. During a bowel movement one raises pressure in abdomen in effort to evacuate. This can raise blood pressure and stimulate carotid artery. A neural impulse can feed back to the heart and slow the heart and abruptly drop pressure. ...Read more

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Ate a pretty big slice of watermelon, next day had bowel movement and saw small red pieces in parts of my stool. Is the watermelon the cause of this?

Ate a pretty big slice of watermelon, next day had bowel movement and saw small red pieces in parts of my stool. Is the watermelon the cause of this?

Red spots: You would have to ingest a very large amount of watermelon fiber for red objects to appear in the toilet bowl. If there is any doubt that the spots were from blood, your physician can easily test a stool specimen in his office and detect blood. If the test is negative, I would rest assured. ...Read more

Defecation (Definition)

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Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more