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Dr. Carlo Contreras Dr. Contreras
Surgery - Oncology
14 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Why do I get the chills after a bowel movement?

Why do I get the chills after a bowel movement?

Equilibration: Believe it or not, passing a bowel movement is an intricate, coordinated event that requires a specific sequence of nerves & muscles firing. One phase is the sympathetic phase, and the other is the parasympathetic phase. Brief (lasts < 5 seconds) chills immediately after a bm is part of the re-equilibration. Pain, or anything that lasts longer needs to be checked out by your doctor.

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Dr. Ed Kaplan Dr. Kaplan
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
35 years in practice
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
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Why do I get intense chills when I feel the need to have a bowel movement or urinate.

Why do I get intense chills when I feel the need to have a bowel movement or urinate.

Sensitive vagus nerv: Vagus stimulation. Common in different degrees. Usually nothing to worry about.

Dr. Louise Andrew Dr. Andrew
Emergency Medicine
42 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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I feel really sick AFTER I have a bowel movement -- I get really shaky, nauseous, sweaty, chills, and start having a hard time hearing.?

I feel really sick AFTER I have a bowel movement -- I get really shaky, nauseous, sweaty, chills, and start having a hard time hearing.?

Blood pressure low: If this only happened once, don't worry about it too much. If it happens every time, it sounds like your vagus nerve is overactive and it is causing all of these things. Make sure that you don't get constipated and have to strain to get it out or have a lot of pain. If it keeps happening, you need to see a clinic and particularly to get your blood pressure checked. And always get UP SLOWLY.

Dr. Morton Levitt Dr. Levitt
Pathology
45 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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Why do I get intense chills and goose bumps when I have to have a bowel movement or urinate?

Goose Bumps: Sometimes when one strains at the stool or urinates, the intra abdominal pressure rises (this is called a valsalva) and the increased pressure sets of a chain of reactions that affects your para sympathetic nervous system and your get goose bumps, chills, and often a lightheaded feeling. Try not to strain so much with either activity and let things naturally empty.

Dr. Nadia Ghattas Dr. Ghattas
Pediatrics
44 years in practice
University of Mansura Faculty of Medicine
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Reoccurring uti I have fever chills nausea dizziness and frequent bowel movements that stink. Is that related? Always get those symptoms. Seeing dr

Reoccurring uti I have fever chills nausea dizziness and frequent bowel movements that stink. Is that related? Always get those symptoms. Seeing dr

UTI: I'm glad you're seein your doctor, your doctor will examine you, probably will do a urine analysis & culture to figure out what is causing your symptoms, you will need a renal ultra sound & depending on how many UTI you had you might need to consult a urologist, who might do a VCU to R/O vesicouretral reflux. GI symptoms sometimes go together with any infection in the body. Feel better.

Dr. Minghsun Liu Dr. Liu
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
15 years in practice
UCLA School of Medicine
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Sleeping, awake with a little naseaua, sudden body temp increase, immediate sweats and a pending bowel movement. 3 min. Later, body temp drops, chills?

More details: It's not clear if you are referring to a recurrent issue or just a one-time occurrence. Also did you actually take your temperature or you felt chills and fever? This could all due to an episode of acute gastroenteritis but if it still persists, then more work-up would definitely be needed.

Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc Dr. Conovalciuc
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
State Medical University N Testemitanu of Republic of Moldova
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I have chills, sweats, and fever. I have had no appetite for4 days and haven't had a bowel movement in 5 days. I amachey all over with no sharp pain. I also have a wheeze in my chest. What should I do?

I have chills, sweats, and fever. I have had no appetite for4 days and haven't had a bowel movement in 5 days. I amachey all over with no sharp pain. I also have a wheeze in my chest. What should I do?

Sounds viral: It sounds like a viral infection to me. Push fluids, rest, blend diet. If better, gradually return to normal routine. If no better or doing worse, call your doc. I'd give you another 48-72 hours to figure it out.

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Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim Dr. Ibrahim
Urgent Care
15 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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Recent bowel movement w/blood, mucus, now bowel movement followed immediately by severe fatigue and chills. Ideas?

Recent bowel movement w/blood, mucus, now bowel movement followed immediately by severe fatigue and chills. Ideas?

Get checked: If you're consistently having blood in your stool then I will go to the emergency room. These can be all related.

Dr. Dustin Colegrove Dr. Colegrove
Internal Medicine
8 years in practice
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Freezing hands/feet, chills, sweating, but no fever. Having frequent bowel movements (6 so far) happens once a month, at least. What is causing this??

Freezing hands/feet, chills, sweating, but no fever. Having frequent bowel movements (6 so far) happens once a month, at least. What is causing this??

Possible: Irritable bowel syndrome. Inflammatory bowel disease could possibly present this way. You should see your doctor to discuss further. May need referral to gastroenterology for a colonoscopy to further investigate especially if you have any blood in your stools.

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh Dr. Dosanjh
Pediatrics - Pulmonology
32 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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Feeling cold before a bowel movement normal for a potty training toddler (who holds in it as long as possible)?

Feeling cold before a bowel movement normal for a potty training toddler (who holds in it as long as possible)?

Mgt and workup: I would suggest screening for hypothyroidism. This condition may cause constipation. In addition, a screening test to rule out CF can be done. Including fiber in the diet and decreasing starchy foods may also help if he is constipated.

Dr. Jovita Anyanwu Dr. Anyanwu
Internal Medicine
26 years in practice
Lyceum Northwestern, Dr. Francisco Q. Duque Medical Foundation
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Dr. Ivy Fisher Dr. Fisher
Pediatrics
40 years in practice
Stanford University School of Medicine
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My little sister wiped back to front after a bowel movement. I made sure to clean her good immediately after with wiped. Can she still get a UTI?

My little sister wiped back to front after a bowel movement. I made sure to clean her good immediately after with wiped. Can she still get a UTI?

Yes: The best hygiene is to wipe from front to back. However, wiping from the rectum could spread bacteria and cause a urinary tract infection, though rare. Observe for fever, emesis, dysuria (pain with urination). Let an MD know if these symptoms occur.

Dr. Louis Cooper Dr. Cooper
Pediatrics
44 years in practice
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
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Why does my stool get stuck in my anus after a bowel movement?

Why does my stool get stuck in my anus after a bowel movement?

See below: You probably need more fluids and fiber in your diet. If symptoms persist, see your MD.

Dr. John Munshower Dr. Munshower
Family Medicine
26 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia Campus
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I had a preventative cerclage put in last Monday. I get some pinky discharge after a bowel movement is this normal?

I had a preventative cerclage put in last Monday. I get some pinky discharge after a bowel movement is this normal?

D/c where?: If the Pink d/c is rectal after the BM, that is not normal and needs to be evaluated for a rectal bleeding. If the D/c is pinkish from the vaginal area, just with recent surgery/? Stitching etc, than that may be normal. Be sure to follow-up with the dr. Post procedure, to assure it is all healed up. Best wishes.

Dr. Jason Hemming Dr. Hemming
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
13 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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Dr. Lynne Weixel Dr. Weixel
Clinical Psychology
32 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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Why do I have to have a bowel movement when I get nervous or when I can't get to a bathroom?

Why do I have to have a bowel movement when I get nervous or when I can't get to a bathroom?

Mammal stress call: Many species "relieve" themselves as an initial stress reaction. It makes it easier to flee or to fight without the burden of a full intestine. Psychotherapy may help you learn how to avoid some stress and how to be prepared for it when it has to be dealt with. Your pcp may also have suggestions for diet and medication options. Best.

Dr. Bennett Werner Dr. Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
40 years in practice
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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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.

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!

Dr. David Hardin Dr. Hardin
Wound care
32 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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If I don't take a laxitive I will go 7 days without a bowel movement. How do I get more bowel movements?

If I don't take a laxitive I will go 7 days without a bowel movement. How do I get more bowel movements?

Check with family dr: You probably need to increase water and fiber decrease caffeine but might need different stool softeners as well there are some more serious problems so I would check with your dr.

Dr. Vijay Laxmi Misra Dr. Misra
Internal Medicine
18 years in practice
University of Pune, B. J. Medical College
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How to get regular bowel movement, naturally--metamucil?

How to get regular bowel movement, naturally--metamucil?

Fiber: High fiber diet that includes soluble and insoluble fiber along with adequate amount of fluid are a start. If these measures do not work, consider discussing with your physician regarding adding laxatives and or probiotics.

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