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    I'm 25 and although I don't suffer from a shy bladder, I get extremely anxious over my bowel movements. I go to the toilet probably 2-3 times a day for bowel movements although never at work. I get anxious at the thought of staying with friends and having to use the toilet in their company, even in a different room. It is hindering my life as I am reluctant to share hotel rooms etc and go on trips. Is there a pill I can take to prevent such frequent bowel movements, even for just a day? Would Immodium work, even if I'm not suffering diarrhea?





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    im 17 and my bowel movements have seemed to have changed. they are sometimes irregular such as 3 days apart. I have experienced abdominal pains and sometimes the muscles used in pushing to go the toilet hurt. sometimes i feel nauseous or light headed. my boyfriend said it could just be because i dont drink enough water. is he right? or could it be something else?





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    hi mel yes drinkin water can improve with your bowel movement but u should still go and see ur GP for some more addvice as there could be more to it , you could try and change your diet as in eating more fiber and drinkin prune juice as well as water i hope this help

    My 11 year old son who is always continent of bladder and bowel has been having accidental bowel movements while taking baths . He says he gets the urge to go but can't make it to the toilet any input would be great





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    Hi, My mother is 58 and has always had problems with bowel movements, but in the last year she has lost quite a lot of weight, and then after every meal empties her bowel within 10 minutes. She is always tired, any help please..she seems to think it is ok as shed thinks she is staying slim, but I see it as a dramaric change in her body which isnt normal?





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    Hi, I'm 19 years old and have been having periods for 5 years.. ever since I started I have experienced painful bowel movements and bleeding from my bowel! Over the last 2 years the pain has become severe, I have been to my GP who recommended I have surgery to look inside my womb for signs of endometriosis, but nothing has been found. I have been seen by countless doctors and bowel specialists about this pain but they have just said it could be IBS, so I researched IBS on the internet but could not relate to anyones experience with IBS! Has anyone has the same symptoms as me, I am desperate to find someone who knows what I am going through!





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    When you bleed from your bowel, is it fresh blood, or is it a dark colour? Bright red fresh blood is usually associated with hemorrhoids, fissures (these two very close to the end of the digestive system), or even diverticulitus (Fever, pain in the left lower abdomen, and bleeding in your stool all may be signs of diverticulitis - it is usually linked to shelled foods like nuts and corn, if this sounds like any similar symptoms you have). Darker blood can be a sign of bleeding further up the digestive system. You may need to do some further research into other less common reasons as to why you have your symptoms. Hope everything turns out okay, and you find out what's been causing you these problems! :)

    Also, what I have suggested may totally not be what you have. I'm just putting some information down, as for you to research your symptoms. Hope it helps though :).

    I have always only opened my bowels 1-2 times per week since I was a child (I am now 37, female), but in the past few years I have become feeling really backed up and uncomfortable inbetween bowel movements, with my upper abdomen distending and feeling very solid. When the urge to have a bowel movement finally comes, I do not have to strain to pass the faeces and they are mid brown in colour and reasonably soft and continuous like faeces should be. However, they are often 3 inches in diameter and 10 inches long - ie huge! I have come to expect that I will block the loo regulalrly and sometimes try "nipping it off" half way through, and flushing after one lump and certainly between faeces and putting toilet paper down the toilet to try to prevent this. After such a bowel movement I feel very light and empty, and stretched, although I know I do not tear the anus as there is no blood spotting. However, surely this is not normal? Is there anything I can do to help make me more regular? My GP has suggested I have "sluggish bowel" and that I'll just have to live with it as there is no cure. He has prescribed lactulose to try to stimulate peristalsis, but this doesn't seem to have any effect (and is expensive at £5 a week). I eat a balanced diet and have always eaten plenty of fruit and veg. I am also on an anti-depressant called Sertraline 50mg daily, however this doesn't seem to be the cause as when I have been off these for many months, my bowel movements are the same as when I am on them. I find it is worse on the run-up to starting my period, with sometimes a whole week without a bowel movement before finally going one the day I start menstruating. Please have you any suggestions to improve my bowel movement frequency and abdominal discomfort.





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    hi im lucky if i go twice a week. im not in good health tho and on alot of medication. Ive also started getting severe cramping pains and only thing to relieve it is to sit on loo. anyways, in answer to your question i find that by clenching your fist then firmly massaging your outer bowels helps the stools to move as well as taking 10mg of LACTULOSE SOLUTION before going to sleep helps soften the stools overnight ready for next day. sometimes it works,and sometimes it doesnt as everyone is different. ive also faound ( it might wirk for you too ) drinking 1 pint of water an hr before sleep and eating 6 dried prunes and 6 dried apricots. if all above fails,be persistant but polite to your general practitioner to sort it out,after-all.. thats theur job !

    I too take 50 mg aday of zoloft for depression and anxiety i have bad case of it but this remember effects our levels in bathroom too if i panic or stress out our digest system becomes slow divesting food and can resort in mikd constipation but i eat activia yogurt raisin brand bf veges loads water prune juice is daily salads chicken fish i try stay on a ok eating i also suffer from greds diease reflux i take pevicaid daily i just truly started eating solids again cause of my throat issue but this morning i took movement it wascsoft then i felt not emptt so i checked with my finger i had semi hard pellets stuck so i used a kil bit warm water enema and tryed getting restcout so i belive it helped i also only do this if absolute ness suppositories i hear help my doctor said use metamucil but ill wait cause if u dont drink water tons wit it boy u get worse constipation crazy i know bur i pray too and jesus hears us hope we get well asap in jesus name amen

    I am 39 & for several years have suffered with a bloated tummy, loose bowel movements & discomfort, sometimes pain to the right of my upper abdomen. I went to see my GP who said it was nothing & that I had a "fatty lump". I was unhappy with this & felt my GP did not take me seriously. I wonder if I am intolerant to certain foods as 3 yrs ago I became allergic to nuts & sesame seeds. Today my bowel movement was very strange. It was pale, slimy and looked like the inner lining of my intestine. I am worried. Everything I read in the net points to bowel cancer. There is no blood or darkness to my stools & no pain. Also GP's tend to blame everything on being overweight, so don't take my concerns particularly seriously. Please help. Thank you.





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    right i would advice you to go back to your gp surgery and this time see another doctor than last time! some doctors seem to think being "overweight" is the only answer they can give us! but no do not take this and see another doctor. i hope you do get more input and hopefully some tests done this time around...please keep in touch and let me know how you get off :)

    This is kind of embarrassing... but I used a vaginal pump for an extended period of time, and since then I have had trouble having normal bowel movements. When I do it is mostly diarrhea, or tiny and hard. My stools are usually smelly too, and I have a lot of gas. This has been for several years now, and I think that only about once or twice have I had a normal good bowel movement like I used to have. What could the problem be? I am scared to go to the doctor because it is embarrassing to have to tell him that. Thank you.





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    I have had bowel problems for the past 4-6 years now and suffered badly from constipation. I always have pain or iritation in my bottom and pain in my left side where I'm told my bowel movements get 'stuck' I eat everything I should but still it happens and I have meet found out why. It has become a problem and I have done diet changes as asked for years but it doesn't help the situation I also suffer bloating a hell of a lot. And I have become a very irritated and down person.





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    For years now my bowel moves uncontollably in the morning. I have to get to the toilet immediately or else I have an accident, and it doesn't stop coming until my bowel is empty. It has not been too much of a problem when I lived on my own but now I have a family and have to sometimes wait for the bathroom in the morning, so an accident happens. I cannot force it to come any sooner than my body decides. If I do this then the involuntary movements still happen a few minutes later. I am pregnant, so cannot go for the camera that my GP referred me for. It is getting to be a big problem as I also have a young child. I am 33





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    Hi. I am a 26-year-old female with a healthy diet and active lifestyle. I have always had quite sluggish bowels but didn't realize that it was abnormal to have a bowel movement once a week or less until a few years ago when I found out that many people have daily bowel movements. For the last couple of years I have been eating prunes every morning, and I have always eaten plenty of fruit and vegetables, but I still only have bowel movements once or twice a week. When I do have bowel movements, they are generally big and sometimes very embarrassing because I sometimes find that I have blocked the toilet and they won't go down the pipes. I think this problem is also affecting my running, as I often get stomach aches when I run and I think it may be because my bowel is too full but doesn't want to empty. Is there anything I can do to make myself more regular and avoid embarrassing toilet blockages?





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    hi im 33 yrs old since having my first child 13 yrs ago. my bowel movements are bout once a week sometimes once every 10 days only time i have had regular bowel movements has been when i was pregnant with both my children. is there anything i can do i eat a healthy diet and dont want to use laxatives





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    I have had constipation all my life (I am 80!) but I can now control it by taking 2 or 3 psyllium husks a day ( from health food shops) and masses of spinach - one third of a pack per day and lots of water or fruit juice. This seems to do the trick. Good luck!

    I noticed a lump near my rear end over a year ago. This caused rubbing on the other side which it turn caused another lump to form. Both then burst and continued to weap without healing. I decided to go to my GP. He suggested I may have Crohn's and referred me to a specialist. I had 10 - 12 bowel movements regularly for almost 18 years and thought it was IBS. As regular bowel movements were my only symptoms I didn't see a doctor (also due to embarrassment). The fistula got me to go as this was something I now couldn't live with. I'm now on Asacol which has reduced my bowel movements in half. First I was on steriods, which felt like I was cured (unfortunately you can't stay on them). I've also had Infliximab. This was successful at first but no longer provides any benefit. I'm due to try aziathioporine next. The bowel movements don't affect me as much as the fistula. I've had anal surgery to treat the two fistula. One has now gone and one is still there. Hopefully, I've got another surgery coming up to treat the one that hasn't gone. I feel much happier having committed myself to getting myself treated. All the doctor's I have dealt with have been communicative about my condition so I'm glad I went to the doctor. I've heard Crohn's can affect people in different ways so maybe I'm quite lucky. If I get the fistula removed then I'll be happy as my bowel movements are now half what they used to be, which is something I can live with if none of the other medications have any effect.





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    It is a haemorrhoid. If it is causing no trouble it is nothing to worry about. Straining and irregular bowel movements as you describe are the cause, as is the strain of pregnancy. If it bothers you try an over the counter treatment or see your GP to consider removal.

    for the past 2years my bowel movements have been very irregular. im lucky if i go once a week and then when i do go its very painfull and theres blood. iv been to my gp a couple of times and they gave me co-danthramer but as soon as i finished the course i was back to square one.





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    Hi I am 23 and have been suffering with my stomach and painful irregular bowel movements for over 2years and have been told its IBS but had no tests done. I recently went back to the doctor as I was constantly having crippling stomach cramps and bloating, this was almost always after sex as well so I was very worried this was something more serious than IBS. I was sent for swabs to check for infection, blood tests, and an ultrasound scan to check my kidneys, stomach and bowels etc but all of these came back clear so I have been told to control my diet and do more exercise. This seemed to help but over the last month I have lost nearly a stone without trying to, and although I'm still a healthy weight I am worried about the cause of this as I normally struggle to lose weight! Over the past 3 days I have been experiencing excruciating stomach pains which I would normally have if I was suffering from diarrhoea or sickness and I've been going to the toilet and not much has been coming out although it feels like it needs to. Yesterday my bowels just seemed to explode and when I checked there was a pool of blood in my pants which looked like there was some mucus present as well, I've had the odd spots of blood before which I put down to maybe being a bit sore because of the irregular bowel movements, but this I had never had and I'm worried that it's something more serious than IBS but my doctor never seems to examine me he just tells me to take laxatives and eat more fibre!





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    I have MS and bowel movements are very inconsistant.I sometimes go daily but more often than not i have to use suppositories after around three days where the stools are small and round in shape.I used to use oxybutinin for urinary urgancy but this caused severe constipation so i no longer use it.I have used Movicol but have stopped after uncontrolable,soft bowel movements.My bowels are starting to control my life.I use Senakot now and again which sometimes works but sometimes doesn't.I find massaging the sphincter muscle also helps.





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    Hi i am 47 year old female for the last few years i av had problems with my bowel movements. i av to go about 6-7 times a day and i can't wait long once i get the urge to go.when i go for a bowel movement it it not loose or runny .





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    Hi I am a 51yr old female. Since February 2012 I have had very loose and frequent bowel movements. I have seen a gastroenterologist who found me to have ulcerated colitis. I took some antibiotics and am currently on steroids. The symptoms of going to toilet upto 11 times a day did start to subside but have since returned. I go between 4-6 times a day. I have very little control and often do not make it to the bathroom intime. This is very upsetting and debilitating. I am unable to go to work for fear of having an accident..weight loss is gradual , am unable to lead a normal life....wish someone could remedy this problem. Am pleased to read the comments posted as I thought I was on my own with this problem.

    we have a 10 year old with extremly smelly bowel movements, he has in the past had a blocked bowel we have had to work hard with him and the hospital to get this unblocked and keep it that way. he is still tring to retrain his bowel musels and so go's 3 times a day, is over wieght, medically nothing so fsr has been found. But 2 years on, he has a good diet high in veg and low in sweets and junk food he still has poo's that can bring tears to the eyes.HELP.





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    Hi i am 41 years old woman.for the 2 mths i have seen a change in my bowl movements.i get pains in the lower and top of my stomach.its like a stinging painful sensation.then i have to rush to the toilet and as soon as i sit on the loo it just come pouring out like a water fountain.its dark brown like a brown puddle.every time i eat and drink i get pains then get these bowel watery brown stools.i have these bowel movements 4/5 times a day.my stool was never like this.i used to go 1/2 a day and they were normal stools.ive had a scan but that came bk as normal.also ive had 2 accidents and thank goodness i was at home at the time.help and advice please.





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    For as long as I can remember my bowel movements have been really loose. My father has what I think is called an extended bowel and he suffers from the same problem, I think. I did get things checked out when I was about 25, I'm 44 now I never really got any results. Any help or advice would be most appreciated.





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    I would go to the doctors at my school, but I don't know how much they can help. For a week now, my stool has been soft and sausage-like. It is almost like diarrhea. There has been some yellow in it as well. Sometimes bowel movements are followed by gas, bloating, and abdominal pain that stops once I have a bowel movement. If anyone knows what this is, please let me know. If it is something serious, I don't want to put it off.





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    2 years ago I had a nasty food poisoning which kept me having yellow and watery poo for over a week. Since then I've been having loose bowel movements at least 4 times a week. It's triggered especially when I eat sweet things such as chocolate and rich foods, even tomato sources for pasta! I'm getting fed up of it because its loweredt self esteem and I'm so paranoid all the time. I have a phobia of using the toilet for a poo anywhere else but my home and I hate going out places even to my best friends house because of the fear of doing a poo there. My stools when I have a Bad one smell a lot and before they cause a lot of discomfort and I can hear my bowels constantly and I can also feel them moving around. When I do get it it's a sudden attack and I can't do anything about it. I've been taking imodiums which work for the time being, but when it's out my system I start to have Diarehea again. It's made me a very nervous person. Is it common for when your period is about to start to get diareha with Ibs? And also because I get so nervous I can bring on the loose bowel movements myself. I'm only 17 years old and it's ruined so many things for me , I just want to be normal like the rest of my friends :( is there any cure at all or is there anything I can do to self control it ? I'm also on the pill marvelon, could that make it worse ? And finally is there anything I can do to relax myself when nervous to prevent me from bringing on the loose bowel movements ? Thank you so much for anyone that can help me!!xxx





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    Hi it's very common for women to have diarrhoea during periods due to the hormones in your body. As an ibs sufferer this does sound similar! I suggest using Buscopan for cramp pains and Colofac. Also I have anxiety which triggers my ibs...it's all about training yourself to calm down seek help for this from your gp. There are certain foods that can trigger the loose stools for me it's cheeses,citric fruit,creamy or spicy foods and onions. Keep a food diary to help you find your triggers. Hope this helps a little xxx

    I had the stomach cramps, irregular bowel movements etc and went through hospital checks such as ultrasound but to no avail. What I have found really helpful is eating porridge every morning mixed with a teaspoon of Linseeds (available from any health shop). This has worked wonders and I now have regular trips to the loo. I just wish more information was available on this. A friend of mine knows a nurse who recommended this solution and so it seems strange this knowledge isn't communicated to sufferers. Hope that helps!





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    I am 27 male and strained one day on the toilet and noticed that something just dropped on my bowel. I've felt constipated and haven't had a normal bowel movement since then. When I do pass it is usually a large amount. I went through a period of passing a mucus like substance during bowel movements. My anus itches most of the time and I can see a small mass protruding when I try and have a bowel movement. Does this sound like a prolapse? I have an examination due at the end of this month. All of my symptoms point to a prolapse but I am worries this could be colon cancer? I would hope not since this began at age 23 or so... Just need some advice :..(





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    Hi, I have had irregular or more different than normal bowel movements Upper abdominal pain, night sweats, weight loss & general feeling unwell, visited GP in Dec & was sent for blood, stool & urine tests. I had a call from GP to attend to discuss blood results. Was advised that Enzyme level was high. Due to Mother, Maternal Grandmother & Aunt, all having Bowel Cancer, am having a Colonoscopy. I am rather concerned was advised at Hosp by Consultant that Enzyme that was found is associated with Bowel Cancer? I understand I have to go for further investigative treatment, but can high Enzyme levels mean something else is a miss, Gall/Kidney stones?? As for over a Year I have had reoccurent Bladder infection with Blood in urine, & was just concerned it could have caused damage to Kidneys?? Should I be asking any other questions to GP or Consultant about high Enzyme levels?? Thank you





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    Have any of you tried colonic hydrotherapy? I have had a sluggish bowel for as long as I can remember despite contantly eating fruit & veg to get my fibre intake! I started having colonics 18 months ago and they are fantastic! They have dramatically improved my bowel function and after a colonic I consider my bowel movements normal, there's nothing painful or 'gross' about going, it's just a bit pricey, I pay £50 a session but believe it's worth it purely by the fact I'm not buying laxitive or IBS medication! If anyone had any questions about it then please just ask!





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    Hi im very interested it what u said bcos ive had this bloated stomach now 4 well over a month and its taking over my life! Everything i eat i bloat some days worse then others! Ive always loved my food and now i just dont want 2 eat anymore! Im 32 and it all started with a virus that i caught which infected my bowels! Im on ibs tablets ok they stop the pain but the bloatedness is still there! Do u think the colonic hydrotherapy will work?

    Hiya, yeh I would definately recommend it, took me ages to call the lady I go to see but was so glad I did it! The first few sessions are a little uncomfortable as generally if you have a sluggish bowel you will be storing a lot of stuff up, when the water in released in your system you start to feel full like you need a really big poo! then it feels a little like you will have diahorrea but not in the horrible way like when you have food poisening! Then once the water is released back out of your system your body naturally pumps all the rubbish out, its so cleansing!!My colonist was amazed how much was leaving my system. Afterwards your tummy feels so much different, softer and literally empty. After about 4 sessions my bowel started functioning 'normally' and was much stronger at 'peristalis'. I thoroughly recommend it, any other questions let me know

    I cannot have bowel movements unless i use laxative's i have a bad back and i can actually feel poo in my bowel pressing on my back and it's causing me pain when lying down.I have been doing this for 5 years,i have tried not to use them,but get terrible impaction that needs to be removed manually,not very nice at all :(





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    I am having an alot of issues when having a bowel movement. Up to the point I turned 11, I have natural bowel movements but for the past four years they have been getting more and more painful. They are type 1 and type 2. I have a bowel movement about once a week and it builds up over time. There are many times when I am afraid to have a bowel movement because I lmow how much pain I will be in. I have noticed blood on the toilet paper and it worries me. I have been having an alot of pain even after I've gone toilet for about an hour after. Should I get it checked out? And how can I manage the pain?





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    i will be 50 this year and have started to wet bed. I used to be a chronic child bed wetter until i was 10 and then seemed to have stopped. I have been having trouble with my bowel movements and this seems to have triggered the bed wetting again and it is so embarrassing. The doctors did check out the bowel trouble i am having but could not find anything wrong. I am now far too embarrassed to go to my doctor regarding the bedwetting.





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