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    Haemorrhoids

    Also known as 'piles', this is a condition where the blood vessels in and around the anus become swollen and inflamed, subsequently forming small lumps. Read more →

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    This is a painful condition that can result in the rectum protruding from the anal opening. Read more →

    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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    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 had a hysterectomy in 2005 when I was 38, and my bowel movements have got really bad. I can go 3 weeks without going and then when I do it can be very painful, and I end up sometimes bleeding. My stomach is very swollen & I'm always full of wind & the smell is horrible. I really need help, I'd like to know what I can do to solve this. Can anyone help me Please !!





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    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 there im not sure what is going on with me,but ive had painful 'runny' bowel movements for 8 days in a row, the feeling of bloatedness and feelin of not being able to empty my bowels properly. i have had this only once before but it only lasted 3-4 days, is this a sign of ibs ? please help





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    I am 25 and had a baby 6 weeks ago(normal delivery) I hav foul smelling greyish discharge, constipation, painful bowel movements, rectal bleeding, swollen glands in my groin area, very painful bumps around anal area which have scabbed over and my skin on my thighs and lower back hurts to touch.. I have also had a fever. I am very scared please help???





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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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    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've noticed a problem recently when I pass a bowel movement and is more common with harder movements or ones I have to strain more for, they are really painful to pass as I get a stinging sensation during the passing which bring me to tears. Then upon wiping, there appears to be small smears of blood. I do not always get this but I cannot tell what problem it may be. Please help.





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    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 :)

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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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    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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    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 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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    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 have also had hemmoroids since I was 15, try not to worry they are nothing too serious go to your local pharmacy and get some hemmorid cream it helps with the pain so much. When you have just had a bowel movement try and use baby wipes these will soothe the hemmoroids and make it less painful to go to the toilet. Also try and get more fibre in your diet so your bowel movements are easier to pass. Hope this helped

    hi im 18 and have been suffering from painful bowel movements when im on my period i have been told its IBS but im worried it could be endo im not sure what to do please help





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    Hi, I have had a rather itchy/painful anus for around 5 days now. It is painful to pass bowel movements and generally itchy all day. Today I have had a sort of discharge on the toilet paper. Getting slightly worried about this now, I am looking for some advice before heading to the GP. Thank you!





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    I can sympathise with you as I have a rectocele and it's very painful and uncomfortable. I have had to have an ileostomy performed because I also have colonic inertia due to diabetic autonomic neuropathy. With an ileostomy you still have normal bowel movements from time to time but how do I get them out with a rectocele????? I am bunged up with no way of emptying. It's painful!!!! Does it mean my colon will tear??? I bleed when I try to manually get anything out which is worrying. Please please can someone help me. My autonomic neuropathy is extremely advanced, bladder and stomach have packed up too and my heart is on its way out too. I just want the time I have left to be more about enjoyment rather that worrying about my bowel. I don't think docs understand how painful a prolapse can be. So to the person who wrote before me I really feel for you and I'm sorry you're going through all this discomfort.

    four years ago i suddenly started to have real bad bowel movements to the point i was only goin 2 times every 2 weeks, and it was extremly painful to go. i did see a nurse and she cudnt see why i was having some much pain she said there were no ripes or signs of piles ect she gave me some medication movicol and it did start to wor and i had very regular bowel movement and no pain however i was still having bits of blood in my poo. and after a while it stared to get painfl agian so i went to the hospital in which they did some test and diagnosed me with IBS, but wen i went up for a second check up they said it wasnt IBS and since i dnt know what i've got and the doctors say its a lazy bowel and give me more medication but to me it doesnt seem right because i have blood in my poo, its extremely painful to pace and i go about 2 a week, i have a very healthy diet i am very active, but now it's been affecting me now forover 4 years and its got to the point when i dont know what to do and not knowing whats causing it doesnt help .. please can you help





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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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    I'm 16 y/o male I usually have regular bowel movements, however, I currently have an anal fissure, I'm not sure if it's due to stress but it's pretty painful (no need to go into detail), Just wondering, how well does coconut oil actually work? What about Neosporin or raw aloe gel? Thanks guys, I'm getting desperate





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    Get GNT cream off your doctor, I had a fissure for 3 years it was terrible. I used lepicol as well which is a fabulous natural product which softens your stools. Best of luck

    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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    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'm 20 I've had problems with my bowel movements for a while, I don't have piles but my bum is very sore after a movement and ive been using anusol internally and externally however now it is painful when trying to insert the anusol, what else can I do to relieve the pain?





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    Hi, I share your pain. I had 2 large internal hemaroids and an anal fissure at the 6' Clock position beginning of November brought on through being constipated then passing a large bowel movement. The pain was immense started leaking from my back passage to. I went to my gp every day for a week and was given a new cream, suppositories, which were to painful to use. Nothing worked so I asked for a referral to the hospital sau straight away. I underwent examination under general anasethic next day. They banded my hemaroids and gave my gtn cream for the fissure. A week later I was still in pain but couldn't bear the side effects of gtn cream so was admitted back to hospital. Had another examanition under general anasethic next day which showed the fissure had cleared but was 2 small abscesses. A week later I went home feeling better and following on the next 2 and 1/2 weeks I was back to myself. Then boom last Tuesday felt like I was having movements through broken glass again ( I have 15+ movements a day due to the laxitives I have to take to keep my movements small and soft) do you can imagine the psin brought on by vowel movements never had a chance to settle, blood was more than the last one. I went back in to hospital Thursday and had Botox injected yesterday to the new fissure which is at 12 clock position this time. Although I am having diarrhoea style movements today, the pain is so much better. Definitely recommended it. Good luck and I hope this helps. I wish doctors understood how painful this condition is. Xx

    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

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