I hope this is a good place to post this. I have a rather embarrassing problem which I want to find out about. My problem is that I have really abnormally large bowel movements. Sometimes I even clog up toilets. I have had this since high school, if not before. When I was in 8th grade I started to plug up our toilet so often (maybe once every week or 2) that my dad replaced our toilet with a better one. My mom also made me sit on the toilet every night and try to go in order to prevent it from getting too big. I am 24 years old now and these days I have a bowel movement every 1 to 2 days. I don't have any other medical symtoms and I have never talked to anyone about this because I find it embarrassing. I'm embarrassed to say that I actually have into a plastic bag in order to weigh it. Normally they weight 1.5 to 2.5 pounds but I think sometimes they might weight up to 3 pounds. They are 1.5 to 2 inches around and about 2 feet long. 2.5 feet long would be a maximum. I really want to know if there is any problem with this. I feel abnormal, but in reality, I don't even know what normal is. I would like to know what the normal size of a bowel movement is. Also I would like to know if anyone else has had this kind of problem. I guess it is really just an embarrassment, but It can be VERY embarrassing - believe me! Anything you can tell me would be appreciated.
Most often I go once every other day. Sometimes I might go two days in a row. When I was in high school and college I would go once a day and sometimes more. When I lived at home my mom would force me to sit on the toilet every night and try to go so I wouldn't have an oversized bowel movement later. As far as what I eat, I eat a pretty normal diet I think. I try to eat a lot of fiber, but not a huge amount. When I was younger, I was famous for having a huge appetite, but I do a lot less athletics now and I eat a lot less.
You need to be more specific. Lots of fiber? You might consider wheat bread fiber. It is not. Please elaborate. You MUST have a BM each day. Here is my suggestion.
1. First thing when you wake up drink a tall glass of warm water with 1/2 lemon sqeezed into it, 1/8 teaspoon Sea Salt and 1 tblsp raw apple cider vinegar. Warm means heat it up in a pan, not microwave, till it is warm to your elbow.
2. 30 minutes later or more eat breakfast. Avoid breads, milk, and junk food.
3. buy some milled flaxseed and take 2 tablespoons with breakfast and 2 with dinner. It would also help to take 1-2 tablspoons of olive oil or flaxseed oil before bed nightly.
Well, I try to eat things I think have fiber. One of my favorite breakfast cerials is Corn Bran, which fairly high in fiber. I eat a lot of vegetables and some meat and fruit. I don't eat much junk food. I really thank you for responding. I hope I don't sound like too much of an idiot here so please bear with me. Other people have suggested to me that I eat more fiber, but I don't see how that will do anything but produce more 'waste'. If a cram myself with fiber I might have an abnormally large bowel movement every day instead of every day and a half to two days. I have heard people say that not having a bowel movement every day is constipation. I may have constipation in that sense, but my stool is usually soft. Sometimes when I am in an awkward situation I can hold off a bowel movement for upto three days, and then sometimes it is hard. Even then usually only the first bit is hard and the rest is softer. I will try what you suggest, but I would like to know the purpose. Is the idea to cause a smaller bowel movement each day?
If you dont go once a day, yes you are constipated. Bran is not a good source of fiber. I learned that the hard way. You can become allergic to it if you eat it to much. Wheat is in everything. The best source of fiber is vegetables and flaxseed. The reason I suggest the flaxseed is because you are constipated. It will work the muscles in your colon and add oil to your system. The other thing you might consider is doing liver flushes. If your bile ducts are clogged, there is a limited amount of bile to cause a strong peristaltic action. Which you need daily to go poop.
The added fiber will push your constipating foods like meat, dairy, bread, sugar... through your system faster. Oh, and cereal is high in sugar. So despite the fiber claims, the Sugar is not good for constipation. Also, flaxseed fiber is different from psyllium, it will not expand in your gut and make you bloat.
Did I answer your questions?
I am intrigued by the militant responses. Each person's body is different. You are *not* necessarily constipated if you don't have a bowel movement once a day. I notice you had no response to the woman whose children eat vegan diets. Everyone's body works just a little bit different and your one size fits all solutions are simply inadequate. The body is an amazingly intelligent and adaptable machine capable of operating without liver flushes.
Sorry, but it's not accurate to say that you're constipated if you don't go once a day. Every person is unique and has their own "normal". Having BM every other day is quite normal for many, many people and in medical community NOT considered out of ordinary.
Your information is opinion based, not fact based, and you should present it that way instead of misleading this young man into thinking he has bowel abnormalities. Your "cure" may or may not work, no scientific basis for that either.
Well. Perhaps you just need to be thankful that you can go - and go you do!! ;-)
Sorry to make light of your problem. I know it's got to be very embarrassing and inconvenient! But I wonder if you just might have bigger "pipes" than many people - in which case - this might be your lot in life. Are you a big person? (like tall, large, etc?)
I agree with the people who are saying that you should try to have a good BM every morning. Also, the Liver Flush idea sounded good to me. But your main problem isn't sounding to be constipation... so - I just don't think that's what you should get hung up on.
I say eat lots of veggies, fruits, and try to have one (if not two) bm's per day. The lemon juice in the am is great! The Liver Flush might change things... and perhaps you might try the Master Cleanse. Maybe somehow you just have a lot of gunk to clean out (though from what you describe, you might be a lot cleaner than most of us!!)
I am fairly tall but not really big at 6'5" and 190 pounds. I know I don't have a problem with constipation as it is commonly defined. Some people say if you don't have a bowel movement every day, then your constipated. In high school and college I was known for my huge appetite and I did have bowel movements every day. I don't do as many sports now and I eat less. My bowel movements are about the same size, just less frequent. I talked to a doctor about this and was told that if there were no other symtoms, then any size is not a problem. I seems abnormal to me though, and has been very embarrassing on occasion.
My son is 10 years old. Ever since he was two years old, he has had large bowel movements. Between us, his daycare providers, and his grandparents, we have expressed amazement of how much comes out at one time. He has a bowel movement every 2-3 days.
He has been stopping up toilets since he was two years old. Sometimes we have to take a knife and chop it up to get it to flush. His BMs are about 2-4 inches across, very wide, and at least 8-14 inches long. They definitely expand in the toilet bowl water.
My son is a vegetarian, almost vegan. He has never had any animal products, other than the rare (monthly) ice cream/cheese/yogurt, and eggs even less frequently. He has never eaten meat or gelatin.
He eats mostly raw fruits and vegetables, with cooked vegetables coming in a close second. The only bread he eats is 100% whole wheat bread.
He eats regularly: three meals a day with several snacks.
He takes vegetarian vitamins daily, with added B6 and B12. He also takes calcium supplements daily.
He drinks at least 6 cups of water a day, and drinks 1 cup of enriched soy milk, each day.
He is above average in height, with appropriate weight for his size, sort of on the lean side.
He is physically fit, and regularly swims, plays tennis, soccer, basketball, etc.
Could it be it's just the way he was made?
He has a seven year old sister, who eats almost the same vegetarian diet, and she has no problems with bowel movements. She has a BM at least once a day.
He is really getting embarassed at the number of toilets he has stopped up. He is scared that it will happen when he is at a playmate's house.
I'm sorry to hear about you son's situation. 4 inches across seems incredible to me but if he is having trouble with toilets not flushing he has my simpathy. I may have had large bowel movements when I was younger but I was 13 or 14 when I started to think it was abnormal. Plugging up a toilet at a friends house or a public place can be embarrassing and I was embarrassed also just for people to find out about my abnormallity. One thing that made me feel funny was my family (especially my mom) made such a big deal of it. My mom used to make me sit on the toilet every night and try to go so I would clog it up later. When I stayed over at a friends house once she called at about 8:00 to make sure I went to the bathroom. If I ever plugged up the toilet with a large bowel movement she would tell me I should have gone sooner and even get mad at me. It made me start to think that I was responcible for what seemed to be for me a natural thing. I'm telling you this as best as I can so you can deal with your son appropriately. Try not to make him feel unusual. For the most part don't discuss it with him at all, unless he brings it up. good luck
And I am happy to say we don't make a big deal of it. We just keep the plunger nearby, and if he's around, we say, "wow" and that's about it.
He's the eternal optimist, thinking the plumbing will work. He flushes and walks away. It's normally his sister who reports a problem. Granted, at 7, she's a bit noisy at expressing her disgust but I have hard time being mad at her, since it's really not fair to lift the lid and see that!
Based on things others have written in reply to your original e-mail, I will try the flax seed oil and maybe some dried prunes. Not sure how I will convince him, but he may be more willing if he thinks it will cause less problems in the bathroom.
Try to let your son know that he is not ether abnormal or at fault for his problem, but he is unusual and may have problems where other people don't. He should try to learn to get along with regular bathroom facilities, whatever that takes for him. Hopfully it will save from him some embarrassing times. He had this trouble at a younger age than me so maybe he's already learned this.
Even though I had trouble at home, I never thought I had a problem. The first time I felt abnormal was at 8th grade camp. I resisted going to the bathroom, but eventually I had to. The bathroom was only semi-private, so I found a time when no one was around and went. I flushed and walked away but the toilet was clogged up completely. When someone found it they made a huge deal out of how big it was and everyone came to look and was saying the same thing. I was really worried that someone would figure out that it was me who did it. Fortunately no one did. I was really confused at first because I didn't know I had clogged the toilet and besides, to me the size of the BM seemed larger than average, but not unusual at all. A week or 2 later (at home) I got up and went to the bathroom in the middle of the night. My mom heard me and actually got up, knocked on the bathroom door, and told me not to flush it and she would take care of it in the morning. That really made me think I had an unusual problem problem even if my family was tyrying not to make a big deal out of it.
Sorry this was so long. I didn't intend for it to be when I started out. I just thought your son could avoid some of the awkwardness I went through if he is properly prepared.
Wow! I would like to thank you all for your input. I have an 11 year old grandson who has been experiencing this problem for several years. I asked his doctor about it but he didn't seemed too concerned.Then again, he's not the one with the problem. My grandson gets to the point where he will hold back bowel movements on purpose. I have explained to him that that is a very unhealthy thing to do. His father and I have made a point to not make a big thing out of it and always have the plunger ready. I have told him that not all people are physically alike.But it still concerns him.I have noticed it gets worse when he doesn't get enough fruits and vegetables. His doctor said to just give him 2 Metamucil wafers with a glass of water every day but it doesn't help all that much. He also takes stool softeners every other day. They help somewhat. I will try some of the other suggestions you have all submitted and want to thank all of you very, very much.
Hi there. I think you should be happy that you are getting all of that out! You hear so much about people having pounds of plaque in their intestines. I'll bet you don't! You probably have some of the cleanest intestines out there. I know it might be inconvenient at times, but I seriously think it is a good thing.
I would recommend flushing the toilet midway, and then again when you are done.This will avoid the clogged toilet situations and your son will not have to stress over social events in the future.
Let me know if that works.
it sounds to me that those are the normal size for a bm to be acording to what ive read from a doctors point of view, yes 2 inches in diameter and about 2 feet long are supposed to be normal and healthy. i would increase my liquid intake maybe it will make the movements softer and squeeze smaller diameter.