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Old 02-10-2008, 10:25 PM   #1
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odd health issue

I am a 21 year old college student. I don't know for sure if I have a medical issue but I do have a problem I want to find out about. The first thing is that I eat an unusually large amount. This is not some emotional thing, I eat because I am hungry. It is enough that all my friend notice it. The main, and somewhat related thing, is that for some reason I seem to have unusually large bowel movements. Sometimes it is even enough to plug up a toilet. They are typically 20-25 inches long and 1.5 to 2 inches in diameter. It is very hard to find information about this but this seems to be a lot bigger than average. My B/Ms are not hard like constipation at all. I go once every 2 to 3 days. I did have a couple of periods of constipation when I was 5 or 6 years old but I don't feel like that is related to this. The first time I noticed this problem was when I was 12. I would like to know what the normal size is and if there could be any medical problem here and also if anything can be done. I did talk to our doctor about this in high school but he didn't think there was a problem. This week end I was on a long road trip and I plugged up the toilet at a gas station. There were people in line and it was very embarrassing. This sort of thing makes me wonder if there is a medical issue or not.

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Old 02-11-2008, 08:22 AM   #2
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Re: odd health issue

The size of your bowel movement is directly related to the amount that you eat. Maybe you could try eating foods higher in fiber, or try using metamucil, to get things going more quickly. If you could get yourself into a daily pattern rather than every 2-3 days, there would be less each time and you wouldn't have that embarrassing clogging problem. I don't know if that possible, but it's worth a try. Some people just don't go everyday.

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