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Eating and almost immediate bowel movements

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  • Posted By: sjwatters
  • May 30, 2009
  • 04:15 PM

What causes someone to have to run to the bathroom (for a bm) within 10-20 minutes after eating? (Concerned about someone and am helping them look for answers.) Sometimes has to go several more times over the next several hours, before he feels better.

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  • Several conditions can cause the symptoms described, the most common being rapid transit, where food does not remain in the stomach long enough and is propelled through to the duodenum and intestines, ultimately producing urgency to perform a bowel movement. This is common among diabetics. A second common cause is a fat malabsorption disorder that typically results in similar urgency, with steatorrhea that is foul-smelling. Lastly, stress and anxiety can produce altered function of the digestive tract and cause cramping, with urgency that produces diarrhea or loose stools in many cases. This can occur more frequently when meals are skipped until several hours beyond the normal schedule. Depending upon the person's age, symptoms such as those described which last longer than 2 weeks should be evaluated by your doctor. I will also preempt the smattering of postings which may follow my response that the symptoms described do not in any way suggest the presence of microbic flora imbalance, parasitic infestation or the need to consume probiotics. Nor is a stool sample with subsequent analysis necessary at this point. Again, if symptoms persist beyond 2 weeks, then direct evaluation is warranted. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
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  • Celiac disease or other food allergies could also a possibility.
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