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can you recover from colonic inertia?
Submitted by Motherload
March 24, 2008, 20 Comments

Stacy asks: I'm wondering if anyone has ever recovered from colonic inertia (this is where your shitter stops working at all). I know this is a funny site, but I've suffered for six years since my son was born, and docs say surgery is looking like my cure. WTF!! I'm really miserable, though......

what to do about hemmorhoids
Submitted by Motherload
March 19, 2008, 15 Comments

Dear Motherload, I have hemorrhoids and need your advice. At first it started with great straining in the bathroom and I just kind of ignored it. Then I figured out what it was. Shame on me, I always thought it was the old person's disease. Now I found out 1 out of 2 people over 50 will have it...

hemmorhoids for life
Submitted by Snapper
March 18, 2008, 7 Comments

Dear Snapper, My husband grew up in Guatemala. He has had hemorrhoids since he was about nine years old. He has had continuous bleeding (heavy -- a toiletful every time!) and continuous pain. He has taken fiber, used Gycolax, and recently had the rubber band thing done. Still bleeding!!! It always...

do hemmorhoids smell?
Submitted by Motherload
February 25, 2008, 25 Comments

Hubby asks: My wife is twenty-five and has had two children now. It's been about fifteen months since the last child and she still has hemorrhoids. She doesn't mind the hemorrhoids as much as the smell. We're pretty sure that it's the hemorrhoids that smell. I guess the question is this: can...

post-traumatic constipation
Submitted by Motherload
February 21, 2008, 10 Comments

Meghan asks: I was involved in a car accident almost a month ago and I really haven't been able to poop since. I have tired fiber and all sorts of stuff. I have also been have lower back pains and some stomach pain. What is it? Dave responds to her: Are you on painkillers? They have the tendency...

always rumbing, always gassy
Submitted by Motherload
February 15, 2008, 21 Comments

BorBor asks: The majority of the day, I'm really, really gassy. This makes itself known in my stomach by making really loud groaning noises. I can even feel the air moving inside me. It's not only quite embarrassing, but it can be painful at times, too. When I go to the toilet, I don’t have...

combatting the stench I leave behind
Submitted by Motherload
February 11, 2008, 30 Comments

NADP asks: I am pretty regular and follow proper hygiene. I wipe properly and even use baby-wipes after most bowel movements. Staying clean is not a problem. But I’ve got a kind of anal stench that permeates no matter how much I use the bathroom. What's more: I don't even have to actually USE the...

will botox help with constipation?
Submitted by Motherload
January 28, 2008, 14 Comments

Grace asks, I had three sphincterotomies because of an anal fissure. I am better but not well -- I'm still suffering from severe constipation and my bowels only work with multiple laxatives. I had Botox injections that did nothing to me. A second surgeon told me that they should be given under...

pooping makes me sleepy
Submitted by Snapper
January 19, 2008, 40 Comments

Why is it that sometimes when I take a poop, I feel really sleepy afterwards? And I don't mean tired -- I mean lay-down-and-take-a-nap sleepy. I've noticed this happens when I take an exceptionally large poop or have to hold my dump for a while before I can get relief. Now, I know what you are...

an ink stain spreading from my poo
Submitted by Motherload
January 14, 2008, 6 Comments

WorriedMexicanBean asks: It's been about three months now (off and on) where I see a brown "tint-dye" arising from my poop. Although its color is never ever black, it varies from somewhat darkish brown to light brown, and it's always in a "dye-ink" form. I am somewhat worried and I can’t seem to...

diapers that smell like ammonia
Submitted by Snapper
January 4, 2008, 21 Comments

The other kind of Poo Bear's Momma asks: My three-year-old's dirty diapers have recently begun smelling like ammonia. This has not always been the case, yet his diet is still the same. His wet diapers don't smell this way. Any ideas on what is causing this? Thanks. Dear Poo Bear's Momma, I am by...

the case of the unending diarrhea (habba
Submitted by Motherload
December 26, 2007, 32 Comments

Telekon asks: I have experienced long-term constipation and hemorrhoid issues since high school. I was a frequent drinker and an infrequent smoker, and I admit to a sedentary lifestyle, although I always got more exercise than the average American. Probably ate too much dairy and drank too much...

a procedure for removing fecalith?
Submitted by Snapper
December 18, 2007, 6 Comments

Brandon asks: What are the different medical processes of removing fecalith? (Definition: "A hard stony mass of feces. A fecalith can obstruct the appendix, leading to appendicitis. Fecaliths also can obstruct diverticuli.") Due to old age and certain medical conditions, fecal matter can harden and...

is there hope for my weakened anus?
Submitted by Motherload
December 17, 2007, 32 Comments

Dear Motherload, I struggled with constipation for several years, which led to a rectal prolapse,which led to damage to the nerve endings of my anus and/or sphincter. Now my anus doesn't have the strength it had before; it lost sensation in the nerve endings and it doesn't close shut the way it...

"after i poop my anus remains outsi
Submitted by Motherload
September 28, 2007, 70 Comments

The Flying W asks: For almost three years I seem to have had an almost OCD-like fixation on poop. I forget why, but if I didn't go every day I would be extremely upset about that fact. So I strained to go every day. When I realized this was bad for me, I only went when it ABSOLUTELY had to come out...

how deep should one wipe?
Submitted by Motherload
September 6, 2007, 28 Comments

Nick asks: I know how some people say you should get up into the inner workings of your butt to finish wiping, but is this normal? Or should you only be wiping the outside areas, instead of getting the inside about a half-inch to an inch deep? Dear Nick, Wiping is the act of cleaning a surface by...

post-poop itching -- and not just on my
Submitted by Motherload
August 10, 2007, 8 Comments

Jay asks: Sometimes immediately after I poop, my skin becomes really itchy. It is not my anus skin, but the skin on my upper back, chest, and triceps mostly. It goes away after a minute or so, but it is really itchy. Why does this happen? Can I prevent it somehow? Dear Jay, What you describe is...

loud, incessant intestinal rumbles: what
Submitted by Motherload
July 31, 2007, 9 Comments

Anonymous asks: I realize your website is mostly about the funny side of excrement, but I have a serious questions and it involves a problem that is affecting my life in a negative and embarrassing way. I hope you can help. My intestines are always making noise. Sometimes so loud that it sounds...

does vodka cure farts?
Submitted by Motherload
July 3, 2007, 22 Comments

Superpoopy says: Booze is the answer! From time to time, I have some pretty unpleasant gas. Now there's gas that's unpleasant to others, and then there's the gas that has you writhing on the floor in pain because your insides are blown up like a balloon and you're terrified that they might just...

flintstones and rubble
Submitted by Motherload
May 15, 2007, 11 Comments

RF asks: For about half a year now, whenever my ass gets sweaty, flint-colored specks start to appear. They come out around the hole and sometimes under it. It is also occasionally itchy, but not always. This is only around my butt and nowhere else. It really bunches up when I do a lot of walking...

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