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What do small stools indicate during a bowel movement?

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Dr. Chobufo Ditah

General & Family Physician

Practicing since :2009

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Posted on Wed, 10 Oct 2018 in Digestion and Bowels
Question: when I have a bowel movement it looks like small buttons.
Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah 2 hours later
Brief Answer:

You are most likely constipated!

Detailed Answer:


This small button like stools point to constipation. I recommend you increase fruits, vegetable and fiber intake.

Also, avoid processed meals as they have little fibers and predispose to constipation. Moderate, regular exercise and increased fluid intake will be helpful at addressing this.

Are you on any medication? Pain medications and some other drugs used in treating high blood pressure can cause this. If you are on any, it will be nice to communicate for review and guidance.

Finally, use laxatives if all of the above fail. Colace is my preferred medication.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Raju A.T
Follow up: Dr. Chobufo Ditah 13 hours later
Thank you The meds I take are not Opiods, they are for blood pressure cholesterol,
Omeprezol,Allreds (for eyes). Vitamin B, vitamin D and calcium
Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah 2 hours later
Brief Answer:

Have you been able to pass stool?

Detailed Answer:


Thanks for these details. Have you had a bowel movement already? How is your pain?

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Dr Chobufo Ditah, General & Family Physician
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