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I have regular bowel movements however over the last 8-10 have

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I have regular bowel movements however over the last 8-10 have had a sudden urge to defecate once every 2nd day. I haven't changed my diet but my stools are soft & sometimes the toilet water is cloudy. What's causing this?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 3 years ago.

Dr. D.J. :

The views expressed by me are for educational purposes only and do not establish a doctor patient relationship.

Dr. D.J. :

Hi there,


This is Dr. D.J., experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.


I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

Dr. D.J. :

I understand your concern.

Dr. D.J. :

Sudden urge to defecate with cloudy water suggests pus coming out mixed with stool.

Dr. D.J. :

This is commonly seen with proctitis or rectal infection.

Dr. D.J. :

Infection of the rectum will increase the urge to defecate.

Dr. D.J. :

The infection is possible even with normal bacterial flora in the intestine.

Dr. D.J. :

If there is no blood in the stool, then this is not a serious infection.

Dr. D.J. :

however, you are better off consider a course of antibiotic with ciprofloxacin after consulting with your GP.

Dr. D.J. :

You can try a probiotic daily meanwhile and follow a bland diet --avoid any hot and spicy food, alcohol, caffeine.

Dr. D.J. :

Best wishes,

Expert:  Dr Basu replied 3 years ago.
Dr. D.J. : The views expressed by me are for educational purposes only and do not establish a doctor patient relationship.
Dr. D.J. : Hi there,
This is Dr. D.J., experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.
I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.
Dr. D.J. : I understand your concern.
Dr. D.J. : Sudden urge to defecate with cloudy water suggests pus coming out mixed with stool.
Dr. D.J. : This is commonly seen with proctitis or rectal infection.
Dr. D.J. : Infection of the rectum will increase the urge to defecate.
Dr. D.J. : The infection is possible even with normal bacterial flora in the intestine.
Dr. D.J. : If there is no blood in the stool, then this is not a serious infection.
Dr. D.J. : however, you are better off consider a course of antibiotic with ciprofloxacin after consulting with your GP.
Dr. D.J. : You can try a probiotic daily meanwhile and follow a bland diet --avoid any hot and spicy food, alcohol, caffeine.
Dr. D.J. : Best wishes,
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Why does it only happen exactly every 2 days? Sometimes the water isn't cloudy. I started taking a calcium drug recently (Accrette D3), could it be connected to this?

Expert:  Dr Basu replied 3 years ago.
Yes this can be connected to the calcium drug you started taking.
Sometimes, medications can cause inflammation of the bowel.
This can be one of those instances.
Best wishes
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