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Sometimes, not always, I feel the urgent need to urinate but

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sometimes, not always, I feel the urgent need to urinate but have a bowel movement instead. Then a few minutes later, the urgent (and real) need to urinate returns. Ideas?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

This is Dr. David

overactive bladder can cause frequent urges to urinate

an enlarged prostate can keep you from emptying your bladder completely which can cause you to urinate frequently

a prostate ultrasound and consultation with urology can see how large your prostate is.

as men get older, they often times can have benign enlargement of their prostate gland.

if you drink alcohol or caffeine, these can irritate your bladder and cause you to urinate frequently as well.

do you have an enlarged prostate gland?

Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


I believe your question was about having a bowel movement instead of urinating.

That can simply be stimulation of the rectum from a full bladder.

It can also be a colon problem.

You are overdue for a colonoscopy if you have not had one, and that should be arranged.

I am a double board certified clinical doctor.

While a big prostate can stimulate frequent urination, you have not mentioned this.

While it can stimulate a bowel movement in some instances, it is not typical and further investigation of the bowel might be needed.

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