Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Digestive Health Support Forum banner

Late afternoon/evening symptoms

969 Views 1 Reply 1 Participant Last post by  Kathleen M. PhD
I have no symptoms until late afternoon or evening. At that time I feel an urgent need to move my bowels, but after much straining, all that comes out are very small stools, mucus or gas. This happens repeatedly along with constant loud gurgling and rumbling in my colon and a very uncomfortable feeling of liquid and/or gas moving backwards. This lasts for several hours until I go to sleep. This happens regardless of what I've eaten and doesn't seem to be stress-related. I eat a very healthy diet, but I know that I don't always drink enough water. Do you know of any reason why I have symptoms at that time of day and no other time?
1 - 2 of 2 Posts
Possibly it is a response to eating meals and the gas that is from those meals accumulating over the course of the day.Typically the colon is most active first thing in the morning and again after meals. Most of the gas that you had from yesterday is probably gone after the morning increase in activity (and it is quite common to have a BM in the morning). As you eat during the day you feed the bacteria in the colon. Some people over-respond to even normal to less than normal gas production by these bacteria in the colon. It is pretty hard to avoid all gas-producing foods during the day as those include all starches other than rice as well as any number of other carbohydrates.I find that taking probiotics (specifically Probiotica) which should reduce overall gas production limits my end of day farting. Different people will have different symptoms from gas production and the noises and urgency can be from that gas production. Filling the rectum with anything can cause urgency/BM's in some people.If this mostly happens about 1 hour after dinner it could be that most of this is from the post-prandial increase (after eating) in colonic activity. Often the evening meal is larger and heavier and for some people it is the size/volume of the meal that is problematic. (so a larger meal causes a bigger increase in activity)K.
See less See more
1 - 2 of 2 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.