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Colorectal Diseases

Headaches and bowel movements

10/27/2009

Question:

I am 61 and postmenopausal. Sometimes I get a headache that preceeds, and seems to be relieved by, a bowel movement. I can`t tell if the headache is causing the BM or the BM is causing the headache. Have you heard of this? And do you know what I can do to prevent the headaches?

Answer:

No, I have not heard of this. 

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Response by:

Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati