from eating to pooping: fifteen minutes

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Stash asks:

I occasionally find that, after ingesting food from certain local restaurants, I very quickly experience abdominal disruptions and have to rush the toilet ASAP. There I will jettison, in 2-3 blasts, vast quantities of burning brown liquid from my rectum. The timing of which has been as short as fifteen minutes after eating.

Is this a reaction to the food? Should I continue to eat? Is it possible that the food could have passed all the way through my guts in such a short period of time?

Dear Stash,

Thanks for the question.

I would be very doubtful that the food actually made it all the way through in fifteen minutes, unless the restaurant in question was White Castle. I swear, those things are excreted immediately upon swallowing. You might as well just take them from the bag and throw them straight in the toilet.

My guess is that it is some reaction to the food, or the spices, or something.

The only way to really tell is by keeping track of where you eat when this happens, what you eat, how it is prepared, who served it, what time of day it is, the atmospheric pressure, and the phase of the moon. This kind of record keeping will require a large notebook to be carried with you everywhere you go. A PDA could also be used, I suppose.

Good luck with your investigation, and let us know what happens if you ever figure it out.

Please be advised that I am only a Poonurse. I am NOT a medical doctor. Any advice I give should be taken moderate skepticism. Please consult a REAL medical doctor if you feel you have a serious medical condition.

-- Poonurse

Poonurse is an RN with 25 years experience in labor and delivery. Her qualifications include seeing a lot of poop, and owning a computer. Also, she works in Michigan, which she calls the asshole of the universe, so that's another bit of credibility.

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57 Comments on "from eating to pooping: fifteen minutes"

The Shit Volcano's picture
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Sounds sort of like a food allergy. I have this problem all over the place because I am allergic to coconut and they put it in everything. Sure, not everything has foul tasting white flakes in it. Sometimes it's just coconut oil, which is cheap. Poonurse has a good idea on the record keeping. It'll track down whatever the hell it is.

That, or the place you are eating uses olestra. That goes through anyone's system like a shot. Nasty, nasty stuff!!!!

I found Jesus! He was behind the sofa the whole time!

ringo's picture

I used to have exactly this same reaction whenever I ate shrimp. Now I just break out in hives and stop breathing.

The Shit Volcano's picture
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Same thing happens when I eat the aforementioned coconut.

I found Jesus! He was behind the sofa the whole time!

Pooper Duper's picture

KFC will cause me to do that. It seems if I eat really greasy food it gives me a case of the instant squirts.

Nutty Hev's picture

My feces had white flakes in it today..What's up with that?

The Shit Volcano's picture
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Sounds like butt snot, Nutty Hev. It happens sometimes.

I found Jesus! He was behind the sofa the whole time!

Baron Von Poopiepants's picture

The same thing hapened a couple of years ago at a BBQ I was hosting. I ate some Caesar salad and BLAM! 15 minutes later I had undigested romain lettuce spackling my toilet bowl. Ever since then I have had problems with romain lettuce.

shyman's picture

I have something similar to that. I can't eat yogurt, regardless of what kind it is. If I have some yogurt, My normal feses will turn into liquid chocolate posicles.

One day, my girlfriend offered me something to eat, because I have an ulcer, so I have to eat every two hours, she offered yogurt to me, and my response was 'Why don't you eat a box of prunes, or drink a whole bottle of Ex lax first, then we'll see." She caught on quickly.

The Shit Volcano's picture
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Carrots come out of my ass really quickly, I've recently discovered. I think I have developed an allergy to the things, which is okay by me because I HATE carrots and always have.

I found Jesus! He was behind the sofa the whole time!

BookerT's picture

Ugh-I can't eat carrots either. They cause me severe intestinal pain for about two hours (the next day) followed by a butt explosion which is completely full of little orange pieces of carrots. Funny thing, I can eat all the cooked carrots I want, but more than one or two raw little sticks causes this EVERY time.

Anonymous Coward's picture

I also go to the restroom quite quickly after eating(sometimes chunks + liquid, and seeds like its undigested). At first i thought i was allergic to lactose but i ate a friends Greek lasagna and although coming out 15 minutes later it was huge solid, nicely evenly brown, and an astounding but common 1 1/2ft X 2inch crap. I stopped eating greasy food, maybe ill be fine. Hopefully my loud intestinal noises will cease now(it was quite bad when lying down and i never had this problem before a few months ago) I'm a body builder, maybe thats why i crap so quickly. Good luck man. I know i probably need it.

Peter 45's picture

Dear Pooh Nurse,
Every time I eat cooked onions I have torrents of liquid brown pooh. Raw onions are not a problem though. Both of my sisters are aflicted with this, but not my brother. Is this do to an allergy, or have ass gnomes crawled up our collective poopers and run amuck?
Also my girl freind thinks allien space craft have taken up residence in my colan and can be removed with a "magnetic probe". Is this even posible? In the interest of humering her should I let her "probe" me?
Wet and wondering in New Jersey

Fudgepump's picture
l 100+ points

This has been one of my pet peeves regarding PR posts for almost as long as I've been visiting. In reality, it takes HOURS for ingested material to make the 25 foot-long passage through the alimentary system. Coincidentally timed eruptions have got to be some kind of "direct-line" connection between the front and back ends, but I CAN'T imagine that anything you eat could possibly race through the whole length of plumbing in 15 minutes. No way...

Anonymous Coward's picture

I've noticed lately that if I drink wine or cocktails at a dinner party, I often wind up with bits of undigested lettuce and other particles of vegetables in my poop. I don't recall this happening when I was younger. What's going on? Am I developing some sort of gastric intolerance to alcohol or am I just getting old (39)? Gallbladder problems do run in the family, but I kind of don't think that's it.

Hamster's picture
k 500+ points

Fudge - got to support you again here, old boy!! Absolutely, and well put. Maybe there is an exception where a person is actually ill, like gastro-enteritis, when the process is accelerated, but normally, no, 15 minutes is absurd.

The Thunderous Crapper 63's picture
k 500+ points

Actually its called mass peristalsis which can be triggered I would imagine not only by drinking cold water but by eating as well. Your food does NOT just PASS thru you in 15min BUT anything you have eaten prior to that could be forced out to make room for the new stuff coming in. Does that also sound about right oh great Poo Nurse?
The Thunderous Crapper 63 Enjoying home toilet advantage since 2004!


BILLY's picture

i have to poop about every 15 minutes but its sort of like diarrhea but ive heard people call it “the runs ” even if i dont i have to poop about every 15 mins. could you please help me

Anonymous Coward's picture

I think what you're experiencing in relation to the restaurant food has something to do with the gastrocolic reflex. This reflex, in a normal person, is enacted after ingesting a meal. It basically means that once food hits your stomach, your colon has a reflex to poop (which is good, in order to even out the amount of food/feces in your body). It may just be that certain foods will illicit a stronger gastrocolic reflex for you. I would guess that this isn't a problem unless it's very hard for you to control yourself. In that case, don't eat that food, or see a doctor if it's very bad!

Rocket Man's picture

For me large meals can be the catalyst for an emergency, unstoppable ass explosion. The body's way of making room. Throw in a milkshake or ice cream after eating, and the countdown begins. It runs (ha!) in the family. We all nod sympathetically and knowingly, if one gets suddenly pale and quiet, during a long drive home from a restaurant.
Can food get from the front to the back in 15 minutes? To trigger yes. To get there, no. Not without some serious cramping. If the body wants it out that fast, the front door is easier. But an hour - without ill effects. Yes. Just remember to drink some water to replace the loss. Also, get some Acidophilus from the drug store or Walmart to restock your stomach's little helpers that got rudely ejected. Otherwise, it could continue for days. (esp. if you are taking antibiotics). My two cents.

daphne's picture
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Good point, Rocket Man.

You can buy acidophilus in pill form, and it's not that expensive. You can also buy it in paste form, but it tastes kind of funny.

.....hugging bunnies since 1969

.....hugging bunnies since 1969

Anonymous Coward's picture

i poo at least 5 times a day.. especially after a meal.. lil brown squirts.. can't seem to keep anything in me? am i lactose? cancer? i need help!!

Anonymous Coward's picture

I used to have the exact problem in this question. I would go to this one chinese restaurant and if I ate the General Tso's, within 15 minutes it was emergency run for bathroom time. It only happened when I ate the General Tso's, and only the General Tso's from that one restaraunt. AND it hasnt happened since.

I will sometimes, however, need to go right after having an iced mocha latte. Not when it's hot, just cold. And not with other dairy. I just chocked it up to an odd digestive system and went with it.

Poop After Pizza's picture

I get the squirts right after Pizza Hut, or any pizza for that matter. Maybe it's because for the last 10 years I have eaten 3-4 pizzas per week. Help me poonurse!

El Scumbag's picture
k 500+ points

The firat time I ate octopus was in Rhodes, Greece, some 20 years ago. It was pickled, I think, and not exactly pleasant, as it was so rubbery. I swear to God, it came out less than two hours later, because when I expelled a bit burst of frothy shite into the bowl, it seemed to have little bits of tentacle in it.

It's possible that I might simply have shat out worms, but I doubt it very much.

But I agree that 15 minutes seems a trifle fast to travel through nearly 30 feet of digestive tract. Certainly, if the gut doesn't like what's going in, it'll do everything it can to get rid of it as quickly as it can, so I can well believe that 15 minutes after eating, Stash's arse rebelled and tried to excrete as much as it could as quickly as possible, which could very well include some of the rotten undigested fecal matter that everyone has in their colon.

spattacus's picture
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Yeah, it can be quick. My wife used to get panic attacks and bad headaches, especially if we were going out for a meal with a group. The doctor gave her equagesic tablets, which were a muscle relaxant and pain-killer. Problem was, unknown to us they were relaxing the wrong muscle! She'd take 2 when she got stressed, eat a meal and then spend the rest of the time in the restaurant crapper, shitting out what she'd just eaten. It was ages before we made the link.
It seemed unfair to have to pay for food that didn't leave the premises!

Poopus Maximus's picture

Ah, ha ha, I had to laugh. Yup, I can be spewing an anal fountain in 15 minutes **every time** right after certain Thai food, regardless of restaurant. It's awesome - and unstoppable: If I can't get to a relief station like RIGHT NOW, there's gonna be a mess. It's amazing how violent the cramps are, and the exit speed is also truly remarkable, not to mention the paint-peeling aroma.

The best part: I love Thai food, so I do it on a regular basis. Hey, it keeps the intestinal parasites down to a minimum, ya know?

Since it can be such a wonderfully splatteriffic time, maybe I should take pictures next time and post them over at . Just for educational purposes, of course.

Logjam's picture
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... or maybe not, since we are not that interested.


Anonymous Coward's picture

I have been going poop every time **and I mean every time** I go pee since yesterday. AND I've been peeing about every 15 minutes. The poop's not entirely solid but not runny either. My bum is sore from wiping so often and I've grown rather tired of pooping. Does this sound like it might be some sort of virus that I should go to a doctor for or do you think that it will eventually stop once I've gotten all of the poop out of me?


Diet Girl's picture

I've been dieting and I noticed that if I occasionally treat myself to something a little greasy I end up having to go to the bathroom within 15-60 minutes later. What I was wandering is...does your body take in all of those calories/fat if you go to the bathroom that quickly afterwards?

ChiefThunderbutt's picture
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Sorry to have to tell you Diet Girl but the fat suckers in your body work overtime when you eat fast traveling greasy food. They work quickly to vacuum every precious calorie from the greasy goodies as they speed by on their way to your asshole. You will eventually be as plump as a hippo.

Eat chilies and feel the burn!!

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Anonymous Coward's picture

hello anykind of stress or "plans" in the morning will hurt my stomach im hungry but i feel discusted to eat recenty the best thing was eating an apple and take it easy "long holidays" everything was ok but now i poop my apple out within 10 mins green skin fluffy chunks of tan apple come out and ive done a test it is DEFINATLY form the apple i just ate so i dont eat the apple anymore in the mornign i eat it b4 dinner . but now my breakfast is small orange bread and cheese or dry cereal and its hurting again it goes away but its a real problem in trying to have a job to go to everyday im eather in pain for 1hr or pooping raw apple at 3 surprise times that last 1-2hrs and i cant hold it in im 23. male

ChiliKahKah's picture
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That would be a long time if you had consumed a lot of beer and topped it off with a sack of white castles and onion chips. Such a mixture would be near instant passage !

poop lover's picture

hey. u no my poop has been green for the past three weeks. wuts up with that? please tell me! i dont want my poopy to be green anymore! it makes me wanna, u dont wanna know. so please anwser!!!!!!!!!!byeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

KiwiPoo's picture

I have been on a diet for 4 months. I have lost a reasonable amount (18kg's) anyway I used to eat and dump within an hour when I wasn't dieting. But just yesterday I was at a BBQ and ate more than I normally would these days and within 15 minutes BLAM. I power shot and filled the bowel with a round curled beauty that was at least 12 inches long and 2 inches thick as well as a spackled number shot out over a number of pop pop pop pops. I was surprised that I could eject solid and pulp at the same time! I weighed myself that morning before the episode and also after the episode that night and I weighed the same. How can the body do this??? I am dumbfounded.

Wilko's picture

Every time I eat or drink you can bet your ass that 15 mins later I'm on the shitter and it's running out my ass. This happens whether I just have a drink or eat, and it happens with any drink or any food. I go abroad in two days, help me out man ...cheers.

Allen P's picture

To answer quite a few people's questions about all the poop stuff.

1) I can get immediate bowel movement after about 15 minutes finishinh eating. If you get something solid that's ok, if it is something liquid like or the ruins, that usually means that you put a lot of time between meals and the body is dumping out excess acid and liquids.

2) If you have to go to the bathroom after eating a meal, 15minutes to 1 hour is considered normal especially if about half is solid, don't forget a lot of food is mostly water.

3) If it takes you more then 3 hours before you have to go after eating a full meal, there should be a cause for concern, constipation is the culprit here, but if it happens more often you should talk to a doctor right away on that.

4) If you cannot digestive dairy (That's 80% of us folks), then you will produce ruiny liquid stool fairly quickly, because when the digestive tract is intolerant to a food, milk, soy, gluten, etc.... it trigers an immediate response to go to the bathroom. A somewhat vain effort on the body's part to get rid of the offending substance

5) If you vomit, that usually means you have either eaten too much, or you have eating something that tasted really bad, or was really bad food and you body is rejecting it to keep you from getting sick.

6) Always check your family history for foods that you might be allergic or intolerant (not able to digest), this would greatly help you out later on. Dairy is a 4 out of 5 people are intolerant to it, so limiting dairy is a good idea, or subsituting with a Lactore free milk, soy milk (Organic not Natural Soymilk) all of equal quality or better then milk.

7) Another thing to look out for is to go to the bathroom (even if you don't feel like going) before eating a meal, sometimes, a lot of the times this will help you have having to go so quickly after eating.

8) Advise for when to see a doctor. If you have tried all this and still have any of these symptoms
8-1) Ruiny liquid stool for more then 3 days straight
8-2) If you have a liquid stool any other color then light brown, medium brown, dark brown or black (usually after having pepto bismol for indesestion) this means you might be sick and should see a doctor
8-3) If you have painful bowel moments, that could be over eating or a more serious condition
8-4) If you have really bad cramps in your stomach immediately, during or after eating i would see a doctor
8-5) If you have constant pain not matter how much to eat or how little you eat or drink liquids see a doctor
8-6) Anything that is a constant pain, even though you have not eating anything is a sign of a ulcer in the stomach, kidneys stones, gall bladder stones, see a doctor

Also, for those who suffer a lot of indegestion at night time, things to cut out after 5pm:
1) Caffiene
2) Spices (On the spice scale, anything above 1 alarm will trigger indegestion
3) Acids, this includes, Vingera's - mostly in salad dressings, pickles, tomato sauces (especailly those)
4) Working out after 7pm, this churns the body to produce more acid, the harder the workout the more acid
5) You can have liquid beverages, but not carbonated ones, again acids.
6) When you have liquids after 5pm, only enough to quench your thrist, don't over do it.

MSG's picture
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Two separate issues in this thread: (1) gastrocolic reflex and (2) transit time. Issue 1 has to do with food--upon entering the stomach--stimulating peristalsis, which can stimulate a movement of bowel contents already fairly well along in the system. In that case the resulting b.m. is usually normal: solid, big long turds, not runny; obviously, occasionally a loose stool can result at such a time, but a solid one is much more common.

Case 2 is more of a concern. If transit time is 15 minutes, there hasn't been enough time for digestion, and your poop will show what you ate 15 minutes ago. If you ate cabbage, you'll see cabbage pieces. Such a rapid trip through your body means something is wrong, since the usual transit time is 12 to 48 hours or so, which would give your system time to extract the goodies from your food and form the leftovers into nice solid turds.

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That's gross but very funny though. :)

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shitake boy's picture
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I am usually pooping within 15 minutes to one hour after eating. I suffer from IBS. While I was going to school at night, we would have a 1/2 hour break. within an hour after the break, I would have to run out of the classroom to go to the bathroom to poop. It became a big joke, but we were all allied health students, so it was no big deal. A classmate I sat next to told me she was able to set her watch by my poop break. One time, when I had to go to the bathroom, the men's room was closed for cleaning, and I had to make three attempts to get into it. On the third unsuccessful attempt to access the bathroom, my instructor, who was aware of my IBS, stopped the class for a moment so that he can let me in the faculty restroom. I was on the toilet pooping for a good 20 minutes, the instructor and a couple of my classmates asked me if I was ok. I told them yes, and its par for the course. It was very embarassing to me, and I appologized to a few of my classmates, but they were real cool about it, one of them told me not to worry, we all poop.

In search of the ever evasive BM

In search of the ever evasive BM

monsterpooperinPA's picture

Okay, I am the polar opposite of most on here....I don't go for days, and then it can be monstrously huge (hence my name). It's to the point where I have the "poop hanger" in the plunger bucket next to the toilet, so if need be (and the need usually be), the poo can be "cut up" so the toilet doesn't get stopped up. I fear pooping in other places, because of the toilet overflow potential. I've stopped up toilets in many, MANY states, and even on a boat one time. Why is my poo so enormous?!?!

MSG's picture
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Hello, PA. Your poops are big because they are seldom. You don't sotp eating, so your waste is collecting and piling up inside you; then after a few days the turds build up to critical mass and you extrude a clogger. Try eating something that will speed up your digestion a bit; what that might be, I'm not sure, but you could ask your doctor. You need to be able to poop wherever the need strikes, so I would urge you to check with your doctor.

Anonymous Coward's picture

i just want to say you guys have some great insight on pooping!

Anonymous Coward's picture

For the last six months of my life I have been quite frequently pooing out enormous 15 inch turds and to be totaly honest with you, it feels like my wife is shoving her arm up to her elbow up my ass! The pain Im sure is from the gigantic girth of the damn thing. I dont think my diet has changed and I do believe I am eating the same thing I was a year ago.

Anonymous Coward's picture

Does this problem happen when you eat the same items in other places? Could be food hygiene issues at these restaurants.
Some people get this with after too much fruit or hot sauce.

Anonymous Coward's picture

Do the meals involve meat and lettuce or a lot of vitamin C? That does it for me.

TiffVicious's picture

God, we are such disgusting foul little things. Seriously, got to love people that have a sense of human about their 'shitty' qualities. :) Thanks for sharing your personal stories, so many laughs. :)

Joy-Ann's picture

FACT: Death begins in the colon. Don't eat or drink anything at all that your great grandparents wouldn't recognize -- drink water -- but only purified or distilled water (if you're in the U.S. no tap water) AND, more importantly SQUAT to poop. STOP sitting on the toilet -- STOP straining. Sitting down to poop is very unhealthy and unnatural. The 2/3rds of the world that only use 'the squat position' to poop, do NOT suffer from IBS, Chron's, hemorrhoids, appendicitis, diverticulitis, chronic diarrhea and/or constipation, and so on and on. Just buy and use a bedpan or a small plastic oval-shaped container (3" deep) that fits between your legs (it's not a big deal) if you can't afford the squat stand that surrounds or goes over the toilet. Dump the poop into the toilet and flush. Simple. Keep the bedpan in the bathroom and to disinfect use disinfectant wipes or paper-towels soaked in cheap, white vinegar. It's not hard to do. In only ONE full week of eating healthy, drinking 6 glasses of pure water, spread out throughout the day, to include an occasional glass of fresh lime water, AND squatting to poop (instead of sitting on the toilet) you'll drop a few pounds, have a flatter stomach, feel like a different person AND you will look better. It only takes one week to notice the HUGE difference. Try all of this and you won't ever want to go back to your old ways.

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Also, take 'live' probiotics -- that contain 25 billion -- 50 billion 'live' probiotic strains.

Always take on an EMPTY stomach (even if directions say otherwise) and avoid eating/drinking for at least a half-hour afterward. Dead probiotics are worthless. If they are 'live' at the time of manufacture or purchase, but dead when you take them, they're worthless and ineffective. Buy a good, highly recommended brand of a probiotic to ensure they are 'live' when you take them, since you cannot tell by visual inspection. Always check the expiration date. If they are the type of probiotic that require refrigeration, then don't let them go down to room temps.

Take everyday for a few weeks to a few months, depending on your health condition and needs. Then go on a 'probiotic maintenance' -- take one week on AND then one-two weeks off ... and don't forget -- no sitting -- SQUAT to poop!

ChiefThunderbutt's picture
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No need to buy probiotics, just eat the right foods and you will get them. When it comes to probiotics, Americans are more familiar with yogurt. Well fermented kimchi has more lactic acid bacteria than yogurt. Known to be good for the intestines, it also has anti-germ functions. As an added benefit kimchi also helps you pass world class farts. Share the wealth.

Other types of fermented foods in the American diet are kefir, unpasteurized/homemade pickles, fermented tofu and more recently, miso soup. All of these great sources of probiotics are also delicious.

As to water, don't buy bottled water. The plastic bottles are a menace and, if not recycled, are filling our landfills at an alarming rate. Distilled water has all the minerals removed from it and is a poor health choice. Cut and paste this URL for a little insight into the consumption of distilled water exclusively. Not a good thing to do.

If you insist on consuming purified water just buy a Brita Water Pitcher and filter your own water. Lastly, of all the countries of the world tap water in America ranks near the top.

Remember that eating and drinking naturally is one of the best ways to ensure good health.

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Britshitcannon's picture

I had this today, drank a milkshake, ate a doughnut drank some lucozade then after about 5 minutes started feeling real ill. A further 5 minutes and a rush to the toilet was in order, it was a stream of curdled milkshake and doughnuts mixed with bright orange lucozade, all in one toilet staining mess.

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