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A 54-year-old male asked:

I wake up in the morning with having to go to the bathroom. my poop is coming in out various formed small pieces. it's soft stool rather than pebbles. it's been going on for a few weeks. stool is brown. i'm very gassy and no blood. ideas?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
The cited description is well within the normal range of stool characteristics. Gas is a combination of air you swallow during feeds and gas produced bu gut bacteria feeding on digestive debris. None of this sounds worrisome.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
Agree with Dr. Ferguson in that what you described is not worrisome. For info: Flatulence: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/gas-digestive-tract/eating-diet-nutrition. Wish you good health!
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