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Blue Bowel Movement
Had blue/green bowel movement. Did not consume any food or beverage of this colour. What caused this and should I be concerned?
Check it out : If persistant may need all and ultrasound to check out ...Read more
The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more
I had bowel movement and saw a little blue thing similar to a tic tackle later happened again. Later I urinated and wiped and their was blue on t.p.
Tic Tac: If you have eaten blue tic tacs, think this object looked like a blue tic tac, and the blue discoloration on the toilet paper is consistent with this, you are probably right! Not to worry! ...Read more
Is blue poop normal? My daughter had a bowel movement and it was "smurf" blue. This has happened before, but I was told it was because of her eating a cupcake with blue icing. It went away. This time there was no cupcake. What causes blue poop? She's 9 a
Any : Any foods with blue dye can cause blue poop such as boo-berry cereal, kool-aid, jell-o or even natural sources such as blueberries. Good news! The only stool colors we get really concerned about are red (blood from colon), black (blood from small intestine or stomach), or white (liver is not working well). Colors such as brown, yellow, orange, green, blue, or even purple (beets) can all be normal and usually associated with diet. If she has a persistent change in her stool habits, you should contact her physician since this could be a sign of an underlying disorder, but a one-time strange stool that is not red, black or white is usually of no concern. ...Read more
Having bloody stool, thin, pencil-like stools, blue stool, unintentional weight loss, and a feeling of unfinished bowel movement? Should I see a doc?
Absolutely : Please see your primary care provider as soon as possible. ...Read more
I have been having blue bowel movements for past few days with severe stomach cramps and change in my bowel movements. What could be the cause?
Blue covers a wide area. Black would be typical for ulcer and with pain is a serious condition.
It's hard to get blue.
Prussian blue and methylene blue antidotes or other food dyes. Beets are blue-purple.
Sky blue is very unusual and would imply both a dye AND something that makes the stool pale (liver disease for example).
Blue green isn't that unusual and can occur from vegetable matter. ...Read more
Enemas next: By 5 days, there is a high likelihood of a fecal impact ion. Without trying to loosen that up first, taking anything orally may not work. Try an enema 1st followed by some oral stimulant laxative like senekot or dulcolax. Magnesium citrate as a last resort before seeing your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more
Long time: I am surprised you are not complaining of nausea and vomiting. You seem to be experiencing constipation. A bowel obstruction is a less likely expanation as your symptoms would be more urgent. Regardless of the cause, you should absolutely see a doctor about this. If you are not vomiting or in severe pain, your primary care doctor can probably take care of this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Increase fiber/fluid: Take more fiber and increase your fluid intake. Raisins can help, fruits/veggies have higher fiber content which helps absorb fluids and promote better bm's. Increasing water is important as well so there is enough fluid for the fiber to absorb. Probiotics are wonderful sources to promote gut health and provide better consistency of bm's too. Yogurt, etc. ...Read more
OTC laxatives: There could be a number of things going and you need to be evaluated by a gastroenterologist. If you have no abdominal pain, fever, bleeding from rectum and symptoms are chronic, you should start with fiber supplement and stool softners along with daily exercise and increase fluid intake. If you have any of the above, seek immediate medical attention. ...Read more
It depends: There is tremendous variation between the number of bowel movements normal people have each week. The important thing is for you to know yourself — if you usually have a bm every day and now you haven't in 3 days that is significant. On the other hand if you usually only have 1 bm a week then missing a day or two is not a big deal. If it is abnormal for you and you are uncomfortable see a doc. ...Read more
Mega colon: You need to retrain your colon to move stool. Your family doctor or a good gastroenterologist can help. ...Read more
? examination: You should get an examination of your lower intestinal tract if you haven't. The sensation of having to go without having a bowel movement might mean that there is a polyp or other colon lesion and over the age of fifty it's a good idea to get a colon exam even without symptoms for general screening. ...Read more