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Bowel Movement Looks Like Coffee Grounds
My fiancé is experiencing some strange bowel movement here recently. Yesterday it was pure blood now it looks like pure coffee grounds.?
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
Is it bad that the only way I can have a bowel movement is if I drink coffee? I only have one cup a day in the morning which makes me go.
Am having left quad abdom pain seroius trouble having a bowel movement without some type of aid. Then pain is unbearable. Color is coffee ground col?
Your symptoms: Sound consistent with constipation. However, having black stools that may be tarry is more concerning. While upper GI bleeding typically causes looser stools, you should have your doctor check. In the meantime, you might want to soften your stools with either Milk of Magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) or PEG 3350. ...Read more
Your body needs to have a bowel movement. If you are constipated for that long, then the fecal matter in your body can be toxic to the body. Also, the impacted fecal matter in your bowels can perforate or cause a hole in your bowels which can be deadly, putting your body in a state of sepsis.
See your doctor right away. If your fever is over 101 degrees f go to the emergency department. Your doctor can help by prescribing stool softeners, enimas or suppositories to help you have a bowel movement. ...Read more
Can only have bowel movement in the morning after drinking coffee. What can cause this? Stool comes out skinnier and longer than normal sometimes.
Change in bowels: Change in bowels is a red-flag to doctors-- this includes alteration in stool texture, altered ease or completeness of elimination, frequency of stooling, occult bleeding, etc. Risk factors, co-morbidities, changes in activity/stress/diet, metabolic factors (diabetes, low thyroid) must be considered. It may be nothing serious, but medical evaluation is recommended & will likely prove reassuring. ...Read more
I don't have bowel movements right after each meals but any other time of the days (eg. After morning coffee), and I have once daily. Is it normal?
I have had 2 bowel movements today and both times I have had coffee ground looking stuff in them what could it be?
Bleeding: Coffee ground stools is the classic description of blood in the stool emanating from the upper gastrointestinal track (stomach and small intestines). It is a sign of bleeding from peptic ulceration of the stomach or duodenum (first portion of the small intestine) or esophageal varices). You should consult your physician as soon as possible or visit the er. ...Read more
Recently, within the past month or so, certain smells make me feel nauseous that never affected me before like peanut butter, chili, coffee, new car smell (leather) etc. I have also had irregular bowel movements and stomach cramps. What could be the cause
See doctor: Hepatitis can some times alter response to usual stimuli. It would be a good idea to get examined and may be tested for liver ailment. ...Read more
Don't use it: Garcinia cambogia is in most weight loss supplements, and can cause liver failure.It was also used in Hydroxycut which was taken off the market as people died from using it. I see a handful of patients per month with abnormal liver tests after using this medicine. I would NOT recommend it. There is no "magic pill" for weight loss. Diet and exercise remain the #1 way to lose weight and keep it off ...Read more
When I have a bowel movement there is stuff floating that looks like grease in water I was wondering what it could be?
Could be grease or..: Are you seeing oily stools with floating oil droplets (which implies fat maldigestion from use of dietary fat blockers, pancreatic &/or biliary disease, small bowel malabsorption, or excessive dietary fat intake) or mucusy stool (due to a range of conditions from inflammatory, infectious, ischemic, or "functional" due to rectal dysfunction, colon delay, or irritable bowel syndrome)? Get checked. ...Read more
When I Have a Bowel Movement I Notice There Are White Stuff Attached To It, Looks Like Cotton, Is it's something I Shuld B concern about?
Probably mucus...: Some of the normal cells lining the colon and rectum secrete mucous to lubricate the passage. Occasionally this shows up in, or around the stool and looks stringy and white. See your doctor if don't feel well or are concerned. Good luck! ...Read more
Should I be concerned if occasionally when I have a bowel movement (mine are shaped like balls) it looks like a very thin tail attached to one.
Constipated?: Small hard bowel movements, (Bristol 1 stools) are a sign of mild constipation, you should probably increase your fiber and water intake. If the "tail" looks wormlike this could be a sign of a tapeworm. If you have abdominal pain or recent unintentional weight loss, you should see your GP, as this combined with stool changes can be a sign of colon cancer. ...Read more
In the past few months, I have noticed what looks like oil floating on top of the water after I have had a bowel movement. Some of the water in the toilet looks shiney, like oil floating. Only after bm's.
Feel movement in my entire stomach region. Doesn't hurt most of the time. Weird bowel movements and stomach looks oddly shaped? What's wrong with me?
Healthy male with bright red bleeding in toilet (looks like a lot) after some gas but no bowel movement. Never happened before?
Might be hemorrhoid: This may be hemorrhoidal bleeding. You need a rectal examination. Have your physicians have you see a gastroenterologist or a rectal surgeon know as a proctologist. ...Read more
I have this extra piece of skin between my vagina and anus. After making a difficult bowel movement, the skin is bigger and looks like a bump. Why???
See your doctor: It is hard to tell by your description but it could be a hemorrhoid or a skin tag. Best to see your doctor who can do a rectal exam. ...Read more
Perineum tear/swelling/itch, sometimes looks like it turns into a blister after straining during a bowel movement. Have IBS-C. Is this common? Causes?
No, not common: No, not common but hemorrhoids or anal fissures are common with your symptoms. Go see a MD and get evaluated. ...Read more
I had gastric bypass (rouxeny)in 2010. Lately, I have been passing what looks like a casing. Varies from an in to as long as 10in. It is mixed with my bowel movement, but is white and shiny. There is no head or tail to it that would indicate a tape worm. I
See dr: Sounding like casing- but collect it and bring to dr. ...Read more
I know this is going to sound insane but I have had bloody stool for a few years now. What is this. Too afraid for doctors visit also no longer having regular bowel movements. It looks like balls of puss when I try to have a bowel movement and it smells.
See a doctor:
There are many reasons for your symptoms, many of them treatable with simple solutions. In order to fully investigate, you need to see a doctor.
While it is understandable you are afraid, this is the only way to get much needed relief by determining what treatment you need. Only your doctor can determine this. ...Read more
My 2year old son had bowel movement after each meal, the stool looks ok, is that normal? Too much fiber?
Not a problem: Most people in our society are chronically constipated. People eating a whole foods indigenous-type diet average 2 bowel movements a day, but there is no problem with having 3 a day. I don't believe there is such a thing as too much fiber, as I know of no evidence of any harm from a high-fiber diet. ...Read more
Only if I eat a lot of fried foods/fatty foods, there looks like oily stuff coming of bowel movements. Otherwise it isn't oily. Normal?
No...: Passage of oil droplets in the stools is abnormal and indicates either maldigestion or malabsorption of fat. Maldigestion of fats more often might occur with gallbladder disease or if you've had your gallbladder removed. Malabsorption signals a pancreatic or intestinal disease. See your doctor for consultation. Good luck! ...Read more
For the past few days my bowel movements have had white almost looks like pearls and when I wip there a white discharge what is that?
Mucus?: Mucus In small amounts is normal and not usually perceptible. Your colon and rectum can make more mucus if irritated. Do you have pain or loose bm? If not it may not be anything serious. Try to have a varied diet, increase fiber and less meats. If you're 50 or more in age, ensure you get your screening colonoscopy ...Read more
Have a few black looking lumps around my anus. Looks like hemmroids but no bleeding or pain...Have norm. Bowel movements. Is it hemmroids? 18 y/o male
What to say: You can have hemorrhoids that do not hurt or bleed. If you want to be sure what they are you can always see your general physician. You promote the formation of more hemorrhoids by doing things like reading while on the toilet and being constipated. ...Read more
My husband is passing blot clots when he wipes after bowel movements along with a lot of blood. The blood looks bright not blackish but with clots???
See a GI doctor: The differential can be wide from hemerrhoids to inflammatory bowel disease to infectious to malignancy. He definitely needs to see a GI doctor because what ever is the cause most if not all are treatable, and easier to treat when caught early. INSIST HE SEES A DOCTOR NO QUESTIONS ASKED!!!! ...Read more
No: This is worrisome for GI bleeding. If you start feeling really sick, go to the emergency room. If not, make an urgent physician's appointment. ...Read more
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