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What generally causes hard stools?

What generally causes hard stools?

Slow transit time: Slow passage of stool allows the colon to pull out water (it's like a 3rd kidney). Low intake of fiber, fluids, inactivity, meds e.g. Narcotics, underactive thyroid, elevated blood calcium level, depression, other factors all can play a role. ...Read more

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What causes yellow soft stool without pain in the stomach?

What causes yellow soft stool without pain in the stomach?

Diet: Are you eating cultured yogurt? Unless you are having diarrhea or other GI issues would not worry about the nature of the stools unless they were completely devoid of color or black as an old telephone. ...Read more

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What types of food could cause black dots in stool?

What types of food could cause black dots in stool?

Seeds, blood...: Dark-colored stools may result from iron supplements, foods you eat (like a lot of spinach), substances (like peptobismol), but most significantly suggests bleeding. When blood is denatured by acid in your stomach, as from ulcers, stools will turn tarry ("melena"). Blood may also be ingested from nose bleeds, bleeding gums... Persistent melena (without obvious cause) ; symptoms warrants md visit. ...Read more

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What is are causes of black, grainy stool?

What is are causes of black, grainy stool?

Upper bleed: Black stool is usually the result of an upper digestive bleeding. Blood turn black after traveling the digestive tract. You should see your doctor and discuss having an endoscopy. ...Read more

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Tip of stool is hard and followed by loose stool.. Plz tell reason?

Not to worry: The tip of the stool may have had more fluid extracted from it so it may be harder. It is generally not a worry signal. ...Read more

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What is the cause of pebble-like stools and frequent urination?

Diet: People like stools are related to your diet. It's a form of constipation stools very dry and forms multiple little pieces. Usually indicates there's not enough fiber in your diet and also general roughage so increase your fruit and vegetable intake. Likewise frequent urination can be from what you're drinking such as pop or caffeinated products or the volume that you drink. You may have a small bladder or other problems so if the dietary changes do not fix it I would see your physician. Good health ...Read more

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What causes yellow mucus to occur in stool, accompanied by lots of gas, and slight mushy but in balls?

What causes yellow mucus to occur in stool, accompanied by lots of gas, and slight mushy but in balls?

Good possibilities: Mucus discharge occurs in up to 50% of patients with irritable bowel syndrome, with or without pain. Mucus may also be produced in response to partial obstruction, chronic constipation, rectal dysfunction, infection, & even from secretory villous tumors of the rectum. Stool studies & exam should help to at least start addressing some of these possibilities. ...Read more

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What are potential causes for large caliber stools? Causes pain and sometimes bleeding at anus.

What are potential causes for large caliber stools? Causes pain and sometimes bleeding at anus.

Probably normal: large caliber stools are ok but if you are having pain and fresh bleeding probably need fiber and evaluation of rectum with sigmoidoscope ...Read more

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What causes undigested particles of food in my stool?

What causes undigested particles of food in my stool?

Multiple possible: There are multiple possible causes for undigested food to show up in your stool. These include food intolerances, poor absorption, and too-fast transit through your intestines. If this is happening frequently, you need to see your physician for a full evaluation. If you can identify a particular food, you can know to avoid that. ...Read more

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What kind of bleeding is a symptom of colon cancer? red blood in stool, black stool, or both?

What kind of bleeding is a symptom of colon cancer? red blood in stool, black stool, or both?

Both: or none . Bleeding may not be seen only occult blood Speak to your doctor if you are concerned at the age of 19 ...Read more

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What causes pellet stools?

What causes pellet stools?

Constipation?: Dry, hard pellets can often be consistent with constipation. Stay well hydrated (at least 8 - 8 ounces glasses of water per day). Try to get in 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day – get that fiber in. Stay physically active if possible. ...Read more

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What causes a lot of sticky bowels?

What causes a lot of sticky bowels?

Sticky Bowels: You are basically missing insoluble fiber from your diet: insoluble fiber isn't broken down by the body but as it passes through the intestines it acts like a little broom and adds bulk to your stools so that they are firm. Just don't forget to drink water. Water helps to make things exit smoothly and helps with constipation. ...Read more

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What causes mucus ans puss in stool?

Various things: Something as mild as irritable bowel syndrome and as serious as colitis can cause those symptoms. Consult your physician to see what should be done to investigate it. ...Read more

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What causes blood in stool?

What causes blood in stool?

Hemorrhoids: Usually but can be many other things including infection, inflammatory bowel disease and tumors, both benign and malignant. See a colorectal surgeon sooner rather than later. ...Read more

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What causes blood in stool?

What causes blood in stool?

A lot of things: Many things can cause blood in the stool (i presume you talk about bright red blood and not black tarry stools) including simple things like hemorrhoids or fissures or more serious things like colitis, polyps, or even cancer. Any blood in the stool should be evaluated. Visit your family doc and he/she will likely send you to a gastroenterologist. Best to you. ...Read more

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What causes particles of food in stool with chronic constipation?

What causes particles of food in stool with chronic constipation?

Inadequate chewing?: Many foodstuffs, especially vegetable matter may appear to be relatively undigested and recognizable in stool -- corn is a common sighting. Adequate mastication (chewing) helps start the digestive process, breaking food into smaller more digestible pieces, allowing enzymes to break down and begin absorption of nutrients. The husk is hard to digest, and thus often visible. ...Read more

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Causes of red blood and mucous on stools?

Causes of red blood and mucous on stools?

Rectal bleeding: There can be many sources of rectal bleeding and mucous in the stool. You may have some sort of inflammation, such as colitis, or could even have a polyp or tumor. You should see a gastroenterologist ASAP. Good luck. ...Read more

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Had banding and laser for internal hemorrhoids but been having difficulty healing cause of hard stools. I take fiber and stool softener twice a day, could the stool softener make it worse?

Had banding and laser for internal hemorrhoids but been having difficulty healing cause of hard stools. I take fiber and stool softener twice a day, could the stool softener make it worse?

Soft stools: Fiber provides bulk to the stools but doesn't soften them much. Stool softener a like Colace have a mild effect. You should be taking stone fruits and their juices, consider PEG 3350 once or twice daily, milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) once or twice daily. Your doctor can help provide guidance. ...Read more

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What are the causes for rock hard stool? And is there a way to relieve the pain?

Constipation: Sounds like you may need some stool softeners and increase your water intake. Dehydrating can cause hard stools which will then result in pain in pushing. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of very hard stool and then got painless, heavy anal bleeding?

What could be the cause of very hard stool and then got painless, heavy anal bleeding?

Dry poo/anal fissure: The failure of stool to transit the large intestine in a timely period will result in excess water removal & bulking at the outlet. Passing a hardened or larger than normal stool thru the anal sphincter can cause a long scratch or fissure in the outtlet. This tends to be on the outside of the movement & bright red. ...Read more

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Does consuming too much protein cause constipation or hard stools?

Does consuming too much protein cause constipation or hard stools?

It can: It can if you do not eat high fiber food along with it like fruits, vegetabls, grains, beans and peas etc, and at least 2 litres of water. ...Read more

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Why does stress cause hard stool? I eat healthy & drink enough water. I know stress can slow peristalsis but I go every 24 hrs so it's not that.

Why does stress cause hard stool? I eat healthy & drink enough water. I know stress can slow peristalsis but I go every 24 hrs so it's not that.

Colon spasm: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a condition associated with abdominal discomfort, altered stool pattern, &among others accompanying nausea, bloating, gassiness. Often improved by stooling, ibs is defined by changes in perception of gut distension, motility, sensation. Diet &emotional stress may contribute. Ibs is a diagnosis of exclusion--first rule out inflammation, ischemia, infection. ...Read more

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Can lactic bacillus with vitamin b complex cause hard stool in pregnency?

Can lactic bacillus with vitamin b  complex cause hard stool in pregnency?

Constipation: Usually not. On the other hand, if your b complex tablet has iron in it, the iron can cause constipation. Lactobacillus is a probiotic used to replenish normal good bacteria in the colon and is usually beneficial in regularizing bowel habits. ...Read more

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What could cause hard stools?

What could cause hard stools?

Lots of things: But mostly not enough fluid, excessive fiber, or excessive caffeine and or alcohol intake, some medications and a sedentary life style can also contribute to constipation. ...Read more

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What generally causes hard stools?

Slow transit time: Slow passage of stool allows the colon to pull out water (it's like a 3rd kidney). Low intake of fiber, fluids, inactivity, meds e.g. Narcotics, underactive thyroid, elevated blood calcium level, depression, other factors all can play a role. ...Read more

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I had a csection last month.From then i am suffering from hard stools.it's paining a lot.how to prevent and what causes hard stools.is sometn serious?

I had a csection last month.From then i am suffering from hard stools.it's paining a lot.how to prevent and what causes hard stools.is sometn serious?

Many causes: Hard stools, also called constipation, can be caused by many things. The most common reason in people who have had a procedure is narcotic pain medications like Percocet or Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen). Fiber and stool softener can help. It can also be related to changes in sleep, fluid intake, diet, stress, and dehydration. If you are breastfeeding, you almost certainly need to increase your fluid intake. ...Read more

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With fecal loading with hard dry stool, could contorting the torso cause the colon, full of hard stool, to press against other organs and damage them?

With fecal loading with hard dry stool, could contorting the torso cause the colon, full of hard stool, to press against other organs and damage them?

Discomfort: Certainly a colon filled with hard stool can be uncomfortable, but not damaging. Constipation prevention tips include lots of water, fiber in diet (whole grains, fruits and veggies); possibly a psyllium supplement; and DAILY exercise. Good wishes! ...Read more

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What causes hard pellet like stools with mucus ?

Are you constipated?: See that you have blood in stools and sigmoidoscopy. The doctor who is working you up should be able to take full history, physical exam and your studies to make a definitive diagnosis and to develop a treatment plan for you. Take care. ...Read more

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Inflammation and polyp/ulcer in upper rectum can cause tip of stool hard??

Inflammation and polyp/ulcer in upper rectum can cause tip of stool hard??

It would cause: pain and bleeding. As a result of pain you may develop also constipation as a result of not moving the stool from bowel loosing it's watery content. ...Read more

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My six month old has to use Simalac spit up due to acid reflux . The formula is causing her to have hard stools that are causing her pain. miralax?

My six month old has to use Simalac spit up due to acid reflux . The formula is causing her to have hard stools that are causing her pain. miralax?

Try prune juice 1st: At that age I try simple things first.The sugars and solids in prune juice are not fully absorbed in babies and act somewhat like what miralax does. A single ounce twice a day will loosen most babies within a day or two. ...Read more

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Endometiosis cause pelvic pain, pain with hard stools, change in stools, constant period-like cramps?

Endometiosis cause pelvic pain, pain with hard stools, change in stools, constant period-like cramps?

Yes: Endometriosis involving the recto-vaginal area certainly can cause those symptoms. A careful examination by your gyn should be able to determine if this problem is present. Fortunately minimally invasive surgery can cure the problem in most cases. Make sure your gyn is an expert in laparoscopic procedures of this type so you can avoid a large abdominal incision. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of very hard, stone-like stool covered with yellowish, thick mucus? Also have daily vomiting, nightly fever, lq bloating.

What could be the cause of very hard, stone-like stool covered with yellowish, thick mucus? Also have daily vomiting, nightly fever, lq bloating.

Concerning: Daily vomiting and nightly fever are very concerning symptoms, but need to be evaluated in the context of duration, risk factors, and severity. Urgent (if not emergent) exam is warranted in cases of unrelenting vomiting and unexplained fever. ...Read more

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