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Celiac Bowel Movements
When I have a bowel movement I see a sticky substance stuck to the bowl, it looks like fat. Could I celiac disease? I cannot eat gluten.
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 have been diagnosed with cfs and my bowel movements have changed what tests are there for malabsorption problems? I have been tested for celiac
I have extreme fatigue and a very unwell feeling after a bowel movement. Had normal blood tests including celiac and blood sugar. What could it be?
Need more info: Its not clear why you have fatigue. I suspect you also had a normal thyroid test (underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism is an important cause of fatigue. Also, how long have you had the fatigue? Continue to follow your treatment plan and workup and to you get resolution. Hope that helps. ...Read more
I have been experiencing a normal bowel movement that becomes loose stools and then diarrhea in one sitting for 5 months. Not celiac?
Ibs: irritable bowel syndrome is a possibility. Also tests for celiac disease may be negative, but you could still be gluten intolerant rather than gluten sensitive. GO on a gluten free diet to see if symptoms improve. If it's irritable bowel syndrome try to determine triggering foods. If necessary your MD can prescribe an antispasmodic like bentyl (dicyclomine) 1/2 hour before a meal. See a gastroenterologist as nee ...Read more
? severity: First define the problem (do you have soft or frequent stool?), circumstances under which diarrhea developed (malabsorption, pancreatic maldigestion, food intolerances, stressful times, exposure to ill individuals, food poisoning, ischemic gut, inflammatory colitis, etc.), severity (stool volume, dehydration, blood, night-time awakening, weight loss), & duration. The "cure" depends on diagnosis. ...Read more
Eval: I see constipation listed as one of your conditions. Dry, hard rough stool can abraid tissues when being passed - or can lead to hemorrhoids. Both can cause rectal bleeding. Fistuala, fissure, cancer or inflammatory or infections GI conditions can also cause bleeding recommend med eval. ...Read more
Pain vs no pain?: Bleeding with bm and if associated with much pain, likely anal fissure and/or external hemorrhoids. Internal hemorrhoid usually does not hurt and blood is often found coating the stool rather than mixing with it. Better safe than sorry, check with your doc to see what you have. External hemorrhoids and fissures r pain in the _ _ _ but not dangerous, and can be treated. Good luck. ...Read more
Child retains stool?: Voluntary stool retention is a surprisingly common problem among young children (typically males). Scheduled stooling, use of stool softeners, reward for healthy behavior & dissuading maladaptive behavior often helps. Before assuming however your child is exerting "control", first have him/her medically evaluated for colo-rectal dysfunction, hirschprung's, metabolic disease & re-evaluate diet. ...Read more
Hemorrhoids or more?: Anal pain or rectal pain? Pain from the rectum as you described that recurs may also indicate anal fissures, proctitis (due to infection, inflammatory bowel disease, radiation therapy, stercoral ulcers, rectal prolapse, trauma, etc.), prctalgia fugax. Depending on your age, risk factors, current medication (aspirin, nsaid's), circumstances, you will want to get evaluated. ...Read more
Sources of gas...: Air in the digestive tract may come from a variety of sources--maldigestion due to enzyme deficiency (ex. Lactose intolerance) or food intolerance (ex. Gluten sensitivity), fermentation by gut bacteria (as with bacterial overgrowth syndrome or changed flora after antibiotics), altered GI tract motility, excessive air swallowing, as well as inflammatory and infectious causes. Easy to test 4 these. ...Read more
Equilibration: Believe it or not, passing a bowel movement is an intricate, coordinated event that requires a specific sequence of nerves & muscles firing. One phase is the sympathetic phase, and the other is the parasympathetic phase. Brief (lasts < 5 seconds) chills immediately after a bm is part of the re-equilibration. Pain, or anything that lasts longer needs to be checked out by your doctor. ...Read more
Yes: It can. It usually does not. It can get on the outside of the colon or cause scarring of the colon and irritate the bowels. Very rarely it can get into the colon and even cause bloody stools around the time of the period. Often it just causes inflammation all over the belloy and can lead to constipation. ...Read more
Maybe not just gas!: Bloating, irregular stools, and fullness may reflect diet (check your fiber intake), alterations in the population of healthy gut flora we each carry, food intolerances, maldigestion due to problems of the small intestine, pancreas, or biliary tree, changes in GI motility (how well your GI tract mixes and moves food along), various infections, and even irritable bowel syndrome. Testing is easy. ...Read more