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Changes In Poop
Typically: Consistency of input affects consistency of output. Irregular intake of fiber containing foods, spicy foods, fluids, physical activity, hormonal status, medications, various carbohydrates, fat, type of protein, etc. Affect bowel frequency, consistency of stool, associated symptoms like gas. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Change in bowel habits since last 1.5 yrs. Change in consistency of stool - semi solid, foul-smelling. Flatus also foul smelling. Pain ;better ondefec?
Stool patterns: We need a good stool pattern history. Is the stool floating, oily consistency, is there blood, do you have diarrhea, food intolerances. Does anyone else near you have the same symptoms. Past history of ulcers, or UC.Chrohns... There is a lot to go through. Call in or make an appt and we will go through your history, ruling out possible causes. ...Read more
Noticable change in stools,Foul smell accompanied with blood in stool and white mucus and infrequent bowel movements.what could this be at 24 yrs old?
Blood in stool: The combination of blood in the stool with accompanying mucus is possibly suggestive of some form of inflammation of the colon, or colitis. There are also other possibilities, but since it is such a big change in your normal stool appearance, I would recommend you see your doctor as soon as you can. Good luck. ...Read more
Red stringy mucus in stool, pain in stomach-(had increased significantly during the summer), greenish stool colour, last year noticed blood in stool.
Greasy vs. mucusy?: Are you seeing oily stools with floating oil droplets (which implies fat maldigestion from use of dietary fat blockers, pancreatic and/or biliary disease, small bowel malabsorption, or excessive dietary fat intake) vs mucusy stool (due to a range of conditions from inflammatory, infectious, ischemic, or "functional" due to rectal dysfunction, colon delay, or irritable bowel syndrome)? Need tests. ...Read more
Stress/Bowel Pattern: Stress does not necessarily change stool color, but can affect bowel movement patterns. Some patients can have what is known as irritable bowel syndrome in which stools can vary from constipation to diarrhea. This condition is often diagnosed after all other organic/pathologic conditions are excluded. Wise to see your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Syringomyelia: There is no documented evidence that this is the case but having said that I have had patients note that the milder weather changes, those without significant temperature changes do note they have less problems. ...Read more
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
Ostomy output is floating in toilet, frothy, foul fatty smell, glistening and shiny/oily in appearance. Possible causes?
Malabsorption: what you describe sounds like a failure to completely absorb in your small bowel. It can be from rapid transit, a lack of pancreatic enzymes or bile, small bowel pathology or from a bacterial overgrowth. This is more common with an ileostomy . It also may be related to your underlying reason for the ostomy such as Crohnes. See your GI doc or surgeon if it doesn't resolve soon. ...Read more
Does the body physiologically change as the seasons change to accommodate a change in temperature? (ie: more weight in the fall and winter)
Not Really: Humans live in artificial environments most of the time; we heat our homes in the winter and cool them in the summer. Our "seasons" are not what our ancestors lived through. That said, if we are less active in the winter and more active in the summer, then yes, our bodies will change, but it's due to that phenomenon, not the seasons themselves. ...Read more
38 female. Bright red blood in toilet, paper, and stool. Mucous white and yellow stringy in stool. Low back pain when sitting up, and urinary incont.
Yes: I'm not sure what the "sudden bowel change" is but a change in stool consistency can irritate internal or external hemorrhoids. Also changes in the bowels with blood can be associated with inflammatory bowel diseases (eg crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis) or cancer. Check with your physician for a more specific history and physical exam, etc. ...Read more
Hello. I want to change my pooping schedule from morning about 10am to evening, how could i do it?
Well...: That is an interesting question. When you defalcate it is related to the amount of food you eat and what it is that you eat. Changing your habits may help. I would advise against using laxatives for this. ...Read more
My 2 yr old has had diarrhea for a couple days and this last diaper change his poop was a pasty, pale yellow color. Is this normal?
Pasty yellow poo: Sure, this is fine. Stools definitely get odd in consistency as a child is getting over a viral diarrhea illness. Pasty yellow is within the normal color and consistency you can see. In terms of stool color, the main color to worry about is white, this is a sign of a bowel blockage. ...Read more
Yes: Medications/drugs can change gastric motility, digestion, and impact the way your body processes wastes & as a result can cause stools to be soft, liquid, hard, different color, and so on depending on the drug or medication. Most meds/drugs as a common side effect will loosen stools or cause mild hardening which are not anything to worry about & temporary. Pain meds usually need a stool softener. ...Read more
My 7 wk old is breastfed and when i changed her diaper her poop was pea soup green. What could it be? Should i take her in to the dr? Is this normal?
Normal !!!!!!: While usually the color is yellow, all of the yellows, oranges, greens, browns are normal colors for breast fed stools. The only colors to worry about are white, red and dark black (although purple with pink polka dots would be strange). Changes in color reflect your daughters maturing GI tract with the ability to change amount of bile in response to your diet. Relax and thanks for breastfeeding. ...Read more
Hello, my baby keeps burping 3× an hour, is this normal? His tummy isn't bloated didn't change his formula and poop is normal. Been going on for 2days
Burping infant: Been there, done that! If he's eating and pooping and not unhappy he maybe laughing more and inadvertently swallowing air. My 23 year old still does this! If he starts to seem like he's not well, in pain, or not eating than contact your pediatrician. Hang in there....as my grandmother used to say when I was at the end of my rope "this to shall pass". ...Read more
Diet: Color of stool will be determined by what you eat, the digestive enzymes in your body and the bacteria in your body. It is normal for there to be a variation in the color of your stools. If your stools turn bloody, jet black (like tar) or pale white (like chalk) you need to talk to your doctor. ...Read more
Can Ice lollies change the colour of your poop? I have eaten 4-5 red big lollies yesterday and today my poo looks like kind of pink in places?
16mons baby is having a hard time to poop. Changed her milk to lactose free. Still the same. Now she's crying because she doesn't want to poop. Help!
Treating constipatio: Lactose free milk will only help diarrhea due to lactose intolerance in older children. I would recommend decreasing intake of white foods such as milk, bread, pasta, rice, potatoes. I would also advise increased intake of stone fruits like peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, and pears, as well as their juices like pear nectar or apricot nectar. ...Read more
Low pressure near rectum gives the feeling i need to poop all the time for last few days poop changed from hard balls to pencil thin what could it be?
Poop changed from logs to balls over the past month. It's opened up preexisting fissures. Have high water and fiber intake. How can I fix this?
Compared to hand washing, is hand sanitizer actually ok? Say after countless diaper changes? Of course not after poop diapers or when I use the b-room
Yes: The data i've seen supports the use of hand sanitizers enough that i now use it almost exclusively in my office for hand prep between patients. Although not effective for some soil removal, viral or bacterial transfer is nearly eliminated if done right (all contact surfaces covered). It does have a long term drying effect, but i find it similar to handwashing in the long run. ...Read more
Not necessarily: The consistency of your BM is highly depending on your diet (amount of fiber) and thus it is possible that the appearance and consistency may change. But if you note a consistent change in frequency and character of your BMs, you need to check with your doctor to make sure. If you have a history of colon polyps or cancer in the family, it is not too early to get colonoscopy. ...Read more
3 months old infant.. Recently changed formula from 'novalac' to 'NAN' pooping continuously after every fed. Is it normal?
Common: In infants it is common for them to have a bowel movement after each feed. Most important is to see if the child is behaving and responding well. If baby is sucking well, feeding well, has no vomiting, smiles and is active, there is no cause for concern. But if you remain worried take the baby to a pediatrician to have the baby checked. ...Read more
Is there really such a thing as the "perfect" shaped poop? My poop shape changes daily so is there something wrong with me?
No: There is considerable variation in the amount, consistency and shape of the stools in normal people. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My son is 2 and has been pooping green like spinach poo for the past week now. No change in diet. Is that normal? Should i be concerned?
What can i do if i poop around the same time everyday? i have class from 2:30 to 5:30 and I need to be present then. I want to change the time I poo
Try after eating.: Eating causes a reflex urge to have a bowel movement (called the gastro-colic reflex). Try to have a BM shortly after eating in the AM or after ones mid-day meal. If one has a hard stool, try taking Metamucil (crushed psyllium seeds) with water or juice once or twice daily. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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