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Fishy Smelling Feces
I have everyday pain around my tail bone and rectum. Fishy, mucusy feces. Constipation or extreme piles of feces. In a lot of pain. What do I do?
Bulk diet and doc: Hi Larry681. Assuming no gynecological issues, it sounds like this could be chronic constipation and fecal retention in the lower colon. Safest would be to see your practitioner, who might suggest using something like miralax (polyethylene glycol) (otc medication that helps retain water in gut and thus looser bm) and bulk (2 tablespoons of crushed flax seed twice a day in 6-8 oz of water). Then probiotic. Good luck! ...Read more
Stool: Try some probiuotics and yogurt for a week or so. ...Read more
Hi im 17 years old and im wondering why my stool smells really fishy and it also has mucus in it im really concerned. Heard online there's parasites!!!
Feces: You need to talk with your doctor who may want to order stool tests to see what may is going on ...Read more
Itchy anus. Leaks fluids. Sometimes blood on toilet paper after stool. Fishy smell. (I'm a straight male)?
I'm male 24 yo over the last month I have a fishy taste in my mouth when I burp but I do not eat fish, my stool has become very dark and blood in flem?
You need to see: Your doctor to send you to the proper channel. The fact that you have a black stool, mean there is blood above the large intestine, but the fact that you burp it could be from the stomach or upper small intestine, and the fact that you see in your phlegm means it could even be higher. So see your doctor first for initial work up and then to the proper specialist. ...Read more
Gas usually, occ. fa: Floating stool is usually due to gas; occasionally poor absorption of fat leads to fatty, greasy, pale, foul-smelling, yellowish, floating stools; not normal. Fatty stools seen with pancreatic deficiency, some bowel problems, e.g. Celiac disease, ileal disease from crohn's, etc. ...Read more
Stool color: The stool changes colors regularly depending on diet and other factors. The only time the stool color is abnormal is if it is black or red, which can indicate active bleeding and occasionally when it is very pale, when it can represent blockage of the bile duct. Any other color is just a variant of normal. Hope that helps. ...Read more
Rope-like stool: The texture and length of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications ; supplements ingested, gut flora (unique for each individual), additives (like blood), subtractions (like absent bile), infection/exposures, inflammation, other factors. Easy to run a few tests here--call your doc if your described bowel pattern is unusual for you & persists. ...Read more
Have you lost weight: What type of undigested food? Skins of fruit and vegetables may pass undigested in a normal person. If your are otherwise in good health and have not had unintended weight loss, it would not be a cause for concern. ...Read more
Cancer: In some cases, if you have a high-grade rectal cancer it can act like a napkin ring around your colon resulting in bowel movements that are long and narrow caliber. There are all other sorts of reasons why stool has a particular appearance that are not related to cancer though. See your doctor. ...Read more
Green Stool: If the stool was loose, the reason for green stool could be too rapid a transit time in the gut. Eating green leafy vegetables can lead to green stool. Green cabbage, lettuce, peas, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, green salad, green leaves, celery and green beans as well as food that contains green food coloring can lead to green stool. ...Read more
Why green stool?: The color of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications ; supplements ingested, gut flora (unique for each individual), additives (like blood), subtractions (like absent bile), infection/exposures, inflammation, other factors. Easy to run a few tests here--call your doc. ...Read more
Possibly nothing, unless it is very dark and tarry or maroon (due to the abnormal presence of blood). Normal color is light to dark brown, changing depending on bacteria in gut, diet, or any number of other reasons.
The brown color of feces is due to the action of bacteria on bilirubin (a product leaked from dead red blood cells--which is normal). ...Read more
Digestion: It all depends on and varies from human to human. There is no right answer to your question. ...Read more
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