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Floating Bowel Movement
2 times in last week clear stringy stuff with small amt of blood attached to stool or floating in toilet after bowel movement. What could this be?
Blood in stools: You should see a GI specialist ASAP. There are many reasons that may cause the symptom you are mentioning and need o be worked up. Do not delay it, make a phone call on Monday please ...Read more
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
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
What would cause water in toilet after bowel movement to be oily? Stool isn't floating, but water looked oily. No other symptoms.
Possibly in the food: There are fat substitutes that are poorly or not absorbed and thus pass thru the digestive system and can be present in the stool. A good example is Olestra, which has the same taste and mouthfeel as fat, but it passes through the gastrointestinal tract undigested without contributing calories or nutritive value to the diet. More popular in snacks such as potato chips, it can be found elsewhere ...Read more
Incontact with norovirus 2 days ago. Today cramps, gas, and floating stools, burning while having a bowel movement. What could this be? Worried.
I have a bowel movement at least twice a day, but at times it is flat-ish on top and bottom. It is about 2 inches in diameter. Should I be concerned?
No: If you're stool pattern is two stools per day that are flat on the top and bottom and there's been no major change this is not usually significant. It would be a concern if your stools were pencil thin or bleeding in your stools or abdominal pain or inability to pass tools ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Absolutely: A bit of extra mucus lying free is normal. The colon makes far more than your nose does just to keep things lubricated, though we seldom realize it. If it is abundant or persisent, do let your doctor know; you may have anything from functional bowel syndrome to a mucus-producing tumor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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