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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?

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

Intestine (Definition)

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


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Mucus floating in toilet after I have a bowel movement?

Mucus floating in toilet after I have a bowel movement?

See a doctor: You have to be evaluated by a physician. You most likely need stool tests to rule intestinal parasites and also other tests might be needed particularly if you have diarrhea and/or a recent change in bowel habit. ...Read more

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When I have a bowel movement there is stuff floating that looks like grease in water i was wondering what it could be?

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

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What would cause water in toilet after bowel movement to be oily? Stool isn't floating, but water looked oily. No other symptoms.

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

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Incontact with norovirus 2 days ago. Today cramps, gas, and floating stools, burning while having a bowel movement. What could this be? Worried.

Incontact with norovirus 2 days ago. Today cramps, gas, and floating stools, burning while having a bowel movement. What could this be? Worried.

Gastroenteritis: You may very well have a viral gastroenteritis due to norovirus. Keep hydrated and take antidiarrheals. Such infections are self limited and will resolve on their own. ...Read more

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Haven't had bowel movement in 3 days, what do I do?

Constipation: The population does tend to-be fixated on bowel movements. Up to every three days is considered normal as long as not painful. The differential diagnosis for constipation is extensive including dehydration, inadequate fiber, medications including agents such as codeine. ...Read more

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'i haven''t had a bowel movement 5 days. What do I do?'

'i haven''t had a bowel movement 5 days. What do I do?'

Enemas next: By 5 days, there is a high likelihood of a fecal impact ion. Without trying to loosen that up first, taking anything orally may not work. Try an enema 1st followed by some oral stimulant laxative like senekot or dulcolax. Magnesium citrate as a last resort before seeing your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more


Bowel Movement (Definition)

Expulsion of fecal material, food residue and bactrial residue, ...Read more