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I have been having light brown poop all week?

I have been having light brown poop all week?

Pale stool color: Bile & your gut's bacterial flora account in large part for color & volume of stool. Absence of bile results in pale (acholic) stool. Lots of other things also affect stool appearance: ingested foods, medications (peptobismol, antacids), swallowed blood or bleeding from gut, infection/antibiotics, inflammation, maldigestion, & the amount of mucus mixed with stool, as well as transit time of food. ...Read more

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I have been pooping green for almost 3 weeks.. only having about three or four brown poop in that time.

I have been pooping green for almost 3 weeks..  only having about three or four brown poop in that time.

Green stool: The green is bile that is traveling too quickly through your intestine for the bacteria to turn it brown. Conditions that may cause it (diarrhea) include: laxative use, food poisoning, celiac disease, C.diff diarrhea, malabsorption, IBD, infectious diarrhea, alcohol abuse.excess iron supplements or gall stones. Without any symptoms or medical or social hx, cant suggest a cause in you. ...Read more

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I been having a light brown musuc from my anus after i poop. Its when i wipe. Not in the toilet. I been constapated for a few weeks but went using a s?

I been having a light brown musuc from my anus after i poop. Its when i wipe. Not in the toilet. I been constapated for a few weeks but went using a s?

Mucus: Mucus discharge from the rectum isn't uncommon and may be associated with mild inflammation/irritation of the rectum or with irritable bowel syndrome. To improve bowel function drink adequate fluids and include fiber in the diet or with a supplement like psyllium. To stimulant bowel function add daily senokotS if needed. Consult a gastroenterologist if no improvement. ...Read more

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Been having pale brown poop for past week or so.Much lighter in color than normal. What cocould be wrong?

Been having pale brown poop for past week or so.Much lighter in color than normal.  What cocould be wrong?

Pale stool : Pale stools are most often a reflection of your diet. What you eat is most definitely reflected in your stools. But if pale stools are associated with other symptoms (e.g., jaundice, weight loss, colicky abdominal pain), this could indicate that the bile is not being excreted into your small intestine from the gall bladder correctly. I would recommend a wait-and-see approach for the next few days. ...Read more

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I been pooping black and vomiting brownish please help in have no idea what happings?

I been pooping black and vomiting brownish please help in have no idea what happings?

NOT good if melena: Dark-colored stools may result from iron supplements, foods you eat (like a lot of spinach), substances (like peptobismol), but most significantly suggests bleeding. When blood is denatured by acid in your stomach, as from ulcers, stools will turn tarry ("melena"). Blood may also be ingested from nose bleeds, bleeding gums. Stop any nsaid's you're taking, ; call your doctor right away 4 evaluation ...Read more

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My poop is normal brown, but the water in the toilet bowl is a reddish color. I have been eating a lot of beets, 2 days ago. What's going on? Afraid.

My poop is normal brown, but the water in the toilet bowl is a reddish color. I have been eating a lot of beets, 2 days ago. What's going on? Afraid.

Probabely from Beets: It is mostly from the beets and there is no need to worry but if it persists consult with every stool consult your doctor ...Read more

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What do u eat to make your poop darker? Its been light brown with a little yellow recently ever since i returned home what can I eat to make it darker

The Color of Stool: This is perhaps the first time this question has ever been asked in any forum for health. There is absolutely no reason to be concerned about the color of one's stool when all else is normal. It is, quite frankly, bizarre to even be worrying about this. Why are you even spending a minute thinking about this? What possible reason would you have to need your stool to be a different color? ...Read more

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I have been pooping brown water constantly for around 4days and vomited once do not think I am sick i get extremely gassy too. Thank you for your time?

I have been pooping brown water constantly for around 4days and vomited once do not think I am sick i get extremely gassy too. Thank you for your time?

Denial? : It sounds 2 me u r sick tho u may not feel so. This is very unusual and could b a sign of an infection or a parasite. Certainly abnormal 2 a point i think u need 2 b cn by a GI specialist, soon. Or u want 2 start with ur pcp & cultures should b done as well as microscopic xam of ur stool, as well as blood tests. ...Read more

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What does it mean if a male is constipated and his urine is a brown color he has been dripping poop every now an then?

What does it mean if a male is constipated and his urine is a brown color he has been dripping poop every now an then?

Most likely: Constipation due to dehydration causing a dark concentrated urine as the body tries to avoid losing any more fluid. The dripping stool may be liquid stool seeping around a fecal impaction. You need to see a doctor to confirm and get proper treatment. Start by drinking lots of caffeine free/ alcohol free fluid like gatorade up to 120 ounces per day. ...Read more

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Lately I have been very constipated and when I do poop it is often in chunks, very sticky, dark brown.Whats the chance I have chrons? my dad has it.

Lately I have been very constipated and when I do poop it is often in chunks, very sticky, dark brown.Whats the chance I have chrons? my dad has it.

> than if dad didn't: While Family History of someone w/Crohn's disease is linked to greater risk in others in family, more often than not, it's a sporadic case, meaning there's no genetic link. Check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/crohns-disease/basics/causes/con-20032061. Current symptoms are not consistent w/Crohn's. Check out http://www.ccfa.org/what-are-crohns-and-colitis/what-is-crohns-disease/ ...Read more

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I have been having lots of watery poop lately. This morning i had blood in my poop. Just now it was a very very light brown and it was just a liquid.

I have been having lots of watery poop lately. This morning i had blood in my poop. Just now it was a very very light brown and it was just a liquid.

Blood in stool: If you are having blood in your stool, and especially if it is with diarrhea/watery stools, you should see a doctor for further evaluation. This could be for a number reasons. Harmless ones such as hemorrhoids or a tear can cause blood in stool, but it can also be due to more concerning causes such as infection or cancer. You should see a doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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I have soft mushy brown stool for a week? No controll over holding in stool? and these past three days my stool has been green? and no pain or blood?

I have soft mushy brown stool for a week? No controll over holding in stool? and these past three days my stool has been green? and no  pain or blood?

Soft stools: The color of the stool doesnt matter. It sounds like you have a viral infection, lactose intolerance or a reaction to something you ate. My best advice is to avoid all dairy products for 3-5 days and limit your diet to Bananas, rice, fresh apples, tea, dry toast and yogurt ( vanilla or lemon). The yogurt replenishes the good bacteria in yuur bowel. ...Read more

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Yes, my stool has been brown watery for about 2 weeks. I thought maybe because I drink a lot of coffee but I always have. I losy some weight?

Yes, my stool has been brown watery for about 2 weeks. I thought maybe because I drink a lot of coffee but I always have. I losy some weight?

Diarrhea.: This sounds like a diarrheal illness that has gone on the too long. At this point, I would recommend an evaluation - stool studies, maybe some blood testing. Had you taken any antibiotics before this started two weeks ago, because that could have something to do with it. Have you ever had a colonoscopy, because if not you should definitely schedule one soon. ...Read more

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My stool has been very dark brown/black the last 2 weeks and my appetite has been down. What could be causing this??

My stool has been very dark brown/black the last 2 weeks and my appetite has been down. What could be causing this??

A simple stool: test obtained from your Primary Care Physician's Office will disclose any blood in your stool (which could explain the black stools) Otherwise your diet pretty much influences the color of your stools! Sounds like you need a "check up"...make an appointment TODAY! Hope this helps and Good Luck Dr Z ...Read more

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I had black smelly soft stool, the first part of my stool was regular brown, firm. followed by semi liquid black tar like stool. The night before i'd drunk two glasses of (red) Malbec wine.. over there past few weeks my stools have been more light coloure

Possible melena?: If in setting of alcohol, NSAID/aspirin use, etc may be higher likelihood that the described stool was melena, often caused by significant bleeding in upper GI tract, most often from ulcer. This would clearly require MD attention - would need more info, of course. Seek MD esp if re flags e.g. weakness/dizziness, nausea/vomit, fever, weight loss. ...Read more

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Been having constipation for 3 weeks. When stool comes out it appears to have small dark spots everywhere . Blood? Rest of stool is brown,hard& soft.

Been having constipation for 3 weeks. When stool comes out  it appears to have small dark spots everywhere . Blood? Rest of stool is brown,hard& soft.

How is your diet?: Have you been taking NSAIDs (aspirin, Ibuprofen etc.) if not, do you feel weak, lethargic, weight loss or not, hemorrhoids, any significan family history?. I recommend visiting your primary doctor for evaluation of blood in stool, if its positive, have them pursue an upper and lower endoscopy ...Read more

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