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Could impacted stool in large colon and rectum cause black stools?

Could impacted stool in large colon and rectum cause black stools?

Not likely: From the standpoint of the medical profession, black stools -called melena - are always assumed to be blood. Usually representing bleeding from stomach or "higher up" within the intestines. Colon bleeding usually is red. Unfortunately, bismouth containing medications can also cause black stool, but even with that type of product, one cannot be sure there is not bleeding also. Needs evaluation. ...Read more

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Can impacted feces cause flat stools?

Can impacted feces cause flat stools?

Flat stools: Although it is possible that flat stools could be caused by impacted feces, it could also be caused by a polyp or tumor in the colon. Anytime somebody has a change in their bowel habits like this, it needs to be evaluated. You should see a Gastroenterologist immediately. Do not delay. Good luck. ...Read more

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Constant abdominal pain relief when passing stool. Mucus in stool and loose stool. Physical exam, blood and stool test were negative. Is it IBS or IBD?

Constant abdominal pain relief when passing stool. Mucus in stool and loose stool. Physical exam, blood and stool test were negative. Is it IBS or IBD?

Either or other: Your symptoms are consistent with both irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease among others. I am not sure what physical exam means and it is very important HOW the stool blood test is done to be accurate. Start taking a daily fiber supplement and drink plenty of fluid. If symptoms persist you need to see a GI specialist and have at least a sigmoidoscopy or "short scope". ...Read more

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May IBS cause bloody stools?

May IBS cause bloody stools?

No: Ibs (irritable bowel syndrome) is actually a functional state of the bowel. It should not cause bleeding. Are you thinking about inflammatory bowel conditions? ...Read more

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Can impacted stool in large colon and rectum cause black stools? What are your expert opinions?

Can impacted stool in large colon and rectum cause black stools? What are your expert opinions?

No: Darker but not black. Black stool can be from blood entering and mixing in the stool high up in the GI tract notably stomach and duodenum. Black can also be from iron pills and high iron intake in consuming a lot of high iron meals like spinach and green leafys. East to rule out blood with a simple smear at the doctors office. that's my advice. ...Read more

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Symptoms: dark loose stools, difficult/incomplete evacuation, severe abdominal distention from trapped gas, mucous. Diagnosed IBS. I think Proctitis?

Symptoms: dark loose stools, difficult/incomplete evacuation, severe abdominal distention from trapped gas, mucous. Diagnosed IBS. I think Proctitis?

Typical IBS symptoms: As you suspect, these symptoms indeed are consistent with irritable bowel syndrome. But they aren't particularly suggestive of proctitis (inflmmation of the rectum). Inflammatory bowel disease (e.g. Crohn's disease) can cause similar symptoms as IBS, and also can cause proctitis. So I suggest you raise these questions with the doctor who diagnosed IBS then follow her advice. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have been having constipation, bloating, diahreah, loose stool, thin stool, and stool inconsistency. Could this be fecal impaction?

I have been having constipation, bloating, diahreah, loose stool, thin stool, and stool inconsistency. Could this be fecal impaction?

Colitis: the differential diagnosis is vast. Infectious...need for stool cultures. IBS celiac and other immune diseases. drug side effects. Thyroid diseases malabsorption/maldigestion diet indiscretion etc etc try to stay on a liquid diet and then slowly introduce a soft mechanical + probiotics...if not better must see a Dr. ...Read more

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Do these symptoms sound like IBS or ibd - Going from constipation to loose stools - abdominal pain reliefed by bowel movement - gas -bowel doesn't fe?

Do these symptoms sound like IBS or ibd 
- Going from constipation to loose stools
- abdominal pain reliefed by bowel movement
- gas
-bowel doesn't fe?

Probably not: your symptoms mostly fit irritable bowel syndrome that inflammatory bowel disease people with IBD do not have constipation on,y severe diarrhea that could be disabling but IBS they alternate between diarrhea and constipation IBS triggered by stress and food see your doctor might be able to help you more good luck ...Read more

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Have symptoms of irritable bowel Recently underwent colonoscopy which came negative. However multiple times toilet, incomplete bowel evacuation feel, soft flat stools persist. Request advise.

Have symptoms of irritable bowel  Recently underwent colonoscopy which came negative. However multiple times toilet, incomplete bowel evacuation feel, soft flat stools persist. Request advise.

Irritable bowel: If your gastroenterologist is comfortable that enough work up has been done to rule out other causes and feels that IBS is the culprit, it is time to start trying to treat it. Adding extra fiber to the diet is a good start. There are medications such as anti-spasmodics which tend to work well in some situations also. Talk to your G.I. doctor about what is the next step. Good luck. ...Read more

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Since dec I've had constipation diarrhea gas bloating small food in stool &foul smelling stools ranging in color&texture. Bacterial or digestive issue?

Since dec I've had constipation diarrhea gas bloating small food in stool &foul smelling stools ranging in color&texture. Bacterial or digestive issue?

Optimize diet: Immediately, i'd focus on a good, balanced diet with addition of fibre such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Make sure you drink plenty of water. Add some yogurt to your daily diet. Plus, seek medical input. You could be having early signs of inflammatory bowel disease (chron's or ulcerative colitis.) you need some answers , so talk to your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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Bloody stool, painful bowel movements, bad smelly discharge and side pain. What are these symptoms of?

Bloody stool, painful bowel movements, bad smelly discharge and side pain. What are these symptoms of?

They are signs: That you need prompt medical evaluation. Bloody stool can be related to hemorrhoids, fissures, fistula, cancer, or infection or inflammation of the colon. Please get this checked soon. ...Read more

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I'm having bloody stool, thin, pencil-like stools, blue stool, unintentional weight loss, feeling of unfinished bowel movement, mild abdominal pain?

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I'm having bloody stool, thin, pencil-like stools, blue stool, unintentional weight loss, feeling of unfinished bowel movement, mild abdominal pain?

Please see a GI Doc: You are describing symptoms of bowel obstruction. You should undergo a colonoscopy and a CT scan of your abdomen. At your young age, I would worry about Ulcerative Colotis or Crohn's disease, an autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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Bleeding in rectal, exam shows blood in stool & hemorrhoids, have loose stool, rare for solids. Can I use miralax (polyethylene glycol) safely to help loosen impacted stool?

Bleeding in rectal, exam shows blood in stool & hemorrhoids, have loose stool, rare for solids. Can I use miralax (polyethylene glycol) safely to help loosen impacted stool?

Yes you can: Use a dose (17 gm packets) daily, but also recommend you start taking supplemental fiber (like metamucil or equivalent) along with. This will help you be more regular naturally. Once you feel you have "cleaned out" somewhat - stop the MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) but continue the fiber on a daily basis. Also try warm soaks on your hemorrhoids, and topical creams with steroid (hc) may help, too. ...Read more

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Months of dental work. Pain meds+antibiotics. Constipation. Doctor physical+ no blood in stool. Merilax 3 weeks. Passing gas and stool difficult @nite

Not sure of question: Narcotic pain meds can constipate you, and long use of antibiotics may have disrupted your intestinal flora. Work with your physician to get everything into balance and feel better soon. ...Read more

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My son is experiencing thin, pencil-like stools, foul smelling stools, constipation and bloating or abdominal fullness.

My son is experiencing thin, pencil-like stools, foul smelling stools, constipation and bloating or abdominal fullness.

See your doctor: I would suggest seeing your child's doctor for an abdominal exam and a more thorough history. If he is constipated you can start with 4oz of prune juice daily until he is seen. ...Read more

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Constant lower pelvic pain/Painful to pass gas and stool/nausea/fatigue/ mucus in stool. colonoscopy/egd/ct scan/ /stool test normal. any ideas?

Constant lower pelvic pain/Painful to pass gas and stool/nausea/fatigue/ mucus in stool. colonoscopy/egd/ct scan/ /stool test normal. any ideas?

Constipation: You mentioned that all the test are normal. Constipation can cause nausea, fatigue, pelvic heaviness, and painful to pass stool and gas due to exertion. Drink a lot of water/fluid, increase fibers in your diet, and chew your food well before swallow. Drink a glass of slightly warm water with little salt early in the morning. Exercise regularly, everyday walk is good. Try probiotics. Consult GI doc ...Read more

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Can sinus drainage cause loose stool and diarrhea?

Can sinus drainage cause loose stool and diarrhea?

It shouldn't: In theory, if you have a huge amount of mucus, that can pass through into your stool and cause diarrhea, but usually this is only seen in infants and children. But many viruses, such as adenovirus and enterovirus can cause runny nose (not a sinus infection) and loose stool, so something like this could account for your symptoms. ...Read more