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What causes grainy dark stools in adults?

What causes grainy dark stools in adults?

Diet & bacteria: The color and texture of stool is most often affected by diet and the activity of normal bowel bacteria. The only colors that are worrisome are red, black, or white. ...Read more

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Red stringy mucus in stool, pain in stomach-(had increased significantly during the summer), greenish stool colour, last year noticed blood in stool.

Red stringy mucus in stool, pain in stomach-(had increased significantly during the summer), greenish stool colour, last year noticed blood in stool.

Testing: Time for your doctor to see you. You need blood and stool testing to determine if this is infection or chronic inflammatory disease. You may also need a colonoscopy ...Read more

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Does yellowish sclera related to dark coloured urine and light grey stool?

Does yellowish sclera related to dark coloured urine and light grey stool?

SERIOUS ISSUE: True "yellow" eyes (sclera) need to be assessed for systemic jaundice which signifies liver disease ; need for medical evaluation. Your associated sx's are serious. Please seek out medical evaluation now...More commonly, a yellowish spot in the horizontal area is an actinic degeneration known as a pinguecula...Also pterygium, any eye care physician could quickly determine this with exam. ...Read more

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Very fatigue,passing light brown with black spots stool on today,only making bowel movements every other day,strong smelling dark yellow urine.

Very fatigue,passing light brown with black spots stool on today,only making bowel movements every other day,strong smelling dark yellow urine.

General symptoms...: There are a lot of things that can cause these general symptoms. If your urine is concentrated and you are constipated, make sure you are drinking LOTS of fluids. If the black spots have any red in them, you should be evaluated. Sometimes Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) can cause both constipation and black spots in stool. If you have a fever or any other focused symptoms, see a doctot. ...Read more

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I have dark brown stools, almost tarry (not quite black) in small to mid-size areas. Does this indicate blood in my stools?

It could...: But there are many other non-blood causes of dark stools (meds, diet, etc) . Fortunately it is easy to tell by bringing a small sample to your md to test for blood. If blood is found a colonoscopy and upper endoscopy could be performed to rule out a source of bleeding. ...Read more

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Very dark brown stool. Normal consistency. 2 times in past week. Normal? How normal are very dark brown stools?

Get checked: Stool color is generally due to diet and to the bile (yellowish-green fluid that aids in digestion) secreted from your guts. Bile + food is altered by enzymes that changes food from yellow to brown. While your diet/medications can play a large role in stool color, get checked if the dark brown borders on black. ...Read more

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Part of stool pink/orange, and mainly light brown. known piles, 1-2 occasional bright red on toilet paper a year (hard stool fissure). concern?

Part of stool pink/orange, and mainly light brown. known piles, 1-2 occasional bright red on toilet paper a year (hard stool fissure). concern?

Need to be evaluated: You should be evaluated by your primary doctor, gastro or surgeon as these symptoms are very non specific and may be related to a GI issue such as hemorrhoids or even a or other causes of GI tract bleeding. ...Read more

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I have been noticing some dark colored sections in my stool; they are a light brown Mostly except here's dark brown sections. and mucous. ?

I have been noticing some dark colored sections in my stool; they are a light brown Mostly except here's dark brown sections. and mucous. ?

Abnormal stools: Bowel movements' color changes may be from change in diet (from food colors), medications (e.g. iron or Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) causing dark stools) or internal bleeding (dark like coffee grounds if from the stomach or red-brown if from the intestine). Seek medical attention in all cases, especially the latter which requires immediate attention as internal bleeding can be lethal. ...Read more

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My stools come out in very dark greenish black pebbles. What does this mean? I've had different color, texture, and floating and non float stools

My stools come out in very dark greenish black pebbles. What does this mean? I've had different color, texture, and floating and non float stools

Possibly 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... Persistent melena (without obvious cause) ; symptoms warrants md visit. ...Read more

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What causes grey colored stool in children?

Food: The stool color is determined by the germs that live in the intestine and the foods and colors eaten. Gray is ok. ...Read more

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Can your stool contain partial melena? This AM, stool was primarily light brown, but few pieces were very, very dark brown. What distinguishes melena?

Can your stool contain partial melena? This AM, stool was primarily light brown, but few pieces were very, very dark brown. What distinguishes melena?

No: Melina is blood in the stool. It is determined by a test on the stool. Since the stool all goes through the same tube it would be positive through a sample. ...Read more

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Will i benefit from stool studies at age 35 when i alway have bulky fatty greasy floaty smelly stools light brown not light grey or yellow.Or just ibs?

Will i benefit from stool studies at age 35 when i alway have bulky fatty greasy floaty smelly stools light brown not light grey or yellow.Or just ibs?

Yes: The stools that you are describing probably mean that you are not properly absorbing some of the fats in your diet. This could mean that you are not absorbing certain nutrients either. Having your doctor order stool tests for fecal fat would confirm this. Although mal-absorbtion of fats could be associated with ibs, you need to be evaluated to rule out other problems first. ...Read more

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What is slightly uniform light red color in stool and urine related to?

What is slightly uniform light red color in stool and urine related to?

Food pigment: It could be vegetable pigment from your food: beets for example. It might be blood from inside lesions: colonic polyps, colonic cancer, urinary bladder benign and malignant tumors. ...Read more

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Slushy light colored stool and dark urine?

Slushy light colored stool and dark urine?

Potentially serious: If your stools are pale & your urine is dark like tea, this may indicate possible potentially serious problems with your liver or pancreas. This needs to be evaluated immediately by a GI specialist, especially if you also notice yellowing of your eyes. Lab tests, ct scan or an ultrasound examination are recommended. ...Read more

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Black specks in stool when I wipe but not in actual stool except occasionally. Occasional pain on left side when constipated. Stool normal brown color?

Black specks in stool when I wipe but not in actual stool except occasionally. Occasional pain on left side when constipated. Stool normal brown color?

Need more info: It would be important to know your age. Black specks could be blood. Could be from bleeding somewhere in your colon or a hemorrhoid. It is concerning that you have pain & some constipation. Please see your family physician and see if he/she recommends a colonoscopy or some other test depending on your age & physical exam. ...Read more

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What causes frothy stools in adults?

IBS & dietary : Imbalances (too much fermentation created gas) in diet and ibs in general can do that. Lactose intolerant people might see that. I don't know if it is a problem on it's own. Ibs can be quite painful. Hope you're well! ...Read more

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How many times a week should the average adult pass stool?

How many times a week should the average adult pass stool?

Stools vary as peopl: 40 year old female asks, How many times a week should the average adult pass stool? As all humans are individuals so the stooling of each person is different, depending on Diet/ exercise/ body weight/stress level/and more. In general one should stool once daily but this could range from as many as 3 times/ day to as little as 2 or 3 times a week. Bottom line one shouldknow what normal is for one. ...Read more

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What causes grainy dark stools in adults?

Diet & bacteria: The color and texture of stool is most often affected by diet and the activity of normal bowel bacteria. The only colors that are worrisome are red, black, or white. ...Read more

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How did i get light green stool in adults?

See below: Something you ate could do this however if is occurs in more than one stool it could be bile from the liver and in that case you shold have some blood tests done. ...Read more

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Is it bad for an adult to have green stool?

Is it bad for an adult to have green stool?

Usually not: Color of stool has much to do with diet.Green is usually vegetable matter and safe.If it persists with less intake of veggies consult your dr. ...Read more

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What does green stool for 2 days mean in adults?

What does green stool for 2 days mean in adults?

By itself, not much: 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, inflammation, & other factors. Consider what you ate in the last few days, but if greenish color is unusual for you & persists or is accompanied by other symptoms, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What exactly does green stools in adults indicate?

What exactly does green stools in adults indicate?

Green stools: This could result from rapid transit of feces through the intestines, or from food colorings such as in liquorice., consuming iron-rich foods or iron supplements, or leafy green vegetables, taking laxatives, and if with other intestinal symptoms it can result from irritable bowel or intestinal infections. If no symptoms, no worries. ...Read more

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What commonly causes loose stools in adults?

What commonly causes loose stools in adults?

Not always diarrhea: Stool texture (regardless of volume or frequency of movements) is defined by the bristol stool scale (bss), which ranges from 1 (hard, pellet stool) to 7 (loose, watery stool). Normal stool grades a 4 on the bss. On the other hand, "diarrhea" is defined by volume and stool frequency (typically more than 4-5 bowel movements/day). Tell your doctor as well about bleeding, fever, tenderness, & pain. ...Read more

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Is there any diapers in market to collect stools for adult paraplegic persons ?

Is there any diapers in market to collect stools for adult paraplegic persons ?

Several: There are several brands of diapers available for paraplegics. Brand names include Attends, Tranquility, Sure Care and Tena. They are readily available. Speak with your pharmacist. ...Read more

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What are some things that cause a lime green gel like substance in/on stool for an adult male notice when wiping

What are some things that cause a lime green gel like substance in/on stool for an adult male notice when wiping

Green stools: This could result from rapid transit of feces through the intestines, or from food colorings such as in liquorice., consuming iron-rich foods or iron supplements, or leafy green vegetables, taking laxatives, and if with other intestinal symptoms it can result from irritable bowel or intestinal infections. If no symptoms, no worries. ...Read more

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How often should an adult pass stool? I usually have 1 BM daily, sometimes i don't have at all throughout the day. Is it regular? I eat plenty fiber.

How often should an adult pass stool? I usually have 1 BM daily, sometimes i don't have at all throughout the day. Is it regular? I eat plenty fiber.

Normal stool freq: Normal stool frequency varies from several times a day to once every several days. What's most important is to determine what's normal for you. Eat plenty of fiber, upwards of 30+g/d depending upon reference, drink plenty of fluids & get regular exercise. As long as you don't have to strain to push out hard stool, you're most likely normal. http://www.webmd.com/women/features/digestive-problems ...Read more

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My daughter is passing quite solid adult type stools. Is this normal for a ten month old baby?

My daughter is passing quite solid adult type stools. Is this normal for a ten month old baby?

Crying with BM?: There is a wide range of stool consistency for infants. Hard stools can be a sign of constipation, however. Infants who cry when having a bowel movement or having hard, pebble-like stools may have constipation. Talk to your pediatrician, and he/she may recommend prune juice (or other fruit juices) or extra water to soften the stool. Please see your pediatrician before changing anything, though! ...Read more

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What's the dosage of econorm for adults? Should it be taken before food or after food? I'm suffering from loose stools since Wednesday. Not taking any

What's the dosage of econorm for adults? Should it be taken before food or after food? I'm suffering from loose stools since Wednesday. Not taking any

Uncertain: The benefit, and the dose, and the effect of food, are all speculative. If you have persistent loose stools, swallowing some yeast is not likely to help. To correct the condition requires that you first define the cause. You will need professional help for that. Many episodes of loose stools are brief and self contained. If that occurs in your case, be grateful it is gone and do not experiment wit ...Read more

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Is black stool in an adult, dangerous?

Is black stool in an adult, dangerous?

Sometimes: Black stool could be related to taking medicines like iron or peptobismal. But if stool is black, foul smelling and sticky - that could be a gastrointestinal bleed (melena). ...Read more

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What are some common causes loose stools in adults and how do you get rid of it?

See a doctor: The answer to your question could fill a good textbook, and the answer to getting rid of it depends upon the cause. See a good doctor and find out what is wrong. ...Read more

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2 month old formula fed baby passing adult-like stool? Semi hard constitency/long tubes. She is very fussy/cries most of the day. Formula change?

2 month old formula fed baby passing adult-like stool? Semi hard constitency/long tubes. She is very fussy/cries  most of the day. Formula change?

In the absence of : diarrhea, vomiting, poor weight gain, eczema, wheezing or other signs of milk protein allergy or milk protein intolerance, I'd say take your baby & a diaper full of stool to her pediatrician, discuss your concerns & wait to see what her physical exam reveals before trying an elimination diet. An elimination diet includes re-introducing the suspected offending food under medical supervision. ...Read more

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2+weeks:mucus discharge streked wi blood, stools completely changed to being small formless and mushy. 2day saw yellow in mucus. Young adult. Worried ?

2+weeks:mucus discharge streked wi blood, stools completely changed to being small formless and mushy. 2day saw yellow in mucus. Young adult. Worried ?

Colitis: This is consistent with mucus colitis which could be due to irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease or an infection. The blood is nonspecific and can occur with any if these conditions or with associated hemorrhoids or anal fissure. Avoid harsh roughage, take kaopectate (kaolin and pectin) as needed for loose stools, but consult your physician if symptoms persist and appropriate tests with stool culture. ...Read more