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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

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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When I Have a Bowel Movement I Notice There Are White Stuff Attached To It, Looks Like Cotton, Is it's something I Shuld B concern about?

When I Have a Bowel Movement I Notice There Are White Stuff Attached To It, Looks Like Cotton, Is it's something I Shuld B concern about?

Probably mucus...: Some of the normal cells lining the colon and rectum secrete mucous to lubricate the passage. Occasionally this shows up in, or around the stool and looks stringy and white. See your doctor if don't feel well or are concerned. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it normal for a child that's 3 years of age to have a bowel movement of approximately 9 to 10 inches?

Constipation: Surely, if htere has not been a bowel movement for a while. Usually the stool will be larger than normal. Oftentimes, children have regualr bms but do not completely empty their rectum. As a result, stool accumulates causing the bms to be longer. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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Should I be concerned if occasionally when I have a bowel movement (mine are shaped like balls) it looks like a very thin tail attached to one.

Should I be concerned if occasionally when I have a bowel movement (mine are shaped like balls) it looks like a very thin tail attached to one.

Constipated?: Small hard bowel movements, (Bristol 1 stools) are a sign of mild constipation, you should probably increase your fiber and water intake. If the "tail" looks wormlike this could be a sign of a tapeworm. If you have abdominal pain or recent unintentional weight loss, you should see your GP, as this combined with stool changes can be a sign of colon cancer. ...Read more

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In the past few months, I have noticed what looks like oil floating on top of the water after I have had a bowel movement. Some of the water in the toilet looks shiney, like oil floating. Only after bm's.

In the past few months, I have noticed what looks like oil floating on top of the water after I have had a bowel movement. Some of the water in the toilet looks shiney, like oil floating. Only after bm's.

Hello.: Hello. You are likely not metabolising fat adequately which may be due to problems with bile (liver, pancrease, (pancrelipase) gallbladder, bile ducts). This needs to be medically evaluated. ...Read more

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I had a two foot long bowel movement and like two inches wide. Could something be wrong?

I had a two foot long bowel movement and like two inches wide. Could something be wrong?

Constipation: Sounds like you were backed up quite a bit. Constipation is caused by slow movement or transit of stool leading to over-absorption of water so that it becomes hard and more difficult to move. If you don't have regular bowel movements, you can get backed up a ways, leading to your long, wide stool. Plenty of fiber & fluids along w/regular exercise are key to avoiding constipation. ...Read more

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When I have a bowel movement I see a sticky substance stuck to the bowl, it looks like fat. Could I celiac disease? I cannot eat gluten.

May be: You apparently have problems with constipation, because you are on lactulose and linzess, both of which can cause diarrhea. You don't mention why you don'[t tolerate gluten. First step, see a gastro-eneterologist and be evaluated for celiac. ...Read more

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Healthy male with bright red bleeding in toilet (looks like a lot) after some gas but no bowel movement. Never happened before?

Healthy male with bright red bleeding in toilet (looks like a lot) after some gas but no bowel movement. Never happened before?

Might be hemorrhoid: This may be hemorrhoidal bleeding. You need a rectal examination. Have your physicians have you see a gastroenterologist or a rectal surgeon know as a proctologist. ...Read more

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I have this extra piece of skin between my vagina and anus. After making a difficult bowel movement, the skin is bigger and looks like a bump. Why???

I have this extra piece of skin between my vagina and anus. After making a difficult bowel movement, the skin is bigger and looks like a bump. Why???

See your doctor: It is hard to tell by your description but it could be a hemorrhoid or a skin tag. Best to see your doctor who can do a rectal exam. ...Read more

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I know this is going to sound insane but I have had bloody stool for a few years now. What is this. Too afraid for doctors visit also no longer having regular bowel movements. It looks like balls of puss when I try to have a bowel movement and it smells.

I know this is going to sound insane but I have had bloody stool for a few years now. What is this. Too afraid for doctors visit also no longer having regular bowel movements. It looks like balls of puss when I try to have a bowel movement and it smells.

See a doctor: There are many reasons for your symptoms, many of them treatable with simple solutions. In order to fully investigate, you need to see a doctor.

While it is understandable you are afraid, this is the only way to get much needed relief by determining what treatment you need. Only your doctor can determine this. ...Read more

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Went to the bathroom and the last 2 inches was pale coloured with brown specks. Rest of bowel movement was normal. What causes this?

Went to the bathroom and the last 2 inches was pale coloured with brown specks. Rest of bowel movement was normal. What causes this?

Depends what you eat: I suspect this is due to something you ate. Without any other symptoms it does not seem to be a major issue. If you see persistent change sometimes this can be due to intestinal problems. You can discuss with your physician ...Read more

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This morning I had a bowel movement that was about 12 inches long. Is this a sign of colon cancer?

This morning I had a bowel movement that was about 12 inches long. Is this a sign of colon cancer?

Not a specific sign: But any change in bowel habits is a warning sign. Have your doctor check your stool for occult blood. If that is positive, you need to have a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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My 2year old son had bowel movement after each meal, the stool looks ok, is that normal? Too much fiber?

My 2year old son had bowel movement after each meal, the stool looks ok, is that normal? Too much fiber?

Not a problem: Most people in our society are chronically constipated. People eating a whole foods indigenous-type diet average 2 bowel movements a day, but there is no problem with having 3 a day. I don't believe there is such a thing as too much fiber, as I know of no evidence of any harm from a high-fiber diet. ...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