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My stools are very hard suddenly?

My stools are very hard suddenly?

Evaluation/diet: Look into your diet-you may have change your diet some way that is affecting your bowel. Your diet may lack fiber, or you may dring less water that normally., or under some stress.Stress does affect your bowel as well. If you do not have any of the above reason, then you need to see a doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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My stools are very hard and cause a lot of inconvenience during expulsion. Should I be worried?

My stools are very hard and cause a lot of inconvenience during expulsion. Should I be worried?

Constipation: Hard stools that are difficult to pass are classic constipation. Can be multiple causes; may be as simple as not enough fluid intake, fiber intake.
Constipation can be seen as part of thyroid, bowel, anal, gyn, neurologic, metabolic disease, even depression.
Change in bowel pattern may be of more concern. Causes can vary with age. Some aren't serious, others can be, including cancer.
See ur doc. ...Read more

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My bowel movement after lapro is not normal. Stools are very hard and I don't pass fully. I pass thrice to empty my bowels. Please help to be normal.

My bowel movement after lapro is not normal. Stools are very hard and I don't pass fully. I pass thrice to empty my bowels. Please help to be normal.

Be patient: After surgery due to anesthesia and pain medications the bowels slow down causing constipation and it usually clears up when the effects of these medications wear off in the mean time some over the counter laxatives will help good luck. ...Read more

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I've had problems w/ hard stools for a few years now & even when I changed up diet, it persisted but I don't chew my food all the way, could that be y?

I've had problems w/ hard stools for a few years now & even when I changed up diet, it persisted but I don't chew my food all the way, could that be y?

I don't think so...: Chronic constipation can be managed with diet and medications. Low residue foods can cause hard stools. I would suggest, at least 64 oz. Water per day, dried apricots 6 halves, with lunch everyday until regulated. Alternatively a packet of MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) in the am as part of a balanced breakfast. The other aspect to remember is to make a concerted effort to stool daily when the urge moves you-don't wait. ...Read more

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Hard, black, seed-like specks in stool?

Hard, black, seed-like specks in stool?

Stool change: Go to your doctor to have the stool analyzed for ova and parasites, occult blood, and culture and sensitivity. ...Read more

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What do I need to take to make my stool hard?

Vegetables: If you have serious diarrhea see your doctor. Especially if there is blood in it. If it isn't that bad add fiber to your diet in the form of grains & vegetables. Look at the fiber content as well as the calorie content to balance it out. ...Read more

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My stool is like hard and looks like pebbles?

My stool is like hard and looks like pebbles?

Constipation: Hard, pebble like stool is a sign of constipation and often, dehydration. Make sure to drink at least 2 liters of water a day and eat foods rich in fiber like fruits, vegetables and whole grains. A stool softener would also be a good idea ...Read more

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What does it mean if you stools are inconsistently firm?

What does it mean if you stools are inconsistently firm?

Change in bowels: The amount, color, frequency 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. If stool pattern has changed, is unusual for you, & the change persists, or is accompanied by other symptoms, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can beets make your stool black? My stool is hard and black

Can beets make your stool black? My stool is hard and black

Eating Beets can: Cause red stools sometimes. Eating blue berries, black licorice, iron pills or medications containing bismuth can cause black stools. Black stools associated with GI bleeds are usually malodorous and tarry. A doctor can easily check stool for blood. ...Read more

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Why is my stool so soft but it won't come out I push so hard??

Why is my stool so soft but it won't come out I push so hard??

Behavioral problem: Eating habits. Eat more salads, vegs., whole wheat bread, fruit and enough water. Regular exercise. Don't take any laxatives. Be very punctual in ur habit same time daily try even if negative. In our book of Wright's physiology in London, one person will go to all 22 toilets on Metro way and another person will not go to toilet for 1 year. So ur very normal. So u have nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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My stools are like really dark hard round pebbles, what is wrong?

My stools are like really dark hard round pebbles, what is wrong?

Could be IBS: Try some Miralax (polyethylene glycol) or warm prune juice. If that doesn't help, see your doctor. ...Read more

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My husband has had hard to flush smelly and oily stool what can be wrong?

Too much fat: Floating smelly stools are a sign of fat in the stool. This can result from poor digestion of fat in food, eg from a lack of an enzyme called lipase, which is made by the pancreas. There are several causes for this and you should see a gastrointestinal specialist if this continues. Can also try switching to a low fat diet for a couple of days to see what happens. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a stool to be too hard to pass and then the next day it comes out easily and it's soft?

Is it normal for a stool to be too hard to pass and then the next day it comes out easily and it's soft?

Digesation: It depends upon food you ate. If you had same food then it should be pretty much same otherwise it would be of concern.
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Today I saw this little black dots looking things on my stool, with foam. But the black thimgs were hard. What can this mean?

Probably nothing: It's probably nothing to be concerned about as long the stool normalizes. Likely something you ate. ...Read more

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Hard, formed stool mixed with very soft stool coming out at the same time in output. What is going on/what could be the cause?

Encopresis: Encopresis results in stool backup behind the very hard and obstructing stool. Sometimes liquid or soft stool will "leak around the hard stool obstruction" giving the stool output that you describe. Treatment is disimpaction with enemas followed by stool softeners to prevent new imaction from occurring. ...Read more

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My stool is always thick heavy pasty but soft but it's still hard to pass. What can I do to get my stool to become more light and loose?

My stool is always thick heavy pasty but soft but it's still hard to pass. What can I do to get my stool to become more light and loose?

Fiber, fluids & exer: I don't know about making your stool "more light" but you can't argue against fiber, fluid & exercise to keep from being constipated. Ideally, you'd get your fiber from your foods but there are also fiber supplements available along w/stool softeners, too. Don't worry about consistency as long as you don't have to strain. Check w/your doc re need for colonoscopy (low risk vs high). ...Read more

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Lately I always feel like I need to go to the toilet, but I can't go properly. My stools aren't hard, they just won't come out properly! Help?

Get checked: A change in bowels should be checked if they don't normalize with easy treatment. Multiple possible explanations exist. I would first increase your dietary fiber to 30 grams daily along with 60-70 oz of water daily. Fiber one cereal is a nice option to increase your fiber. A colonoscopy is suggested to rule out any significant problem within the colon ...Read more

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I had a one off hard, dark stool. I'm not sure if it was black but should I be concerned as it was a once off? I'm 21 and in otherwise good health?

I had a one off hard, dark stool. I'm not sure if it was black but should I be concerned as it was a once off? I'm 21 and in otherwise good health?

Altered color stool: Color of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications ; supplements ingested, gut flora (may vary per individuall), additives (like blood), subtractions (like absent bile), infection/exposures, inflammation, ; other factors. Probably okay if a single occurrence but persistent dark stool warrants exam ; treatment. Avoid nsaids, aspirin, etoh 4 now to minimize bleed risk. ...Read more

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My stool came out hard like rocks, but then turned to bright green, foul smelling, and slightly loose. What foods/conditions could be causing this?

My stool came out hard like rocks, but then turned to bright green, foul smelling, and slightly loose. What foods/conditions could be causing this?

It wasn't food: That caused your symptoms. The stool behind a hard impaction is liquidy. Colonic bacteria produce methane, a foul smelling gas. Having an impaction allows those bacteria to metabolize the dwelling food and create gas. Their peoducts can change the color of stool. ...Read more

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My stool was big and hard very dark colour but when I wiped it and stuff the marks were brown. Was stool just very dark brown? Eaten lots of chocolate

My stool was big and hard very dark colour but when I wiped it and stuff the marks were brown. Was stool just very dark brown? Eaten lots of chocolate

Black, tarry stool?: If the stool is black and like hot tar consistency, it's possible that there is blood in the stool.
Stool color varies dramatically with what foods you've eaten, dyes that may have been in processed food or in your case maybe even very large quantities of dark chocolate. ...Read more

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All I have are mushy stools. I soil my paints, and have to clean up all of it at least 3 times a day. This is a very embarrassing and hard to clean up?

All I have are mushy stools. I soil my paints, and have to clean up all of it at least 3 times a day. This is a very embarrassing and hard to clean up?

GI workup: This is not an uncommon problem and does not necessarily mean there is severe disease. It may have to do with what your health has been like and what meds you are on. If one is taking high fiber this might create a bigger problem. One might need to wear depends or similar garments to avoid the clean up problem Would see a GI doc for more help. ...Read more

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What could cause hard stools?

What could cause hard stools?

Lots of things: But mostly not enough fluid, excessive fiber, or excessive caffeine and or alcohol intake, some medications and a sedentary life style can also contribute to constipation. ...Read more

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Any advice for treating hard stools?

Any advice for treating hard stools?

Tips: Stay well hydrated (at least 8 - 8 ounces glasses of water per day). Try to get in 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day – get that fiber in. Stay physically active if possible. There are a number of over the counter laxatives that can be taken orally to help pass retained fecal matter. ...Read more

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What are the causes for rock hard stool? And is there a way to relieve the pain?

Constipation: Sounds like you may need some stool softeners and increase your water intake. Dehydrating can cause hard stools which will then result in pain in pushing. ...Read more

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Is polythene glycol 3350 good for hard stool?

Is polythene glycol 3350 good for hard stool?

Colace (docusate sodium): A stool softener such as colace (docusate sodium) will be of more benefit. Your pharmacist can direct you to this over the counter medication. ...Read more

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My 10 y.O. Complais that its hard to get his stool out. Is there a childrens laxative to soften it?

My 10 y.O. Complais that its hard to get his stool out. Is there a childrens laxative to soften it?

No laxative: There is a huge difference between laxatives and stool softeners. First, increase the fiber in child's diet and how much water child drinks daily. If you have tried this and stool still hard, then stool softeners such as MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) can be helpful. Steer clear of actual laxatives - these can cause more problems than they solve. ...Read more

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What generally causes hard stools?

Slow transit time: Slow passage of stool allows the colon to pull out water (it's like a 3rd kidney). Low intake of fiber, fluids, inactivity, meds e.g. Narcotics, underactive thyroid, elevated blood calcium level, depression, other factors all can play a role. ...Read more