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Bowel change over 1 month -soft finger size to thin ribbon. Pain before and during bm above knee. Do have hemorroids -blood at times.
My 6 yr old son started to have ribbon stools, he is usually constipated with hard round stool, should I be concerned?
Possibly: Without a history or physical exam, you are unlikely to get any meaningful information. I suggest you call your primary doctor or a general practitioner for an appointment. If you have pain or blood in your stool, or if there is dark black, marrowbone or tar colored stool, seek urgent or emergency care. Best of luck. ...Read more
What defines Ribbon-like stools? Is it literally the thickness of a Ribbon (which is about an 1/8th of an inch)?
Ribbon Like Stools: Change in bowel habits refer to any change in texture, consistency, frequency or amount including ribbon/pencil like stools. The exact thickness of the stool is not so relevant as much as having a change in your normal bowel habits. Ribbon like stools may be a sign of something benign like irritable bowel or something more serious such as colon/rectal cancer. See a Proctologist for a Colonoscopy. ...Read more
Occasional flat (ribbon like) stool..No pain ever, once or twice every couple months I have a little blood on outside of the tip of stool.Nofamhistory
Muscle spasm: Occasional flat stools are usually a combination of soft stool and tight muscles. Consistently flat stools are of concern, especially if combined with needing to strain to pass stool or pain with passing stool. However, since you are having some bleeding an examination is indicated to make sure it is not something more important. ...Read more