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Severe Stool Odor
Time to see doctor?: 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 & stool frequency (typically more than 4-5 bowel movements/day). Maybe ibs, but see doc if bleeding, fever, tenderness, & recurrent sxs. ...Read more
Having a good bit of mucus in stool and gasy with pretty severe cramps about every 30-60 mins and then having to use bathroom to only have basically soft stool to the point where its watery with alot of mucus with it and today having a strange odor also!!
Irritable bowel synd: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common condition in which there are recurrent episodes of stomach pain associated with a change in stool consistency (diarrhea and/or constipation). The pain associated with IBS is more likely to occur after eating and typically improves after a bowel movement. For more information see: http://helpdoctor-irritablebowelsyndrome-ibs.blogspot.com/ ...Read more
Diet related: The consistency of your stools has a lot to do with what you eat. If you eat more foods that are fermentable, gas is produced, colonic bacteria are fed, they produce free fatty acids, and your stools are softer with a characteristic odor. You can't make your poop smell like roses, but you can avoid foods with sorbitol and fructose, beans, broccoli and cauliflower. ...Read more
I have several vitamin deficienices and always have nonformed stools that have a very bad odor.What is wrong?
Malabsorption: If the vitamin deficiencies have been made by a reputable lab / practitioner (there are charlatans) and you have unformed malodorous stools, then you have malabsorption until proved otherwise. You need to be worked up for celiac disease, whipple's, and a few others. Please get with a gastroenterologist. ...Read more
My 2 year old son has had mucous mixed in with his solid and semi-solid stools for the last 3 days. Extremely foul odor! what could this be?
Started smelling sweet odor in the bathroom weeks ago. At first thought it urine, but now i've realized stool and rectal mucus also sweet. What?
Check Blood Sugar: The sweet smell you are describing can be worrisome for ketoacidosis. A finding that can occur in diabetics. While this is not clearly the diagnosis, you should see a physician as soon as possible to have blood work checked. ...Read more
Have very dark stool. Does not appear tarry or to have an offensive odor. Taken no bismuth or iron suppl. Have a handful of blackberries I'm the a.m.
Dark stool: blackberries can certainlt give your stool a black color ...Read more