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Should bowel movements look slimy? If not what does it mean?

Should bowel movements look slimy? If not what does it mean?

NO: Stool may take on a slimy appearance for a few reasons. Most commonly, there may be some underlying colon infection especially if you have been around sick people, traveled abroad or taken recent antibiotics. It may also represent a problem with your ability to absorb fats. If fats are undigested they will produce a shiny slimy texture and the stool may float. Seek medical care if it doesn't impro. ...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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What does it mean to have a black string in bowel movements?

What does it mean to have a black string in bowel movements?

Black stool: Black pigment in bowel movements can be due to iron preparations(in some vitamins), blood leaking from the upper gastrointestinal tract, peptobismol,rarely intake of some substance like licorice. If it persists your Physician can test a stool sample in the office to check for upper gi blood loss. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have several tan colored bowel movements daily?

What does it mean if you have several tan colored bowel movements daily?

Tan-colored stools: The gallbladder concentrates bile from the liver & mixes it with food to digest fats in your diet. When the gallbladder is sick, you may feel right sided abdominal &/or back pain with meals, & have tenderness in the right upper abdomen. Liver disease or obstruction of the bile ducts may result in jaundice (yellow color), dark urine, tan-colored stools, pancreatitis. Time to get lab work & exam? ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have the urge to have bowel movements but can't go?

What does it mean when you have the urge to have bowel movements but can't go?

Stool urgency: This is a common complaint but the differential diagnosis is quite broad and evaluation is key to distinguishing a functional process versus an inflammatory one (e.g. Crohn's), malabsorption (e.g. celiac sprue), maldigestion, infection, functional issue (like rectal dyssynergia, pelvic floor dysfunction). Time to discuss this condition with your physician. ...Read more

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What does it mean when my bowel movements are albino color?

What does it mean when my bowel movements are albino color?

May be serious: No big deal if this is only very occasional. But if the stool is persistently white or clay colored it could mean that you have a blockage that is stopping bile from the liver getting into the gut. You need to see a doctor. This could be from a common bile duct stone or chronic pancreatitis, but may be a symptom of pancreatic cancer. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you bleed while making a bowel movement ?

What does it mean when you bleed while making a bowel movement ?

Rectal Bleeding: This is either an anal fissure (a tear in the opening of the anus caused by large hard stool or other trauma) or a hemorrhoid. ( hemorrhoids are blood clots in the rectal veins that are caused by constipation, hard stool or other trauma.) both of these can heal rapidly with soft stool and keeping the area clean. However if you have pain you may need to see your family doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have a bowel movement; and it is a lime green color ?

What does it mean when you have a bowel movement;  and it is a lime green color ?

Stool Color: Stool color is generally influenced by what you eat as well as by the amount of bile (a yellow-green fluid that digests fats) in your stool. As bile pigments travel through your gastrointestinal tract, they are chemically altered by enzymes which changes the pigments from green to brown.Food may be moving through the large intestine too quickly(diarrhea).So bile doesn't have time to break down. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have black bowel movements? Have not had a bowel movement in three days

What does it mean if you have black bowel movements? Have not had a bowel movement in three days

Hello. : Hello. You could have black stool if you are taking certain medications/ supplements like pepto bismal or iron. If you have tarry, sticky, smelling stool that is black, it is likely to be gastrointestinal bleeding and needs evaluation. ...Read more

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What does it mean when it is very painful to try and do a bowel movement? Also if there is a little blood? I was trying to do a bowel movement and it hurt really bad and some blood was coming out

What does it mean when it is very painful to try and do a bowel movement? Also if there is a little blood? I was trying to do a bowel movement and it hurt really bad and some blood was coming out

Hello. : Hello. With constipation, your stool becomes hard and dry. It can be difficult to push out feces like this. Sometimes pain can be caused by having a lot of feces in your rectum, internal hemorrhoids, external hemrrhoids or an anal fissure. These can be sources of bleeding. If the bleeding continues, it should be medically evaluated. Hopefully, you drink at least 8 8 ounce glasses of water per day to avoid constipation. Eating 5 servings of vegetables and 5 servings of fruit per day and avoiding junk food will also help. At this point, you might need to drink prune juice or take an over the counter laxative. Try to be physically active every day. ...Read more

Defecation (Definition)

Passing food that is fully digested and ready for excretion out the ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more