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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
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
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
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
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
What does it mean if I sometimes bleed from my anus while having bowel movements? I think it's a tear or something from me and my partner trying anal.
What does it mean if I sometimes bleed from my anus when having bowel movements? I think this is happening because my partner and I tried anal sex.
What does it mean when you have a white mucus looking bowel movement and bloated to 2x my normal clothing size and bowel movement very painful?
See doc: This won't get a good answer on line. See your doc and get a good history and exam. ...Read more
What does it mean when you have gray stool? I have had 2-3 abnormal bowel movements in the past few days, mainly gray stool. What does that mean?
What does it mean if cloudy whitish substance (not mucus) drips very small amount out of rectum (not vagina) before or after bowel movements?
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