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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Bleeding from the rectum during bowel movement can be from hemorrhoids as this the most common cause of bleeding from anus.
The other causes are
rectal and colonic polyps
cancer of colon or rectum
if you have fresh blood in stool you need a colonoscopy. ...Read more
At night or asleep?:
Awakened at night to move bowels can be seen with a number of organic bowel problems including inflammatory bowel disease, infection, parasites. Irritable bowel generally not so. Bm while asleep (encopresis) not normal. Could be neurologic problem, or muscular problem with anal sphincter.Passing a little bit of stool due to gas, less an issue. Alcohol involved with symptoms? See
md in any event. ...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.
Anal tear: Know as a anal fissure. Better off with protected Vaginal intercoarse ...Read more
Don't know: I've never heard of that, but if it's true you definitely need to see your physician or a urologist. ...Read more
What does it mean if the last couple of times I have had a bowel movement there has been a lot of blood both in the toilet and on the toilet paper?
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.
This could be from a rectal tear, from hemorrhoids, or from STD
Best to get a DR visit and exam ...Read more
What does it mean to have a redundant colon? And can that make it harder to have a bowel movement? Or more easily constipated
Longer, more turns: A "redundant colon" means the dr found it to be longer than usual with more twists and turns. Typically we think that the redundancy is because of problems with constipation rather than the cause of constipation. You should be on a high fiber diet with MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) or similar agent to keep the stools soft and moving through your colon easily. ...Read more
What does it mean if cloudy whitish substance (not mucus) drips very small amount out of rectum (not vagina) before or after bowel movements?
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?
Coughing hard: Can cause vomiting, but should not cause urinary or bowel incontinence. First, you should control your cough by treating the underlying condition. Then you should see a gynecologist to see if you have a mechanical problem that is causing incontinence. You need to see a doctor on both. ...Read more
Light Stool: Have pale colored stools checked out. This can occur when the liver does not produce enough bile or when bile is blocked from leaving the liver. Some possible causes include: gall stones, bile duct cysts, strictures of bile ducts, hepatitis, some medications, cancer, etc. White stool can be related to barium sulfate if you just had a barium enema, Aluminum hydroxide found in antacids, bile > ...Read more
Rapid Transit: Bright green stool can be caused by many things but most of the time is due to the rapid movement of stool through the colon. The color of stool changes from green (bile) to yellow-brown as it passes through the colon. Any factor which leads to an increase passage of stools through the colon can prevent the change of coloring, hence the green stool. Ex: diarrhea after taking antibiotics. ...Read more
Viral or diet: If a newborn, can be normal. If not can be a viral infection. Could also be dietary. If he is eating something that does not agree with him it can affect the bowels. He may also benefit form probiotics.If it has been going on for over 10 days and bothers you, then make an appointment with your pediatrician for more information. ...Read more
Not much: If there are no other issues, there is not a problem. ...Read more