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Stool Changes Form Regularly
Change in bowel habits since last 1.5 yrs. Change in consistency of stool - semi solid, foul-smelling. Flatus also foul smelling. Pain ;better ondefec?
Stool patterns: We need a good stool pattern history. Is the stool floating, oily consistency, is there blood, do you have diarrhea, food intolerances. Does anyone else near you have the same symptoms. Past history of ulcers, or UC.Chrohns... There is a lot to go through. Call in or make an appt and we will go through your history, ruling out possible causes. ...Read more
Consistent diarrhea for 3 weeks. No changes in lifestyle or diet.No extra stressorsno solid stools. Diarrhea is dark brown in color.Imodium (loperamide) not helpin?
Can extended use of Metamucil cause bight green stools? does the light food intake while using Metamucil contribute to this when present? Bile ?
Metamucil: Metamucil does not cause bright green stools. Stool color can change on its own, and bright green is not only not abnormal, it's just fine. I would continue the Metamucil since it provides great fiber for the bowels. No need to stop it. Hope that helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bleeding in rectal, exam shows blood in stool & hemorrhoids, have loose stool, rare for solids. Can I use miralax (polyethylene glycol) safely to help loosen impacted stool?
Yes you can: Use a dose (17 gm packets) daily, but also recommend you start taking supplemental fiber (like metamucil or equivalent) along with. This will help you be more regular naturally. Once you feel you have "cleaned out" somewhat - stop the MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) but continue the fiber on a daily basis. Also try warm soaks on your hemorrhoids, and topical creams with steroid (hc) may help, too. ...Read more
Stool: Generally bulky, light-colored (grey-yellow), greasy and oily, floats and smells foul. ...Read more
Persistent foul smelling stool. I eat balanced diet + lots of vegs&fruits, exercise regularly. Take min&vit&omega supps. Poor digestion? Next step?
Possible Allergy: You may not be able to digest certain foods. Try keeping a food diary and see if a pattern or certain food causes problems, if so , avoid. Also you may need to try digestive enzymes like beano for vegetables and lactaid for dairy products. Also make sure you are eating plenty of probiotic foods to aid in digestion as well. ...Read more
Can lack of exercise and healthy diet cause difficult bowel movements even if stools are normal and not hardened? Normal stools but difficult passing?
Fiber & water.: By "lack of...healthy diet", we usually would refer to the lack of fiber-containing foods and enough daily water intake. Both of these are important for the easy passage of normal stools. Lack of such can lead to stools that are more solid than they should be and therefore more difficult to pass. Believe it or not, a "normal" stool is 75% water so adequate water intake is important for this. ...Read more
Stool-changed to become thin, snake like, crack-ridden, lighter color, almost floats. Strain to release.
Urination- difficult, regular amount.
Can intake of excess sugar in diet,cause issue of incomplete bowel evacuation[ve regular bowel movement]bu ,have to use glycerine suppository regular?
Can your stools turn clay colored from daily use of miralax (polyethylene glycol) and probiotics?
They shouldn't: Stools get much of their natural color from bile that comes from the gall bladder to help digest fats. Clay colored stools mean there is a lack of bile in the stools. Since neither Miralax (polyethylene glycol) nor typical probiotics cause stools to lack bile, it is most likely a coincidence that one's stool turns clay-colored while using Miralax (polyethylene glycol) and probiotics. One still has to see her doctor to fine the cause. ...Read more
Can cocoa powder to change the color of bowel movements? I've had protein drinks containing 25% iron and vitamins now bm are very dark brown.
?question: Not sure of the question here? It appears you have been drinking protein drinks high in iron, which can indeed cause your stools to turn darker in color. Knowing that, there is no need to now take another product to try and alter the color again. You just need to realize with iron supplements, your stool will be darker in color. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not connected: Fiber can increase the bulk of the stool no matter what else is going on. If cancer is present in the colon and is causing narrowing of the stool or other changes, high fiber diet may accentuate some of those changes, but not directly due to the cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Having several very dark bms daily. Sometimes urgent/painful + often there's undigested food. Not eating extra iron/dark foods. What causes dark stool?
Is it safe to take miralax (polyethylene glycol) to maintain regular bowel movements? Fiber laxatives back me up worse unless i drink excessive amounts of water
Constipation: It is always best to find the source of your troubles and to work on remedying this rather than just taking laxatives daily. ...Read more
Can a lack of insoluble fiber in diet for almost 8 months cause thin stools? And is a mushy but still formed stool considered loose or normal stool?
After taking Metamucil fiber supplement to deal with my excess mucus production and foul odor, my stools are elastic in nature; look like intestines.
See your doctor: Mucous in the stools is not normal. See your doctor as you could have a more serious problem going on. ...Read more
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