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Stool Changes Form Regularly
I've had problems w/ hard stools for a few years now & even when I changed up diet, it persisted but I don't chew my food all the way, could that be y?
I don't think so...: Chronic constipation can be managed with diet and medications. Low residue foods can cause hard stools. I would suggest, at least 64 oz. Water per day, dried apricots 6 halves, with lunch everyday until regulated. Alternatively a packet of MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) in the am as part of a balanced breakfast. The other aspect to remember is to make a concerted effort to stool daily when the urge moves you-don't wait. ...Read more
Many reasons: Many potential causes : infectious (ie bacterial, parasitic or viral), hepatitis (ie a, b or c). Also dietary changes can alter your stool. I would seek a full eval from your primary care physician or GI specialist. ...Read more
For the last three weeks now my stool texture and color has changed. Stool seems to not be well formed and soft and dark?
Normal for stool to change consistency in the same day? One is light brown/normal shape, next one is dark brown and pretty soft.
This can happen. Usually due to changes in diet. If you are consistently taking a fiber supplement, then less likely. You should consider regular fiber in the diet and more water intake.
It's best to discuss significant changes with your physician. May want to consider colonoscopy if you are adult age. ...Read more
Embarrassing question but what could cause green maybe green blue areas in my normal colored stool. No diet change. 3 days in a row.
See answer: The vast major of green and blue discolorations of one's stool are related to diet and not disease. Green (blue+yellow =green)poop can be seen with excess green leafy vegetables (chlorophyll), excess iron, artificial food dyes (ice cream, cake frosting, liquorice candy, etc). Less often by excess bile. Blue poop most often also related to food dyes (e.g. Blue curaçao, grape soda). Re-evaluate diet. ...Read more
Typically: Consistency of input affects consistency of output. Irregular intake of fiber containing foods, spicy foods, fluids, physical activity, hormonal status, medications, various carbohydrates, fat, type of protein, etc. Affect bowel frequency, consistency of stool, associated symptoms like gas. ...Read more
I've been stooling for the past 2 days very regularly. Should I get a check up or will this just pass by?
It depends...: I assume you mean that you are having diarrhea, or loose stools. If so, as long as you are able to drink enough to stay hydrated, are not having bloody diarrhea, and you are otherwise feeling well, you can certainly give it a few more days. If you are having high fevers, bloody diarrhea, persistent vomiting, or any other concerns, you should see a doctor. ...Read more
Oh yes: The same neurotransmiiters and receptors in the brain (serotonin, Dopamine and others) also occur in the gut. Some people get loose stools with anxiety, or frequent stools, some get constipated (more common with depression); "butterflies in the stomach", being "scared -----" show the effects of mental state on gut function. ...Read more
Add fiber: See doctor if not clearing over a week or if you see blood. ...Read more
Lot of possibilities: Diet changes would be the most common cause, other possibilities would be lactose intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome, gluten sensitivity, problems with your pancreas, or an intestinal infection. Give it some time and notice any pattern with your diet or any exposures to others with diarrhea, if it doesn't get better in a week or so, or if you have fever, pain, or dizziness, see a doctor. ...Read more