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What is a normal stool size length and diameter wise? 18 yr old male

What is a normal stool size length and diameter wise? 18 yr old male

Stool amout: Stool amount differs with individual but generally accepted amount is up to 200 gram per day is normal. ...Read more

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Tiny white specks in stool size of pinhead. What can cause this apart from pinworm? I took mebendezanole previously no symptoms. What other parasite??

Tiny white specks in stool size of pinhead. What can cause this apart from pinworm? I took mebendezanole previously no symptoms. What other parasite??

Not likely parasite: If your symptoms didn't improve with Mebendazole, it is unlikely that ua are lookng at worm related as other worms like round and tape worms as other worms or their body parts look different. Indigestion or malabsorption may cause small fat particles in stools. In folks with poor immune system certain fungal infections of the intestines can cause them to appear in stools. Get your stool tested. ...Read more

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I was Dx w/IBS younger. I'm 28. What causes variation in stool size & shape excluding cancer? Could tension/anxiety/IBS cause the change? Why? Thank yo

I was Dx w/IBS younger. I'm 28. What causes variation in stool size & shape excluding cancer? Could tension/anxiety/IBS cause the change? Why? Thank yo

See answer: Altered bowel habits is a feature of IBS and relates to several factors including spasms of the bowel, altered bacterial environment, and sensitivity to certain food triggers. For many IBS patients, stress/anxiety seem to provoke the already sensitive nerves and can flare up their IBS symptoms. More info here: http://www. Uptodate. Com/contents/irritable-bowel-syndrome-beyond-the-basics
Good luck! ...Read more

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What is pencil stool? What count as thin stool? What size?

What is pencil stool? What count as thin stool? What size?

Pencil-thin stool.: While there's no exact measurement involved, a pencil-thin stool is one that subjectively appears to have the circumference of a pencil. It's a thin stool that implies that it had to be squeezed through a narrowing within the colon. This narrowing can be inflammatory, benign, malignant or even external to the colon. Should be investigated with CT and colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Mostly brown stool, but there's black mixed with it. Apparently this is not normal. Could it mean blood? Black is all over stool. Normal size. Cancer?

Mostly brown stool, but there's black mixed with it. Apparently this is not normal. Could it mean blood? Black is all over stool. Normal size. Cancer?

Stool color: Stool that appears dark can be caused by a number of possibilities. Blood, drug intake, iron, certain food types, food coloring, are only a few of the possible causes. Blood in stool may be suspect for cancer but needs lab testing in order to confirm. ...Read more

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Constipated. Stool the size of a cigarette. Is it safe to use a laxative such as Dulcolsx?

Constipated. Stool the size of a cigarette. Is it safe to use a laxative such as Dulcolsx?

Laxatives: It is preferable to avoid laxatives and instead increase daily fluid intake, increase your daily intake of fiber (you could also take metamucil). If you still have hard stools, take a daily stool softener like colace (docusate sodium). If still sluggish take something like senokot (has softener and gentle stimulant) daily. Reserve dulcolax only if you have no urge at all to move your bowels, but avoid daily laxatives ...Read more

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I had lar for rectal cancer 5mo ago. Now, I have a persistent groove line in my stool (same size as before surgery). Normal cea. What's the cause?

I had lar for rectal cancer 5mo ago. Now, I have a persistent groove line in my stool (same size as before surgery). Normal cea. What's the cause?

Not sure: There is any significance to a groove, but you may discuss this with your surgeon. The procedure uses a circling stapling device to bring the resected ends together, occasionally this is done by hand. Control of your bowels, lack of blood all positive signs. Does not sound like cancer. Talk to the surgeon about your concern. ...Read more

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I had a normal sized stool in the morning, and now a very small and narrow stool came out. Is there something wrong with me?

Normal: It is within normal limits to have varying characteristics to your bowels movements within 1 day. Cause for concern would be if a change became more persistent and consistent, or developed additional symptoms. ...Read more

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Stool is darker in one area. Stool was normal sized and also normal in color. Mostly brown but at the end seemed way darker?

Stool is darker in one area. Stool was normal sized and also normal in color. Mostly brown but at the end seemed way darker?

All brown colors: Of stool are normal. Abnormally light stools ("clay-colored") may be due to reduced bile associated with liver disease. All dark brown stools are normal UNLESS they are BLACK which suggests upper GI bleeding. Sometimes more or less hydration in one part of the stool may affect its brown color. I wouldn't worry about this any further. Stay well:) ...Read more

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Stool problem: is it normal for your stools to the size and shape of a pencil one day and big the next day?

Yes: The size and shape of your stool is determined by how long the stool is in your rectum, and the tightness of your anal muscles. Long duration in the rectum = larger, harder stools. Tight anal muscles will make stool 'squeeze out' -- like out of a toothpaste container.
You can stop these swings by getting more fiber (roughage) in your diet or taking benefiber; make sure to get enough water also! ...Read more

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I used to have regular bowels with regular long stools. Lately I have been having small sized stools. Why is that?

I used to have regular bowels with regular long stools. Lately I have been having small sized stools. Why is that?

Constipation: Most likely scenario is u'r bowels are working slower. If u have a strong family history of colon cancer I would suggest seeing doc for potential colonoscopy, but otherwise try over the counter stool softeners ...Read more

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Sometimes I have normal long size stool then some really small pieces in the same BM. Also sometimes solid stool then some loose in same BM. Is this bad?

Sometimes I have normal long size stool then some really small pieces in the same BM. Also sometimes solid stool then some loose in same BM. Is this bad?

Are you normal?: Normal bowel frequency in america fits a bell-curve distribution--once daily stooling is the middle of the curve, but the normal range extends from 3 bowel movements daily to 1 bowel movement every 3-4 days. Even variable stool frequency within the confines of this bell-curve is "normal." However, an evaluation by your gastroenterologist is in order to allay your concerns. ...Read more

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Had really odd looking stools little bead size. Looked like somthing bloody atached to it. Also blood whrn I wipe. Feels like need to go but can't go?

Had really odd looking stools little bead size. Looked like somthing bloody atached to it. Also blood whrn I wipe. Feels like need to go but can't go?

Constipation: It sounds like you're a little constipated and you might be having some bleeding hemorrhoids or anal fissures. While most causes of blood in the stools are benign, you should get it checked because we worry about uncommon and dangerous things like colon/rectal cancer, especially if you're over 50 or have a family history of colon cancer. ...Read more

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Might b tmi-i noticed in my normal size stool a white spot (looks like a light boogar,) & a string of something light. Mucous? Is it serious? Danger?

No need to worry: When it comes to stool you really only have to worry if you find black tarry stools, blood in your stool, bloody mucus in your stool, or have severe diarrhea or constipation. Narrowing down of the diameter of your stool could be another concern. However, the finding that you have made should not be of concern. Best wishes. Also, when it comes to medical issues there is no tm I :). ...Read more

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I have an autistic niece n whenever she goes 2 the bathroom, she clogs the toilet everytime with a fist-size stool. Is this really normal?

I have an autistic niece n whenever she goes 2 the bathroom, she clogs the toilet everytime with a fist-size stool. Is this really normal?

Any child who has: Infrequent, large stools should be evaluated & treated aggressively for chronic constipation, as it can lead to diverticulosis, diverticulitis & other medical problems in later adulthood. Possible causes are side effects of risperdal, Intuniv & other psychotropic meds given to kids with ASD for irritability, anxiety & adhd, self-restricted diet, poor hydration or low muscle tone. ...Read more

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I had a hemroidectomy on october 10 and still in pain having bms. My stool is the size of a pencil. Will I have to have surgery for stinonis?

I had a hemroidectomy on october 10 and still in pain having bms. My stool is the size of a pencil. Will I have to have surgery for stinonis?

Indications 4 surg: At this time you are still in the recovery phase from hemorrhoid surgery and having problems, aka recovery setback. Best to check in with your surgery team about evaluating and treating the pain and change in caliber of your stool. More time, anti-inflammatory medication, an exam of the area (under anesthesia), scope, other imaging may help. Be well. ...Read more

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Does pebble sized stools indicated a low fiber diet?

Does pebble sized stools indicated a low fiber diet?

Yes, possibly...: Or you don't drink enough water. The antihistamine you are on could contribute also. Constipation is something that can cause many problems down the road--diverticulitis, bowel perforation. Best to always have a goal to never poop rocks or pebbles! I like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) because it is safe (draws water into the colon), doesn't taste like anything (mix in any fluid), and doesn't cause rebound constipation. ...Read more

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I'm having trouble getting my stool out ot feels as if there is a baseball size stool in there and I try to poop but it really hurts?

I'm having trouble getting my stool out ot feels as if there is a baseball size stool in there and I try to poop but it really hurts?

Constipation: Your diet may have a lot to do with this as you may be constipated. Adequate fluid intake. High fiber diet. If this does not help see your physician for evaluation. Exercise will also help ...Read more

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Why does my 13 month old vomit curdled milk about every other day lately and have small hard marble size stools? Could she have an allergy to cows milk?

Why does my 13 month old vomit curdled milk about every other day lately and have small hard marble size stools? Could she have an allergy to cows milk?

Vomiting isn't norml: Vomiting every day, or every other day, isn't normal. Is she only vomiting on days she drinks milk? That is a c lue. In general, milk is too good a source of nutrition to eliminate. Start with a diary of diet and vomiting for 5 days. And stool habits. Increase water intake and fiber. I would also want to know if your child is growing and gaining weight appropriately. ...Read more

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Does passing large sized stool cause sphincter damage? I have fecal incontinence and I have went to many doctors but nothing worked and I'm afraid that this might worsen the problem

Does passing large sized stool cause sphincter damage? I have fecal incontinence and I have went to many doctors but nothing worked and I'm afraid that this might worsen the problem

See proctologist...: For your current fecal incontinence, it is very reasonable for you to see a proctologist so to decide what could be the reasonable things to do. As stated before, follow instructions in https://ebettercare. Com/feel-become-sick/ so to work much better and closer with your doctor for reaching right diagnosis and care. All the best to your health.... ...Read more

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Is it a tape worm? My stool is very soft, I have gas a lot and I see white objects in my stool about the size of white rice but not moving.

Tape worms: These are very unusual in the usa, and unless the infestation is overwhelming should ultimately clear itself. There are three major tape worms to be considered, and exam of stool by someone with expertise in the area is essential to diagnosis. ...Read more

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Hi have been having mucus in stools smaller than the size of a penny for a few days now. Worried about cancer. Should i?

Hi have been having mucus in stools smaller than the size of a penny for a few days now. Worried about cancer. Should i?

Should you worry?: Probably not, given your age of 24. However, you have given us no information regarding your risks, family history, or underlying co-morbidities. We cannot be be helpful or reassuring without such information. Your expressed concern warrants evaluation. ...Read more

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Soft thin stools, sometimes firm & medium size, followed by continued slow involuntary leaking of more soft to liquid stool for 5 minutes. Cause?

Constipation, bowel: Often constipation with liquid leaking around stool causes this, but there are many causes and treatments depending upon cause. Most commonly a good high fiber diet to bulk stools with adequate liquids is effective but if a more significant problem exists underlying then other issues need evaluated and treated. Look at http://www. Med. Unc. Edu/ibs/files/educational-gi-brochures/bowel%20leakage. Pdf. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a bezoar or obstruction of bowel? I'm having mild pain/spasms that comes and goes, but stools have been marble sized fora week

How can I tell if I have a bezoar or obstruction of bowel? I'm having mild pain/spasms that comes and goes, but stools have been marble sized fora week

Constipation: It sounds like you are constipated, not obstructed. As long as you are pooping you are not obstructed.
It is unlikely that you have a bezoar unless you;ve been eating non digestible materials like hair. You may have some sort've IBS. See a gastroenterologist/ ...Read more

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What's causes change in stool caliber? Pencil thin stools different shapes and sizes always? Did a colonoscopy and Ends and capsule 4 months ago polyp non cancerous biopsies taken? Should I be scared? Been like this for years but lately really bad

What's causes change in stool caliber? Pencil thin stools different shapes and sizes always? Did a colonoscopy and Ends and capsule 4 months ago polyp non cancerous biopsies taken? Should I be scared? Been like this for years but lately really bad

Tight sphincter: While this is sometimes serious, a recent colonoscopy is reassuring. Try increasing the fiber content of your diet, fruits, vegetables, maybe a supplement like Metamucil (which is available at any drugstore). The usual culprit is a tight sphincter muscle and too little fiber in the diet. ...Read more