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Why is it that I have constant loose mushy stools?

Why is it that I have constant loose mushy stools?

Umean 24/7 constant?: "Plugging up" diarrhea will not cure an infection/dysbiosis, fix an inflammatory process, improve an ischemic gut, address malabsorption/maldigestion, or correct a functional issue. Medical evaluation is recommended appropriate to duration/persistence of symptoms, associations (bleeding, weight loss, pain, vomiting), as well as your other medical co-morbidities. Call doctor please & get checked. ...Read more

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What do I do if I have constant loose mushy stools?

What do I do if I have constant loose mushy stools?

What's the cause?: "Plugging up" diarrhea will not cure an infection/dysbiosis, fix an inflammatory process, improve an ischemic gut, address malabsorption/maldigestion, or correct a functional issue. Medical evaluation is recommended appropriate to the duration of your symptoms, associations (bleeding, weight loss, pain, vomiting), as well as your other medical co-morbidities. Call your doctor pls & get checked. ...Read more

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I haven't defecated for 4 days, but my stool is still mushy/soft when I defecated this afternoon. Is there anything wrong?

I haven't defecated for 4 days, but my stool is still mushy/soft when I defecated this afternoon. Is there anything wrong?

Probably not: Probably not. Irregularities in your bm's are normal. If it resolves I would not worry too much. If it gets worse or does not resolve, see your doc. ...Read more

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All I have are mushy stools. I soil my paints, and have to clean up all of it at least 3 times a day. This is a very embarrassing and hard to clean up?

All I have are mushy stools. I soil my paints, and have to clean up all of it at least 3 times a day. This is a very embarrassing and hard to clean up?

GI workup: This is not an uncommon problem and does not necessarily mean there is severe disease. It may have to do with what your health has been like and what meds you are on. If one is taking high fiber this might create a bigger problem. One might need to wear depends or similar garments to avoid the clean up problem Would see a GI doc for more help. ...Read more

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Is soft mushy stool considered diaherra. Looks to be a bit moist also?

Is soft mushy stool considered diaherra. Looks to be a bit moist also?

Mushy stools: Yes, mushy stools can be considered diarrhea especially if you have an increased number of stools per day. ...Read more

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My stool is never hard anymore. Always soft & mushy. Hard to pass. Why might this be? Sometimes easy cause it's thick watery.

My stool is never hard anymore. Always soft & mushy. Hard to pass. Why might this be? Sometimes easy cause it's thick watery.

Multiple reasons: Interfere diet has changed where you are not taking in adequate fiber will have soft and mushy stool. Also if there is a reason to have increased water in urine or stool from gastrointestinal disorder like malabsorption this could be the reason. Any reason that you might have developed diabetes? Has your fluid intake increased dramatically? ...Read more

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I just had a mostly almost bright green (like the color of a lime or leaf) stool (not hard, mushy). It's never happened before. What does this mean

No worries...: Your diet likely contained lots of leafy greens in the past 24-48 hours to cause your stool to be green in color. This is not a sign that anything is wrong and will likely return to its normal color in a day or two. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can you be constipated even if you have loose mushy stool that feels complete?

Can you be constipated even if you have loose mushy stool that feels complete?

Yes: Yes you can have an overflow issue so the watery loose stool overflows over the very hard stool. See you doctor for evaluation and proper treatment to cleanse the colon ...Read more

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What is the color of c. Diff stool? When stool starts to form back to normal what's it start to look like. Right now green and mushy.

What is the color of c. Diff stool? When stool starts to form back to normal what's it start to look like. Right now green and mushy.

C. Diff: Glad to see you are on the way to recovery. Your stool will return to its normal color once you are eating regularly and stop tajing antibiotics. ...Read more

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My stool turned from hard brown to very soft mushy light brown. Been like this for few months. Very mushy. Peanut better look texture. Somethin wrong?

My stool turned from hard brown to very soft mushy light brown. Been like this for few months. Very mushy. Peanut better look texture. Somethin wrong?

IBS: You may have irritable bowel syndrome if your change in stools is associated with cramping, bloating and frequent stools among other symptoms. A gastroenterologist can diagnose and offer treatment options. ...Read more

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I have soft mushy brown stool for a week? No controll over holding in stool? And these past three days my stool has been green? And no pain or blood?

I have soft mushy brown stool for a week? No controll over holding in stool? And these past three days my stool has been green? And no pain or blood?

Soft stools: The color of the stool doesn't matter. It sounds like you have a viral infection, lactose intolerance or a reaction to something you ate. My best advice is to avoid all dairy products for 3-5 days and limit your diet to Bananas, rice, fresh apples, tea, dry toast and yogurt (vanilla or lemon). The yogurt replenishes the good bacteria in yuur bowel. ...Read more

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My four month old son just passed a dark grey stool that was very mushy and kind of sticky. Is this okay?

My four month old son just passed a dark grey stool that was very mushy and kind of sticky. Is this okay?

Normal: The stool color is provided by the bile from the liver that is adds to fecal debris. It starts out a deep green & slowly changes thru greens to yellows to browns as the germs in the intestines metabolize the bile. Green generally means the stool in question moved through faster or was subject to less change by gut germs. ...Read more

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Mushy soft stool indicating malabsorption. What medicines I should take. What blood test I should do. Now for almost 6 weeks?

Mushy soft stool indicating malabsorption. What medicines I should take. What blood test I should do. Now for almost 6 weeks?

Stool for fecal fat: Start a probiotic daily and stop all dairy products in your diet. If the problem persists then have your doctor take a stool sample for fecal fat. Unless you are having other symptoms then blood tests will not help much. ...Read more

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My poo is green, like a greyish green. It is also not supple stools but rather soft and mushy. What does this say about my diet?

My poo is green, like a greyish green. It is also not supple stools but rather soft and mushy. What does this say about my diet?

Great diet: It means you are eating enough high fiber and fluids to make a nice soft quickly passing stool The darker and harder the stool, the less fiber and fluids in the diet. You are to be commended. Fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes and nuts are all high in fiber- and don't forget the whole grains. They are all part of a well balanced diet. Keep it up. Congratuations ...Read more

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Little white thread like things on mushy stool and on wipes. Look& feel like little rolled up paper but I don't use toilet paper I use wipes. Ideas?

Test: White threads in stool could be food remnants, mucus from the colon, or worms. A good place to start is to test the stool for worms and parasites. It can also be tested for occult blood and evidence of inflammation in the intestine (wbc, calprotectin, lactoferrin). Those tests in conjunction with a history and physical exam should yield some answers. ...Read more

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What causes yellow mucus to occur in stool, accompanied by lots of gas, and slight mushy but in balls?

What causes yellow mucus to occur in stool, accompanied by lots of gas, and slight mushy but in balls?

Good possibilities: Mucus discharge occurs in up to 50% of patients with irritable bowel syndrome, with or without pain. Mucus may also be produced in response to partial obstruction, chronic constipation, rectal dysfunction, infection, & even from secretory villous tumors of the rectum. Stool studies & exam should help to at least start addressing some of these possibilities. ...Read more

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My son has been on&off with watery mushy stools for 5 days now. No fever&no lost of appetite, his diet hasn't change either. What can this be?

My son has been on&off with watery mushy stools for 5 days now. No fever&no lost of appetite, his diet hasn't change either. What can this be?

Gastroenteritis: Likely gastroenteritis caused by a viral infection. He has a mild case as he is not vomiting. Stools likely to improve soon. Follow up with doctor if there is blood in his stool or if he is unable to keep food down. No need to change diet for now. ...Read more

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My 1yr old baby has a mushy stool for 1 week now. Her wbc is 1-2/hpf and her rbc is 1-2 /hpf is this normal???

My 1yr old baby has a mushy stool for 1 week now. Her wbc is 1-2/hpf and her rbc is 1-2 /hpf is this normal???

Not enough info..: There are many possibilities, including normal variation. More history is needed. A stool culture may be need if child is lii or blood in stools...etc
Recommend a HealthTap consult please. So we can advice better. ...Read more

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How many strains of c diff are there? Do they all cause watery d? Or is there strains that cause loose mushy stool?

Cl. Difficile: The effect of this organism on the lining of the colon is due to two toxins it produces and there are numerous different strains of the organism, some more malignant than others. The effects on the stool are based upon many different factors including the strain, number of organisms present, the associated gut flora and so on. Go and get tested. ...Read more

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Hey Doctor, I'm 20 years of age and have noticed my stool has been really mushy and yellow lately, sometimes green! Also have a lot of acid going up.

Hey Doctor, I'm 20 years of age and have noticed my stool has been really mushy and yellow lately, sometimes green! Also have a lot of acid going up.

See a doctor: You may try to decrease acidic, grease, fatty food, coffee, tea, soda and see how you do. If not better, see a doctor. ...Read more

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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?

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?

No: Lack of fiber will make the stool harder and thicker fiber is important for a healthy vowels the stool you have is a reflection of your diet eat more healthy hydrate well and exercise ...Read more

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Been constipatied for about 5 days with harder stools (I am eating GF) Today ended up having a mushy poop. Can constipation cause a mushy poop? Thanks

Yep!: Sometimes there is 'mushy' poop ahead of an impacted, harder portion of stool in the colon. Sometimes the watery, softer poop can 'leak' around the harder, impacted poop. ...Read more

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I started passing black, green and yellow stools once I ate food outside and then it had started some 5 weeks, I took antibiotics but with mushy stool?

I started passing black, green and yellow stools once I ate food outside and then it had started some 5 weeks, I took antibiotics but with mushy stool?

Consultation advised: Would like to offer some guidance but I'm having difficulty understanding your situation and your question. This Q & A box is not designed for diagnosis. You may find an online consultation here at Heath Tap more helpful. Video, Voice or InBox Text consultation the best. Best wishes. ...Read more