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My stools are like really dark hard round pebbles, what is wrong?

My stools are like really dark hard round pebbles, what is wrong?

Could be IBS: Try some Miralax (polyethylene glycol) or warm prune juice. If that doesn't help, see your doctor. ...Read more

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My stools are very hard and cause a lot of inconvenience during expulsion. Should I be worried?

My stools are very hard and cause a lot of inconvenience during expulsion. Should I be worried?

Constipation: Hard stools that are difficult to pass are classic constipation. Can be multiple causes; may be as simple as not enough fluid intake, fiber intake.
Constipation can be seen as part of thyroid, bowel, anal, gyn, neurologic, metabolic disease, even depression.
Change in bowel pattern may be of more concern. Causes can vary with age. Some aren't serious, others can be, including cancer.
See ur doc. ...Read more

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Hard, formed stool mixed with very soft stool coming out at the same time in output. What is going on/what could be the cause?

Hard, formed stool mixed with very soft stool coming out at the same time in output. What is going on/what could be the cause?

Encopresis: Encopresis results in stool backup behind the very hard and obstructing stool. Sometimes liquid or soft stool will "leak around the hard stool obstruction" giving the stool output that you describe. Treatment is disimpaction with enemas followed by stool softeners to prevent new imaction from occurring. ...Read more

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What could cause hard stools?

What could cause hard stools?

Lots of things: But mostly not enough fluid, excessive fiber, or excessive caffeine and or alcohol intake, some medications and a sedentary life style can also contribute to constipation. ...Read more

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What are the causes for rock hard stool? And is there a way to relieve the pain?

What are the causes for rock hard stool? And is there a way to relieve the pain?

Constipation: Sounds like you may need some stool softeners and increase your water intake. Dehydrating can cause hard stools which will then result in pain in pushing. ...Read more

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What generally causes hard stools?

Slow transit time: Slow passage of stool allows the colon to pull out water (it's like a 3rd kidney). Low intake of fiber, fluids, inactivity, meds e.g. Narcotics, underactive thyroid, elevated blood calcium level, depression, other factors all can play a role. ...Read more

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What causes hard pellet like stools with mucus?

Are you constipated?: See that you have blood in stools and sigmoidoscopy. The doctor who is working you up should be able to take full history, physical exam and your studies to make a definitive diagnosis and to develop a treatment plan for you. Take care. ...Read more

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Other than diet changes what could cause my stool to be less firm and far more smelly?

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

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What causes soft thick pasty stools that is hard to get out? No blood seen and is normal brown color.

What causes soft thick pasty stools that is hard to get out? No blood seen and is normal brown color.

Lack of water: Drink more water. Sounds like your constipated. The stool needs fluid to soften and evacuate.
Are you drinking 8 glasses a day of water, milk, tea what have you?
Foods will also cause bowel habit changes.
If you need a med visit the pharmacy aisle and speak with the pharmacist. Many good choices there.
Add more fiber to your diet and drink lots of water. ...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.

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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My husband passes painful hard stool once or twice a month. How can it be treated naturally? What may be the cause of this.

My husband passes painful hard stool once or twice a month. How can it be treated naturally? What may be the cause of this.

Diet: Most of the time hard stools indicate lack of fiber in diet, best treatment is to make sure that one eats more fruit / vegetables and plenty of water and also less red meat.
Also stool softners like colace (docusate sodium) or
fiber supplement like metamucil helps to bulk up the stool and makes it easy to pass. ...Read more

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Just passed a stool. It was hard and very lumpy, and was difficult to pass. Also had a little bit of blood on the TP afterwards, what could cause it?

Most commonly: Either a hemorrhoid (dilated vein) or an anal fissure (a break in the surface tissue), but it's hard to say without examining you further. You should try to optimize your bowel health to avoid hard stools that require you to strain. Stay hydrated, eat fiber, consider using an over-the-counter stool softener in the short run like colace, (docusate sodium) consider sitz baths. You should review this with your doc. ...Read more

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Hi, I have been getting small, round, smooth, hard black balls in my stool. Could that be unhealthy? I haven't eaten any food that contains things lik

Hi, I have been getting small, round, smooth, hard black balls in my stool. Could that be unhealthy? I haven't eaten any food that contains things lik

Fiber and hydration: You should consider increasing your fiber intake and should drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. You may take a fiber laxative like Metamucil for increase your intake of fiber foods. Consult this site for fiber foods.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948 ...Read more

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Parts of my stool have bright red blood streaks on the outside. Stool is hard and slightly painful as it passes. Should I be concerned? Cause?

Parts of my stool have bright red blood streaks on the outside. Stool is hard and slightly painful as it passes. Should I be concerned? Cause?

Hemorrhoids: Your symptoms are likely due to hemorrhoids, which are dilated anorectal vessels. Treat the pain with over the counter analgesics, cold packs to the area, and maybe hot sitz bath.
The mainstay of therapy is to AVOID CONSTIPATION by:
-high dietary fiber of about 30g day
-increase volume of fluids, (non-caffeinated fluids)
-over the counter stool softener (Colace)
Please follow-up with your PCP. ...Read more

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Is it normal when you have constipation for it to be hard but with soft stool on it also? I'll have round balls that have soft stool around it also

Is it normal when you have constipation for it to be hard but with soft stool on it also? I'll have round balls that have soft stool around it also

Depends what you ate: Stool can come in many forms, and constipation signals that you may be dehydrated and not drinking enough fluids, or retaining your bm, and waiting too long to evacuate it. Softer, but firm stool can be because of what you ate or is just normal stool passing. Important to not retain stool too long, as you want to avoid auto-intoxication. ...Read more

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My stool was a greenish blue color being half runny half hard. I drank a blue Powerade yesterday but it has never caused this before. Along with that?

My stool was a greenish blue color being half runny half hard. I drank a blue Powerade yesterday but it has never caused this before. Along with that?

Color from food dye: The color of your stool is the result of the food you ingested. Nothing in the body causes blue colors. Blue dye is used in medicine for this reason. Blue is used to see areas for surgery because nothing in the body is blue (although veins look this way, they are not blue).
check your stool again in a few days without eating anything with blue dye. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of very hard stool and then got painless, heavy anal bleeding?

What could be the cause of very hard stool and then got painless, heavy anal bleeding?

Dry poo/anal fissure: The failure of stool to transit the large intestine in a timely period will result in excess water removal & bulking at the outlet. Passing a hardened or larger than normal stool thru the anal sphincter can cause a long scratch or fissure in the outtlet. This tends to be on the outside of the movement & bright red. ...Read more

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After a food poisoning in '11, my stool pattern became strange. I mostly get flattish stool & always very soft. Its rarely round when hard. Is that CA?

After a food poisoning in '11, my stool pattern became strange. I mostly get flattish stool & always very soft. Its rarely round when hard. Is that CA?

This stool pattern: Can be entirely normal. It may suggest a longer transit time and a good amount of dietary fiber. It is not a typical symptom of colorectal cancer. If this change happened 5 years ago and nothing further has developed, I would be comfortable saying this is normal. But, safest would be discussing with doctor for consideration of colonosocpy; flat stool may suggest obstruction by mass or IBS ...Read more

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Can probiotics cause firmer stool almost like constipation?

Can probiotics cause firmer stool almost like constipation?

Yes: Probiotics contain different types of micro-organisms such as yeast (saccharomyces boulardii) and bacteria (such as lactobacillus, bifidobacterium). This can change your gut flora and your bowel habits. See a doctor if you are having fevers or pain. Https://www. Webmd. Com/drugs/2/drug-163888/adult-probiotic-oral/details ...Read more

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Does consuming too much protein cause constipation or hard stools?

Does consuming too much protein cause constipation or hard stools?

It can: It can if you do not eat high fiber food along with it like fruits, vegetabls, grains, beans and peas etc, and at least 2 litres of water. ...Read more

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Some time my hard stool causes bleeding since 11 years old problem now I have swollen anus?

IF just: Swollen, then warm baths plain water for 15 minutes 3 times per day, alternate with ice pack and stay at bedrest with feet above hips for 24-48 hours should help. If thrombosed or clotted, see a colorectal surgeon. Best to avoid this recurring by drinking more fluids and less caffeine. ...Read more

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Blood in stool from 2 days. Like jelly... but having no pain. ..stool is hard. .. what may causes??

Blood in stool from 2 days. Like jelly... but having no pain. ..stool is hard. .. what may causes??

Many: Blood in stool could be caused by multiple things. Its better to have an appropriate history and physical exam to be certain. It could be something minor as an anal fissure or internal hemorrhoids. Have it checked. ...Read more

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Drinking a lot of water but still feeling very dry tongue and stools are hard. What could be the cause?

Drinking a lot of water but still feeling very dry tongue and stools are hard. What could be the cause?

First stop Benadryl (diphenhydramine): If after stopping Benadryl (diphenhydramine) you still have mouth dryness and constipation, see you doctor. Hypothyroidism is among the conditions that have to be ruled out. ...Read more

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If stools are small, round, hard and infrequent, will docusate help regulate bowels and ease feeling of constipation?

If stools are small, round, hard and infrequent, will docusate help regulate bowels and ease feeling of constipation?

Stool softeners: Ducosate is a stool softener. It will not regulate bowel movements. Try to increase your fiber intake along with water. You should take 6-8 glasses of water daily. If this does not work, try a gentile laxative such as miralax (polyethylene glycol). Avoid irritants like senna; as they can cause your bowels to become habituated to them. ...Read more

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Can constipation cause pain in bellybutton like stabbing pain? I have a hard time passing stools & if I Do it's A little But hard & lumpy!

Can constipation cause pain in bellybutton like stabbing pain? I have a hard time passing stools & if I Do it's A little But hard & lumpy!

Constipation: ... Can cause mid-abdominal pain, although there are certainly many other things which can cause this type of pain also. A good first step would be to increase the amount of fiber in your diet, including increasing the amount of liquid that you drink. If this helps the constipation but the pain is still present, then you should see your primary care doctor to find out why you have pain. Good luck! ...Read more