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Went to the bathroom and the last 2 inches was pale coloured with brown specks. Rest of bowel movement was normal. What causes this?

Went to the bathroom and the last 2 inches was pale coloured with brown specks. Rest of bowel movement was normal. What causes this?

Depends what you eat: I suspect this is due to something you ate. Without any other symptoms it does not seem to be a major issue. If you see persistent change sometimes this can be due to intestinal problems. You can discuss with your physician ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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Why I feel dizzy sometimes after bowel movement? Olso my poop is light colored and soft allmost a year now. What could be cause of all that?

Why I feel dizzy sometimes after bowel movement? Olso my poop is light colored and soft allmost a year now. What could be cause of all that?

Dizziness: Moving bowels causes a parasympathetic nervous system discharge which dilates smooth muscle, among other things, and leads to a feeling of lightheadedness, almost like fainting. As for your lighter/softer bowels not my area of practice but could be a function of diet but should check for infectious or metabolic causes. Go see your primary. ...Read more

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Yesterday when I had a bowel movement I noticed the color was a little pale looking. This is the first time I've noticed this. Should I be concerned?

Yesterday when I had a bowel movement I noticed the color was a little pale looking. This is the first time I've noticed this. Should I be concerned?

No: it can change color depending on what you've eaten. If there are other symptoms or if the lighter color stays, then you need to see your physician to make sure that there is no other internal intestinal issue that's causing this. ...Read more

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My 12 month old son has bowel movements 2-3 times per day and it varies from marbles to pale and very loose in the same day. Normal? Diet?

My 12 month old son has bowel movements 2-3 times per day and it varies from marbles to pale and very loose in the same day. Normal? Diet?

Diet: Diet can effect the color and consistancy of stool. If the stool is always marble like or always pale, then he may have a problem, but if it changes day to day, then no worries. Take a sample to your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Why when I have a bowel movement, my stool is very pale?

Why when I have a bowel movement, my stool is very pale?

Stool color: Bile gives color to the stool which is normally yellow to brown. Reduction of bile in the intestines can cause the stool color to be pale. Reasons for this could be obstruction of the common bile duct which prevents release of bile from the gallbladder or decreased production of bile stored in the gallbladder. Your doctor can help explain this process more in detail. ...Read more

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Sometimes when I wipe after a bowel movement a light colored mucus is present. It stopped, I was constipated and now I am seeing bright red blood when?

Sometimes when I wipe after a bowel movement a light colored mucus is present. It stopped, I was constipated and now I am seeing bright red blood when?

Hemorrhoids vs.?: A small amount of mucus (? a teaspoon) after a bowel movement can be considered normal. Typically, as you describe, it wouldn't be after every BM. Bright red blood when wiping is typically from the anus and due to hemorrhoids (dilated veins) related to straining to pass stool. OK to watch for a week or two, but if persists, contact Doc. Persistent blood and mucus needs further evaluation. ...Read more

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I'm waiting for a scan on Friday but I feel so ill the scan is on my liver I'm turning yellow and my bowel movements are really pale my skin itches so?

I'm waiting for a scan on Friday but I feel so ill the scan is on my liver I'm turning yellow and my bowel movements are really pale my skin itches so?

Liver Disease: Your clinical description is consistent with someone with liver disease. You need to follow up with your Physician for workup and treatment. ...Read more

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When I took my 1 y/o off formula her bowel movements have been pale light green. She drinks almond and whole milk. Not fussy or gassy?

When I took my 1 y/o off formula her bowel movements have been pale light green. She drinks almond and whole milk. Not fussy or gassy?

Color of BM: Doesn't mean much unless it's red with blood. If your child is otherwise well, it's fine. You might want to hold off the almond milk till she is two. There really isn't that much nutrition or fat in almond milk that growing brains need. ...Read more

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Pale stool, not every time, frequent bowel movements daily?

Pale stool, not every time, frequent bowel movements daily?

R/O IBS: IBS IS SX OF EXCLUSION. You need a full exam and blood work. Especially screen for H pylori. Also stool screen x 3 for occult blood /parasite/hpylori. You also need a baseline colonoscopy. While you are getting these items checked out you should stick to a gluten free high fiber diet. Ie gutbliss. Com and Wholeapproach. Com. Also 64-80oz water ...Read more

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Wife's stomach grows fast after eating and sometimes turns pale & has uncontrolled bowel movements.?

Wife's stomach grows fast after eating and sometimes turns pale & has uncontrolled bowel movements.?

Needs a gastroentero: Your wife clearly needs a full evaluation. While waiting for the doctor's appointment try: enzymes and chromium before each meal and probiotics twice a day, at least 16 billion acidophillus.
Avoid cheese and milk. ...Read more

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Daughter 20 months, pale and runny bowel movements for a week, swollen tummy and occasional vomiting. Is this a concern?

Daughter 20 months, pale and runny bowel movements for a week, swollen tummy and occasional vomiting. Is this a concern?

20mo old diarrhea: Yes - a week of this is not good. Babies can easily get dehydrated. She has also been vomiting which adds to it. Please get her to a pediatrician or the hospital ASAP. ...Read more

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Rectal bleeding after bowel movement? Pale, almost pink blood and not mixed in stool, very small amount. Slightly constipated-straining occurred. Why?

Rectal bleeding after bowel movement? Pale, almost pink blood and not mixed in stool, very small amount. Slightly constipated-straining occurred. Why?

Internal hemmorhoid: When blood is seen on the stool this represents a low lying benign process representing either bleeding from an internal hemmorhoid or a bleeding fistula or superficial tear in rectal mucosa. Firm stool from constipation initiates the bleeding. Use stool softener like Colace (docusate sodium). ...Read more

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What cause green bowel movement?

Some green undigestd: It may be green if you ate some green colour food which was undifested. If otherwise your bowels are regular and normal, I will not worry about it, but if you have green stool persisting then consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Causes of sudden increase in bowel movements?

Lots: Any change in the bowel habits could be seriuos so the first thing to do is see a physician
it could mean what your dietary habits are ie change, to pyscho social issues, ie anxiety and stress to interaction with people and jobs as the neuro GI is an emerging field, it could be again inflammatory or neoplastic reasons so please see a physician and don't ignore. ...Read more

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What causes blood in a bowel movement?

What causes blood in a bowel movement?

Eval: I see constipation listed as one of your conditions. Dry, hard rough stool can abraid tissues when being passed - or can lead to hemorrhoids. Both can cause rectal bleeding. Fistuala, fissure, cancer or inflammatory or infections GI conditions can also cause bleeding recommend med eval. ...Read more

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What causes a bowel movement during sex?

What causes a bowel movement during sex?

Reasons....: Not evacuating before sex-you should do this. But the stimulation of the rectum/colon during sex, will increase colonic contraction, and hence, the need to evacuate! ...Read more

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Coffee grounds runny bowel movement cause?

Coffee grounds runny bowel movement cause?

Blood?: This could represent blood. Blood in the GI tract tends to speed things along, hence the runny movement. And while we generally use the term "coffee grounds" to describe upper GI tract bleeding, it may still apply. Please see GI doctor for colonoscopy and EGD. ...Read more

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What can cause clear water bowel movements?

What can cause clear water bowel movements?

Gastroenteritis: Viral intestinal infection. Is usually self limiting. ...Read more

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What causes bowel movement to be paste always?

Several causes: By paste do you mean soft, is normal.

If you mean white soft bm's you may have liver problems or a malabsorption problem, for which a GI doc will help. ...Read more

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Does losing weight cause sticky bowel movements?

Does losing weight cause sticky bowel movements?

Rapid weight Loss: It could be pancreatitis. Rapid weight loss can lead to pancrea titis, which results and having malabsorption of fat. This can lead to school with gooey texture, bad smell and usually abdominal pain. It would be a good idea to call your doctor this weekend and discuss if evaluation is indicated. ...Read more

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What could cause constant loose bowel movements?

Many causes: It can be due to many causes
infections viruses and bacteria
parasitic infestations like giardia, amoeba and cryptosordium
lactose intolerance if you cosume diary products
malabsorption syndromes like celiac disease
inflammatory bowel disease like crohns disease&ulcerative colitis. ...Read more

Defecation (Definition)

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Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more