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What Does It Mean If I Have White Fecal Matter
I noticed 2 wks. Ago that i had a sudden decrease of smell. I can't even smell my fecal matter in the air after using the bathroom. What does this mean? Is there something wrong with me or my waste?
See your ENT: A sudden loss of smell is not normal. It can be due to a variety of problems from sinus infections, allergies, nasal polyps, and more. Your local ENT can see you and evaluate the situation. He may be able to recommend a treatment to help restore your sense of smell. Good luck! ...Read more
Severe Constipation: Fecal impaction typically indicates that stool has collected in your rectum and formed a large bolus or ball of stool. This typically requires "disimpaction" which is digital (with a finger) removal of this stool. This can in fact require sedation. Ironically severe impaction can cause fecal incontinence or soilage from liquid stool leaking around the large bolus of stool. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What does it mean when you burp and it smell like fecal matter? I did it on and off for a couple of years it has stopped?
If I have to wipe after a bowel movement many times, does that mean there is still more fecal matter that needs to be released? Takes too long for all
Multiple reasons: If you have to wipe several times because there seems to be retained fecal matter, your stool may be to loose. Increase fiber in diet such as fresh fruits and vegetables. If that is not the ptoblem, have your doc do abrectal exam and mske sure your rectal tone us good. This can be reduced by motility disirders or repeated anal intercourse. Doc can do fecal transit time study also. ...Read more
"Hunger pains" that come on at night or between meals. Dr did a fecal occult blood test which was positive. Referred to GI. What's this even mean?
Don't freak out, ok?: A "fecal occult blood" test is a way of checking for bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract. It is a SCREENING test, and therefore, it is known to be falsely-positive at times, & can even be thrown off by certain OTC meds, for example. In a young (23yo) person, I would be looking for a bleeding ulcer in the stomach or small intestine, but even a bleeding hemorrhoid could cause a + test result. ...Read more
Fecal immunochemical test came out light line positive ? Does that mean I have cancer. feel like there's pressure my chest slowing my heart? Anxiety?
See below: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, positive "FIT" test does not necessarily mean cancer, just that there is some bleeding in your colon. It would be prudent to consult your doctor for further work-up of this finding and your other symptoms. ...Read more
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