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Doctor insights on: What Does It Mean If I Have White Fecal Matter

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What does it mean when I have constant large fecal matter?

That depends: If it is dry, hard and large - then it could mean constipation. To avoid constipation drink at least 8 - 8 ounce glasses of water per day, eat 5 servings of veggies and 4 of fruit and stay physically active. ...Read more

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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?

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

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My occult fecal blood fit test came back positive, what does tis mean?

My occult fecal blood  fit test came back positive, what does tis mean?

Blood in stool: If your heme occult test is positive, it means you have some bleeding source in the intestinal tract that can't be seen with the naked eyes. Even though, you are 43, you should still have a colonoscopy to assure no colon cancer. ...Read more

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What does it mean if human fecal matter smells like ammonia?

What does it mean if human fecal matter smells like ammonia?

See answer: high protein intake can be one cause. Also, recent antibiotic use causing a change in the bacterial environment in your bowels responsible for breaking down and releasing increased amount of hydrogen sulfide. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Funny how a diagnosis doesn't mean much till you have it. What is fecal impaction?

Funny how a diagnosis doesn't mean much till you have it. What is fecal impaction?

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 more

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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?

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?

Suggests: A partial small bowel obstruction. Or you had gastroparesis and rotting foodstuffs in the upper GI tract. If this occurs again see a GI doctor asap. ...Read more

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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

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

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"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?

"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

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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?

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