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What Does The Color Of Your Bowel Movement Mean
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
Change in bowels: The amount, color, frequency of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications & supplements ingested, gut flora (unique for each individual), additives (like blood), subtractions (like absent bile), infection, inflammation, & other factors. If stool pattern has changed, is unusual for you, & the change persists, or is accompanied by other symptoms, see your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Green eggs ; ham !: (just kidding) any conditions which cause the stool to transit too rapidly through the intestines can lead to green, moist stool. On the other hand eating green leafy vegetables can lead to green stool. Green cabbage, lettuce, peas, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, green salad, green leaves, celery ; green beans as well as food that contains green food coloring can lead to green stool. Some meds can >. ...Read more
Melanosis: The most common cause of something like this would be what we call racial melanosis. This is a just an increase in some of the pigmented cells on the surface of eye. It's almost always benign but can rarely turn into something more concerning. I would have an exam periodically. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe bile, fat: Pale, yellow, foul smelling. Bulky, sticky stools can be seen with fat malabsorption , as may be seen with pancreatic disease, cystic fibrosis, celiac sprue, crohn's disease, olestra use, Alli use (with excess fat intake). Of course, yellow stool could just be that you ate a lot of carrots and squash. If it continues, if you have cramps, weight loss, nausea, pain, etc. See your doc. ...Read more
It can: It is not uncommon for stool to be green with decreased transit time through the intestines. However, it may be other colors as well. ...Read more
May be serious: No big deal if this is only very occasional. But if the stool is persistently white or clay colored it could mean that you have a blockage that is stopping bile from the liver getting into the gut. You need to see a doctor. This could be from a common bile duct stone or chronic pancreatitis, but may be a symptom of pancreatic cancer. ...Read more
Depends: The normally white part of the eye turns yellow due to increase in bilirubin (a breakdown product of hemoglobin metabolism) which stain the conjunctiva (membrane covering the white of the eye). This is most commonly related to liver disease and should prompt a visit to the doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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