Doctor insights on:
What Is Bulky Stools
Constipation: If stool is overly dry - the texture may become hard & rough. If there is significant fiber intake without adequate hydration - that can also be an issue. Drink at least 8 - 8 ounce glasses of water per day. Eat high fiber foods and drink water. Exercise regularly. Try to get in 4 servings of fruit and 5 servings of vegetables per day. ...Read more
Absorption: Usually it means a problem in absorption. The fat goes through the intestinal tract not fully digested and ends in the stool. There are many reasons for this scene which you should discuss with your doctor to figure out the cause. ...Read more
Small amt normal: Small amount of fat in stool is normal ; fatty stooltends to be foul smelling, pale/yellowish, bulky, sticky, greasy, sometimes with oil droplets in toilet. Can be with intestinal problems, e.g. Celiac sprue, crohn's disease, tropical sprue, parasites, pancreatic insufficiency. Can be from olestra, (wow potato chips-poorly digestible fat), or Alli (causes malabsorption of fat), gastro bypass surg. ...Read more
Don't forget water: We always recommend fruits, bran, and vegetables for fiber but we sometimes forget to mention water. Adding at the very least 8 ounces of water daily but closer to 1 gallon of water (if you are healthy enough to do so) can greatly improve the consistency of your stools! In addition, exercises such as running, jumping, and walking help with bowel movements and avoiding constipation or hard stools. ...Read more
My stool is always thick heavy pasty but soft but it's still hard to pass. What can I do to get my stool to become more light and loose?
Fiber, fluids & exer: I don't know about making your stool "more light" but you can't argue against fiber, fluid & exercise to keep from being constipated. Ideally, you'd get your fiber from your foods but there are also fiber supplements available along w/stool softeners, too. Don't worry about consistency as long as you don't have to strain. Check w/your doc re need for colonoscopy (low risk vs high). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My stools have been floating for years. I've had stool tested for fat a couple of times and the results were negative. What could be the cause?
Floating stool: Increased undigested fat may cause your stool to float ...Read more
My stools have been very long and in large amounts at a time. I go daily. Stool is soft, formed and thick as sausage. But very long pieces. Concern?
No...: Sound like healthy stools. Dr. Oz would be proud! ...Read more