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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
Pale bulky stools: Pale bulky stools are due to steatorrhoea, or called malabsorption syndrome. It is due to failure to absorp nutrients from gastro intestinal tract. There are at least 200 causes of the syndrome. Celiac disease is one of the most common inherited malabsorption syndrome. ...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
GI infections: Gi infections, such as girardia, can cause poor absorption of nutrients, resulting in fat in the stool. ...Read more
Fiber sources.: Fiber is found in fruits (blueberries, cranberries, apples), vegetables (broccoli, radicchio, endive, spinach), whole-grain breads (whole-GRAIN more than whole-WHEAT) and some breakfast cereals. Fiber supplements exist as well. It's always better to include all sources of fiber as part of a healthy, varied meal plan. 50 grams daily for women, 70 for men. And drink lots of water. ...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 more
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
Sudan IV test shows fat in stool. What is the next step to finding out why fat is being malabsorbed?
What causes soft thick pasty stools that is hard to get out? No blood seen and is normal brown color.
Lack of water:
Drink more water. Sounds like your constipated. The stool needs fluid to soften and evacuate.
Are you drinking 8 glasses a day of water, milk, tea what have you?
Foods will also cause bowel habit changes.
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Add more fiber to your diet and drink lots of water. ...Read more
Is stool 1/2"-3/4" thick to thin. I read about pencil thin stool but does that literally mean pencil thin?
It is fine: It is normal.Get a more detailed answer ›
What would cause a sudden onset of passing small pebble stool covered in thick white mucus/fatty like substance?
Fat/fiber: With mucous is the most common reason for this to occur. ...Read more
I recently had stool with what looked like a red thick string, is this something I should get checked out right away?
Blood in stool: Blood in a bowel movement is abnormal and in your age group a minor condition like anal fissure or hemorrhoid is a usual cause. Since you are not bleeding profusely and don't have abnormal bowel symptoms otherwise there is no urgency in being examined but you could discuss this with your physician or Gynecologist who will advise you. ...Read more
My stool is never hard anymore. Always soft & mushy. Hard to pass. Why might this be? Sometimes easy cause it's thick watery.
Multiple reasons: Interfere diet has changed where you are not taking in adequate fiber will have soft and mushy stool. Also, if there is a reason to have increased water in urine or stool from gastrointestinal disorder like malabsorption this could be the reason. Any reason that you might have developed diabetes? Has your fluid intake increased dramatically? ...Read more
What is this large blob of extremely thick off-white ccreamy substance on top of my stool accompanied by extremely painful "blue balls"?
Every 2/3 weeks I have thick mucous in and around my stool. It's sticky, quite thick, and has the consistency of rubber cement. What is it?
Human Glue Factory: Mucus in the stool is a normal lubricant for passage and ejection but grossly visible amounts indicate some form of irritation or inflammation, unless this is just a normal variance for you. The serious causes are usually accompanied by some pain or cramps and maybe some blood. The consistency of the mucus has a lot to do with hydration. Do you take enough fluids?? See someone about this problem. ...Read more
My test show that i have malabsorption(fat and amydon on stool). What diet should i have. And how can I find out what causes it? Thank you!
Gastroenterologist: There is more than one cause for malabsorption syndrome and you need to see a board certified gastroenterologist who can properly diagnose and treat. ...Read more
I have been eating more firbre appox 28g a day from 10g. My stools are coming out like thick sludge and I'm finished in a minute shall I call a dr?
May be due fiber: If you increased your fiber intake rapidly, this may be the cause of the change in her bowels. You might consider decreasing the amount of fiber and then increasing it more slowly to see if this helps matters. If not, then a visit to your family doctor would be advised. If there is any evidence of blood in the stool, or black tarry stool, then I would see her doctor immediately. ...Read more
Is it normal to still have fatty stools after a gallbladder removal? I am having stools that appear like I am not digesting fat. I s that normal 3 years after I have had my gallbladder removed?
Can be: Depends on the amount of fat you are consuming all at once. Limit the fat and if no better see a GI specialist. ...Read more
Fatty Foods.: Not normal to have orange oily fat in stools. Body usually absorbs 100% of fats consumed. There is something wrong, either medications like 'orlistat' or Alli, or deficiencies of enzymes are causing this. Sometimes a parasitic infection can cause this. See your doctor about it. ...Read more
Yes: No mistaking it. The usual cause of a floating stool -- by far -- is gas bubbles. There's an individual who writes frequently with the obsessive fear of pancreatic cancer with basically no evidence. If you are suffering from obsessive thoughts that you have cancer, please get with someone who can help you manage these. ...Read more