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Why Does Your Feces Sometimes Come Out Looking Like A Thick Rope
Enough fiber, fluids: Colon works to pull water out of stool; what's left depends on fiber content, fluid content. Hard pellets: inadequate in both; watery: imbalance of fluid/solid due to a bunch of things (secretion, inflammation, inadequate fiber, irritable bowel, infection). Rope-like shape is because the colon is a long cylinder. Liquid stool on right, progressively more formed as it moves through. ...Read more
Cause for a white dissolvable liquid surrounding feces? Not thick. Had colonoscopy 7 days ago. Been waiting for biopsies. Colon was visibly good.
That's mucus: A little extra mucus production is to be expected after a big procedure like that. ...Read more
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 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 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
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 ›
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
I have a thick white fluid discharge with urine but not with every urine only the time I pass it with stool, its painless please help needed.
Would recommend: You see your doctor for a simple urinalysis for starters. Diagnosing via the internet is not reliable. However, your symptoms can have a few reasons behind them and a urinalysis is the place to start. ...Read more
2 month old daughter had chalky white streaks in her stool, which was very dark/deep green colour& was very thick and sticky. What could be wrong?
Baby poop: Dark green thick and sticky sounds like normal baby stool. White chalky stool by itself is Never normal in a baby and can be a sign of a bowel blockage. How is he acting? Feeding well? Is he cranky or in any pain? How does his tummy look? Like its usual? Or is it swiollen? If he is eating well and in no pain, I'd see how the next stool looks. If there is any white in it, bring him 4 visit ...Read more
I am 29 year boy. When I put pressure to pass the stool the white thick stuff comes through my pennies and I had this problem from 5 months any danger?
My stool is coming out very thick and sticky. Its also only white in color. Usually have to use my finger cause its so hard to gett out. Then its hard to get off my finger cause its so sticky. What causes this?
GI & Uro symptoms: You report a set of symptoms that make it very important for you to see your doctor ASAP. He/she may refer you to another specialist. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Little arousal causes semen like discharge when I meet my gf, whn passing stool thick discharge felt, is daily arousal & no ejaculation is harmful? Help!
After starting polyethylene glycol stool is strange- im passing normal looking, regular amts however the consistency feels like thick mucus and wobbly?
Reassurance: Yes, the quality of stool should be changed. Your changes are usual. ...Read more
I started Flagyl 3 days ago for c-diff, im I still contagious. Can c-diff be hard stool with thick/sticky like mucus?
Diarrhea-contagious: Since only 80% of c diff responds to Flagyl you should consider yourself contagious at least until the diarrhea resolves. There is also a relatively high recurrence rate so the real answer is you are potentially contagious until the diarrhea resolves and stays gone for a couple of weeks... ...Read more
My son is a week old and has gas and constipation really bad. His stool is thick n mushy like ice cream what meds can I buy over the counter?
What could be the cause of very hard, stone-like stool covered with yellowish, thick mucus? Also have daily vomiting, nightly fever, lq bloating.
Concerning: Daily vomiting and nightly fever are very concerning symptoms, but need to be evaluated in the context of duration, risk factors, and severity. Urgent (if not emergent) exam is warranted in cases of unrelenting vomiting and unexplained fever. ...Read more
I recently found blood in my stool about 2 tbs worth. It was bright red & slightly thick. I am 19 yrs & female with no other symptoms.?
For the past 3 days I have had an uti, and am trying to kick it. Today I had white thick stringy stuff in my stool. Any clue what that could be?
There's a thick mucus when I wipe after passing stool, should I be concerned? No pain or discomfort when passing and stool isn't bloody or black.
I was Dx w/IBS younger. I'm 28. What causes varying stool thickness? I can have BM looks thick & go have a second BM same day & it be much thinner. Why
Stool bulk: Stool bulk varies with intestinal contents (solid vs liquids) and transit time through the intestinal tract. It is not unusual for a large stool to be followed by a thinner stool or, in the case of irritable bowel syndrome, by progressively looser stools as the morning goes on. Patients with ibs often alternate with constipation and diarrhea depending on intestinal motility on a given day. ...Read more
I am experiencing a thick, sticky, stringy mucus in stool, this has been for minimum of two months. I occasionally see dark red blood along with this.
Used the bathroom and a lot of stool that was loose, thick and yet watery came out. After had headache and very tired. What causes this? What do I do?
Virus: Hydrate, rest, if persists more than 5 days or if blood in stool see your doctor. ...Read more
Dx w IBS younger. Occas. Anxiety. Was having normal thick stool, but for past few wks I do have daily BM but its small shape & size varies. IBS again?
Possibly: IBS is considered when there is (usually crampy) abdominal pain, change in bowel habits (such as either constipation, diarrhea, or going back and forth), and usually bloating with no alarm symptoms (blood in stool, unexplained weight loss, nausea/vomiting, etc). If having a bowel movement makes pain and bloating better, this increases likelihood it is IBS. See your doctor to get evaluatedGood luck ...Read more
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