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Doctor insights on: Why Does Your Feces Sometimes Come Out Looking Like A Thick Rope

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Why does your feces sometimes come out looking like a thick rope?

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

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I recently had stool with what looked like a red thick string, is this something I should get checked out right away?

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

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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?

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

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White thick mucus stuff in stool?

White thick mucus stuff in stool?

Mucous in stool: Not normal, Best to see doctor and have this check out. Could be several things but without exam and tests not much to help you at this point. Read more

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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

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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?

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

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I have maroon colored thick mucus mixed in my stool. What would cause that?

Worth getting checkd: Passing blood and mucus in your stools could be a sign of either infection or inflammatory bowel disease. You should see a doctor, especially if you are having any fever or abdominal pain. Read more

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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

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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?

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 visi Read more

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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!

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!

Prostatitis: Urethral discharge in association with passing stool can be seen in acute prostatitis. One should be evaluated specially if there is associated low back pain, suprapubic or perineal pain, not to mention fevers, chills or night sweats. Read more

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I started Flagyl 3 days ago for c-diff, im I still contagious. Can c-diff be hard stool with thick/sticky like mucus?

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

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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?

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?

No med: I guess your baby is on formula feeding. As long as infant makes regular bowel movements and poo is not 'hard' as pellet, no medication is necessary. Many young infants pass gases and strain while having bms. Read more

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What could be the cause of very hard, stone-like stool covered with yellowish, thick mucus? Also have daily vomiting, nightly fever, lq bloating.

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