Stool Changes

Stool changes are referred to as the abnormal color of stools, changes in the consistency and frequency of stools. Changes in bowel habits can occur due to Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, thyroid disorders, diverticulosis, and celiac disease. Taking medications and an increased amount of laxatives can affect bowel movements. Abnormal color changes observed in stools are black-colored stools, clay-colored stools, deep red stools, and white-colored stools. Changes observed in the consistency of stool are dry stools, hard stools, mucus that leaks around the stool, and loose stools. Normal stools appear brown and they are easy to pass.

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Should I be concerned about my irregular stools?

Query: Hello doctor, I have bowel movements of different consistencies lately with slight discomfort on left side of the abdomen. Yesterday, I had a highly watery stool, and I am yet to have a regular stool. I was wondering what this might be. I am a bit concerned about the irregular stools.  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Well, some degree of change in the stools is normal, and I do not see any gross abnormality in your stools: however, somewhat unformed stools. If you did not lose weight, and did not notice a change in the appetite, or did not notice blood in stools, you need not be...  Read Full »

Why am I experiencing abdominal pain, burning tongue and throat, and gray-colored stools?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had severe reflux since January and was just diagnosed with GERD and grade C esophagitis in February. At the time the reflux started, I began having yellow stool with a lot of undigested food in it. My stool has not been brown once since this started and there is always undigested...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to To be very honest, it is little strange that you developed GERD symptoms in January and developed Grade C esophagitis due to reflux. Since most of the patients with chronic GERD do have acid reflux symptoms for many years before having worsening symptoms and developm...  Read Full »

Does an appendectomy change bowel movements?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having trouble going to the bathroom. The stool is usually small, and I feel I am unable to push everything out. Often have to push hard and strain hard to get a small amount of stool out. I am constantly bloated, and it can be quite uncomfortable at times. This has been going on fo...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand you must be very concerned about this ongoing problem. Well, the appendix operation may have started all this. The abdominal cavity is opened via any surgery. It always probes the bowel (small and large bowel) to respond differently in some because h...  Read Full »

Why is there small and narrow stool with acute cramps?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 49 years old and I am suffering from health anxiety. I know that I am overthinking about my condition and I need your opinion. My bowel movement is fine. Before three days, I went to the toilet and got acute cramps for few seconds. I thought it as a spasm. I checked my stool and n...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Yes, cancer cannot develop overnight. Your stools are completely fine. There is no abnormal morphology. It is common to have cramping with bowel movements and it allows the stools to pass out. There are other signs that suggest the possibi...  Read Full »

What is the reason for thin stools with excessive gas and burping?

Query: Hello doctor, What can cause your stools to be thin in width? Also, I have lots of gas and burping.  Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Narrow or pencil-thin stool may result from constipation, travel, use of some medications, changes in hormone levels, etc. Constipation is usually caused by a lack of fiber in diet or lack of daily exercise. Again, inflammation in the colon like Crohn's disease and ulce...  Read Full »

What could cause pale stools in an 8-month-old baby?

Query: Hello doctor, My baby girl's thyroid level was 13, and bilirubin was 9 at the time of birth. And after six days, our Pediatrician told us to retake the test, and bilirubin was 13, and the thyroid test showed T3- 91, T4-13.05, and TSH - 2.05. We kept her in blue light for two days then we came home....  Read Full »

Dr. Sudhakar Palanisamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can help you. First of all, everything which you have said is normal except for pale stools. Can you send the picture of the stools if possible? Also, do not worry about initial jaundice. It will not happen again, usually. Walking well is a really good sign, which m...  Read Full »

Why do I poop immediately after eating?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 20 years old and I have a problem that after eating, I go to poop immediately. This is happening to me for six months and I am losing weight. Please suggest me a treatment.   Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I have gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and it is six months back. It is normal and you can have this problem due to irritable bowel syndrome. It is caused due to infection and you have to treat it acco...  Read Full »

Is it normal for a child to have bowel movement every time they pass urine?

Query: Hello doctor,My daughter of 10 years passes stool every time she urinates. This is happening the last two days. She is somewhat plumpy, otherwise healthy. Currently, she has a cold and cough but, not taking medication. Last week, she took Metacef for a chest congestion.  Read Full »

Dr. Saravan Pramod Settipalli

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Bowel and bladder dysfunction are quite common during illness. There is nothing much to fear. Did she have any antibiotic in the recent past? Does she complain of any abdominal pain? Could you specify whether the stool consistency was watery or solid? I sugges...  Read Full »

How long should I continue my treatment for abdominal pain and gas?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 74-year-old male. My problem is pain in the lower left quadrant of the abdomen and sometimes it radiates to the right also. It is persisting for more than 67 years. All my problems are stated below: I have mild to severe pain in the lower left quadrant of the abdomen sometime...  Read Full »

Dr. Nitin Dongre

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This is IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) only. It is an autoimmune disorder whiuch means your defense mechanism is working against you. You have to continue your IBS medication for a longer period may be life long and try to adjust yourself with this fact. If you do n...  Read Full »

Is it possible to have gallstones without symptomatic test evidence?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 20-year-old female. I have had bad stomach issues since February. It started with yellow stool, and diarrhea when eating fatty foods. I have pain on and around my right rib cage and in the same spot in my back near my shoulder blade. I have done an HIDA scan and my EF was 68%....  Read Full »

Dr. Lalit Bansal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I will definitely help you. As per your history and investigation report your diagnosis maybe some kind of hepatitis in which there is a yellow color of stool and urine without any evidence of any abnormalities in USG and CT scan. If USG (ultrasound) is normal and t...  Read Full »

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