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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Why do I have constant stomach aches and semi-solid stools?

Query: Hello doctor, Just two days back I suddenly experienced an upset stomach with just a semi-solid consistency of stool. However a day later, I found that I had the urge to pee more often than usual immediately after emptying my bladder. I am 40 years old and my last period was a month back. I am 5'3"...  Read Full »

Dr. Gupta Aman Manoharlal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Sometimes urine symptoms can happen whenever there is altered stool pattern. If there is any problem in stool passage, it may reflect as a burning sensation or frequency of urine as the nerve supply to both areas is same. In case there is no fever, and stomach is still up...  Read Full »

My stool has bright red blood in itga. What caused this to happen?

Query: Hi doctor, While using the washroom recently, I noticed blood on my stool, and when I wiped it. The color was bright red, with no dark spots or streaks. There is no family history of colon problems. For the past two months, I have been taking a symbiotic, which has greatly improved my digestive sys...  Read Full »

Dr. Jagdish Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. A fresh blood spot on the wipe usually indicates piles (lumps inside and around the anus). Internal piles usually do not cause any pain or swelling. It improves with increased fiber intake. Secondly, a colonoscopy (a procedure in which a doc...  Read Full »

I am pregnant and my poop has long white and brown particles.Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 26 years old and now 36 weeks pregnant. I just noticed my stool appeared as a mixture of white and brown long particles. I never had white poop in such lengths. My scan reports were normal a month ago. Is there any problem to worry? Is there any threat to the baby? Should I visit th...  Read Full »

Dr. Dattaprasad Balasaheb Inamdar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Passage of white or brown particles in stool does not harm baby and there is no need to be alarmed. You can visit a physician or gastroenterologist for a physical evaluation, to confirm the nature of the problem and take treatment if required. If there are no other stom...  Read Full »

I have IBS with moderate abdominal pain and white balls in stools. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a gastroenterology issue for over a month. I have a mild to moderate upper and lower abdominal pain on the left side. The pain also extended to my left leg. Also, I pass stool twice a day (diarrhea-like stool) with large white balls in it and I am facing weight loss. I took Tr...  Read Full »

Dr. Arbab Muhammad Kashif Khan

Answer: Hello,Welcome to, you might be having IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and you might have developed small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), with IBS which can occur commonly. In SIBO you get fat malabsorption which can lead to white stools. Can you please tell me whether you get ...  Read Full »

I took Psyllium to correct the changed consistency of my stool, but the problem recured after stopping it. What can I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had softer small pieces of stools for several days. No increase in frequency, as I normally go one to three times a day. No pain or change in color. I took one tablespoon of psyllium one day, and the next two days, it was normal, several two to four inches pieces, and I went for...  Read Full »

Dr. Ghulam Fareed

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. I have reviewed your case history. 1) A change in stool frequency and consistency can also be related to anxiety. So if you have been experiencing stress lately, there is a good possibility that you had these small...  Read Full »

Increased stool frequency after proctocolectomy surgery. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I had proctocolectomy surgery one year back. It has been five months to ileostomy closure surgery. My daily stool frequency is nine to 10 times daily. The stool is not hard one. I am having a lot of burning inside and outside of the anus. There is no pain but there is itching and burnin...  Read Full »

Dr. Datta Ram. U

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is normal to have increased frequency after a pouch. As the effluent is liquid and is only ileal content, it may cause itching around the anus. Hemorrhoids will be out after proctocolectomy. Things will get better with time. There is also slightly higher chance of d...  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. Settipalli Saravan Pramod

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 suggest tab...  Read Full »

I have blood in my stools. Should I get tested for colon cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I had seen blood in my stool, for which I consulted a doctor and sent the sample for testing; they confirmed that blood was found in it. Also, I have noticed that my stool size looks thinner and narrower than normal over a few occasions. I want to get some advice on what could be caus...  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Please answer the following questions: Do you have history of constipation? Did you have any weight loss? Did you have any lower abdominal pain? Is it visible fresh red blood or microscopic blood? Is there a fami...  Read Full »

I saw black flakes on my stool. What does it mean?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 38-year-old, I have IBS, and I have had it since I was 15. I had my first colonoscopy at 30 because I wanted to be safer than sorry. I eat healthy food, do not smoke, and do not usually drink. I work out. I started on the paleo diet about six weeks ago, and everything has been ...  Read Full »

Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Was it anything in your diet that might explain the flecks? You said you eat bananas every day. Sometimes bananas have black seeds that appear in the stool that way. Similarly, other food particles which are not properly digested come out through the stool and may ap...  Read Full »

I have gas bubbles in my stools with an unpleasant smell. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 35 years old. I have gas bubbles in my stools with an unpleasant smell. I am also underweight and have GERD-like symptoms. What could be the reason for this? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Ghulam Fareed

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Gas bubbles in stools are normal. I mean, stool and gas have the same passage. If you have GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), then you should be evaluated and treated. It needs a detailed history, physical examination, and baseline laboratory investigations to s...  Read Full »

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