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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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What could be the reason for hard and soft stool with body pain?

Query: Hi doctor, My stool is hard first and then it becomes soft. Otherwise, it is soft always. I pass stool once daily like other people, also I have no pain in the stomach. But due to soft stools, my legs and other body parts are always in pain. When I get up early in the morning I feel very tired due ...  Read Full »

Dr. Davender Singh Bakshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Two important points that I find in your history are others in the family also have it but you have told only about the male members. What about female members of the family? Secondly, it improves with Flagyl or Imodium. So the possibilities are water-borne disease whi...  Read Full »

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

Query: Hello doctor, I suddenly experienced an upset stomach with just a semi-solid consistency of stool a few days back. 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 have no pa...  Read Full »

Dr. Gupta Aman Manoharlal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Sometimes urine symptoms can happen whenever there is an 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 the same. In case there is no fever, and the stomac...  Read Full »

What drug helps to stop getting motion immediately after food.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 32-year-old male. I am going to motion normally about three times a day immediately after having the food. I took Loperamide tablet but, it worked for only one day, and the next day the same problem recur again. Can you please suggest some medications to overcome the problem? ...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. First of all, let me clarify the details. Motion once in three days or thrice daily is normal. So, if you do not have any problems like abdominal pain, loose stool, foul-smelling stool, etc., then no need to worry about this. And bette...  Read Full »

Why is my stool frequency higher after proctocolectomy?

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 deve...  Read Full »

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

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter's thyroid level was 13, and bilirubin was 9 at the time of birth. After six days, our pediatrician told us to retake the test, 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. She is on...  Read Full »

Dr. Sudhakar Palanisamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 means there is no m...  Read Full »

I am experiencing bloating and unusual stools. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I keep having bloated stomach with strange stools. I am generally tired and have noticed white mucus in the toilet bowl. Kindly help.Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Ghulam Fareed

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. I have reviewed your case history and attached images (attachments have been removed to protect the patient's identity) of your stools. Your stools are always formed with slight variations of colors and alarming colors would include fresh...  Read Full »

I have been experiencing flat stools. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have been experiencing flat stools for over four months. My general practitioner has had me try fiber supplements, change my diet, and drop some vitamins to correct it. I have also had stool samples taken, but nothing abnormal was found. Two years ago, I had a colonoscopy, which revea...  Read Full »

Dr. Ghulam Fareed

Answer: Hello,Welcome to understand your concern.There are no alarming features such as blood, weight loss, pain, or fever. A recent normal colonoscopy, except for a single polyp, and normal stool examinations are reassuring indicators that nothing significant is being overlooked. The Bristol ...  Read Full »

I have been experiencing stomach pain for a week. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 29-year-old male, and have stomach pain for around a week (mostly after eating). The pain starts in epigastric regions, and then to lower abdomen. I started noticing changing stool color to more darker stool. There is no diarrhea or vomiting, no fever. I am taking Omeprazole for...  Read Full »

Dr. Krutika Shrikant Ingle

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Darker color stools are not a good sign. Kindly do a stool examination and visit your family physician for a thorough check-up, so that he can determine the exact cause for your discomfort. There are many reasons like peptic ulcer, a bacterial infection of the stoma...  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 the...  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 slight discomfort in the right armpit and undigested food in the stool. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I have noticed undigested food in the stool. Also, I have very slight discomfort in the right armpit. I do not have any other symptoms. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi,Welcome to you for the query. Why did you go for HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) tests? When was the risk of exposure and its details? Please send details for clarification.The symptoms are non-specific.  Read Full »

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