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Are Your Feces Healthy?

The condition of healthy feces and the condition of unhealthy feces and related diseases.

This is my feces article series: Are your feces healthy?2, Your child’s feces: healthy or unhealthy, Is your feces/stool normal?,  Effective home remedies for treating hard feces/stool problems, constipation and irritable bowel movement, What your feces tell about your health, what your feces tell about your health (part 2)what causes blood (or bright red blood) in your feces? and How does a bowel movement affect your feces/stool and health?.

During defecation, feces or stool and Stercus, a residual product from the large intestine is removed from the body through the Cloaca (anus). This bodily waste consists of about 75% water, and 25% of solid matter, and this percentage may vary according to individual and the residence time of the feces in the intestine. It may also include dead bacteria (help us to digest food), fiber (undigested food debris), protein, cellular linings, salts, fats, substances released from the liver and intestines (such as mucus).

Common type of bacteria found in human feces

Human adult has approximately 100 to 250 gram (or 3 to 8 ounces) of feces expelled from the digestive system daily and the normal bowel habit is one to two times a day. Age, diet, medication, defecation habit, the number of daily defecation may reflect the nature of the feces that is closely related to our health.

Basically, the feces are very much related to diet. When we eat more vegetables, the feces can have partially green palm tree color, while eating more meat can give brown black to the color of the feces. In addition to that, eating more meat may cause strong unbearable smell of the feces, discomfort to defecate and in severe cases may cause constipation and accelerate the aging of our gastrointestinal tract. If you consume foods or liquids rich in artificial flavors or chemical, the feces may also smell worse. In fact, certain drugs and medication may also cause the change of the feces’ shape, texture and color.

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  1. Thank you Chan, for your hard work in researching to present us with vital information for our good health.

  2. Thank you Chan, for this article. As Judy said, you must have worked hard researching it. It is very precise and informative and I found it extremely interesting. I have had bowel complaints all of my life and it seems to have worsened since being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. As you probably know, FM and IBS seem to go hand in hand.

    Very good article.

  3. Thank you, Judy and Darlene.

  4. The information here is very much useful for me. thank you so much.. they said that having good health reflects on your bowel movement. A mentor of mine once asked ‘Are you a floater or a sinker? If your a floater(in business thingy or in health) then the better. Now I understand…. ‘and they should be floating on top of the water in your toilet ball’

  5. hey!! what are the effects of poison in a mouse feces???????????

  6. thanks for the info..
    is there any sample pictures?

  7. good article, i love it!

  8. What can I do about diarrhea with white like mucus?

  9. My daughter is 22 months. Her poop always contains gritty sand-like dark flecks and wiping her butt is like trying to wipe beach sand off a baby’s butt. Is this anything to be concerned about?

  10. Hi Carrie,

    In this case, you should check with a doctor to find out the problem.

    Best regards,
    Chan

  11. To Question #12

    Have you discussed this foul odor with your doctor? It is definetly something to bring to his/her attention.

    If you have and they’ve either stated they don’t know or for you not to worry about it, then I would suggest a second opinion.

    This and other of these kinds of health questions are not something that can be diagnosed on a message board and conferring in person with a medical person, I would think, would be a persons first step.

    Good luck

  12. Usually my poop is a dark brownish color but lately it’s been harder and more of a yellowish color. I’ve also been finding toy cars and large animal carcasses in it. Should I be concerned?

  13. Dear Concerned Pooper,

    About a month ago, I was also having trouble digesting the various things I ate. Recently, I took a little advice from a friend of mine and ate about a pound of raw pork. Since then, my feces has been free of any large or cumbersome objects, other than the strange worm-like creatures I will occasionally see.

  14. To # 13

    In this case, you should adjust your diet in terms of not too oily, too much sauce, too much seasonings, and be sure to increase more fiber-rich vegetables and fruits (preperably organic) , drink appropriate amount of water, cut on meat consumption and adjust your daily lifestyle accordingly. If after you’ve done all these things but the problem still persists, you should have a doctor check on you.

    To # 14

    Your method is not all suitable for everyone due to the difference in body’s condition, personal behaviours, health condition, weather, type of jobs, and etc.

  15. Chan,

    Thank you for your work. I have recently begun encountering a number of various symptoms….

    One of these is the onset of extremely sticky feces (they may work as glue!). This has been prevenlent for just about 48 hours now. I have never experienced anything similar in my previous 29 1/2 years. However, I must also note that my stools are generally accompanied by mucuous (but, not by this stiky stuff).

    Last night, my female parts seemed to lose just about all sensitivity.

    Today, I have become insanely bloated (look like I conceived quintuplets today and am nearing delivery). As of tonight, my abdomonial muscles are insanely sore (without physical exertion)….I feel as if I won a sit up contest yeterday!

    I also believe I have a parially prolapsed rectum. This was noted longer ago than the items above. I have however, been procrasting getting to the doc to diagnos that.

    Could all of thes symtoms result from a prolapsed rectum? Or, is sticky poop and gastrointestinal inflammtion affliated soley with a protazoan infection?

    Thank you in advance,

    Kim

  16. Hi Kim,

    As you said it might be a symptom of rectum problem but in certain cases it might not be, so I advise you to consult your doctor to further diagnose in details for the timely treatment. Try to check what’s wrong is your diet and your lifestyle.

    Regards,

  17. To all my dearest readers,

    This article is a reference for your self-diagnose of your feces. If you’ve symptoms mentioned in this article, you’re advice to consult your doctor for further advice and treatment.

    “Prevention is always better than cure”, right?

    I’ll try to answer your question as soon as possible and hope you do refer to all my health articles at my author’s page:

    http://www.healthmad.com/writers/CHAN%20LEE%20PENG.7650

    For your information, what I’ve been writing at Triond are all inter-related and thus you shouldn’t draw any conclusions just only you read one individual article. You should link all the ideas I recommended here to better understand your health and grasp the core ideas on how to live healthily and happily. I’ll always be here provided you the health information and guideline.

    Lastly, I wish you all good luck and good health.

    Do ask the related questions and I’ll try my best to answer.

    Best regards,
    Chan

  18. Carrie,

    I talked with my RN wife. We always found that what goes in the front end, comes out the back. Is she in your plants, out side in the sand box, etc? That is just one answer. Eg: raisons came out as grapes. As noted above, ask a doctor.

    #9 by carrie, Apr 18, 2008
    My daughter is 22 months. Her poop always contains gritty sand-like dark flecks and wiping her butt is like trying to wipe beach sand off a baby’s butt. Is this anything to be concerned about?

  19. When you lose body fat, due to exercize or diet, does that fat come out in your feces?? I am trying to figure out if I can tell by my excrement whether or not I’m losing body fat.

  20. When I have a bowel movement sometimes it’s diahrrea and it smells like gasolene fuel. What does this mean?

  21. Hi Cat,

    It might be an indication that you might have an infection in your gastrointestinal tract. I suggest you to consult your doctor to ask for further advice and treatment. As you know certain symptoms that you’re facing can’t just be solved on a piece of paper.

    I look forward to hearing your good news!

    Take care and regard,
    Chan

  22. what does it mean when your feces comes out in small little balls like pallets

  23. for the past 2-3 weeks ive been having small ball size feces and i was wondering if its something i should concern myself with?

  24. Hi Miguel,

    I’m sorry for a late reply as I’m busy at work. To deal with your problem, please read my article on “Are your feces healthy? Part Two” to know more about feces at:

    http://www.healthmad.com/Health/Are-Your-Feces-Healthy-2.232693

    In fact, small ball pellet is not healthy and you should make some changes to your living lifestyle and eating habit. If the problem still proceed after you have changed your living lifestyle and eating habit for more than 3 months, I’d advise you to have a check with a doctor. It might be a symptom of a disease.

    Lastly, I wish you all the best and hope to hear your good news in a near future.

    Good luck and regards,
    Chan

  25. poo is good. it taste good and smells good 2. yay poop

  26. MY DOCTOR TOLD ME THAT I HAD A RARE BLOOD TYPE SINCE I AM HAVING THE SYMPTOMS OF LUPUS BUT MY BLOOD TEST RESULTS DOES NOT CONFIRM THAT I HAVE THE DISEASE. SO I WAS GIVEN 750 MG NABUMETONE TO TAKE TWICE DAILY. EVER SINCE TAKING THIS MEDICATION I ALWAYS FEEL BLOATED& CONSTIPATED. ALSO I NOTICED THAT MY POOP APPEARED AS LITTLE ROUND BALLS AND IM ASSUMING THAT IT IS HEAVY SINCE THEY SIMK TO THE BOTTOM OF THE TOILET.

  27. To #26

    Try to read http://www.healthmad.com/Health/Are-Your-Feces-Healthy-2.232693 and see whether your problem can be solved. Let me know then.

    Take care and good luck!

  28. wow im kinda gay will that effect my poop habits

  29. yea im gay and i get it up the a. will that hurt when my poo comes out

  30. No now when u poop itll just fall out cause ur butt hole is loose u gay flamming homosexual

  31. Hi,
    My son who is 3+ years old somtimes poo out pieces of hard jelly like texture among the rest of the poo. The pieces can be as large as 5mm by 5mm. Brown in colour, and can be quite many pieces, eg in a poo of about dimensions of 8cmx8cmx8cm, about half of that amount will be poo with these pieces of hard brown jellies. When he poos these, his appetite will be very bad and he will refuse to eat regularly. Please advise. I’m worried that he may have some parasitic infection.

  32. To Brenda,

    I’m sorry for the delay as I’ve been engaged with very busy working schedule, and thanks for your patience.

    Your son condition might be an indication of the parasitic infection. However, there’re many factors that may cause the similar problem. Please check what he has been eaten or drunk recently. How long have your son had this problem? Is your son having stress or having not enough sleep? What’s his eating habit and living lifestyle? These are all the things that you’ve to tell in order to reach for further explanation.

    I just suggest you to bring him to see a doctor to do a thorough health diagnosis. In this way, you’ll know what’s the health condition he’s having.

    Take care and regards,

    Chan

    NOTE: To all readers, I’ll try my best to solve or answer your questions. Take care and good luck!

  33. I usually find myself constipated and most of the time my bowel movements are round balls. What can this mean. I also took an oral fleet and now my bowel movements are pure liquid. Is that normal.

  34. If your poop is like this from the article
    “Mucus-like Feces
    These feces are mixed with mucus and they seem like a bit sticky. They are caused by the inflammation of gastrointestinal due to the presence of protozoa such as Salmonella or Amebic colitis.” but also sinks to the bottom like really bad diarriha. should you see a doctor? i go poop like way more then often

  35. My poop is squashy help mee !!!!!

  36. “The healthy feces are usually 3 centimeter in diameter, golden yellow or brown in color, soft but not too soft like a mud. They have no strong smell or taste…” Um…who determined they have no TASTE?

  37. To Smasty,

    Please be clarified that I didn’t say the feces got no taste. I just said the healthy feces shouldn’t have a STRONG taste.

  38. Normal bowel movements with yellowish-brown feces that sink to the bottom of the toilet bowl. When the toilet is flushed, the feces turn into what looks like a yellowish dust–filling the bowl so as not to be able to see the feces while it goes down the toilet. Never noticed a smell. Had recent (5 months ago) episode of C-diff. Recent Lab work shows no infection. Stomack swollen. Doctor puzzled.

  39. hi,
    my daughter often hospitalized due to amoeba. and everytime shes hopitalized she got high fever. i am so worried since she also febral combulsion. what should i do to prevent such thing

  40. To annbelle,

    To solve the problem, you should adjust her diet. They should be more vegie than meats. Her morning diet should include 6 portions of vegie, 2 portions of fruits and 2 portions of multi-grains. Make sure that she takes 8 – 10 glasses of alkaline water daily. She should have an adequate amount of sleep. And any abnormal changes should prompt you to bring her to a doctor. Feel free to ask, I’ll try my best to answer.

    To concerned,

    Try to shift to a healthy life. I may ask you whether you:

    smoke
    drink alcoholic drinks
    biting snacks
    no exercise
    have a bad quality sleep
    bad mood/emotions
    Be in polluted living environments
    In medications

    These are some of the factors that may affect your colon’s and feces health. So make sure you observe them and if you find any abnormal situations, please see a doctor.

    Take care and good luck,
    Chan

  41. If my feces are 3feet in length should I be worried?

  42. Yeah I’m 15 and I have 3 kids. Bilson’s feces are a shiny almost gold shade. Should I take him to the Doctor?

  43. I tasted my feces meaning I ate some. Now my stomach feels like It’s Going to explode and so does my rectum. I’m Very, Very Scared.

  44. i get sum perpul frekuls in mie poo

  45. To Joe,

    3 ft is too long and it’s not the standard size for the feces. However, if your feces is the type of healthy one as described in this article, then you shouldn’t worry much.

    To Karin,

    The best way is to check with a doctor as I’m not there to check on what the problem is. I’ll cover on feces for kids in the future. Make sure you come back to check my latest health article.

    To unknown,

    Wow, you tasted on your feces! I can’t imagine that.

    To poo eateer,

    What do you mean? I can’t catch you. Could you elaborate your situation?

    Thanks and best regards,
    Chan

  46. First, let me say, very informative article.

    I found this as a means of trying to find articles for “self diagnosis”, and if necessary, seek professional help.

    I must go back to what an earlier poster stated, and ask about the odd phrase, “Should have no strong smell OR taste”. I suspect this is a languistic issue more than anything. However, it is humorous to read we should be able to diagnos our feces by tasting it.

    Ok, on to more serious issues.
    Is this considered normal or something to be concerned about? I had a hard bowel movement the other day, and the anus area had “ballooned”.
    I understand pushing and straining is not good; but, this is not a typical incident; although it does happen occasionally.

    I was looking for a more “clay” type texture; but, not white.

    Thank you. And, I mean no disrespect from my early comment.

  47. To confused and dear valued readers,

    Since the feces are the final digestion outcome excreted from our excretory organ, basically, the healthy feces will have a slight odor or smell. They shouldn’t have a strong smell or taste as described in this article. The word “Strong” here emphasises that”the healthy feces” shouldn’t have an unbearable or strong smell or taste that you could have felt with your nose while breathing, or you may have felt discomfort or you may have felt vomiting breathing in the smell of the feces. The smell of the feces here may also include any conditions that made you feel irritated and annoyed.

    The strong taste in the feces is always mixed with in a gaseous form, so you can actually smell it but you don’t have to taste on it with your tongue. Well, some people really taste on their feces, but I don’t encourage here. As you may read in my article “Are your feces healthy? 2″ , I’ve explained that our feces do contain certain amount of microorganisms and other foreign substances. The quantity of microorganisms that exist in your feces are directly associated with your diet. Generally, the heavy meat-eater will have more microorganisms found in their feces as compared to those who are plant eaters.

    “Clay” type is categorised as unhealthy. So, you should check your diet, eating habit, living environment to know whether you consider them as healthy or not, and other factors like stress, pressure, brain disturbance, emotional fluctuation and etc. should also take into considerations as they may also cause your feces to be categorised as unhealthy.

    In any case, if you found any abnormal color, condition of your feces, I’ll always encourage you to check with your doctor. Well, I can’t diagnose your conditions without myself understand your health conditions and without seeing the condition of your feces myself. Sometimes, the causes of the feces might be other signs of other underlying symptoms. Therefore, I advise you all to check with your doctor for a thorough and complete diagnosis and treatment.

    Regards,
    Chan

  48. Dear Chan,

    Every time i poop my stomach starts to swell up a bit but goes back to normal later. and some of my poo is black with neon green stripes. last week my dog ate some of my poo from my toilet then got terribly sick and died 3 hours later i am incredibly concerned for my health seeing as i have no money for a doctor i was wondering if u could help.

    ps would me being homosexual have anything to do with it?

    ~Bob Garrison

  49. To Bob Garrison,

    As according to your description, your feces are unhealthy. Have you checked on what you’ve been eating/ drinking recently? And you should take any initiatives to check with your doctor for further diagnosis and treatment.

    The information here is to help you to identify your feces whether they’re healthy or not. The appropriate way is to have yourself checked with the doctor. The feces might be an indication of certain underlying symptoms which prompt you for an immediate medical attention.

    There’s no report so far connecting homosexual and feces. The feces are basically determined by your eating habit and pattern, pressure, intake of water, medication, emotional fluctuation, environmental factors, living lifestyle, stress, and might also be affected by the progress, stage, existing health conditions and other underlying symptoms.

    I hope my explanation here helps you. Take care and good luck.

    Regards,
    Chan

  50. I always eat the same kinds of foods, but today I ate something different. Several hours later, I had an episode of stomach cramps. I made it to the bathroom and had several bouts of diarrhea in a row. It turned the toilet bowl water from bright blue to yellow. I was wondering if this was a case of food poisoning? Or can it occur that quickly?

    Regards,

    Leah

  51. I have had liquid coming from my rectum when I go to the bathroom,and the feces has been a light tan color for the last 3 days. I have had a lot of acid in my stomach and threw up once What’s up?

  52. To Leah,

    As according to your info, you might have food poisoning. Yes, food poisoning can occur immediately depending on how strong your immune system is. In this case, your immune system is very poor. You’ve to adjust your diet and living surrounding to boost up your immune system against the attack of bacterial or pathogen infections. Please consult your doctor for further medical treatment.

    To crapper,

    In this case, your body might have too acidic. Have you checked on what you’ve been eating or drinking recently? Try reduce acidic food (such as milk, meat, sausage, fish etc. ) to more alkaline food (such as vegetables and fruits) to fix your problem. If the problem still occurs after doing this, you should have your body checked with the doctor.

    Regards,
    Chan

  53. Chan this is a very well researched and informative article. Thanks so much and have a blessed day.

  54. To all readers,

    Judy Sheldon has a good passion on writing. Her articles on Health are neat and comprehensive, which could be a good reference for you. You can check out more of her articles at http://www.healthmad.com/writers/Judy%20Sheldon.10760.

    I’ve personally read her health articles and I think they’ll worth your time to read.

    Regards,
    Chan

  55. My son’s diapers smell like dead or rotten fish. He has been sick with some sort of stomach virus that my other children have also had, but only his and one other sibling’s bm smells like this. I have 3 older children and have never smelled anything like this; it’s overwhelmingly horrible. Is this a sign of anything?

  56. yeah i have like a toy car stuck in my anus… if my poop blocks up will it come out my mouth?

  57. yeah i shoved a non lit fire cracker in my ass… if i fart will it lite and blow my anus off

  58. i was watching jackass and i tried the butt chug and i could not get it out… should i be scared???

  59. yeah i was bored one night and i tried shoving a can of pop up my ass… what do i do if im bleeding and poop just falls out my bum?

  60. i have 2 anuses…. what should i do.. poop out both or one?

  61. I love, i mean LOVE my poop i bathe in it. and i eat it. is this good for me?

  62. i have a sexual connection to feces…. after i poop i shove it into my vagina. me so horny for poop

  63. i hate asians…. i slap them with my whong

  64. To SAlex,

    Your son’s feces is not healthy. I’d advise you to take him to see a doctor for further treatment.

    To all readers,

    Please don’t abuse the comment box here by posting unrelevant post. Thanks for your co-operation.

    Regards,
    Chan

  65. Thank you, Chan. I appreciate your prompt response and the work you’re doing here. I have taken my son to his pediatrician and we are having his bm tested. She suspects he is having a malabsorption problem as a result of his severe diarrhea. Does this make sense to you?

    To those of you posting ridiculous comments; grow up or go somewhere else with your nonsense. Some of us need Chan’s expertise and this is no laughing matter to us.

  66. To SAlex,

    Thanks for your support. It’s my pleasure to share my health knowledge with you and my valued readers.

    I’m glad that you’ve made a wiser choice to bring your son to the health care professional and this shows me that you’re a very caring mom/dad.

    Please take proper care of your son. Remember to ask your son to replenish his body with plenty and adequate amount of water. This is because diarrhea will cause substantial amount of water loss.

    Take care and regards,
    Chan

  67. nice work

  68. i poop about every other day..sometimes only thrice a week
    plus i get constipated
    so i drink slimming tea
    so now my poop becomes watery and loose
    sometimes i poop up to more than three times..
    is this normal for people who take slimming tea?

  69. more than three times A Day that is
    should i continue taking slimming tea?
    if not, what can i do to poop everyday n have normal poop?

    thanks very much in advance

  70. To x,

    I might suspect the result of taking sliming tea. Have you get yourself examined by a doctor? Sometimes, it might be a complicated consequence of other disease that might have occurred.

  71. no, i havent been examined
    but ever since i started taking tea a few years back (different brands even) it always had the same results
    even my mum n sis have loose bowel movement everytime they drink tea
    so it must be the tea
    but is this okay? is this normal? should we continue drinking it?

    thanks a lot!!!

  72. To x,

    As I suggested, you should have yourself examined. I’d advise you to stop drinking the tea for a while and to observe what happens then. Try stop a week or two to see whether there’s any changes. If not, you should consult a doctor.

    Feel free to ask me question, I’ll try my best to respond.

    Take care.

    Regards,
    Chan

  73. Lately my poop has had such a massive girth that everytime i release myself i have terrible pain in my anus and sometimes there is blood. this concerns me alot because i am a raging homo and if this keeps going on i fear i may not be able to be satisfied by my already umm… il-equipped lover. plz help me chan!!! *kisses*

  74. To Aching Anus,

    Well, you should check what you’ve been eating or drinking these days. Are you in any medications? When you’ve blood in your feces for quite sometime, it’s always better to check with a doctor. There might be some underlying complicated consequences of your present health that I’m not stating here. Please don’t disregard/ ignore to seek for a medical assistance. Just remember ” PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE” . I hope this helps. Take care.

    Regards,
    Chan

  75. yeah i still have the car in my ass and i still dont know how to get it out

  76. plz help me

  77. To car in bum,

    I don’t catch you? Could you explain it more clearly?

  78. Is it not normal to only go poop about once every 3 monthes? I only have to poo about once every 3 monthes and my husband said thats not normal..He goes every day same time..I have always been like this. When I do go it it very difficult and large. It sometimes tears, and heals shortly after. No hemroids. I thought about telling my DR. but I am embarraced and not sure there is a problem..I am healthy, not over weight. Eat good. No stomache aches…well unless it’s about time to go. Do you think this could be normal..One of my kids are the same way.

  79. Oh, I forgot. A very long time ago when I had a diffent DR I did mention this too him he said it was becuase I need to drink water. That I wasn’t getting enough…He said if I didn’t start drinking water I was going to need small intestine removed by the time I was 30. I am now 32 and that was when I was 20. Since then I do drink water, but not that often.

  80. To Wondering,

    Three month is TOO MUCH. If you don’t poop even for a week, it can be considered as a very serious case. This is because the accumulated toxins can poison your body.

    Of course drinking water is important to help get rid of waste substance from our body, but besides water, you should also take good care of your diet (particularly a dietary intake) and your personal hygience.

    But in your case, I’d advice you to check with a doctor. As I said earlier, it might be a complicated consequence of your existing health problem. I hope this helps.

    Regards,
    Chan

  81. Thanks for responding so fast. I think I may need to bite the bullet and tell my DR even if it is embarracing.
    When I told him about my daughter having this problem..she goes about once a month. She now takes omega 3 cod liver oil, and a vitamin, vitamin d drops, and attention supplement. She also has to take some Rx..it helps soften her stool, so her stomache doesn’t hurt.
    So thank you again..it’s easier to ask online when people dont know who you are…
    But I will bring it up with my Dr.
    Thanks again

  82. Sometimes I have uncomfortable defecations which result in what looks like large flakes of skin mixed in, but it doesn’t happen very often. I also never seem to be able to get it all out – it’s like the muscles at the very end just don’t manage to expel all the waste, no matter how hard I try.

    I’m more concerned with the flakes of skin question, as I have nerve damage which might explain the lack of muscle control.

    Thanks.

  83. When I take a shower i like to stick my finger in my butt and i like to defecate while in the shower and it feels good but i am wondering if i can get sick from doing this cause i don’t want to stop but I’m afraid of getting sick from doing it. i am being serious so please respond

  84. To Also Wondering,

    Did you know where the flakes of skin come from? It seems like they might be some peeling skins from the skins around the anus, bowel or to the adjacent part. These flakes of skin are not related to feces, instead, they might be symptoms of certain underlying diseases. Have you had a doctor checked on you? We can’t do much here unless you get the doctor to diagnose you.

    Wishing you all the best wishes.

    Regards,
    Chan

    To handy,

    This is the first time I heard someone doing this act. You’re advised to stop doing this act as some feces might have carried along dangerous bacteria, germs, toxin and chemical substances that might have you infected. To curb this act, you should vow to yourself with strong determination so that your aim (stop doing this act) can be achieved. I wish you good luck!

    Regards,
    Chan

  85. Hey. Here’s some background information. Before I got sick with the virus, I never had any gastrointestinal problems. About a month ago I became sick with some type of stomach virus. I went to the doctor, they said it would last about a week to a week and a half. The effects lasted about a week, and during that week I suffered from some constipation, nausea, etc. During this time I found the beauty of prunes and prune juice as laxatives. I then got a hemorhhoid (I know I spelled it wrong), but used some Preparation H on it and it went away in a couple of days. Everything was OK for about two or three weeks. Normal colored stool, normal size, normal BM frequency; everything was completely normal. Yesterday I went #2 and discovered that my stool was dark brown (a lot darker than normal). It was normal size, but the color was off. It wasn’t black, just a dark brown with a small green tinge to it. I went again today and the color was the same. The size was yet again normal, just darker in color. I was wondering if this was OK, or it was something that needed to get checked out. My diet hasn’t changed drastically, nor has the amount of exercise that I get. So if you could help me that would be amazing :S

  86. To James,

    Your condition may be due to the result of detoxification or cleansing. The detoxification may produce various symptoms, and one of the apparent results can be seen in your feces. But one thing to be noted is that if your dark brown colored stool is not accompanied by other symptoms such as rash, skin disorder, stomachache, headache, dizziness, frequent bloating, and etc. you shouldn’t have yourself worried much. But if the conditions persist few days, say more than 4 days, I’d advise you to check with a doctor. We’re actually very much concerned on black, bloody and red-colored feces. Even so, if you’re concerned much on the color of your feces, it’d be advisable to get yourself checked with the doctor.

    I hope this helps.

    Regards,
    Chan

  87. Thanks Chan. I recently have been taking a Multivitamin, which contains about 50% of my daily value of iron in it. I also have probably been eating more iron recently which I failed to mention in my previous post. I think the Multivitamin + the extra eating of iron might have caused my darker feces. The dark brown feces started on Monday, and on Tuesday I went #2 again and it was dark. On Wednesday I did not go, and today (Thursday) I went and the majority of my feces was light brown (my normal fecal color). It did however have some patches of dark brown, but seeing as the majority of the color was light brown, I personally consider this to be an improvement. Thanks for your post, it made me feel better. I was going to go to the doctor after 4 days if the color didn’t change, and luckily it has :) .

  88. I am young, only 31 and have great habits! but I have heard that colon cancer can effect the shape of feces. So, the shape of mine comes out normal at the front end, and thing at the back end…so they look like tadpoles. Is this bad? or they come out just narrow all the way…otherwise, no wierd smells, soft, brown…but, just the shape…

    thanks,

    sara

  89. To Sara Walker,

    Yes, colon cancer can undoubtedly influent the condition of your feces. The abnormal color of your feces (green, orange, brown and etc) may due to the foods, medications, iron supplementations, food colorings and etc. that you’ve taken recently. You shouldn’t concern much about the size of your feces. As long as your feces are soft, and no offensive smell, then you shouldn’t have yourself worried. However, if you observe that your feces are hard, dry, pellet ball, red or black color, have foul or offensive smell, too watery or/ and you see blood inside the feces, please consult the doctor immediately!

    I hope this helps. Take care and stay well!

    Regards,
    Chan

  90. Dear Chan,

    Everytime I go pee, I will usually let out a fart at the end of peeing and this time I ‘pooped’ something soft like I was having diarrhea. I thought it was odd. And then I looked down in the toilet bowl and I see white-like mucus ! And later on 2 hours later, I went to pee again and I ‘pooped’ a little bit more mucus. Can you explain why this is happening? I’m so worried. Thanks!

  91. To Rebecca,

    This is a sign of diarrhea. Generally, it causes you no concern. What you’ve to concern is when you’ve very hard, dry, or black feces, and even when you found blood in feces can be an alarming sign.

    Your condition can be caused by foods, medication, iron supplement, or if you’re in any detoxification program or detoxified herbs/ medication. Normally, the condition will go off by itself in a day or two. Please take note that if the condition persists for 4 or more than 4 days, please seek for an immediate medical assistance. You won’t know, the condition of feces may just reflect the underlying health problem which of course, require the medical diagnosis for further treatment.

    I hope this helps. Take care.

    Regards,
    Chan

  92. Dear Chan,

    I went to the doctor ( just to be on the safe side ) and she reconfirmed what you said. Thank you so much for helping out myself & others here and best of luck to you if you are a doctor or someone pursuing medicine. You’ve helped a lot of people out there just by bringing this informative piece to us & answering as best as you can with the questions & concerns. Thanks again!

    Regards,

    Rebecca Lee

  93. Reading all this got me all paranoid but my poo for the past few days just been small not the size of pellets but small and hardly anything comes out sometimes it a dark brown and feels like clay just recently my poo was slimmy with like a yellow brownish color they also sink I been watching what I been eating and drinking most of the time I drink water and lots of it I don’t really eat vegies mostly meat chicken eggs etc pls help I’m scared thinking I might have a diease and die

  94. To Aw4711,

    From your message, I know that you’re lack of fiber as most of your diet is meat instead. For your info, fibre is very important in our diet as it helps to digest foods we have eaten. Very often, when your diet is restricted to meat, your feces won’t appeal to be soft, smooth and healthy. Most heavy meat eaters have a very hard time to poo as they lack of fiber that helps to stimulate the peristalsis (movement) in the intestinal tract. It’s important for you to bear in mind that when this condition persists for certain period, you’re at higher risk of getting colon or intestinal related diseases.

    My sincere advice for you is to increase more fiber in your diet instead of meat. That means you should eat more leafy vegetables, fruits and high fiber food like physilium besides drinking appropriate amount of alkaline water to help solve your problem.

    I hope this helps. Take care and best wishes,
    Chan

  95. i like taking it up the ass

  96. my ass is so big because i take it up the ass so much what should i do should i stop taking it up the ass

  97. This comment section is not for JOKE and INAPPROPRIATE questions istead. Please don’t abuse the discussion here. And I’ll only respond to those appropriate questions.

    Regards,
    Chan

  98. Hi Chan,

    Quick question. About 2.5 weeks ago I started a new diet. More fruits, veggies, 1 Liter of h20 per day, along with a OneADay women’s multivitamin and 2000mg of omega 3 fish oil per day.

    About 2 days ago I noticed black “pepper” like flakes on the TP when I wiped.

    Stool isn’t a weird color, nothing hurts, everythings moving fine, could this be from a “body detox” and getting rid of garbage that was stuck to the colon walls?

  99. Hi,
    I sometimes have trouble pooing, and so.. I need to with a tissue put pressure so it can come out. Twice so far I found like…an orange ball.. Out of interest I opened it up and its white and powdery inside…. wat can it be??? My poo is also very all over the place. Sometimes I wake up in the morning and I have diarrhea and it all just comes down in one go .. other times I have to push very hard or else nothing comes out.
    Thanks

  100. To Leigh,

    This condition is due to the diet and multivitamin. It might be a process of “flushing” out toxic from your body or a result of the iron intake. It usually doesn’t cause any concern, but if the condition persists for more than 3 days, please seek an immediate medical assistance. In a case that you’ve a tarry black feces with blood found inside, please consult your doctor right away!

    To Emma,

    Have you checked on what you’ve eaten or drunk lately? The feces is generally influenced by the diet we took. Check also if you’ve taken enough fluids. It may also due to a sudden change of bowel movements that become watery and frequent.

    Diarrhea can be due to many reasons: food poisoning (for example, when you eat too much mushrooms), intestinal problem, kidney problem and etc. I’d suggest you to stop taking diary products temporary until the condition improves, reprenishing your body with appropriate amount of alkaline water to prevent dehydation, and by adding more vegie than meats in your diet.

    Diarrhea isn’t something severe to cause great alarm unless it’s followed by other symptoms such as lethargic, fever, bloody feces (some infectious diarrhea such as Salmonella and C. Difficile may cause bloody feces), vomiting, nausea, weight loss, sick and discomfort feeling. In this case, please get an immediate medical assistance!!!

    I hope this helps. Take care.

    Regards,
    Chan

  101. Lately sometime when I poop it seems to be flatttened in shape and not round. Sort of oval. This does not happen all the time but more frequently here lately. Is this a cause for concern? No constipation, no pain or discomfort.

  102. To Lee,

    No, you don’t have to concern. This condition is normaly caused by your daily diet, vitamin supplementation, detoxed products or medication you might have taken recently. If you feel no pain, no constipation or no discomfort feeling, no blood found in your feces, you shouldn’t worry much, but just adjust your diet.

    Have a good sleep, feel no worry and take care.

    Regards,
    Chan

  103. i need help i can not poop…. i go for weeks without pooping what should i do i try everthing.. i eat lots of fibre and i work out ones in a wihile i dont no what to do, and i do not want to go to the doctor.. please help.

  104. also when i do go it is juist running like water.. and i am in pain when i do go.. like cramps… please help.

  105. Dear Dr,
    I live in the USA I have no insurance and have noticed such a change in my bowel movements, I go as soon as I eat, sometimes the stool is mixed, some will be normal then the rest like a jam. I am stressed due the economy, home in foreclosure and car slated for repossession. I am a realtor so I have had no income for almost a year. My sister died from colon cancer at age 47 I am 51 female. The Dr did say that my sister’s cancer was not heredity, she did a gastric bypass and I am convinced that’s was the cause of her colon cancer.

  106. For the last 3 days my stools have been a dark brown with very little smell if any, should I be concernedv about dark brown stools??

  107. To George K.

    You shouldn’t worry much on your feces color as sometimes the color is influenced by the diet, iron supplementation and etc. They rarely cause any health concern and will go away soon.

    As long as the abnormal color of the feces that you observed is not hard, dry or runny, no blood is observed, and they aren’t constipated then they should be fine and need no medical attention.

    Nevertheless, if you see green, orange, or yellow colored feces or any abnormal/ sudden change in your bowel movement that is accompanied by vomiting, fever, abdominal pain, significant bleeding in the feces or extremely dark colored dry feces, persistence diarrhea, and/or what seems to be pain (particularly an ache in a tummy), you should by any attempts have them checked with your doctor immediately.

    I hope this helps. Take care

    Regards,
    Chan

  108. Dear Chan, I’m 16 years old and have been having digestive issues for over 6 months. They started when I consistently ate fast food as a meal every day for at least a month. That lead to what I thought to be normal diarrhea. However, the condition worsened over the months. My poop hasn’t been solid in almost six months. It usually has a ruddy, thick mud consistency or sometimes a soup-like one. I show virtually all symptoms of ulcerative colitis. Immediately after I eat something, whether a piece of fruit, meat, anything, I get terrible panging stomach cramps right in the center of my abdomen. These last anywhere from 20 minutes to over an hour. I consider myself a healthy teenager, I don’t eat fried foods or anything very high in fat. I try to get each of the food groups in in proper ratios most days. However, I have a history of anorexia and still current issues with binge eating. If im at home, I eat constantly throughout the day. My home life is currently very stressful. Does this affect my stomach condition, maybe? Can you help me?

  109. Dear Chan, I’m 16 years old and have been having digestive issues for over 6 months. They started when I consistently ate fast food as a meal every day for at least a month. That lead to what I thought to be normal diarrhea. However, the condition worsened over the months. My poop hasn’t been solid in almost six months. It usually has a ruddy, thick mud consistency or sometimes a soup-like one. I show virtually all symptoms of ulcerative colitis. Immediately after I eat something, whether a piece of fruit, meat, anything, I get terrible panging stomach cramps right in the center of my abdomen. These last anywhere from 20 minutes to over an hour. I consider myself a healthy teenager, I don’t eat fried foods or anything very high in fat. I try to get each of the food groups in in proper ratios most days. However, I have a history of anorexia and still current issues with binge eating. If im at home, I eat constantly throughout the day. My home life is currently very stressful. Does this affect my stomach condition, maybe? Can you help me?

  110. To in pain,

    Since you’ve a digestive problem, you should regularly get your health condition checked by a doctor. As for your info, fast food can harm your health because it contains very hight proprortion of trans-fat, cholesteroal and other chemical substances. So, you should by any attempts avoid consuming it, but take plenty of vegie and fruits to increase the fiber. Eating disoder as like anorexia and binge eating can also influence your feces. As I mentioned, diet can influence your feces. What you put in your mouth will finally become end product as feces. You’re advisable to have less stressful life, drink appropriate amount of water, take adequate amount of fiber in your daily diet, sleep well, watch your weight, and get yourself checked as the condition you’re facing might reflect certain complications (such as inflammation, swelling, the presence of stone and etc.)

    I hope this helps.

    Regards,
    Chan

  111. am sufferin from bloating ,burpin and sometimes stomach acidity for more than a year..i went to the doctor did a blow test for h.pylori and it was -ve.i gained 4 kiloes my symptoms are not related to food.am 22 and am really worried..i remember eating a burger before thoes symptoms have appeared..please i need an explanation..thanx

  112. To Sara,

    That may be symptoms of stomach cancer. I urge you to check with a doctor immediately.

    Regards,
    Chan

  113. I Have dark brown feces. It comes out easy , but I feel a little diarrhea coming on.

  114. To Martha,

    Just observe your condition for few days. If it doesn’t go away more than three days, please check with a doctor.

    BTW, try adjust what you eat and drink, and make sure that you replenish your body with adequate amount of water to avoid dehydration.

    I hope this helps. Take care.

    Regards,
    Chan

  115. healthy feces should float on top of the water in the toilet?

    Mine usually drop to the bottom (they’re not hard pellets either, I know I’m not constipated). the only times they float is if I get diarrhea, or if my stool is a little loose from diarrhea.

  116. To Dave,

    I’m sorry for the late reply and thanks for your patience. Yes, healthy feces should float instead of sink as stated in this article.

    The reason why unhealthy feces sink are that they carry along other substances (digestible or/ and improperly digested and may contain other chemical compounds).

    What I mean float here is your feces (in a good shape) float on top of the water. This should be treated differently when you’ve constipation. Most of the time, since there’s little came out during constipation and thus it’s floating on the water in terms of the weight. In this case, the floating feces shouldn’t be considered as healthy. And you should get yourself checked if the condition proceeds three or more than three days.

    I hope this helps. Take care and regards,

    Chan

  117. Hello , can you please help me ?,
    My Feces is comeing out like greeney golden yellow brown in color its like Clay .
    It has been like this for the pass 5 to 7 weeks i Have all ways been filling sick as well as pains in Stomack on my right hand side and my doctor has givein me Omeprazole Capsules so can you please let me know what you think?
    thank you

  118. dear chan…

    my feces hs more water in it,. it is small granul, and I usually do it at least once a day. evrytime , it is hard to contain it. it feels like it is going to blow. I don’t have this kind of problem when I was a teenager. so, is it normal, or should I go and see the physician??

  119. dear chan..

    my feces hs more water in it,. it is small granul, and I usually do it at least once a day. evrytime , it is hard to contain it. it feels like it is going to blow. I don\\\’t have this kind of problem when I was a teenager. so, is it normal, or should I go and see the physician??

  120. Hi benihime,

    If your feces contain more water, or watery feces, the condition explains the possibility of diarrhea. Generally, it causes you no concern. What you’ve to concern is when you’ve very hard, dry, or black feces, and even when you found blood in feces can be an alarming sign.

    Your condition can be caused by foods, medication, iron supplement, or if you’re in any detoxification program or detoxified herbs/ medication. Normally, the condition will go off by itself in a day or two. Please take note that if the condition persists for 4 or more than 4 days, please seek for an immediate medical assistance. You won’t know, the condition of feces may just reflect the underlying health problem which of course, require the medical diagnosis for further treatment.

    Just bear in mind that if your diet has lack of fiber or vegie or fruit, you should add in (instead of meat) to improve the condition.

    I hope this helps. Take care.

    Regards,
    Chan

  121. I have several quetions and concerns. First I take morphine daily
    for chronic pain. This has caused constipation, weight gain and severe dry mouth. The dry mouth I solve by fluids near me always. No sugar. I eat fruits apples oranges bannanas often.
    I also eat whole grain cereals.
    Problems I’ve had are very scarry to me. First my BM is shaped like large to small balls which I pass one by one. If I go once or twice daily. If due to loss of feeling in my lower body due to accidents I may forget to go have BM. if I wait 1-2 day my BM becomes compacted into a large clump of the small to large size balls. And the smell has become souch worse and there is no water moisture at all.
    Next once while sick I failed to have a BM for 5 days and I could not pass my feces at all. I had tried oil enemas as well as water and that is when the pain of my anus became so bad it almost threw up. My kidneys and heart began to pound and I was terrified I would not be able to pass this BM and would have to go to the ER. The thought of going to the ER with this problem was too much. So I fashioned steel wire into a small hook placed bar soap all over the tool and pushed it inside me to help pry loose or break apart my stool. With the help of the enema oil and from me using my finger to break up some of the formation I used the tool along with me pushing as much as I could half standing up bent over a sink due to the nausea managed to push and pull a highly compacted fece the lenght and width of a can of Hi C punch. It must have weighed over 4lbs and it’s smell was again so bad.
    Since this has happened there has been only a few times that it has repeated. However the feces is still ball shaped bad smelling and slow to pass at all.
    I am concerned about the shape the dark dark brown color and consistency like clay even dry clay. I’m conerned that by passing that CAN size BM I may have caused a problem now only to repeat again and again. Also concerned about the force it takes to pass a BM each day.

    Is there a home test to be taken to check for blood. I have never seen any before. The feces is not black or shinny but dark Brown and dull. However the smell of a late BM has to worst smell I can remember and I have smelled dead bodies and decaying dead animals. This is worse.

    When I have high pressured BMs they are always followed by what seems to be urine that is a full bladdder like passing but which I had not known I had to go again until it happened.

    Lastly when there is pressure of a full entestine and I can feel I need to defecate that feeling takes place in the morning and it’s always preceded by what seems to be pre siminal fluid which also if I don’t shower it begins to stink badly until night when I can shower off as usual.

    Can you provide some of your experience for me and what you would estimate and or guess what my problem(s) are?

    I choose my wording carefully when I asked for an estimate or guess. I can really use the help
    sincerely,
    chronic pain patient.

  122. The above is mine I could not finish entering I’d and email before the site sent my request.

  123. To Dj,
    First of all, please pardon me for a late reply.

    Since I don’t have your health history, it’s not appropriate to diagnose your condition. In this case, the appropriate person you should go to is a doctor who’s treating you or a doctor who stays nearby you. Therefore, I just can provide you a generalized info here.

    You mentioned that you use a steel wire or finger to take out your feces, which I don’t encourage you to do so. The reason is that you might hurt the surrounding cells, and it might have also caused internal bleeding or/ and swelling.

    Normally, the color is not a concern since the feces are sometimes affected by your daily diet (what you’ve eaten or drunk recently), medication, iron supplementation, multivitamin, detoxified herbs or any other chemical supplementations. What we concern is if the color of feces is red (for fear of bloody feces), dark black, hard or dry feces. Another alarming sign is that while pooping, you feel pain in the back, or abdominal pain, which of course, require for immediate medical attention as it might be an underlying health problem.

    Another thing that you’ve to notice is the smell. When your feces smell like dead bodies and/ or dead animals, these are unhealthy and prompt you for further medical attention. In your case, I’d suggest you to check with a doctor.

    I just would like to suggest you to increase plenty of vegetables and fruits in your daily diet instead of meat or meat based food, exercise regularly, replenish your body with adequate amount of water, swift to healthy lifestyle and healthy eating habit to improve your condition. And I’d strongly urge you to reduce or quit the intake of morphine because it harms your health. Don’t spoil your health! Please know that the loss of health is the loss of everything in this world.

    I hope this helps. Thanks and take care.

    Regards,
    Chan

  124. Hello,
    I have been using the bathroom about three to four times a day and when i defecate water and sand like feces comes out. I haven’t had long solid feces come out. Small parsley looking pieces float to the top. Sometimes it comes out in small pieces and floats to the top. I’m also over weight if that matters.

  125. Hello,
    I have been using the bathroom about three to four times a day and when i defecate water and sand like feces comes out. I haven’t had long solid feces come out in a long time. Small parsley (brown in color) looking things float to the top after i defecate. Sometimes it comes out in small pieces and floats to the top. I’m also over weight if that matters. Occasionally when i\\\’m defecating it feels like a lot comes out but once i check its mostly water and the sand looking feces. It happens more when i have hot sauce with my meal.

  126. To Pioter,

    Thanks for your patience.

    If you’re experiencing to poop less feces than water content (or watery feces), it’s most probably an indication of diarhea.

    According to your description, you said that your feces are never in long solid form but sandy feces instead. This condition is sometimes very much influenced by your daily diet. Very often, if you’ve taken less fiber (from fruits and vegetables), you might have experienced this complication, or you may have eaten too much fungi-group food (such as mushroom at a time), or you may have taken too much proportion of some particular foods ( in excess to its appropriate amount) that may have shown you this sign.

    As I mentioned in the text and comment section, as long as you don’t see blood in feces, dry and extremely hard feces, or you don’t feel pain in the abdominal part or back pain while pooping, it should do you fine. However, if you’re still feeling uncomfortable and doubt on your present situation, then you may consult your doctor for further advice on your lifestyle and eating habit to improve your bowel movement.

    I hope this helps. Take care and regards,
    Chan

  127. Hey Chan,

    I defecate maybe once a week, if not longer and when i do i tend to have blood, i don’t know if its from a ripping cut or because of actual blood. what should i do?

  128. To Tristan,

    I’m sorry for a late reply. Thanks for your patience.

    It’s unhealthy to defecate once a week. For a healthy person, they must defecate at least once a day, three times a day is considered normal condition for a healthier person. If you’ve seen some blood-like substances in your feces, it might show you an indication of internal bleeding either in your gastrointestinal tract or the surrounding cells near the anus, or it might be due to a developed of stone in intestinal tract/ bladder or might be a sign of other underlying health conditions. I hereby urge you to seek for a medical assistance immediately to diagnose problem being faced by you.

    I hope this helps, and again I urge you not to disregard your bowel condition.

    Take care and regards,
    Chan

  129. Hi Chan, I just read your article and it was very interesting for myself but I didn’t find an answer to what I was personally looking for. My father is diabetic and he doesn’t take care of himself (eats junk food, fast food, sugar, soda, energy drinks etc.) regardless of his situation. In the past year or so we have noticed that his feces gives out a smell of dead animal. We could be across the room and the smell fills the air with a nasty smell that is intolerable. What could be causing this? He doesn’t want to go to the doctor but I want to get an idea of the possible things that could be causing this so I can tell him and try to convince him to see a doctor or do something about his health.

  130. To Santiago,

    This is very bad for your diabetic dad to be in unhealthy foods, as this will aggravate his existing health problem. Further, you described that he had a dead animal smell like feces, which of course mark the unhealthy of his. Since he has a diabetic, sugary rich foods he takes might not be completely digested as a normal healthy person, and this might be one of the reasons that causes bad smell of his feces. Other reasons might be due to the remaining of feces that stay too long in his gastrointestinal tract, rotten foods that may have remained in his colon that is not completely defecated when he poops, cancer/ulcers/swelling in certain parts of his organs (particularly that is related to digestive system), stone development and other underlying health problems. I therefore urge you to bring him to check with a doctor for further diagnosis. Never disregard this sign. Early treatment can always enable better cure for the develop of certain health issues.

    I hope this helps.

    Regards,
    Chan

  131. Thanks. It help a lot. I\’ll try to get him to a doctor asap!

  132. Hi Chan,

    I have had a diet change that is for the better that includes more fruit, vegetables and less meat.. not to mention less overall calories and for the most part gluten and dairy free foods. I had a condition over the summer that went away but since I started this diet on Monday I had a few days where everything was normal but now I am noticing some red flake like things that feel almost like plastic floating in the water / in the stool the last 2 days. Could this be from the diet change or is it an issue that I have to go back to the doctor for (previously had Giardia from swimming in a lake in TN).

  133. To G

    I’m sorry for a late reply. It’s good to know that you’d changed your diet from less meat to more vegetables and fruits. When you change your diet, basically the texture, softness and color of your feces should show you obvious changes or if not, a slightly change in your bowel movement. If you observe some red flake in your feces, I’d suggest you to get a doctor to have a check. Sometimes, the condition may not be resulted from your feces, but may be a direct result from certain underlying health consequences you’re facing now. By doing a further treatmeant and diagnosis, the doctor will tell you what went wrong in your body.

    I hope this helps, take care, and am looking forward to listening good news from you.

    Regards,
    Chan

  134. I always have A LOT of gas, belching and flatulence. Also, my poop is very hard and does not come out easily. When it does, it is small pebbles ranging in size. Months ago, I was diagnosed with gastritis after feeling a fullness in my chest after eating. I was prescribed pepcid to take twice a day and the pain and fullness is not as prominent now. Please help me understand what’s wrong with my digestive system.

  135. To Pebble Poop,

    As I mentioned in my article, the condition of your feces (in terms of texture, shape, color, and etc.) is directly linked to your daily diet. The feces may also cause by medication, living lifestyle, habits, existing health condition and etc. Have you checked if either of the condition I stated here is IMBALANCE or UNHEALTHY?

    I can’t help you to understand your digestive system here, as it’s an inner organ which I can’t see what’s wrong here,and the appropriate way is to get diagnosis from the qualified doctor. Hence, I can’t really tell you what’s wrong there, since many underlying problems may also cause abnormal condition to the feces, as like the develop of stones in the gastrointestinal tract, swelling or inflammation in the part related to digestive system, and other conditions not mentioned here. I’d advise you to have a check with your doctor.

    I hope this helps.

    Regards,
    Chan

  136. my poop has been coming out BLACK with carmel color streaks, whats wrong with that?

  137. Hi sssssteph,

    I’d advise you to check with the doctor. It’s hard to diagnose certain underlying conditions without carrying out medical diagnosis.

    I hope this helps.

    Regards,
    Chan

  138. Hello Chan,

    I\’m impressed with how long you\’ve actively been helping and giving advice on this website. I have a few questions regarding my feces.
    Recently I\’ve found bright red blood in my stool or sometimes surrounding it. Its happened about twice in the last month lasting for around 1-2 days. Both times it happened i also experienced sore joints all over my body like i was coming down with a virus and short fevers lasting 1-2 hours, and then the next day i feel fine. Stool color is yellow / light brown and doesn\’t float. In fact i don\’t really remember my stool ever floating unless its slightly diarrhea.

    i was wondering if bad sleep patterns, or poor sleep could cause this , or gluten sensitivity?

  139. To Mr Casey,

    First of all, thank you for your kind words. It’s my pleasure to share my knowledge with others here.

    As stated in my article, you’ve to pay attention especially when you observed bright red blood in your feces. They might be due to your diet (when you eat root bit and etc.) and may also indicate internal bleeding in your intestinal tract. It’s always better to seek for medical diagnosis to confirm whether blood existed in your feces or not. If you said that you experienced sore joints and fevers, they were of course, not healthy conditions, and sometimes they may not be due to your feces, but may indicate symptoms of underlying medical condition. Therefore, I’d suggest you to check with a doctor.

    I hope this helps.

    Regards,
    Chan

  140. Hello Chan

    Thank you for your article, it is very informative. I do see a gastro as I was diagnosed with IBD about 8 yrs ago and he wants me to have a virtual colonoscopy. I am still waiting for them to call me back for the appointment since August. I was always more on the diarrhea side but slowly for about the last year it has become more constipation. I also noticed about 1 1/2 yr ago that there was a flat side. I did mention this to my gastro and that is why I have to go for the test. But I noticed this morning that it is much smaller in diameter that it was 2 yrs ago when I first noticed the flat side. I never had a problem going at least once a day, but for the last 4 months, it’s about every 2 or 3 days. I also have been losing weight, roughly 60lbs in the last 5 months. The test will take about a year to have when they call me, but I just want to know if I should ask a doctor to rush it.

    Thank you
    Lyne

    P.S To those of you that are making wisecracks, get a life. What you are doing is disrespectful to Chan & others who are seeking information.

  141. Hi Lyne,

    As according to you, you were experiencing constipation within the corresponding period. I’d suggest you to adjust your daily dietary pattern and living lifestyle. In this matter, you can add more fiber-rich foods such as cereals or grains for your breakfast, and as for your lunch and dinner, you may add more leafy vegetables and fruits such as kiwi, banana and etc. (preferably organically grown one) into your daily diet. Your daily veggie component should be 3:1 in ratio to any meat-based intake. If you were stressing, then try to get yourself sufficient rest and learn ways to release your stress (for example, you can exercise regularly but not over-exercise, listen to a natural-theme based music, do deep breathing exercise, think positively, pray to God, and get sufficient and enough sleep/rest). Besides this, you should drink plenty and appropriate amount of alkaline water. By doing this, you’ll see your health condition improves greatly and of course, your constipation will go away soon.

    Just want to let you know that feces, of course can reveal your present situation, but, apart from feces, many underlying factors may also influence your existing health condition.

    You don’t have to rush them, but you’ve to follow-up with them. You could talk to them how concern you’re thinking of your present condition and say you really hope that they could speed up a procedure to get you have a diagnosis as soon as possible. Try to talk softly and politely with them, and I’m sure they’ll consider your request.

    If you’ve any question, please feel free to drop it in this comment section. I’ll try my best to answer your question and provide you the best ever free consultation online.

    I hope this helps.

    Regards,
    Chan

  142. nice article. keep up the good work

  143. Hi there…….

    Last nite my husbnd went to the toilet and when he was finished and tried to flush it wouldnt go down and it blocked the bowl.

    I went to flush after him and noticed that his stool was extremely BIG…..

    I have no reason to think he is gay but being a human being….the first thing that came to mind was that his anus would have to be very wide to have this come out..

    Why would his stool be so large???

  144. To Crystal,

    I cannot imagine how BIG did you mention here? Got the measurement?

    The size of the feces do not usually show any alarming sign. It might be due to that he might have eaten too much, and those undigested one came out as feces. Or, he might be in detoxification program, that helped flushing out his present feces plus the previously feces that had not been cleared off completely from his intestinal tract.

  145. Hi umm I was sick a couple weeks back now and when i was i had a hard time with bowel movements i would have them but only in like small ball form.I havent been sick since maybe a little after the start of November and am having bowel movements fine, except that the color is brown which is normal for me but also has caramel colored streaks that seem mucusy like what is this im really scared and need to know.

  146. To helppp

    If you’re always experiencing bowel movement problem, then you should check your daily diet. I’d encourage you to add more fiber-rich grains, green leafy vegetables and fruits to increase your fiber intake in order to promote smooth pooping. The next thing you’ve to take note is to drink sufficient amount of water (preferably alkaline water) to help aid in bowel movement. Please check my article link http://www.healthmad.com/Health/Are-Your-Feces-Healthy-2.232693
    to see whether it helps you solve your problem.

    The color you mentioned here was normal. It’s normal to see feces coated with some mucus; however, if you see mucus in feces persist for up to three days or more, then there might be a concern of the inflammation of gastrointestinal due to the presence of protozoa such as Salmonella or Amebic colitis stated herein. If you’re still concerned with your bowel movement, I’d advise you to check with a registered doctor.

    I hope this helps. Take care and stay well!

    Regards,
    Chan

  147. thanks so much you donot understand how much better that makes me feel I was also just wondering irritable bowel seems to run in my family and my family keeps saying that that could gbe the reason of my strange bowel movements. could this be a possibility? and what if it is salmonella poison because I have had this color for quite some time could this be dangerous or can it go away by itself?

  148. To helppp,

    You should have a doctor checked on you. I can’t draw you any conclusion here without a diagnosis carried on. They might be a possibility, so please get a medical assistance.

    I hope this helps. Take care.

    Regards,
    Chan

  149. today while i was camping and hiking a saw a tiny little yellow worm in my poo, still moving. im gonnna see a doctor but just curious as to what it could be….
    bit nervous actually thanks

  150. To George Clifford,

    You saw a tiny little yellow worm in your poop, didn’t you? There are many reasons. You might be a heavy meat eater, or you might be infected with parastites by eating raw foods, or when you’re in detoxified program/diet that may have expelled the worm dwelling in your intestinal tract, and so forth. No matter what the reasons are, it’s better for you to get a medical diagnosis.

    I hope this helps.

    Regards,
    Chan

  151. I have been having a white jelly-like substance on my feces the last couple of times I’ve gone to the bathroom (it pretty much looks like vasaline). It coats the feces and it also floats on it’s own. I have intestinal problems and I was wondering if this was a huge cause for concern? Should I be seeing a doctor ASAP?

  152. To Ashley,

    Ya, this may be a health concern. It’s better for you to check with a doctor for a further diagnosis. I’d be happy if you could share the diagnostic result and your experience here with other dearest readers. Thanks!

    Have a great day!

    Regards,
    Chan

  153. Chan,

    Thank you so much for sharing you knowledge. I’m a 42-year old male and have been active in sports and fitness most of my adult life. I’m not or ever was overweight and never have smoked. I’d like to think I’m healthy. Even though I’ve been active in fitness, I really have not followed a healthy diet. I do eat fruits and vegatables but probably not as much as I should. Just recently within the past 5-years I have been eating more fast food as I have been busy with my kids. Within in the last year, I have noticed bloating after eating, strong oder (methane smell) when having a BM and an oily substance in the toilet bowl (not much but something). I guess this could be several things but thought I would adjust my diet first before I see a doctor. What do you think?

  154. Hi

    I am a early 20’s female with a fairly active lifestyle and a very healthy diet. I cannot/do not eat gluten, soy, or peanuts (discovered through personal investigation and seem to only be sensitivities, not allergies or anything), so basically nothing processed. Typically my staple menu is spinach salad, canned salmon with light mayo, brown rice, black beans, tons of green apples, skim milk, whey isolate smoothies made with green tea and frozen berries, bananas, almonds, and yogurt. So the issue…my poo changes all the time and for years I have had issues with it sticking to the bowl. Like bad. To the point I put down tp to minimize contact. It is awful at friends houses ’cause I crap out the bowl (no pun intended). *Gross* My mother said it is too much fat in the diet, but aside from almonds, cheese, and salmon, I don’t eat extraordinary amounts of fat. Is there something fishy going on? Or am I just doomed to be the worst guest ever…

    Found this online:

    “If the stools are black, tarry and sticky (called melena), this can mean that there is bleeding from the small intestine.”

    They’re not necessarily black…

    I’ve had 11 people ask me if I’m pregnant because of my belly. The only other insight I can give is that I regularly have foul flatulence that seems to have weight to it….yeah that is weird sounding I know…

    Thanks for your help. Sorry to be so candid.

  155. Hi Mike,

    Your diet is not healthy. You should adjust your daily diet. In this case, your vegetable and fruit intake should be 3 ratio to 1 ratio of meat, in addition to other high-fiber rich foods (such as grains, oat, and etc.). Also, you should try to avoid taking fast foods because it contains high amount of sodium and fat which may harm your health. The methane smell is due to your large consumption on meat-based foods. You can read more in details from my article http://www.healthmad.com/Health/Are-Your-Feces-Healthy-2.232693. Only when you adjust your eating habit, you’ll see an improvement in your bowel movement. This is the important thing you should do by now. If after switching to a healthy eating habit and lifestyle, you still experience the similar health condition, please consult a doctor for a further medical assistance.

    Regards,
    Chan

  156. To Hi,

    Your diet seems ok, but you lack of enzyme, beans, tofu, seaweeds to name a few of them. The other thing you’ve to take note is that your diet must be in appropriate and moderate amount but not overconsumption in certain foods that may harm your health as well. Milk and milk products are not good for your health. Why I say so? You can find more reasons from my article http://healthmad.com/health/milk-is-an-unhealthy-drink-shockingly-untold-truths/. Cheese is another bad food since it’s a concentrated product of milk. Instead, you should replace dairy products with soy milk, almond milk or rice milk. When you adjust your diet accordingly, you’ll see a better improvement in your bowel movement. If you’re still concerned with your feces, you can always seek for a medical assistance.
    “If the stools are black, tarry and sticky (called melena), this can mean that there is bleeding from the small intestine.” This condition may be due to the bleeding from the small intestine, but in certain cases, it may be due to other underlying factor which always prompts you to seek for a medical advice.

    Regards,
    Chan

  157. Thank you Chan, I appreciate your advice. Can the lack of fruits, vegetables and grains/oats as well as the large consumption of meat contribute to the minor oily substance I’ve been seeing? Thanks again!!!!!

  158. Hi Mike,

    The answer is YES. This is because what you eat will be directly reflected in your feces. Try adjusting your daily diet with my suggestions and let me know what’s your improvement in bowel movement then.

    You take care and merry christmas!

    Regards,
    Chan

  159. HELLO, I AM CURIOUS…I HAVE HAD ALMOST CLAY COLORED OR LIGHT BROWN POOP FOR THE LAST FEW MONTHS. THE POOP ALMOST LOOKS HAIRY AND IT DOES NOT FLOAT LONG AND WHEN IT DOES SINK TO THE BOTTOM OF THE BOWL IN THEN FALLS APART LIKE DUST ALMOST? I BECAME SICK ABOUT 3 MONTHS AGO AND BEFORE THIS I ALWAYS HAD THE SAME POOP, NEVER DIFFERENT. I HAD A TEST DONE AND IT DID SAY THAT I HAVE A INGESTED PROTOZOA BUT COULD NOT IDENTIFY THE TYPE? I AM BEING TREATED WITH FLAGYL RIGHT NOW AND I AM GOING ABOUT 3 TIMES A DAY AND IT STILL HAS THIS SAME WEIRD LOOK? ANY INSIGHT WOULD HELP :)

  160. To Texas Gal,

    In your occasion, you’re feeling sick, in addition to your unhealthy feces, indicating that you’re facing a medical condition. Since you’d been dignosed to have infected with protozoa, you should be very careful in terms of your daily diet. If you’re a heavy meat-eater, then you should consider cut off the meat intake while increasing fiber-rich foods such as grains, fruits and leafy vegetables. I’d advise you to stop dairy products temporary, exercise regularly, maintain your spiritial health, replenish your body with sufficient amount of water (preferably alkaline water) and lastly, you should adopt a healthy lifestyle to improve your existing condition.

    I hope this helps.

    Regards,
    Chan

  161. Thanks for the reply…one last question that I did not mention is that my stool also has very small squiggly lines throughout it as well. Could these be worms? They do not move and they are completly thoughout the stool and very distinct in shape? Last, what kind of Dr. do you see about something like this? Would I go to a gastro or a infection specialist to diagnose and treat my symptoms?

  162. To Texas gal,

    It’s hard to tell whether it’s a worm or not without a medical diagnosis. It’s better to go for a diagnosis before any conclusion can be made. I’d suggest you to check with a gastro specialist.

    I hope this helps. Merry christmas!

    Regards,
    Chan

  163. It is a very good article but did not find what I was looking for.

    Anyway, I have been passing motion at least once every morning and recently twice which I think is good. However, my stool diameter has become rather small, like 10 – 15mm rather than 30mm as mentioned bu you. Is this a problem with my colon? I have checked with my doctor but he said it was alright so long as my toilet routine is consistent.

    Is it advisable for a colon cleansing?

  164. I have just stumbled on to this site and am in hopes that you can help me. I have recently went to my generl Dr with symptoms of what looked like a jelly like blood clot in my feces, oil in feces, passing large red brownish object which when i first passed, it was small and looked like rolled up tomato skins.i have passed that i am aware of about four times within the last eight months, the last being about three in. by three in. in size. My other symptoms have been extreme periphal swelling and extreme swelling of my belly looking as if i was about six months or more pregnant. Inormally have a flat belly. I have a great amount of food that does not digest. I am usually very pale now. My feces is sometimes a normal color but the next time may be vey black and sticky. I have had an ultrasound showing nothing. Last week I went to a gastro which was extremly rude dismissing all of my symtoms to my taking the medication methadone. I am on methadone maintance for opiate addiction and this Dr treated me very badly and dismissed all on the methadone. I left there knowing it was going to be up to me to diagnose myself and get help. I have diagnosed myself as having giant intestinal flukes which i got from consuming watercress almost 8 months ago. I have what i call episodes that i become extremly ill. I called the gastro back and told them what i know i have and i have just today dropped of the last of three stool specimans dr ordered. I will know Monday. Can you give me your opinion and please tell me if I am right what course of treatment i can be looking for. I really feel like i need to be in the hospital. please advise, i really need some encouragment here because i am very very afraid and have been for so long.

  165. This is still from Susie, I have some other symtoms I would like you to know about. Very very often i hear loud gurgling sounds from my stomach. At times i can press on the lower left abdomen and can actually push the fluid around making squishing sounds. During what i call episodes, i have extreme nausea, dull abdomen pain, sometimes vomiting. I have always had chronic constipation and of course methadone should add to this. I however noticed no diffirence. It has always been extreme. I have to take Phillips of Mag every two days to provoke and bowel movement. This of course means I very rarely have any actual stools in my movement.It is always diaherra type fluid, sometimes a mixture. Therefore its really easy to see things that shoud not be in feces in it. Last symtom I can think of right now is i have fever with my episodes at times. Also, im very afraid of the treatment I will receive from this Dr because of his rudeness and dismissal of me becuase of his views of patients on methadone. Like I said, this is so scary to me. What i think or know i have is Fasicola gigantica or fiscioliasis buski. This has taken me months and months to self diagnose. Am I going to be ok after treatment.

  166. still from susie,
    sorry for having such a long post but i want you to have as much info as i can think of that may effect what your opinion is. The last think I wanted to add is that although i am on methadone maintance i have always been very active, or exercised. I have always been a healthy weight with very low body fat. All of my adult life i have ate healthy, little to no meat, many fruits and vegetables/ My addiction came as a result of an accident some which required eight months of hydrocodene prescribed after which I was addicted and supplied myself for over five years until i went to this program. I have been in this program for one year and have began a six month detox schedule. I just wanted you to know i guess i paranoid becuase western doctors can really mistreat patients on this program. Its sad but true, some good im sure but i have yet to see one. They all have an attitude and my last expierence was pretty much, your an addict, what diffience does it make what is wrong with you. Now, im finished. Again, thank you so very much for your patience in reading all of this.

  167. Hi seeker,

    The size of your feces doesn’t usually matter much and they’ll always be changed proportionally to the amount of meals you take each day. When you eat tapioca or bananas in large quantity, then you may have bulk of feces coming out. Another reason is that your intestinal tract may become narrower due to the deposit of fats/lipids, waste materials (including those feces that didn’t cleanse completely from your previous bowel movements), medication, presence of stones (that block feces from being eliminated), growth or tumor, or other underlying medical condition. You can try doing colon cleansing to see whether it help improve your bowel movement. I’d suggest you to see a doctor to check on your intestinal tract for a further medical diagnosis.

    I hope this helps.

    Regards,
    Chan

  168. Hi Susie,

    I appreciate your detailed explanation here. I see that your feces are unhealthy as well as the symptoms you’re experiencing which may indicate some unexplainable/underlying medical condition. If you think the doctor had treated you badly, why not you look for another doctor (preferably gastro specialist) who has a strong background of treating intestinal/colon/gastro-related problem?

    Your problems really require for a prompt medical attention since you said that you’ve an occasional abdominal pain and swelling. These are of course alarmings of your health condition.
    In your case, I’d suggest you to increase the intake of vegetable and fruits but less meat-based foods, replenish plenty amount of water (preferably alkaline water), avoid oily/grilled/fried/processed/dairy foods, exercise regularly, be in spiritually healthy (by praying, carolling, singing, and etc.), don’t stay overnight and rest/sleep adequately to help improve your present situation. Also, try suggestions in my article http://www.healthmad.com/Health/Are-Your-Feces-Healthy-2.232693. You may also try colon cleansing program. Besides checking with a gastro specialist, I’d also recommend you to check with a registered and qualified Chinese physician (if you could find one) to prescribe you herbs to improve your condition. Your condition needs both treatments from a western specialist and a Chinese physician. While seeking a medical assistance from a Chinese physician, please let them know in details which type of treatment or medication you are receiving from a western doctor, so as to help avoid any medication interaction which might have worsen your condition or reduced the efficiency of treatment. This article is for your reference, and you can’t just do your own self-diagnose. You still need someone experienced in a medical field to check on you. The reason is that the signs might alarm you for certain underlying medical condition which requires a further medical diagnosis.

    Please don’t feel too concern or worried about your situation, but help calm yourself down. You need to be relaxed. Don’t stress yourself because it won’t help you much. Just stay in happy, and think positively. Remember, medical treatment is a must for you and at the same time, you should pray in the name of God whole-heartedly because miracle will one day reaches you!

    Take care and I’m looking forward to hearing good news from you.

    Regards,
    Chan

  169. Thank you so much for your reply. I will be happy to let you know what my cultures show in a few days. I have indeed became very worried and a bit depressed with the Drs attitude however I have let go of that and hope for the best. If no improvement, indeed I will move on. God has been the center of my life for two years now and prayer has saved me. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement and to all the help you give others.
    God Bless

  170. Hello,
    I have noticed over a period of the last six months I have passed what appeared to be rolled up tomato skins. The ones I first notices were about a half inch in length and width. When unrolled it was of pretty tough matter as did not tear easily. It had dots all over one side that looked like the dots on strawberries. Months later I passed one that was about one and half in. in lenght and width., Months later one passed that was now about 3 in. by 2 inches. I was horrified. Note that I felt very ill when passing these. I could have passed many more without realizing it. These are just the ones that I found after statring to check my feces. I have had a parasite check by stools 3 diffirent times and all were clear. I did have this done thru lab at hospital. Its crazy but all of the sudden I feel so much better. Im not tired all the time, my color is good and i have no more lower ab pain. Can you please give me your advise as to what this may be that I was passing.

  171. To melonie,

    I’d advise you to check with a gastro specialist and let me know your diagnosis then.

    Apart from that, you should switch to a healthy diet, exercise regularly, take adequate amount of water and rest, be active and spiritually healthy.

    I hope this helps.

    Regards,
    Chan

  172. sometimes when i fart, no one can bare the smell… what does that mean? what can i do to fix this?

  173. Hi,

    I’ve been having problems over the last several months, though these problems are never really consistent day to day. For the past 4-5 days, my stool has been dark brown and “soft” or “loose.” – There is also undigested food present – the sort that I should have no problem digesting. I also get diarrhea when I drink alcohol (it doesn’t even have to be any more than a glass of wine). I am currently on antidepressants, and was previously on clindamycin and augmentin for several months for an infection (that was finished for about five months now). Is it possible that these things have permanently screwed up my system? I have no other problems otherwise. Can you please give me any tips or advice besides seeing a physician?

    Thanks! Your site is really awesome.

  174. To ryan,

    Please read my article http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/are-your-feces-healthy/ and see whether it helps you.

    Regards,
    Chan

  175. Hi JT,

    Thanks for your kind words. You should stop drinking alcoholic drinks until your condition improved since you’re facing the existing medical condition. I’d say that antidepressants, clindamycin and augmentin you took might be screwed up your immune system, and thereby causing unpleasant feeling. In addition to that, diet, sleep, water intake, emotional disturbance and other underlying health conditions might also contribute to unhealthy feces. I’d suggest you to get a scan on your colon and intestinal tract.

    Regards,
    Chan

  176. Age 60
    On blood thinners,clots in lungs.
    APPX 6 months started passing lots of gas.
    Stolls always changing,lumpy,nice and smooth,drop off to a point,some thick and hard,some smooth and less then inch in diameter.
    Try to eat health foods.
    No weight loss.
    Can’t remember if I ever in my life had floaters.
    Thanks for fantastic info

  177. Hi Chan, what a brilliant well presented article. I really enjoyed reading it and was amazed at the difference in poop! I do know that the toilet bowl is the best place to look to see if you are healthy or not and you described the many conditions perfectly.

    Just one thing, how does the Japanese expert know what the poop he was researching tastes like? I hope it was taste by smell.

  178. hi.. hope you can help me..
    I have a problem with my poop. i’ve been experiencing bowel problems recently like 2 weeks.. my poop’s like really loose and soft but not oily or wet.. and i notice bubbles in the water.. sometimes yellow, sometimes brown.. small and tiny strip poops, like that in a blender, and it smells really really bad..
    last week, i got sick/fever for taking immodium coz i thought it can help me stop the diarrhea.. but i’m ok now, i took biogesic for my fever.. i dont feel pain in my stomach except last week.. i felt just a few pins and needles somewhere in the left part of my belly, not always.. but now im fine.. what is the problem? is this dangerous?? is it terrible condition? i took flagyl but its not working.. i still have diarrhea, and always have the “got to go” feeling. i go like many times a day, more than 4x. but i drink water always.

    btw, in the first week, i had a feeling where i like to throw up becoz of what i ate, but not always.

    i am currently taking topical meds for my acne/pimples, is it because of the meds, that i experience this problem or, i have something in my stomach? or what? does gatorade and banana help?

    hope you help me..
    thanks in advance.

  179. Hi Age 60,

    Since you’re in blood thinners and etc., you might expect to have experienced some unusual medical conditions. Yes, eating healthy food is good for you, but make sure that you really know what food is classified under healthy foods. Next, I’d advise you to consult your doctor or a registered dietician to discuss on your daily diet pattern lifestyle and bowel movement. If possibly, get a gastro specialist to check on your colon.

    I hope this helps.

    Regards,
    Chan

  180. Hi Lilyrose,

    Thanks for your kind words. Yes, you’re right! Feces, generally, reflect our health. They did several experimentations in a laboratory. The feces could also be recognized by smell. Please read more details from my article http://www.healthmad.com/Health/Are-Your-Feces-Healthy-2.232693.

    I hope this helps.

    Regards,
    Chan

  181. Hi nina,

    I’d suggest you to have a check on your colon by a registered and experienced gastro specialist. Please consult a doctor to discuss on medical conditions you’re facing and ask their advice for the dietary pattern that suits you best. Beware that certain medications and foods may cause stomach upset, colon swelling, and other unexplainable conditions. You should always consult your doctor prior to making any changes pertaining to your dietary and medicidation intake to avoid any unexpected medical consequence.

    I hope this helps.

    Regards,
    Chan

  182. Hi,
    I have a question. Ive been notin\cing for the past ferw months tht my stool seems to be grainy. Actually i dont know if im describing it rite, but it looks like usual but has whitish little pieces apparent on it. I dont know if its normal or not and even if this wud suit the description of grainy.

  183. I just have a question about a weird discovery when going to the bathroom. I have googled and found no answers. For a long while (a year or so) Every time I went to the bathroom I would poop and in my poop would be these little orange colored egg shaped things. Finally getting worried I put on a pair of gloves and pinched the ball/egg open and inside it was like the consistency of the inside of the baked potato. Do you have any idea what this could be?

  184. i have a pain in my lower abdomen and my stools are generally black and small what does this mean? have had a hysterectomy

  185. Hi lisa,

    Abdominal pain may be a sign of intestinal blockages, stomach ulcers, pancreas and gallbladder problems, or possible causes of abdominal pain which require immediate medical attention. It might also indicate the presence of intestinal or urinary stones. You can read further details from my article http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/somewhat-unusual-weirdest-stone-formation-in-human-body/ Black feces can be seen as a sign of bleeding from the stomach or small intestine, in which they’d usually cause the feces to have foul smelling. You should cut back the iron supplementation so that this problem can be alleviated, but before doing this, please seek advice from your doctor. In short, I’d suggest you to have a check with a gastro specialist.

    Regards,
    Chan

  186. Hi L.A.

    The color of your feces can be varied from day-to-day basis, ranging from yellow to green, which is regarded as normal. That means your bowel movements depending very much on what you’ve been eaten and drunk. What you saw in your feces is due to the undigested parts (particularly fiber) continue moving down your intestines at a leisurely pace. To improve your bowel movements, kindly read my article http://www.healthmad.com/Health/Are-Your-Feces-Healthy-2.232693 If you’re still not sure what to do, have yourself checked with a qualified doctor.

    As for your info, when you see any abnormal/ sudden change in your bowel movement that is accompanied by vomiting, fever, abdominal pain, significant bleeding in the feces or extremely dark colored dry feces, persistence diarrhea, and/or what seems to be pain (particularly an ache in a tummy), you should by any attempts checked with your doctor immediately.

    Regards,
    Chan

  187. Hi steena,

    Of course, this is unhealthy. When you see pale chalky white feces or whitish substances appearing in your feces, its occurrence might be indicate a liver problem. That means you might have not enough bile in your liver to have the food digested thoroughly. Certainly, you should get an immediate medical attention for a further diagnosis.

    If your feces appear grainy or seedy, try to add a blue-colored potato in your daily diet. You can read more details from my article http://healthmad.com/health/are-your-feces-healthy-2/ to see whether it helps improve your bowel movements.

    Regards,
    Chan

  188. Hi and Thanks Dr.Chan,
    Well my Bowels always changing from normal to YUK looking.
    Today my doctor says eat bland foods because I have an infection and it just needs to run it’s course.
    I think also I hav eon/off low grade fevers.
    Stomach alwys churning away under left rib cage.
    Not working and can’t afford test so soon I will be buried with poop
    Old Olly

  189. When I went to basic training in the Army 40 years ago none of us took a movement for the first week. I think it was some sort of adjustment emotional reaction effecting us all. Stress angziety or some sort of fear being in a new environment with differnt foods who knows why this is?

  190. about 5 days ago i was sick and i threw up for the 2nd time in 2 years and i knew something was wrong and i had diarrhea with it and i still do 5 days later and when i go its just like a blow out it is like a light brown golden or a really light green color and it smells just like infection if you know what that is or what it sounds like please tell me Dr,

  191. Hi OldOlly,

    You should change your eating habit. I’d advise you to increase more fiber intake in your daily diet. Besides that, I’ll also advise you to check with a doctor.

    Regards,
    Chan

  192. Hi Bob,

    Of course, emotional fluctuation does affect our health. When one is in a bad mood, their immune system will simultaneously be reduced. Accordingly, the weakened immune system will disrupt the digestion process, which will ultimately influence one’s bowel movement. Therefore, you should manage your emotional fluctuation by praying, singing, resting, exercising and etc. Bear in mind that food and drinks that you have been eaten or drunk may influence the condition of your feces too.

    Regards,
    Chan

  193. Hi scared,

    Your condition may be caused by foods, medication, iron supplement, or if you’re in any detoxification program or detoxified herbs/ medication. Normally, the condition of watery feces (or diarrhea) will go off by itself in a day or two. Please take note that if the condition persists for 4 or more than 4 days, please seek for an immediate medical assistance. Take note that if your diet has lack of fiber or veggie or fruit, you should add in (instead of meat) to improve your bowel movement. Also, try suggestions in my article http://www.healthmad.com/Health/Are-Your-Feces-Healthy-2.232693.

    Regards,
    Chan

  194. Hi Chan,
    I’m concerned about my 19 month old’s poop. First of all, he seems to have a history of some painful gastrointestinal problems (just what I’ve observed by his behavior). Anyway, recently, he had a super dark black soft poop followed by a very dark green soft poop and then a lighter green harder poop. What does that all mean you think? And then for my second question, I would like to know, should a healthy toddler poop sink or float or does it matter? I put his poop in the toilet, and I noticed that it float and wouldn’t flush even after about 5 flushes. What do you suppose this means? I’m worried that he may have something going on internally that I know nothing about just by looking at him. His pediatrician seems to think his poops sound “normal.” Any feedback or advice you could share with me on this subject would be much appreciated. I’m getting quite concerned and am wondering if I should be taking him to see some kind of specialist or not. Best regards….and looking forward to hearing from you soon.

  195. Hi Dr. Chan,
    I had 3 movements that seemed ok but turned very soft near end.
    4 Hours later I ammost went into shok when I looked the poop was 100% black.
    Next day I took OTC for stomach then now just eating non fat yougrt and low fat pudding and 100% wheat bread for morning and night.
    2 day later everything comes out almost white I guess from eating all white yogurt but while sitting in bottom of toilet about 2 hours later water is brown and seems to sink to bottom.
    Is this brown I see blood?
    I need testing for sure but no money here.
    Thank you and Bless you for all your time to all for no fee.
    Old Olly

  196. Hi Dr. Chan,
    Yes I was on blood thinners close to 2 years and then went off from bowel problem/bleeding/
    Also take Water pill when needed and low pressor.
    At times I go 3 days with no low grade fever and they last 3-4 hours and then gone.
    Now made another poop and it close to white but so far no brown water is forming.
    No insurance so cannot afford test needed.
    Thank you for all your time helping me and others.
    Old Olly

  197. Hi mary perry,

    Pardon me, I didn’t catch you. Could you please describe your condition more in details?

    Regards,
    Chan

  198. Hi Janelle,

    Kindly visit my article entitled http://www.healthmad.com/Children/Your-Childs-Feces-Healthy-or-Unhealthy.662805/1 Please let me know if you can’t find your answer in this article.

    Regards,
    Chan

  199. Hi Old Olly,

    3 bowel movements in a day are normal. The healthy feces should be as soft as a banana. Sometimes, the softness is caused by the food and drinks you’ve taken recently. What did you mean by BLACK here? Black feces are generally caused by the intake of iron supplementation. They can also be caused by intestinal bleeding, and this condition is often accompanied by constipation. Just cut back the iron supplementation, milk-based products until your bowel movement improved. Normally, the condition goes off one to two days. If the problem persists for three or more days, you should check with a gastro specialist.

    Black feces can also be seen as a sign of bleeding from the stomach or small intestine, in which they’d usually cause the feces to be tarry and foul smelling (or melena). If the feces are tarry black or dark brownish-black, there may be blood in the digestive tract that has turned dark black while travelling down the intestines. If you’re experiencing this medical condition, make sure that you consult your doctor immediately

    Certain medications may also influence your bowel movement. If you’re experiencing a chronic bowel habit, you should by any attempt seek for a medical advice.

    Regards,
    Chan

  200. Hi Olly,

    Pardon me for replying you late. Kindly check the answer I left you for your question in my article http://healthmad.com/mental-health/the-craziest-and-most-horrific-things-your-brain-can-do/

    Thanks and take care.

    Regards,
    Chan

  201. I am a 18 year old female with Turners syndrome. I’ve had rectal bleeding in the past. It was generally just small amounts of blood on toilet paper unfortunately I did not make the doctor aware of this until recently. I went to the Doctor a couple of months ago and was diagnosed with hemorrhoids. However, I am concerned as my feces occasionally has dark spots in it. What does “Black poop” look like? I am unable to find any photos to give me an indication. My stools were definitely not tar like or abnormally smell however. If there was internal bleeding would this be evident with a rectal exam?

    My stools are also occasionally thin, but I wouldn’t say they are pencil like.

    Today and yesterday I noticed that some of my stools were floating. It should be noted that I had an episode of diarrhea on Saturday morning which seemed to clear up before my next bowl movement, though I can’t be sure. I have had floating stools in the past on occasion also.

    I have been wondering if I have Celiac disease. Apparently Turners patients have increased risk for it.

    It should also be noted that I have recently increased the fiber in my diet, after my previously mentioned visit to the doctor.

    Any help you could give would be appreciated. I’m at my wits end.

    Thanks,

    Harriss

  202. Oh. I should add that I hear abdominal noises coming from my stomach fairly frequently, and have on occasion been able to hear a swishing sound of liquid in my stomach. Though I thought nothing of this at the time…

  203. Also, what is a normal amount of stools per trip to the bathroom? I generally have between one and five.

  204. And I have on two occasions that I can remember been constipated and used my finger to extract fecease. After reading your comment regarding this matter I am concerned about this also.

  205. Hello Chan, I hope I am not having you repeat any of your answers that you might have given but I couldn’t read all of the comments. I am 18 years old and I went to Mexico a week ago. While there I did not have any problems with the food and I had bowel movements like I usually do in the United States. Unfortunately when I came back I felt as though I was in a constant state of constipation. When I would go to the bathroom, my stool would not come out and I would feel a burning sensation in my anus. It is also very hard for me to sit down now since my anus still hurts. I went to the bathroom again and I was able to poop but I had to help force it out with toilet paper. My poop was a weird consistency: kind of hard and soft at the same time, also I saw a little blood at first but then it didn’t happen later on.
    After that I have not felt as constipated but my anus still hurts. I really hope that you can help me because I have been trying to find out information everywhere and I hope I do not have hemorrhoids.
    Thank you for taking your time out to read my comment.

  206. Hi in pain,

    To be clear with you, I do not usually leave the same comment unless the readers asked me the similar questions or those conditions require the similar answer. Since you were back from the trip from Mexico, some environmental factors might affect your bowel movements.

    Also, when you were in a trip, your bowel habits were not routine as usual. If your anus feels hurt or irritating, then you should get a gastro specialist to check on you. There might be a possibility of growth, warts, bleeding or any underlying medical condition that will require a medical attention. If you said you saw blood in your feces, it might be due to the foods and drink you have taken recently. If you still see blood in your feces for three days or more, you should check with a doctor. In regards to the situation you are facing, I’ll advise you to take plenty of fibre-rich foods (such as potatoes, bananas, kiwis and etc.) and make sure that you take plenty of water.

    Regards,
    Chan

  207. Hi Harriss B,

    Since you had been diagnosed for rectal bleeding and haemorrhoids, you should be very careful in your eating habit. In your case, you should increase fibre-rich foods to help smooth your feces. Besides that, make sure that you are hydrated, meaning that you should take plenty and adequate amount of water all the time. Remember that when you cannot force your feces out (too hard to be forced out), this action may hurt your anus and may cause bleeding again. If you’ve internal bleeding, of course, you have to see a doctor.

    Black feces can be like tar, charcoal or the color of black hair, or gray, or any brownish-black color, depending on the individual’s health condition. Diarrhea can be alleviated by temporally cut off the dairy products, and try to eat two potatoes (not the fried one, but the steamed one) in a day to smooth your bowel activity. Bananas are also good foods to add into your daily diet, about two, and make sure you do not eat bananas when your stomach is empty.

    Three bowel movements a day is normal, more than that is not normal. You shouldn’t use your finger to extract your feces out. They are contaminated with microorganisms, waste material and may be certain toxins. This shows that you do not care about your personal hygiene.

    If you’re still concerned with your bowel movements, why not just get a doctor to check on you?

    Regards,
    Chan

  208. You’re such a talented writer. You indeed help us understand as many health issues as possible. Have those inappropriate comments deleted. Keep more informative articles coming. Excellent caring advice from our triond doctors assistant. That’s a compliment.

  209. Chan, thanks for your response. However, I’m not sure if you are clear on my question regarding number of stools per bowl movement. My question is this: If you have say 2 stools per trip to the bathroom, is this indicative of a major health problem, or perhaps a diet issue? Sorry if you already understand the question.

  210. Also, bleeding hemorrhoids are considered internal bleeding? (Silly question, I know). I’ve had bleeding since the trip to the Dr. when I was diagnosed. This bleeding appeared to be caused by wiping too hard. Well, I’m calling to Dr. today anyway. Though I’m worried there might be issues since I didn’t mention this sooner.

  211. Also, I have at one point had symptoms similar to In Pain’s. I.E pain in the rectum after constipation. This was quite awhile ago. Do you think I should see a Gastro specialist immediately or talk to my general physician first?

  212. HOLA CHAN

    Mi pregunta es si la caca blanda puede subir su olor hasta el estomago y dejarse oler?o son parasitos intestinales, que tambien producen mal aliento, o por ello nos rascamos la nariz, sin que haya mal olor, aunque no haya mal olor, pero cuando hablamos los demas se rascan la nariz, como si tuvieramos arasitos?Esto es posible?

  213. Hi Maria,

    Todavía no estoy de expertos en español, español de base está bien, así que permítame explicarle en Inglés.

    Whether your feces smell badly or not, they depend very much on what you have been eaten or drunk lately. Heavy meat eaters tend to have a very strong smell as compared to vegetarian. The more meat based foods you take, the stronger smell your feces will be. Regarding to your question, if your soften feces didn’t contain much toxicological substance (normally nitrogen compound), it leaves very little smell in your intestinal tract.

    Of course, intestinal parasites may be one of the factors that contribute to bad breath, but it may also be caused by other underlying conditions (e.g. swelling, internal wound, internal bleeding in the intestinal tract or any part that near to your bowel, anal and its surrounding area). Bad breath is not only caused by your feces, it can be caused by many factors too. Since I’m here answering for problems related to feces, I won’t touch further in answers that don’t relate to feces.

    Regards,
    Chan

  214. To HarrissB,

    Please be understood that your problem can’t be solved without doing a medical diagnosis. Hemorrhoids are not considered as an internal bleeding instead, it’s a medical condition when swelling or inflammation of vein is observed in the anus and rectum.

    Internal haemorrhoids, however, may cause internal bleeding when they’re swelling, and this situation is particularly obvious when harden feces passed through the swelling haemorrhoids causing internal bleeding due to a harsh rubbing between the feces and the surface of the swelling haemorrhoids. Harmorrhoids are always associated with constipation at bowel movements.

    When you’re experiencing painful feeling in your rectum, then I’d suggest you to check with a qualified and experienced gastro specialist. Please take my advice to check with your doctor regularly for the unhealthy conditions you’re facing now, and get their appropriate advice regarding your existing situation. Certain medical conditions just can’t be simply solved on the paper; you still need to get a doctor to diagnose you.

    Regards,
    Chan

  215. Hi Dr. Chan,
    My Dr. said go on a soft diet,pudding,bananas,yogurt plus I ate 100% whole wheat bread,oatmeal and other breakfast foods rich in fiber.
    I went 1 night 3 times.
    They were soft,seemed to light in color and at 11 PM I had to go again.
    I looked and it was about 8 inches long,normal diameter but black,total black as if painted black.
    That was the only time.
    After that a few days later bowels were very light,soft and shredded so now i’m taking a OTC capsule that has 1.5 Billion of so called healthy bacteria.
    Due to no insurance I have no choice but to try my own colons cleanse and will let you know in about a week
    GOD BLESS
    Old Olly

  216. Hi Old Olly,

    Your Dr.’s suggestion is brilliant. Bananas, kiwis, whole wheat bread, oatmeal and other high rich foods are good to improve your bowel movements. You may also try suggestions in my article http://healthmad.com/health/are-your-feces-healthy-2/. Since you have black feces, I’d suggest you to temporary cut off dairy products, including yogurt, cheese and etc. Besides that, make sure that you’re adopting a healthy living style.

    I’d like to hear good news from you. Keep me updated with your situation then. God bless you too.

    Regards,
    Chan

  217. Hi Old Olly,

    I left you answers to your questions in http://healthmad.com/mental-health/the-craziest-and-most-horrific-things-your-brain-can-do/ check it out.

    Don’t worry too much. Always look at the positive side, you’ll feel better.

    Regards,
    Chan

  218. Hi Dr. Chan
    Cauld you tell me of medical conditions that might cause my feces to change from almost always looking like a pile of hard dark brown stones in the bottom of the toilet water to all brown floating on top of water? Thank you for all of your great information on your site.

    CRM

  219. Hi. I had an endoscopy & colonoscopy exactly 12 months ago due to some rectal bleeding and stomach pain I was experiencing shortly after having stopped tamoxiphen, to which I attributed the above symptoms. I had gastritis and had a little hemorhoid. According to the second Proctologist that I visited in October, the hemorhoid was not present but the reason I was bleeding more and more was that I had 2 untreated bleeding fissures that would never really go away. I tell you all this as a background story in case you need some history on me. The reason I write is to inquire about the fecal examination as a result of my making sure I am eating right so that I do not bleed. I have noticed for some months now (since last year) that I have black spots when cleaning after a bowel movement that when rubbed slighly with the paper, they are like charcoal. Just yesterday and today, they were bigger than just spots. Today it was like the size of tiny lentil. I have not been successful in researching this and I have not rushed to any doctor because I work with doctors and am so disappointed in them and the constant search for a qualified one, not to mention I cannot pin point which specialty applies to this issue I am experiencing. Once in a while I will see a spot of mucus attached to the outside of the feces and almost always upon wiping, I find black dots of charcoal-like material. What could that be and if I do have to worry about it, what is the specialty to refer to in medicine? Thank you for your help.

  220. Hi Cindy R Mason,

    Kindly refer to my article http://healthmad.com/health/are-your-feces-healthy-2/ under subsection “How to Deal with Extremely Hard Feces”. You’ll get more details in this article.

  221. Hi ouchie,

    From your history record, I see that you had experienced rectal bleeding and abdominal pain, gastritis and hemorhoid. And you had also taken tamoxiphen (If I’m not mistaken, did you mean tamoxifen? See note below) for some time, to which I believe all these consequences may interfere with the activity of your digestion.

    Note: Tamoxifen is always used to treat breast cancer in both males and females. This drug has known to interrupt a female hormone (or estrogen), and were documented to cause side effects of nausea, vomiting, hot flashes, skin rash, fatigue, vaginal discharge, headache, blood clot, cataract, uterine cancer, stroke, to be named a few examples here.

    Whether Tamoxifen causes rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, gastritis or hemorhoid, there is still no experimentation linked to this condition so far. I may say that tamoxifen may have indulged your existing hemorhoid causing external bleeding instead of rectal bleeding. If you say, rectal bleeding, it’s usually caused by rectal fissures due to a tear in the lining of the rectum caused by the passage of hard feces, hemorrhoids (either external or internal hemorrhoids), tumors and other underlying medical conditions.

    Your charcoal look-like or black dots you saw attaching to your feces are most likely to be caused by your rectal bleeding problem. When there is rectal bleeding and certainly you will experience abdominal pain, constipation, change of your bowel movement, shortness of breath, and other irritated feelings.

    I therefore would suggest you to have abdominal examination, anal and digital rectal examination, blood test, anoscopy and do colonoscopy one more time to get a thorough diagnostic result. (And you may like to attach your report here for further explanations).

    Besides the examinations I suggested here, I also would like you to drink 8-10 glasses of water (preferably alkaline water) each day, shower daily with warm water while cleansing the skin in and around the anus gently, increase high-fiber intake (whole wheat bread, green leafy veggie, cereals high in fiber, prunes are also good to be added in your daily diet), and try to avoid sitting/squatting too long in the toilet. Remember to apply ice packs to the affected area of hemorrhoids to help relieve pain.

  222. Sorry for not clarifying. I only took Tamoxifen for 4-6 weeks and discontinued it in January 2009. in February 2009, the colonoscopy/endoscopy did not show much other than gastritis and mild hemorrhoid (which apparently went away). I realized it was making me really ill. I do not have any hemorrhoids and my fissure is healed where it hardly bleeds anymore.
    I have included in my diet much more fiber and water and I do not eat any red meat or chicken as most people do. Maybe once or twice a month in family gatherings. I consider to have a pretty decent diet without processed foods and packaged food.
    I am puzzled by the black dots. It makes not sense to me and I cannot find anywhere what it could mean. I was told by a physician that if anything serious were to develop in my intestinal or stomach area since my endoscopy/colonoscopy, it would be highly unusual.
    So I am left with that question about the black charcoal-like dots (like poppy seed size). Should I consult any particula Specialist? GI doctors don’t have so many answers, I have noted.
    Thank you for your time.

  223. Chan, I started reading your many comments on this brilliantly written health article and ended up timing up and had to sign in all over again. lol

  224. Hi, I’m a 23-yr-old girl from M’sia and I just found out that I have solids as black as charcoal stick on the normal feces. There are a few pieces of them as big as 5mm in diameter. It freaks me out and this is the first time I saw it. Do u have any idea what they are?

  225. Hi ouchie,

    Even though you’ve stopped taking Tamoxifen, the possibility of its side effect might still be there. Also, when colonoscopy/endoscopy showed you no result of gastritis and haemorrhoid, it didn’t mean they’ve gone away completely. Certain underlying medical conditions may be progressed to certain stages without your knowledge. So, in this case, you should take good care of your health and appreciate your body by adopting a healthy lifestyle. Always consult a doctor, if you’re unsure what to do or you feel an abnormal feeling.

    Yep, it’s good to know that you include fiber-rich foods in your diet. You shouldn’t get puzzled with the black dots you saw after your bowel movements. If they didn’t cause you stomach upset, abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea or any painful feeling below the part of your abdomen, you shouldn’t worry much. If after you adopt healthy diets but still see frequent black dots, then go see the doctor who has experienced to treat intestinal and stomach related problems. Lastly, just pray wholeheartedly, because miracle sometimes happens when you have a strong faith and firm belief.

  226. Hi Nicole,

    Have you checked what you have been eaten or drunk recently? Just temporarily cut off any iron supplement or/and iron-rich foods to help improve your bowel habits. The volume and the size of your feces as well are directly related to the amount of food you ate. If you eat less, generally you’ve small volume of feces coming out and vice versa.

    Read my article http://healthmad.com/health/are-your-feces-healthy-2/ and I’m sure you can find a remedy to your problem. Please let me know if you’re still unsure what to do after reading this article. Take care and have a good day!

  227. To all valued readers,

    I’m away for chinese new year until 19 February 2010, and thus any questions will be answered thereafter.

  228. Chan,

    I’ve recently started a new, healthy diet and have noticed a concerning change in my feces. Ever since I’ve started the diet, my feces has had a really strong and foul smell. They are normal colour, size and shape, if at times a little mushier than they should be. I am on medications but the changes have only occured since I’ve been on the diet (consisting of less carbs, more veg, fruit and meat). Can you tell me what’s going on?

  229. My feces has been goin throw my body when i eat, but when it goes out it isnt as hard looking as i am use to

  230. Thanks this was pretty helpful I think

  231. Hi Georgia,

    It’s good to know that you adopt a healthy diet. Diet can directly influence the texture, composition and the size of your feces as well. That is why you can see a change in your bowel movement. When you mentioned “healthy diet”, do you really understand what healthy diet is?

    When you said that you noticed strong and foul smell that might be due to the meat you ate (since you said consisting of….more veggie, fruits and meat). The diet consists mainly of veggie and fruits won’t give you fouling smell. If there is, then it might be a process where your previous feces (not being defecated thoroughly and thus deposit/ remain in your intestine) were being eliminated. Veggie and fruits that are rich in fibre provide dietary diet that functions as “a cleaner” to cleanse any “foreign substances” out of your body. Just observe this situation for several days, and if the condition persists then I would suggest you to check with a gastro specialist.

  232. Hi dallas,

    The condition of your feces is directly linked to your diet. Have you checked on what have you been eaten and drunk?

  233. Hi angellesmelle,

    Thanks for your kind words.

  234. Q: ever since i took Azithromycen about 2 months ago for the flue my feces have not been the same, my fecies are coming out in little pellets, like bunny fices. why is it coming out in small pellet like???

    thank you

  235. Hi , I have IBS which was established by negative blood tests. I dont know if anything else is wrong as nothing else was explored. At the moment I am getting alot of abdominal pain, several times a day – every day, but recently my constipation has become alot worse and all my feces are in the shape of little balls and several of them are covered in what looks like white mucus.
    There is also blood on them and i think also in them, the blood covering the surface is bright red but i have also seen dark red blood in the toilet before, Also i get blood on the tissue every time i wipe. It is very painful to pass the feces and painful afterwards.
    I was just wondering if this is anything to worry about as my GP isnt that nice and i try to avoid going to her unless its really important.
    Thank you.

  236. Hi Sara,

    Did you mean azithromycin? This might be a possible side effect of azithromycin. You should tell your doctor about this unusual side effect and prompt your doctor to advise you what to do. You shouldn’t treat yourself with any over-the-counter drugs without doctor’s prescription and prior approval to do so.

  237. Hi Annalie,

    Your condition sounds unhealthy and brings you countless irritable feelings. When you said you have experienced many times of abdominal pain, this is actually not good for your health. There are many factors contributing to an abdominal pain- there might be a tumor, a foreign substance, a stone (you can read more details about stone formation from my article http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/somewhat-unusual-weirdest-stone-formation-in-human-body/) in your stomach or intestinal tract or other underlying health condition, which constantly causes you experiencing irritable bowel movement. You should give your existing health a priority to check with a gastro specialist. If your GP is not good, then find another experienced one to treat you. I see your condition is chronic too, and please don’t ignore it without medical treatment by a professional specialist.

    Have you checked with your doctor whether you have Hemorrhoids (can be internal or external) since you have symptoms of red blood on toilet paper, pain, itching outside of the anus? Your problem, in fact, needs to be evaluated and monitored by a health professional because any home treatment can only relieve your discomfort feeling but cannot solve your problem thoroughly and appropriately.

  238. To all my valued readers,

    I’m on trip from March 1 to March 9, so any question from yours will be dealt with thereafter.

  239. Emma,
    did you ever find out what the orange balls were? I have the SAME exact thing except mine are red. And, my diet has not changed. I\’ve had weird gurgle sounds in my upper intestines/stomach. Strange!!

  240. Where did my post go?

  241. Hi Chan,
    Your article was very interesting but has worried me more than before I started reading. My poo is occasionally almost like small cubes with what looks like bacterial growth or cultures, honestly looking like some sort of aquatic fungi…last was a like a cubed mushroom with brown tentacles and looked almost alive……and I’m not kidding! My abdomen has been fairly swollen for 3 weeks and yes, I did go to see my GP who said after 3 seconds of seeing my stomach ‘I see nothing to worry me’ Im worried……should I be?

  242. Hi Tiffany,

    As like Emma, the orange balls that you observed may be a result of the diet you have taken recently. We do not always concern much on the color, unless there is a sudden change in your colored feces accompanying by vomiting, fever, abdominal pain, significant bleeding in the feces or extremely dark colored dry feces, persistence diarrhea, and/or what seems to be pain (particularly an ache in a tummy). In the last case, you should seek for a medical diagnosis immediately.

    In regards to your next question, the weird gurgling sound you heard might be either caused by “gas” (or “chi” in mandarin) or lack of fiber making your intestine did not work properly. This happened when small amount of water or gas was squeezed through the intestine to increase the digestive activity when undigested food moving out of the path of the intestinal tract. In this case, you are advised to change your diet by increasing the intake of fiber-rich foods. You should see the improvement in your bowel habit later.

  243. Hi Glen,

    The size and texture of your feces are directly linked to the type, characteristic, volume of foods you have taken recently. When you poop a little, it might be a case that you have not eaten much fiber which helps promote peristalsis in your intestinal tract. But, there might be a case of environmental factors, including a sudden shift of temperature, weather, or altitude, which suppress the proper function of your digestive activity.

    Of course, when your abdomen feels uncomfortable, you should always go for a GP for a thorough diagnosis. But if, your GP said nothing had worried you, then you should not feel worry as it is not good for your health. Relax and calm, and you will feel better, definitely.

  244. Hi Dr Chan,1st. let me say for some reason I cannot seem to locate this forum.
    OK,That 1 time black stool I should have examined it but did not .3 hours later I went 2 times and they seem normal.
    OK now I am on TAGMENT.
    I am off blood thinners and I am eating much yogurt,100% wheat bread,oat meal,bananas,other fruits.
    BM’s at time shaped like an ice cream cone but very lumpy at the top and gets smooth and ends as a very fine point.
    Last three days they seemed normal but now very light in color..
    When I was in the hospital for close to 2 weeks they had me on a restricted diet and all BM moments were nice,normal and smooth
    And yes I am under much stress.
    No pain,no odor except for normal and I think Tagament may cause the almost white stools.
    Thank you again and bless you for your time and free information.
    I think part of my problem is I am to aware of every BM and expect them all to be the same
    Thanks and GOD BLESS YOU
    Old Olly

  245. Hi Old Olly,

    100% wheat bread, oat meal, bananas are good foods to promote bowel movement. For your case, I would suggest you temporarily stop the consumption of dairy products until your condition improves.

    Certainly, tagament may cause some negative effects to certain individuals. This medicine does not always cause white feces (it might be due to the other medications you have taken recently), as in most cases, tarry or black feces are seen. It might also cause one vomiting out coffee ground look like substances which may prompt for an immediate medical assistance. In this case, one should tell their doctor what they have experienced during a period they are in this medication.

    Take note that, while you are in medication of tagament, you should neither smoke nor drink as this will lead to chemical interaction and might increase the possibility of stomach upset, and irritation/uncomfortable feeling in the stomach. Also, do not take anti-inflammatory medications, aspirin and ibuprofen, and caffeinated drink as this may make your condition worst. Consult your doctor immediately if you encounter any unusual signs!

  246. Hib Dr. Chan,
    Well except for that one time black BM the rest even the same night were normal.
    I went off the Tagment and as for milk I use a bit with coffee and oatmeal and it’s plain soy milk.
    I don’t drink or smoke.
    The very light BM’s I has lasted 3 days then started looking more normal.
    Now I go 3 times a day but the first time is lumpy at the start and tapers to a point at the end.
    Then later # 2 will start to feel easy
    Then # 3 just looks and comes out normal but none are floaters.
    No sign of blood,dark spots, no red so I will consider since I did have a stroke and I have clots in my lungs it is an age factor but I pray for my health and still skydive and ride a motorcycle.
    I really have not much of a social life because most others my age 64 don’t do things I do.
    I also fly kites and love to fish.
    Take care and GOD BLESS
    Old Olly

  247. Hi Old Olly,

    Soy milk is good for you, but coffee is not good for your health
    condition. It is glad to know that you neither smoke nor drink. When you shift to a healthy diet, certainly you will see a positive result for your bowel habits. 3 times a day is normal, but more than 3 times may indicate certain health-related problems.

    Since you have stroke, you should be very careful with your daily diet. Try to reduce intake in oil, cholesterol, fat, processed foods/ canned foods, and also avoid eating much animal protein like red meat, grilled meat and etc. Soy and wakame are good for you.

    Take care. Rest well, eat well, walk well and stay well, and be positive. Everything will just roll out in a positive turning for you!

  248. I crap like mad and it stinky wooo so stinky why it sooooooo stinky? hmmmmmmm you know why? stinky poopoo
    oh BTW if I throw it on the ceiling i sticks but still stinky and tastes like guacamole and I hate that stuff

  249. Hi Dr. Chan,
    I’m going nuts here.
    I try to stay healthy,walk 1-2 miles each day.
    OK my BM’s were starting to look more normal.
    Last night 2 BM’s a bit dark but may have been from Peptmo bismo.
    This morning one BM looked pretty normal.
    Tonight,I had to strain and it started lumpy,and very light and evded very light.Since that one I am now passing lots of gas but no smell.
    I don’t think I have liver or bile problems because I have no other things going on.
    Also when they turn light it last for three days then very slow turn back to normal.
    I have to get money for endoscopy & colonoscopy test.
    What would cause so much gas?
    Thank you Dr. Chan
    Old Olly

  250. Hi Old Olly,

    If you’ve been, or are in medications, iron supplements,
    prescriptions, detoxed diet or herbs and etc. you’ll more likely to have unhealthy colored feces. As indicated in my article http://factoidz.com/plavix-drug-information-uses-side-effects-drug-interactions-and-other-warnings/ one of the side effects of Plavix prescription is tarry/black feces. So, do check what medication/prescription you’re having at the moment and make sure you check with the doctor who prescribed the medication for you right away!

    The gas sound indicates you’re lacking of fiber causing your intestine didn’t work properly. As explained earlier before your post in the comment section, this happened when small amount of water or gas was squeezed through the intestine to increase the digestive activity when undigested food moving out of the path of the intestinal tract. In this case, you are advised to change your diet by increasing the intake of fiber-rich foods. You should see the improvement in your bowel habit later.

    If you’re still uncertain with your present condition or are worried with what you’re facing, then check with a gastro specialist and get colonoscopy test.

  251. Hello,

    I have recently incorporated a lot more rice and kashi heart to heart cereal into my everyday diet. I drink almond milk, dont eat much meat, but i have have some rare tuna/ sushi in the past few months. after seeing a cat with worms, i started looking at my poo more closely…i see short white things that look kind of like rice, but not as long. they are all througout the BM as well as some other little undigested food particles. im hoping rice comes out in poo sometimes…and that i dont have tapeworms! ugh

  252. Hello, thank you for this website. Lately when I go to the bathroom it comes out in just tiny pieces, and sometimes I feel like I have to go but it turns out I just pass gas, and when that happens mucus comes out. Usually a light brown/yellow color. I know my diet has been very poor lately and I am overweight, but next week I am starting a diet my doctor wants me to do. When I start losing weight, working out, and following this diet, should my bowel movements become more normal? I have really been stressing over this, which in turn, makes my stomach just more upset. Also, I am pretty sure I have a hemorrhoid or a tiny tear around my anus because sometimes when I am a bit constipated there is sometimes bright red blood on the tissue. So my main question here is should my bowel movements become more normal when I lose weight and get down to a healthier weight? Thanks for reading and thanks again for this website!

  253. Hi little friend,

    Have you taken any medication, herbal products, supplements or any prescription drugs lately? If not, then get a gastro specialist to check on you.

  254. Hi Katie,

    A poor/an unhealthy diet has a direct result on your feces. Certainly, when you shift to a healthy eating habit and lifestyle you’ll see an improvement in your bowel habits. Don’t feel so stressing for your life. Try my method here http://factoidz.com/how-to-meditate-to-escape-from-stress-pressure-and-fatigue/

    Whether losing weight helps your bowel movement or not, it depends much on the nature of your weight loss diet, characteristic of its dietary pattern, sleeping, routine execise as well as your spiritual health during this period, and also whether you’re prescribed any medication to lose weight. Generally, nutritious rich, balanced and natural- based foods, healthy and logical weight loss program does help enhance bowel movement accordingly.

  255. i am 21years,and my feces sink and excreted by large amount,appearance is normal;yellowish brown,odor not alwyas offerfesence…i would to know diagnosis of this case

  256. Hello! I am 22 years old. I have been having stomach problems for about a year now. I have really bad burning pain that makes my intestines feel raw especially after I eat food. I am not quite sure what it is. I have been alarmed by yellow lentil shaped things that are about the same size as a lentil that are in my stool almost every time I go. I have asked doctors about it and they have not been helpful at all. I just tonight pulled one out to examine it and it was hard hard to break apart and was crunchy on the inside. I was concerned this might be a parasite egg but I have had several parasite tests. Could this be undigested fat in my stool? If so why is it so crunchy and hard? Any ideas would be greatly appreciates. I want to figure out what is wrong with me because I have been suffering for some time. Thank you very much.

  257. Hi eman,

    You can’t diagnose yourself by just looking at your feces. Certainly, the color of your feces reflects your health condition. This article gives you a general explanation on feces. If you experience any abnormal condition stated herein, you still need to see a doctor.

  258. Hi Brian,

    Do you have a gastric or any digestion related problem? If you’re always experiencing burning pain during your bowel movement, this can be an indicative of certain diseases. If so, you should get a qualified doctor to check on you. I’d suggest you to go see a gastro specialist to see what’s going on in your body lately.

    When you said hard feces, it’s directly linked to your dietary pattern. You might have lacked of fiber, so try including fiber rich foods (such as leafy vegetables and fruits) into your daily diet.

    The undigested fat might be due to the remaining part of animal fat that your body is unable to digest it. This may show that you’ve a poor digestive system. Try reduce meat based and dairy products temporarily (for about two weeks) to help improve your bowel habits. Remember to replenish your body with adequate amount of water, don’t work under stress and have a good quality sleep. Try this and do let me know your condition then.

  259. Hi Chen,
    I noticed that my feces have been sinking for a month or so, before that I had hemorroids (I don’t know if it has anything to do with it). And it sinks no matter the size, whether it looks like pebbles or a little bigger. Is that becouse of my diet? Becouse I eat almost anything, in fact I travelled a week ago and I ate a lot of fruit for a week and it didn’t change my bowel habits…

    Could this be some kind of disease?

    One more thing, yesterday I pooed some mucus like an egg white, with some strain of blood, anything to worry about that?

    Thanks

  260. Hi Dr. Chan,
    OK here the scoop on my poop.
    I have been off the blood thinners for several months.
    I also went off the ( agronox ) may be spelled wrong but it had 25 mg aspirin and the rest was a vasculardialiator to keep vessels more open and flexible.
    I went back to yogurt,bananas,soft foods and I ate fresh foods such as a salad or fruit for breakfast.
    BM’s were nice and normal then started getting hard and lumpy again.
    I guess age has a lot to do with it.
    Doctor says I gave gastritis but I think he is just guessing.
    I will just accept the fact i’m getting old and my insides are wearing out.
    Thank you Dr. Chan for all the help.
    GOD Bless You
    Old Olly

  261. Why does it look like my poop steams?

  262. Hi Fede,

    Yes, dietary pattern, either healthy or unhealthy will directly link to the condition of your feces. Certainly, unhealthy eating habits will cause your feces to be too soft, too watery, too hard, and etc. In your case, try including more fibre rich vegetables and fruits in your daily diet to help improve your bowel movement. Besides this eating factor, you should keep your body hydrated by replenishing it with adequate amount of water, rest wherever possible and don’t stress yourself.

    Since you’d a history record of haemorrhoids, I’d suggest you to check with a doctor for a further medical diagnosis.

  263. Hi Old Olly,

    Unless it’s necessary, try avoid using blood thinners as they may cause some side effects, with the obvious influence on your feces condition. Use the medications here with caution, that mean’s with the doses approved by your doctor, but not overdose, and remember to take those medications in the scheduled time, but not before or after the scheduled time. Make sure you consult with your doctor with any side effects you may have experienced during the intake of these medicines.

    How could the doctor know that you’ve gastritis, since he/she didn’t diagnose you? This concerns your overall health not simply guessing. The better way is to get a qualified and experienced doctor to diagnose you.

    Well, when one gets old, their immune system is going down so does their digestive system. So, try eating less oily, less cholesterol, less seasoning, less processing foods, but please boil, cook or steam your food wherever appropriate instead of grilling, frying and etc. as this will definitely improve your bowel movement. Take more fresh veggies and fruits for your optimum health.

  264. Hi Tiffa,

    As for your condition, please check with a gastro specialist!

  265. Hello!

    I am so glad there is someone here answering these types of questions! Thank you!

    I’m 29 years old and I have never had this problem before. Though sometimes I have had yellowish tan poo like it is now, I’ve never had what seems to be bits of tissue paper like substance coming out ATTACHED to the poo. Not only that, but bits of this tissue is seen floating in the toilet with bits of bright red blood on it. There is also a transparent with a yellowish tint bile/mucus on my toilet paper when I wipe. The last time I went to the bathroom the only thing that game out was the bits of tissue and blood, no poop at all! I called my parents several times on this issue (They’re both nurses.) and they don’t seem to find it to be situation to go to the emergency room about. My Doctor can’t see me till Tuesday and it is currently Saturday night.

    I had a kidney infection a month ago and was on Cipro for it, it was all cleared up for several weeks before this poo issue started.

    Thank you for any input you may have!

  266. Hi Baba,

    If the color of your feces didn’t cause you any painful or discomfort feeling, you shouldn’t concern much but try to shift to a healthy diet (I mean, try include more fiber rich foods). Since you’d taken Cipro, try consult your doctor to check whether your condition was caused by this medication.

  267. I really need help with my problem. I am 26 and had a baby four months ago. I started having problems when I was around 6 months pregnant that have continued post pregnancy. There will be days that all I go is clear bubbles and sometimes it is mixed. If I don’t go bubbles, when I do go it is small balls with mucus. What could the bubbles indicate? I had a normal colonoscopy and I am not celiac.

  268. Hi ANNA,

    Since you experienced this condition when you were in pregnancy, have you checked with a doctor about your digestive condition? Did you take any medications? How was your diet pattern when you were facing this problem?

  269. thank you so much.my husband had a black stool and we were in panic.thank you for all the info you are providing..he need to see a doctor.

  270. Hi Dr. Chen,
    OK I am not on plavic or any type of blood thinner.
    I just take LO-Pressor for panic attacks
    I find that when I try to eat as suggested it does not satisfy me so I find myself eating yogurts like my life depends on it.
    I wanted to know if Rice is good,
    Everyone says stay away from potatoes and Rice due to starch but I make a 1/4 cup of rice, and it makes me feel full and I have no hunger pangs.
    As for my intestinal problem I have also been taking charcoal and it looks like things are just about normal and the BM’s are floaters.
    In most parts of the world many thing that come growing out of the ground or branches of a tree are good foods.
    I now convinced that Yogurts are just a money making product and a 6oz cup is $2.49.
    That would buy me a lot of rice or a big container of oatmeal.
    I haven’t seen rice listed here so I would like your opinion on that.
    Thank you so much for your time and effort offering advice and suggestions
    GOD BLESS YOU
    Old Olly

  271. I work in an Elementary school. I have a student that has a health condition and he poops his pant sometimes 3 times a day. What health risks are other students and staff subject too?

  272. Dr. Chen,
    Yes I talked to many doctors about my problem but none of them seemed to know what the bubbles were. When I was pregnant they just seemed to think my problem would go away after I had the. It has been almost five month and nothing has changed. I take omnipresent for heartburn and a prenatal vitamin. I eat a pretty balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables. They tried giving me fiber and that didn’t change anything. I just had a CT scan on my abdomen but I didn’t get the results back yet. It just makes me worry that none of the doctors I have talked to know what the clear bubble stool could be.

  273. Hi marieta,

    Thanks for your kind words. You did not have to be panic seeing black stool. Just check with a doctor for a further diagnosis. Share your experience with other readers here if you would like to do so.

  274. Hi Melanie,

    Having 3 times of bowel habits in a day is normal, but more than 3 times a day is abnormal. The question arises here is that what’s the characteristic of the feces- waterly, muddy, soupy or etc? When your student has a health condition, it’s always wiser to bring him/ her to see a doctor. Also check with them, what they’ve been eaten or drunk lately?
    Feel free to update us with their condition here after seeing the doctor.

  275. Hi Old Olly,

    It’s good to know that you’re not in plavix or any blood thinner drug.

    As like other drugs, lopressor can cause side effects too. Since you’ve taken lopressor (a type of beta blocker), it might cause many unexpected side effects, including clay-colored feces and dark urine.

    To answer your enquiry on the eating pattern, the change is not an immediate result and may not be noticeable since your body needs some time to accustom to a sudden change on eating habit.

    In your case, I’d suggest you the mixture of brown, red and black rice, and perhaps some addition of organically grown rice. In your case, you can still take dairy products, including yogurt, but try to reduce its intake for your overall health.

  276. Hi Anna,

    As I mentioned in my article here, when you saw bubbles in your feces, it might be due to an excessive intake of sugar, protein, diary or starch enriched foodstuff, such as rice cereal, or nursing infant cake. The bubbles you observed may be gas or air that was forcing hard out of your anus.

    The other reason might be due to a rare occurrence of an abnormal passageway between two organs or vessels that are not properly connected with the bladder and the colon. This condition rarely happens to a healthy person, and it’s a direct result of Crohn’s disease, colon cancer, intestinal related problem or colon cancer, or might be due to the blockage of stone or tumor developing between the colon and the bladder, or between the passageway and the other muscular tissues.

    Do not get panic with your present situation but just wait the result for a CT scan. You just need to consult with your doctor, exercise regularly, do not stay overnight, switch to a healthier lifestyle, get enough sleep and don’t work under pressure, and try refrain from smoking and alcoholic and caffeinated drinks.

    Lastly, try praying to find yourself a peaceful life. When you did as suggested, you’ll see a change in your bowel habits. Well, it’s not an immediate result but may take time before you can see its noticeable change in your bowel movement.

  277. Hi Dr. Chan,
    I have seen what was called non dairy yogurt.
    The Lo pressor I have ben on 32 years for rapid heart rate.
    My BM’s have been looking normal as far as color goes but at times their sort of hard and lumpy.
    Now tonight I went and it slid out nice and smooth but it went right town the toilet opening and out of sight so I couldn’t say what that looked like.
    The uneven ones were all floaters.
    I have stayed on soy milk and walnut milk.
    I have a question that has me confused,
    Pepto Bismo is supposed to be for stomach upset and diarrhea?
    I take it because even though it turned my BM’s to almost black it had a mild antibiotic in it.
    Also when I use that it makes my BM’s slick and smooth and they slide right out but I know I can’t live off of that.
    I also did some research and found an antibiotic used by dentist that is supposed to be good for many intestinal problems.
    It called AMOXICILLIN.

    My doctor also wants me to take 20 mg twice a day of NEXIUM.
    I looked that up but I don’t have any acid reflux problems.
    Since I found your site I went off 4 drugs and eating veggies and fruits and feel great.I walk a mile a day and tomorrow I start a 2 mile walk.
    And on top of all that good stuff I lost 9 pounds and that just inspires me to walk more,eat right but less and soon i’ll be down to fighting weight:-)
    Thank you for all your information and I know GOD has already blessed you for all your help.
    Old Olly

  278. I JUST READ THIS OLDER POST.
    So I fashioned steel wire into a small hook placed bar soap all over the tool and pushed it inside me to help pry loose or break apart my stool. With the help of the enema oil and from me using my finger to break up some of the formation I used the tool along with me pushing as much as I could half standing up bent over a sink due to the nausea managed to push and pull a highly compacted fece the lenght and width of a can of Hi C punch. It must have weighed over 4lbs and it’s smell was again so bad
    —————————————————————————-
    I wanted to say my pet cat was acting funny and he tried to open the door under the sink,’He did and I left.
    I returned 5 hours later and he was in the bathroom not looking good.I looked in his litter box and the poop was to big.
    Well later he felt better but for 4 days when I walked in my apartment I git smacked with a real foul odor.
    So I looked under the sink and what I saw almost threw me into shock
    A BM about 6 inches long and over 2″ in diameter.
    It was grey and full of black specs.
    I hate to think of what pain he went through.
    Now the reason I asked this is why cats (not sure of dogs) and people get this compacted bowels on and off.
    I to at times may go 3 days with no BM but then on the 4th day I may go 5 times and they all look normal.
    So DR. Chen,
    If a person is normal,no meds and feels good what causes the BM to just stop and start to compact?
    Old Olly

  279. Hi Old Olly,

    Pepto Bismo helps relieve symptoms like stomach upset, heart burn, indigestion, nausea and diarrhea. It’s commonly used to alleviate stomach problems. This drug itself does not change one’s BM drastically as they might be other factors contributed for such a change, and certainly, this medication can cause a darkening color of the feces. Amoxicillin is always used to treat infections caused by bacteria, particularly gonorrhea, bladder infections, ear infections, E. coli or salmonella infection and pneumonia.

    Reminder: Any medication may cause some unexpected side effects and it’s always wiser to discuss with your doctor prior to taking the drug.

    If you don’t have any acid reflux problems, it’s always advisable not to be in Nexium. Unless, your doctor says you’ve to be in this medication for the healing of Erosive Esophagitis (EE), heartburn and other pediatric related problems. Overdose of any medication might be a direct result of certain adverse effects, and as in Nexium, it might cause abdominal pain, headache, diarrhea and etc. Make sure you always consult your doctor if you’re taking this medication to avoid any unexpected adverse events.

    It’s better to follow the prime rules of health: eat fibre rich foods, cut off dairy products (substitute with non-dairy products), reduce the intake of salt and meat-based foods, eat appropriate amount of natural and organically grown fruits and veggies, rest whenever appropriate, exercise regularly, take appropriate sleep, be always happy, control your temper and stress, live healthily, think positively and lastly pray whole-heartedly—all these rules will turn your life more wonderful, happier along with a healthier bowel habit.

  280. Hi,
    I have found in the last week and a half, an orange ball in my poop also. I did invistigate and it was white inside as well, but not powdery. I have not dieted recently, so I am wondering what they are. any advice would be appreciated.

  281. hi, my daughter is 31 months her poo is very soft and a mixture of colours, over the last few days her poo has had what looks like blood in, today her whole poo is red.
    im very concernd can you offer any advice.
    thanks

  282. Hi Sian,

    Please refer to my article http://healthmad.com/children/your-childs-feces-healthy-or-unhealthy/. You should be able to find your answer there.

  283. Hi Liz,

    That might be a result of your recent dieting, detoxed diets, herbs and medications that you have been taken lately. Just wait and see whether the condition improves after 2-3 days. If you still experience the similar situation but you do not experience any discomfort feeling or abdominal pain, then you shouldn’t worry much. Try switch to more fibre rich diets. You should see it go away after a week with an obvious change in your daily diet.

  284. Hi Chan,

    I am hoping to have an answer for my problem that I am suffering from many days.It started with diarrhea on Jan 2nd and later it was worsen with watery stools.After a couple tests they diagnosed with Entamoeba.I used Metronidazole for 10 days.Later I also visited ID Specialist and he prescribed another antibiotic for 20 days.After that I gave for stool test 5 times,where every time I got the result as negative for entamoeba.But my problem is I am having loose stools now and then.Most of the time it soft stool and other times it is loose stool.The color is also either brown or yellow.

    Meanwhile I visited gastroenteritis,as I am suffering from frequent Belchings since 4 1/2 years.He also scheduled for a colonoscopy which is due in a week.For my belching I used aciphex for 30 days,but I still have the belchings.So I was given another prescription of Kapidex.

    My question is why am I having these loose stools.My stool test and blood tests all come out negative.Is it something serious?I am very much worried from past 4 months.Thank you

  285. I had a surgery 4 weeks ago for 2 hemmorrhoids and 1 fissure. Also I noticed about a year ago before I even thought about having a surgery that I developed a smell that compares to a infections or a dead animal smell coming directly from my butt.
    After the surgery about 2 weeks later I notice this smell was back, in fact I don’t know if it ever went away but now the smell is twice as bad. After I take a shower and clean myself like my doctor had instructed, a few hours will pass and then I start noticing this smell as I said, smells like something had died inside of me. I can tell that my ass is wet, in fact wetter than I noticed before and the smell is completely bad. As you know this is very embarrassing, and just telling my wife was very difficult but necessary.
    What could be causing this dead smell?

  286. Dr Chan,
    I have a 1 year old daughter who has periodically had FOUL poop since she started eating solid foods. Frequently her poop smells like rotten meat and is loose and watery. She get bloated frequently too! But rarely has gas. She will poop 4 or more rimes a day and has always hd problems putting on weight, but is very long for her age. Generally she is a happy energetic baby but she is ill frequently. Her doctor isn’t concerned at all but I am. She is still being nursed. What can I do? Do you have any ideas what could be causing this? What could I tell her doctor? Thanks.

  287. Dr, Chan,

    My grandma as of lately has had a green slimy poop. She has told me that right after she poops she hears her stomach or something like girggling what could be the problem

  288. Dr. Chan

    This is a very informative article. However I am confused on what you mean by ideal color of feces. In your article “Are your feces healthy 2″ You mention an ideal feces would be: “Color: yellow, golden yellow, brown yellow or nearly yellowish.” Would you say the color of peanut butter would be a normal color, how about banana colored. It seems like an odd question I know, but I’m curious as I want to know if my stool color is healthy.

    Thanks!

  289. Hi Chan,
    thank you for the wonderful information.. its mazing to see how much we can learn from our own body… i have a question: my 17 month old toddler just this morning passed stools which was softer than usual but with about 3/4th to one teaspoon of blood stained mucus along with it. He was having some constipation yesterday – which is very rare. He usually has good stools. Could that have caused it? We had some electrical work done around the house and my son was all over the place and i had to retrieve several things from his mouth. (like pieces of brick, wire, etc..) could that have caused it?? Do i need to take him to a doctor rightaway or could i wait and see if he gets better?? really appreciate your response.. thanks

  290. Chan will return soon. He’s out of his triond station for a short time. Will be back soon. Thanks for your patience. He appreicates all of you.

  291. Hi vasu,

    Entamoeba is a type of parasite dwelling in the human intestine. Watery stool is one of the symptoms of being infected by Entamoeba. In this case, you should do a microscopic test on your fresh feces to help diagnosis your condition better.

    Loose, watery or bloody stool might be a direct result of taking Metronidazole, antibiotics and other drugs you might have taken for days. Try reducing the intake of these medications if you don’t need to do so (prior to stop taking these medications, try consult and discuss your problem (especially side effects you’ve experienced when you were in these prescribed medications) with the doctor.

    If you’re always experiencing belching, try to eat and chew your food slowly but avoid drinking through a straw. Also, avoid talking while eating. Try eating your food more frequent but in small serving throughout the day. Belching might be caused by lactose intolerance, so try stop taking any dairy based products.

    Of course, when your stool test and blood test came out as negative, it might be an indicative of unhealthy condition. Whether it’s serious or not, it depends much on your further diagnosis but you can help improve your existing condition through a healthy diet, healthy lifestyle, healthy emotion and spirit. Just don’t feel worried, but try switch to a healthy lifestyle by eating healthily, exercising regularly, having adequate rest/sleep, praying to help maintain a positive and calm mind, and replenishing your body with adequate amount of water.

  292. Hi Mike,

    If you smell like “something had died inside of me”, it might be due to bad germs that stimulate the decaying process in your intestine. It’s an indication that less good germs help in digestion. As harmful substances are reabsorbed by your intestine caused by the decaying process that took place in your intestine could cause you “an explosive smell”. To improve the condition, try cut down meat based foods but increase the intake of fibre rich foods (e.g. fruits, vegetables, wheat bread).

    If the condition still persists after doing the suggested step, I’d suggest you to get a colon test.

  293. Hi kassie,

    What type of solid foods have you fed her lately? Have you fed her with meat or fish meat or any type of meat? If you fed her with meat-based foods, it’s very common to have her poop smell like rotten egg, or foul smell.

    As for loose and waterly feces and how frequent she should poop, try refer to my article http://healthmad.com/children/your-childs-feces-healthy-or-unhealthy/ under subtitle “Warning Signs: What to Look for in Your Child’s/ Baby’s Feces” and “How Often Should Your Child’s / Baby’s Pass Feces?”
    If your baby gets bloated, try giving her frequent but small serving (each serving is about 20ml or about 3 teaspoons, with an interval 15-20 minutes), increase her intake of fluid (about 120ml per feed, try not give this solution too quickly at a time, but increase it slowly. I may suggest you to feed her with some prune juice or baby apple juice either in a bottle or a dropper), avoid giving her too much solution at a time, and make sure she sleeps well the whole night.

    If the condition still persists after doing the suggested steps, try bringing her to a pediatrician.

  294. Hi Worried granddaughter,

    Green slimy poop (can also be accompanied by loose or watery feces) can be a result of a bowel infection, anxiety, stress, or food tolerance to what she’s eating or drinking. If she’s in medication, she may also have this type of feces. Try reducing high fibre, fat and cholesterol rich diet in her daily meals; help her to learn to relax (eg. By praying, singing), pay specific attention for her personal hygiene, refrain from caffeinated and soft drinks, cut down unhealthy foods (junk, snack, fat food), stop taking dairy products, reduce meat based foods, avoid spicy and sweetened foods, drink appropriate amount of water, and have an adequate amount of rest/sleep. Her bowel movement will be improved gradually if the suggested steps are taken appropriately.

    BTW, we don’t have “girggling” in English.

  295. Hi Color question,

    First of all, thanks for your kind words. Yes, the healthy color can be a color of peanut butter or banana, but the feces shouldn’t be too watery, too sticky, harder than a banana, or softer than toothpaste.

  296. Hi Concerned Mommy,

    When you observe blood stained mucus in your baby’s diaper, it might be caused by lactose intolerance (just stop feeding him/her dairy products and see whether the condition improves after two days, if not, please bring her/him to the doctor right away), infection (such as salmonella, C.Difficile ), anus’s irritation due to bad diaper rash, or intestinal disorder. Certainly, you should call a doctor to check on him/her right away!

    If your baby is still having a problem with constipation, try to increase fluid and fiber in their diet. You can also add plums, apricots and pureed prune to loosen their feces. Make sure you get a doctor to check on your baby if they always experience constipation.

    For more info on baby feces, try reading my article http://healthmad.com/children/your-childs-feces-healthy-or-unhealthy/

    Certainly, you should watch your baby from putting dangerous or poisonous item such as wire into their mouth as this item will harm their health.

  297. To all valued readers,

    Any illogical or hilarious questions will not be entertained or answered. This website is not made to be crazy, hilarious and laughing, but it’s made for helping people to cope with the problems.

  298. `Hi,
    im 16 yrs old and for the last two months my poop has been green, and lately painful to get out. Today while i was in the bathroom i went both number 2 and number 1 when i looked in the bowl i saw my poop but floating in the toilet around it was tiny orange jelly like splotches of all shapes and sizes, i freaked out and assumed worms, but they were immobile so im not sure. What do you think?

  299. Ever since I was a child, I have had very large and mostly firm stool. Apparently my uncle had the same problem and now my niece has it as well (she is only 4). I know this sounds really gross but I have heard stories of my grandpa having to cut my uncle’s feces up with a wire hanger before flushing it down the toilet. I have had to break my own feces up from time to time in order to prevent clogging the toilet (which seems to be a weekly habit of mine!). I am concerned because my child, who is 7 months old, seems to be showing signs of firmer stool that what would be “normal” for a child the same age. While I can deal with this problem as an adult, I would hate to see my child suffer with this painful problem. Any reason what may be going on? Obviously it is genetic…

  300. Ever since I was a child, I have had very large and mostly firm stool. Apparently my uncle had the same problem and now my niece has it as well (she is only 4). I know this sounds really gross but I have heard stories of my grandpa having to cut my uncle\’s feces up with a wire hanger before flushing it down the toilet. I have had to break my own feces up from time to time in order to prevent clogging the toilet (which seems to be a weekly habit of mine!). I am concerned because my child, who is 7 months old, seems to be showing signs of firmer stool that what would be \”normal\” for a child the same age. While I can deal with this problem as an adult, I would hate to see my child suffer with this painful problem. Any reason what may be going on? Obviously it is genetic…

  301. Dr. Chan, my baby is a vegetarian. She will have eggs occasionally, but derives her protein from lentils, beans and soy yogurt and cheese. Every time she poops it’s a ‘blowout’. If she is not changed immediately her poop will Cause a terrible diaper rash. She is not on baby food any more and eats mostly organic and unprocessed foods. We have tried the prune and apple juice thing, soy formula/milk, and cows milk and nothing seems to lessen the smell of her poop or the seeming acidity of it. She is only in the 3rd percentile for weight for height. Her doctor has even been having us give her butter and vegatable oil to try to get her to put on weight. Her pediatrician did say a mild allergy or virus could be causing the foul stools, but this started when she started on solid foods-7 months ago and I know it’s not normal. What else could it be?

  302. Hi kassie,

    It might be due to an infection or she is allergic to certain foods.

    Try stop giving your baby eggs, cheese, and cow milk to help improve her condition. Watch it for a few days and let me know her condition.

  303. Hi Would Rather Not State My Name,

    It sounds odd when you said you have to break your feces up. Why do you have to do so? Do you have any specific reason not stated here? It seems to be related to an unhealthy psychological problem because the problem is not on the feces. This is not genetic but it’s a habit.

  304. Hi Nya,

    Try to pay specific attention on the foods and drinks you have been taken lately. What did you mean “number 1” and “number 2”? It sounded vague and I didn’t catch you. How did you assume worms were there? You should get a gastro specialist to check on you or have a colon test.

  305. for the last couple days, i have had what i would consider to be a stomach bug/upset stomach. The usual queeziness, stomach cramps here and there. But i had noticed my diaria (however you spell that) was a tan color. So i wonder if it could have possibly been food poisoning? This started sunday, stomach doesnt bother me any more, no more pains, etc. But i had noticed today, it was still a tannish color. Is it too soon to be worried? Or should i be concerned?

  306. i should also point out, that last night (wednesday) is when i started to feel my stomach getting better

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  308. Hi Joe,

    Why not you get a doctor to check on you?

  309. I have a 7 year old boy who complains of stomach pains daily, and has stools larger in diameter than his arm. I am not exaggerating. He only weighs about 50 lbs.He does seem to have a bowel movement daily, they are just extremely large. Is that safe? Could they be causing stomach pain?

  310. Hi Heather,

    If your son always complains you about his stomach pain, you should take him for a medical diagnosis immediately. Tell the doctor when and how long he suffers from this stomach upset. There are many factors which can contribute to stomach pain. It’s not because of the problem of his feces. Prevention is better than cure, and please don’t disregard his symptom but bring him to a doctor right away!

  311. Hi, had a colonoscopy done several months ago, it showed that I had some hemroids, no big deal. Dr. said that I don’t have to come back for 10 years for another. Several weeks ago, I had bowel movement that was hard, but nothing that has not happened before. Then a few days later I had diarreah, and when I wiped there was blood on the toilet paper and so much blood in toilet, but no pain other than cramping. later that afternoon I went to the bathroom again, I looked to check to see if there was that much blood again. There was not not but I did notice what appeared to look like a blood clot. I really could not tell, so I just let go. Today I was constipated it took me forever to finally go. The next time I went was alot easier. Thank goodness. Later I just had to use the restroom and I know for sure this time I passed a blood clot with slim. no pain again. Is this normal? I know that this is TMI but I am dealing with other medical issues. I am having some liver problem we are not sure what is going with it right now, Dr. are running test, etc. Can that have anything to do with it? I don’t need anymore problems. and since I just had everything just cked out a few months ago I figured that things are well. Any advise would be helpful. Thank you so much

  312. Hi Lisa,
    The bleeding you experienced might be due to your hemorrhoids showing that your haemorrhoids have not fully recovered and you still have to be careful for your daily diet.
    The next concern you raised here was regarding constipation. When you have constipation, you’ve to add more fibre rich foods and water to promote peristalsis in your intestine for a better bowel movement.

    Liver problem does not cause bloody feces but white feces. In most cases, bloody feces is a consequence of an internal bleeding which can happen at the colon, intestine, anus or rectum. As in your case, it might be more appropriate to seek for a medical assistance. Next, you should adopt a healthy lifestyle, healthy diet, manage your stress and make sure you have adequate amount of sleep.

  313. Hi,
    I’m 27 years old and male. For the past couple weeks and or months I have been having trouble with my BM, usually I go and don’t feel empty and its coming out either flat or thin.
    Usually I have to stay standing up to feel the pressure to have a BM and then when I sit down only some comes out. After I go upon standing for about 10 min. I can go again.
    I have hemmoroids and my diet is majorly fast food.
    Now I always feel like my left hip is getting in the way opf a BM and I really have to lenghten my spine and push down at my hips to get good muscle control. When I went to a massage I was told that
    My left hip is higher than my right. I eat a lot of nuts but for a long time I’ve noticed lighter colored almost white bumps in my stool.
    I had bacterial prostatitus several months ago and now I am worried it is recurring.
    I’m going to go to the doctor next week to discuss this but am unsure of what I will discuss.
    Is it parasites, is it an obstruction, could it just be due to hemmoroids?
    I go regularly but my stomach always feels gassy and bloated

  314. Hi,
    I\’m 27 years old and male. For the past couple weeks and or months I have been having trouble with my BM, usually I go and don\’t feel empty and its coming out either flat or thin.
    Usually I have to stay standing up to feel the pressure to have a BM and then when I sit down only some comes out. After I go upon standing for about 10 min. I can go again.
    I have hemmoroids and my diet is majorly fast food.
    Now I always feel like my left hip is getting in the way opf a BM and I really have to lenghten my spine and push down at my hips to get good muscle control. When I went to a massage I was told that
    My left hip is higher than my right. I eat a lot of nuts but for a long time I\’ve noticed lighter colored almost white bumps in my stool.
    I had bacterial prostatitus several months ago and now I am worried it is recurring.
    I\’m going to go to the doctor next week to discuss this but am unsure of what I will discuss.
    Is it parasites, is it an obstruction, could it just be due to hemmoroids?
    I go regularly but my stomach always feels gassy and bloated

  315. Hi Danny,

    Did you aware that your diet is unhealthy? Since your major diet is fast food, you’ll definitely face with unhealthy bowel movement. Could you stop eating fast food and switch to a healthy diet (plenty of veggie, fruits, foods rich in fiber, grain, and vitamins)? I’m certain that you’ll see improvement in your bowel habits.

    Parasites will not cause hamorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are small swollen veins around anus and rectum which can cause constipation, hard bowel movements, long bouts of diarrhea and can also cause you to sit for long periods of time on toilets.

  316. Hey there,

    I’m a 19 year old male, and just recently I have had headaches, stomach pains, and I am really tired all the time, but I can’t sleep because I also have a fever every morning, this has only happened over the past two days.
    My poop has been only liquids, and I have to go to the restroom about every 30 minutes, but it is only this yellow substance.
    Before this was happening I had been getting 8 hours of sleep a day, but I had been up for long periods of time: going to sleep at 4 AM waking up at 1 PM.
    Please help if you can, thanks!

    Bishop B.

  317. Hey All,

    I was recently constipated for almost three years. I think I’m getting it under control after changing my diet but i have a question if anyone can answer it?

    What does it mean when your poop is rugged and not firm? I eat metamucil two times a day, prunes, brocoli, carrots, fiber cereal and 8 grain bread and liters of water.

  318. I have been passini blood, blood clots and white mucus through my stool what is causes this, it has been going on for 3 days.

  319. Hi Natasha,

    Are you sure you saw blood clots in your feces? If the condition persists for more than 3 days, you should get a doctor to check on you.

    In regards to the causes of blood clots and white mucus, please read under subtitle of “bloody feces” and “mucus-like feces” in this article.

  320. Hi Nick,

    Please check the proportion of the foods you’ve been taken. It should be in appropriate amount. When the proportion of foods you took is correct, your bowel habits will be improved accordingly.

  321. Hi Robbie,

    Please read under subtitle “asphalt-like black feces” in this article and you’ll understand it better. Check with a doctor.

  322. Hi Bishop B,

    Feces may be an indicator for your overall health. Since you’re experiencing headache, abdominal pain, and fatigue frequently, I’d advise you to check with a doctor. It might be an early sign of an underlying health problem. However, without a medical diagnosis, we can’t jump into this conclusion. That’s why you should check with the doctor to confirm what have caused you feeling tired, headache and abdominal pain recently.

    You shouldn’t disregard your present health condition as it may further worsen your existing health.

  323. Hi Chan whenever I have a burger bun or bread of some sort with seasme seeds on it my poop over the next couple days will have a number of seeds in it. Is this ok? Im not as healthy as I should be with dietry intake and exercise but do drink water daily. Any help would be appreciated, thanks in advance :)

    P.S Im sorry that silly people waste time posting childish and inappropriate comments on here, they should be ashamed of themselves!

  324. Hello there,

    Yeah, I guess it wasn’t a stool infection, I think I’m just sick, I have been going to the restroom, and whenever I do, I feel a lot better, then I have to go again in 30 minutes or less, I went to the restroom a lot yesterday, so this morning and last night I wasn’t shivering or having a fever.
    I think it is some kind of stomach flu that leaves when I go to the restroom, and every time I don’t use the restroom the bacteria grows in my stomach and hurts me more. Perhaps the chills and fever are caused by my body fighting the flu in my stomach? And then when I go to the restroom I rid myself of the bacteria?

    Thanks for replying Chan Lee Peng,
    Best Regards,
    Bishop B.

  325. Hi Bishop,

    How did you know that bacteria growing inside your stomach when you don’t do your bowel habit? It’s not true to say that “Perhaps the chills and fever are caused by my body fighting the flu in my stomach? And then when I go to the restroom I rid myself of the bacteria?”

    There is not an appropriate way to draw an assumption that is contradicted to a present situation without an accurate diagnosis.

  326. Hi AJ G,

    In your case, try to skip any food with sesame seeds since they could not be digested by your digestive system. Drinking adequate amount of water alone is not enough to maintain your health, you still need to adopt healthy eating habits, healthy lifestyle and exercise regularly. By doing so, you will help improve your bowel habits.

  327. Hi… can I ask about (ah this is embarrasing but I don’t think it was in your article) squishy poop??? it was like mud or something & brown?

    thanks

  328. also is colon cancer possible for a teenager?? under 20 yrs old??

  329. Hi nebula,

    Any type of cancer, including colon cancer, does not select age. The occurrence of cancer can happen to any age group.

    I’d suggest you to add high-fiber foods like pumpkin, kiwi, avocado, grapefruit, oat meal, plum enzyme and high-fiber bread to help repair your gut. For each of your meal, try to go for a small serving and do not eat hurriedly but try to chew the food thoroughly. Remember to replenish your body with adequate amount of water (preferably alkaline water) and try reducing dairy and meat-based foods to improve your bowel movement.

  330. Hello chan,
    i am scared because i have blackish water/oily diarrhea.. i have to poop every .. about hour or so this has been going on for about a day.. i dont know what to doo… i have been eating the same as i normally do but all the sudden i got sick…. i have been having painn in my lower right side and i dont know if it should be a concern… should i change my diet or should i go to the doctor??? i dont know what to do … please help mee
    Thank you!!

  331. Hi scared,

    Go check with a doctor.

  332. Dear Dr. Peng,
    I have been having a problem for a couple of years not, Several times a month I have stomach pain and then I will pass jelly looking stool, It is sometimes black but also a reddish color.
    I went to the doctor and she diagnosed me with IBS but I am concerned that it might be blood. I used to eat a lot of salads and fruit but now if I eat grapefuits or salads it goes thru me within an hour. I then will see pulp from the grapefuit or lettus in the toilett.

    Could this be just from the IBS? or could it be Celiac Dz. I am also overweight so it can’t be crohns Dz.

    any help would be great.

  333. I also wanted to add that I am lactose intolarent and avoid milk, cottage cheese and soft cheese. I have eaten ice cream but only if I am off work the next day because it causes me stomach cramps and I might have an accident. I am so tired of these bowell problems and would like to stop having so many problems.

  334. I also wanted to ask about my little girl, she is 4, was diagnosed with autism at 27 months old. when she was 12 months she started being contipated, I fed her oatmeal, prune juice, stewed prunes and nothing helped. I had to start giving her miralax prescribed my her doctor. I gave her 1/2 an adult dose every other day sometimes every 3 days. until she was 3, I put her on the gf/cf diet and stopped the miralax. she is now off the diet but is still constipated. will have a bowell movement every other day sometimes every 3 days and is very large when she does and is hard. sometimes it is like little rabbit pellets. I am waiting for an appoitment with a gastrointerologist.

    Have you seen very many autistic kids with bowell problems?

    do you think it could be from yeast in her gut? or should I try the gf/cf diet again?

    Thank you for your reply

  335. Hi sherrylynch,

    Yes, you’re experiencing irritable bowel movement syndrome (IBS). Abdominal pain, infrequent bowel movements, cramping, constipation are some of the symptoms of IBS. You may also observe jelly-, watery-like feces, sometimes with mucus in it. The symptoms you’re experiencing may take days, and even months and it’s a recurrent symptom. The health condition you’re facing may also worsen over time.

    Without examining you, I cannot confirm that what you saw in your feces was blood. You should get, perhaps, a colon examination to diagnose your situation.

    I’d recommend you to change your diet. You may discuss with a registered dietician to find out a suitable diet planning for you (as the diet pattern may vary from person to person). Basically, to relieve and improve your condition, I’d advise you to cut down dairy products (yogurt, cheese, ice cream, and etc.). A very high-fibre diet is not recommended for you as it may cause bloating and gas, so by increasing intake of 2-3g per day of fibre is helpful enough to reduce your risk of stomach cramping and bloating, while helping you to produce painless but soften feces that may relieve your IBS. Avoid alcoholic and carbonated beverages (coke, pepsi, diet soda, diet coke, soda and etc.). It’s also important for you to drink 6-8 glasses of alkaline water a day. Remember to eat your foods slowly and chew it properly, and always have a small serving. Foods that is loaded with fats, cholesterol and saturated fats is not recommended for you, but it’s better for you to add whole-grain breads and cereals (unless you’ve celiac disease), vegetables and fruits to help improve your condition.

    As regarding to your little girl, try reading my article entitled http://www.healthmad.com/Children/Your-Childs-Feces-Healthy-or-Unhealthy.662805/1
    I’m sure you will find your answer in this article.

    Take care.

  336. Hi there Chan, i am a 16 year old male 5ft 10 71kg at 20-25%bodyfat. I don’t think i have ever really had the perfect stool or anything close. For the past year or so my stools have been inconsistent in frequency and visually.

    Over the past 3 days i have had a dryness in my mouth and on the tongue, a fever, and loose stools which contain undigested foods (like nuts). Other symptoms include slight dizziness, agitation, confusion and shakiness.

    Before these 3 days i was recovering from a cold (which lasted a week) with symptoms of fever, sore throat, voice loss and slightly worsened stool frequency.

    Yesterday i must of drank 3+ liters of fluid only to find that my mouth is still a little dry. I find electrolyte powder helps in relieving some of the dryness.

    I would really appreciate any help you can give me, by the way it is summer over here so would it be OK to drink lots of fluids?

    Best of Regards Harry.

  337. In addition to the above mentioned symptoms i am producing dry phlegm which is a little harder to expel. I have had this since the cold but then it was yellow and now it is more uniform and clear.

  338. Hi Harry,

    Dryness of the mouth and tongue, and fever are a common symptoms caused by lack of sleep, stress, dehydration (lack of water) and excessive intake of carbohydrates (e.g. sugar, starchy foods, sugar, refinery foods, corn meal) while loose stools (or diarrhea) is caused by milk allergy, food intolerance or infection. Since you also experienced other medical conditions of shaking, dizziness, confusion and agitation, I’d suggest you to check with a doctor.

    Instead of drinking electrolyte powder, I’d recommend you to drink 8 glasses of alkaline water to hydrate your body as your body is lack of fluid. Yes, during summer, you should replenish adequate amount of fluid to maintain the hydration of your body cells. If you’ve to work outdoor or do any outdoor activities, you should drink more than 8 glasses (but not too much or over-drinking which may not benefit your health) a day due to that some of the water may have been evaporated from your skin pores.

    Dry phlegm is an indication of dryness in your body. It’s time for you to replenish your body with adequate amount of alkaline water to help restore its moisture. However, taking alcoholic, caffeinated and carbonated drinks will not help get rid of phlegm, rather, it worsen your existing condition. If your phlegm’s color is brown, green, yellow or bloody, don’t hesitate to check with a doctor.

  339. hi my 4 yr old daughter has had very light tan to to clay colored poop of and on for months now and i brought to md and she had her stool checked for parasites, had blood work for cbc, cmp, liver enzymes and an ultrasound of liver kidneys, and pancreas.. they were all normal, but her poop is still very light colored and it used to be brown all the time. she also complains of belly aches often and really has never been a good eater since an infant. she is very skinny but remains in the 5-10% of growth curve for age according to pediatrician. i am very concerned something is being missed here. any suggestions of what may be or test we ned performed??? JAIME

  340. Hi mike1bella,

    Please refer your daughter’s condition to my article http://healthmad.com/children/your-childs-feces-healthy-or-unhealthy/

    Please let me know if you still can’t find your answer in this article, thanks.

  341. Hello, I am a 31 year old male. For about 3 months now I have experienced some Diarreha, once in awhile normal poops and then sometimes small poops that are 2 inches long, but not wide at all. i have not had any blood in my stools, I wil probably drink 4 beers to 6 beers a night, and outside of that my diet is not awful, not alot of fast food, and I play competetive softball 3 times a week! i am just concerned with the diarreha part, which happens 1-2 times a week that I then take immodium or Maalox to correct, is it my diet or should I be more concerned then that?

  342. Hi,
    This morning I passed out a little round shape marble, very soft and light yellow in color. When I press it, it broke easily into like flour like substance. I also noticed a few white strands about 2cm long 2mm thick. Please explain.

    Thank you.

  343. Hello,
    I am an 18 year old girl. I was sick with what I am guessing was a virus three days ago. I had a fever with no other symptoms really. No sore throat, etc. My stomach did hurt a little bit. After about 24 hours I had no more fever and felt fine. That night I had diarrhea that had little blood chunks in it. My stomach was a little irritated before this, but no where near in serious pain. Today was the first time I had a bowel movement since then and it was half brown and normal, sort of wrapped around a white, clay movement. I have not had any stomach pain. It has just been a little grumbly. Is this normal after a fever?

    Also, whenever I catch stomach viruses it always seems as though I get a lesser version that anyone else. My stomach will hurt but I never throw up and occasionally have diarrhea .

  344. Hello,
    I am an 18 year old girl. I was sick with what I am guessing was a virus three days ago. I had a fever with no other symptoms really. No sore throat, etc. My stomach did hurt a little bit. After about 24 hours I had no more fever and felt fine. That night I had diarrhea that had little blood chunks in it. My stomach was a little irritated before this, but no where near in serious pain. Today was the first time I had a bowel movement since then and it was half brown and normal, sort of wrapped around a white, clay movement. I have not had any stomach pain. It has just been a little grumbly. Is this normal after a fever?

    Also, whenever I catch stomach viruses it always seems as though I get a lesser version that anyone else. My stomach will hurt but I never throw up and occasionally have diarrhea .

  345. Hello,
    I am an 18 year old girl. I was sick with what I am guessing was a virus three days ago. I had a fever with no other symptoms really. No sore throat, etc. My stomach did hurt a little bit. After about 24 hours I had no more fever and felt fine. That night I had diarrhea that had little blood chunks in it. My stomach was a little irritated before this, but no where near in serious pain. Today was the first time I had a bowel movement since then and it was half brown and normal, sort of wrapped around a white, clay movement. I have not had any stomach pain. It has just been a little grumbly. Is this normal after a fever?

    Also, whenever I catch stomach viruses it always seems as though I get a lesser version that anyone else. My stomach will hurt but I never throw up and occasionally have diarrhea .

  346. Hello,
    I am an 18 year old girl. I was sick with what I am guessing was a virus three days ago. I had a fever with no other symptoms really. No sore throat, etc. My stomach did hurt a little bit. After about 24 hours I had no more fever and felt fine. That night I had diarrhea that had little blood chunks in it. My stomach was a little irritated before this, but no where near in serious pain. Today was the first time I had a bowel movement since then and it was half brown and normal, sort of wrapped around a white, clay movement. I have not had any stomach pain. It has just been a little grumbly. Is this normal after a fever?

    Also, whenever I catch stomach viruses it always seems as though I get a lesser version that anyone else. My stomach will hurt but I never throw up and occasionally have diarrhea.

  347. Sorry about the repeats, my internet screwed up and told me it wasn’t posting. My apologies.

  348. uh,you could be drinking gas at the pump instead of filling your tank.

  349. I had food poisoning about 2 weeks ago, and up to yesterday, I had soup for about 5 to 6 days ina row. I thought my stomach was feeling better 24 hours after my food poisoning and in fact it wasn’t. So I ate soup for 5 – 6 days. Last night for dinner I wanted to try something different, I couldn’t eat another soup! I had pasta and chicken, not friend or baked just cooked. Today I had a grilled chicken ceaser salad with italian dressing and ate half of it gradually. A bit after I had diarehea, and it was yellow. What does that mean? And what can I do so that I wont have diarehea, and not have to eat soup everyday!

  350. To Bill,

    First of all, I’m sorry for a late reply because I’ve been busy at work recently. According to your description, you’ve been experiencing diarrhea for about 3 months in which I think this is unhealthy. Have you checked what have you eaten recently? (too much mushrooms, watermelons and dairy products; less fibre rich foods, and etc). Drinking 4-6 beers a night, I think, is too much, and you should cut it to less than 50ml a night or stop drinking beer to improve your condition. Of course, food you take may influence your present health condition, but sometimes taking certain herbs, medications, prescribed drugs, environmental condition and also any detoxified diet may cause diarrhea too. If you are still concerned about your health condition, why not you check with a doctor?

  351. To Low,

    First of all, I’m sorry for a late reply because I’ve been busy at work recently. How long have you been experiencing this situation? Did you feel any pain in your abdominal part or stomach? What are your daily foods and drinks? Please reply to these questions to help me understand your condition.

    Thanks.

  352. To Othello and meye592,

    First of all, I’m sorry for a late reply because I’ve been busy at work recently.

    If I’m not mistaken both of you, Othello and meye592 is the same person since you asked me the same questions. How did you know that you were sick on the cause of viruses? Have you checked whether you’ve been drinking adequate amount of water a day and eating plenty of vegetables, fruits and fibre-rich foods recently? Foods, drinks, stress, less exercise, weather condition, mentally sick, depression may also cause you experiencing this problem. Well, if the situation you mentioned persists for over 3 or more days, it’s certainly abnormal and need you to seek for a medical help.

  353. To Ivette,

    First of all, I’m sorry for a late reply because I’ve been busy at work recently. That’s bad to know that you had had food poisoning. Soup or porridge is usually recommended for those who have food poisoning problems because the digestive system may be weakened and need some time for healing to regain its utmost performance. The feces color is directly linked to your diet. That means what you put into your mouth will later be eliminated via your urine or feces.

    Please don’t feel too concern or worried about your situation, but help calm yourself down. You need to be relaxed. Don’t stress yourself because it won’t help you much. Just stay in happy, and think positively.

    I’d advise you to stop dairy products temporary, exercise regularly, maintain your spiritial health, replenish your body with sufficient amount of water (preferably alkaline water) and lastly, you should adopt a healthy lifestyle to improve your existing condition.

    If you are still concerned with your condition, check with a doctor.

  354. Hi. Is it normal to to defecate for 3 days, or even up to a week? But i don’t gain weight, and I feel no pain anywhere. Thanks.

  355. I meant to say not to defecate for 3 days, or even up to a week.

  356. Hi there, my little girl is three she has had a problem for about two years with her bowel movements. Her Dr. has put her on Colace now for 7 mts. I feel this does not help to any great extent, do you have any other advice for me? Desperate to help my baby!

  357. Hi there, my little girl is three she has had a problem for about two years with her bowel movements. Her Dr. has put her on Colace now for 7 mts. I feel this does not help to any great extent, do you have any other advice for me? Desperate to help my baby!

  358. Hi Cynthia or cynbad,

    Could you please describe your daughter’s conditon more in details? Thanks.

  359. I’ll try to be brief. I felt a lot of upper GI problems. Thought I had an ulcer or the beginning of one. Had the hunger-type pain even though I had eaten….so I began taking Priolosec and using 1 gas-ex table a day b/c I had a lot of gas pain. Seemed to do the trick! Notice an IMMEDIATE change that was good. Continued on it for 14 days…DURING this time I started my period. I have had endometriosis and use ADVIL GEL caps to keep the pain to a minimum…so I don’t have to visit the ER for a Pain shot. I KNEW taking Ibuprofin would not be good for my stomach..but decided to way the pain level and took two advil every 6-8 hours…which kept the pain minimal. My stomach hurt a little but nothing too bad..I assumed the Prilosec was doing the job. AFTER my period, I began ovulating HEAVILY! Had the usual lower pelvic bloating, some gas, normal discharge….but MAJOR diarrhea! I had my gall bladder removed 10 years ago..so many times when I have diarrhea, I will have a yellowy discharge….(this started only AFTER my gall bladder was removed…Dr. said it was bile build up.) LAST NIGHT…while having friends in for dinner…I felt a diarrhea attack coming on..so I went to the bathroom. Liquid-y diarrhea…which sometimes occurs with me when I’m ovulating so heavily. (My periods are like clock work and have been normal.) (I’m 47) BUT when I wiped it was bright red. I looked in the toilet and found a substantial amount of mucous-y tissue-like red (It almost looked like what I would have during my period.) I have gone to the bathroom 3 times since then…and the red has subsided…to a minimal. (Yes! I’m going to the doctor.) I don’t want to assume the worst. I’ve heard peptic ulcers can cause bright red stools if the ulcer is bleeding. UP UNTIL last night..I’ve been eating bland food..but last night ate a VERY small portion of prime rib. About 6 years ago, I was diagnose with IBS.

    Any input would be appreciated.

  360. hi i have strange bowl movments it happens at least 3-4 times a month some times more, i have a sensation like i have uncontrolable diarrhea but it is like a clear bubbley substance during the course of the day it gets thicker and sticker and turns a yellowish colour the next day i find it very hard to go for a pooh for sum reason, i also feel sick a lot and get a very bloated hard tummy. it is becoming more and more oftern and its hard to go out when it happens as i need to run to the loo every 10 mins

  361. Hi georgina james,

    Have you checked on what you have been eaten or drunk lately? In most cases, your condition was a direct reflection on the foods you ate. Try adjusting foods you eat and see whether it helps improve your bowel movements.

  362. Hi Tj

    In a case with very severe peptic ulcer, it can cause bleeding either in the duodenum or stomach. You may also vomit dark or bloody-looking material just look like coffee grounds. The sticky-looking or black or blood you saw in your stool was caused by fast bleeding.

    Well, eating bland diet helps relieve the symptom; however, you should also avoid greasy and spicy foods. Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic drinks, don’t smoke, and don’t take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications or aspirin. It’s better to talk with an experienced and qualified doctor regarding the situation you are facing, and ask them to check on you and later to suggest on what you should do.

    Never take any medications before talking to your doctor as certain drugs may harm your health, and worst still, they may aggravate your existing health condition.

  363. Thank-you, Chan for your response. I don’t drink or smoke..so we’re safe. Is caffeine free drinks okay? Like 7 up? or Diet 7 up? I am no longer taking Ibuprofin. Have only taken Tylenol twice since Saturday. It’s very strange, because I ONLY seem to have issues with my stomach when I’m ovulating.

  364. what kind of food shall i try and avoid, i also only have one kidney i was born with out the other it would be anything to with that thanks for the reply

  365. “They have no strong smell or taste”

    I can’t believe the Japanese human poop expert actually TASTED it.

  366. Hi Georgia james,

    Will you please describe to me what’s in your daily meal (including breakfast, lunch and dinner)? This will help me to better understand your problem.

  367. Hi Tj

    Thanks for your kind words. Definitely, caffeine drinks are not advisable for you. Have you checked with a doctor regarding the stomach issue you’re facing? If yes, could you please tell me what’s in your report?

  368. Hi Frederic

    They didn’t taste on human poop but they smelled on it.

  369. what about someone who never has solid poop?

  370. I’m so impressed you’ve continued this article for so long :)

    As per my concern:

    First of all, my stool rarely ever rises to the surface. I literally cannot remember the last time that occurred.

    As of late, I’ve been seeing a lot of mucus in the feces. And I don’t mean whispy clouds that somewhat dissepate into the water, I mean long (seemingly harder), even hairy looking, with a solid almost whitish color. Kind of reminds me of Chinese dried squid shreds (if that makes sense).

    I also tend to have common bouts of gas … not sure if they are related.

    I’ve attempted cutting out virtually every food group to pinpoint the issue, so I currently don’t eat milk products, I avoid gluten (though I do eat it), and I try not to eat too much meat.

    I’d really appreciate your thoughts on this.

  371. I’m so impressed you’ve continued this article for so long :)

    As per my concern:

    First of all, my stool rarely ever rises to the surface. I literally cannot remember the last time that occurred.

    As of late, I’ve been seeing a lot of mucus in the feces. And I don\’t mean whispy clouds that somewhat dissapate into the water, I mean long (seemingly harder), even hairy looking, with a solid almost whitish color. Kind of reminds me of Chinese dried squid shreds (if that makes sense).

    I also tend to have common bouts of gas … not sure if they are related.

    I’ve attempted cutting out virtually every food group to pinpoint the issue, so I currently don’t eat milk products, I avoid gluten (though I do eat it), and I try not to eat too much meat.

    I\’d really appreciate your thoughts on this.

  372. DO YOU KNOW HOW IDIOTIC YOU PEOPLE SOUND THAT ARE LEAVING STUPID 2ND GRADE GRAMMMER AND 2 YEAR OLD HUMOR SUCH AS “I LIKE TO POO SO MUCH”.
    DO YOU KNOT HAVE ANY LIFE OTHER THAN MAKING A FOOL OF YOURSELF. YOU ARE SO PITIFUL YOU ACTUALLY THINK THIS IS FUNNY. TELL IT TO YOUR LITTLE SCHOOL MATES AND SEE IF THEY LAUGH.

  373. Hi never solid poop person,

    Below are possible answers to your question: “what about someone who never has solid poop?”

    He/she might have a very weak colon; weaken digestive system, bleeding in the intestinal tract/gastrointestinal tract; less good bacteria in the intestine; swelling in the stomach; lower immunity and/or may constantly face colon related problems. Definitely, they are unhealthy. I’d suggest them to check with a doctor or have a check on their colon and stomach.

    Besides the about mentioned reasons, other undelying problems may have influenced one’s poop/health condition.

  374. Hi Strange Stooler,

    Before answering your question, could you please tell me what constitutes your daily meal? (Try to describe foods and drinks taken for your breakfast, lunch and dinner, and/or supper [if you have habits of having supper before going to bed] briefly and in details)

    How long and how often have you been experiencing your bowel problems? Please explain as detail as possible. Thanks.

  375. I am going about 3-4 times a day, and I am not sure why. This has never been the norm for me, because I used to be only able to go 4-5 times a week.
    Nothing in my diet has taken a huge change, so I cant imagine its anything I am eating, or missing in my diet. I did change birth control and since then, I have gained some weight and have had to go to the washroom more.
    Do you think this is because of my birth control?

  376. Hi, I was wondering if this gets posted and I might have an answer.
    You seem to have a lot of knowledge.
    I am 67, vegeterian and I drink a lot of water, over 2 litres every day.
    I am slim and all my tests are normal but i suffer from constipation. I can go 2 days without a bowel movement and that is very uncomfortable. I also have wind. My bowel movement varies, normal colour and it usually floats. When I was 16 I had hepatitis A I think. I have been constipated on and off all my life. I know I cant eat anything fatty and I dont but I eat avocado and use olive oil on salads.
    Have you any ideas.

  377. Hi Dr Chan,

    Thanks for this excellent resource and for always answering people’s questions. I have a question too, about a year ago and again a few months ago and today, I have found what I think may be expelled worms in my stool. The first time it was a large pile of flat redish-pinkish colour long strands and the last two times was the same but much less, just one or two or three strands. It looks something like pasta but flatter and shorter. … I submitted a stool sample to my travel doctor the first time but came out clear (?!) but I self medicated with Albendazole anyway. I often travel and work in developing countries. I am happy to self medicate once again but I would like to know what this is, whether its really an expelled worm or just some undigested food (? pasta?) … i have some photos if you think that would help and I just saved the undigested matter to take for analyses (last times it was flushed down the loo). … what is your opinion please? tapeworm? or undigested food? ps the strands look like a broken elastic band (but I don’t eat elastic bands) but there are no visible segments, just one long strand… with a little tapering out on one end

    thanks!

  378. Hi, recently for about a couple of month it was really hard for me to go to poop. Every time I have to go. My feces come out slowly in a painful way. My mom said that maybe my stomach is bigger than my butt hole, when it come out. I went to the doctor and they said maybe you lack fiber, and told me not to eat banana a lot. So my doctor gave me this “MiraLax” and “Citrucel” medicine to help with my constipation. It said it will soften the stool, but for me it did not really work that well. It have been a couple of month now, and it still very painful when I go to the bathroom. What do you think I should do next? Thank You for your help doctor CHAN LEE PENG.

  379. Hi Poopmachine,

    A healthy adult should go once a day. Going 3 times a day is normal especially when you are in any detoxified diet or you’ve eaten bulk of high fibre foods such as bananas, potatoes, to name a few. When you said you went for 4-5 times a week, it was actually unhealthy. There is still no clear clinical statement saying the effect of birth control on one’s feces. But, there might be a possibility that your body is allergic to the ingredients used in a birth control pill. I’d advise you to check with your doctor and ask them to recommend you other brand that suits your body best.

    To better understand whether the birth control causing you to gain more weight or to have more bowel habits, you should know what’s in your birth control diet. It might be helpful if you could tell me what’s in your daily birth control diet. Or, you can discuss with a registered qualified doctor or dietician regarding the problem you’re facing at the moment.

  380. Hi Lanell,

    Thanks for your kind words. How long have you been suffering from constipation? Did you feel any pain in your abdominal or stomach or any parts of your body? What’s your feces look like when you’d a constipation (try describe as detail as possible).

    Since you’d had a hepatitis A, do you constantly check with your doctor? There might be a possibility that the medications used to treat hepatitis A may cause constant constipation. I’d like to know whether you’ve other chronic disease besides hepatitis A.

    Yes, avocado and olive oil are both good for your health. As you’re a vegetarian, I’d like you to check on your daily diet whether you’re lacking of omega3, niacin, selenium, iodine, iron, vitamins and other trace elements essential for your optimum health.

  381. Hi Ju,

    How would you believe that you might have expelled worms in your feces? The reddish colored feces you saw might not be always referred to bloody feces as described in this article, because in certain cases, the reddish or pinkish color is a direct reflection of the color of foods you’d taken. As I emphasized here, the food that one took is directly linked to the condition of one’s feces.

    I’d like to advice you not to treating yourself by taking Albendazole without prior approval from your doctor. The reason is that the drug you took might be harmful to your health, or may have aggravated your existing health or may cause damage to your organs. Other side effects of Albendazole include fever, vomiting, persistent sore throat, stiff neck, vision problem, difficulty in breathing, swelling, itching, dark urine, seizures, headache, nausea, bruising easily, dizziness, yellowing skin or eyes, stomach ache and/or other allergic reactions.

    Yes, it might be helpful if you could post photos in the comment box here.

  382. Hi Tracie,

    Are you suffering from hemorrhoids or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? In most cases, as your doctor told you, constipation is due to lacking of fibre. May I know what food constitutes your daily breakfast, lunch and dinner? Did you have any habit to have supper or drink caffeinated/carbonated/alcoholic drinks before going to bed? Are you taking any pills besides the prescribed “MiraLax” and “Citrucel” drugs? You said you’re feeling pain each time your bowel habits, so which part do you feel pain? Have you talked to your doctor regarding the conditions you’re facing after taking “MiraLax” and “Citrucel” drugs?

  383. Hi Dr Chan,

    Thanks for your fast reply! I could post some photos but I\\\’m not sure how to do it on this webpage. But basically this thing didn\\\’t really look like stool but like an elastic band cut at one end, basically… except not a small round one but a thicker flatter one.. but it could just be undigested matter I guess?

    thanks again! I\\\’ll try to upload the photo somewhere and send a link, or alternatively I could e-mail it but I don\\\’t have your address.

    Thanks!

  384. Hi Ju,

    You could post your photos to photobucket or Flickr and leave me the link here.

  385. Help, im going to be lonley soon i get trumps when im around people. This is crap for me as i get so alone, is there anything i can do about this poopy situation??? i feel like such a poo face right now.
    thank poo

  386. Hi,

    I had hepatitis when I was 16. I am now 67. I only rested at that time, no medication.
    My poos tend to be small, round and dark brown and they float. the size can be 20cm to 30 cm in diameter.

    Sometimes if I am lucky i can get a long well rounded one, 30 to 40 cm in diameter. It is usually middle to dark brown in colour.

    When I am constipated I can feel heaviness and sometimes a pain down my left side on the descending colon side.

    Today I have just had one small round piece of poo and I even took 4 magnesium capsules but it didn\’t help.

    I take a mutimineral tablet strong capsule every day to help.

    The only thing i have is an underactive thyroid which I have had for about 10 years only. But I am slim, only 58 kilos and 1,70 sm tall so I do not have a big thyroid problem. I take thyroxine and an alternative thyroxine product.

    The constipation has been with me for at least 40 years.IF I dont eat piles of raw vegetables it is worse. I always drink at least 2 litres of water a day and I am vegeterian, but only for 2 years.

    Many people eat no fibre and they are not constipated, so it is strange. Meat definitely blocks me up. I know it stays inside for 72 hours so meat has gone.

    I look forward to yur help.
    Lanell

  387. Hi lanell,

    For your info, multivitamin supplements and thyroid medication or any medications (prescribed or non-prescribed) you took may have influenced the color of your feces, which in some cases, is one of the negative signs of taking it/them. Since you have been experiencing constipation for about 40 years, which I think is unhealthy, have you taken any initiative to check with a gastro specialist? Have you undergone any colon related test?
    Definitely, less fibre/no fibre foods will not promote peristalsis in one’s intestine, and hence one is more prone to have constipation.

  388. Hi what ever I eat makes me go toilet and if I drink fizzy pop or chocolate it comes out like water and I cannot put weight on

  389. Dr. CHAN LEE PENG,

    This morning I had a bowel movement and it was totally white not just on the outside but it looked white all the way through. I have searched the web and the results for this indicate a liver problem.

    Currently Im taking percocet 10mg four times a day and diclofenac sod ec 75 mg twice a day and flexeril 10 mg three times a day for my 7 buldged herniated disc in my neck and back to reduce the pain levels since May of this year. My pain levels are very bad 9 out of 10 without the meds and down to a 5 with the meds.

    Im getting medical treatment approved by workers comp as the inury was caused during work hours. If I need medical treatment for this new aliment (totaly white stool) do you think it is caused by the medication.

    I cant take much more its been pure hell !!!

    Ace1959

  390. Hi Luke shuker,

    It might be useful if you could tell me what you eat for your breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. In that case, just stop drinking fizzy pop or chocolate- these are not good for you too.

  391. Hi ace1959

    May I know what had you eaten before seeing white feces on the forth of October’s morning? Yes, it could be due to problems related to liver, but in some cases, it’s because of other underlying health condition that may also cause this problem.

    Are you being prescribed for percocet 10mg, diclofenac sod ec 75 mg, and flexeril 10 mg? How long have you been using these medications? Take these medications with the advice of a doctor as it may pose side effects.

    Well, in most cases, white stool may be a side effect of medication, but this is not always true, as other factors may also cause you having white stool. Have you done any colon test or checked with a gastro specialist before? Or have you performed any tests?

  392. They have no strong smell or taste.

    Sorry what?Are we supposed to taste it?Pretty sure that cant be healthy.

  393. Dr. CHAN LEE PENG,

    Yes the medication is from my Doctors. Just changed to Mobic 15mg and Skelatin 800mg with Oxy 10mg.

    I did not eat anything the morning of the 4th but I have pizza the night of the 3rd and some heartburn and chewed two digel tablets.

    It took three days before my bowl movements returned to a brownish color. I was given today Colace oral 100mg for the constipation from the meds.

    I have not had any colon test or seen by a gastro specialist. My doctor wants to run blood test to check my liver and see why Im losing weight and my loss of appitite.

    ace1959

  394. Hi ace1959

    Did you aware of any change after using those prescribed medications? Have your heartburn improved after chewing digel tablets? If you have encountered any abnormal situations (including stomach pain, swelling, very dark colored feces etc.) arising from using the medication, please consult your doctor right away! Yes, that’s good! Let me know the result of your blood and liver tests then. We’ll have a discussion on the issue. Take care, never worry, eat and live healthily and God bless you.

  395. Dear Dr Chan,

    I have been experiencing severe mud-butt (diarrhea) over the past 6 and 1/2 years. Sometimes when I fart, juices squirt out of my turdcutter. This is not really a problem, but most recently I ate a lot of hot-sauce and the burning sensation was devastating to my butthole. I have modified my diet numerous times. I have tried eating nothing but fiber-filled foods and that just made everything juicier and messier. Then I tried eating nothing but meat for 3 months and my feces were a random mixture of diarrhea with some very hard pieces of bowel biscuits. This made it somewhat painful when I was on the toilet. What should I do???

  396. I get that too Dan Nagle. Sometimes my terds leave poo streaks on the bottom; it always seems to happen at somebody else’s place. Those are usually the hard spinners, as I call em, and they just draw whatever design they feel like. My question is: after i scrape off the skids with my finger nails, are there still microscopic poop-flakes under my nails even if I wash my hands well?

    I don’t want to tell people, “Hey I can’t shake your hand cuz I scraped all my poochunks off yer toilet bowl.”

    Maybe I should just leave the streaks and pin em on the previous user.

    Thanks Doc.

  397. About four months ago i had been drinking and all of a sudden my heart started pounding my hands went numb, There was a weird spasm near the bottom of my lower left ribcage (seperate from my heart) and i got this really anxious dread feeling come over me. obviously I went to the E.R who’s first reaction was to check my heart for problems.They did blood tests EKG’s and an echo-cardiogram, my heart was in full health, The blood test came back saying a had a small increase in the thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism) but it wasn’t significant enough to could cause the type of symptoms i was having and i wasn’t prescribed any medication for it. The heartpounding persisted about 2 weeks, and was followed by what i call “heartrushes” similar to a head rush when you get up to fast except my heart would beat really hard and slow. This lasted for a few months. Later on, and the reason im posting on this blog, i noticed that my stools were a weird gold yellowish color. It was consistantly this color for awhile but gradually faded. I noticed however whenever i would have an episode where these symptoms came back my stool would be Bright yellow and i was a little constipated. as of lately these episodes are triggered by certain things. When i eat certain foods, salmon, tuna any type of fish, certain candies, when i have to much caffeine, when i drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes or marijuana (even one sip or drag will set me off). Another thing that happens is i burp up food alot, five months from the original occurrence this is the most common thing that happens..No doctor can tell me what is wrong with me, and i have wracked up a 7 thousand dollar bill trying thus far, does anyone have any insight that might be helpful?

  398. Hello Dr,
    I have 2 questions. First is concerning my friends 15 month baby. When she was breast feeding the baby had no problems.
    After that, she used formula,then changed to whole milk., Her babys diet consist of rice cereal, gerber turkey and vegtables,bannas, and apple sauce. Since giving the whole milk her baby feces leaves blisters on his bottom. The pharmcacy advised her to change to soy milk. Can you give your opinion on this please. Also, my problem, after a couple of years of dealing with every digestive disruption and discomfort imaginable, no help from Drs around here, I take colon health and am 90 percent improved. I came to the conclusion my stomach was producing too much bad bacteria. My question, what causes this. I have a clean diet, but if I dont take colon health, i go back to oil in my feces, undigested food, stomach pain, gurgling noises, nausea, you name it. Also, fyi, I have been on methadone maintaince for almost two years, the last year of which i have slowly been detoxing and have only 3 months to go. The gastronologist I went to see during the time I had all my horrible symptoms, simply said to me without tests, exam, anything, “You are a very sick woman”, Shocked, I said are you telling me methadone is doing all this to me, he stated, yes. No test needed in his words, no exam needed and then excused himself. Your opinion on all this would be greatly appreciated.

  399. Hi Dan Nagle,

    What did you mean in your second sentence, I just can’t catch you? Then, you should stop eating hot sauce. And also, what did you mean by “ modified my diet..”? In what way do you shift your diet and what’s ingredient is in your daily diet as compared to before you change your dietary pattern? Eating more meats definitely, may cause you lack of fiber, and that’s why your bowel condition is getting worst.

  400. Hi Wayne P. from Oak Forest,

    I’d advise you to check with a colon specialist.

  401. Hi Fedro,

    Your method might not work well for everyone. Thanks for your input anyway.

  402. Hi dillon,

    If you are still experiencing chest pain or abnormal heart beat, you should get yourself diagnosed by a doctor. What you eat or drink can give an impact to your bowel movement. If you feel eating foods like tuna, salmon and etc worsens your bowel movement, then stop eating the food. I’d also advise you to cut off alcohol and caffeine consumption, quit smoking and marijuana for the sake of your health. Only when you employ a healthy lifestyle, only then you will have a healthy bowel movement. You can read on my article http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/is-your-fecesstool-normal/

  403. Hi ray,

    You should ask your friend to ask me but not you ask on his/her behalf. Different individuals may have different conditions that need to be addressed individually. I’ve written in details on baby feces, including breast-fed and formula fed infants in my article http://healthmad.com/children/your-childs-feces-healthy-or-unhealthy/. Perhaps you could pass them this link and let them voice their problem. I’d agree that soy milk might be a good alternative as compared to cow’s milk.

    Colon health might help sometimes. What make you believe that your diet is clean? It can’t be 100% clean, as there may be a little contamination. And how do you conclude that your stomach producing more bad bacteria? You can’t just guess, can you? What did you mean “..to oil in my feces..”? I really can’t catch you.

    Well, methadone is used for the narcotic treatment. Have you addicted to drugs before that? Having too much of methadone of course is not good for your health as it may pose some unexpected side effects. My advice to you is: stop addiction to any drugs, quit smoking, do at least 20 minutes brisk walking twice a week, think positively, eat healthily and appropriately, sleep well and don’t think too much, pray whole-heartedly and employ healthy lifestyle.

  404. Hi doc, I’ve been having hard stools for the past 6 months now, (regardless of what I eat or how much water I drink) They got pretty bad and I tore myself and had considerable swelling and some bleeding. I went to a doctor and she gave laevolac medicine which has helped with the hardness/dryness.. Though I’m nearing the end of the bottle and last night I forgot to take it and my stool was hard and tore me again… My stools have been pale (reminding me of clay) or orange in colour (both before the medicine and they still are now) I know its not my diet because I went from consuming pizzas/burgers/chips to fish/potatoes/vegetables and the regardless of food the colour is always clay like/orange. My doctor never asked about the colour when i said they were hard, so i didn’t think it was of any concern. But Im really worried now, what could this be? and should I mention it to her?

  405. Hi Ellie,

    I’m going to write an article on how to deal with hard stool. I’ll post the link here once it’s published and I hope you and other readers will benefit from the article. Please check here few days later.

    BTW, I’d advise you not to eat processed foods (e.g. pizzas, burgers, chips) to help improve your bowel movement. Of course, when you see a doctor, you should mention to them what you have been eaten/drunk lately. Don’t worry much, stay calm, be careful of the foods you eat, sleep well and be happy! God bless you!

  406. Dear Dr. Chan. I have been having soft, light smelly stools the last 8 months. This all started when I started eating Tetracycline antibiotics against acne. I ate them daily for 6 months. When I started I noticed it would burn as I would pass my feces and it would generally be thinner and lighter than my normal colour. I would also not need to push at all, it would just be very… explosive, in lack of better words. Also smelling bad. I also got more prominent and distinct smelling flatulence.

    After I quit the biotics the condition has just become worse. The stool is usually bright brown, not smelling TOO bad (become better last couple of days, could be diet though), almost always sinking. VERY much flatulence, some times while I’m still at the dinner table I hear and feel my small intestine and I get a lot of gas. Not particularly smelly gas, but VERY much nonetheless.

    It is now close to 3 months of no antibiotics. Been eating a lot of probiotics and fibre, trying also not to eat spicy food et.c. Been tested for salmonella, shigella, c. diff, gluten intolerance and lactose intolerance. The works. All negative. Kidney is also working fine. I notice if I hold my feces long enough they don’t burn at all when I pass them.

    Thanks

  407. Hi Barney,

    The burning sensation you experience is due to the common side effect of tetracyclines, which can sometimes cause diarrhea. Even though this medication rarely causes gastrointestinal upset, it should be taken with caution, especially during the first four weeks you are taking this antibiotic and is always advised to be taken under the supervision of a doctor.

    I’d advise you to check with a doctor who prescribed you this antibiotic and let them know the conditions you are experiencing for further medical diagnosis and assistance. If you are still taking this drug, discuss with your doctor whether they can prescribe another drug that suits you best or reduce the dosage of tetracyclines you are taking. If you are no longer taking this drug, try talk to your doctor problems you are facing at the moment. At the same time, try check with a gastro specialist. I wish you all the best and God bless you!

  408. I have a foster son. I have had him for 4 months now. He has chronic diarrhea and gas. Sometimes bm’s up to 8 times a day…always leaking on his clothing and bed. It smells very foul…like a dead animal. We’ve had stool samples and are waiting on results and we see a gastroenterologist this Friday…I just want to know what we are up against. Thank you!

  409. Hello,

    I have changed my diet for about 7 days now used to drink alot caffine and fast food. Now im eating alot vegetables like, raw celary,carrots, and fruits applies and oranges… alot of water and yogurts today my BMs were nothing more then a brownish colored water and my stomach was rumbling alot is this any cause for concern and what changed could I make to help the issue?.

  410. For about 3 to 4 days now, my poop has been very black like coal, and hard. It hasn’t been coming out in large amounts, it has been coming out short pieces at a time. It is very hard, black and sticky as if glue like someone else said. I had heard that it means you are bleeding from somewhere in your upper stomach, which can be caused by the following— violent vomiting, ulcer, or just bleeding. I haven’t had any of those, well I am not sure if I have had stomach bleeding or ulcers, but I have not thrown up at all. I need some answers! Please help me! But just so you guys with younger kids and babies know, when you have a younger child, or infent, black poop is normal once and a while… but if for longer then a week consult a doctor. Thank you for your help
    <3 :) :D

  411. Hi dario,

    It is good to know that you change your diet by cutting of fast food and caffeine. No, you cannot eat a lot of vegetables and fruits and too much water at a time but you should take them in an appropriate and adequate amount. Any intake in excess is not good for health. Besides veggies and fruits, you should also take high fiber grains and other essential nutrients via your daily diet. Waterly feces, is certainly not good for you. So, you should adjust your daily diet accordingly.

  412. Hi Bryanna Wendal,

    It might be the condition but for an accurate health status, you should get a doctor to diagnose on you. Your hard black/dark colored feces is directly linked to your daily diet. You should recall what you have been eaten or drunk lately and try to adjust it accordingly.

  413. my feces is 1 inch wide and 3/8ths inch thick is this a problem

  414. Hi stan,

    What did you mean “3/8ths”? I couldn’t catch you.

  415. it’s flat and narrow .various length’s,about 1/2 inch thick and an inch wide

  416. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SHEARING INFORMATION .

  417. Hi stan,

    Besides the size of your feces you described here, did you experience any pain in your stomach or abnormal conditions for your bowel movement?

  418. hi sir.

    My bowel movement is not normal. I only poop once a week..Is it dangerous?

  419. Hi Tina,

    Can you describe your bowel condition more detail?

  420. I had a terd that looked like the a capital J the other morning. Took plenty of pictures and sent it to plenty of friends and relatives. I’m not ashamed; tmrw I’m going to try for a lowercase M. Ambitious you say? Dr, how do you take a 3-D picture of yer terds so they are easier to show other doctors and of course friends and relatives of friends. Thanks.

  421. Hi Captain’s Wheel,

    Maybe you should ask the person who is specialized in handling camera to take a 3D picture, I’m not an expert in this field.

  422. Doctor,

    My sisters farts taste like mothballs dunked in peanut butter. What should I do?

  423. Hello Chan,

    My stools are quite larger than the normal size and are cracked in sections, but they come out easily. They are not sticky or bloody. Do you think it could be the psyllium husks I am taking these days. I used to take them before as well but my bowel movement wasn\’t like this before.

  424. Also, since these few days I occasionally hear sounds that seem to come out from lower left abdomen. These sounds sound the same as those heard when you are hungry, but I hear them even if I’m not hungry, and even hours after a meal.

  425. Mr. Gortski,

    I had a daughter whose farts tasted like mothballs soaked in hummus; perhaps these are very similar situations. Before I discuss my remedy, one must realize the awful places farts come from- it’s not the neverending gumdrop tree or candyland up in that anus hole. Anywho, I would recommend, if you like chocolate that is, you get a Dean’s Ice Cream Sandwich and remove 1 of the chocolatey cake layers. Now lick the open end of the sandwich and stick it up by her fart-shooter and tell her to rip off about 5 to 6 “good ones”. According to my studies, I find there to be at least 93% of the exploded fart gas stuck to the sandwich, plenty enough to satisfy the darkest desires. Bon Apetit!

  426. Hi Steve Gortski,

    To solve your problem, first, you should confirm whether your sister always experiences this condition. Normally, when one farts or poops with mothball smell, it may be due to that he or she has been exposed to the fumes/smog from two chemicals found in mothball- paradichlorobenzene and naphthlalene. This exposure could lead to seizures and liver toxicity. Also, one will experience this condition when they have eaten chicken, meat and/eggs that were contaminated with these two chemicals.

    If your sister’s condition was not caused by the above factor, then bring her to check with a doctor to do a simple blood test to help identify whether she is experiencing chemical imbalance or vitamin deficiency. It might be due to other reasons which will need a complete medical diagnosis.

  427. Hi Qatada,

    Psyllium husk is a natural laxative that would promote larger load as well as frequent poop. Your poop tends to be softer and larger. After consuming psyllium husk, about 4 hours or later, one will have an urge to poop and some may even have some “massive” farts. Sometimes, the consumption of psyllium husk may also cause jelly-like feces. So, your condition might be caused by the intake of psyllium husks.

    You may feel nausea or dizzy due to that psyllium husk has a detoxify effect on your gut. It is not recommended for those who suffer from a chronic bowel condition. If the sound you heard from the lower left abdomen going off after two days, then this will be fine and need no further attention. However, if you are constantly have sound being heard from your lower left abdomen, I’d suggest you to check with a doctor as it might indicate other health complications.

  428. Hi Uncle Reeners,

    Thanks for your input; however, I’d not recommend readers to try on your method. The reason is that it might not be suitable for each individual’s condition; particularly it is not clinically proven to be effective.

  429. Hi Mike Knights,

    No, it won’t happen to everyone as bowel movement can be varied from one individual to another. Of course, one’s poop is directly linked to his or her diet.

    Have you checked on what you have eaten lately and have you identified what that black substance was? No, you can’t trim it yourself as it is not hygiene. It is advisable for you to discuss your bowel condition with a doctor so that further diagnosis can be done.

  430. eating a ton of green cake icing will make your feces appear to be neon green color afterwards.

  431. Hi, sorry if this might have already been asked.
    Lately I’ve been feeling constipated, but every time I try to use the restroom, all that comes out is light brown, very soft stool.
    The smell is also very odd compared to my normal stool smell.
    I would greatly appreciate any information.
    Thanks. :)

  432. Hi jsnsctt,

    You are right! Thanks.:-)

  433. Hi Amelia,

    Read my feces article http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/is-your-fecesstool-normal/

    You’ll get useful info there. Take care and God bless you!

  434. Hi Amelia,

    Update!

    Also read my feces articles http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/effective-home-remedies-for-treating-hard-fecesstool-problems-constipation-and-irritable-bowel-movement/

    You’ll get useful info there. Take care and God bless you!

  435. HI
    A few months ago I was unable to have a bowel movement for about a week. Since then I have had a colonoscopy and an endoscopy with nothing wrong found. My stools have been soft and very hard to flush. Also I have been getting muscle aches in arms and back.

  436. HI
    A few months ago I was unable to have a bowel movement for about a week. Since then I have had a colonoscopy and an endoscopy with nothing wrong found. My stools have been soft and very hard to flush. Also I have been getting muscle aches in arms and back.

  437. HI
    A few months ago I was unable to have a bowel movement for about a week. Since then I have had a colonoscopy and an endoscopy with nothing wrong found. My stools have been soft and very hard to flush. Also I have been getting muscle aches in arms and back.

  438. I have been having a yellowish colored diarrea, and also it smells like dead animals. Please help!

  439. Hello Dr.Peng.

    I was wondering if this is normal and I\’m hoping you can provide at least a basic answer (I am not able to visit a doctor at the moment). My stool was looking really weird..the color and smell weren\’t any different than usually but the shape was like nothing I\’ve seen before, it looked like a cluster. It was probably pretty solid too since it was hard to flush it down. Is there a way to point out at anything just by the shape of it?

    Thank you.

  440. Hi R,

    You can get more info from my article http://healthmad.com/weight-loss/what-your-feces-tell-about-your-health-2/2/ under “why is my feces too watery?”

    If you have any quaetion again, feel free to ask. Thanks.

  441. Hi Ja,

    I’ve written a series of feces articles to help people understand their feces. To know whether your feces is normal or not, kindly read on my article http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/is-your-fecesstool-normal/

    I hope you find the answer there. Thanks and take care!

  442. Hi Steve, steve w, and nikmad,

    You can try one of the remedies here in my article http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/effective-home-remedies-for-treating-hard-fecesstool-problems-constipation-and-irritable-bowel-movement/ Please try the one stated remedy that suits you best.
    If condition persists after trying this remedy for 3 or more days, please see a doctor right away!

    Take care and God bless you.

  443. Hello, i am 17 and yesterday i started getting stomach cramps and diarrhea. the poop seemed to be watery so i assumed that it is some bacterial infection but this morning when i woke up i went to the toilet and found the same things(watery yellowish-brownish poop w/ some small pieces floating around but some of the pieces were bright red! i am kinda scared right now and am debating whether to go to the doctor or not. ( there was only some pieces covered in red and the rest were the same colour that i mentioned before)

  444. Hi,
    Im a 49 yr old female who has been diagnosed as suffering from IBS since early 20,s.
    At 45 blood tests showed I was going through peri-menopause and underactive thyroid which Im on thyroxine for. past 2 plus years I have had barium enema, barium x-ray, colonoscopy and rectal exam, as from 46-47 had a lot diarroeah and weight loss, also suffering from stress with divorce.
    tests revealed IBS again and a few diverticula also hemmaroids.
    But for over a year now, no matter how much or how little I eat Im now getting more constipated, [whereas before it was mostly diarroeah!]
    very large stools which Im really having to strain to pass, also a lot of stools, very painfull, makes my hemmariods bleed fresh red blood, also feels like I have an anal fissure as its like passing broken glass when I pass such large stools.
    rectum feels so sore with swollen hemmaroids sometimes I feel as if I also have to strain to pass gas at times!
    I eat a mainly healthy diet, lots of vegtables, oat and wheat cereal, wholemeal bread, fish, ocassionaly chicken.
    a few oranges and bannans a week.
    my weakness is youghourt and chocolate nearly every day!, non smoker, non drinker. .
    maybe my daily water intake is not very good and could be improved?
    I also have been taking for past 3 months “lepicol”which is physullum husk, probiotic, digestive enzymes, but as said stools have been quite a lot and quite large over past year.

    any ideas, if its age, menopause, or ibs, diverticulitus, stress, thyroid, or thyroxine, and citalopram medication which Ive been on for 6 months for stress-anxiety?
    please help, what can I do to stop the straining, or make less and smaller stools, making it more comfortable when I go so as Im not in pain with heammeriods, fissure.
    I go once nearly every day or every 2nd day.
    Lorrymews

  445. Hi Todd,

    Do you always experience stomach cramps and diarrhea after your bowel habit? When you saw bright red substances in your feces, did you recall what you had been eaten few days ago?

  446. Hi Lorrymews,

    Thanks for writing a brief background of the situation you are facing. As you have been experiencing IBS for more than 20 years, are you currently prescribed with any medication by a doctor? (will be helpful if you can provide the name of the medication here). Also, are you taking any medications for peri-menopause, thyroid or any other health conditions? If yes, how long have you been in these medications and how much of dosages of drugs have you taken in a day? May I also know the report of your colonoscopy, barium x-ray and rectal exam?

    For treating your constipation, try home remedies in my article http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/effective-home-remedies-for-treating-hard-fecesstool-problems-constipation-and-irritable-bowel-movement/ Try the one that suits you best and let me know the outcome. If after adopting this remedy, your condition still persists 3 days and more, you will need to get a check with a registered GI specialist.

    In regards to your case, I would advise you to stop any dairy products (these include yogurt, chocolate especially the white chocolate, cheese, milk and etc.) for two weeks and more to see whether this could improve your bowel condition.

    It is normal to have bulk of load after taking physullum husk as it stimulates intestinal peristalsis that may eliminate more waste substance including the previous waste residual that get stayed in your colon.

    Absolutely, age, medications, digestive or gastro-intestinal related disease (s), stress and other underlying health conditions may add in STRESS to your bowel movement. To stop straining try consuming bananas, or apple (preferably organic one) in the morning, add high fiber rich bread for your breakfast; take plenty of fiber rich green leafy vegetables for your lunch and dinner; avoid fast food, snack and canned food; cut off dairy products; drink plenty amount of water, sleep well, don’t stress yourself, pray whenever you can to cut off your stress, move your body at least by walking, and smile for your life!

    Take care and God bless you!

  447. Hi Chan,
    thanks for getting back to me so quickly, results of barium enema, barium xray, rectal exam , colonoscopy were all “normal”, except as I said a few “diverticula” and heammaroids.
    have been on 75mg daily “Thyroxine” for underactive throid for nearly 4 yrs, on “citalopram 20mg” daily for stress/anxiety for 4 months.
    last year 2009 was on hrt patches for menopause for 5 months.
    maybe my ibs is worse?, or I may have developed diverticulitis now in the few diverticula they found?, I dont know.
    will try suggestions you suggested re cutting out dairy and eating banna or apple daily and increasing water intake daily.
    Thanks
    Lorrymews

  448. Hi again Chan,
    forgot to add, over the years Ive tried various medications from my doctor for the pain, misery, bloating condition of ibs, “mebeverin” “colofax” and peppermint oil capsules, none of which ever worked.
    you say to cut out dairy products especially my favourites chocolate and chesse, but I have just thought as I need a little milk every morning to have my wholegrain-wheat breakfast cereal, if I cut out chocolate, cheese could I still have a little milk allowence for cereal each day as I use low fat skimmed milk?,
    As I simply could not have soya milk on my breakfast cereal as I a bsolutely hate the taste of it!
    as if am to eliminate milk too as part of cutting down dairy, then I would not be able to have my wholemeal breakfast cereals any more.
    my stomach is painfull and bloated
    as usual,
    Thanks
    Lorrymews

  449. Hi Lorrymews,

    The medications you take may cause side effects to your bowel movement. Have you talked to your doctor regarding the present situation you are experiencing?

    Yes, no matter how you should stop consuming dairy products for a while (preferably 2 weeks) to see whether it helps improve your bowel habit. If you said soy milk is not suitable for you, I would suggest you to replace your milk with oatmilk or ricemilk which has good taste too.

  450. Dear Dr. Chan,

    Sometimes my penis rubs against my terds in the toilet; is this dangerous? And is it better to rub the skids off my penis immediately or wait til the poop hardens, and then pick it off? I don’t mind either way, but the picking sure does get under my fingernails.

  451. Hello, Chan.

    For the past two weeks, I have noticed that during some of my bowel movements (on the squat toilet) the feces emit a very faint colorless smoke for about 2 to 3 minutes after coming out of the anus. The smoke is like that coming out of by a very hot coffee, though I have tried and touched the feces and they were not hot (but only a little warm). The smoke is very, very faint and I can only see it if there is enough light. Note that I use squat toilet so the feces do not go into water before flushing.

    I have searched the internet but I haven’t found anything except that this can be caused by ingesting phosphorus, but I’ve never done anything like that.

    Could this be normal or is it a sign of a disease?

  452. Hi Pork n Beans,

    This might cause problems for you. And it is also not to do in both ways as it may cause pain. The picking is not encouraged as it is not hygiene. It will be better you can check your condition with a GI specialist.

  453. Hi Qatada,

    Where got smoke coming out of the bowel? This sounds hilarious. If you are still concerned about your situation, you should get yourself checked with a doctor.

  454. To all readers,

    This site is not here for hilarious, illogical, funny and ridiculous questions. Bear in mind that this site is here to answer feces or bowel related problems, and it is not meant to be made to be entertained or laughed.

  455. To all readers,

    Any illogical, made joke, funny, hilarious, and nasty comments will be deleted and not answered here.

  456. For the past six months, my feces, my urine and my phlegm all have a distinct, bad odor. I wake up in the mornings with the “taste” of the smell, if that makes any sense. I have IBS so my feces is every changing from constipation to diarrhea, but of late there seems to be a pencil shape at the end of each formed stool. They are not pencil thin however. Sometimes there is bright red blood in the stool (probably hemmroids??) I did go to my gp (not gastro doc) and he said he couldn’t think of a problem associated with the bad smell in urine and feces?? Sometimes there is an oil like film in the toilet with the feces. I rarely eat red meat due to my IBS. I usually go 3-5 days between bowel movements, but that is normal for me. I had a colonoscopy about 18 months ago with good report. I had non cancerous polyp removed about 15 years ago. I am 58 year old female. Suggestions?

  457. Hi Cathey,

    Have you checked on what you had been eaten or drunk for the past six months? Your feces is generally directly link to the food and drink you’ve been taken recently. How long have you been suffering from IBS? Are you being prescribed any medications for treating your IBS? If yes, what type of medication (s) are you taking and how much dosage (s) are you advised to take in a day? Besides these medications, are you in any detoxed program? Are you taking any mineral, herbal, multivitamin, iron supplement or any supplement?

    Well, in most cases, bright red colored feces may due to the presence of haemorrhoid but in certain cases they can be caused by medical conditions or other underlying health problem (s). To confirm whether it’s haemorrhoid you need to check with a doctor.

    Now, you should check whether you like taking dairy products (e.g. milk, yogurt, cheese, milk chocolate)? Are you drinking plenty amount of water in a day?

    Regarding your urine, what’s the smell like? (rotten egg, salty fish and etc.) How frequent do you go urinate in a day? What’s the color of your urine? Does your urine come out a little, a lot more or hardly come out? What’s your bp?

    Last question, do you feel pain in your abdominal part or any part of your body after urinating and after each bowel movement? Do you feel the force while defecating and/or urinating?

  458. What if your poop smells Really bad????

  459. Hello Dr Chan, About a month or so ago I started to get diarrhea after every meal. At that time I thought it was a bug because some friends I was with also had it. Well fast forward to now. I have had bouts of diarrhea in and out. Went to the Dr and said it was prolly just a stomach bug,told me to go on the BRAT diet and also gave me a 3 day script of antibiotics. One of those worked for about a week, then it all came back. Now the diarrhea is gone but i get bad gas pains after I eat, then have to poop right after that so I am going like 5 times a day. The stool is soft and floats. I am going to my Gastro dr in 2 weeks, what do you think it might be??
    Also the other thing is my thyroid numbers are way off also, I don\’t know if that might have something to do with it.

  460. Hi sara,

    How the poops smell like?

  461. Hi steve,

    How long have you been suffering from gastrointestinal distress? Yes, normally BRAT diet is recommended to those who suffer diarrhea. Please answer the following questions before I get back to you.

    1. How did you know you have a stomach bug? (it should be diagnosed with a proper medical report)

    2. What have you been drinking and eating?

    3. Do you have any bowel problem?

    4. How old are you?

    5. Do you have any discomfort feeling or do you feel ill recently?

  462. Hi again Dr Chan,
    #1- my Dr didn’t do any test. She ust go on the BRAT diet, and that worked for a bit, everything went back to normal for a week or so but it went back to the soft floaty bowel movement with lots of gas.

    #2- drinking water,coffee, coke. Normal diet, don’t eat breakfast to much. lunch usually light like a sandwich sometimes salad try to eat healthy. Dinner is usually a healthy side, very little fried foods, usually baked or grilled chicken,beef pork and 2 sides of veggies. So pretty much a normal diet.

    #3 Not that I know of, but my parents both had IBS so I don’t know if that can get passed down.

    #4 52

    #5 Besides a good cold (wife thinks it’s the flu) nothing really besides the stomach issues.

  463. Hey I’m a teenager and for a while now almost every time I poop it’s like diharria how do I get my poop to be a solid piece

  464. Hi kid 44,

    I already answered you here http://healthmad.com/health/are-your-feces-healthy-2/

  465. Hi steve,

    May I know what’s in your BRAT diet? The day when you had soft stool, did you take BRAT diet? There are many reasons of having “gaseous-like emission” coming out from your bowel movement. When you eat too fast without properly chewing the food, it leads to gas. Very high fiber diets may cause bloating and gas too, but this condition usually goes away within several weeks. Certainly, other health conditions and medication (s) you take may also lead to gas.

    Steve, your diet is unhealthy. You take coffee, coke, sometimes you eat less breakfast, and you have baked or grilled meat which is not a good diet option to help improve your bowel movement. Breakfast is very important and you should consume plenty of fiber rich grains, whole wheat bread, oat milk/rice milk. Your lunch and dinner should include plenty of veggies and fruits but less meat instead of eating sandwich.

    There is no clinical report stating that one will get IBS if one of their family members has IBS. IBS is unlike high blood pressure, cancer, and diabetes which are heredity in nature.

    Since you are 50 and above, you should take good care of yourself by adopting a healthy lifestyle and healthy eating habit. This will help strengthen your immune system.

    Are you always having problems with your stomach and flu?

  466. Dr Chan:
    Thank you for your response. Answers to your Questions:
    Have you checked on what you had been eaten or drunk for the past six months? nothing different from previous months-years.
    How long have you been suffering from IBS? When I had noncancerous polp removed in 1996.
    Are you being prescribed any medications for treating your IBS? NO, just over the counter Imodium AD for diarrhea if needed–but I never take it
    Besides these medications, are you in any detoxed program? NO Are you taking any mineral, herbal, multivitamin, iron supplement or any supplement? have taken for years Calcium, Citracel for fiber, and Oxybutynin 5mg for overactive bladder–no changes in last 6 months with medications

    Well, in most cases, bright red colored feces may due to the presence of haemorrhoid but in certain cases they can be caused by medical conditions or other underlying health problem (s). To confirm whether it’s haemorrhoid you need to check with a doctor.
    I was told at last colonoscopy that I had a haemorrhoid

    Now, you should check whether you like taking dairy products (e.g. milk, yogurt, cheese, milk chocolate)? sometimes dairy products cause IBS problems, but not always. If I develop diarrhea, I avoid dairy products for a few days
    Are you drinking plenty amount of water in a day? min. of 8 glasses per day usually

    Regarding your urine, what’s the smell like? (rotten egg, salty fish and etc.) I cannot identify the smell of urine, feces and phlegm–it is just a very bad odor and all three excrements smell the same

    How frequent do you go urinate in a day? 10+ times at least due to overactive bladder
    What’s the color of your urine? usually pale yellow
    Does your urine come out a little, a lot more or hardly come out? My urine problem is that my bladder never fully empties that is why I take oxybutynin. Surgery will not correct my problem according to doctors
    What’s your bp? 130/80

    Last question, do you feel pain in your abdominal part or any part of your body after urinating and after each bowel movement? No pain
    Do you feel the force while defecating and/or urinating? Yes I feel the movement if that is the question

    Read more: http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/are-your-feces-healthy/#ixzz1A1TcEQON

  467. Alright I’ll try that this weekend but is there any foods u think I should stop eating and foods I should start eating and thanks for he help!!

  468. Hi Kid44,

    I just wrote one article on feces. Perhaps, you can read to get some info there http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/what-your-feces-tell-about-your-health-part-2/4/

    Let me know if you have any problem then. Take care and God bless you.

  469. Hi Cathey Horsak,

    Thanks for your reply. What did you mean “…nothing different from previous mouths-years”? Could you please describe briefly what have you been eaten and drunk lately?

    Even though you had had noncancerous growth removed in 1996, you still have to take good care of your health by adopting a healthy lifestyle and eating habit.

    You said you were not prescribed with medication but you were provided with over-the-counter Imodium AD for diarrhea but you had never taken it. Why? Do you often suffer from diarrhea?

    Those supplements you mentioned should be taken under the supervision of a doctor and you should report any abnormal signs to the doctor immediately.

    Well, when you are living with haemorrhoid and overactive bladder, you should pay special attention to your daily diet. Also, see a doctor immediately for any abnormal symptoms you might have experienced.

    Considering your case, I would encourage you to reduce dairy product consumption as they might aggravate your existing situation.

    It is glad to know that you take good care of your body by drinking appropriate amount of water.

    If your urine smells bad, then you should reduce the intake of animal protein and meat. You will get more info regarding the smell of the urine in my article http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/is-your-urine-healthy/7/

    Did you seek the approval from a doctor before taking oxybutynin? Your urine problems need to be monitored by a doctor.

    Your bp of 130/80 is fairy good. May I know how old are you?
    The “force” I meant here is that you need to put into more strength to force your urine or/and feces out.

  470. Most of the time I have dark brown poop and hard to pass (not light brown, like you are saying is healthy) Does this mean I have a problem? I go about 3 times a day and sometimes it is light colored (maybe once a day). I never knew dark brown was abnormal…I thought black was just bad…I think this has been going on my whole life and I never really noticed???

  471. Dear everybody,

    Back in like 2001, I had a poop that was so thick and muscular that the swirling water couldn’t make a scratch on it. I swear my mom had to cut it half with a fork and knife (cuz you know it was the kind you gotta show everybody in your family, however you trick them into there). True story.

    Doc, I was just wondering if those once in a decade type dumps are dangerous; can you get injured from too big of a poop?

  472. How many times a day is a normal poop cycle? Sometimes I go like 2 days without dumping…

  473. Hi Los Culebras de Culo,

    It depends on the size, nature and texture of your feces. If your poop is as hard as a log, of course it will injure the muscles along the path way in which your feces pass through to the muscles surrounding your anus.

    If you are concerned about the condition of your feces, you should check with a gastro specialist.

  474. Hi Brown,

    Yes. If you have hard dark brown poop that is not easy to pass, it is certainly a problem. This condition may indicate constipation. Brown, read my feces article http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/effective-home-remedies-for-treating-hard-fecesstool-problems-constipation-and-irritable-bowel-movement/ and hopefully it can help cure your condition.

  475. Dear Dr. Chan,

    I’m a 6th year Molecular Biology major and I have this sudden urge to conduct some spectroscopy experiments with my feces. How would you recommend storing the feces; refridgerator or freezer perhaps? I suppose I could let the samples thaw over night on the lab counter. I’m just worried about bringing in 3 lb. bags of feces into a university lab…any suggestions?

    A side note for anybody else doing the same thing: Use tongs; you won’t regret it. And no worries, they come out of the dishwasher nice and clean along with everything else.

  476. Hi Cornelius,

    You are advised to keep your feces in a freezer immediately after evacuation. The sample feces must be kept frozen and delivered to the lab frozen to avoid the occurrence of significant degradation upon feces when they are kept storage at room temperature.

  477. Hello Dr. Chan! When I was fourteen, I went to a country where the water isn’t considered clean by the American Standards. I started to drink the water and didn’t get diarrhea. I assumed I had become immune to it. I ended up not pooping for the entire two months that I was there. There were severe pains in my stomach for the first week and then the pain stopped. For the rest of the time, I felt no pain and I barely pooped other than small pellets occaisionally (maybe twice?). I think my feces are quite healthy now, but I’m just curius about why this might have occured.

  478. Hello Dr. Chan! When I was fourteen, I went to a country where the water isn\’t considered clean by the American Standards. I started to drink the water and didn\’t get diarrhea. I assumed I had become immune to it. I ended up not pooping for the entire two months that I was there. There were severe pains in my stomach for the first week and then the pain stopped. For the rest of the time, I felt no pain and I barely pooped other than small pellets occaisionally (maybe twice?). I think my feces are quite healthy now, but I\’m just curius about why this might have occured.

  479. Hello Dr. Chan! When I was fourteen, I went to a country where the water isn’t considered clean by the American Standards. I started to drink the water and didn’t get diarrhea. I assumed I had become immune to it. I ended up not pooping for the entire two months that I was there. There were severe pains in my stomach for the first week and then the pain stopped. For the rest of the time, I felt no pain and I barely pooped other than small pellets occaisionally (maybe twice?). I think my feces are quite healthy now, but I’m just curius about why this might have occured. Please Reply!
    -Thank You

  480. Hello Dr. Chan! When I was fourteen, I went to a country where the water isn\’t considered clean by the American Standards. I started to drink the water and didn\’t get diarrhea. I assumed I had become immune to it. I ended up not pooping for the entire two months that I was there. There were severe pains in my stomach for the first week and then the pain stopped. For the rest of the time, I felt no pain and I barely pooped other than small pellets occaisionally (maybe twice?). I think my feces are quite healthy now, but I\’m just curius about why this might have occured. Please Reply!
    -Thank You

  481. Hi 123456,

    Regarding the pain you were facing in your stomach, please talk to a doctor.

  482. Dear Dr. Chan,

    I fell down really hard the other day. Now I have urine coming out of my b-hole and feces coming out my p-hole. What should I do?

  483. Hi Fleshy and Synthetic Chronic Toker,

    These can’t be true. BTW, thanks for being funny here.

  484. I need your help…I have MS. for the past 10 years I have also been diagnosed with microscopic colitis. Although I do not have any issues with this for the past couple years I still have this weird pain in my pelvis/stomach that even hurts going down my leg. 10 years ago A doctor said it was a pulled muscle but now it hurts worse all the time. I don’t think a pulled muscle can hurt like this for 10 years. Now my poop smells like dead animal and I am not sure if it is related. Any thoughts I am getting scared cause I know something is wrong and I am so tired of doctors.

    Thank you for your time in advance.

  485. I need your help…I have MS. for the past 10 years I have also been diagnosed with microscopic colitis. Although I do not have any issues with this for the past couple years I still have this weird pain in my pelvis/stomach that even hurts going down my leg. 10 years ago A doctor said it was a pulled muscle but now it hurts worse all the time. I don\’t think a pulled muscle can hurt like this for 10 years. Now my poop smells like dead animal and I am not sure if it is related. Any thoughts I am getting scared cause I know something is wrong and I am so tired of doctors.

    Thank you for your time in advance.

  486. Hi Tired of being sick,

    You need to find a suitable doctor, perhaps a colon specialist to look into your problem. You said you experiencing pain in your pelvis/stomach, you also need to get yourself examined to know what goes wrong in your body. Since you have MS and microscopic colitis, you need to have a proper or thorough medical diagnosis.

  487. I’ve had a dull burning pain in my upper abdomen all day for the last 2-3 weeks. Tests included colonoscopy and endoscope, and the results were a mild case of gastritis. My doctor does not think it’s causing my pain. I eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and quit drinking weeks ago. My poops are find.
    Do you think it’s my diet?

  488. I\’ve had a dull burning pain in my upper abdomen all day for the last 2-3 weeks. Tests included colonoscopy and endoscope, and the results were a mild case of gastritis. My doctor does not think it\’s causing my pain. I eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and quit drinking weeks ago. My poops are find.
    Do you think it\’s my diet?

  489. Hi Jerry,

    Since you have gastritis, you should follow your doctor’s advice, especially when you have pain in your upper abdomen. You should take your condition seriously and adhere to the prescription of your doctor.

    Regarding foods, you should avoid acidic foods and also dairy foods to help improve your condition. Also, refrain from smoking and alcoholic drinking as they might worsen your existing health condition.

  490. My 4yr old has been complaining of stomach pains. I can actually hear it bubbling. Her stomach seems full even though she’s eating very little. This started a few days ago after the weekend. She is now eating more, but what concens me is that she is still experiencing diarrhea and it’s green, foamy. Should I take her in to see the pediatrician.?

  491. Good job on your post and hope all is well with yourself I came across your article on Google because I was concerned about my green stool and then read your article and took the time to read over the comments (including all those non ethical ones) and I wanted to tell you even if you do not receive the thanks from all those people you help I wanted to say thank you on behalf of everyone and by helping one you have done a wonderful job keep it up.

  492. Hi Jane,

    Bring her to check with a pediatrician since she has had stomach pain. Take care. God bless you and your daughter.

  493. Hi Thankful Human,

    Thanks for your kind note and appreciation. You have a kind heart and God will bless you.

  494. Dr. Peng,

    On COPS yesterday, a drug smuggler swallowed a bunch of drugs wrapped in little bags. The cops brought him to the hospital where they induced pooping. They said he could have died if a bag opened up and drugs got into his stomach. Is that true??

  495. Hi Dr Chan, I have been reading through and well done on all your hard work you have put in over the years. I haven’t been able to read them all as there are so many.

    My BM is all over the place sometimes i got everyday even two or three times, sometimes i don’t go for weeks. I have anorexia and also possible lupus awaiting test results. I know my diet is poor and that isn’t going to be helping, Sometimes I have taken laxatives alot although not for a while frequantly. for the past few months i have had like a mucus white in the stool. I take alot of pain medication Tramadol, diclofenac, amitypilyne. At the moment my diet is poor and i eat one bowl of albran a day to keep myself regular other than that a wholemeal roll cuppa soup. and i am then able to go each day, however when igreat difficulty often having to help it out with my finger (sorry to be so discriptive) while pushing with all my might. I also get lots of pains in my back when i go after days or week of not going. I often get alot of wind which is very forcefull and can be vile smelling. Would really appreciate your help with that matter as i am ashamed to go to the doctor, as she thinks my diet is better at the moment and don’t want to concern my other half as his dad not long ago passed away with bowel cancer

  496. Hi Bob D,

    This seems to be impossible. You got any proof? You were just being entertained here.

  497. Hi ermmmm,

    Poor diet won’t improve your bowel movement. So, for the sake of your health, you should pay special attention to your daily diet. Additionally, poor diet can lead to many illnesses over the time. Taking too much laxative and pain medication is not encouraged as it may worsen your existing health condition.

  498. Hi,

    Did you ever figure out what happened with your large flakes? I started expelling with my stool large reddish flakes of something that looks almost like plastic; It’s been a week now and they’re still there, every time I go. Curiously, when they are larger is when I have the more uncomfortable bowel movement, just like you reported.

    Any advice? Are you better? Did they go away without going to the doctor?

  499. my daughter who is 13months old has been having poop with a dark brown/black sandy texture. you can see the gritty sand like stuff in her diaper. She’s been having this on and off for 3 months. What could be the problem. I asked her GI dr and he said he didn’t know what it could be

  500. I’ve had IBS for years, but last night after another bout of cramps and diarrhea, I started excreting mostly liquid with grape-to-raisin shaped/sized brown jelly like balls. They were so wierd, I was concerned. I was able to split one open with a toothpick, and inside a jelly-like “encasement” was a dry, grey, flaky matter. I cannot figure out or even imagine what this could be. Any ideas?

  501. Hi chan
    For the past 4 days now, it may even be longer, I have been having diarrhoea. I don\’t remember the last time I had a solid poo. When I went to the toilet yesterday I looked in the toilet after and floating on top were big chunks of my lunch that I had eaten. Bits of salad. I\’m getting quite worried now as I would do anything to just poo normally but it won\’t happen. I have not eaten anything unusual and yesterday I did drink 4 pints of water but it just makes me want to go to the toilet more with more diarrhoea again. I\’m only scared to go to my doctor about it because I will probably need a blood test and have never had one because I am very bad with needles so I\’m scared.

    Please help me if you can.
    Thank you

  502. Hi Flakes Too,

    First, recall what you have been eaten lately. Second, I would ask you to check with a colon doctor.

  503. Hi tracy,

    What have you fed your 3-month-old daughter? Could you specify foods that you fed her lately? Did she feel any discomfort feeling, or crying after the bowel movement?

  504. Hi Michelle,

    How long have you been experiencing cramps and diarrhea? Did you feel any pain after the bowel movement? The other thing you need to check is whether you were taking inadequate amount of water, type of food you took and also medication (s) you have taken lately.

  505. Hi Worried,

    Often, there’s nothing to worry about diarrhea as it may due to a sudden change of bowel movements that become watery and frequent. Many cases of diarrhea are caused by stomach bug or food intolerance. Diarrhea can also be a significant symptom of a milk allergy or infection. Diarrhea isn’t something severe to cause great alarm unless it’s followed by other symptoms such as lethargic, fever, bloody feces (some infectious diarrhea such as Salmonella and C. Difficile may cause bloody feces), vomiting, weight loss and nausea. Bear in mind that diarrhea should always be cleared up without treatment within 24 hours, or else, you need to check with a doctor to identify its causes.

  506. Dear Chan,

    Good day. Thank you so much for setting up this discussion group. It is very informative and offers a lot of information that other discussion groups never cover. Good job and thanks for spending so much time in going throught the postings every day.

    I started to observe my feces lately. I’m not sure if it is an indicator of any problem or I’m just paranoid. I eat a lot of veggies and fruits everyday with a cup of oatmeal every morning. My feces is very soft, usually light brown in color. Depending on the food I eat, it may come with something that looks like seed. The feces is soft but not watery. What I notice lately is that I always have the bowel urge as soon as I wake up in the morning. It is so soft that sometimes I find it hard to hold (just hard to hold but not incontinence). The feces is usually skinny but comes out really quick, not pallet. My question is: is it normal to have the biological clock set to poo at the same time like me? If my feces is not 3 cm in diameter (I read it somewhere that’s the best size), very soft, skinny, is it normal? This situation probably lasted for quite a while, may be over a year and I just never noticed. Is that something I need to be alarmed? I’ll be doing a stool sample test in the next week or so but I’m jus worried if that could be symptoms of colon cancer; or am I just paranoid? Thank you so much for your time. Any comment from you is very much appreciated. Cheers!

  507. Hi chan
    Thanks for responding to my problem so quickly. It’s very much appreciated. I’ve booked an appointment with my doctor for tomorrow so I will see what she says then. Yesterday and the day before I had such bad headache. I was wondering if this was maybe due to me maybe being dehydrated?? When I have a big drink of water, within 30 mins to an hour I have passed urine and a lot of it so it has all seemed to come out. It is now the 5th day of having diarrhoea and I’m very much fed up of it. I will let you know what the doctor says tomorrow anyway.

    Thanks again Chan

  508. Chan- She is 13months old. She hasn’t eaten anything new that she hasn’t had before. I have also noticed some foods come out whole like the obvious corn but also peas, greenbeans, peaches. I’m assuming this isn’t normal

  509. absolutely parasites. My daughter had the same thing. You need to find an all natural parasite cleanse.

  510. Hi tracy,

    Did you bring your daughter to have checked with a doctor? Yes, it seems to be abnormal. It might not be necessary to be caused by parasites. This condition might be due to infections or other underlying causes. Get her properly diagnosed by the doctor to know the main cause of this condition. Do not try on any cleansing, or any medications without prior approval from a doctor as it might cause unpredictable health concern.

  511. Hi worried,

    Ok, let me know what your doctor said then. It might be due to dehydration but it might not be true for all the time. You need to check your blood sugar and/or blood pressure, if either one of them is too low or too high you might experience headache too. But, headache can also cause by other factors (lack of sleep, tiredness and etc.). As for better manage your diarrhoea, you need to adjust your food and also your lifestyle.

  512. Hi knowmore123,

    Your feces became too soft because you ate too much veggies and fruits. Try not to eat too much veggies and fruits in a day, I’ll emphasize for a moderate intake. The dry feces could be a result of lacking of water, so you should drink 8 glasses of water to help improve your bowel movement.

    No, it won’t be practical to do so because what came out was the end product of what you have been eaten lately. Well, everyone will have different criteria of feces. The point is as long as you don’t feel any pain in your abdominal part or any sensation feeling, it is still considered normal. But, pencil thin feces can’t be good thing as it might due to the presence of growth in your gastrointestinal area.
    If you are still concerned about your feces, then you need to discuss with a gastro specialist.

  513. Hi chan I have been experiencing many problems with my bowels recently the gi says its ibs but most recently iv have this hard jelly like substance in my stool sometimes its red which scares me but the docs dont seem too concerned any ideas

  514. Hi help please,

    I’d recommed you to check with a gastro specialist.

  515. Love this site! Poop away!

  516. i love to have poop parties. I even carry my poop in a baggy and smell it all day!
    Danny

  517. Hi
    I know its not too healthly but for about 3 weeks I was taking laxatives every other day faithfully but stopped. About 2 weeks later I got sick, severe vomiting and diarahha and couldn’t eat for three days , I thought it was food poisoning but doctor said it was probably a stomach bug since I’d recently been exposed to ppl recovering from one. The sickness has subsided and I’ve resumed eating small meals twice a day but everytime I do I feel horribly bloated and my 3-4 bowel movements a day are almost all fluid. Also, what feels like gas often turn outs being this fluid feces (embarrassing!) How worried should I be? I can’t afford to go back to my doctor right now

  518. Hi
    I too, have become a bit concerned. I am 30 years old, and back in November, I have suffered with my only case of constipation that I can remember. My movements have always been normal, and with no issue. Now, at times, I find my stool soft and sometimes can see blood on the surface of the stool, and also on the toilet paper. If this is not consistent, should I worry about it? Could this be as a result of my issues faced during constipation in November? Should I be worried if it doesn’t happen every movement? Thanks for your help in advance!

  519. Hi Weezie Pooper,

    Thanks for your kind word.

  520. Hi DannySniffy,

    It sounds impractical to do. You made fun here.

  521. Hi Scared Miss,

    Let me ask you a question. Did you take the laxatives with the approval of a doctor? If not, it might be due to the side effects of laxatives you took in which you were not familiar with their ingredients.

  522. Hi Concerned,

    How long have you been suffering from constipation? What’s the content of your daily diet? The red color you saw in your stool might be due to the result of the red food you’d been eaten (e.g. beetroot, watermelon), however, if you still see red color-like substance in your stool for 3 days or more, please check with a gastro specialist. You will get more info by reading my article http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/what-causes-blood-or-bright-red-blood-in-your-feces/

  523. Chan,

    No, I did not take the laxatives with a doctora approval but it was a tea that said it was all natural and organic. How long do you think these side effects could last? It\’s now been about 5 weeks since I had any of the laxative and my bowel movements had gone back to normal immediately following stopping the laxative until I had got sick. I, also, worry because if only liquid is coming out of me is the solid food building up in my body or is my body just liquifying it?

  524. Chan,

    Thank you for your response…I have only suffered from constipation that once…and I took a mild laxative recommended by a pharmacist and it helped greatly, and by the next day, I felt like a million bucks (whatever that may feel like)!! I feel like I have a healthy diet, and keep active, but nothing to cause a red substance in my stool (unless if it’s tomotoes or red peppers)…and it’s great to have a day on that. For example, I had some blood yesterday, but not today (which is comforting). I thank you for your help – and your article was a great help!

  525. Dear Chan, I have never been to the doctor but am beginning to worry about bowel. I find I go about every 5 days sometimes only a little bit after 5 days. It tends to be dark in color and have a toxic smell and is like thick clay. I tend to eat healthy by most standards. I have rye or squirly bread, vegetables, decaf teas and water. Nothing that would seem unhealthy anyways. I have been taking a bowel cleanse right now and still now luck. Why am I having these problems I’m only 29. Thanks

  526. I should add that this has been going on for about 7-8 years. Sometimes it gets better for awhile but sometimes worse. I first really noticed when I went over seas to Turkey for a year something there didn’t agree with me and even after taking laxative teas and everything else such as figs and green vegetables still problem I have today. I used to get black outs almost where my head would sort of blackout. It’s not quite that severe anymore but it’s constant constipation. I wasn’t taking any pills of any sort then and right now I take birth control and that’s it. I have these problems and gas if I just eat normal foods. Just confused. I want to cure it Now as my grandma had bowel cancer and possibly I have similar problem. Not sure what to do.

  527. my stool seems to come out a golden color that bad im feelin under the weather a bit and im not sure if thats the cause i use to have a lighter brown color but now its just like a dark golden almost brown really color?

  528. Hi Scared Miss,

    Even though it was tea and was said to be natural and organic, did you actually understand its ingredients? Many products are flooding in the market and claimed themselves to be natural and organic but in fact some of them are not. You should always look for a certified stamp or a logo by recognizable organizations. Not all products can suit one best as health condition varies from one individual to another. It is always advisable to discuss with a certified healthcare provider or doctor prior to taking any herb, supplement or traditionally prepared medication.

    Regarding to your statement, “..only liquid is coming out of me is the solid food building up in my body or is my body just liquifying it?”, it can’t be true. In fact, the food you eat is directly linked to the condition of your feces.

  529. Hi concerned,

    I’m glad to hear that. If you see red substance again in your feces, do not panic. Try to recall what you have been eaten these few days. There are many reasons for red colored feces, and it could be due to the menses. Other than that, they could be caused by reasons stated in my article http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/what-causes-blood-or-bright-red-blood-in-your-feces/ . You need to concern and check with a doctor immediately if you saw red colored feces for more than 3 days, which can sometimes be accompanying by abdominal pain, dizzy, fatigue, fever and etc.

    You are always welcomed to ask me question (s) here. Best regards and take care.

  530. Hi Lindsaygirl,

    Could you please tell me what do you eat for your breakfast, lunch and dinner? Do you smoke? Are you taking any medication (s), herb (s) or/ and supplement(s)? You mentioned about bowel cleansing, what medicine did you take? Are you always experiencing constipation or any bowel problem (s)? Do you have any health problem (such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and etc)? Did your grandma inherit a bowel cancer?

  531. Hi ken,

    It should be fine as long as you did not feel any abnormal pain, or symptoms. You need to adjust what you eat to improve your bowel movement. Read my article http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/is-your-fecesstool-normal/
    , you will get more info there.

  532. Hi Chan
    I normally eat rye or squirly bread with 2 hard boiled eggs for breakfast, I will have fruit or raw vegetables or a plain yogurt shake for snack. For lunch I tend to have soup. Dinner is usually chicken or fish and a big salad. I have had this problem for awhile. It was the worst 6-7 years ago but since then I find I am still not going too much. I started taking organic bowel cleanse by Renew. I also take Sun Chlorella A as well and multivitamin and E and C. I do smoke occasionally but even when I was at my worst I wasn\’t so it doesn\’t seem to of made it worse. I am healthy weight 120lbs, 5\’7\” and have no known health aliments.

  533. Hi Chan
    Recently my doctor diagnosed me to have IBS after a year suffered from diarrhea alternate with constipation. Now I was on day 2 of Ispagula for 2 weeks trial before next appointment. Just now, I noticed a jelly-like feces left after bowel clearance. Is it normal for me or it just one of the body action to this new treatment?

  534. Hi Lindsaygirl,

    Could you reduce to one boiled egg for your breakfast? Make sure your yogurt is low fat. From your description you are lacking of grains and fiber. Try reducing the intake of chicken, meat or fish for your dinner as more animal protein can add to more workload to your digestive system.

    Try including sweet potato, banana, kiwi or aloe vela or a variety color of veggies into your daily diet as this will help improve your bowel movements.

  535. Hi IBS,

    There is nothing to worry about if you find small amount of jelly-like substance appearing in your feces and this could due to your intestine produced this substance to moisturise or lubricate the lining of your colon. However, the presence of large amount of this jelly-like substance can be health concern especially when it is accompanied by a change in your bowel habit or bleeding. Food intolerance, food poisoning, cancer, ulcerative colitis, short bowel syndrome, crohn’s disease are some of the causes of this substance. Ispagula might be the cause of this substance but just check with your doctor.

    If you are still experiencing IBS, try home remedies in my article http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/effective-home-remedies-for-treating-hard-fecesstool-problems-constipation-and-irritable-bowel-movement/

  536. Is it what it called as mucus? For home remedies, usually I ate papaya. It is a really good stuff for bowel. But now I’m away from home and difficult to find all those fruits. By the way, thanks. I still got another appointment with my doctor and will mention about this to her later. Thanks Chan. :)

  537. Hi IBS,

    Yes, you are right! It’s called mucus. Yes, papaya is good but please don’t eat it every day or too many times in a week as it may cause jaundice. If papaya is not available, you can look for kiwi, avocado, aloe vela and etc.

    You’re welcome! Take care!

  538. The Japanese said healthy feces has “no strong smell or taste”. Who does the taste test I wonder? I would hate to be a research assistant in that lab.

  539. Hi Chan! Thanks for the helpful article. I have a few questions regarding my own issues.

    First of all, i usually defecate between 3 and 4 times a day. Is it normal to go this much? I have many friends who defecate only once a day, and some only every other day.

    Secondly, I typically take quite awhile to have a complete bowel movement. On average it takes me about 10 to 15 minutes to completely eliminate. I have taken as long as 25 minutes before.

    Thirdly, I seem to get hemorrhoids fairly frequently. Sometimes they are so bad it becomes very painful for me to defecate. Then it takes them awhile to go away completely, even with the use of OTC creams, etc. Sometimes they also bleed, which is concerning to me. Is there a particular reason why i would be getting these so often, and why they are so bad?

    And fourth, there are occasions when I am defecating that my stomach hurts the entire time I’m doing it. Should I be concerned about this?

    I know it’s a lot of questions, but I truly appreciate your time and expertise. You are helping a lot of people!!

  540. Hi Elena,

    For your question one, read my article here http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/is-your-fecesstool-normal/

  541. Hi Elena,

    For your following question, please read my article http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/what-causes-blood-or-bright-red-blood-in-your-feces/

    If you often feel pain in your stomach, please check with a doctor.

    Thanks and take care.

  542. My whole life I’ve went number two like once a week to even once every two weeks and when I finally produce a BM it is 2in wide and 6in long which causes a lot of bleeding. I don’t have Hemroides, and I’ve been perscribed some glycolax that doesn’t help. I know that this isn’t normal and I probably have a major block somewhere…. Do you have any tips to what I can use to help ease the pain because I dread going to the bathroom because it feels like I’m giving birth!!!!!

    Also I recently started taking ColonClenz to flush out bacteria in my intestines/aid in loosing weight, and when I have a BM it is much smaller but its sometimes covered in mucus and always covered in a much tougher substance that almost looks like the insides of my intestines. The tougher stuff looks like chunks of dead flesh that have been scrapped off my intestinal walls as the feces passed through. I’m too embarassed to talk to my Dr. Is there any educating facts that you might be able to give me? If you need more details I’d be more than happy to give them.

    Thank you for taking the time to read and respond to this, as well as everyone elses questions.

  543. Dr. Chang,
    I am still with the younger people
    QUESTION
    When I have loose stools I jump in the shower and wwas my butt good but inside is what feels like sand.
    After the shower black speck and tan colored specks are all over the bottom of the tub
    I know I have bleed because when I make a BM I leave it in the water and 2 hours later the water at the bottom is bright pink
    I went to a doctor and he gave an office exam and no trace of blood.
    I think this sand stuff can be cause of bleeding because it is hard and like tiny pieces of glass.
    What would cause this?
    Thanks
    Old Olly

  544. I have a question about the term offensive smell. I love smelling my poops and farts and only rarely find them offensive but others might find all of them offensive. Does that count as offensive then? Also my butt hole smells like something died, that can’t be good, right?

  545. Hi oldolly,

    The condition you are experiencing can be caused by many factors like eating habit, unhealthy lifestyle, emotional swing, dehydration, environmental change and etc. How long have you been experiencing this situation and what have you eaten lately?

  546. Hi mike,

    Offensive smell can mean smell that make you do not feel want to breathe in it. For example, rotten fish, died rat, pungent smell and etc. are some of the examples. You are so clever and I’m sure you know the condition of the smell you experienced is healthy or unhealthy, right?

  547. Dr Chang,

    I’ve been wait for a response on my comment! Please Help me!!!

  548. Martie,

    I’m sorry to have missed your comment. I’ll response you after my work. Please come back and check it again! Thanks for your patience. Take care!

  549. Martie,

    I am sorry to have missed your comment. I will reply you after my work. Please come back and check it again! Thanks for your patience. Take care!

  550. Dear Dr,

    Everytime I go to make fecal matter, I cant help but clench my cheeks together due to the pain, and it smear on the sides of my cheeks. Also, occasionally, when I defacate some blood exerts for 2-3 minutes after defacating and I feel immense pain. Can you please help me?

  551. Dear Dr,

    Everytime I go to make fecal matter, I cant help but clench my cheeks together due to the pain, and it smear on the sides of my cheeks. Also, occasionally, when I defacate some blood exerts for 2-3 minutes and after defacating I feel immense pain. Can you please help me?

  552. Hi Martie,

    How long have you been using glycolax? How often do you see blood after your bowel movement? Do you have any skin allergy? How much water do you drink in a day? What is your main daily diet?

  553. Hi C Linkey,

    You need to get yourself checked with a doctor.

  554. Hi Dr. Chan,
    Well about more then a year ago BM’s started smelling metalic

    Then they looked rust colored and then back to normal but last 6 months i am always constpiated and behine of stool is always lumpy.
    Due to income I live on Banannas,100% whole wheat and oatmeal every day,
    The gritty sand is gone again but I have to use a laxitive almost each day.
    I made a BM this morning and it is more like a long flat ribbon.
    I let sit in water for 1/2 hour and it starts turning very light as I see very dark cokor and pink color is darker today but blood work shows I am not low on red blood cells.
    I have a better Doctor now and he is also specialist in intestional problems.
    I also pass much oderless gas.
    Thanks for responding to this old man.
    You know I am stressed out
    Old Olly

  555. Hi old Olly,

    Since you said you have a good doctor with you, I hope she or he can help you solve your bowel movement. You can ask your doctor to diagnose your condition since he or she knows the history record of your health condition better. Take care and thanks for your kind words.

  556. This morning I had loose stool, went back to bed, woke up and again loose stool. What was strange was that I found a perfect oval mass that had about a 1 mm. orange skin, and a gooey white center. It was about 1/2″ long & 1/4″ diameter. When I first fished it out of the toilet it was jelly like. When I cut it in 1/2 it was like cutting a grape. Now it had dried a bit and is similar to a gummy candy/vitamin. Any idea what might for something like this

  557. Hi Chan! I have a problem! For the past two months, I have been having stools with white mucus covering them. Sometimes it is very loose stools, and other times it’s normal consistency. But, there is always mucus and I have noticed trace amounts of blood here and there, but nothing constant. My gas and stools are very foul smelling. Sometimes when I go, I have a lot of stool in long narrow form, and other times its normal. I just don’t know why it’s normal and not normal and I seem to have so many different symptoms at different times. It always smells horrid, and I know there is something wrong but I do not have the money to get the tests done at the doctor. I was wondering if you have heard of this before or have any idea what it might be. I am only 21 years old, female.

  558. Hello Friend
    I just turned 70 and have a stool issue that started within the last 8 months.
    My stools are extremely large in width, occasionally in length too.
    I have to plunge the toilet to clear it almost all of the time.
    It is worrying me.
    Any thing wrong in your opinion??
    Thank You
    Worried

  559. dr chang i see very tiny black spot in my feces what are these……i have asked a family doc about it he refered me zentel if there is any bacteria but i m not satisfied after taking medicine…….what should i do…….

  560. Hi vishakha,

    I don’t have much info regarding your existing condition. If your family doctor has prescribed you zentel, you should talk to him or her for any problem you encounter after taking this medicine.

  561. Hi Mike,

    You should check what’s going wrong with your daily diet. Some medical conditions may also affect your bowel movement. Try switch to healthy diet and lifestyle and I’m sure it’ll improve your bowel habits.

  562. Hi nervous and concerned,

    Yes, I heard of this before. Had you had yourself diagnosed by a doctor? Of course, it is abnormal, as the presence of mucus can be a direct result from many underlying conditions. To help reduce the foul smelling of your feces, try cut of meat/animal based food as well as the dairy food.

  563. Hi worried,

    Pardon me, I don’t catch what you were saying. Could you describe your condition in more details?

  564. The only dairy food I ever eat is cheese. I am a vegetarian and I also do not drink milk of any sort. I will cut out the cheese and see if that helps.

    I had not been diagnosed by a doctor, as I could not have the tests run due to the cost. So, at this point, I am very unsure of what the condition actually is or if there is anything I can do about it.

  565. Hey Dr. Chen,

    Is it possible to go to the bathroom, and have no type of odor? The other day I ate something, and I don’t know if there was something in the food, but I went to the bathroom the next day, and there was no type of odor. My stomach is burning, and its not the type you get when you are hungry, it feels like a burning, and then I felt my intestines churning and it felt better. Thank you.

  566. could it be from some kind of vinegar?

  567. What if your poop is like droplets and and light brown in color?

  568. Hi there I know
    Its been a while since you’ve posted but I’m wondering if you ever found an answer?! I’m
    Having the exact same
    Problem…looks like I’m preggo again from my tummy being so swollen…please let me
    Know if you could help. I’d really appreciate it.

    Sonja

  569. thnx for the advice

  570. Hi Nervous and Concerned,

    Cheese is also not recommended. Try stop eating cheese and see whether it improves your bowel movement. Let me know your progress then, thanks.

  571. Hi worried,

    Due to the nature of final digestion of the digestive system, the feces will have a slight smell. However, if you are a strong meat eater, your feces will have pungent or rotten egg smell. If you feel a sense of burning in your stomach, you should check with a doctor. No, it can’t be a vinegar. It might be due to pathogenic infection or underlying medical condition. To confirm its causes, you need get a medical diagnosis.

  572. Hi Eric,

    Read my article here, http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/what-your-feces-tell-about-your-health-part-2/3/ to get the answer. Thanks.

  573. Hi Crappy,

    Could you elaborate your question? Thanks.

  574. Hi vishakha,

    Thanks for your kind word.

  575. hi chan can u tell how to keep our stomach healthy

  576. one who have gas problem at 15 age, thin body , what will you suggest to him? he want to gain some weight also . he eats alot but it does no effect on him . can you do something?
    can you tell how to check if our stomach/intestine is healthy or not?

  577. a person full drunkard from past 20 yrs drinking daily….what will be his condition and what precautions he should take in future. he is 45 yrs old weight 100 kg .. always uses a pump in every 5 mins .haven\’t gone for a check up lately . dont do any work in whole day . if this continues what will be his future and he dont do anything for his body if someone asks them to do something for his body he got high tempered……

  578. Hi chan…. uhhh. Well recently I have been expirementing and putting an object into my anus. I think I might have like tore or cut somethiing in there? Now my feces is waterie and dark green to black… I go atleast 15 times a day. And sometime I get bad stomach cramps. Please help! I\’m scared that I might get some sort of diseas!

  579. hi chan

    I have been having problems with my feces. I feel like when I have to poop I let out gas or a jelly like yellow liquid. I’m only 13 and it has just started a few hours ago. I have a normal poop earlier today and all the sudden this happens… I am a very worried 13 year old male. Thank you for time.

    Sincerely,
    The young

  580. hi chan

    I have been having problems with my feces. I feel like when I have to poop I let out gas or a jelly like yellow liquid. I\’m only 13 and it has just started a few hours ago. I have a normal poop earlier today and all the sudden this happens… I am a very worried 13 year old male. Thank you for time.

    Sincerely,
    Yellow

  581. hi chan

    I have been having problems with my feces. I feel like when I have to poop I let out gas or a jelly like yellow liquid. I\\\’m only 13 and it has just started a few hours ago. I have a normal poop earlier today and all the sudden this happens… I am a very worried 13 year old male. Thank you for time.

    Sincerely,
    Yellow

  582. Hi Dr Chen,

    Firstly I think it’s great you are so dedicated and helpful. I have read through all comments in order to get help. It has been mentioned but posters have not answered your questions so couldn’t get an answer.

    Randomly… About once every 2 months I notice small transparent/yellow spheres in my stool. My diet of late has been bad due to stressful and long working hours with little sleep.

    I currently have no medical conditions that I know of.

    Thanks in advance.

  583. Dear Dr. Chan,

    Thanks for all your hard work here.

    I’ve noticed that my poops have become extra smelly lately; so smelly that some of the wallpaper has started peeling in my bathroom. Interestingly enough, there seems to be this honey-like glaze on all the walls as well.

    Is there some sort of chemical a person can take so that their fart vapors become colored? I’d like to be able to watch, say a green cloud, come out of the toilet when I go. That way I’d be able to watch it stick to all the walls and other bathroom surfaces. I’m just worried that I might be ruining other people’s bathrooms.

  584. hey doc my dad has yellow runny poop with traces of blood what should i do about that

  585. Hi Jesse,

    Get him to check with a doctor.

  586. Mothers and fathers should teach this to young children.

  587. sometimes my poop is shaped like an aligator with its mouth open. what does this mean? and i have to push really hard to get it out.

  588. my two year old pooped dark orange stool we had bbq and red kool aid the day before would that be the cause shes not acting weird or out of the ordinary im just worried

  589. Thanks sharifa for your kind words.

  590. Cathy,
    You asked funny question here.

  591. hi screwtryingtosignup

    Can you bring your child to check with a doctor?

  592. Hi, when ever I go to the loo my stools have a flaky skin like thing in that kinda just floats ontop of the water. this ha been ha penning for the past week. What should i do

  593. I’ve notice some sand like pellets in my stools. They are hard but when you crush them they have the consistency of sand. They actually look like gold pellets. The are not poop, they kind of look like little corks and are the same color too. The best way I could describe the shape would be similar to a small bullet but without the point. Most of them are about a 1/4 inch long but some have been up to 1/2 inch long. Any idea what these might be?

    Thanks.

  594. Hi aidan,

    I’m sorry for the late reply.
    Please check on what you have been eaten lately.

  595. Hi Gary,

    Have you checked your condition with a doctor?

  596. Hi! My 4 month old baby has the EXACT same thing. It has me worried. IT has been tested twice for blood and it is NOT blood. Did you ever find out what it was?? Please, Please respond if you will . . . I can’t find anything on it and the Doctors are stumped! Thanks so much

  597. Hi! My 4 month old baby has the EXACT same thing. It has me worried. IT has been tested twice for blood and it is NOT blood. Did you ever find out what it was?? Please, Please respond if you will . . . I can\’t find anything on it and the Doctors are stumped! Thanks so much

  598. Hi! My 4 month old baby has the EXACT same thing. It has me worried. IT has been tested twice for blood and it is NOT blood. Did you ever find out what it was?? Please, Please respond if you will . . . I can\\\’t find anything on it and the Doctors are stumped! Thanks so much

  599. Hi Lydia,

    Read my article here http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/what-causes-blood-or-bright-red-blood-in-your-feces/
    to learn what it is.

  600. Hello,
    Last night I started having severe stomache cramps. At 6am I started having diarrhea, followed by a mild fever and nausea. It is now 7pm and the cramps, nausea and diarrhea have gotten consistently worse. Midday some blood started showing up, and about an hour ago the diarrhea became basically a black water with red, flake-like things in it. I haven’t been able to eat anything, but have been trying to keep up on liquids. What could this be? I am getting concerned.
    Thanks for any help!

  601. Hi Heather,

    If you experienced severe stomach cramps, you should consult a doctor for further diagnosis.

  602. I don’t have any questions or concerns at this time. I do, however, have a comment:

    I’m so sorry there are a bunch of immature morons who abuse this page. Some people truly have concerns regarding their “poop” or their children’s, and many conditions can be diagnosed by testing stool samples.

    Thank you, Chan, for remaining professional and continuing to educate others.

  603. Hi M19M82M,

    Thanks for your kind words,much appreciated here. :-)

  604. I have been noticing black specks and/or flakes, along with mucus at times, in my stool.
    Are these black particles blood? Or are they digested food?

  605. I have a question I am 39 years old I have recently started working out very aggressively and I changed my diet a lot. I eat a lot if green leafy foods mostly vegetarian and I had an incident a few weeks ago that I pushed myself hard during my cardio work out. I had a BM as soon as I was done and had some blood in it and on the toilet paper. I freaked went home and did a self exam ( gross I know) And saw what seems like to me hemmaroids are now present. No pain at all. Went and got preparation h treated it felt fine but am still seeing blood inside my stool . Bright red blood almost thick clumps of it. I went and had a exam by urgent care facility they said I had a fissure and small old hemmaroids present but told me I should see primary care doctor. He can’t see me for 2 weeks and I am freaking out . Can this be cancer? I am so scared !! Why primary doctor she mentioned cancer, polyps , it’s freaking me out . What is the likelyhood of cancer? I sometimes go every day but not always I feel maybe my diet and exercise may be to drastic!! Any advise, comments, answers ??? Thanks AKS

  606. Dear Chan,

    Just for fun I have been swallowing polystyrene beads to observe them in my poo. This was great but I have now stopped this practice for 2 weeks and they are still appearing. Could they be breeding in my browells? Will this affect my ability to swim under water. I did used to eat dogs biscuits when I was a child, this was normal for pikeys.

  607. hi chan,
    I pooped today and after the normal yellowish poop it came out a dark reddish jelly type mucus i’m not sure if it was blood or the red juice i had three glasses earlier today came out indigested.
    Actually we’re fasting and i had gone to poop earlier today which was all normal, at sunset when we broke fast with dates and a banana and an apple i had three glasses of red colored juice 3hours later when i went to toilet i saw the reddish jelly type substance come out,
    Is this serious?
    I do not have any pain or cramping or anything, although i had been eating out and for past day i felt little stomach upset.
    I must also mention that my stomach is very sensitive since past year i’ve been having stomach troubles such as h-pylori, diarrhea etc.

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