I am a 25 year old female and just today I noticed that my stool was narrower than usual. I know that this can be a symptom of cancer, but when my grandmother had her colonoscopy the doctor told my mother that stool had to be pencil thin to indicate a problem. So my question is, how narrow is too narrow? Is one bowel movement that is somewhat narrower then usual cause for alarm, or am I just being a hypochondriac?
Hopefully you are just overreacting. I do not know if there is a certain diameter that is considred too narrow. If the problem persists you should probably call a doctor. Most likely there is nothing to worry about but it is better to be safe with these types of things.
I go to the bathroom so much better when I drink this stuff, but how do you get over the gas?.
I have found that gas will go away with continued use of a water soluble fiber like psyllium but sometimes it take several weeks.
Natural fibers like psyllium does breakdown with digestion and it ferments --producing alot gas. You have to start off slow if you want to use this type fiber.
Citrucel is not a natrual fiber and produce no gas.
You may want to try using it.
What do you think of Metamucill? Does it work as well as the other stuff? If you take it in smaller doses does that help with the gas it causes? My Dr. recommended it but it give me such gas I quit using it! I too have prblems going! Some times I'm constipated and sometimes I have diahrea. Toots