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Old 07-15-2003, 11:43 AM   #1
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OK, this is a new one. I need to know if this is more a symptom of IBS or something else.
Over the past couple of months, my stool has changed to an interesting yellow color. It has been accompanied with slight pain but nothing as bad as a normal reaction. NOw I have had green stool, however it was long ago when my symptoms were more severe.

I guess I would like to know why my system produces rainbow colored stool. If I understand correctly, the greener the color the higher up in the bowels the agitation has occured. But could it also be diet, I eat a lot of ruffage now so I thought this may bring my system into balance. Should I try Metamucil or other fiber sources.

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Old 07-16-2003, 11:07 AM   #2
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I also have had green, I have not mentioned it to my doctor yet but I am now taking konsyl( I think that is how it's spelled) and eating a high fiber cereal(9 grams per serving) and I have been doing better the last week. Try a supplement it can't hurt. I wish you well!!!Konsyl is like metimucal pretty much the same.
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Old 07-16-2003, 02:12 PM   #3
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Thanks for the response,

Long ago I two had several bouts of green stool. Is the supplement something that you get commerically? But why does this change in stool color happen?

 
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Stools really weird me out. Ive lost count of the combinations of colours, but even more so, the texture, consistency, density & surface seems to change over periods of time. Even though your diet remains (basically) the same.

Is it simply 'what you eat', or the way your body processes food at the time?

 
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you can get the supplement at any grocery store or health food store. they say psyllium fiber is the best!
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Hi Frustrated,

Stools can come in several colors usually depending on a combination of what you ate, how it was digested and what juices (enzymes were used to digest it. Green and yellow are both colors that can occur if you have a lot of bile dumped with your stool, in addition to the other possibilities I mentioned.

There may not be much to worry about, if you don't suffer from any significant pain. The only colour I'd get alarmed by would be red - If red appears on a consistent basis, in spite of eating non-red coloured foods, then I would talk to my GP about it.

As for fibre sources: well I'm not sure why you relate it to fibre sources. If on stopping the use of fibres, you don't see any colours, it could be that your intestine is irritated by the fibre and so dumps more bile, and hence the off-colour stool? Dunno.

But if you really want to know, perhaps you should discuss this with your doc.

Cheers, Raju.

 
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Thanks for the info.

To expand on the information you have provided.
Sometimes, the green/yellow stool is accompanied by pain, normally abdominal pain and gas.
But doesn't the color also show where in the intestine the material has been digested. It is my understanding, although it may be wrong, that as the material is digested the darker the stool, Therefore the greener the stool the closer to the stomach the digestion has occured. Would this help in diagnosis as well.

Fortunately at this time, this type of BM does not occur often.



 
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