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Old 01-14-2009, 10:18 AM   #1
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Thin Stools

I have been having small thin stools now for up to 2 years. They are not pencil thin but are up to about 1/2" in diameter and 1 to 2" long. Sometimes there are sections that appear quite flat. Has anyone else experienced this?

I have since noticed under closer inspection that the stools are actually about 1/2" wide but quite flat. After reading some other postings on this site I have arranged an appointment on Friday to see the doctor as I think I may have an obstruction.

I went to the doctors which was a waste of time. He gave me a rectal examination then said he couldn't find anything obvious and doesn't know what could be causing it. He said keep an eye on it and come back if it becomes a problem.

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Old 01-16-2009, 10:17 PM   #2
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Re: Thin Stools

Thin and flat stools are usually caused by not intaking enough water soluble fibre --

To have normal BMs a person needs soluble as well as insoluble fibre --- 25 to 35 gms daily-- in the UK you need to get more soluble fibre like psyllium seed husk that absorbs fluids and bulks up your stools.
Soluble fibre is contained in the inner parts of grains, beans and peas. All root veggies like potatoes, carrots, beets and turnips all absorb water.
You also need to intake 6 to 8 glasses of water daily.

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Old 01-17-2009, 02:53 AM   #3
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Re: Thin Stools

Thanks for the reply Harry.

I do drink lots of water and have done for quite some time as I am aware of the health benefits. I also eat plenty of vegatables and have linseeds, pumpkin and sunflower seeds every day in with my breakfast of either porridge or shredded wheat.

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