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    Old 09-01-2016, 01:15 AM   #1
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    Are these type of stools ... cancer!?

    Hi,
    Since the last 8-9 months, everyday I've been having loose, unformed stools (not all watery, like type 6 bristol, rarely borderline 7).

    I go once or twice in a day.

    If I go twice a day - it IS loose.
    If I go once in 24 hours - it's slightly soft in the beginning, but mushy at the end.

    This is weird coz all my life, I have struggled with hard stools and even anal fissures, and suddenly it changed to looser ones last year (I did start regular weight training at the same time if that is somehow related.)

    Now I am scared - could this be cancer?

    I have NO other symptoms like pain, discomfort, blood in stools, gas, fatigue, nausea or weight loss (though I have always been underweight)...

    But good ol Google's been scaring me saying a "change in stools" could be a sign of cancer.

    My father is a Doctor, so is my father-in-law, both dont seem worried, one says it's ok, thats just your 'type' and your body may be overcompensating since all these years it was constipated (?!)... my father-in-law says check for... appendicitis?!

    Should I really be worried?

    The moral dilemma here is getting a second opinion from a Doctor "outside the family" (anyone who has a Doctor in the family knows how possessive they are about this!)

    So summarizing:

    1) Loose stools for months, not diarrhea, just loose (cow plop like, sorry to be graphic!)

    2) No other symptom like fatigue, pain, blood, appetite is normal.

    3) Is this cancer? Do I need to keep worrying or do something about it, or is this my new 'normal'??

     
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    Old 09-01-2016, 08:13 AM   #2
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    Re: Are these type of stools... cancer!?

    Have you had stool sampling done? Blood testing?

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    Old 09-01-2016, 08:29 AM   #3
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    Re: Are these type of stools... cancer!?

    I don't think it's necessisarily cancer.....why don't you try some Metamucil to firm them up?

     
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    Old 09-19-2016, 11:25 PM   #4
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    Re: Are these type of stools... cancer!?

    Could be from your weight training? Body adjusting? metabolism?

    I'd be concerned if there's blood in your stool or if it looks like black tar.

     
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    Old 09-20-2016, 08:56 AM   #5
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    Re: Are these type of stools ... cancer!?

    Could be from adding the weight training. When I began my new lifestyle of eating right and working out my digestive system went through many phases. I had constipation, then diarrea, then stools like you describe. Now my stools are normal most of the time but every once in a while I get the normal first and then mush.

     
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