Ask PoopReport: Flat Poop?
I've read through various parts of your website. However, trying to get a serious answer to serious questions is hard due to the amount of joking that goes on. I am glad everyone jokes, this is fine -- but I find that a majority of the time, people end up posting one post and then never returning, which leaves questions in one's mind. (Did they die? Did they get bad news? Or did they get good news and just never return to share it?)
In the past, I have had a small pea-sized hemorrhoid on the outside. I suspect, but I don't know, that I have some on the inside. I don't have pain anywhere on my colon when the doctor presses, but I find myself gassy overall, though not all the time.
Years ago, I used to consume a meal and then anywhere from fifteen minutes to an hour later end up with cramps and diarrhea. There were times I would have to literally pull off the freeway, jump the guardrail, and poop on the side of the freeway -- or poop in my pants.
Like I said, this was years ago; I have not had that in years. My real concern is flat poop.
I tried the high-fiber intake. That would bulk them up almost to a point of a perfect cylinder, or a round poop like they used to be years ago. I have suffered from this for three or so years and am now about forty-eight hours from a colonoscopy. And I'm very, very scared they will find cancer or something else.
I don't suffer from pain during a bowel movement, I don't have blood (either fresh or old -- no black stools or coffee grounds), and my fecal occult test was negative for hidden blood. My poop is historically medium-to-light brown and at times has the smell of gastric juices, almost as if my food passes too fast through my system.
My poop is soft, probably the consistency of peanut butter or a little firmer -- not chunky, but smooth, and just that soft. On the Bristol Stool Scale. I am Type 4.
Because I am terrified of going to this colonoscopy, my question is this: do you think my flat poop is somewhat normal, or do you think there is some type of collateral cancer issue?