fecal vomiting. yes, fecal vomiting.

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In a recent answer to a reader's question about the ramifications of going "weeks without pooping," I mentioned the possibility that fecal vomiting might eventually occur. PoopReport's own editor Dave has asked me to elaborate on this -- because he, along with most people, had always thought that fecal vomiting was just a myth.

It doesn't seem possible that poop could make its way back up through all of the twists and turns and supposedly one-way doors of the intestinal tract and then make a grand exit through one's mouth. But it is possible indeed.

For this to occur, there has to be something VERY WRONG with you. Fecal vomiting is most definitely a MEDICAL EMERGENCY that requires IMMEDIATE ATTENTION!

The human body has natural survival reflexes that cause it to expel harmful poisons from within. This explains why vomiting and diarrhea are associated with food poisoning, bacterial or viral infections, and so on -- your body is trying to get rid of bad things. Even without having poop in it, vomit is not pleasant by any means. Vomiting (technically called "emesis") is when the contents of your stomach are forcefully ejected through the mouth. So how would poop get back into your stomach?

It is in the intestines when food takes on the characteristics of poop -- not in the stomach. In normal digestion, once food has left the stomach and descended into the small intestine as a liquidy substance called "chyme," it is usually well on its way to the large intestine and then out of the body through the rectum. The valves that pass the chyme from each section of the bowels are pretty much one-way access.

But as we all know, sometimes things are not always as they should be.

Pretty much the only thing that can cause things to go in reverse here is an obstruction in the bowel. An obstruction can either cause things to slowly pile up -- leaving a foot in the door, so to speak -- or can trigger a spasm in the muscles of the intestinal walls that forces the contents of the bowels back into the stomach.

Where things really start to get tricky is the underlying cause of the obstruction to begin with. It could be caused by a tumor, a twist or crimp in a section of the intestine, or compacted fecal matter from prolonged constipation that has caused a backup all the way to the opening of the stomach.

Fecal matter is a waste product filled with toxic stuff waiting to exit. It has no business being in the stomach, and the stomach knows it. The victim usually experiences significant abdominal pain and bloating from the obstruction before eventually vomiting.

Again, the most important fact here is that vomiting feces is a MEDICAL EMERGENCY. If you see and smell shit coming out of your mouth, that is your body's way of telling you to get your ass to a hospital NOW. Vomiting the feces out is only buying you a little bit of time. If the obstruction that caused the shit to back up in the first place is not located, cleared, and repaired, really bad things can happen -- things that, if not treated, will most likely result in your death. Sorry, Dave -- fecal vomiting is not a myth.

Motherload is Certified Nurse Assistant as well as an IBS sufferer, which means she knows a lot about poop. Got a question for her? Ask it here.












102 Comments on "fecal vomiting. yes, fecal vomiting."

GottaGoGirl's picture
i 2000+ points

Mom-Lo, my mom was a nurse, and told me the same thing (along with many other unsavory medical tidbits, usually right before I got my fork to my mouth).

Thanks for setting the record straight!

Dave's picture
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For the first time in Poopreport history, I actually feel a little ill as the result of posting an article. Ugh.

DungDaddy's picture
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All hail the science of poop!

Double Flush's picture
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Thanks for clarifying this for us. I believed this could happen, and now I can be sure it does, and even know how it works. It's good to know it's not the way it works on South Park. Thank you!

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QUICK! CALL THE SECRET SERVICE! OUR PRESIDENT IS HAVING A MEDICAL EMERGENCY EVERY TIME HE GIVES A PRESS CONFERENCE!!!
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GottaGoGirl's picture
i 2000+ points

Oooh. Slam! Ouch.

Thunderbox's picture
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Motherload - I`d heard of this but never knew it actually happened.

The closest I`d come across this were a couple of friends who`d got Giardia (probably spelt wrong) from bad drinking water. Their belches smelt of farts, and they got the shits.

Is this in anyway related?

The voice of sanity

C Everett Poop's picture
j 1000+ points

So can you also vomit out your ass?

Samdamnit, I expect a comment like that from you. I hear that the #1 of democrats being plugged up is when their boyfriends let the vibrator slip.

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C Evelynn, Why do you hate homosexuals so much? Were you "initiated" in the armed forces?
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Motherload's picture
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Thunderbox, Giardia is an infection that can be gotten from contaminated water. It causes malabsorption of fats, and this can result in excessivly foul smelling gas and feces; but unless there is an intestinal obstruction, fecal vomiting is not really associated with this condition.

C Everett...yes...I am convinced that my ass has vomited on more than one occasion.
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No intestinal obstruction in this case ML, just as you said, Giardia (no doubt caused by us drinking from contaminated rivers - guess I was lucky). It was in Alaska, they call it beaver feaver there, I recall.

But the two others had the shits and foul smelling belches for a while. Also came across this in Africa.

The voice of sanity

mapoopsalot's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

Vomiting fecal matter is not good. My daughter had a simple colon operation and 3 days later started vomiting
green and brown stuff. She had sprung an intestinal leak, suffered paratinitus and things were moving the wrong way.

C Everett Poop's picture
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Sam, I don't hate homosexuals. I hate democrats. If a guy is gay and a democrat, then I hate him for being a democrat but sexual orientation is not my business. Remember Komrade Klinton's policy "don't ask, don't tell". I'm still living with that one.

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Yeah, Sam. He doesn't hate homosexuals, he just takes immense pleasure in insulting them. There's a huge difference.

Jake Scwarz's picture

Disgusting!! But it's good to know the mechanics, and what it'd mean if it happened.

Interesting to see how many conservatives despise everything about liberals, whereas most libers I know don't agree with conservatives but wouldn't hate them as people.

SamDamnit's picture
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Don't worry, CEP, I won't tell any one about your trip over the equator. You might get your yellow car magnets taken away from you. That would be a shame. Just think of the ghost outlines it would leave in your SUV paint.
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Anomalous Coward's picture
k 500+ points

I have worked in an acute care setting as an RN in the past and have seen fecal vomiting first hand. It was associated with an intestinal obstruction caused by adhesions from an earlier abdominal surgery. If you think eat shit and die is ugly, try eat shit and live. Yuck.

delusional pooper's picture
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Exactly the kind of post I expect from a Dr. Watson type character; correct but shitty information. So, in the southern hemisphere can people gastric vomit out of their asses? I now have something more creative to wish on Bush and Cheney, and Bill Gates too because of all the shitty microsoft software.

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Fart Poopie's picture
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My favorite t.v. show, House M.D., had an episode (Who's Your Daddy? was the name) where the patient suffered reversed peristalsis. You get a sick feeling in your stomach when you see brownish sludge come out of someone's mouth, even when you know it's not REAL crap.

Anonymous Coward's picture

This happened to me when I was seven. Intestinal intussuseption. Thank God I don't actually remember that part. I remember everything else though; that is pain you NEVER forget. I spent a whole summer recovering from the surgery.

Bad thing too was, I didn't remember this, but one day when I was about 16 or so, some friends were hanging out at the house and somehow my dad managed to work that into conversation. What a way to find out, eh?

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On what occasion does one see brownish sludge exitting someone's mouth?
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GottaGoGirl's picture
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Oooh! I love riddles! I don't know, Sam, ON what occasion does one see brownish sludge exiting someone's mouth???
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Fart Poopie's picture
j 1000+ points

Is that what he said, GGG? I couldn't quite make out what he was asking.

Double Flush's picture
k 500+ points

When I was still a toung kid (and thus don't remember it), I had to have part of my intestine cut out. I still have the scar at age 19. I don't know if I had any fecal vomiting or not.

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GottaGoGirl's picture
i 2000+ points

A peristalsis mention!
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GottaGoGirl's picture
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*Note* The visual equivalent of fecal vomiting can be achieved by giving a toddler a Hershey's Kiss before dosing him with cold/cough medicine. When the medicine makes him gag, the warm chunks of chocolate mixed with cough syrup cascade down his chest in an impressive display. Hollywood's got NOTHING on the special effects at MY house!
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Dying ova here's picture

For the last few months, off and on, I've been experiencing HORRIBLE DEATH SMELLING BELCHES, vomit that looks and smells like it should be coming out of my ass. In addition to that I have horrible diarrhea, lot's of gas and extreme nausea. It ususally lasts about 48 hours each episode. I've been without insurance so no Doctor will bother with me because they say I need testing, etc. Can anyone give some insight as to what this problem might be and what I can do to help it naturally? Thank you kindly ~ A rotten ass feeling newbie to the poo site.

Betty Poop's picture
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so i'm assuming there will be no pukereport.com anytime soon?

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Motherload's picture
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Dying ova here, the "death" smell you are experiencing from you belches could be indicative of necrotic tissue somewhere in your gastro-intestinal tract.

You very well could have a tumor, or some other obstruction that is cutting off blood supply to a portion of intestine, or some other type of obstruction which would also be causing the normal flow of things to go in reverse.

You need to get yourself to a hospital emergency room before your name goes from Dying ova here to Dead On Arrival.

My grandfather had pretty much the same symptoms that you have just described, and he was diagnosed with colon cancer, which was in his case, treated and cured.

I am not telling you this to scare you. Well, yes I am. GO GET TREATMENT.

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Kelle's picture

I saw fecal vomiting for the first time yesterday. As a paramedic with years of experience, I too believed it to be a myth created purely to frighten people coming into the medical profession. Definitely, without a doubt, it is the NASTIEST thing I have ever seen...

healthy 1's picture
j 1000+ points

Sometimes fecal vomiting is mistaken for food that looks like poop, let me elaborate.

When I had my first migrane (migranes can cause vomiting) I vomited something that looked like poop balls. It was actually ground hamburger, which I ingested about an hour before.

So sometimes tings vomited are just mistaken as poop.
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Anonymous Coward's picture

I would think your intestines would burst and you would go into septic shock before you started throwing up poop.

Anonymous Coward's picture

I have really bad smelling burps
I also do alot of heroin and have been constipated off and on for months. I use enema's and that works good
and yesterday I shit my brains out like 5 times
Do you think that it is a blockage and what do you suggest I do?
I just drank some magnesium citrate (which is an oral laxative)
if it doesent help I should probably go to the doctor

sillygirl's picture

I have been throwing up poop off and on for quite some time. It is the most disgusting thing in the world!!! I am curious, is it always serious? I thought I was just constipated so bad that it backed up. Yes, each time I have thought this. I have never been able to find anything on line about it until today. And I read this, so now I am nervous. Is it always blockages or cancer??? Can't it just be a simple case of severe constipation???

GottaGoGirl's picture
i 2000+ points

Silly Girl? Um, yeah. You are. You know, I don't tend to use profanity all that often, but in response to your vomiting-poop-question, "...is it always serious?...", I can only think of one thing to say:

Fuck YES! GO TO A DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY. Jeez.

Breathe Elsewhere Please's picture

I don't know if mouthwash can touch the aroma of fecal breath.
Seriously, though, I'm not sure I believe anyone saying they've been puking poop "off and on for some time" and being naive enough to think it might be anything other than an indication that something very bad is happening.
I don't know if humans can suffer the equivalent of "bloat" like you see in dogs, but I believe that's something that would cause fecal vomiting. If it is, it would be the least problematic to remedy, since it doesn't require a bowel resection if caught in time.
If Sillygirl is only vomiting turds but not suffering a lot of belly pain, maybe there's a nerve problem causing reverse peristalsis, rather than one of the more serious problems such as adhesions, tumors, etc.
Just an uninformed bunch of wondering.
Time for a belly scan, obviously. Not normal to burp up a load. See doctor. Etc.
And take a sample with you. They might want to do a lab study on it.
Oh, and by the way, if you eat steak a lot, make sure you're chewing it well. That's a cause of blockages in many cases, I'm told.

khash's picture

well this is really disgusting.

can this happen at all if you take a shit once a day or twice a day all the time?

GottaGoGirl's picture
i 2000+ points

As long as you're pooping out the correct chute, it probably won't happen.

But there are also probably all kinds of health problems that can lead to fecal vomiting. It could happen. To anyone. Including you.

Tates great less filling's picture

I wanted to hear someone answer the question about burping that tastes like poop. I am on a perscription painkiller and once in a while my burps taste like poop, no vomite exept by my wife if she smells my burps. I have caused her to vomite tweice. I was wondering if you just have bad constapation can it cause poop tasting burps without something being really wrong. I know why I'm constapated and have no blockage just bad burps.

Scared shitless's picture

My dad is laying in a hospital bed right now due to reverse peristalsis- he had so many adhesions from his surgeries of a hernia--which is causing the intestinal blockages. This is the second time in less than a year to have surgery and have tons of poop removed! He was vomiting shit for days/months? with blood--and had a mild heart attack. We had dinner with him on Saturday and he ate like nothing was wrong--he was in the hospital by Wednesday. He didn't want to tell anybody! How messed up is that!?? I'm mad that he is not taking care of himself. What can you do?

Crunchy Frog's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

I think it's safe to say that if someone vomits shit then something is seriously wrong with them!

full of crap's picture

I have vomited poop on four different occasions. About a week ago I was scheduled for a colonoscopy. A few days before the procedure I started vomiting poop again. So I called my doctor, she acted like it was no big deal. After the test she said it all looks fine. But I am still vomiting poop...two weeks later. I am in so much pain. I don't know what to do. I feel like I should go to the hospital, but I feel silly because my doctor blew it off. So the question here is, is my doctor an idiot for telling me no big deal? Or am I an idiot for thinking it is? BTW my 'doctor' is a gastroenterologist. HELP! I am at the end of my rope here.....

GottaGoGirl's picture
i 2000+ points

It would seem I have found my calling in life. It is to type these words, over and over:

Time to pull out the Physician Directory for your insurance plan and FIND ANOTHER DOCTOR.

I don't mind, though. I consider it a service.

Deja Poo's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorj 1000+ points

If you "...feel like I should go to the hospital..." then you should listen to your feelings.
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Tink's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

Full of Crap ... what are you waiting for? Find another gastro, go to the hospital ... take matters into your own hands!


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Dr. X's picture

just so you all know, there is another way to vomit poop. People with Crohn's Disease can get little tunnels called fistulas that may form between their colon and stomach, resulting in a direct, non-obstructed flow of poop back out from whence it came. People with this disease may also release feces from their urethras, sexual organs, and skin.

Miss Simone Scat's picture
k 500+ points

Dr. X- I had no idea this could happen.
Producing waste since 1967

Producing waste since 1967

Shitake's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

Dr.X....I have a pretty strong stomach. I mean, I read poop report while having lunch...but seriously. I had to put down my cookie after your comment. A poop producing penis? You just killed it for my hubby tonight.

Nurse C.'s picture

I work in a nursing home and I did have a patient who leaked liquid poo constantly from her vag. because of cervical cancer/radiation treatments that caused a fistula, so yeah, it can happen.....

DropADeuce's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

"..release feces from...... skin." All I can say is ~WOW~ I am in nursing school now, and I must say, we never quite touched that subject.

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