IBS and discoloration

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The Other David asks:

As I have been diagnosed with IBS, I have frequent sometimes debilitating bouts of diarrhoea. To my understanding, IBS causes chronic constipation in some people, with others diarrhoea (even still in some both, con. and dia.) I am one that has the 'bias' towards diarrhoea. Now, many times, when I have the runs, upon gettingover it, my stools have the appearance of being soft, chalky, and of a pale yellow colour. This lasts for a day or two, then evolves to become a beige colour, in turn leading to the so-called 'normal' appearance of a light to dark brown. What causes this discolouration? thanks.





Hello, and thanks for the question!

Sorry about the IBS. That's the pits.

Yellow, runny-ish stools are merely poop that didn't spend enough time hanging around in the large intestines. Your IBS caused a speed up in transit time, and the poo shot on thru without having enough time to firm up in the large intestine. As your colon chilled out, the poop had time to do what poop does naturally.

There are other causes of yellow stools, which I won't bore you with unless you are dying, because if you had these conditions, you wouldn't be sitting at the computer writing to Poonurse.

Hope this answered your question!

Please be advised that I am only a Poonurse. I am NOT a medical doctor. Any advice I give should be taken moderate skepticism. Please consult a REAL medical doctor if you feel you have a serious medical condition.

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56 Comments on "IBS and discoloration"

heather nowak's picture
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I have IBS which is followed by constipation. Recently I finished a course of ciprofloxin and my stools and mucus are coming out green. Is this normal?

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I don't know why, but this sort of gives me the creeps.

I found Jesus! He was behind the sofa the whole time!

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My mother has recently changed her diet and is now passing yellow stools. Is this normal?

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I had "diarrhoea" once. They tried to treat it with penicillin.

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Hello poo nurse

I have had ulcerative colitis for nearly 20 years (I was first diagonsed with this when I was 13), I subsequently had a total colectomy followed by a Parks Pouch. Are you able to give advice on dietary requirements to slow down and thicken my stools. I have previously taken codeine phosphate, but no longer take these as I didn't see any improvements and they just made me feel drowsy. I do sometimes take Augmentin when my pouch gets inflammed and this really helps. I do take fibogel after breakfast. I'm just after tips on dietary requirements that will help slow things down.

Thanks.

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I have had the flu(?) now for the second day. Fever, chills, vomit, diarreah, headache. I threw up so hard the first day, some bile came up. After having a couple of semi-soft normal stools, they started to turn runny and mustard colored. I have not eaten anything more than 5 crakers and a banana in the past two days. This morning, the first stool was normal, somewhat soft, and the second one was yellow again. Is this normal for the flu? I haven't been this sick since 1994. Or do you think I could have something else going on? What type of doctor would I need to go to, if you don't think that it is the flu?
Thanks

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I have noticed that my stools are sometimes 2 distinct colors, normal brown and yellow/tan. they are still the same shape and conistency that I am used to, and i have not had any significant change to my diet. What could cause this?

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I have been diagnosed with IBS - I have been learning to cope with it. However, last Thursday I caught a cold and my stools, which for at least three days prior to this were normal brown,turned to runny yellow and since yesterday I now have the urge to go to the bathroom all the time - it seems as though when I try to go not all of it comes out (the stools are now semi solid)- each time that I feel the need coming on or when I go I breakout in a sweat - before recently being told I have IBS I had a colonoscopy & CT scan of the abdomin and all was normal - do you have any advice

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Eli is 3.5 yrs old. He has severe ezcema and large, dry looking (chunky) yellow poops. We have recently eliminated sugar from his diet in hopes that it will help with digestion. Can the yellow poops be a sign that his pancreas is not working properly? Not sure what to do next. I feel that something else is wrong, or the problem lies beneath the skin, but nobody (doctors) can help us with this. Protopic ointment on his ezcema is their only answer.

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Eli's Mom? Yeah, hi. Call the pediatrician, hon. There's not any ACTUAL prescribing professionals or diagnosticians, here. At least none that 'fess up to it. Call the doc.

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I have watery yellow stool all day long. Usually lasting from morning until 4-5pm. I am under an enormous amount of stress. I also like to drink in the evenings to help get to sleep. Could too much wine cause this problem? Should I be going to the dr. or is this probaly a stress related issue?

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SMP, First, take a long shower.

Second, go to the drugstore and pick up a $3.99 bottle of Quell.

Lastly, your lover must be a saint to put up with that stench. I sure wouldn't.
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Eli's mom - yellow stool can be from malabsorption, I would recommend you not feed your kid anything containing wheat for a day or two and see if it improves, there's something called gluten sensitivity that can cause yellow diahrea and skin irritation that can look like eczema, I'm no doctor but sometimes when i eat wheat i get a rash.

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There's a certain someone (*coughDFcough*) who proclaims to have diarrhea every single day. I have told him it's a malabsorption problem, and to see a doc, but does ANYONE listen to me? No. Surely not. But maybe they'll listen to you!

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The other David. For your IBS, go online and look at Digestrol.

This and a Dr. Natura cleanse, helped me overcome my 16 year battle with IBS.
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Anonymous Coward's picture
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My turds are brown w/white flecks in them. I don't recall eating anything that would cause this. I do have a malabsorption prob. though.

Thank you for your help.

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Help...I have had bright yellow poop and reg. yellowish rust colored poop for over a year... it sinks and doesn't float, my father has the same issue, I am afraid this is liver or pancreas probs,i had blood work done 3 months ago...nothing abnormal except high cholest., I am 32 yrs old, female, had my first baby 9 months ago, can someone tell me if this is IBS? I am also a very nervous person, I suffer from panic disorder and have for 20 yrs. What is going on in my guts?

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HELP!! 40 year old pregnant 25 weeks. Never had poop problems. Now into 5th week of yellow poop that alternates from slushy to somewhat formed. Stomach hurts periodically / had severe acid reflux that came on rather sudden as well. Notice diarrhea is certain if my blood sugar drops... By 2nd week was on BRAT diet and imodium AD 4/day no change. Now on Prevacid which saved me from being torched from the inside. Doctors: now running 3rd and 4th round of tests for Giardia, malabsorbtion, bacteria, ... Now new: testing for celiac sprue (I am losing my mind with worry). No previous gastro problems, very healthy. Iron levels were slightly above normal in original blood testing about 3 weeks ago. No family history for celiac sprue. Have not taken prenatal/other vitamins for almost a month now. Are currently taking high quality probiotic for at least two weeks. Just failed 1 hr. glucose test so now I am also stressed I have gestational Diabetes. Was told this is NOT related to stress but I am physically falling apart!!! Could it be stress? Could it be celiac? Should I resume vitamin? Would B6 help? Any diet suggestions?

Sorry so long but I am SO DESPERATE!!!!!!!

THANK YOU!!!!!!

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It seems as tho no matter what I eat I have 2 poop. I mean diarreaha even sometimes wierd colors like yellow.. It drives me nuts and is kinda ruining my life. I'm 24 doesn't seem like anyone else my age has this problem. So what can it be . Its making me crazy. I'm tired of having to worry about going to far from home.. Just in case...

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DPWYP - look I'm some idiot man who's never been pregnant so I don't know what I'm talking about - I know that, ok? But no-one else has replied to you, and I am! You are obviously out of your mind with worry - and that cannot be helping at all. Stress affects the bowels - and other parts of your system - fact!! What can you do? You can listen to the professionals who are trying to help you, and do what they say. They know more than we do - they see more pregnant ladies than any of us. Try to put your trust in them, do what they tell you, and relax a bit (I know that's easy for me to say!). I hope you'll come back soon and tell us you are improving. Good luck!!!

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DPWYP - look I'm some idiot man who's never been pregnant so I don't know what I'm talking about - I know that, ok? But no-one else has replied to you, and I am! You are obviously out of your mind with worry - and that cannot be helping at all. Stress affects the bowels - and other parts of your system - fact!! What can you do? You can listen to the professionals who are trying to help you, and do what they say. They know more than we do - they see more pregnant ladies than any of us. Try to put your trust in them, do what they tell you, and relax a bit (I know that's easy for me to say!). I hope you'll come back soon and tell us you are improving. Good luck!!!

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_DPWYP, Have your doc check you out for _Preeclampsia.

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I deeply sympathize with all of the IBS sufferers!I am 40. IBS 3 yrs. be calm. PRAY. Eat slowly. Healthy Food. Massage stomach lighty. Lots of water. Cod liver oil. PRAY. Be very calm. I know it's near hell to live with IBS but hang in there. Good luch to all of you.....one day at a time!!!

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I can't remember the last time I had a regular bowel movement. Most of the time it is difficult for me and I become severely bloated and uncomfortable. Lately... the last month or so, I have noticed white flecks, sometimes quite large in my stool. Other times, it will be brown with a large strand of black. Now I have a low grade fever. I hope there is nothing too wrong with me, perhaps a mineral deficiency, but I am trying to avoid looking up to much on the internet so I don't self diagnose. Anyone have anything for me, I would really appreciate it.

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i know exactly how you feel poopinallthetime. i poop all the time. i cant go out sometimes because i have to be near a toilet. it's ridiculous and it does ruin life. i cant sleep out or do fun things that require sleeping out because i need to be by a bathroom. it sucks!

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I have been experiencing loosely formed bright/dark orange/rust colored poop all day. Almost diareah like but not yellowish at all. It is really dark orange/rust/red color. I've never experienced this before. My stomach does have very mild cramping sensation too.

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I have had diarreaha for the past 3 1/2 days and tonight when i went poop it took forever to come out and when it is it was yellowish and looked like it had fat in it and felt mushey the fatty part. what would make this happy? what does this mean? I had surgery about 1 1/2 years ago and had 3inchs of my colon removed. i was fine until this after that happened i have had problems with diarreaha. this past year it has gotten better but i still have sperts of it. someone please help me. thanks

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AC of 1/06/2008 wrote:
I have had diarreaha for the past 3 1/2 days and tonight when i went poop it took forever to come out and when it is it was yellowish and looked like it had fat in it and felt mushey the fatty part. what would make this happy?

I'm not sure if dinner and movie would make it happy, maybe just some cuddle time, or tell it some jokes....maybe some ice cream...

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I recently started The Fat Belly Diet which
is four days of de bloating..eating cereal,
carrots, chicken, fish, green beans, nuts,
fruit and that is it..lots of water with
ginger and spearmint in it...

I have runnytummy and pale yellow..is this
because of the diet?

SRobinson

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Hello, AC or SRobinson, the answer is yes, definitely, a sudden intake of fruit, nuts, and cereals can give you soft or runny stools, and they will likely be light in color from the nuts and cereals. Sunflower seeds will contribute likewise.

Anonymous Coward's picture
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Sometimes my stool is two distinct colors, almost striped of dark brown and lighter brown. I also have a lot of abdominal bloating. Is this cause for concern?

Anonymous Coward's picture
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I have IBS,But what does rust color poop mean? Is it true if your poop floats you're in good health? Cause mine doesn't float.

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I have very mild pains in my lower abdomen and my stool is a very light being in color. I hate to run to the physician for every little thing,please advise. This did not happen until after I ate a berger from Burger King. In addition, I just moved from sharing and apartment with a lunatic for a room mate. Stupid me....I asked her to pick up the sandwich. She took and awfully long time, but I feed a small piece to her cat, I figured if there was something wrong with the food she would NEVER allow the kitty to snack on it.

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for the last day i have been pooping every hour the first stool was normal than every time after has been yellow and liquid form and lower abdominal pain. what should i do?

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Sounds like some Pepto might help you.
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I hate ibs, ive had for approx 4 days now lots of runny poops, approx 9 times a day, my stomach is killing me and i have heartburn too. i had a colonoscopy in november that came back fine

3 weeks ago i had a chest/stomach ultrasound and xray which looked fine and now im having to have a upper endoscopy in 4 day which no doubt will be fine

I lost some weight with my ibs, im wondering if im stressing without knowing it and making it worse, today i ended up at the local out of hours docs who game me motillium to stop the sicky feeling

really sick of this now and hope to get better soon as i hope you all do too

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Please Help. Im 22years old. I got sick back in Feb of 2008, started with liver problems from CMV (they think)then after a week of that i got chronic diarrhea that wont go away, Iv had it for over a year now. Had my liver checked its good, no chrons, or anything. My Doc said IBS. Im not sure what could do this. Iv tried high fiber, bananas, everything. I think its more than IBS. Thanks

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I have a question about poop... I noticed that sometimes my poop is light-colored, sometimes a light tan to even orangish/yellowish. It's also kinda soft and easily makes marks on the toilet bowl. This doesn't happen all the time though. Sometimes I will have normal brown turds and then sometimes I won't. I just started noticing it last summer, for a while I had a streak of nothing but light-colored, soft turds that broke apart in the bowl. I do deal with anxiety and I have acid reflux. Physically I feel more or less normal... could this be IBD?

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Lately I've been really constipated and then have really bad diarrhea. Is that ibs? What is Ibs anyway? Would somebody help me?
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I've had a colonoscopy 3 yr's ago, nothing found and diagnosed with ibs. Ok, I've had diarrhea and constipation but for the last 2 days I'm so bloated, my belly hurts and my poop is yellow. I've gotten nauseous but havent vomited, what is going on with yellow, nausea and pain?? And even if I eat a small amount of food I feel like I've eaten a 4 course meal, it's awful and so uncomfortable!Please help

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I've had IBS for about 12 years. As far as I know there is no "cure." I wish there was...

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There are different branches or styles of IBS, at least one of which (the one I had) is caused at least in part by stress. That type is treatable with certain medications (at least slows down the symptoms), and it can go away altogether (as mine did) once the stressful situation is alleviated.

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Last week (thursday) I had this attack of diarea and nausea progressed to fever by days end. then in succeeding days light colored poops (soft but not diarea), and today I'm pooing pee (diarea that is yellow and quite watery). Abdominal discomfort is common, and my burps are of a fouler smell than I've ever burped before.

Anyone guess what's wrong with me? :(

Thanks in advance!
T

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We could all guess, T, but you might want to get a definitive answer from a doctor. Or not.

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Already went to one. Got mucus on my doo doo as well. The mucus is decreasing now, tho. The doc put me on ciprofloxacin.

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Off and on I have really dark brown jelly like stools. At the begining of last month I started getting really stressed out, since then I have had a slightly swollen abdomen with bloating and nausea, some days I'm fine with no problems then a few days later I'm back to feeling sickly again. My poop has been dark brown, light brown, yellow/orangeish, (felt like fire coming out at the orangish point)and sometimes tan with fatty looking goo in it. I'm exhausted at times, and when I eat I feel like I ate a huge meal but I didn't. I'm not vomiting and can keep food down, but I just can't get the nausea and bloating to go away. I have no pain but feel a fluttering feeling in my left abdomin please help, I need some advice and no Dr will see me because I don't have insurance and I an unemployed. so I'm suffering and hope that its not something really serious.

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My 12 yr old daughter is having adominal pain when she wakes up, she also has mustard colored poop... Should we see a docter?

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Are you serious or just stupid?


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The proper order is kiss me, then go smell the other dog or cat's butt. I cannot stress this enough.

"One of the founding members of the Front Page Hyena Pack, and runs as its alpha male when the urge strikes him, which is often." Daphne (one perceptive chick)

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Bilge is right.....If her poop looked like ketchup would there be any hesitation on your part? Condiments are for eating and should not be coming from a poop chute; mustard, ketchup, pickle relish, steak sauce, etc.. Could you also explain the adomin a bit?


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AC -- When you and your daughter get back from the doctor, be sure to start including more fresh fruits and non-starchy veggies in her daily diet.

Even if it's only snacking on raw fruit with whipped cream, or raw veggies with creamy dip, that would be better than not getting any at all.

Your incorrect eating habits during pregnancy created deficiencies for her at birth, so then it only took her short lifetime of not eating enough vital foods to do the rest.

That's why these nasty digestive problems are hitting us younger and younger these days--too many generations of people not eating correctly, creating deficient offspring who don't eat correctly and who create even more deficient offspring than they themselves were.

It's a vicious cycle, and the only way to break it and restore ultimate health is to eat a lot more fresh fruits and non-starchy veggies and a lot less of everything else.

Another change to make would be to stop feeding her carbs in the same meal with proteins. Often this one change alone can resolve most digestive issues and poop problems.

It would be highly beneficial for you to make these same changes as well, for your own health.

Please read the book linked below for more information.
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Health via Food (scroll down to read by chapter)

When you say the word “poop,” your mouth makes the same motion your butthole does when pooping…
The same can be said for the phrase “explosive diarrhea.”

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The article and (some..) comments really helped me feel better. It's easy to kinda freak out when your 'gut' goes from happy to ticked-off so to speak.

I think the worst part is how it can drain your energy a bit afterward. I usually need to pop a pro-biotic and drink some water after a major bout.

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I went to Dom. Republic last Oct. and on way home noticed my stool had large white flecks (like Rocky Road ice cream). I then had soft stools for a few days and horrible stomach cramps. One stool specimen said I had C-diff (which after 50 hrs. of online research I KNEW I did not have--no foul odor, etc., but subsequent tests (4 stool specimens) confirmed I was right-no C-diff!. Had some kind of "organism" which only the veterinarian confirmed as totally unknown, but she could see under microscope. I felt better after a round of OTC Paragone.

However, 7 months later, I have not had ONE bowel movement that did not have white flecks, sometimes black "strips", and sometimes larger chunks of white particles which seem to "smooth out" if you rub them. I have also seen whole corn or black-eyed peas in my poop! :-(
I feel OK, but am very tired often. I have had a lot of pain with bowel movements for years. Doctors said IBS with my fibromyalgia, but I don't think so. I also have hemorrhoids. Could this be it? PLEASE tell me if you know what these white flecks could be as I never had that before. It drives me nuts not knowing.
Many thanks,

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I wrote the comment that started with Dom. Republic start of "white flecks". I still have it 7 months later. My new doctor said to try "Align" (a probiotic that contains Bifidobacteria and is sold on amazon.com or in drugstores. I have not tried this yet, but the comments on amazon.com sound really good.
I have received NO answer from you and wondered what is wrong. I sure wish you would respond as every "poop" has "white flecks".
Many thanks for a response.

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actually align works good, i used it for a month.

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AC 6/8 -- We can't know what your white flecks are, but following the food and nutritional advice in the book linked below can help you make them go away forever.

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Open your eyes AND your mind to the power of food!
Health via Food (scroll down to read by chapter)

When you say the word “poop,” your mouth makes the same motion your butthole does when pooping…
The same can be said for the phrase “explosive diarrhea.”

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white flecks could be puss