can you vomit poop?

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A Frightened Citizen asks,

Is it possible for a relatively healthy person to vomit up their own feces? This brings up interesting questions -- such as, when does digested food make the change into poop? And just how far does feces have to travel if it can in fact be vomited up?

I am concerned for my welfare, and any preventitive measures that I could take to safeguard against this undoubtedly traumatic phenomena would be greatly appreciated. Also, if you could refer me to some specific cases of poop vomiting, I would appreciate that as well.





Poonurse responds:

No, I don't think a healthy person vomits feces. This happens only if you have a bowel obstruction of some sort.

If you, Frightened Citizen, are actually vomiting feces, might I suggest you see a doctor about this? I mean, you really might think about it...

However, if you are just wondering about your "welfare" and looking for "preventative measures" to take, relax. You need to do nothing. Your body takes care of its own exit strategies.

Thanks for asking Poonurse!

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.

-- Poonurse

Poonurse is an RN with 25 years experience in labor and delivery. Her qualifications include seeing a lot of poop, and owning a computer. Also, she works in Michigan, which she calls the asshole of the universe, so that's another bit of credibility.

Got a question for her?












125 Comments on "can you vomit poop?"

The Shit Volcano's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorh 3000+ points

Nasty! Though with this recent sinus infection I've got it almost tastes like I'm vomitting poo.

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

Yuck!!'s picture

EWWW!!!!! How do you know what poo tastes like Shit Volcano? Thats disgusting

The Shit Volcano's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorh 3000+ points

To be honest, I accidentally ate a hamster turd. I was cleaning the cage and one of the turds fell in my Raisinets. God, I swear I barfed out the entire contents of my stomach when I realized my mistake.

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

Poo-Ralpher's picture

This is certainly not a natural occurance. I have never heard of anyone throwing up their poo.

poo does matter's picture

my intestine twisted, and the resultant operation included close to two litres of poo being removed from my stomach.
before being cured, there was vomitting that, in retrospect, sure had all the earmarks of liquid poo.
impossible? possible?

Bob's picture

I've also been vomiting feces, with diahreha and a swollen anus and a fever that refuses to go down. The doctor says t's not intestinal obstruction, but he has no idea what it IS.

Troy's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

I have vomited poop as well. I used to have intestinal blockages, and for a week straight every 6 weeks, I would vomit up everything to the blockage. The last couple days would result in this thick creamy brown stuff that definitely looked and smelled and probably tasted like poop. It was nasty, but I got used to it. Thank god my parents finally took me to get something done about it after 2 years.

nutty poopie's picture

I have never heard of people vomiting feces. After reading this, I will never hold it in. never.

teased_horribly's picture

Are you all being serious about this. Because when I was 5 and in kindergarten I vomitted what I thought was "poop". Well, when I got home and told my parents and sisters "I pooped out of my mouth", needless to say I was teased horribly. I was adamant about it and to this day I remember the consistency, color and feel of it, although now I don't know if that is what really happened or just a memory of an adamant 5 year old. hmmmmm.....

Im going to hell's picture

I am pretty sure i vomited feces the other night and have had continuous diarrhea for about three weeks leading up to it. I dunno whats going on but it sucks and no doctor has been any help, all telling me that it will go away soon etc.

Pregnant Lady's picture

I swear I vomited up something the size of a sausage and look just like poop. I'm pregnant and vomiting a lot and not eating well but this was the first time I ever saw anything that looked liked or was poop.

Dan's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

One Day i Pooped out of my mouth, I KNOW IT WAS POOP CAUSE IT HAD CORN IN IT. I was kinda tempted to eat it, because I eat my own poop all the time ( I have Pica, A disorder when you eat your own feces ) but this just felt to weird.

Anonymous Coward's picture

I have been vomiting feces out of my mouth. and what is cause? it's taste nasty. and smell like feces. i need to know what i need to do to stop from vomiting feces again. i need to know do i have health problem bec of that?
I get alot of bloat and gain weight alot for no reason. I have been trying to clean the colon and trying to lose 40 lbs. I dont feel healthy in my own body. feel sick and nasty in it? Do I need to seek Doctor for this problem?
Pls answer to my question ....
Thank you
Myava L.

Fart Poopie's picture
j 1000+ points

To all the people who are vomiting poop,
Please see a Doctor right away. If that Doctor can't help you, find a different one. Healthy people don't vomit poop. That is a sign of a serious problem that can lead to DEATH.

The Shit Volcano's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorh 3000+ points

Unless you've eaten at Kentucky Fried Chicken. In which case, shame on you! If you eat shit you're going to puke shit.

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

Smart Ass's picture

If you are pooping out of your mouth and you have to ask whether you need to see a doctor or not...the answer is no. If you need to ask you deserve to poop out of your mouth!

Mom to ill little boy's picture

My 7 year old son is in the hospital currently with a number of medical problems. He just had surgical procedures this past Monday, and has not pooped since last weekend between being constipated anyway, being on morphine, etc. We gave him his meds this morning, and he's so backed up that he vomitted out his meds AND some poop, which freaked me out, since I had no idea a person could do that!!!

He's had a belly x-ray (showing he's extremely plugged up, obviously) and an enima. And he's now having more Miralax put in through his G-tube. Hopefully we can get things moving before this happens again.

ISH!!!!!

Krissy's picture

I keep on finding brown stuff in underwear, its not poop it just like a brown stain, and im worried! I dont know if it is just a poop stain or if iam starting my first period. Iam too young to have sex and iam not having sex either. Im not sure if it's just because i have a cold or if its because im starting my first period.
How do i know? I have not had all of the signs for the period... (im a girl)
Why is this happening? Iam i sick or ill? Why? This never ever happens to me and im almost 13! PLEASE help me im very worried because I really do not want to start my period, even though i know every girl has to go throw with having their period, but i really really dont know, and i whipe my butt very good. I dont see why this is happening to me! Do you? Please help me!!!

Throwing up poo expert's picture

I've been throwing up my poop like very day!! its nasty!!!! I dont know why! my mom and dad say that ever sinch i was born i didnt go poo out of my butt, it came out of my mouth. and it still does. when i was about 8 mounths old my parents got so worried about me throwing up poo out of my mouth that they took me to the doctors. They could not do anything about it, they just thought it was a reaction to the meds i was having that they gave me befor that check up. But then when i was 4 years old it was still happening not once did i go poo out of my butt and iam 13! i need meds in order to live, because this poo that is constintly coming out of my mouth has a diesse in it because i smoke and do drugs non-stop! (drugs and smoking and drinking beer is good! try it!!!)

Why is this happening?

The Shit Volcano's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorh 3000+ points

I agree with Smart Ass on this issue.

Unless you are a character from South Park, then shoving food up your ass and pooping out your mouth while becoming an atheist is normal. Just ask Cartman.

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

Tyler Durden's picture

When I was in navy bootcamp they said that if you hold it in too long and/or if your constipated to long it will exit through the mouth.

The Shit Volcano's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorh 3000+ points

It's funny. I just saw that episode of South Park tonight.

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

PB's picture

I remember when I was a kid they were always forcing me to swallow Castoria UGH that nasty brown liquid, I would resist and I remember my Grandma telling me if I didn't take it that the poop would come out of my mouth. I believed for years probably into my 20's that if I didn't take a crap out of my anus, it would come out of my mouth.

This is the funniest shit ive efver heard's picture

I swear that Ive seen someone puke up shit before! It is for real and VERY serious. All you poor people need to get help quick before you die like my poor friend jeff. . .
R.I.P - Jeff

The Shit Volcano's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorh 3000+ points

These comments are scary, now that I re-read them. Some people actually had something to say but a whole ton were idiots and/or junior high school kids who thought they were being funny.

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

The Dumpster's picture
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To most of the above, I say two words: Urban Legend. A gentleman from Nigeria will be contacting you tomorrow. He is either the Minister of Finance or the Prime Minister's Older Brother. Point is, they have $100,000,000 cash that they need to wire out of the country TODAY! If you will be the American disbursement agent, as such, you will receive 10%, or $10,000,000 for your invaluable assistance.

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Free the Poop's picture

It seems to be a very logical argument that poop, if trapped by some sort of blockage, will eventually escape by whatever means possible. If we were to hold our breaths and plug our noses, then we may see poop coming out of our ears. Has this happened to anyone?

FYI's picture

copremesis
(thing) by gwenllian (10.3 hr) (print) ? 1 C! Sun Sep 01 2002 at 16:22:02

Copremesis is the vomiting of fecal material.

This is caused by intestinal contents backing up above an intestinal obstruction. The obstruction could be due to strictures (narrowing of the intestinal lumen), volvulus (twisting of the intestine to close off the lumen), or mechanical blockage through an accretion of stool or a tumor.

Stool backs up from the point of obstruction until it fills the stomach and is vomited up. This is associated with severe abdominal pain and distention, and a feculent breath odor (breath literally smells like shit). It can lead to jaundice (bilirubin not being eliminated from the body through the stool is reabsorbed in the intestine), and is generally a medical emergency.

Kernal Poop's picture

Once when I was twelve I saw this delicious red fruit from heaven, so irresistable that I had to have it. The only problem was I was in a thirdeworld country, and my mom told me not to touch it. Did I listen? NO! It was the greatest apple I had in my life. Later that Night my stomach felt like it had a thousand knives in it, but I couldnt tell my mom. That night I had three bean burritos and let me tell you, that was a mistake. I shat at least thirteen times, but to top it off I was throwing up at the same time. Then all of a sudden I noticed something in my throw up....four brown nuggets of dookie balls. I was scared but I also thought it was kind of funny so I reluctantly told my mom. She laughed her ass off when I told her but when I went to the ER that smile went off her face. It was scary but funny at the same time.

Latus Rectum's picture
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What is normally done when a person goes to the hospital for vomiting poop and they have an intestinal blockage? Does it have to be surgically removed? What do they do about the bacteria hazard during the surgery? (You sure wouldn't want those bacteria getting elsewhere in your body and creating infections!) What about the fact that there's now fecal bacteria in your mouth/stomach. I thought I read somewhere on the discussion on shit-eating that this is dangerous. (Why anyone would want to eat shit is beyond me. I can only imagine that it must taste 100 times worse than it smells. Is it some form of masochism? Anyone who would want to torture themselves by eating shit should seriously go see a shrink!)

Latus Rectum's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

What is normally done when a person goes to the hospital for vomiting poop and they have an intestinal blockage? Does it have to be surgically removed? What do they do about the bacteria hazard during the surgery? (You sure wouldn't want those bacteria getting elsewhere in your body and creating infections!) What about the fact that there's now fecal bacteria in your mouth/stomach. I thought I read somewhere on the discussion on shit-eating that this is dangerous. (Why anyone would want to eat shit is beyond me. I can only imagine that it must taste 100 times worse than it smells. Is it some form of masochism? Anyone who would want to torture themselves by eating shit should seriously go see a shrink!)

Latus Rectum's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

(GRRR! Stupid double post! Sorry about that. Computer froze on me while posting. I've got to learn never to hit a button twice (especially those "Charge my credit card" buttons!) )

Anonymous Hero's picture

Earlier today i vomited after drinking some beer and what came out could only be described as feces except it was white with a little bit of pink streaks on it. The whole experience has me feeling rather unnerved

Double Flush's picture
k 500+ points

Many of you are probably describing regular vomit. However, such a condition can exist (such as a long lasting blockage) that, over time, will eventually cause digested poop to come back up. After it builds up so much and can't leave the exit, the only option left is to back up through the entrance. If this happens, it's very serious, and chances are you are in a deadly situation.

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"Double the flush, double the fun" --The Amazing Anus

[Insert witty banter here]

I can shit fire!!'s picture

pooping out of your mouth is imposible silly!! Or at least I think so. This site is kinda wierd. Wierd, but funny. If i have a bad day or something i always read one of these hilarius stories. Umm, I guess my comment is useless unless i have something disgusting to tell hundreds of people who will read this... Okay, here it goes: When me and my friend were little, we always went to the bathroom together and argued over whos shit was bigger and whos stunk more... Okay. So it wasnt the greatestpoop story ever, but i did my best okay!!!!!

GottaGoGirl's picture
i 2000+ points

It IS possible, I doo ass-ure you.

As someone already informed us on 04/04/06:

"...Copremesis is the vomiting of fecal material.

This is caused by intestinal contents backing up above an intestinal obstruction. The obstruction could be due to strictures (narrowing of the intestinal lumen), volvulus (twisting of the intestine to close off the lumen), or mechanical blockage through an accretion of stool or a tumor.

Stool backs up from the point of obstruction until it fills the stomach and is vomited up. This is associated with severe abdominal pain and distention, and a feculent breath odor (breath literally smells like shit). It can lead to jaundice (bilirubin not being eliminated from the body through the stool is reabsorbed in the intestine), and is generally a medical emergency..."

This is absolutely true and correct. Thanks for playing. Please collect your lovely parting gifts behind Door #2.

bowlfiller's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

This is quite possibly the most disgusting thing to happen to the human body.

I cannot begin to imagine the shear horror of feaces exiting via my mouth.
I feel true sadness for anyone that this is happening or has happened to, get to the Doctors!

Nine Inch Log's picture
k 500+ points

When I had my stroke I vomited up poop. During the week or so (actually about 13 days) between actually having the stroke and being admitted to the hospital (hell let me tell you, HELL) I kept throwing up so I would eat as much as I could. At one point I actually did vomit up poo, no mistaking it. Thinking back on it now, I'm pretty glad most of my memories from the first few weeks are gone.

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Number One . . . I order you to take a number two.

Number One . . . I order you to take a number two.

Someone's picture

This is a serious question for the Poonurse.
A friend of mine has a son with Cystic Fibrosis. He is about 6 years old. He was complaining about his stomach hurting sunday night. Monday morning (3am or so) he started vomiting feces. THIS IS NOT A JOKE!
My friend took him to the hospital, where they did an upper/lower GI, a dozen or so x-rays, and all they can tell her is 'we dont know whats wrong'. He is currently being held in intensive care under a morphine drip.
My friend is freaking out (obviously) because she knows nothing, other than her son might die at any moment.
Can ANYONE help me with a diagnosis/treatment/suggestion?? I am looking for ANYONES serious input, certified or not.
Thank you.
-Someone

Logjam's picture
Comment Quality Moderatori 2000+ points

Dear Someone. You're looking for someone here on a poop site ("certified or not") who can help you and/or your friend with a diagnosis, yet the ailing person is in a hospital under doctor's care? I don't get it. I'm not an authority on cystic fibrosis or on vomiting feces, but I do know a little about panic. Take some deep breaths, calm down, then help your friend to calm down. There is no reason to believe that the child is going to die, the fecal upchucking notwithstanding. And for heaven's sake, seek out information there at the hospital rather than from this site.

Logjam, PoopReporter on call.

Logjam

Anonymous Shiteface's picture

does this mean that animals can throw up their own faeces too?? this is fascinating stuff. i want to be a vet lol, so please let me know!! thanks. x

GottaGoGirl's picture
i 2000+ points

I would imagine so.

Especially one who EATS poop.

Anomalous Coward's picture
k 500+ points

"Can you vomit poop?" Yes, but you shouldn't.

Anonymous Coward's picture

I had bad pains in my tummy for 9 hours back in April and ended up throwing up what looked and smelled like poop. A few weeks ago i got the same pains and went to the hospital because i was afraid i would vomit poop again. My white blood count was high and they said i likley have infection due to bowel abstruction. I now have to have an exploritory with a scope down my throat in 2 weeks time.

Romanoia's picture

Well one day when i was about 8 [20 now]i was having a big dinner with my mama and papa, we had beans, corn and steak. Not my best appitite. But right in the middle of the conversation at the dinner table i gagged up what to be poop! Yes it smelt like it, looked like a huge bunched up poopwad. It was disgusting! It even had the little bean shellets and cornals in it! After i puked up a bit more. My mom didnt think it was poop. But i did it in the middle of the night. My brother saw! he screamed "OH MY GOD YOU PUKED OUT DINNER WITH THE POOPIES IN IT!" then i burped. he said "OMG YOU FARTED TOO!" then i went to the doctor. My mom said poop poop poop goes out of your butt. Then my brother said, cant you see it makes sense! [referring a butt to look like my face]

Carrots's picture

For everyone who finds vomiting feces to be funny, I asure you it's not. In fact I had never heard of it until this week, when I became the unlucky one. I've had Crohns Disease (a painful inflammatory bowel condition) for over 30 years, and during that time I've had two surgeries to remove parts of my intestine, plus a week in the hospital for a complete intestinal blockage, and many partial blockages.
Tuesday night I got sick with what I thought was a "Crohn's flare" - which usually results in a partial intestinal blockage. The normal course of things with a partial blockage is that I undergo terrible stomach pains, and then start vomiting up everything until I get the dry heaves. After that I normally have diarrhea. The result is that I've emptied everything above and then below the partial blockage. After that I don't eat or drink anything for at least several hours, and the pain and the blockage subside.
This week the episode started the same way, - although the pain was especially excruciating -and over two or three vomit sessions, I vomited everything up - until I had the dry heaves. There was nothing left in my stomach. I again had the urge to puke, but dry heaves once more. And then a little more (very painful) time passed, and I started violently puking again, and this time great carmel-colored gouts of hot liquid burst out of my mouth. The taste was horrid -it felt like it burned my throat and mouth. And this vomiting of the same dark mustard/brown liquid continued on and off for 6 or 7 hours. There was no way this could be called stomach contents. This was diarrhea-type feces I was vomiting and it was awful. (I never did have normal rear-end diarrhea like I usually do with a Crohn's flare.) This whole episode lasted from about 8:00 pm until about 7 am the next morning. I probably should have gone to the E.R. that night - but didn't want to move because of the pain, plus couldn't stop vomiting long enough to go anywhere. At the end of the vomiting, and after having been awake all night, I fell into an exhausted sleep for about 4 hours, so I didn't contact my gastroenerologist until early afternoon. He diagnosed a small bowel obstruction.
This episode was painful and horrible. And really afraid of its happening again.
This is true.

Anonymous Coward's picture

Vomitting feces IS possible. It is also a sign of a VERY serious problem, and you should see a doctor IMMEDIATELY if you really think it's poop your vommiting. Good luck, and god bless

Anonymous Coward's picture

This is the weirdest web site! How can someone who vomits up their own shit ask if they need to see a doctor? Yeah, I think that seeing a doctor for that may be a good idea Lol!!!! Crazy people!

Driver Seat Runs's picture

I don't have a specific story about vomitting poo. I do however have an embarressing story about driving and having to poo.

I was taking some strong antibiotics for a spider bite that got infected on my elbow. The morning after I took my first pill and was driving home from the doctors. My stomach was upset and I thought I might have to take a shit. Not knowing if I really had to poo and I felt a little bloated. I accidently let out what i thought was a fart, but to my surprise it was the worst diarrhea I have ever had on my car seat.

Farting&Tarting's picture

The worst you've ever had? So there have been other times that you've blasted diarrhea all over your car seat?

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