little white balls in my poop

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Becca asks:

When I take a poop there are these little off-white round things that I see on the paper as well as in the toilet. What could this be? I have had this for over a month.





Dear Becca,

Let's look at this logically, shall we?

Anytime one has little white things coming out of one's butt and one is sure that it isn't just cheap toilet paper balls, one should go to the doctor (preferably with the aforementioned little white things in a jar) LONG befoe writing to a website devoted to humorous poop stories.

But, that's just my opinion. Go get it checked out.

Thanks for asking Poonurse!

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405 Comments on "little white balls in my poop"

Anonymous Coward's picture

i just got the white ball in my poop and have no idea what it is , ive been goin to the bathroom like every hour i also get realy bad pains and everything its been going on for about 1 week

Take Your Meds...'s picture

Folks, you need to read the product monograph for your time-released medications. I take Wellbutrin XL, noticed the same thing, and did some research. Here's what it says on the monograph:

"The insoluble shell of the extended-release tablet may remain intact during gastrointestinal transit and is eliminated in the feces."

So, I took one of those little brown-stained "pills" out of my poop and put it in a ziplock bag. Then, I squished it. And you know what? it was hollow! (other than the clear brown fluid that came out of it - glad I put it in that ziplock)! In other words, the medication DOES release through the shell because it allows the highly-water-soluble medication to pass through (think like a thin sponge filled with powdered sugar). Eventually, your GI fluids interact with the shell and the medication is gradually washed through it.

So, now you know! Now stop worrying about the pills in your poop, and get back to work!

Anonymous Coward's picture

Okay, I too am experiencing the pea sized white balls in my poop. After two days of traveling, eating mexican food in the Vancouver airport, and having diarrhea for the past couple of days I took a look and there they were. I'm not on any of the meds mentioned although I do take vitamins. However, if it were undisolved time-release capsules why were there like 20 of the floating in there after one poop? I too put on a latex glove and pulled one out for inspection. It was completely round, pea sized, and had two black dots on it. Every one was identical. I tried to squeeze it or pop it but it was like an empty shell.

Freaked out, hoping it has nothing to do with the mexican food!

MSG's picture
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I think the little balls are not all white to start with, and the coloring (and the chemical or nutrient that goes with it) are actually absorbed, though the little ball isn't fully broken down. Think of it as chemical corn, where the good stuff inside is absorbed into the bloodstream, but the outside isn't.

RRR's picture

YAY! Thanks all! I too am on Effexor XR and have been suffering from the white-balls-in-poop syndrome for a while now. Now I can avoid taking time off to go to the doc for parasite testing!
What I wonder now is, if these things are in our poop does it mean they are not absorbing into our systems, or is it just an outer shell?
Does anyone here take a generic version like me? Wonder if it has a lower absorption rate, and I also wonder how this "pooping out the balls" effects the efficiency of the drug?
*curiouser and curiouser*

Poop Examiner's picture

i found a LWB in my kaka yesterday. Been taking wellburtin for about a month now, just got upped to XL however. As one of the other posts, I thought to myself yesterday ' i havent had corn'. Upon further inspection removed the ball from the throne and squeezed it )between TP) it popped and liquid came out...was rather nasty. Am convinced now that it is the wellbutrin.....Great site and am glad I stumbled upon it!!!

Anonymous Coward's picture

Little white balls can be undigested stuff, including medicines, or parasites.

I had parasites. I had mentioned these little white balls to my doc for years but she didn't pay any mind to them. I am not on any meds, nor have I ever been on any meds other than an occasional Tylenol and a few courses of antibiotics. It was discovered to be parasites only by process of elimination but I'm not really sure what types of parasites. Believe it or not, your doc doesn't even have a test for every kind of parasite, just the most common ones worldwide. Diagnosis by elimination is not uncommon.

I believe the parasites were in my body for a long time but I also put myself at risk because I ate sushi and sushimi, as well as rare and medium done steak.

I did a 6 week long herbal parasite cleanse. Not only did I discover incredible health and vitality during the cleanse and afterwards, but I TOTALLY stopped biting my nails which I had been doing for 30 YEARS, without any effort at all!!!!! I had tried EVERYTHING to stop for years!!!

I can't help but wonder how the nail biting was related to the parasite infection because it is just so remarkable. This may sound wierd but when I know when dogs or cats get sick they can sometimes show it by excessive licking or biting at their fur. It's not a far jump to nail biting in humans. Makes me wonder whenever I see anyone with bit up nails.

Why not do a good herbal parasite colon cleanse? It can't hurt.

Oh, and I know that if you don't completely empty out your colon every day, and nobody does, that things will attach to the walls of the colon. It is possible that they come off at some point in the future and you end up seeing things you can't understand in your poo (because it's so old).

Herbal colon cleanses are very important if you want a healthy colon. With all the herbal colon cleanses I've done, I've felt more energetic, healthier, lighter, happier, and all around fantastic! That's why I keep doing them.

Lisa Lerner's picture

I can bet money you are taking meds that come in capsule form. This same thing happened to me... it was Effexor.

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But, any other ball thread would most likely be about blue ones.


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Boy, what is it with these guys with red balls, black balls, purple balls in their shit. This thread is for little white balls in your poop. Get your own thread.

Bilgepump's picture
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That fruit bowl centerpiece you've been snacking from is plastic.
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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.

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Anonymous Coward's picture

I have been seeing cherry like, red balls in my poop. Does anyone know what they are? I haven eaten anything red. What the heck are they?

the turd burglar's picture

ive had white balls in my shit< but then again ive spent time in prison

GinaGinaTheUpperGICleana's picture

the Barium "shake" that you have to drink before you get an upper Gastro-Intestinal scan will make your poop turn white. I know from experience.

Rock on party poople..!

Anonymous Coward's picture

So in regards to the stuff that looks like sesame seeds in the stool, are those OK?

Bilgepump's picture
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i don't want to say, you mistook this thread for the White Worm Things thread...this one is for little white balls...the worms are over there --------> http://www.poopreport.com/Doctor/Knowledgebase/white_worm_things.html
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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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I get little white worms in my poop and i know what they are (threadworms), and i have treated them with ovex the pill but they seem to keep coming back i don't seem to be able to get them away. It says on the packet to take them again if the worms reappear after 2 weeks or so which i have. Is there anything else you can eat or drink exept for drugs?

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I had litte white balls in my poop but my uncle Cletus cured me. He advised me to chew the crotches more thoroughly when I was eating roast possum.

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Anonymous.'s picture

I take Effexor XR. I wouldn't be surprised if that was it.

Anonymous Pooperette's picture

YAY! I'm not crazy and I don't have a parasite... just Effexor ER, YAY.... Thanks Poop Report!

Anonymous dr. coward's picture

hahaha, this is hilarious!!
OK, for all of you scared of doc's... no worries.. we enjoy talking about poop!! So, dont' be embarrassed of going to your doctor...
we all have had parasites, specially the one's that have gone to 3rd world countries to do voluntary work!! At least, I have gotten all sorts of parasites!! maybe bc I have been to 15 countries??
anyways, the best way your doctor can help you is if you describe very well the poop, which I congrats to most of you.. in doing an excellent job.. about Giardiasis, none of you have mentioned fat floating on the toilet water, this is KEY!!
I would recomend ya'll go to the dr. and get a coprologic test.. in laymens words: the lab tech looks at your poop under the microscope for those tiny creature's most of you are freaked about!! Don't worry their are plenty of drugs that kill those creatures.. as to what to do from being out infected again.. is plain basic:
wash your hands.. ( the only way of contact of parasites is FECAL-ORAL, meaning you eat your own poop or someone elses!! YUMMY!!)
so... cut your nails and wash your hands a lot!!
wash your sheet's, no need to laundry, most underdeveloped countries don't have laundry and they kill the parasites in their sheets.. just wash with HOT water and put it in the dryer.. if you dont' have a hot water in your washer.. ( some people don't--> you boil water and pour the boiling water in the washer) if you dont' have dryer... hang outside to dry during the NOON SUN!! the UV-light will kill all of your tiny little friends!! meanwhile, your doc will give you some medicine.. everyone in the houshold should be tested.. if not you are going to play the merry go around with your new parasite friends!! bc.. even if you want it or not.. in the family we share everything and we uncounciously eat each others poop!!! LOL
anyways..
that's my advice!!
DR. COWARD ;o)

Anonymous Coward's picture

I am so damn excited that I found this site!!!!!!! I have had these little white balls in my poo, I am also an Effexor user!! Thought I had cancer or something, and I hate my doctor so I am so happy that it is prob my meds!! Thank you!!

Anonymous Coward's picture

i love how i started looking for jobs online and then ending up reading about everyones shity stories...I LOVE IT!!!!!!!

Anonymous Cowardgirl's picture

Lol.. I read about half the page, couldnt go on any more, I got some white balls in me pooper too, and im also on EFEXOR XL.. so its the capsules i guess.. ok

im also guessin this forum is dead

Anonymous Coward's picture

please go to your doctor and be checked for h pylori

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What's your fucking point?
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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.

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Anonymous Coward's picture

You people are fucking weird.

just pooping white powder's picture

i have noticed little white powder looking stuff in my poop i want to know what it can be can anyone answer the question the doctors say its not pinworms

Anonymous Coward's picture

thank you patathian and effexorgirl26, among others, for your discoveries. I'm truly relieved. My story concerning effexor is a little different though. I never experienced white balls up to 75mg (my highest dosage). However, weaning down is a different story. Weaning down to 37.5mg is when all this started happening. Now I ask, why only does it happen during the weaning-off period and why does it happen with 37.5mg. I've never experienced this nonsense until now. Very mysterious and uncomfortable. Hope it ends soon. I recommend people taking pure pepperment tea or peppermint concentrate with hot water. it will relieve the constipation.

Anonymous Coward's picture

I started taking Paranil made by Colonix and started pooping out hundreds I mean hundreds of pea sized yellowish balls. Inside were stringy looking things. My husband worked in Bolivia some years ago and I used to travel with him. All his collegues contracted some sort of parasite. I wonder if I could have contracted the same thing just not known about it until now.

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So I'll start by saying I'm on mscontin, norco (10mg of oxycodone) Valium, a muscle relaxer, currently baclofen (always changing) and Adderal. My wife is a nurse also. Except for you that have tiny rice sized ones (those may be parasites) the rest of us it is just our pills. My balls are orange/redish because of the color I my adderal the only real colored pill I take. I to was freaked at first but after getting on this site and another the trend was that we are all (even those who say they are not) on mess. Remember Tylenol makes a extended release now, your multivitame if you think about it controlled substance or over the counter we almost all start and or end if not both the day with a pill of some kind. The other website I found had three people say they were on adderal and two said there balls were orange, I'm conviced. By the way if your on adderal and your saying my pills are blue, its the twenty mgs that are orange most are on ten or less so don't think I'm crazy. So go on people with no fear poop on a stick s#*t on a brick and fear no more.

Voice of reason's picture

So I'll start by saying I'm on mscontin, norco (10mg of oxycodone) Valium, a muscle relaxer, currently baclofen (always changing) and Adderal. My wife is a nurse also. Except for you that have tiny rice sized ones (those may be parasites) the rest of us it is just our pills. My balls are orange/redish because of the color I my adderal the only real colored pill I take. I to was freaked at first but after getting on this site and another the trend was that we are all (even those who say they are not) on mess. Remember Tylenol makes a extended release now, your multivitame if you think about it controlled substance or over the counter we almost all start and or end if not both the day with a pill of some kind. The other website I found had three people say they were on adderal and two said there balls were orange, I'm conviced. By the way if your on adderal and your saying my pills are blue, its the twenty mgs that are orange most are on ten or less so don't think I'm crazy. So go on people with no fear poop on a stick s#*t on a brick and fear no more.

Anonymous Person Freaking out's picture

So, i am not taking this pill that everyone keeps mentioning. However, I am taking Reductil (which really works btw, lost 20lbs in 2 months) which is in a blue and white capsul. I go in the bathroom to do my business, and I haven't gone for a few days (assuming its constipation from the pills). I finally go, its hard. Being a nursing student and just a human being, i decide to take a peak. I notice white "things" in my poo. Kinda looked like, maybe rice. Maybe balls, not sure. I freaked out too fast and flushed it. Since i am a nursing student, i freaked out even more. But butt is not itchy (and i know all about pinworms from microbiolgy), and actually considered worms like from dogs. I do live in the Philippines right now, so it wouldnt be entirely unheard of. However, I still do not have any symptoms and if I didnt look, I wouldnt have noticed. After reading this article, I have come to realize that it probably is from the reductil because I do take it everyday. And like the pills that everyone describes on this site, reductil is a form of Psychiatric drug. Changing your mind into thinking that you are not hungry. Also may cause depression, yada yada. I just wanted to thank everyone for even posting this, because I could not find the answer on any of these medical sites (except the chance of parasites. Oh, the white things are NOT moving) and even they said that parasites are usually accompanied by other symptoms, especially if they come out in your stool (poo). I have concluded that it must be the pills (the white half anyway) because it is an extended release pill. THis now saves me the chance of going to my hospital duty and having to ask the doctor on staff if i have worms. I will ask the doctor who prescribed me the reductil though. And if you are wondering (and i know you are after reading this), i am now 140lbs height 5'2. Started off at 160.

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To EffexorGirl and others: Further up in this thread someone quoted the medication's documentation that said that the little beads are porous and leak out their medicine slowly, but the bead itself is not digestible and will be visible in the poop. Unless you have had diarrhea that cleans you out very soon after taking the pill, you have actually received the medication. Check your transit time with something like corn that will show up in your poop. I would bet that a solid poop containing corn will come out the next day or even the day after, showing normal transit time. That should reassure you that your pills are inside you long enough to be absorbed, leaving only the shells (like corn husks) to come out visibly in your turds.

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Open a pet shop.

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Step up to Tender Vittles, or one of the neighbor kids.
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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)

Anonymous Coward's picture

I too had the small balls in my poo. I collected nearly 20 of them and placed them under a heat lamp in my closet.

after about 2 days they hatched into tiny little lizard like creatures which began to devour the shells of their eggs.

at this point I placed some food (cheerios) on the plate and they've been living off this for two days.

they look hungry and they keep looking up at me expectantly. what do i do?

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Anonymous Coward (not verified) -- 12.23.2007
Guys, I'm only 15

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look m8 thanks very much for ur help

Lori's picture

Ok, I am on wellbutrin XL and yes... I notice the pill shells in my poop... I only know it is that, because I can read the wellbutrin logo on it. I guess some pill shells break open then are excreated in your feces.

Anonymous Coward8484's picture

Just a heads up, I too have found these LWBs in my poo. I'm on effexor XR, and my little white ball problem coindcides with my starting this medication perfectly. If anyone is still worried, they should see a doctor, but as for myself, I must conclude from all the above information and my own personal experience that Effexor-XR is definately responsible for some LWBs. Now, I suppose it's possible to have a parasite and be on effexor, but I'd assume the LWBs would have some variation in shape, size, and color if that were the case...

EffexorGirl26's picture

I did research. I'm a little siqq and obssesd with my body. So i went on effexor xr about 13 days ago. A few days ago i started to notice these LWB in my poo as well, but I noticed them upon first taking the drug. I'm also on depakote. Out of curiosty, after I read about all the pinworms, and effexor and all that jazz here, I wanted to confirm for myself. But i still have qustions.MY RESEARCH: I took a poo, don't want to freak you out, but i fished out some poo (not with my bare hands of course ha ha ha). I took a knife, and disected my poo to remove the little white "NON MOVING" balls. I than rinsed off these lil white balls and put them on the right side of my black sheet of paper. I than took one of my effexor xr pills, and broke it open and proceeded to spill some of those white balls on the left side of the black paper.MY FINDINGS: These little white balls are exactaly the same as the effexor xr. Same shape, same color (although the poo balls are a bit stained from the brown poo, you can still tell) Same everything. MY CONCLUSION: MY lil white balls are the effexor xr balls that come out after the outer shell capsule is disolved in my stomach.MY QUESTIONS: well, I wonder, if these little balls are comming out as a whole in my poo, how much is really being absored into my system? Is there a blood test to find out the levels of effexor in my system and compare that to what my levels SHOULD be? Is it possible my body is rejecting the digestion of this med? Are people just getting placeebo off this medication? Does it really work? Does this happen with EVERYONE who takes effexor and some just don't pay as much attn to their poo as I do? OR does this just happen to certain people, and why that? Do certain people just reject the effexor? Or is it really being absorbed from the ball, than the ball is passed thru my feces....i wish i were a scientist so i could measure the levels in the effexor white ball from the bottle, and compare that to the levels of effexor left inside the discharged white balls. IM SO CURIOUS, and i WILL find out. ha ha ha here is a link to a picture of my results if you are curios, compare these to your own findings in the toilet and see if its the same thing! fun times. feedback welcome.
http://i32.tinypic.com/23hq0zb.jpg

Anonymous Coward's picture

if u notice ur losing weight and getting hungry alot its parasites if u are not its most likely just a side effect of a capsule or those mixed fibre drinks

Greg's picture

yo ive had the white seed like things in my shit too,dont get ur selfs freaked out it may not be anything i get them sumtimes but only when i take metamucil or capsule meds and maybe when i drink beer too still u should check it out at ur doctor.........-i shit i am shit u are shit were all shit-

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Dear Kirsten,
You have pinworms. Go down to the store and get a box of wormer. Yes, they sell wormer in the pharmacy now. Also, fire your doctor. Any idiot doctor should know what a pinworm looks like, since it is a very common infection in the United States. Anyone who says, "Oh, it's hard for use to diagnose any parasite because we live in the western world" is a snob and an idiot. Yes, westerners get worms, too. In fact, some of the cleanest people in the world can have pinworms. The eggs are too small to be seen by the naked eye and can pass from just about anywhere.

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Anonymous Coward's picture

Just to clarify, my husband use to work in the south american jungles. All of the men he worked with had numerous parasites. His brother almost had his liver fail from parasites in his liver. Only after a liver biopsy did the U.S. doctors ever realize he had them. I believe he had cleared the parasite test before hand even. But this is from someone, meaning myself, who has a video of a village cat having numerous bot fly larvaes removed. My husband videod this interesting occurence while there. There are strange things out there......

Anonymous Coward's picture

Doctor's are terrible at diagnosing parasites in people here in the U.S. Clove kills most parasite eggs. Take fresh ground clove for at least two weeks, then start looking. Inducing diarhea will keep the things from getting mushed up so you can see their true characteristics. I had the pea sized things that popped......hundreds of them. I now take clove regularly.

Seema punjani's picture

my stomach kills and its been happening for 2 years and my poo comes poy every 2 or 3 days i weigh 5 stone and no matter how much i eat i never get big my but is itchy and my i cant eat much.please im not sure if its serious and i have to force my poo out because normally it comes out on it should come out on its own

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AC, look down toward the ground. Do you see feet or hooves? Report back with your findings, and we will advise.

Anonymous Coward's picture

why do I poop a million little balls instead of normal poop?

Anonymous Coward's picture

I also have white balls in my poo, along with what looks like worms, but very small. Yes my bum itches at night, but didn't put it together. I have cronic pain and take many pain meds, along with constipation meds.

I like most of you fished out one of the "samples" prepared to take it to the doc, boy, I'm glad I found this page first! I still may ask the doc and see what he says. I also have pain in abdoman along with blood in poo. I don't take the pill most of you are taking. What to do?

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