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Strange symptoms
Mar 15, 2005
Hi, I'm new to this board, and hope to find if anyone else out there has ever experienced, or heard of, the symptoms I'm having now:

-- small diameter of stool. The size may vary from time to time, but is always narrower than what I would consider "normal". I don't really have any problems having a bowel movement, no constipation, no diarrhea, but the size is always the same. The closest thing I can compare it to is toothpaste squeezed from a tube. The color is light - mostly with an orange or yellowish tinge. It's not dry or too loose, but seems to always be rather soft/sticky and always the same consistancy. I've had smaller sized stools before (when dieting), and I am eating less now, but don't recall this type before, and it's persisted for about a month. I also have alot of gas, no matter what I eat. When doing research online about this type of symptom all I find are links to colon cancer, and some to IBS.

This week I did a fecal occult blood home test, which turned out negative. I plan to continue testing and make a doctor's appointment in the next month. I've also started taking a natural fiber suppliment, psyllium, and an acidophilus formula suppliment this week.

History (could any of this relate?):

*I had a physical about 2 years ago, because I was feeling tired and run down. The doctor found that I was "slightly" anemic, but everything else was fine. I wasn't too concerned, since I was (and still am) premenopausal.

*I had a bout with hemorrhoids last fall, usual symtoms/w. minor bleeding, something I haven't had since my teens. Symptoms subsided after about a week.

*I suffered what I think was minor food poisoning over the christmas holidays, from something I ate (cheddar cheese with bacon bits), and experienced a night of vomiting from it, and extreme weakness for 2 days after. I don't recall having much diarrhea from this episode. But it does seem that the stool changes I'm having now have followed since this experience. Could it be an intestinal infection of some sort?

Any sharing of suggestions, ideas, or similar experiences would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, gardener45

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