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Odd Cycle of Symptoms

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 16, 2009
  • 03:04 AM

I've had this odd cycle of symptoms going on with my stools for a long time now. They've often been coming out in chunks on some days and leave behind a residue that's greasy and gross. Then some times I've had bowel movements that are extremely long and when I clean up it's almost as if it's still in my anus from how messy the toilet paper is. For those bowel movements I get really bad intestinal cramps. Such stools also appear broken off at one end also when they come out. Every once in a while there's a normal bowel movement also.

I have recently started taking fiber, in addition to probiotics I had already been taking. The fiber seemed to help stop the cycle and make my stools closer toward the spectrum of normal, but now the symptoms of having long, smelly, greasy stools is coming back, or stools that are broken up into several chunks.

Another note is that they also smell bad and some times i get an itchy feeling in my anus and have to clean up even though I haven't gone to the bathroom.

Does anyone seem to know the answer?

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  • Greasy and foul smelling excrement is often a side effect of weight loss tablets, or even just extreme dieting. The loss of fat can manifest itself in your stool. So that is a possibilty if yuo've been taking those kind of supplements.But the other signs sound a little like irritable bowel syndrome. Do you often have a feeling of incomplete evacuation? Especially after the stomach cramp inducing movements?If it continues for a couple of weeks consult your doctor, but you can help yourself by cutting out caffiene for a while and limiting your alcohol content.
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  • Have you been tested for celiac disease? Also you might want to be tested for any kind of malabsorbtion. Both these would give smelly stool. Kiera
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