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Pale Stool

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 10, 2007
  • 09:15 PM

Does ongoing(as in about a month or so/more) or pale stool always mean something to do with Gall Bladder??


Could stress/anxiety cause pale stool?


Also, anyone know much about Protonix?
I have been on this for a while.(For possible Ulcer related tummy probs) Had loose pale stool on and off before being on it. But now it is every day!

ONly recently have started taking Pepto-Bismal(which is helping some)
But I know I am only "masking" a symptom.

I can't afford the expensive tests at the moment to screen for GallBladder disease...Not to mention I am terried to death about what the next step wudl eb!

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  • this is usually lactose intolerance.eliminate milk.if it improves,that was it.if not it is probably a failure of fat metabolism.sticky ,voluminous stools that adhere to the sides of the bowl,which float and which are difficult to flush away suggest steatorheor.(forgive spelling,this is not a word which i use every day.just possibly it is correct,but it is close enough to google.)long term control of lactose intolerance is possible using lactase capsules.....expensive,but quite effective if you dont glug the cream! let me know how you get on.,please.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 22, 2007
    • 06:12 PM
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  • Could be Celiac disease (intolerance to guten) it just requires a blood test.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 26, 2007
    • 09:13 AM
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  • If nothing else, ask a doctor to order a blood test that checks for bilirubin. If your gall bladder isn't delivering bile at the beginning of the digestive process, the stool will be white. If that lack of delivery is due to a duct that is blocked (or to a liver malfunction), the liver won't be able to eliminate bilirubin and it will back up in the blood. Sometimes temporary problems (ducts inflamed by medication or viral infection) can cause the problem. Those go away when the cause is removed. But you have waited long enough. Check the whites of your eyes.If they show signs of yellowing (jaundice), you need to tell your doctor to give you an early appointment. And if there is no jaundice, you still need an answer to long term white stools.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 8, 2007
    • 02:30 AM
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  • Also if you stop eating meat your stool will be paler in color. The stool turns brown when protein get digested in your GI tract using the bile secreted by the gall bladder. But people having liver problems and/or gall bladder problems can get very pale looking stools. Barium can also cause a stool to turn temporarily white until it all passes out of the GI tract.A related note having to do with stool color: Black stools can mean there is bleeding in the GI tract up high; the blood in the stool such as from an ulcer turns black like tar as it passes through the GI tract. Pepto Bismal can cause your stools to turn black... so don't be surprised if that happens. Pepto Bismal can kill certain bugs that cause infections so follow your drs recommendations if that is why the dr is trying it out for your situation. It sometimes does more than mask symptoms; and your dr may be trying to see if the pepto will killl off an organisim responsible for the diarrea.Pale stools btw do not usually mean lactose intolerance either. Very pale stools can be a much more serious thing like a liver or gall bladder problem; so no one should assume the problem is lactose intolerance. Also other symptoms are more prominant in lactose intolerance than pale stools... cramps and diarrea after eating dairy products are the biggies for most folks who have lactose intolerance (which is often caused by a deficiency in lactase enzyme). Some illnesses like gastrointestinal infections cause at least a temporary intolerance to dairy. Want to know more about stool colors, Mehmet Oz (author of You On A Diet) talks about these things a lot on Oprah. He has a show on cable called The Truth About Food that I think discusses the stool questions folks have. Perhaps Oprahs website has a link to Mehmet Oz website or videos of his appearances on Oprah.Hope this helps. Try doing a web search and punch in pale stools, white stools, clay stools in a good search engine and see what you can find. BTW what symptoms are you having that makes your dr want to do a gall bladder scan? If they are serious and you live in the states; you may be elgible for emergency financial assistance through DSHS; depends on your income level and outstanding bills; and how emergent your condition is.Good luck. Hope you feel better soon.Does ongoing(as in about a month or so/more) or pale stool always mean something to do with Gall Bladder??Could stress/anxiety cause pale stool?Also, anyone know much about Protonix?I have been on this for a while.(For possible Ulcer related tummy probs) Had loose pale stool on and off before being on it. But now it is every day! ONly recently have started taking Pepto-Bismal(which is helping some)But I know I am only "masking" a symptom.I can't afford the expensive tests at the moment to screen for GallBladder disease...Not to mention I am terried to death about what the next step wudl eb!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 11, 2007
    • 00:17 AM
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  • I suffer from both Lactose and Fructose allergy.On top of this anxiety.Anxiety for me brings on abnormal bowels for sure.I have pale stools 50% of the time.Fructose allergy is also a common factor to this problem. I also found out that people with problems to do with absorption should not eat nuts. For me this rings true. If I eat nuts I suffer from cramps and then pale runny stools. Anyone who has these issues should seek out the allergy breath testing. It is hard but definitely worth the efforts.hope this helps!
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