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chester m
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   Posted 4/3/2008 8:15 AM (GMT -7)   

Howdy... I’ve had minor (thankfully) gastro issues on and off throughout the past 10 years, usually related to poor eating.  Last week, I had some lower abdominal rumblings and tight gas for a few days, and then a number of family members and I got hit with a stomach virus on Monday.  I had watery diarrhea, progressively lessening, for 3 days.  When I wiped, it was bright yellow.  This morning (day 4), I finally passed something solid.  It was light brown, but the wiping still came out yellow.

 

Does this yellow sound normal?  I am an admitted hypochondriac, there obviously was a bug going around, and my blood work did show an infection (that went away in the follow-up), but the yellow is new to me.  My extended family has been hit with a number of illnesses, some very serious, in the past couple of months, and I’m more than a bit paranoid.

 

Thanks for any help.


sheryl=jk
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   Posted 4/3/2008 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi chester, welcome to HW, I have experienced that with the yellow runs, the once they become solid again, when wipe still yellow, and have wondered the same thing my self, what it meant.
So I guess if someone comes along with a better answer would great!
 
God Bless,and have a Great Day!!.......Love.....Sheryl
xcema,hypermobile,Chronic Bronchitus,Fatigue,Positive ANAFibro-05--Had surgery on left & right knees 06, Interstial Cystitis-06  implanted Interstim-06 hysterectomy & IBS-06 Arthiritus-04 Depression-04GERDS/ Hiatial hernia -07   Anxiety-07 Gastroparesis-08--Occasional Migraines Reglan,Protonix,Prozac,Effexsor,Erthomyicin,klonipin,occasional phernergan Im marrried 2 children, one with mild autism, Bipolar(8), she takes Abilify, Buspar, Celexa Son(13) is bipolarw/migraines, Topamax, ZantacGod plz grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference..."


Keriamon
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   Posted 4/3/2008 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   
For people without a gall bladder (or with a bad one), yellow stools are very common, due to bile. And yes, light brown stools can still wipe yellow.

People who have just a bout of diarrhea can also get yellow stools--perhaps because their bile is not getting absorbed properly because it's flushing through the guts too fast. I don't know of food or medicine that makes stools yellow, but it's a possibility. Given that you know that you were having a virus-induced problem, then I wouldn't worry about it being a sign of a bad gall bladder; yellow stools can happen to people with good gall bladders in times like these.

Sarita
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   Posted 4/3/2008 11:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Yellow stools can be very normal. It's probably a result of your viral infection and with your stools becoming more firm, it's likely they'll return to their original color soon enough!
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   Posted 4/3/2008 11:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Works for me!
 
God Bless,and have a Great Day!!.......Love.....Sheryl
xcema,hypermobile,Chronic Bronchitus,Fatigue,Positive ANAFibro-05--Had surgery on left & right knees 06, Interstial Cystitis-06  implanted Interstim-06 hysterectomy & IBS-06 Arthiritus-04 Depression-04GERDS/ Hiatial hernia -07   Anxiety-07 Gastroparesis-08--Occasional Migraines Reglan,Protonix,Prozac,Effexsor,Erthomyicin,klonipin,occasional phernergan Im marrried 2 children, one with mild autism, Bipolar(8), she takes Abilify, Buspar, Celexa Son(13) is bipolarw/migraines, Topamax, ZantacGod plz grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference..."
 
 


chester m
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   Posted 4/3/2008 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, all. It's been a trying time in our family of late (down to the cat, whose breast cancer has just recurred), and I keep fearing what could be next. Your posts have helped a lot.

Keriamon
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   Posted 4/3/2008 3:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Cats can get breast cancer??? Is it in their chest region, or in their teats?

sheryl=jk
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   Posted 4/4/2008 5:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Chester I am sorry about your cat, I didint know they could get breast either. Im being serious here but dont they have like six breasts.. I will sure be praying for you and your cat.   Ive had boy kitties die due to prostate problems, to much ash in their food. So I understand, take care..Love...Sheryl
 
God Bless,and have a Great Day!!.......Love.....Sheryl
xcema,hypermobile,Chronic Bronchitus,Fatigue,Positive ANAFibro-05--Had surgery on left & right knees 06, Interstial Cystitis-06  implanted Interstim-06 hysterectomy & IBS-06 Arthiritus-04 Depression-04GERDS/ Hiatial hernia -07   Anxiety-07 Gastroparesis-08--Occasional Migraines Reglan,Protonix,Prozac,Effexsor,Erthomyicin,klonipin,occasional phernergan Im marrried 2 children, one with mild autism, Bipolar(8), she takes Abilify, Buspar, Celexa Son(13) is bipolarw/migraines, Topamax, ZantacGod plz grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference..."
 
 


chester m
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   Posted 4/4/2008 5:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I guess breast cancer isn't the clinical term.  She had cancer in her mammaries in 2002.  One entire chain was removed, and only one on the other side (removing all of them would have been too traumatic, the surgeon said).  Now it's recurred in one of the remaining ones. 
 
The vets are amazed that she's survived this long, especially with no chemo ever.  Average survival post-op is 2 years with chemo.  She 14 years old now, and we're not sure she could withstand another invasive surgery like that after all she's been through.  We might just go with chemo this time and hope for the best.

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   Posted 4/4/2008 6:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry about your kitty, Chester. It is so hard to see a sick pet - worse because we can't explain what's going on to them. My family cat, who lives with my parents, is 18 years old and has renal insufficiency, and every time I see him he looks more and more bedraggled. It is hard. I'm glad you do have some time left with your kitty and give her lots of love.
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