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   Posted 10/13/2008 4:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Finally after 2 Sitz Marker studies, I was cleared to take laxatives and try to have a BM again!
I took Milk of Gag, and used 2 enemas (per doctor) today. The little stool that I have coming out is all pencil shaped - long and thin.
Anyone had experience with this? I'll let the doctor know when I talk to him tomorrow, just curious if others knew anything about it.

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   Posted 10/13/2008 11:28 PM (GMT -7)   
It's common to have issues of pencil thin stools from having IBS, I'm not sure why this occurs but it's a common complaint.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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   Posted 10/14/2008 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   
1 theory is that the intestinal spasms are what cause the pencil like stool. It makes sense in my case, because it only happens to me when I'm cramping.
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   Posted 10/16/2008 1:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Justk,
I have just signed up on this site because I was looking for ansews for what I have. Then I seen your email on here so wanted to reply to it and let you know that I have the same thing. It sucks!!!!
I have been told that I have I.B.S.. a few years back. So when I get this happening to me, which what is going on with you, I just think, well ok, I am having a i.b.s. Attack.. But i read somewhere that penicels size stools could also mean a sign of colen cancer. So Now I freak every time I have these penicels size stools. Which I have been having for about two weeks now.
Anyway you could be just having a i.b.s attack and need to eat allot of fiber to get it under control but you should make sure you get to your doctor and have him do a colen test on you to make sure noting is wrong.. I had one of those but need to go have another one. YIKES!!
Anyway I sure would like to know what you fined out about what is going on with you.. It would save me a trip to the dang doctors. (smile).
But please make sure you get checked out for I.b.S. and have a colen test done.

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 10/21/2008 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
you should take a look at the Bristol stool it....

the stools you describe are a sign of constipation, something that happens a lot with people with IBS-C

sometimes no matter how careful you are with what you eat, or how good a mood you are in, it happens
It seemed like a good idea at the time

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