Hey all, so my IBS manifests itself as gas, gurgling, hemorrhoids, loose stools of all shapes, sizes, colors and smells, incomplete evacuation and a couple of other symptoms off and on. Now the loose stools, usually the (TMI alert!) end that comes out first looks pretty formed like my old BM's did before my IBS started (almost 2 years ago), with a nice firm, easy sliding shape. The rest however is smooth, often thin, slick and leaves...residue as it were, and the trailing end is always so unformed it often breaks off before being passed.
It all seems like an issue of transit time/digestion; like the beginning the the BM has been in there long enough that it's ready to leave, but the rest of it is all soft and stuff because I'm getting the urge to go too early, you know? It should be sitting in there a little longer and letting all the bacteria work on it and letting all the water be absorbed and whatever else happens to stool inside the small and large intestines. Does that make sense?
So what's happening to speed up my transit time? Or what can I do to slow it down? I need to get more of the good bacteria going on so that all the work can be done, but what can I do to wait a little longer before getting the urge to go? Increase my transit time you know?