Does anyone ever have a normal stool?

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CathyA
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   Posted 10/3/2005 6:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
   I developed IBS after I had the flu and pneumonia and was on 2 months of antibiotics in l995.   I don't think I've ever had a normal stool since then.  It's hard to believe that that's not possible any more.  I'm 55, so I suppose age causes some changes too.  But I was curious if any of you at least intermittantly have normal stools?

dbab
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   Posted 10/3/2005 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I very rarely get them but it has gotten better for me in the past few months since being on my medication, at least I am more regular. I don't remember if you said that you were IBS-D... if so, have you tried any fiber supplements? They really help in bulking up your stool.
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bunnybabe
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   Posted 10/3/2005 6:33 AM (GMT -7)   
i don't think i have. i mean we talking about bringing in the paper with you at the same time everyday? or are you talking "appearance" wise? i am always urgent, painful and unpredictable.
i am 26, though i know that i will go everyday. that is my norm.
are you on acidophilus to grow back some good bacteria?
i hope you have a great day
--bunny
(tell you the truth i am not sure what is normal or healthy, i think it is between going 3x a day to 3x a week, something bizzarre like that...)
what would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?


CathyA
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   Posted 10/3/2005 7:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
I guess I didn't clarify what exactly I meant. I meant the consistency. Not to be gross.......but it's hard to talk about this subject without being very direct. When I was younger and healthy, my stools actually looked like the insides of my colon........you could see all the segmentss of of the colon, including the line running down the middle. Now it's just piles of "stuff".....without much definition. Since I don't go around looking at other peoples' stools, I didn't know if this was "normal" for IBS-D, or if this was just what happens as we age. Sometimes, it's hard to understand how I can keep living a fairly functional life, when what comes out of me looks so bad!!

dbab
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   Posted 10/3/2005 7:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Don't feel weird about being direct here.  I think that everyone here can relate and given the subject, we don't have much choice.  Thats why we come here, cause we can't talk to anybody else about this stuff. tongue
 
Well since I am mainly the constipation type, my stools tend to be small and hard and that is pretty much how it is most of the time.  It definitely helps that I have been taking my Miralax but I have to take fiber too so I think that they kind of work against each other.  I do occasionally get the loose stools but I very rarely get the normal poopies.
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