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!!