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ThyGoddess
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   Posted 6/17/2007 8:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi...

I been wondering, is it normal with people that have IBS that their stools are very very narrow? Today it seems to come out mostly like that... In fact, most of the time it comes out very thin.

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   Posted 6/17/2007 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi ThyGoddess,
Yes, it is quite normal for IBSers to have thin stool. I'm not sure that I know why... I can only speculate that it probably has something to do with all the spasms. Maybe someone will come along with better answers.
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ThyGoddess
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   Posted 6/17/2007 6:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Really? That's a relief. I'm always so paranoid.

Well sometimes they're ribbon like... Sometimes they're as narrow as my little finger. But the last stool I had today almost looked normal. I was proud of myself! (But I did take a few pills to help that happen. But now I think I strained too much today, my tummy hurts a lot!)

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   Posted 6/17/2007 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   

I have a few criteria in determining whether or not a poop is "normal." A) If I have enough time to hike down the undies and grab a magazine, it's a good day - that usually means it'll take a slight push, rather than being reminiscent of a dam bursting open, so I really can't complain.  B) If it's the consistency of anything besides pure liquid (i.e, it in any way shape or form resembles anything with a shape or form) that's also a good sign.  C) If it is over 50% brown in color, I breathe a sigh of relief.  Staring down pieces of salad or crudite is never pleasant (and hardly avoidable if you actually take the time to flush), but it isn't likely to be anything to worry about.  In a similar vein, I've been worried for a split second or two when the toilet water is red, before I remember downing that liter of Fruit Punch Gatorade a couple hours ago  :-)

Okay, I'm in a silly mood...but the narrowness is likely perfectly normal.

 


ThyGoddess
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   Posted 6/18/2007 3:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, i have constipation, not diarrhea. Constipation as in it takes me lots of straining to get the material out. And when I strain a lot it comes out as small as my pinky or in tiny squeezed flat nuggets.

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   Posted 6/18/2007 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Sometimes there's no known reason for why poop comes out narrow, but sometimes it's from swollen hemmroids, which are common with people with C. In fact, the stools that you describe are so typical of IBS that they are one of the symptoms on the diagnosis list. I mean, they're THAT common.

goddess0728
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   Posted 6/18/2007 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Sarita:

You have no idea how much your funny posts help me deal with my IBS. Please continue, it helps me keep my sense of humor. :-)

ThyGoddess
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   Posted 6/18/2007 2:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Keriamon said...
Sometimes there's no known reason for why poop comes out narrow, but sometimes it's from swollen hemmroids, which are common with people with C. In fact, the stools that you describe are so typical of IBS that they are one of the symptoms on the diagnosis list. I mean, they're THAT common.
Seriously? Well I'm even more relieved now!!

I have to go see a uh... guts doctor tomorrow afternoon, I bet he'll calm me down too. Then wednesday they are gonna shove a camera down my... THROAT. I could swear the problem was somewhere else. Oh hum.

Sarita
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   Posted 6/18/2007 2:52 PM (GMT -7)   

Yeah, this is a very normal abnormality, like Keri said!

As far as the scope goes...you can impress your friends with the name of the procedure (esophagogastroduodenoscopy - pronounced "ess-OFF-uh-go-GAS-tro-doo-odd-en-OSS-cuh-pee" - or you could be an un-nerd and just say EGD) and then with the pretty pictures of your shiny innards!  Ech...don't worry, you won't feel a thing.    

Goddess0728: any time you need a little poop humor, let me know.  I'll probably have to reign in my "verbal diarrhea" once I'm an actual medical student to maintain an air of professionalism.  But we still have about six weeks 'til then!


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   Posted 6/18/2007 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Eh, Sarita, don't reign it in when you're an actual doctor.  Wasn't it you who got a doctor who asked you if your pooper was broken and you about hit the floor laughing?  I know it was someone on this board who got that.  My gyno (who has moved away now sad ) was always so casual with me and I felt so comfortable with her (well, as comfortable as one can feel in that situation, lol).  The last time I saw her, she was talking about seeing HER gyno while she was having her period and bleeding all over everything, then having the doctor come back in on her accidently while she was standing there naked, trying to clean up the table, lol.  It's good to know that even doctors can be humiliated sometimes too. 
 
I insist that you decorate your office in a weird, ecclectic manner, consisting of no less than one stuffed animal (heads only fine, although a stuffed deer's butt is better), some form of ancient weaponry (not sharp, of course) or suit of armor, some nautical or pirate decour (nets, wheels, etc.), at least one "stolen" road sign, a medical oddity (two-headed snake or something of that nature) and some form of live animal--parrots being better than fish. 
 
The best doctor's office I have ever been to was actually my pediatrician-dentist's office.  He had exotic tropical fish AND a talking parrot (a real one, mind you), a jukebox, playhouse, toys, a Nintendo, and chairs each in a different primary color.  I always dreaded my mother harping on me mercilessly for having cavities, but I never dreaded Dr. Whitmire or the dentist office from kid-heaven.  He'd sing to you and talk to you like he remembered you (may have been able to remember all of those kids--had a Dean at my college who could), and made you feel special. 
 
I think you can NEVER go wrong with putting people at ease and make them feel special.  So many doctor's offices are decorated like some expensive department store bathroom or office lobby; I feel like I'm going to a job interview, not to the doctor.  Now, interactive computer displays on how your body works, that would be interesting.  Layman's dictionaries to medical jargon would be better than Better Homes and Gardens magazine on the table.  And if you could ever find a working model of a digestive tract that you can put food in, watch it churn through the guts, and get "poop" out, that would be THE ultimate in GI waiting room entertainment. 
 
You're a patient; I expect you to design a patient's paradise waiting room! 

Sarita
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   Posted 6/18/2007 6:26 PM (GMT -7)   
You got my creative juices flowin', Keri.  I have always wanted a petting zoo in my office, as a matter of fact.  Pygmy sheep and alpacas and some guinea pigs.  I'll be like Dr. Doolittle!  Except they can call me Dr. Doos-a-Lot! LOL

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   Posted 6/18/2007 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Sarah, you are a riot!!! LOL
Really it depends what kind of doc you decide to be... I'd hate to have a llama by my side when I'm getting my rear poked and prodded. That's just creepy.
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Keriamon
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   Posted 6/19/2007 7:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, you could have a ground-floor office with your petting zoo outside. That way, anyone who's allergic won't have to be around the animals, but anyone that wants to can go out and play with them. The only thing is, you'll have to be a country doctor because most cities have livestock bans. But depending on the city, there may be an exception for pot-bellied pigs. So you could have one of those, a dog and some cats.

Plus the talking parrot, of course.

And instead of having an ice cream freezer, you need a yogurt freezer where people can buy Activa yogurt right there in your office and not have to stop anywhere else. And have a small wall full of probitic options, like Digestive Advantage and Culturelle, plus immodium and fiber supplements and calcium, etc. So you can just go to your wall of stuff and point it out and tell people you need to try some of this and/or some of that. Of course they don't have to buy from you, but at least they will know what the product looks like before they head to the store.

I also decided this morning that you need a vintage Pacman arcade game in your office, with free plays. I mean, what is Pacman but a pizza with a slice missing (yes, that's really the origin of the design), that goes around gobbling up power pellets. How many of us would like to have both a pizza and some power pellets to gobble up? And the occasional ghost. I bet they taste like cotton candy.

Sarita
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   Posted 6/19/2007 10:36 AM (GMT -7)   

OMG I am so going to hire you as my interior designer! 

Sorry for hijacking the thread, ThyGoddess!  I'll stop fantasizing about a petting zoo in my medical office now. cool


ThyGoddess
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   Posted 6/19/2007 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
It's okay. :P If you want birds for it, I have baby budgies to give away soon. You can teach 'em to talk!

I have just returned from the gastro dude. He told me to take magnesia milk... Okay. Well, I'll start it tomorrow... I don't want to feel the urge to do business while I'm having my stomach stared at.

Keriamon
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   Posted 6/19/2007 3:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Sarita, you better get the budgies now. It may take you a while to get them to talking good. What sort of things should they say?

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