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Easta
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   Posted 11/2/2007 12:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for replies on definition of diarrhoea. Not so mushy today (and no pencils!) but a darker patch in what I think was the last portion to arrive in the toilet bowl. I had cooked broccoli yesterday midday and have read somewhere that this can darken stool. I am getting a bit silly I think with all of this but would bleeding from the colon be dark in a patch or would there be a more uniform dark colour to most of the bm? I remember on this site reading that such items as lettuce and spinach can also give odd colours to stools. The colour is only a bit darker and not really tarry.

The colonoscopy scheduled for Dec 12th will obviously give more information but waiting for it is making me anxious and I think that doesn't help with any GI disturbance!

Thanks again for being there. You really do help to re-assure.

Good luck to all

Keriamon
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   Posted 11/2/2007 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, veggies--especially dark green ones--can turn stools colors. Also, poops that are not put together very well get kind of weird. When I'm normal, my poop looks normal. When my guts are acting up, my poop is more likely to turn colors based on what I eat, and I start seeing bits and pieces of undigested food in it as well. I think you have all of this stuff in normal poop, but you just don't see it because it's all compacted like it's supposed to be. When it starts getting loose, all of those food pieces and colors become visible.

Poop can have a range of brown colors. Gosh, mine cna be anywhere from yellow to rather dark brown. It's black that you have to watch out for. Black can indicate blood (unless you took some Pepto Bismol--the bi****h in it turns your stools black).

Sarita
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   Posted 11/2/2007 10:37 AM (GMT -7)   

LOL Keri, did you mean bismuth instead of bi****h?

Really, I wouldn't be too concerned about the patches of darker stool.  Like Keri said, there's a wide range of colors out there and it probably had something to do with the broccoli you ate.  When they talk about bloody stools, you'll know for sure it's blood.  It will literally be black or bright red liquid coming out of there.  I hope the scope goes well; try not to stress about it too much in the meantime if you can help it!


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Easta
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   Posted 11/2/2007 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Many thanks for those replies. Yes, I have noticed particles of undigested food at times which, as you say, obviously indicates the digestive process is out of kilter in some way. No, certainly not literally black colours so I will try to be more relaxed. You will all know how GI disturbances get to you sometimes and it really does help to have some internet friends out there!

Take care. Incidentally, I learned today that weariness and fatigue (and also loose bms) can be precipitated by over active thyroid. Might be worth checking out.

Sarita
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   Posted 11/2/2007 12:38 PM (GMT -7)   

Actually, I'd say it's normal to see some undigested food in there.  Certainly not a lot of it, but a few pieces of foliage here and there doesn't necessarily mean there's a major problem. 

Over-active thyroid can definitely cause a lot of problems.  Your thyroid controls pretty much everything in your body in some way, so when it goes nutty, so does the rest of you.  I was diagnosed with autoimmune hyperthyroidism early this year and it really messed me up.  Now I'm on medication for it and my thyroid function is normal.  It's pretty easy to control with meds or radioactive iodine if you choose to have that.  But first you just need to get your thyroid levels - TSH and free T4 - checked.


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