Flat-Sided Stools and UC?

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wittgenstein28
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   Posted 1/2/2010 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
So I probably could have mentioned this in my first post, but it's the symptom that scares me the most so I'm a little hesitant. Oh well - here goes.

My stools tend to be very flat on one side - they're pretty much triangular in shape. This has been consistent for a couple of months; it may have been going on longer but I wasn't previously looking at my stools that much. Now I'm like Sherlock Holmes, but that's beside the point.

Are flat stools characteristic of left-sided UC? I don't have ribbon shaped stools - they look more like pickles from a jar, both in size and in shape - but I've seen that flattened stools can be indicative of cancer. Rationally, I don't think I have advanced colon cancer because I doubt that I would feel absolutely fine otherwise if I did. But emotionally I go through periods of intense freak out. How would UC cause this sort of thing? Is it possible there is a patch of inflexible scar tissue inside of me?

Just to refresh, my symptoms are fecal urgency, small amounts of bright red blood every six to eight weeks (on average)that resolves within a day, and a constant feeling of slight irritation inside the rectum and in the sigmoid colon area. Constitutionally, I have no symptoms.

suebear
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   Posted 1/2/2010 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   

I believe this is just inflammation in one area of your colon/rectum.  However, when anyone notices changes in their bowel movements they should see a doctor.  So if you haven't spoken to your doctor about this symptom you should.  It's really important to be honest and open with your GI so you get the best treatment plan for your disease.  If this is inflammation you need to get it under control; again, another good reason to be seen.

Sue


dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


WI chica
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   Posted 1/2/2010 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I hve a very similiar situation going on currently. You can take a look at my other posts. Ribbo like and very very narrow right now.

Judy2
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   Posted 1/2/2010 7:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Very common, and related to rectal inflammation. Are you on any rectal meds?
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quincy
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   Posted 1/3/2010 4:12 AM (GMT -6)   
common with hemmies as well.

rectal meds for sure if you have UC.

Get your doc to have a look-see.

q

Christine1946
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   Posted 1/3/2010 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   
      I have ulcerative proctitis, ulceration just in my rectum and sometimes my stools are as you describe.  However, I would get a colonoscopy just to be on the safe side.
 
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008 for ten days.
Remission Nov 08 thru May of 09.
Flare May of 09 thru Aug of 09.  Very short remission.  Flared again Nov 1st.  First infusion of Remicade Nov 18th.  Taken off the 6MP,  still on Colazal, 30 mgm of prednisone, cort suppository every other night. Calcium, probiotic, vitamin with iron, benicar for high blood pressure. Flaxseed oil capsule.  Great improvement with first Remi infusion...hope and pray it continues.  Ambien CR for sleep.


Old Hat
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   Posted 1/3/2010 6:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Try not to freak out about cancer! Occasional sighting of bright red blood can mean hemhorroids. Narrow or flat stool is likely the result of inflammation in the colon. The lumen of the colon (usually a tunnel-like hollow) tends to narrow when inflammation is present so that affects the shape of the stool. Good luck with your c-scope! What prep will you be using? / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC; presently in remission taking brandname Colazal)

wittgenstein28
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   Posted 1/3/2010 8:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the feedback everyone.

Yeah, I don't think I have cancer, but you know how it goes reading the net... you can always find that one person who had your symptoms and BAM - stage four colon cancer or something like that. Most days I'm rational but I have the occasional day when I get really antsy. Good thing the colonoscopy is two days from now. Colitis runs in my family so it seems natural that I would have it.

I'm taking the nulytely for prep. I guess all of those epic beer pong games in college were really training me for something useful - although those days are long gone. One time I drank 14 cans of Milwaukee's Best in 2.5 hours, so I figure the prep can't be as bad as that! Four liters in four hours is still pretty daunting. I've read the tips about the lemon juice and I am going to try that.

I'm really not looking forward to the fasting, though. I love to eat.

Christine1946
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   Posted 1/3/2010 9:14 PM (GMT -6)   
     Another tidbit to help put your mind at ease.  We all worry here about colon cancer.  I have a cousin, through marriage, who was diagnosed with stage 3+ colon cancer about six years ago at the age of 52.  Her only symptom was just a smidge...and I mean a smidge....of blood in her stool.  She only noticed it once and sloughed it off as hemorrhoids.  It didn't show up again, another smidge, until six months later.  That is when her husband,  my cousin, urged  her to get a colonoscopy.  It was performed about a month later because she had no other syptoms...no weight loss nor other bleeding or pain.  Here, it was stage 3+, had already penetrated the colon wall.  A few years later, the cancer showed up in her lung.  They removed the lung.  She is fine now but is always going for tests.
     We, with UC, tend to be on top of things.  They say our chances increase after ten years, but I didn't notice any postings on here about people having colon cancer.  My GI doctor is always putting my mind at ease too.  I am a bit concerned because my paternal grandmother died from cancer of the rectum.  I believe she may have had IBD but not much was known about it 58 yrs ago when she died.
 
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008 for ten days.
Remission Nov 08 thru May of 09.
Flare May of 09 thru Aug of 09.  Very short remission.  Flared again Nov 1st.  First infusion of Remicade Nov 18th.  Taken off the 6MP,  still on Colazal, 30 mgm of prednisone, cort suppository every other night. Calcium, probiotic, vitamin with iron, benicar for high blood pressure. Flaxseed oil capsule.  Great improvement with first Remi infusion...hope and pray it continues.  Ambien CR for sleep.


kazygirl
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   Posted 1/5/2010 1:34 AM (GMT -6)   
sorry to be light about this... but this post reminds me of all the funny shaped poos that come out sometimes and i instantly had a visual of my bum being one of those old play-doe machines that crank out the different shapes of play-doe. hahaha (80's flashback sorry)

sometimes its starshaped from my puckered bum...
ive had flat sided as well and thin like ribbons or sometimes like a pencil etc..
steph - 33 - female - gold coast australia - UC since 2000
i do believe im in REMISSION!  last few days have cleared up nicely.
a bit of inflammation in the end bit causing some pain, but its on the mend!
IM 19 weeks PREGGERS and feeling great!
mesalazine granules 3g x1 a day (much nicer than a million tablets a day),
tapering pred by 5mg every 4 days, 20mg at the moment
pregnancy and breastfeeding vitamins, xango juice 30ml x3 a day, vitamin d3, 
i still eat what i want, when i want, if i feel like eating at all ... diet doesn't affect my UC.
 
 
 


DUEJ
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   Posted 10/9/2013 6:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi wittgenstein28

Im newmmeber of forum. When i had read your topics I see my problem is simalar to your. My stool is not small but flat on a side. Im very worry about it. Pls show me the way to you repair it

Thanks.

Gezinha
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   Posted 10/9/2013 6:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi witt,
I had the same problem when I was first diagnosed in January, I started seeing my poop was flat, I was sooo scared, but my GI said it was totally normal because the colon is inflamed still, he said not to worry, so, it just went away a couple weeks later and back to normal by itself.
26-female-Diagnosed with UC back in January 2013- Live in Boston
Lialda-no longer recommended for me as the inflammation has gotten worse :(
Pentasa
Omeprozole
Prednisone
-Had one Remicade infusion so far, as emergency, while in the hospital on 10/04/13 (27 day stay at Hospital)

garylouisville
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   Posted 10/9/2013 8:17 AM (GMT -6)   
That is very common because since your colon is inflamed the passage is actually narrower, causing flat ribbon like stools. If you can get rid of the inflammation and your colon heals things should return more normal although I have been waiting a couple of years and am not there yet.
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DUEJ
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   Posted 10/18/2013 3:11 AM (GMT -6)   
My stool has flat on a side for 2 weeks. Im very worry about it.
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