How to describe this? Continuous groove on stool

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BigPanda
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   Posted 8/13/2010 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I got UC and confirmed by colonscopy Oct. 08.
In remission from Aug. 2009. At Dec. 2009, flexible sigmoidoscopy showed that I am still in remission.
 
These days (3 months? I think), I occasionally found continuous groove on my stool,
How can I describe this correctly to my GI? groove? dent? or even fillister?
 
When I met my GI last week, he even didn't talk with me when he heard that I was in remission. After prescribing some 5-ASA enema and ordering a blood work, he let me leave.
 
I asked for a colonscopy since I have not done it for two years. He told me:"It is unnecessary.Normally we repeat colonscopy after 8 years. If you really want, I can arrange one next year."
 
Should I concern this groove on stool? Thank you
Dx Ulcerative proctosigmoiditis Oct. 08 by colonoscopy
Main problem is rectum bleeding......
Canasa 1000mg / night immediately
 
Month later, began 2.4g Asacol/day and stopped Canasa, blood came back 1 week later.
Switch back to 1g canasa/day without oral meds.      
 
From Aug. 10th 2009, changed GI.   Stopped Canasa, began Mesalamine Enema (4g) every night, tapering.....
From Nov. 2009, Mesalamine Enema (4g) twice/ week without oral meds,  in remission till now
 
What works: Canasa, Mesalamine Enema 
Not working: Asacol
 
 

luv2ride
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Date Joined Jul 2010
Total Posts : 452
   Posted 8/13/2010 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Could be hemorrhoids?
Female
UC diagnosed 15 years ago
Sulfasalazine worked back then. No UC meds for 13 years despite mild symptoms...

2010 - Flare following sigmoidectomy , endometriosis, appendectomy

Currently:
Lialda, probiotics, multivitamin, omega 3, CA/D/Mg
Armour thyroid, Estradiol, Prometrium

zamba
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   Posted 8/13/2010 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
groove in stools? how large is the groove- deep one? something blocking the passage.... do u feel any pain with passing stools?
First flare(Jan'09): cured with one canasa suppository at night
Second flare(March'09-May'09): cured with 2Xlialda + 1Xcanasa
Third flare(Oct'09-March'10): Started Rowasa at night + 3Xlailda + 1Xcanasa during day : did not work so increased lialda to 4 pills/day.
Fourth Flare: since June'10! Taking Lialda 4/day, Rowasa nightly & Canasa during day(when ever required)

BigPanda
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   Posted 8/13/2010 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Normally the groove is shallow.
No, I do not feel any pain and incomfortable. No blood, no mucous
I notice the groove just because I watched my stool everyday since I knew I had UC.
Dx Ulcerative proctosigmoiditis Oct. 08 by colonoscopy
Main problem is rectum bleeding......
Canasa 1000mg / night immediately
 
Month later, began 2.4g Asacol/day and stopped Canasa, blood came back 1 week later.
Switch back to 1g canasa/day without oral meds.      
 
From Aug. 10th 2009, changed GI.   Stopped Canasa, began Mesalamine Enema (4g) every night, tapering.....
From Nov. 2009, Mesalamine Enema (4g) twice/ week without oral meds,  in remission till now
 
What works: Canasa, Mesalamine Enema 
Not working: Asacol
 
 

quincy
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   Posted 8/13/2010 6:18 PM (GMT -6)   
If you're in remission, could just be IBS....rectal tension or tight sphincter during bms, fissure, hemmie, polyp type thingies.
 
The anus is like UUUU  so if one of the areas is a bit tighter, it will put grooves in the stool, especially if the stool is somewhat softer.  Think icing piping bag..lol.

It would usually be on the posterior side, in other words, closer to the backbone...
q
*Heather* I give suggestions, do with them what you will.
Status: ...Asacol 3 @ 2x daily; Salofalk enema @ 3rd/4th night (nightly/ flares, tapered/maintenance)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol 20mg as needed; Ranitidine; Effexor XR 37.5mg (depression), Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care+Primadophilus Reuteri pearls+Fortify. @ bedtime
~Metamucil capsules 6 twice daily with meals; Vitamin D 2000 IU
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!

calm-on-the-outside
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   Posted 8/13/2010 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I notice this sometimes.  It doesn't worry me as long as I'm not noticing other symptoms as well.
Amy, 33, dx with idiopathic colitis July 2009, confirmed UC Sept 2009
Currently: In Remission since April 2010

Asacol 4 pills 2 times daily
Rowasa (slow taper, skipping every 3rd night)
Probiotic: Not taking one now, experimenting
Metamucil

Simply_Inspired
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   Posted 10/27/2012 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   
A little too late for me to jump on the thread but I'm experiencing the same thing as well. 27 years old and usually have BM with grooves/lines going down them. I'm very scared and nervous for my colonoscopy coming up next week....anyone else experience BMs like this?

Sunny76
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   Posted 10/28/2012 12:06 AM (GMT -6)   
The grooves and flat stools concerned me as well. Had me thinking there MUST be something like scar tissue or more polyps blocking the tract.  However, that is until someone on this forum explained that the inflammation generally causes these flat or "grooved" stools. After that comment, I actually realized that there is a definite corelation. I have a low dose pred that when my inflammation won't go down, I fill the script and take for a few days-- just till the inflammation goes down and the flat or mishapen "groovy" stools get better. LOL
 

Simply_Inspired
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   Posted 10/28/2012 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the information. By any chance, have you ever had a colonoscopy? I'm not sure what to expect...as far as the news they give me after. I noticed my BMs always had a line/groove going down them since May. Majority of the times I see the line/groove and other times (which is occasionally) I won't. It's just a straight line going down my BM. I've read some other posts and blogs where people experienced the same thing. And I was trying to get updates but its been a few years back.

soystud
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   Posted 10/28/2012 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
groovy - stool reading ! do you also do toirot cards ? :-)
diagnosed with pancolitis december 21, 2003
currently taking: -- Astaxanthin,vit D, ALA, DHEA, a smorgassbord of probiotics, & Wild Harvest Inflamma Shield -
No Gluten, Rice, Corn, & Dairy - limited Sugar -
No Meds - Just good, healthy food -
Lots of H2O, exercise & sleep as much as possible & enjoy this great life that God has blessed me with -

Simply_Inspired
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   Posted 10/28/2012 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   
lol. I wish I could give you a reading. Thanks for the humor. :-)

leberowski
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   Posted 2/12/2014 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   
A little late to join in here, but thought that I'd share my experience. Noticed a groove in my stool a few months back and finally went to see the doc. He tested my stool for occult blood which turned out positive, which completely freaked me out.

I had a colonoscopy this morning and the cause was determined to be a polyp. I would encourage everyone to go get these kinds of things checked out, as they are most likely something benign, but they could also be something more serious. Better safe than sorry, and the colonoscpy was a breeze (and the prep for it wasn't too bad either... at least not as bad as I was expecting).

just_man
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   Posted 2/14/2014 8:47 AM (GMT -6)   
leberowski, what other symptoms did you have? blood in the stool, etc?

jjgogo
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   Posted 3/14/2014 12:45 AM (GMT -6)   
hey gang,
this is all really helpful. thanks for sharing your experience. i am 34 and have been experiencing a groove down the side of my stool consistently for probably 5 years. my mother had colorectal cancer in her late 50's and has had several (i think 8) polyps removed from her colon over the years. after experiencing daily bleeding from my rectum and in my stool for a month and a half, i recently made my way to a GI doctor due to the eventual pain and persistence of blood. my doctor was alarmed that i hadn't yet had a screening with my family history. i have a colonoscopy scheduled in a few weeks. i have, what i've thought was a hemorrhoid, at the opening of my rectum for about 7 years. hoping that's what is causing the ridge, and a fissure tear that was causing the bleeding. but I'll have more information after the colonoscopy. if i learn anything about the ridge, I'll definitely share it. good luck to everyone.

hateuc
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   Posted 3/14/2014 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck jjgogo...let us know.
UC diagnosed in 2010 but had prob. in 2009
2 Lialda/day Rowasa nightly, periodic anucort supp, Cortifoam as needed(needed more than I would like)
VSL#3, slippery elm
Metamucil capsules
Trying Gluten free (why not!)

Scott Z
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   Posted 3/14/2014 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
someone stole my line.

groove in the stool....probably some old Detroit p-funk.

thanks, I'll be here all week.
Scott
UC since 1975...that's right, 1975!!!...do I win something???

Currently on Lialda, Canasa, Probiotics 50 million CFU,
Stress B complex vitamins, and Simponi

...I go back to BEFORE colonoscopies....here's a flashlight, 2mg of Valium and relax!

Allergic to Azulfadine, Immuran gave me pancreatitis

Formerly:
Prednisone, Uceris, Cortenema, all forms of steroids
Asacol, Rowasa, Colazol, etc.

EStrong
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Total Posts : 33
   Posted 3/14/2014 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like your ass is slowly becoming a Play-doh Fun Factory. Before long you should be able to shape Stars, Triangles and Squares. I can do a Hexagon and a Crescent Moon. yeah

Thank you, I'll be here all week. Please try the veal.
45 Year Old Male, Diagnosed with Pancolitis Sept 2009, believe my case was brought on by NSAIDS and overuse of Antibiotics among other factors. Done with Remicade as of 12/28/2012, started 8/15/2010, didn’t see any major results or remission.
Supps/Vitamins - You name it I'm taking it!
ProBs - Metagenics Ultra Spectrum, looking at others to try.
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