Porridge stool - what does it mean?

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   Posted 11/1/2011 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I recently (2-3 months ago) got out of a nasty flare and my stools have been normal up to a month ago. At first I started bleeding again 3 or so times a week. Not much, usually on TP and rarely in the bowl.

Haven't had blood now in about 4 days which is good but for about 2-3 weeks my stools have consistently been porridge-like. What does this mean? Could it mean I need more fiber? I've been avoiding fiber as much as possible (seems it worsens my colitis but haven't been able to confirm - don't want to!!)

Oddly it started one day out of the blue. One morning I've had normal stool, the next I filled almost the entire bowl with porridge! And it's been like that since

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   Posted 11/1/2011 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I think it means that your colon is a bit inflamed and therefore isn't pulling enough water out of your poop, making it wetter than "normal" and therefore, porridge-like. The little bit of blood also indicates you're in a bit of a flare.

What meds are you on?
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   Posted 11/1/2011 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Will eating fiber help?

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   Posted 11/1/2011 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Fiber may help a bit but it won't address the issue of inflammation. What are you taking for your UC?
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   Posted 11/1/2011 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Is it coming out diahreah like? as in fast and explossive? if so then sounds like inflamation. But imo if it's just coming out normally but just porridge like as you say it may not be as bad as you think. I get this occasionally especially when constipated and after I relieve it all and it's not really inflamation. I wouldn't worry to much at the moment. Only real way to tell is to get your inflamation markers checked via blood count!

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   Posted 11/1/2011 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I call that soft serve lol That is all I ever get (but I have other gut issues). Loose stool can also mean that your body just doesn't like what you ate, especially if you having intermittent bouts of solid stool. But it can also mean that you are starting to flare again. If you want to try fiber supplements, you can take it slow. Start with one pill/capsule and see if you can tolerate it. If not, than you know your colon is too tender to handle it.

Tank, blood counts aren't 100% accurate. Not everyone has inflammation markers in their blood when they flare. I can be the flare from hades but yet my blood work always come back perfect.
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   Posted 11/18/2011 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey guys ever since I did my fecal transplant a couple weeks ago I've been having no blood at all, no urgency and just 1 BM a day like normal and passes really easy but I'm still getting this porridge consistency and it kinda has me worried.. What can it be??

I've never had this problem before. In past flares it went from normal stool to bloody to diarreah (maybe very short period of porridge) and then back to normal stool. But I've been having this porridge stool for a long time now with no UC symptoms at all

I can't really take any tests or anything, I don't have insurance =/ I think it may be a stomach bug maybe? Because like I said in the OP it just came out of nowhere one day and been like that since
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