what do sandy/powdery stools mean

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   Posted 4/22/2011 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm in a flare and was having just loose, semi-formed stools, but now when I go the stools are sandy/powdery or look like silt. It's not watery, but there is no form to it whatsoever. I'm going a lot but not very much comes out, is this all just form inflammation? And what causes these types of stools? I have Crohn's colitis, and perianal Crohn's so I'm wondering if that has anything to do with it.

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   Posted 4/22/2011 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had this forever--sometimes sandy/powdery looking, sometimes feathery looking, often surrounded by green water (i.e., bile). But all of my tests show no narrowing anywhere in my system. So I have no idea what it means or exactly what causes it, except that waste is flying through my system insanely fast, because of "short gut syndrome."

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   Posted 4/23/2011 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I've had that type for along time, can cause malabsorbtion and dehydration, thats what I call post op comp's. I have borderline short bowel syndrome, 9ft of small bowel, mechanically removed. now ssdi, because of those issues.


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   Posted 4/23/2011 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Yep , the bowl of oatmeal look is about as good as it gets for me. Just means that the last part of the colon is not getting all the liquid out and thats common with crohns because that is where we are usually inflamed . I can live with that as long as the pain is minimal and its not just liquid .
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   Posted 4/23/2011 7:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't think its anything to worry about. You just have lots of diarrhea and like Sniper said that your colon isnt able to get rid of all the water. Hugs!
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