Undigested Food

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JamesP
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   Posted 1/2/2013 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
For the past few weeks, I've had undigested vegetable matter in my stools. This is accompanied by on and off nausea throughout the day (no vomiting). I have two to three bowel movements per day. My doctor has done blood work for everything under the sun and it comes back fine (except cholesterol is a little high). I've had multiple physical exams which were unremarkable. Burping and flatulence occur throughout the day, which gives short term relief. Doctor has recommended chewing food more and eating small portions more frequently throughout the day. He's recommended Pepto-Bismol for the discomfort. I'm also being treated for anxiety/obsessive compulsive disorder, which doesn't help. I get through my work day okay but it's mentally and physically draining. I'd appreciate any opinions folks might have on my situation.

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   Posted 1/2/2013 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Insoluble fiber is that which does not break down and passes relatively intact through the digestive system. From WebMD: "Insoluble fibers are considered gut-healthy fiber because they have a laxative effect and add bulk to the diet, helping prevent constipation. These fibers do not dissolve in water, so they pass through the gastrointestinal tract relatively intact, and speed up the passage of food and waste through your gut. Insoluble fibers are mainly found in whole grains and vegetables.
Sources of insoluble fiber: whole wheat, whole grains, wheat bran, corn bran, seeds, nuts, barley, couscous, brown rice, bulgur, zucchini, celery, broccoli, cabbage, onions, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, green beans, dark leafy vegetables, raisins, grapes, fruit, and root vegetable skins."

So if you are eating any of the things listed above, then yes you might see them in your stool. I have passed entire slices of mushrooms before. Your doctor's advice to chew your food better is good.
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Irfan
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   Posted 1/3/2013 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
JamesP said...
For the past few weeks, I've had undigested vegetable matter in my stools. This is accompanied by on and off nausea throughout the day (no vomiting). I have two to three bowel movements per day. My doctor has done blood work for everything under the sun and it comes back fine (except cholesterol is a little high). I've had multiple physical exams which were unremarkable. Burping and flatulence occur throughout the day, which gives short term relief. Doctor has recommended chewing food more and eating small portions more frequently throughout the day. He's recommended Pepto-Bismol for the discomfort. I'm also being treated for anxiety/obsessive compulsive disorder, which doesn't help. I get through my work day okay but it's mentally and physically draining. I'd appreciate any opinions folks might have on my situation.


Ides is right , as i have also problem of passing undigested matter in stool , but i solved it accidentally by adding more yogurt in my food .. You can also try this ...

JamesP
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   Posted 1/3/2013 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I appreciate the input. It's just strange when this kind of thing starts happening with no relief in sight, other than symptom management. A couple of years ago, I developed and still have dry mouth /throat. At that time, I stopped consuming soda, alcohol, and 90% of my coffee intake. I also quit my second job, which put me in the midst of second hand smoke. Between this and a walking regimen, I thought things would get better - not develop a digestive disorder on top of it. My doctor told me that when people get into their mid-fifties, these types of things occur and the best thing is to work on healthy habits. I've added a multi-vitamin and a B Complex daily in case I'm not absorbing nutrients due to the passing of the insoluble fiber. Is this advisable or is it overkill?

Irfan
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   Posted 1/5/2013 12:44 AM (GMT -6)   
JamesP said...
I appreciate the input. It's just strange when this kind of thing starts happening with no relief in sight, other than symptom management. A couple of years ago, I developed and still have dry mouth /throat. At that time, I stopped consuming soda, alcohol, and 90% of my coffee intake. I also quit my second job, which put me in the midst of second hand smoke. Between this and a walking regimen, I thought things would get better - not develop a digestive disorder on top of it. My doctor told me that when people get into their mid-fifties, these types of things occur and the best thing is to work on healthy habits. I've added a multi-vitamin and a B Complex daily in case I'm not absorbing nutrients due to the passing of the insoluble fiber. Is this advisable or is it overkill?


You should do a a test (hydrogen breath test) to check weather there is any kind of food intolerance or not ..

Leollipop
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   Posted 1/5/2013 2:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi James I'm sort of going through the same thing right now. I haven't been able to figure it out just yet but the symptoms I have are undigested food, feeling full all the time, indigestion, distended stomach, burping and flatulence especially when I eat although i guess you haven't mentioned a lot of these symptoms... I think it could be related to stomach acid imbalance which is what I think I have. I think it is more likely to have low stomach acid than high

Leollipop
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   Posted 1/5/2013 3:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Also I'm just wondering if pepto bismol is an antacid? I think a lot of doctors suggest that these issues can be caused by high stomach acid when it is actually caused by low stomach acid. They give out antacids which temporarily relieve the symptoms but actually cause more problems in the long run. People usually produce less stomach acid as they get older which can cause a lot of symptoms including undigested food since you aren't producing the acid to digest it!

I hope I've been of some help I don't know if this would be your problem but if it is it is actually not too difficult to treat

JamesP
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   Posted 1/5/2013 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi leollipop. I feel full as well, along with the burping, flatulence when I eat. I have a "spare tire" so I'm not sure my stomach is distended :), although my weight has been fairly constant. The pepto helps with the nausea feeling in the center of my chest, so I've been taking it, long with a half dozen Tums throughout the day. My homeopathic pharmacist recommended Digest-All, a 100% Plant Enzyme, for digestion, gas & bloating, and nutrient absorption. She takes 2 before every meal. I've started with one. I still get the "salad shooter" effect with bowel movements; however, I'm hoping to avoid nutrition malabsorption. The pepto darkens stools, which everyone says is "normal." If I don't take it for a day, this effect disappears. Hopefully things will go better for us.

burnoutfree
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   Posted 9/5/2014 1:26 AM (GMT -6)   
hello.

i have the same problem. undiges food.i ve noticed that i eat very fast. also , i have my gallbladder out. a lot of flatuence and i think malabsorbation.

there are a lot of virus and bacteria that i should check on it..

i do not take any meds...
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