When does narrow stool become a cause for concern? This is a relatively new symptom for me (BMs have been getting narrower over the past few weeks) and I'm starting to wonder. For the last 5 months or so, I had loose BMs (like soft serve), mucous and blood about 3-5x a day. Lately, however, I have loose BMs that are very narrow (between pencil thin and 1 cm diameter) and sometimes have long ridges on them, with mucous and blood and cramping about 10-12x a day. Sometimes, nothing come out but mucous and blood, but I still have serious urgency every time (thank god there's a single stall bathroom down the hall from my desk). Today, I've gone 7 times between waking at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. I don't have much D to speak of, but it comes occasionally and is more like oatmeal than watery (gross, I know). And it seems like I have to go every time I eat something, even if its just Ensure.
I put in a call to my GI doc and am waiting for his call back. I have an appointment in about a week, but I'm just concerned since this has been getting progressively worse. What do you think? Do I just wait it out, or is there something I can/should do in the meantime? I'm sticking to Ensure, Gatorade, and Saltines today... Is this just a regular old flare? I'm still pretty new to this, and my symptoms before being diagnosed were so bad/different (crazy bloody D every half hour, etc.) that I just recently came to terms with the fact that I'm probably still technically flaring.
Diagnosed with left-sided UC June 2007
Asacol 400 mg 9/day
Zoloft 75 mg
Iron, Multivitamin, & Probiotic Yogurt (when I remember)