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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 6/6/2009 3:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I am a 53 year old diabetic, on oral antihyperglycemics. I have no known bowel disorder, and for about the last nine months, my stool has been thin and narrow, and loose, quite often. It is also goldish in color. I have no pain or frank bleeding, and I had a cholycystectomy 12 years ago. Any ideas?

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 6/6/2009 6:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Im not quite sure but I would get checked for IBD. When I first had symptoms I had a very thin stool. Like a pensil coming from my bum. It was painful though. Then after a while I did get bleeding.

My dad had his gallbladder removed but he has never said that he had any thing like you are having. i would go to doc and get them to have a look.
Female 32 years old
Diganosed ulcerative colitis November 2007
Present medication- 1X 500mg pentasa in the morrning= 250g pentasa and 1 X250g Asacol every other evening
Diet- Tried raw food diet with 80% raw foods, found some pro's and cons. Started to add more products to keep up weight as mine did not balance. Still eating raw spinage and still am combination eating. No dairy No gluten.  
Other medical problems- Born with asthma- no medication taken for this.
dyslexia- found out that many people with learning difficulties also have food sensitivity

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Date Joined May 2003
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   Posted 6/6/2009 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi..welcome to the forum!

I would think the best advice is for you to be referred to a GI specialist.

Pencil stools would be caused by "some" restriction in the rectum/anus or from them not having enough bulk. If they're more solid, they will have had time in the colon to form, meaning that they're not necessarily being hurried too quickly.

There are various reasons for restriction in the rectum/anus......some of which could be hemmorhoids, polyps, tumours, IBS, inflammation, tight sphincter, ......

The colour of the stool can be determined by food intake and how much bile is in the stool....the fact that you had your gallbladder removed might be part of that reason.

Are you seeing a GI already because of your gallbladder removal?

*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
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