Green Stool for a few days (I didn't eat spinach)

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   Posted 4/12/2011 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi guys,

Since yesterday morning I've had green stools, but I haven't eaten anything greenish like asparagus or spinach that usually turn stools green. I though It would have been just a one time thing, but all of my stools yesterday were green. Again this morning it was green and looser (still formed, but when I flushed it got cloudy). Yesterday I was very gassy and today I've had some gut pain, but nothing bad, I've just been once to the bathroom today.

What may this be? any ideas? should I worry or something?

Oh, I should also say that I switched from Lialda to Pentasa 2 weeks ago. I initially thought that may be a cause, but the change was sudden and like a week and a half after I switched. Anyway, any help would be appreciated!
Male, 25, from Chile, studying in the US
Diagnosed with Mild Ulcerative Proctitis, 10 cm, diagnosed on July 2010
Minor bleeding began in March 2010, Big flare began in July 2010 right after being diagnosed

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Hydrocortisone suppositories, 1 before bedtime

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   Posted 4/12/2011 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
When feces move too fast through the digestive tract, bile does not have enough time to finish its process and remains green.

This is usually attributed to a virus that will pass in a couple of days. Given that you're an IBD patient, if the pain continues I'd suggest calling your DR.
48 yrs old, IBD diagnosis in spring '01. Proctitis, gastritis, ileitis.
Currently taking Pentasa (3g/day), Sulfazine (1.5 g/day), Prevacid, folic acid, vit. D (2K iu), flax seed oil (2 tsp/day), mesalamine enema as needed.

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   Posted 4/12/2011 12:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Do you take iron pills? Those can make your stools greenish or even dark brown, almost black looking.
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   Posted 4/12/2011 12:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Fresh blueberries turned my stool an army green once (when I had a temporary colostomy).
- Rectal CA 4/29/99, Stage I, 90% sigmoid/15" of colon/GB removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 6-26-99
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
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