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hearty
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   Posted 3/25/2006 5:49 PM (GMT -6)   
O.K.  This may be a little odd but I hope someone here can help me. I have battled this junk for a couple of years and am currently off the $5.00 a day Nexium pill and taking lots of zantac!  I am in mild pain same as I was on the Nexium.  I am also taking probiotics and fiber several times a day since I believe my problem was caused by excessive antibiotic use which altered my intestinal flora.  I have been noticing white stringy things attached to my bowel movements. I know fiber is supposed to adhere to the sides and help remove toxins during a bowel movement.  Does anyone have a clue white this white strings are?
 
Sorry if that was gross to anyone.

Monkeybean
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   Posted 3/25/2006 11:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Is it mucus?
25 yr.-old woman.  Crohn's, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and GERD. 
 
Currently taking:  Pentasa, 6MP, Nexium, Zantac, Lexapro.
 
This is all so glamorous.


hearty
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   Posted 3/26/2006 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think so but maybe. It is more like spaghetti. Sort of like a thick white string. I have seen several. I have seen mucus a time or two. What does mucus mean if anything?

I just know the heartburn and chest discomfort is related to my digesting food. I am taking the fiber even though I am very regular. I guess fiber can't hurt you, right?

Just want to be normal again.

Decided to try being normal 4 days ago and drank 1/2 a can of root beer....been paying for it since. Nope....it wasn't THAT good!!!! Gotta laugh:)

CathyA
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   Posted 3/26/2006 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Worms??
I say that half jokingly......half serious. I swear, when I was having so much acitvity and noise and discomfort, etc., I swore I was going to eventually see lots of moving things in my stools! Fortunately, never did.

hearty
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   Posted 3/26/2006 9:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, whatever this is does NOT move!! I actually called the health food store and told them about being on the probiotics and fiber pills and the lady said she had heard of this before and it was just toxins being removed from my body. I did actually mention the worms to her. I know she is not a doctor and thought I would ask on here in case anyone else had experienced it.

aeis2000
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   Posted 3/27/2006 1:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Just finished lunch when i started to read this thread...lol

Anyway, could your doctor / lab do a stool analysis?

Stool analysis is done to:

* Help diagnose diseases of the digestive tract, liver, and pancreas. Certain enzymes (such as trypsin or elastase) may be evaluated in the stool to help determine how well the pancreas is functioning.
* Help determine the cause of symptoms affecting the digestive tract, including prolonged diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, an increased amount of gas, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, bloating, abdominal pain and cramping, and fever.
* Screen for colorectal cancer by checking for hidden (occult) blood.
* Detect the presence of parasites, such as pinworms or Giardia lamblia.
* Detect and identify certain types of bacteria that can cause disease. This test is called a stool culture and can also be used to detect an infection caused by a fungus or virus.
* Detect poor absorption of nutrients by the digestive tract (malabsorption syndrome).

Monkeybean
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   Posted 3/27/2006 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hearty, I think you ought to ask your doctor about this. The woman at the health food store may not be more qualified to answer the question than the mailman.
25 yr.-old woman.  Crohn's, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and GERD. 
 
Currently taking:  Pentasa, 6MP, Nexium, Zantac, Lexapro.
 
This is all so glamorous.


hearty
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   Posted 3/27/2006 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Should a stool analysis be done to help diagnose gerd? I know this is all connected. Yeah....I know the health food store lady is just a sales clerk but when you are desperate....you know how that is!! Thanks for your replies.

By the way, I don't have these string things all the times...at least not where I can see them.

CathyA
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   Posted 3/27/2006 7:39 PM (GMT -6)   
No, a stool specimen won't help to diagnose GERD.  I'm thinking you just have some mucous strands.

hearty
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   Posted 3/27/2006 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Why is mucous significant? What conclusions would the doctor draw from learning I had mucous in my stool?

CathyA
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   Posted 3/28/2006 6:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm not sure I'd get upset about mucous in my stool. I'm thinking it's just the intestinal tract's way of handling lots of things. Maybe you eat something that irritates it and it puts out more mucous.
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