Is This A Digestion Issue?
September 21, 2009 6:12 AM Subscribe
I have poop problems. If you can stand talk of poop, please tell me if I should be worried.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (34 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Hey there. I'm 25, female. Here are some of the things that have been worrying me.
1. Most of my life, I've had a bowel movement, maybe, once every other day. It was fairly common for me to feel constipated, but nothing really noteworthy. Now, it's up to five times a day (but usually more like two or three times). I'm going so much, my butt regularly bleeds from all the wiping (but only a little bit). I noticed the increase in my going about 3-4 months ago. (It's not diarrhea, but it's sometimes pretty close to it. Oh, and I get diarrhea every once in a while too. Maybe once or twice a month.)
2. Know how you can't digest corn, so it just comes out the same way it went in? I'm getting that a lot...but with foods other than corn. Pretty much vegetables, from what I can tell. For instance, (and I'm so sorry for how disgusting this is) I ate coleslaw with dinner and the next morning there were recognizable pieces of cabbage. Same with spinach, tomatoes, and other bits I couldn't recognize. The pieces are disturbingly big. This happens regularly, nearly daily. It never, ever happened to me before this period in my life.
3. The color keeps changing. Sometimes it's brown, but it also now is sometimes greenish, or reddish, or orangeish, or reallyreally dark brown. Maybe it has to do with what I ate previously, but I can't really tell.
There have not been any changes in my regular diet.
Those are the main three things that have been worrying me. It's hard enough for me to ask anonymously on the internet about this, so you can imagine how much I don't want to have to talk to a doctor about it. Is this something I really should talk to a doctor about, or is this just how poop is sometimes?
Beyond these issues, I've been feeling okay (pretty much). No weight changes, no stomach pains, nothing like that. The only thing I have to complain about is I've been growing more and more tired all the time, and my doctor doesn't have an explanation for that. Could it be related? (because yes I saw a doctor because I've been feeling so tired, and no I didn't bring this up. Yeah, I know that's kind of stupid.)
Thanks for any advice.