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What is my non-Bristol stool telling me (metaphorically, of course)?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 03, 2012 at 6:34 PM

I have posted previously about my IBS symptoms, i.e. http://paleohacks.com/questions/145157/really-stuck-on-how-to-hack-this-one-particular-ibs-symptom#axzz25QtLIlEj. It takes me a lot of effort to go, and I get a lot of cramping afterwards.

I'm wondering if my stool might be indicative of something I'm missing in my diet. It doesn't fit on the Bristol scale - the beginning of the poop is solid and hard, and the tail is soft, messy and doesn't finish neatly. So it starts as a 2 and ends as a 4 or 5. My stools look like tadpoles. What might this be telling me?

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on September 04, 2012
at 02:48 PM

The thing is, I don't eat all that much insoluble fiber. I eat some fruit at breakfast, a small salad at lunch, and dinner's just rice and meat. Here's my daily diet (minus the romaine lettuce at night). http://paleohacks.com/questions/126274/hows-my-diet-looking-these-days#axzz25VplxC6g So is it that I need more soluble (starch) to offset the insoluble?

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on September 04, 2012
at 01:53 AM

That's interesting. Yes, I'm an IBS-A. I generally have to go after lunch, which is a high-fiber and higher-fat meal (salad with olive oil, avocado, bacon etc). Maybe I need to spread it out better.

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on September 03, 2012
at 09:55 PM

IBS Mixed type. are you consistent in your fat and fiber intake throughout the day? If not, you could be hitting your body all at once, hence your need to go, go, go (the loose tail, watery end).

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on September 03, 2012
at 07:36 PM

Yes, I guess. I go once a day after some squatting. But if it begins with constipation and ends with loose stool and cramping, what do you call it....

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on September 03, 2012
at 07:19 PM

Too much plant fiber (cellulose) or incomplete digestion would be my best guess. Mine is often similar to yours (yay, poop sisters!).

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on September 04, 2012
at 02:48 PM

The thing is, I don't eat all that much insoluble fiber. I eat some fruit at breakfast, a small salad at lunch, and dinner's just rice and meat. Here's my daily diet (minus the romaine lettuce at night). http://paleohacks.com/questions/126274/hows-my-diet-looking-these-days#axzz25VplxC6g So is it that I need more soluble (starch) to offset the insoluble?

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on September 03, 2012
at 07:33 PM

Are you also constipated?

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on September 03, 2012
at 07:36 PM

Yes, I guess. I go once a day after some squatting. But if it begins with constipation and ends with loose stool and cramping, what do you call it....

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on September 04, 2012
at 01:53 AM

That's interesting. Yes, I'm an IBS-A. I generally have to go after lunch, which is a high-fiber and higher-fat meal (salad with olive oil, avocado, bacon etc). Maybe I need to spread it out better.

F0a9dea438e7943fa05da318773e785e

on September 03, 2012
at 09:55 PM

IBS Mixed type. are you consistent in your fat and fiber intake throughout the day? If not, you could be hitting your body all at once, hence your need to go, go, go (the loose tail, watery end).

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