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Created May 30, 2012 at 6:20 PM

my poop floats and is light in color is this something to worry about?

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on May 30, 2012
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I love Jerome K Jerome - my favorite book!

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on May 30, 2012
at 06:26 PM

Yeah .

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on May 30, 2012
at 07:54 PM

A warning from Jerome K Jerome's book "Three Men in a Boat" on diagnosing your symptoms via reference books (these days, the internet):

I remember going to the British Museum one day to read up the treatment for some slight ailment of which I had a touch???hay fever, I fancy it was. I got down the book and read all I came to read, and then, in an unthinking moment, I idly turned the leaves and began to study indolently diseases in general. I forget which was the first distemper I plunged into???some fearful, devastating scourge, I know???and before I had glanced half down the list of ???premonitory symptoms,??? it was borne in upon me that I had fairly got it.

I sat for a while frozen with horror, and then, in the listlessness of despair, I again turned over the pages. I came to typhoid fever???read the symptoms???discovered that I had typhoid fever, must have had it for months without knowing it???wondered what else I had got; turned up St. Vitus??? Dance???found, as I expected, that I had that too???began to get interested in my case and determined to sift it to the bottom, and so started alphabetically???read up ague and learnt that I was sickening for it, and that the acute stage would commence in about another fortnight. Bright???s disease, I was relieved to find, I had only in a modified form, and so far as that was concerned, I might live for years. Cholera I had, with severe complications; and diphtheria I seemed to have been born with. I plodded conscientiously through the twenty-six letters, and the only malady I could conclude I had not got was housemaid???s knee.

SEE A DOCTOR IF YOU ARE CONCERNED!

Wishing you lifelong health, naturally

Ivor

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 30, 2012
at 11:47 PM

I love Jerome K Jerome - my favorite book!

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on May 30, 2012
at 07:01 PM

Dr. Google says nothing good about it. I'd likely go into the doctor just to make sure everything is functioning fine. If you've been ill with a virus lately that could cause it. My kids got Rotavirus last week and their stools turned grey for a about a week.

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on May 30, 2012
at 06:22 PM

I'm no doctor, or "excrement expert", but my poop is often light colored and buoyant. I asked my GP about it and he said "one only needs to be concerned if it's black, or worse gray".

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on May 30, 2012
at 08:24 PM

My hubby has Celiac and Chrohns. Light color is good, if its black it has blood in it and your intestines are bleeding. (This happens when your body can not tolerate or break down the food properly) Also if its pencil thin you have swelling of the intestines, (which can lead to complete blockage) and need to eat bland foods until it thickens up and the color gets lighter.

Light color = healthy

dark = problems

So you are fine.

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on May 30, 2012
at 08:05 PM

If you read the poop article on marks daily apple it actually says that floaties are the ideal poop (not in those words exactly)

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 30, 2012
at 07:05 PM

If you did not have any gluten, then I don't know. If you keep eating gluten - one of the first signs of gluten intolerance. It is called "steatorrhea". I am not a doctor though.

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on May 30, 2012
at 06:38 PM

How light is "light?" Is it just pale? Is it yellow? Light floating stool is usually fatty stool. (YUM!) Could be a lot of things. Not enough info to go on.

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