Pale, Clay, Gray Stool or White Bowel Movement and Diarrhea

Normal bowel movement color can be any shade of brown, ranging from tan and yellowish-brown to darker shades of brown. There can be temporary changes in the stool color after consuming certain foods with strong pigments but it may only last for a day or two at most. When there is an abnormality in the stool color, especially if it persists or is accompanied by other symptoms like diarrhea or abdominal pain, then it needs to be investigated further.

In order to understand why stool may appear pale to gray or even white in color, it is important to first understand why stool has a characteristic brown color. This is mainly due to a substance known as bilirubin. It is a substances that is constantly produced in the liver as a result of the breakdown of red blood cells. It is an ongoing cycle as red blood cells are constantly being removed from circulation and replaced by new red blood cells.

This bilirubin is then passed out of the liver with bile. It is stored in the gallbladder and eventually released into the gut at the point of the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine). The bilirubin is converted into a substance known as stercobilin within the gut by the normal intestinal flora (“good bowel bacteria”). It is this stercobilin that is responsible for the brown color of stool.

Causes of White Bowel Movement

When less than normal or no bile is excreted from the liver into the bowel (cholestasis), excreted stool will be pale, clay, gray, or white. Someone can describe it as a light color, but this is not bright yellow bowel movement, and also not mucus in the bowel movement that is jelly-like and translucent. Main causes of white bowel movement are:

  • Obstruction of the biliary duct (due to gallstones, inflammation, fibrosis, cancer, pressure from outside (pancreatic cancer or cyst, abdominal tumor like fibroma) may cause cramping pains in the right upper abdomen.
  • Obstruction of the outflow of the bile from the liver due to a liver disease (viral hepatitis, fatty liver, alcohol liver disease, cirrhosis, hemochromatosis or, rarely, tuberculosis, spread of cancer into the liver (liver metastases) may cause fullness or pain in the upper right abdomen, jaundice, nausea, or vomiting.

It is important to note that when bile outflow is hampered (cholestasis) then the bilirubin builds up in the bloodstream. The bilirubin is then deposited in various tissues and is most noticeable in the skin, whites or the eyes and inner lining of the mouth, all of which are stained a yellow color. This is known as jaundice and this type of jaundice is known as cholestatic or obstructive jaundice.

Read more on obstructive jaundice.

Another common symptoms that also arises with the pale to white stools in these cases is dark urine. It arises due to the excess bilirubin in the bloodstream, which cannot be passed out with bile. Similar to the bilirubin that is converted to stercobilin in the bowels, bilirubin is converted to urobilin in the kidneys. This urobilin in large quantities can cause the urine to become darker in color.

White Diarrhea

Above reasons (obstruction of the bile flow), or lack of pancreatic enzyme lipase that digests fats prevents fat absorption in the small intestine. Unabsorbed fats will reach the colon and irritate it, causing diarrhea. Loose, white, sticky, greasy, foamy, floating, smelly stool appearing several hours after a fatty meal is called steatorrhea. Main causes of white diarrhea are:

  • Acute or chronic pancreatitis (low appetite, pain in the middle or left upper abdomen, nausea)
  • Pancreatic cancer (low appetite, weight loss).
  • Liver or biliary duct disease
  • Infections of the bowel such as cholera which causes a characteristic white ‘rice water’ stool.
  • Severe inflammation of small intestine (Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, tuberculosis, severe food poisoning).
  • Candida overgrowth in the large intestine (in persons with lowered immunity, like in AIDS or after a chemotherapy).

Other Causes of White Stool

White stool may appear after:

  • Barium enema, a diagnostic procedure where a fluid is used to make the bowel more visible on x-ray.
  • Antacids, especially overuse of antacids containing calcium.
  • Supplementation with excessively high doses, particularly of calcium.

White Specks in the Stool

White specs in the stool may represent:

  • Undigested food, like rice or seeds.
  • Unabsorbed drugs or supplements.
  • Parasite eggs in very large quantities (uncommon).
  • Clumps of fungi (Candida albicans) when extreme overgrowth occurs in disease like AIDS, or in immunosuppression from chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

Diagnosis

Stool analysis involves collecting a stool sample and sending it to a laboratory for further testing. One of the important findings that needs to be noted is the presence of fats in the stool. Since there is little to no bile to emulsify the fats to allow the digestive enzymes to break it down further, the undigested fat will be found in the stool. This may also cause steatorrhea where the stool is greasy.

Blood tests:

  • White blood cells are elevated in pancreatitis, bowel inflammation
  • Pancreatic enzymes (lipase) in the blood may be elevated in pancreatic disease
  • Liver enzymes in the blood may be elevated  in liver, biliary duct disease
  • Bilirubin levels in the blood may be elevated since this bilirubin is not being passed out with bile.

Ultrasound of the abdomen may reveal gallstones in gallbladder, or rarely in biliary duct, swollen pancreas (in pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer or cyst), or abdominal tumor.

Treatment

Pale to white bowel movement is only a symptom of an underlying condition. Treatment has to be directed at the causative condition in order for the stool color to return to normal. The choice of treatment is therefore dependent on the final diagnosis. This may involve a combination of medication, surgery and dietary changes such as a low fat diet. Always consult with a medical professional about the treatment and management of pale bowel movement or white diarrhea.

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  • Joni

    Hi Jan. what are the possible causes of very pale yellow BM in a 2 year old girl. this is the third day, no foods which can be linked to the color. stool is soft, but not loose, and there is a little mucus as well.

    • Jan Modric

      Joni,

      if the stool has the color, so it is bright yellow, this means her bowel is stimulated from some reason, so the bile, which is originally green and is normally converted to brown color by normal bowel bacteria, did not have time to be changed to brown, but only to yellow. Now, I don’t know what has stimulated her bowel: food poisoning, parasites, allergy, maybe she just does not tolerate certain food well…It could be a mild respiratory or GI infection…If the color doesn’t go back to normal in a couple of days, she will probably need some stool tests.

  • ABrown5

    Hi, I had diarrhea for almost 4 days, & then when it finally cleared up i had a solid stool that was like a tannish color, just wondering if that was because of the lack of food i was eating when i was having diarrhea, or maybe the toast & bananas that i was eating or if it’s something entirely different.

    • Jan Modric

      To Abrown5.

      Any idea what has triggered diarrhea? When the stool moves through the intestine fast, intestinal bacteria do not have enough time to change the bile in the stool from originally green (and then yellow) to normal brown color, so the excreted stool is of “light” color. “Tannish” color, unsless it was actually grey (colorless), sounds like “expected”. In case it was food poisoning, stools should get their usual color in the next days.

  • ABrown5

    well, we think it was food poisoning because it came on suddenly right after i had eaten something from a restaurant, but i had no vomiting while i was sick which turned us away from the food poisoning aspect of it.
    thank you so much for your help.

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  • cveevers

    My 18 month old grandson has had the flu and now has white diarrhea. Should we be worried and take him to the hospital.

    • janmodric

      cveevers,

      is it white color, like milk, or translucent, like mucus?

  • dB

    Hi,
    I’m a 27 year old generally healthy female. I had symptoms of inflamated stomach and small intestine last week, it lasted 4-5 days and still feel my digestion is not completely back to normal although the pains have stopped. I had pressure and pain in various parts of my belly, a lot in my stomach, and it felt more like ulcers than regular stomach flu. I had diarrhea one morning and a little bit of fever as well. They gave me omeperazole at the hospital and said the cause is either virus or because of sour food/alcohol.

    Now my belly pain is gone, but I have a strange lower back pain (not too painful but uncomfortable). And my stool has been white/clay like since yesterday.

    Please help me I have no idea what’s going on, and I’m all the way in switzerland, it’s not easy to keep going to the hospital/doctor! How serious is this, I’m not in pain or anything, but am worried…

    • Jan Modric

      dB,

      with white/clay you probably mean no-color rather than bright white color, right? When the stool has no color, it means there is no bile in it. The common cause is an obstruction of the bile duct through which the bile flows from the gallbladder or liver to the small intestine. The bile duct can be obstructed by a gallstone, inflammation or tumor. I strongly recommend you to visit a gastroenterologist. Maybe you can try to go through an ER. An ultrasound of abdomen is usually the first investigation.

  • Jessica

    I usually have lower abdomen pain. I have had thread looking things in my stool for a couple months now. Today I had eggshell white peices in my bowel. Any clue what this is?

    • Jan Modric

      Jessica,

      intestinal worms are possible. A gastroenterologist can order a stool test for ova and parasites.

  • s4u

    My 21 month old had a pale pale yellow or cream colors stool 3 days ago, that night he threw up once, the next day he had diarrhea once the same color, and now yesterday and today it is mushy and still the pale yellow color. I have also noticed undigested food in it- carrots, peas, lentils. Should I be concerned or is this some kind of stomach bug? He is eating a bit less than usual but has no fever and is acting normally.

    • Jan Modric

      s4u,

      stool lacking color, so not only yellow, but clay colored, is from reduced amount of bile in the stool and this does not likely occur during an usual bowel infection – in this case the stool would be bright yellow or green.

  • RHE

    Hello: My 3 years kid got isck. she had vomitting, then high temperature, then diarrhea. she also had stomach pain for almost 4 days along with fatigue and lack of food and drink. after almost 5 days she went through consipation where there were no stool at all.in the 6th day, she started feeling ok and passed stool. THE STOOL WAS WHITE. Now she has no pain any more and started eating and drinking just fine, but the only problem she still had for the 2 nd day is the WHITE STOOL. Could you please help us with her case. NOTE: HERE OLDER SISTER AND YOUNGER BROTHER BOTH GOT SICK TOO at the same time and recovered at the same speed BUT without the whitel stool. Thank you for your help

    • Jan Modric

      RHE,

      a bright white stool is from unabsorbed fats and a pale (clay, greyish) stool is from lack of bile in the stool. After a stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) or food poisoning (usually bacterial), the small intestine may need some days to fully recover and to be able to absorb fats. If your daughter’s stool won’t get some color in few days, take her to the doctor. Blocked bile duct, a disorder of liver, or pancreas would be possible.

  • trixnblu

    im just wondering if a one year old had alcohol poisoning if it would cause white bowel movements. my friends child came back from a weekand at her dad withs this and the doc said it was alcoholic stool. so does that mean she got alcohol while she was there? im so worried about her- never heard of anything like this before

    • Jan Modric

      trixnblu,

      “alcoholic stool” is white stool in chronic alcoholics due to increased fat content in the stool because of liver impairment.

      White stool (increased fat content) can be due to small intestinal, liver, bile duct or pancreas disorder, which are not likely caused by alcohol in an one year old. White stool is not normal; a doctor can order a stool test and other tests to find the cause.

  • Hema

    Hi,
    Just have a question as well,
    My daughter is 19 months & has had growth issues since 7 months of age, we’ve done aparrantly every blood test under the sun & everything is fine.. it probably has nothing to do with my question but thought I’d add it just incase, a little history doesn’t hurt anyways..
    Okay my daughter started getting very sick last Monday, she vomited many times through the day & then had diarreah, she hasn’t been able to keep anything down as it goes right through her somehow after just 2 minutes of consuming even a tiniest amount of anything, she is still sick with the diarreah, I’ve been keeping her hydrated with Hydralytes & her diarreah has all been Very mucousy & green & yellow like bird poo actually! But heaps of it!! It was starting to thicken up 2 days ago but then thined down a bit again, this morning bowel movement is what has my partner & I stumbled.. She didn’t actually have much in her nappy but what she did have was green (which I’m thinking could be a good thing) But huge amounts of mucous as if I’d lost my mucous plug like & also a big ‘grey’ bit with it all :S
    What does that mean??? Never before have I seen anything like it :S
    I saw her Paed during the week who seemed to be very sure she has Rotavirus, we have put a stool sample in and are waiting on results.
    My son has had Gardia before which was the worst gastro like illness we’ve had in our family till now! This has been horrible, been almost a week of it but the grey matter is odd!
    Thanks in advance for your help. xo

    • Jan Modric

      Hema,

      grey (colorless) stool means there is no bile in it, and this happens when a bile duct is blocked with something, like a gallstone (obviously only temporary, otherwise the stool would be grey all the time). When bile does not reach the intestine, fats cannot be absorbed and irritate the bowel and trigger diarrhea. Green stool with mucus actually can occur in giardia or salmonella infection, for example.

      If rotavirus test will be negative, you can discuss with pediatrician about stool tests for parasites, bacteria and fats.

      Growing issues and mucus in the stool also occur in cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder in which glands in the bowel and lungs excrete large amounts of mucus. A simple sweat test exist.

  • Synergy Girl

    I have a 2 year old who is in his 2nd day of diarrhea. He is overly fussy, has fevers off and on, and his diarrhea is very very pale tanish/yellow and cream color. I called the peds, and they don’t seem to think he needs to be seen, but I am just not so sure…do I take him in??

    • Jan Modric

      Synergy Girl,

      diarrhea with fever in small children is often caused by a rotavirus (or other virus) infection, which usually goes away within 5 days or so. It is important you give enough fluid (Pedialyte or other rehydration solution) to the child. The stool is yellow because of its quick passage through the bowel, and creamy (sticky, smelly, foamy?) because of unabsorbed fats. Until diarrhea is gone, limit amount of fats in child’s diet. If no improvements in five days, or if the child becomes abnormally calm or irritated, then take it to the pediatrician.

  • mrs m

    I’ve just recently been poorly with a tummy bug. felt sick for 2 days and stomach pains, feeling very weak and looked pale. I’ve not eaten anything for 2 days, just drank lots of water.
    Today I have loose stools and they’re kind of grey in colour – should I be worried or will they go back to normal in a couple of days?

    • Jan Modric

      mrs m,

      grey (no brown, yellow or green color) stool means there is no bile in it. If your next bm will be grey again, I recommend you to go to the doctor as soon as possible, since grey stool can be from a bile duct obstruction. Grey stool is not an usual occurence in bowel infection (still it could occur in certain fungal infections), but is rather a symptom of obstruction of the bile duct by a gallstone.

  • shannon.p

    my 3 year old daughter has been complaining of pains in her tummy, around her belly button. Last week she had a bout of gastro that spread throughout the family.
    In the past couple of days she has had diarrhea,the colour and texture resembling pouring cream. She has also had firm poos which are white/very pale in colour but a rust colour is emitted in the toilet water surrounding it.
    She is otherwise happy and active but frequently complaining of sore tummy and has had infrequent vomiting. She is off food a little.
    I worry as 4 months ago she swallowed a coin cell lithium battery which was stuck in her stomach for 17 days before passing naturally.
    Should we worry about this?

    • Jan Modric

      shannon.p,

      if symtoms go away completely in few days, they were probably caused by an infection. If symptoms persist, you should take her to the doctor. Bright white mass in the stool is usually unabsorbed fat – this could be simply from increased peristalsis. If by “pale” stool you mean grey stool, this is from lack of bile in the stool, due to blockage of the bile flow between the liver and small intestine, and this should be checked by a doctor (among other intestinal parasites are possible).

      Her stool should normally become brown without any white patches or suspicious rusty (blood?) color. In this case, and without other symptoms, the battery probably did not make any harm. But if symptoms persist, it is theoretically possible that a battery has caused an inflammation of the bile duct, resulting in blockage of the bile flow and fat malabsorption (bright white stool).

  • Sheree

    I have had Diareah, and Stetorreah alternating with constipation. 9 times out of 10 it is light colored sometimes frothy, sometimes white. It has been going on. for at least 4 days a week for over a year. About 5 months ago it started getting worse. Nausea, Vitamin D defiency, Heart palpatations,bone pain(even though vitamin D is up to 29) Pain in right side, muscle cramps, weight loss, fatigue. The doctor finaly sent me to Gastroentrologist. Waiting for stool fat test. I have had all the tests. EGD, Colonoscopy, Stool parasite and infection test, all with normal results. I had my gallbladder out when I was 24. I am now 44. could this be the reason I am having problems?

    • Jan Modric

      Sheree,

      if the stool test shows increased fat content, than you have a fat malabsorption. Low vitamin D also speaks for fat malabsorption, since vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin and can be absorbed only if fats are absorbed. Causes of fat malabsorption include:
      – small intestinal disorder, like celiac disease or Crohn’s disease
      – obstruction of the bile duct (due to a trapped gallstone, inflammation…). Cramping pain below the right rib cage is a typical symptom.
      – pancreatic disease resulting in insufficient delivery of a fat-breaking enzyme lipase into the intestine
      – liver disease (hepatitis, cirhosis..) resulting in insuficient delivery of bile (which is needed for absorption of fats) into the intestine

      Some of your symptoms could at least partly arise from deficiency of certain vitamins (besides vitamin D, also vit A and E) and minerals, like potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium (lost with stool due to diarrhea). So, you can ask the doctor about blood tests for mentioned vitamins and minerals, and for a “liver panel” tests. You could be also dehydrated – in diarrhea sufficient water intake is important.

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  • Jeanne

    I had gastic bypass surgery one year ago. In the last 2 months I have had pain(like someone punched me) in the upper right quad of my abdomen. I am not able to eat much food and have had very light stools. I have had a cat scan of the abdomen, and ultra sound of the gall bladder and a hyda can for the gallbladder. The doctor cannot find anything, Help please

    • Jan Modric

      Jeanne,

      are stools loose and what color the are?

  • Jacob

    My last three or four bowel movements have been characterized by a very loose, light-colored stool. Specifically, the color resembles that of cooked oatmeal. I seem to be having smaller, more frequent bowel movements – which is common for me when my stool is loose or watery – but I have no other symptoms whatsoever.
    I am hoping that this is the result of my recent eating habits: my diet within the last 2-3 days has consisted in only white bread (plain), cream of mushroom soup, noodles, and white clam chowder soup. (My eating habits of late have been admittedly poor, as I am currently studying around the clock for an exam and I often have a reduced appetite during such periods.) Clearly one factor common to all of these foods is a rich, white color.
    Do you believe food is the culprit, or should I be worried about something more serious?

    • Jan Modric

      Jacob,

      maybe try to find something other than that mushroom soup and clam chowder soup. Stool color may very well be from these soups. Pre-prepared soups eaten on a daily basis may be problematic in general.

  • shannon

    HI,
    I recently went to Mexico and started getting these horrible intollerable pains in my lower stomache, and finally went to a doctor who said I had a infection in my intestine and gave me some pain killers and a cleanser to kill the infection. This caused me to be constipated for the 5 days I was on the medication. Now that I’m home i’m noticing that my bowel movements are unusual and it hurts to go. They are solid with little to no colour, and come out in small hard clay like droppings. Should I go back to the doctors again, or is this just the aftermath of an infection. .. note, the pain is worse after eatting greasier foods, which i have tried to stay away from.

    • Jan Modric

      shannon,

      clay colored stools and pain worse after greasy foods speak for a gallbladder/bile duct stones that prevent bile flow into your intestine. I recommend you to visit a gastroenterologist.

  • sheela24

    My son had a Esonophili 1/1/2 months ago in the morning he had severe pain in stomach and white sticky stool has come Please explain is this a matter of emergency or it is normal

    • Jan Modric

      sheela24,

      white sticky stool may be from excessive fat excretion due to fat malabsorption that can be caused by an intestinal, bile duct, liver or pancreatic disease. I recommend you to take him to a doctor, who can order appropriate stool and other tests.

  • fnordoom

    Hi

    I had a tooth pulled 2 days ago. I have been constricted basically to mashed potatoes and soup, which i cant really chew, for 2 days. Ive barely been eating and due to pain in my mouth ive been accumulating and then swallowing alot of saliva (also a decent amount of blood from the wound) Last night i noticed my stool was almost solid white with some brown specs. today its completely white. Are the 2 related? I have had some slight discomfort in the abdomen area but it feels more stress related as well as having to due with barely eating for almost 3 days now.

    • Jan Modric

      fnordoom, not sure what exactly do you mean by saying stool was “white”. Bright white or translucent, like mucus? Some commercial soups may cause the stool whitish…The stool that would be white due to unabsorbed fats would be likely accompanied by diarrhea and obvious abdominal discomfort. I believe you could eat some soft grains, like cornmeal, and stool color would change.

  • tracey

    have had a few symptoms the past 2 months,. started (I believe) with a constipation problem. Went a bit crazy with laxatives, Exlax,suppositoires, powder drink and lastly a enama.. which didn’t produce anything. time went by, then I started to go everyday to the washroom. Be days of normal color, then clay color.. just recently I believe yellowish color stool. Pebbles, logs.. all different. Weird feeling behind left rib cage.. and an irritation feeling (light fire feeling) behind both rib cages, . Not sure what is behind that area of the body, small intestines? some back pain, but maybe that is stress realted.. No pain really anywhere else, just some pressure and weird feeling in left side.. No blood, no headaches, but I do feel hungry all the time, never really feel full lately. Without scaring me.ha.. what could this be? Will be doing the tests soon. thanks . I am a 44 year female

    • Jan Modric

      tracey,

      Clay (grey, colorless) stool speaks for a liver disorder or bile duct obstruction, which can both obstruct bile flow into the intestine (stool without bile is clay colored). Pain below the rib cage could be from gas built in the colon (gas resulting from fat malabsorption due to lack of bile). Hunger is probably just from nutrients not being absorbed due to diarrhea (?), or for example, intestinal parasites. A gastroenterologist would likely order some stool tests (for fats, parasites) and blood tests (for liver enzymes, etc).

  • ace1959

    This morning I had a bowel movement and it was totally white not just on the outside but it looked white all the way through. I have searched the web and the results for this indicate a liver problem.

    Currently Im taking percocet 10mg four times a day and diclofenac sod ec 75 mg twice a day and flexeril 10 mg three times a day for my 7 buldged herniated disc in my neck and back to reduce the pain levels since May of this year. My pain levels are very bad 9 out of 10 without the meds and down to a 5 with the meds.

    Im getting medical treatment approved by workers comp as the inury was caused during work hours. If I need medical treatment for this new aliment (totaly white stool) do you think it is caused by the medication.

    I cant take much more its been pure hell !!!

    Ace1959

    • Jan Modric

      ace1959,

      bright white (like paper) or colorless (gray) stool? Is the stool sticky, frothy, floating and smells badly? Any diarrhea or other symptom?

  • kicker

    Having weird symptoms, and now one is that my period is over a week late (I am 44). What is behind to the side, of the left lower rib cage area? I always touch my lower rib when it happens. Like pressure, pushing it out.. Use to be like a flutter feeling, now on and off, pressure.. Is that part of the colon?eriotgin

    • Jan Modric

      kicker,

      yes it is a colon behind the lower part of the rib cage, and if it is distended from gas it may give a bloating, pushing feeling. Food poisoning, intesinal parasites, fructose malabsorption, lactose intolerance, celiac disease are few possible causes. I would need to know more symptoms and more of your medical history to be more exact.

  • ace1959

    normal size but really pale white. I did chew two digel tab last night. Maybe this is the cause.

    • Jan Modric

      ace1959,

      yes that may be a cause.

  • kicker

    Hi Jan.. thanks. Well prior to two months ago, very health 44 year old female. Then end of july had constipation, that lasted awhile, took laxatives, suppostoires and even did a enama during this time, nothign worked. After time, then it started. Meantime, started to get the weird tingly feeling on left side of rib cage, then a burning stomach pain, followed by different stools, colors/shapes.. Started to see doctor, done 3 different blood works and one ultrasound .. all good. And now, to add to my symptoms, my period is 2 weeks late. I am always on time..always. This all cannot be pre-menopause, can it? I don’t think so, aches pains in stomach and different bowel changes. I hope to get a colonoscopy , but here in Winnipeg take about a year. Can you think of other tests I can as my doctor? He did check liver in teh blood work, and anemia.. etc.. long list of stuff, all god though. Thanks Jan, .. I would go to the states, to get the colonoscopy faster, will see when I get my date. P.s. my dad has colon cancer too, ..and I did have a colonosocpy 2 years ago, no results from doctor which I assume then I was ok.

    • Jan Modric

      kicker,

      was a stool test for parasites done? Also your gynecologist can examine you. Endometriosis could cause both gynecological and bowel problems, but this is just an example. An experienced gastroenterologist can tell, if colonic polyps can grow from not-detectable to constipation-causing size in two years.

  • kicks

    Still looking for answers, seems to take doctors forever. I still have the burning in my stomach.. that seem to kind of come up through my throat. I get hunger pangs, even though I have eaten.. still cannot gain weight.. Yellowish/brown stools. Also, the skin on the rest of my body seems easily irritated.. like on face for example, it almost feels like its slightly burning. What is going on with me?. scared.. My doctor has just done blood work after blood work.. also had a ultra sound on the stomach.. all normal. I do not feel normal at all. Thanks

    • Jan Modric

      kicks,

      have you had a tests for Helicobacter pylori (blood test, breath test), intestinal parasites (stool test), upper endoscopy to check for gastritis?

  • kicker

    My endonoscopy showed everything ok.. I was upset though, and I explained that i had the burning around my ribs area.. and wasn’t table to eat much these days.. so after the procedure he did give me a precription called Domperidone.. Looked that up on th computer, sounds like scary medication to me.. not sure if I want to be on that.. says it stops womans periods, makes them lactate. My colonoscopyy is in 3 weeks, so maybe that is the issue with my burning stomach.. Thanks Jan

    • Jan Modric

      kicker,

      was a stool test for parasites done? Also what happened with your period? I believe you should speak with your gynecologist. You can ask your doctor, why exactly domperidone was prescribed. If it was to speed up your peristalsis, you can tell him you don’t want to take it. I can’t judge from here, should you take it or not, though.

  • kicks

    I have asked about stool tests, and they don’t seem to do that here.. except those fecal tests for colon cancer. I live in CAnada. Last month, period was late by 2 weeks, and it did come after all.. had stomach cramps during it. I am suppose to have it next week, will see if its late. I have a pelvic ultrasound schedule.. do not know date, but its in the works. I am at my wits ends.. thanks for listening.

    • Jan Modric

      kicks,

      it’s very likely your problems arise from the gastrointestinal tract. One possibility are intestinal parasites and I encourage you to discuss about this with the doctor, and where to get a stool test for parasites done. Burning skin might be due to intestinal parasites or due to lack of certain vitamin or mineral due to impaired absorption in the small intestine. Then, there could be an inflammation of the small intestinal wall due to celiac or Crohn’s disease – an endoscopy would be needed to confirm/exclude these.

  • tammy

    hello my 5 month old has had clay, gray poop for today’s is this somthing to be concerned about thanks you

    • Jan Modric

      tammy,

      clay, gray stool means there is no bile in it, which may be due to a liver or bile duct disorder. I recommend you to take the baby to the doctor, even if the stool becomes brown -colored in meantime.

  • Ashley

    I am a frustrated mother. I have a 17 month old daughter. she has no symptoms lethargy, weakness, or tenderness in the abdomen. She has however, for 6 days intermittently vomited, at radnom times through the day.. though, a pattern is developing of atleast once a night. As well, she began to have profuse bouts of diarrhea today, which began as off-white to yellow. The last episode a few hours ago, was colorless/ gray. I am concerned of dehydration, undernourishment, and possiblities of gall bladder or liver function or obstruction. Yet, my husband took my daughter to the doctor’s office twice, to which they replied “It is likely something viral and should clear up in a few days.” When I tell them it’s nearing a week, they tell me to wait a few more days. Have you heard of anythiny similar to this in an infant her age, with no fever either by the way? What is your opinion on the length of time this is lasting? To me, this is far too long for a couple day viral gastroenteritis.

    • Jan Modric

      Ashley,

      what concerns me, is the colorless/gray stool – this is due to lack of bile in stool, possibly, as you’ve assumed, due to a liver or bile duct problem. In this case (no bile delivery in the small intestine) she would not be able to digest fats, which would therefore travel to colon, irritate it and cause diarrhea. I can’t exclude viral gastroenteritis, but a prolonged course, lack of fever, and especially colorless/gray stool can speak for a liver/bile duct disorder – it’s important to mention the stool color to the doctor. A temporary solution could be to give her less fats, but take it to the doctor again.

  • Ashley

    Thank you for getting back with me so soon. Well, I think we are finally moving along. She is getting a blood work up. I appreciate your input. Hopefully, we will recieve indicative information on what the culprit is today or tomorrow. Again, thanks.

  • damouk

    @Jan Modric. I wonder if you can help me, you seem to know a lot about this…

    About 6 months ago, my girlfriend and I had a bug, where we alternated between going to the toilet (ie Bowel Movements) frequently, or really uncomfortable constipation. Since then, my partner has been fine, but I have developed worse and worse symptoms that has my Dr stumped. I have a constant urge to go to the toilet (especially in the mornings, it often gradually eases throughout the day, but not always), and when I do go, my movement is yellow in colour, and usually what can only be described as mushy/fluffy in texture, or sometimes is soft and thin. It usually contains undigested food.

    I have a constant pain in my lower abdomen, usually all the way across, but mostly on the Left side of my body, this pain is in the crease just below my belly button.

    I’ve been to the Dr and have tried a course of Antibiotics for Bacterial Overgrowth, I felt better for a day or two, but my symptoms reappeared with a vengeance after that.

    I’m at my wits end with this now, my Dr has referred me to a Gastroentirologist, but I’m in the UK, it could take months to get seen. (I’m a 33 year old Male with a healthy balanced diet, in good health generally and have never really had any similar problems prior to this).

    Please please help!?

    • Jan Modric

      damouk,

      so neither you, nor your girlfriend got any exact diagnosis at the time? For how long symptoms in your girlfriend persisted? More than a week? Have you identified the cause, like some suspicious food?

      Loose stools, persisting for 6 month can be caused by:
      – intestinal parasites. Diagnosis is by a stool test for parasites. These tests can be false negative, so, if negative, it can be repeated few times few times apart
      – infection triggered irritable bowel syndrome. This diagnosis can be suspected when all other causes are excluded. A low-FODMAP diet for few days might help in this case.
      – tropical sprue is an inflammation of the small intestine, probably acquired by certain bacteria during traveling to tropical countries. Diagnosis is with a biopsy of the small intestinal mucosa, treatment is with antibiotics.
      – Clostridium difficile (bacterium) overgrowth. A barnyard smell is typical. Diagnosis is with a stool test for Cl-diff toxin.
      – Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). Diagnosis is with a breath test for SIBO.

      Other infections are less likely. Other causes of chronic diarrhea: celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, fructose malabsorption, lactose intolerance.

  • damouk

    I probably ought to add that I’ve been tested for Helicobacter, came back negative. With the initial bug 6 months ago, I gave a stool sample, which came back fine, but haven’t been asked to give one since! Is it worth my demanding a stool sample? If so, what tests should they be running?

  • damouk

    @Jan Modric. Wow, thanks for the response. Really useful information.

    My girlfriend and I never got any explanation for the initial illness and aren’t aware of a cause, her symptoms cleared after about 4 weeks – she was given Buscopan by her Dr (we’re not ones for going to the Dr unless we’re really unwell, so it was probably a few weeks into the problems before we went, once we realised it wasn’t a minor bug).

    I’ve been on 2 courses of Amoxicillin Clavulate (Augmentin), which for a few days made me feel better, but then symptoms returned. Is this the wrong type of Antibiotics or maybe bacterial resistance? I was also prescribed Metronidazole, but these made me feel really ill.

    I’ve also noticed other symptoms including constant tiredness and frequent loss of concentration/forgetfulness (hopefully not related to me getting older!!)

    Unfortunately, getting medical care in the UK is a long-winded process, and theres no urgency, apart from on the part of the patient!

    I really appreciate your help & advice.

    • Jan Modric

      damouk,

      bacterial gastrointestinal infections are usually caused by food or water poisoning and typically last 2-5 days. If they last longer, antibiotics taken should have an obvious effect in two days. Some antibiotics may have some effect on parasites, but for parasites special antiparasitic medications are used. Metronidazol, on the other hand, is effective against many bacteria and parasites. Metronidazol may have quite unpleasant side effects, like nausea…Viral infections rarely last for several weeks, and usually no effective drugs are available. I think Augmentin would not be effective against parasites, at least not against all types. I’m not aware of any over-the-counter antiparasitic drugs that would be safe and effective. Garlic may have some effect, but it is a question if it can treat parasites completely. Parasitic infection may heal on its own, so Buscopan helping your girlfriend could be a coincidence…But she was healed after Buscopan, and you were not after Augmentin…

      Unless you have traveled to some tropical country 6-12 months ago and contracted tropical sprue (from bacterial infection), other bacteria or viruses that would be causing symptoms lasting for six months are not likely. If it is an infection, it’s probably from parasites. A stool test for parasites, repeated few times if necessary, could reveal the cause, and prescribed antiparasitic medication should help.

      It could be also possible that antibiotics you’ve used partly killed some bacteria and some other types (including normal intestinal bacteria) have overgrown. A breath test for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and a stool test for Clostridium difficile toxin are available.

  • Jeff

    Well… I heard that white BM could mean cancer… So I was trying to look it up and I am not sure whether or not I should be worried. The BM that I had was not diarrhea but solid. I had a stomach cramps when I was sleeping and it came out light gray with white stripes in it. There seem to be no mucus as well. I do not have much time to read all of the information, so can someone tell me if I should be worried or not?

    • Jan Modric

      Jeff,

      the only cancer that could realistically result in the white stool would be a cancer of the bile duct, but this is rare. Grey stool (no bile) with white stripes (unabsorbed fat) speaks for a disorder of the bile duct or gallbladder or liver. I strongly recommend you to visit a gastroenterologist, who might propose you a stool test for fats.

  • crowhopper16

    Jan,

    I’m a 20 year old girl in good shape and health. Except for the past couple weeks I’ve been having pale slightly yellowish soft stools. When they first started, they dispersed between normal bowel movements. But lately, all of my stools have been this pale yellow color (like clay) and either soft or loose. Sometimes throughout the day (later in the day usually) I can feel/hear my intestines churning and is usually accompanied by gas (but not usually offensive in odor). I can’t think of any food to relate this to. I’ve heard diet soda and artificial sweeteners can cause loose stools but I’ve been consuming these for long before these issues started arising. I feel like my body takes a long time to digest food, from eating to excretion. I know this seems long but I believe it’s about 4-5 days after eating a meal before I excrete it. I do notice undigested pieces in my stools sometimes. I haven’t been losing weight or anything though. Any ideas or advice? This is starting to become quite an annoying problem because I often have to stop during my run to find a bathroom because all of the sudden I’ve -really- got to go. Thanks for your time and any advice you might have.

    • Jan Modric

      crowhopper16,

      to clarify: is the stool without any color (so grey) at any time, or is it only of lighter color (yellow instead of brown)? How did soft stools appear the first time- suddenly or slowly? Diet soda sweetened with sorbitol can trigger diarrhea in fructose malabsorption. Lactose intolerance and celiac disease are another two food intolerances that cause loose stools. A low-fructose, lactose-free and gluten-free diet trials lasting for few days each can result in symptoms relief in these cases. Intestinal parasites and Crohn’s disease would be also possible. Bacterial food poisoning is less likely since it usually heals on its own within a week.

  • crowhopper16

    Jan,

    Thanks for the speedy reply. The stool is a lighter yellow color. I’ve never had it without color (grey). I believe the stools gradually became softer. I really can’t remember for sure though. I’ve always had a fiber rich diet so anytime I had soft stools I attributed it to that. What would you recommend I do? Take time off of eating certain types of foods? Should I see a doctor? I’m slightly concerned about the amount of time it takes my body to digest food as well. I constantly feel like my intestines are bloated (if that’s possible to feel). Thank you so much for your time and quick reply. It really means a lot.

    • Jan Modric

      crowhopper16,

      yellow stool in general means that food is traveling through the bowel faster, so bile has not enough time to change color from the originally green and then yellow into the usual brown color. Bloated intestine may result in more or less obvious abdominal distension and excessive gas. One possible cause could be intestinal parasites; diagnosis can be confirmed by a stool test.

      Diet trials (lasting for 3-4 days) to exclude food intolerances:
      – a low-fructose diet trial
      – lactose-free diet trial
      – gluten-free diet trial (should last at least a week)

  • crowhopper16

    Jan,

    Thank you so much for all your knowledge. I’ll try the various diet trials and if I still have issues I’ll contact my doctor. Thank you for everything.

  • Hannah

    Hi,
    I fell ill 2 nights ago with what I thought was gastro (frequent visits to the bathroom and thinking I was going to vomit – but never did). Then in the morning I had severe body aches, like my bones were glass, it was painful. I slept for 16-18hrs all up. I also had a white stool (not bright white just colourless). Today the bone pain has gone away but I am still very tired and have paler stools with white bits in them. I have had absolutely no appetite for 2 days. I’ve read the comments about no bile but I cant think how this could relate to me as I am a healthy 25 yr old, I do not drink and I have no stomach pain. Could it just be a passing virus? Thanks for your help.

    • Jan Modric

      Hannah,

      stool becomes colorless when bile can’t flow from the liver into the intestine – this may occur in a liver or bile duct disorder. White bits can be from fat which is poorly absorbed in the intestinew due to lack of bile. I recommend you to visit a gastroenterologist.

  • weird stool 33

    Jan,

    I have had abnormal stool for about 4-5 days now. It’s a light color whitish/grey. I’ve read around that this means that there is no bile in the stool, which can be caused by an obstruction of some sort? Gallstones or something? I’ve done 2 gall bladder cleanses about a year ago or so, and didn’t pass hardly any stones so I doubt that’s it. I’m breastfeeding my 3.5 month old now, which is my primary concern. I just want to make sure that it’s not going to affect her in any way. The day before it started I ate pretty unhealthy foods (Paula Dean’s restaurant no less!) which was really fatty and buttery… but my sister-in-law ate the same thing and had no issues. She and I have been traveling together and eating virtually the same foods and she is not having the problem, which again is giving me more concern. She is also breastfeeding so not sure if you would need to know that? Since it’s only been a few days I’m not really worried, but it’s never happened before so I’m just a little concerned.

    Oh and I should also add that just before I need to go to the bathroom I get a pretty sudden pain in my stomach, meaning that I need to go RIGHT away. But it’s not loose at all, solid stool that is greyish/whitish/light green. One of the times it was “feathery”… gross, I know! But I just figured I would let you know everything. What do you think?

    • Jan Modric

      weird stool 33,

      stool is grey when there is no bile in it and white when there is an excessive amount of fat in it (these two often occur together since bile in the intestine is needed for fats to be absorbed). A high-fat meal could cause stronger contraction of the gallbladder than usually and push a gallstone from it into the bile duct. A gallbladder cleanse does not clean your gallbladder, especially if there are big gallstones in it. Gallstones can be pretty reliably confirmed by an abdominal ultrasound performed by a gastroenterologist – I strongly recommend you to visit one.

  • weird stool 33

    Oh and I should add that I’m a healthy 25 yr old with no known health issues!

  • Candace

    Hello,
    I’m 12 years old and I have pale stool. I feel hungry after eating but my urine colour is normal. I feel nausea sometimes and sometimes I vomit. I don’t understand what’s happening, please can you offer some advice.

    • Jan Modric

      Candace,

      please, speak with your parents about your problems – they will decide if you need to see a doctor, what is quite likely. You could have an infection or other disorder of the stomach or bowel.

  • Jessie

    I’ve had a lot of gas for a while now, and recently, when I go to the loo, I sometimes just excrete what sort of looks like… bubbles, or foam? I know it sounds weird, and at first I thought it was just the gas coming into contact with the water… but no I’m not so sure. It’s not like normal feces, it’s not solid at all and it’s usually flecked with normal bits. Is this normal? I’m really worried.

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Jessie

      No this is not normal. You may be seeing mucus in your stool along with undigested food. Disorders with digestion and absorption and inflammatory bowel disease may account for all these symptoms. You need to consult with your doctor immediately.

  • Treena D

    Hi,
    My six year old daughter has had diarrhea today which she said was brown but she woke a little while ago and I found her in the bathroom changing her pjs. Her underwear and pj bottoms were dampish in the bum area and had a the tiniest of clear jelly like substance on them. No smell at all. She said the last couple of BM she had were clear. Not white just clear. What could cause that?

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Treena D

      This may be steatorrhea (fatty stool) which is oily/greasy in consistency. This is could be related to a problem with bile secretion which plays a role in stool color a well as affecting the breakdown of fats in the gut. If these fast are not broken down, it cannot be absorbed and is therefore passed out in the stool. Other possibilities include disorders with the pancreas and pancreatic enzymes. Take note of yellowing of the skin, eyes, etc (jaundice) which is indicative of problems with bile production and secretion. You should take your daughter to a doctor as soon as possible.

  • Luisa Maddox

    Hello,
    My 2 year old has had this problem that started around 1 year old. He will have horrible very watery diarrhea that smells so horrible, about 8 times a day for a week along with vomiting probably 4 times out of the one week he goes threw this. Then after 2-3 weeks of not having any problems it starts up again. Our doctor has stopped me giving him any dairy started on Monday and now it’s Sunday, all day today he has had pale green poop that’s pasty like, and now it has turned to white pasty poop with some water looking like liquid. Last night he had some pizza ( i slipped up) and then today it has turned those two colors. He has never had pale green or white poop that’s pasty like. Could us stopping him with dairy products and then slipping up by giving him pizza change the color of his poop? Can you give me any idea of what might be going on with my son, thanks.

    • Hi Luisa. If dairy is a problem then it can cause a host of symptoms like diarrhea and so on. However, the color difference of his stool seems to be more likely related to a gallbladder condition. Apart from eating foods that are laden with green colorants, in many instances the green in stool is due to bile which is stored in the gallbladder. When the stool is pale to white then it is often a sign that the gallbladder is not releasing the bile into the small intestine in a way that it should. This could be due to a problem with bile outflow from the liver, storage in the gallbladder or its movement through the bile duct. Sometimes inflammatory conditions of the bowels can also lead to this change. It’s difficult to say for sure so you should speak to your doctor. Your child will most likely have to consult with a gastroenterologist. The dairy may be a trigger but is unlikely to be the cause of the underlying problem.

  • Liz Chapman

    I have horrible white very crumbly lumps in my stools as well as jelly looking mucus some times black specks the white clumps are mixed with the semi regular brown stool. I have had an ultra sound and mri that showed liver cysts and kidney cysts and lesions in both. My primary will not give me an appointment about this I have very high cholesteral evem though I eat healthy. I have begged to be refured to a gastrointestional specialist and a urologist to no avail. I am on medicaid what do I do ?

    • Hi Liz. We cannot advise you on issues relating to the behavior of your primary health practitioner or medical insurance. At this point it seems like a good idea to see a gastroenterologist. The mucus could be due to conditions such as IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) and the earlier it is diagnosed the better. It is also possible that this could be related to gallbladder problems in which fats are not properly digested. You may need to consult with another primary health care practitioner at this point and hopefully get a referral to a gastroenetrologist.

  • sara

    Hi my child is 14 month .she did not pass stool for two days and today morning her stool was watery with yellow and white spots..is it normal or should I consult doctor..please sat me soon..

    • Hi Sara. It is advisable that you consult a doctor as soon as possible. As you can see from the article above there are several possible causes and most are considered to be serious. It is difficult to say for sure what the problem is but a consultation with a doctor is very necessary at this point.

  • Dawn Posner

    Hi I was diagnosed with Guillian Barre syndrome oct. 12 2014. I am completely numb burning pain. I had campylobacter GI infection all classic signs. We drove from Texas to New York where I got a bad case of the flu I had noticed I have no bowel sensation or urge to have a BM at all I go only by baring down. I also hav limb weakness numb ness I feel like a paralyzed person that can move limbs very scary. I also had a BM this AM and noticed it was very pale tan off whit I see GI doctor next week and Nuerologist the beginning of Febuary. Could I need a round of IVIG what are your thoughts thank you. Dawn

    • Hi Dawn. It is unfortunate that you have not seen a neurologist earlier. Remember that the progression of the disease can vary to some extent but do not be detracted by the possibility that not all your symptoms may be due to GBS. Fortunately you are consulting with a gastroenterologist soon. Let him/her first assess the possible cause of the gastrointestinal symptoms. The decision to administer immunoglobulins should be made by your doctor. It is against our comment policy to advise any specific treatment. Even if you cannot speak to these specialists immediately, consult with your family doctor in the interim.

  • esmerelda gallegos

    Hello for the past four days I’ve had server diarrhea. and I’m having upper abdominal pain I’ve been to the er and they said ulcers but my diarrhea is getting worse please help

    • Hi Esmerelda. Hopefully you did notify them about the diarrhea when you reported the abdominal pain. You need to go back to the ER or consult with your family doctor if you have not already done so. Diarrhea that is persisting and getting worse is a concern. Apart from hydrating yourself you may also need antibiotics if this is a bacterial or protozoal infection. Your upper abdominal pain could be ulcers but with the current diarrhea, it is very possible that it is all due to the same condition.

  • destiny

    Hello my husband for the past two days has had mushy all white or clay like stool as well as pain and hardness in his right tessticle we are not able to see his doctor for another two weeks based off of the apointmwnts . any advice?

    • Hi Destiny. White stool usually indicates a gallbladder or liver problem. Whether it is related to the testicular symptoms is difficult to say. You do not mention any other symptoms that may be indicative of a systemic infection. These symptoms could be quite serious and it is best that you see a doctor as soon as possible. If you can then it would be advisable to see a private doctor much sooner.

  • Jesse

    For about two years now. My stool is light brown or clay. Smells funny like spicy or sweet .Doesn’t float always sinks. Mushy like or runny. Passing lots of gas like 20 times a day. Stomach pains.Urine is usaully normal but smell strong sometimes. I’ve had two uti last year.

    • Hi Jesse. Not too sure what your question is. Stool is light brown in color and the odor can vary depending on what you may have eaten and then bacterial population in your colon. Stool is supposed to sink. If it floats then it may be a sign of fats in the stool known as steatorrhea. Urine does have an ammonia odor if that is what you are referring to and may be stronger if you are not drinking enough liquids or have a diet high is certain foods. UTIs are not uncommon among females (assuming that you are female). It is difficult to say what the cause of the stomach pain is considering that everything is pretty much ‘normal’. Rather speak to your doctor about your concerns.

  • Isabel Vabre

    Hello my 2 yr old for the pass 2days hestood has been really light like pastel yellow almost going in to white. One time it was a solid stool and today its just loose. Very concerned..

    • Hi Isabel. Usually changes in stool like you’re describing is a cause for concern because it may indicate a problem with the liver/gallbladder and the secretion of bile into the intestines. This is even more serious if his urine is abnormally dark in color. However, if this occurred just once off and the stool has returned to a normal color then it may not be too much of a concern just yet. Nevertheless do not leave it unattended. This once off episode could be the sign of some underlying disorder which could worsen if it is left untreated.

    • Mary Hutson

      Hi Isabel, my 1 year old is currently experiencing this. What was your outcome?

  • Zhack

    White poop can be caused also by eating only milk products.
    Few months ago I only ate 1kg of cheese and drank 1,5 liters of milk in the evening and in the following morning my poop was completely white. Once I started eating anything other than cheese again it turned back to normal.

    (I love cheese)

  • RobertoKYR

    Please help:
    For a day ive had sort of diarrhea like yellow light brown..

    • Hi RobertoKYR. As you can see from this article on repeated diarrhea http://www.healthhype.com/recurrent-diarrhea-causes-of-repeated-bouts-of-diarrhea.html there are many possible causes of diarrhea. You will have to see a doctor and possibly need to have a sample of your stool tested to identify the cause. Diarrhea that lasts 2 to 3 days at most is not often a concern as it is mainly due to an acute infection that passes on its own in most instances. But if it persists then medical attention is necessary.

  • Tina Carr Trujillo

    Hello my symptoms include vomiting, soft runny whitish, chalky collored stool abdominal pain and nausea.. About the last 3 days wondering if this is somesort of flu or if I should see a dr. No fever or cough.?

    • Hi Tina. Many of the symptoms could be due a range of common diseases such as a tummy bug but the white stools are worrying. This can be a sign of liver, bile duct or gallbladder diseases such as gallstones. You definitely should see a doctor if you have not already done so as further tests may be necessary. Even if your symptoms have resolved, speak to your doctor. Gallstones (if this was the cause) can recur.

  • Alaina Moore

    Is it normal to get white foamy stool while on adipex?

  • Joe Zelk

    Hello, I am a 46 yr old male. 2 days ago i started having cramp in my upper abdomen they were minor at first but then over the next 24 hours became so painful I couldnt stand up straight. Been on nothing but water to try and stay hydrated but my urine is still very orange. The pain is less now but still constant. I have been burping on and off for 2 days. with nothing in my system but water could this be gas or should i be worried. I am leaing toward the latter. Please any advice would be great.

  • Priy

    Hello,
    I’m 14-19 Years old (I don’t like sharing personal infomation), Earlier today, I started my Period 1 week Early and my waste was normal In the morning, but after I went shopping, I went Diarrhea which was mainly brown but a few white patches in them. I don’t feel any nausea and I don’t have any other illnesses or allergies. I returned from a long Plane journey which took 27 hours in which I didn’t eat properly. Once I returned home, I ate normally but din’t sleep properly due to the sudden time change. Could I please have some advice on what I can do please, Thank you.

  • maz

    i have had diarrhoea for 3 days now. this morning it was with grey water. what is this?

  • Contra

    On day 3 after vomiting and relieving myself from food poisoning. Just began to poop again. Stool is a whitish color. Just wondering if it will clear up in a few days or if I should be concerned?

    • Hi Contra. This definitely needs to be assessed by a medical professional if it is still persisting. White diarrhea may be seen with conditions like cholera but this could also be a separate condition that arose as a complication to the food poisoning. Difficult to say for sure. Your doctor will have to assess you and possibly send a stool sample to the lab to diagnose the cause.

  • Mandy

    I discovered that a high dose of the anti-depressant Efexor does cause small, hard white circles almost like tiny balls in stool. I did get tested for other concerns but my doctor concluded that they are not harmful and related to the Efexor. I don’t know why it’s not on the side effects list but I do know quite a lot of people on a high dose get them. I suppose you’d call that “unabsorbed drugs”.

  • Hi Brittaney. Yes, this stool color could definitely be due to something you ate. If the discoloration occurs on successive bowel movements then you definitely need to have it investigated. Furthermore if any other symptoms arise then it also needs to be assessed by a medical professional. By now it should be evident whether it is an ongoing problem or just a once off incident.

  • Wendy Wilson

    I’m 48 I have sacoidosis but for a month now every other day have severe stomach pain and poop is light colored what is cause of this