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Grainy or sandy stools, slight bloating in stomach, presence of mucus in stools

Hello. The last day or so I ve been going to the bathroom and noticed that my stool has been very small and that when I clean myself it seems to be grainy or sandy. I havent been having a lot of pain , except for a minor bloating/gassy feeling in my lower stomach . I haven t really eaten a lot in the pass two days and not blood in stool but there was some mucus in the stool, but I have seen the mucus slowly go away but stool and cleaning is sill the same. Any ideas?
Asked On : Thu, 26 Apr 2012
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Dietitian & Nutritionist 's  Response
Hello, welcome to HCM.

This situation can occur when there are certain foods that cannot be digested properly in the intestine. Be observant to know if this happens when you consume specifically some foods. Normally, people who have celian disease - intolerance to gluten tend to have symptoms of grainy or sandy stools. If you ahve consumed foods like wheat, barley, oats etc, they contain gluten and if your body is not able to tolerate that, there are high chances of having such stools. Sometimes even dairy products can lead to such grainy stools. So firstly, observe if this happened due to consumtion of these foods. If yes, then you will have to go on a gluten free diet wherein you should avoid foods that contain gluten in them such as wheat, barley, oats etc. Avoid porridges or milk shakes made out of these ingredients. There are gluten free products in the shops which will help you buy the right products. Also, check the ingredients before you consume any foods. you can also check for more details.

Good luck!!!
Answered: Tue, 29 May 2012
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