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White powdery substance in stool. Suffering with constipation and diarrhea. Using phillips stool softener. Allergic reactions?

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For the past two months I've been constipated or having diarrhea on and off. I would go anywhere from 2 to 4 days with no bowel movements but just really bad odorless gas and cramps. This past weekend I had not gone since Thursday and was miserable to the point of being in tears. I decided that when the pain came back I would sit on the toilet until something happened. The pain subsided but I sat and wait and as soon as the pain came back I pushed and a few dark pellets came out followed by yellowish brown diarrhea. When I was done I noticed an orange oblong object about the size of an orange peanut candy in my stool. At this point I was scared so I wadded up toilet paper and grabbed it. It was jelly like but I cracked it open and there was a white powdery substance inside. I feel extremely nauseous and have no idea what to do. (I also started taking "phillips stool softener" to help. What could this be? Am I allergic to milk or processed food?
Asked On : Thu, 17 Oct 2013
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Hi,

If you were allergic to milk or processed food, you would have the allergic reaction since you first start eating them.

However, to determine any source of malapsorption or allergies, you can ask your gastrohepatologist to perform the specific testing for malapsorption.

Next, I recommend to do the stool examination for ova/parasites, culture for candida and other bacteria to identify why you are having constipation.

It is good you started stool softener, you can also use lactulose and sena leaves (as tea or pills) later on.

I'd advise to consume large amounts of water (up to 3 or 4 liters /day) and not to force bowel movement until it would come naturally.

When you defecate, please do not hold your breathe, but breathe deeply using your nostrils, and when passing the stool, get your breathe off.

Hope it helped!
Answered: Thu, 17 Oct 2013
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