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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   sticky stool - 5 flushes, then have to clean toilet, not tarry, - just medium to dark brown. not just streaks in toilet, but actual significant fecal matter remains. this is a recent month-long change from historical bowel movement. happens about 1/2 the time. no other symptoms except maybe a pound of weight loss.
User :   45 years, female
Doctor :   Hi
User :   5 feet 6 inches 135 pounds
Doctor :   i am
User :   1-2 bms per day on average
Doctor :   give me a min, let me read your query
User :   ok
User :   ok
User :   plan on asking general practitioner when see later this month, just trying to be better prepared
Doctor :   sure
Doctor :   and how is your diet?
User :   consistency is loose to cow pie type
User :   pretty healthy, lower fat
Doctor :   fiber ?
User :   average to a little less than average.
User :   no constapation
Doctor :   ok
User :   i would say 10-25 grams of fiber per day - not always the same
Doctor :   well you see before you go ahead see a physician
Doctor :   i will strongly suggest you
User :   what?
Doctor :   that you add fiber in your diet
User :   confused by your last 2 statements
Doctor :   do you have any other medical problem ?
User :   ok - but doesn't fiber make stool softer
User :   and mine is already plenty soft - maybe too soft
Doctor :   i was saying that what is crucial in your case is just modifying your diet
Doctor :   no i will explain to you
User :   and why so sticky?
User :   no change in my diet from before loose and sticky to now
Doctor :   see fiber acts as a bond
User :   have long-standing cardiomyopathy - idiopathic EF 40, but no CHF - keeping fingers crossed for more than 10 years
User :   i understand the bond part, but don't understand why change in stool when no change in diet.
Doctor :   its a age related
Doctor :   as in your 40s what happens is your body does requires more fiber
User :   the sticky part is age-related too?
Doctor :   are you taking any medications ?
User :   toprol, altace, red yeast rice, multi-vit, calcium - osteopenia, d(deficient)
Doctor :   ok
User :   rarely anxiety meds - less than once per month
User :   is the sticky part age-related too?
Doctor :   The character of the stool is generally related to what you eat and whatever medications or supplements you are taking.
User :   no changes in meds either
User :   for a long time
Doctor :   so since from the history you have told me
Doctor :   i will suggest you that you need to first try adding fiber in your diet
Doctor :   give it 1 week
Doctor :   i am sure you will see the difference
User :   and the character of the stool can change somewhat rapidly related to age - in consistency and stickyness?
Doctor :   also you do have less than average fiber in your diet
Doctor :   trust me on this one .. in just a week you will see the change
Doctor :   well if you have any of this type
Doctor :   then its of concers
Doctor :   concern
Doctor :   rest all are your diet related
User :   nothing like that. just SUPER sticky and somewhat loose
Doctor :   well thats what i am saying
User :   like glued to toilet
User :   ok thanks
Doctor :   just for a week add fiber and you will see the change
User :   seeya
Doctor :   your most welcome
Doctor :   take care
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