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What causes green discoloration in stool?

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Posted on Tue, 24 Nov 2015
Question: I have been having green stool for about 3 days. I have been trying to eat better. Not eating many green veggies. I have been eating almonds, organic pumpkin seeds, some green tea however have not drank any for a few days. I take bee pollen twice a day. The stool is loose, normal for me but not diarrhea. I don't really have any pain maybe a little discomfort. I also take Milk Thistle-Beta Carotene and fish oil. Has me a bit worried.
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Answered by Dr. Klerida Shehu (9 hours later)
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Hi and thank you for asking!
I read carefully all your concerns and I can say as follows:

1. Green stools are highly associated with diarrhea and loose stools.When stool passes through the intestines rapidly (diarrhea), there may be little time for bilirubin to undergo its usual chemical changes.
You are reporting to have used organic pumpkin seeds, that are highly associated with rapid bowel movement.

2. Otherwise another possible cause of your symptoms may be gastrointestinal infection.But the fact that you don't have any other symptoms like fever, abdominal pain makes GI infection less possible.

So If I were your treating doctor I would recommend stopping organic pumpkin seeds for a couple of days.

If there is no improvement than you should perform fecal exams like fecal culture,candida overgrowth.

Hope it was helpful to you!
Dr.Klerida
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What causes green discoloration in stool?

Brief Answer: Please follow the explanations below,,, Detailed Answer: Hi and thank you for asking! I read carefully all your concerns and I can say as follows: 1. Green stools are highly associated with diarrhea and loose stools.When stool passes through the intestines rapidly (diarrhea), there may be little time for bilirubin to undergo its usual chemical changes. You are reporting to have used organic pumpkin seeds, that are highly associated with rapid bowel movement. 2. Otherwise another possible cause of your symptoms may be gastrointestinal infection.But the fact that you don't have any other symptoms like fever, abdominal pain makes GI infection less possible. So If I were your treating doctor I would recommend stopping organic pumpkin seeds for a couple of days. If there is no improvement than you should perform fecal exams like fecal culture,candida overgrowth. Hope it was helpful to you! Dr.Klerida