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Sticky Poo!

Postby StickyPooCoward » Mon Apr 16, 2007 9:46 pm

I have way sticky poo. I feel constipated, but then have a hard time getting it all out. My poo is ultra sticky, and hard to clean up.
I've tried drinking more water, stop drinking soda, stop eating fatty foods, stop eating foods high in sugar, I've tried adding more fiber, fruits and veggies. Nothing helps! Any ideas, please help!!!
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Postby sean » Mon Apr 16, 2007 10:40 pm

This forum deals with some pretty serious stuff & so if you post as a guest my suggestion would be to post with a name and title that indicates you are serious and genuinely concerned. I sincerely hope that you don't ever get the common disease we all (or our loved ones) share.

I'll assume from the list of what you tried that you are actually serious. I will also assume that your are young. Go to your doctor. If the problems persist, insist on seeing a specialist (a gastroenterologist). If nobody finds a cause (irritable bowel syndrome is not an acceptable end point) you want to push for a colonoscopy. It is actually not an unpleasant procedure if you know how to prepare.

Talk to your family and find out your complete family medical history. If there is any colon cancer or colon disease in your family it may help get a colonoscopy ordered & covered by insurance. Most colon cancer is NOT hereditary, but screening standards are all based on family history if you are under 50.

I doubt there is anyone who belongs to this forum wouldn't want to see colonoscopy screenings start at 40 or younger & would want them to be a standard diagnostic tool for any age if bowel symptoms remain unexplained. Odds are you are fine - but a colonoscopy is the absolute best way to detect, prevent, and cure early colon cancer. It is often difficult to get doctors to order them because of insurance companies or unintended ignorance. It doesn't help that there are lots of benign causes of bowel problems. Whatever doctor or drug company that came up with IBS probably shares a huge part of the blame. There are drugs that can mask your bowel problems. I was lucky that the one I was given messed with my vision.

Don't expect the worst, but definitely get the tests to rule it out a colon problem if your bowels are giving you enough trouble to post a serious message to a cancer forum.

Good luck.
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9 FOLFOX4, 3 5-FU completed Sep 24 2007
Blockage symptoms, Negative Colonoscopy, Positive PET Oct 2009
2nd Resection Oct 2009 - Suspected Local Recurrence was Negative
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Postby Noonie2 » Mon Apr 16, 2007 10:53 pm

I agree with sean!

If you are truly having any concerns, talk to your doc. and schedule a colonoscopy!

You do sound young to me also. I was Stage IV at 40 but was told that it could have been growing for 10+ years. If only I would have known....but we aren't going there!

My daughter, 19, is getting a colonoscopy and so will be younger son.

If you truly have a concern, I agree with sean, get a colonoscopy and get it now!

Better safe now..........................than 'sorry' later!
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I just posted this question

Postby guest » Wed Apr 18, 2007 6:21 pm

Coward,

I just posted this same question recently. I think there are those of us that have a red flag that something is wrong, but not every symptom warrants a colonoscopy. Yes, they are important and life-saving for many, but not every stomach ache or symptom is colon cancer. Some of us don't have insurance or our doctors don't find it necessary to have a colonoscopy just because we want one.

I think we just come here to know if this is a symptom that is not mentioned often. I guess the question would be:

"Are very sticky stools usually a sign of colon cancer?" It would be great to hear from someone if they are or aren't a usual sign. I know everyone is different.

Although I am only a guest on this site, I guess if I wasn't serious about it, i wouldn't be here.
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Postby sean » Wed Apr 18, 2007 8:08 pm

If you read the post again carefully...

If you are having a persistent intestinal problem that is causing you concern:

1. Bring it up with your regular doctor
2. If problem persists w/o a diagnosis, gastroenterologist
3. If still unresolved push for more tests. The best is colonoscopy.
4. "Irritable Bowel Syndrome" is not a diagnosis I would accept.

Get your family history. It's stuff you need to know anyway & it may help you persuade a doctor to order a colonoscopy if your doctor or specialist can't find the source of your problem.

Most people here are relatively young & have colon cancer. Their immediate relatives should be screened because there often is no symptom.

"Are sticky stools a sign of colon cancer"

Again... the usual symptom of colon cancer is no symptom until it is advanced beyond the colon. Sometimes people get lucky & there are clues before it has spread. If your bowel habits have changed I would take that seriously & check it out. Pay attention to your GI tract. Do you get the occasional stomach pain? Do you get gas cramps? Start tracking these things to help your doctor diagnose you.

I had occasional gas and cramps that I didn't notice until my brother visited with a stomach virus. The next cramp I figured was the clue I was getting it. Since I was paying attention I realized I was getting these cramps once or twice every day. A month or so later I decided to go to my doctor. The cramps became more frequent. Diet first - doc said I had too much fiber. Then IBS - the medication reduced the pain, but gave me vision problems. Then incredible cramping which led to a whirlwind ultrasound, barium enema, CT, surgery scheduled, colonoscopy, surgery, and pathology report of cancer.

Not every bowel symptom is cancer. I bet most aren't, but if your body is giving you a clue that something isn't working, I'd listen. I'm not an expert on the GI tract, but from the little I know it could be your colon, small intestine, gall bladder, pancreas, liver, or something you haven't identified in your diet. You were smart to ask for advice, now be smart and do step #1 above. Good luck.
42 - dx Jan 3 2007 stage IIA colon
9 FOLFOX4, 3 5-FU completed Sep 24 2007
Blockage symptoms, Negative Colonoscopy, Positive PET Oct 2009
2nd Resection Oct 2009 - Suspected Local Recurrence was Negative
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Postby sean » Wed Apr 18, 2007 9:17 pm

One last thing.

If you read he profiles on this site you'll find a lot of people who's doctors ignored or played down their symptoms. It is very important that you be proactive & push for answers.
42 - dx Jan 3 2007 stage IIA colon
9 FOLFOX4, 3 5-FU completed Sep 24 2007
Blockage symptoms, Negative Colonoscopy, Positive PET Oct 2009
2nd Resection Oct 2009 - Suspected Local Recurrence was Negative
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Postby lamerex4 » Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:06 pm

"Sticky" stools could be "tarry" stools which MAY indicate bleeding somewhere in the GI tract.
I concur with the advice above; you need to get a thorough exam.
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understand

Postby guest » Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:09 pm

I understand this...

but I don't know if it being sticky is usual or unusual symptom in general, since it is NEVER mentioned. Maybe everyone has this symptom. I don't know. It's not something to discuss with friends. So that is why we come here to the message board. To see if someone here has had this particular symptom or if it is normal.

It may not be something serious, but is it something to look out for? My doc already knows about this. He doesn't think i need a colonoscopy.
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Postby sean » Thu Apr 19, 2007 11:49 am

If your bowel habits have changed & you don't know why and your doctor doesn't know why, *my* advice is to go to a specialist and try to find out why. If you are just fishing for someone to say "don't worry about it" you aren't likely to find them here. What you will find here is proof that colon cancer does occur in young people and that doctors often dismiss the possibility.
42 - dx Jan 3 2007 stage IIA colon
9 FOLFOX4, 3 5-FU completed Sep 24 2007
Blockage symptoms, Negative Colonoscopy, Positive PET Oct 2009
2nd Resection Oct 2009 - Suspected Local Recurrence was Negative
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Re: Sticky Poo!

Postby bbpp » Tue Feb 24, 2009 11:33 pm

wow, its a really simple question he is asking, i too am having the same symptoms and and get some pain on my sides right above my hips. when i go #2 it feels like it barley come out but when i look its a normal amount, and mine also sticks to the bowl and have to always do some cleaning. i too have a hard time cleaning myself, so i got me a bidet, but thats good only at home. i am wondering if anyone had this problem and if they know what it could be. i will go to my doctor for sure, but until then i like to know what could this be!
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Re: Sticky Poo!

Postby Willt14 » Mon Mar 09, 2009 2:07 pm

Me too...My poo is sticky and I've had dodgy guts for years. I've been told I have a floral inbalance (excessive candida) but I'm not sure if this is related to my sticky poo or not. I'm going to try a vegie diet (or maybe have white meat/fish for 2 or 3 days per week) for a few week and see what happens. My normal diet is pretty high in fat so might tie in with what other people are saying on this post. Also I've been told by an accupunturist and Kiniesiologist and GP (fairly conclusive!) that my liver function is low so I'm going to keep my diet light and easy to digest not to overload my organs. Let's see what happens. :D
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Re: Sticky Poo!

Postby butthead » Fri Apr 03, 2009 4:14 am

Sounds like a good chance it could be cancer if its only been happening for 1 - 5 years, i would get it checked before you find out it has spread. Simple tumor in the bowl will cause this.
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Re: Sticky Poo!

Postby Jezza » Mon Oct 26, 2009 12:57 am

HI,

I have been having the same problem with the sticky poo. It's very uncomfortable. I went to see my doctor and they just gave me a couple of pills and sent me out the door. I felt better for a few days but it didn't fix the problem a month later i went back to the doctor and they gave me more pills and sent me out the door. After the second batch of pills did nothing to me i took the matter in to my own hands. I changed my diet by cutting out GLUTEN. This is a hard thing to do as gluten is in most things we eat. Gluten is in wheat so it cuts out all the good things. Bread, pastry, biscuits, BEER............. the list goes on. After not eating any Gluten for 2 weeks i was fixed. 90% better. Normal hard stools with minimal whipping. It was the best thing every and i strongly suggest that anyone with sticky poo and bowel problems cuts out Gluten from their diet just to see what happens. I have had blood tests to see if i have ab intolerance to gluten but they came back negative. Don't always trust the blood test.

If anyone else knows how to prevent the sticky poo bowel problem in any other way please tell me. Thanks
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Re: Sticky Poo!

Postby Veryscared » Wed Feb 24, 2010 1:18 am

I too have sticky poo. In 2006 I went through extreme stress of losing someone I love, then I had bloody diarrhea for a few days, and I mean lots of blood. It went away and then about a year later I had bloody diarrhea again. Then a year later, same thing. Finally, in 2009, I started really having trouble for a while. In October, I had bloody diarrhea and cramping and lots of gas for about 2 weeks. Since then, I have had stomach cramps after I eat and occaisionally blood in loose stools and very sticky stools. I am wondering if I have cancer. I am 37 yr old female. I am scared.
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Re: Sticky Poo!

Postby jenhopesprays » Wed Feb 24, 2010 7:38 pm

Very Scared,

Get yourself to a gastroenterologist as soon as possible. You need things to be looked at and you need to know why you are bleeding. This is not normal.

Ask for a colonoscopy and do be scared yet. You can deal with this thing if you face it. Colon cancer is 90% curable if caught at an earlier stage. Just because you have blood, doesn't mean you have a late stage or that you have it at all.

BUT, you must get yourself looked at. OK???

Let us know.
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17 rounds of folfox.
12/08 ovary tumor removed with HIPEC followed by
8 rounds of folfiri w/Avastin
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