algae-esque matter in my poop

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SR Asks:

I took a poop today. I always take a look at my creation. Today I saw something like fur intertwined in my poop. It looked fibrous -- not like something I ate, but like something that grew in my poop. Is that possible? I hope not... it had that algea-in-the-ocean look, but it was not green. What is it? I don't eat anything that looks like this.


Dear SR,

It's probably nothing more than the way that particular poop formed during processing. Sometimes loosely formed stool has a furry appearance.

Maybe there is an overgrowth of algae in your local water supply. I know around here where I live, about twice a year a vague odor similar to a dirty fish tank can be smelled when running hot water out of the tap. I live right next to a reservoir "lake" and the water treatment plant is just down the road. They eventually kill the smell with a nice big dump of extra chlorine, which gives our tap water a greenish hue for a few days, but clears up the smell and kills off the excess algae.

Try swallowing a live goldfish and see if it comes out swimming. If so, then you probably do have some algae growing in there. Your local pool and spa supply store may have some helpful chemicals you could try.

Motherload is Certified Nurse Assistant as well as an IBS sufferer, which means she knows a lot about poop. Got a question for her? Ask it here.

23 Comments on "algae-esque matter in my poop"

daphne's picture
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These types of questions intrique the hell out of me and always have. I think I've read here that sometimes your intestines shed their inner lining. Is that right? If you had eaten something with tons of food coloring lately, would it be possible that this shedding would be a different color, or is that totally impossible? You know, Motherload, nothing like this every happens to me. I have boring poop. Yawn.

Sigh. Well at least I have first post and all that. Weeeeeeeee.


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"I saw something like fur intertwined in my poop" - SR, you `ll have to stop sticking hamsters up your ass.

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Double Flush's picture
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This reminds me of SamDamnit!'s "lettuce lace." Maybe you are simply seeing some undigested plant material--plants' cell walls are made of cellulose, which we can't digest. It just passes through quietly.

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I'm with Flushy. I think it is plant fibers of some sort.
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healthy 1's picture
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Hmm, I have heard of this problem.

Maybee you are something that you normally don't. It has happened to me a couple of times, I can only speculate what causes this. It could be your intestines shedding.
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Next time you see something inexplicable in your poop, pull it out and examine it more closely if it so intrigues you.

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I get those a lot...usually it's leftover salad or spinach. Nothing weird at all.


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My guess is left over plant material. Sometimes I'll eat a lot of apples and get the skin in my poop the next day. It wierded me out for a while until I combined 2 and 2.

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Fart Poopie's picture
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DF, sometimes it doesn't pass through so quietly...

Anal About Poop's picture
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Did you happen to eat any Chia Pet seeds? I bet I'll see that these holiday. The Chia Turd.

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Chia turd? I'd buy it.


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Anonymous Coward's picture

Ectoplasm - you have a ghost inhabiting your asshole. Who ya gonna call...?

Seriously I'd have to go with the plant fiber theory.

Poothor's picture

This is most likely mucous. It's very common in food allergies, or in cases where an irritant is consumed (like alcohol.) It may also be, as some of the other posters mentioned, undigested cellulose.

Daphne - the human intestinal endothelium does not "shed" like the uterine lining, but severe tissue damage due to amoebic dysentery or similar pathogens can cause cell death resulting in sloughing of dead tissue. This is an extremely painful and potentially life-threatening condition though, so it's unlikely the poster is suffering from amoebic dysentery.

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My vote is for plant material too. Salad can come out looking quite fresh and leafy at times.


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Anonymous Coward's picture

Its called mucoid plaque. Google it.

GottaGoGirl's picture
i 2000+ points

Um...I'll pass, but thanks. You're very kind.

Moldy's picture

Hi,

I have the same problem! I poop daily, big ones two. I eat a lot of veggies and fruit. I had a baby fifteen months ago, ans when he turned about 3 months old, I started having what looks like white fungus growing in my poop.
I don't know what causes it, could it be some sort of intestinal yeast infection caused my hormonal changes (I had a vaginal yeast infection when it started)? Could it be my diet? Could it be the parasitic waste (I don't itch, and I haven't seen any worms or anything)?
All I know is my poop float, I heard that is bad. It is covered in the white, stingy, almost worm like growths that look like they have roots coming of them. (It isn't a worm, believe my, as gross as it is I inspected it close up, very well, several time. Don't worry, I washed my hands.) Really it looks as though I I've had the same turd sitting inside my for months of something, and a plant started growing from it! But I usually go daily.
I mean it is so disturbing looking I showed it to my husband and he was shocked. Every time I relieve myself it is the same thing. I want to go to the doctor about it, but I don't have insurance and I can't afford it. Any ideas?

healthy 1's picture
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My above comment doesn't make a lick of sense. What I meant to say was: Maybee you ate something that you normaly don't.

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liv's picture

My poo was bright orange, almost looked like it was blood tinged. How does this happen?

The Shit Volcano's picture
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Liv, there is an article hiding around the site that discusses this very problem. Take a look around under the Orange Oil article. It's the fish.

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So, uh, this past summer I had to "drop the kids off" or at least that's what I thought my retarded bowels were letting me know it was time to do --b4 I get in the tinkle room, tho, I was exp the most unrelenting, I-drank-loads-of-booze-the-night-b4-even-tho-i-really-didn't pain circulating throughout my abdomen, getting more n'more painful the lower it got;

-- I'd actually been suffering the same sorta b.s. (not ibs, b.s. as in the bull-kind) for approx. 6 to 8 mos. prior to the eventful night of internal colonic misery I'm typing of now, n no matter what, how hard I'd try, how long I'd sit there, and n e other tactic's I'd try, NOTHING would fall past that one sure-as-shit point where everybody just knows it gonna come out! It's like the poo gets stuck er sumthin, just above my rectum, er whatever part inside causes everyone to let out that uncontrollable, yet awesome relief when ur body just pushes the crap out so u don't have to try n e more --

hopefully this'll help someone here to help me figure what in the world is going on --I'm on a methadone maintanence program, and if n e one here knows about opiod's, natural, pharma, or synthetic, they totally bind the ever-living-life out of u! On top of that, i've suffered from fairly regular intervals of severe constipation since I was 10 yrs old (which *sigh* has been for the past 19 yrs.) Nonetheless, b4 I got on the methadone prog., n'I was still using, strange but luckily, my bowel habits actually became rather normal and healthy believe it or not! Then I go n'try to get cleaned up to start my life anew, and here I am, 3.5 yrs after beginning methadone treatment, and I'm STILL totally bound up, regardless of my physician telling me to stick to stool softeners since apples' n'tomatoes pectin, prunes, and so on were seriously NOT doing

    shit

! Oh, and a lil more on my retarded bowel-history --man, how embarrassing, I'm telling u all my gnarly secrets, but I was bulemic (laxative-dependent) from 14 thru 21.

Okay, so back to one night this past summer, now that u all got the gist of my poo history; I was crampin real bad, go to the potty like I can't hold it 5 secs longer, plop down and NOTHING!? So, oh yeah, also since I started the methadone program and daily allowance of stool softeners, I seemed to have totally lost my body's natural ability to notify me of when poo triggers that one point in everybody's intestines to let you know when to run to the toilet --that stimulation I used to get like everyone else where goosebumps, watery eyes, and that seemingly overwhelming rectal adrenaline is just GONE! Not there anymore --seriously, and totally very sadly, my body does not let me know when it's time to go poo n e more, so I have to guess every 3 to 4 days and use sodium phosophates enema's cuz good ole mineral oil just wasn't doing the trick after the 2nd time I tried it.

So nothing was going on, per usual, so I went to use the enema and then I was able to get something out but unlike any other time, regardless of how bloated n'full my abdomen felt and regardless of how I could still feel the solid pressure in my colon, for the life of me I could NOT get n e more out! SO I was mega-pissed off and decided to clean up and then go to bed, except when I pulled the wipey back out to check it (grody, I know, but it's been a habit since I began menstruating) it had what looked like, well, tissue membrane complete w/tiny capillary veins in some sections! You bet your ass I was freaked out like no other!!! So I continued to clean up until no more was apparent on my wipey's, and then took a peek to see what in the world came out of me! I kid you not, aw man, I was so creeped out, everything that came out, which felt kinda like diarrhea, nothing really solid came out, in the toilet was all this translucent pink body tissue, like uh, like I guess it looked like wet skin but almost jelly-like. I've had the mucous-poo and it was totally not that; I've also experienced the salad/fruit-poo and it wasn't that either. It was sincerely like NOTHING I had EVER seen my own body produce in my entire life!

The next day I told my ma, sister, n'best friend what had gone on in the toilet the night before --all of them are aware of my incredibly irregular bowels, and each one of them were instantly concerned; my first thought, which wasn't exactly a "new" thought since I'd always figured my intestines n'bowels would be the death of me, I thought I finally got colon cancer or something from all the natural problems on top of the problems I intentionally added to the stress of my bowels. My family n'friends begged me to go to the doctor, but it didn't happen again after that one night last summer, so I figured it was some weird fluke or something. However, last night I was experiencing that horrible cramping in my gut again, which I hadn't experienced for quite a while now, and regardless of having continued on with stool softeners which actually were helping my bowels for a couple of years, these past 2 mos., I've not been able to produce a healthy amount of waste from my bowels; and last night, the tissue-membrane stuff was there again, but this time it looked like a lot of white rather than translucent pink tissue, and for some reason, I don't know if anyone can tell me why, but since I've been on the methadone program, my body hasn't not produce ONE single long bowel movement in over 3.5 yrs! What comes out is poo in lil balls, like rabbit poo, but bigger, more human-sized, which range from dime-size to egg-size, almost as if my body digests each bite of food as I swallow it rather than collecting it all in one, big poo.

I don't know man, but I'm kinda scared to go to my doctor, even though I totally know I NEED to take advantage of having a physician in times like these (I'm in California) where not only the entire nation's economy is shit, but California's been cutting out entire categories of people's lives rather than just a lil bit at a time; I lost my dental in July, who knows when and if they're gonna cut medical entirely from the poor! I'm just really scared the doc's gonna tell me what I've always feared -plus I'm totally freaked out if I have to have some sort of front yard hose with a camera on the end of it in my toot! I know, grow up, right? Pshaw, ok, if anyone can tell me what's going on and it's something totally frightening and life threatening, or could eventually become that, I'll go to my doctor.

So, please tell me anything you can, if you've read my entire non-fiction book on my personal intestinal and psychiatric disorders that I've posted here; I'll seriously appreciate any n'all sincere feedback. Thanks a lot!

ChiliKahKah's picture
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I think you are re-living an old Star Trek program. I am sure Dr. Bones was able to solve the problem but only after Kirk fell in love, Scotty saved the enterprise and Spok used his tri-corder and the vulan neck pinch to save the day.

Anonymous Coward's picture

To my bowels hate me, just wondering if you ever went to the doc. I too am on the methadone maintenance program which added insult to injury in reference to me every having any sort of what a normal person would feel when that times hit. Already was I constipated to the hilt, the methadone shut down all operation of my gastric health. Phillips Magnesia taken every three days, I hate hate hate that cherry flavored Satan juice, but it usually always manages to deplete me of every ounce of hydration I previously had in my body. As far as what you were saying about what horrors you have seen, since this program I'm on, I too have seen horrors which I concluded that I must, no doubt about it, must have cancer in the last stage. I'm serious. Now comes my visits to three different doctors. One passing me to the other to only be abused by their simple ignorance toward methadone users. Have you not enjoyed that yet. If not, be prepared, the last fool told me , "yes, you are a very very ill woman, what would you like me to do, you are on a powerful drug. Damn idiot, OK, I'm not going to leave here, go sit on a corner, grab hug a street light pole like and sit there and shake, you idiot. I happen to be in excellent physical shape at 47 years of age. I could out run his fat butt any time, I merely crushed my ankle in my past, was on hydros for over 8 months and send me to the chair, but yes, I became addicted. Anyways, they checked for parasites, negative, just the thought of that crap, not sure if would rather have a disease than damn worms eating on my insides, just too sick. Please let me know your outcome to your problem.

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