sometimes runny, sometimes solid, always hurting

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Denise asks:

There are some day I get runny stools, and then right after I get hard stools. I am never -- its off and on. My back is hurting and my legs, and I get pains shooting down. I'm not sure if it is my back from work, or what. Do I need to eat more fiber? Please help.

Dear Denise,

Sounds like you have a case of Sciatica. This occurs when there is some kind of pressure on the sciatic nerve in the lower back. It causes pains in the lower back, and shooting down the legs. It can be caused by injury to a disk, arthritis and even constipation.

As far as having intermittent runny and hard stools, that is also indicative of constipation. You probably would benefit from eating more fiber. A good flushing is probably in order as well. Any type of colon cleansing product that is fiber-based without harsh chemicals would be good.

You should also make sure that you are using proper body mechanics at work when lifting or bending.

Thanks for asking Motherload!

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15 Comments on "sometimes runny, sometimes solid, always hurting"

GottaGoGirl's picture
i 2000+ points

"I am never -- "

What does this mean?

Cyanocobalamin's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

I often get a similar, sharp pain right above my right buttock, right around the top of the sacrum......but it doesn't seem to affect my poop habits. It's usually from standing still too long on the job. As for fiber: Soluble fiber helps build bulk in the stool, whereas insoluble fiber comes out looking pretty much like it does going in.

Fart Poopie's picture
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If you decide to take fiber supplements be sure you drink A LOT of water throughout the day. Increasing your fiber intake without increasing your water intake can make you even more constipated.

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My dad suffered from sciatica, and it could put him out of commision easily. To this day I think pilates and yoga can help. It also helps to lose a bit of weight if you're overweight.

Back pain is not fun. My husband is currently suffering from slipped discs that go in and out. I wish this on no one.

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healthy 1's picture
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Listen to FP's advice, drink lots of water, of the fiber will act as a plug, and make your constipation worse.

Two good colon cleansers are Dr. Natura and Sonne's #7.

Both require lots of water, and the Dr Natura will also require some time and patience, as it is a very comprehensive program.
Watch out for the deadly F4, though he's been gone since '53, he will be back.

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Anomalous Coward's picture
k 500+ points

I useta git them thar shootin' pains in muh legs too afore I stopped carryin' muh gun in muh hip pocket.

I believe you are being afflicted by demons of ass and dungness. For just $49.95 I will send you a roll of specially blessed toilet paper that will cure all your bowel ills.

At the risk of repeating myself, if you have a health issue that concerns you, your doctor is your best resource, not us loonies on a poop humor page.

(Public service message: To all non-loonies who frequent this page, the above is not intended to reflect on your mental health status. Any similarities between you and a screwball are highly coincidental and amusing.)

the log of hazzard's picture
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Oh crap, I think I have sciatica. Motherload, is it possible to have this pain on and off? Like, 2 months-7 months for no pain, a week of pain kind of on and off? Arthritis is not in my best intrest....

Some are born crappy, some achieve crappiness, and some have crapiness thrusted upon them. (Do NOT be the last one)

Some are born crappy, some achieve crappiness, and some have crapiness thrusted upon them. (Do NOT be the last one)

Motherload's picture
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Log, intermittent sciatica is experienced by a lot of folks. To learn more, go here:

Always looking out for number two!

Always looking out for number two!

Iba Kon Golden The DIARRHEA NINJA's picture
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"One of the most common benign spinal cord tumors is called an "intraspinal schwannoma" (a.k.a. neurilemmoma) and is a slowly growing tumor of Schwann cells, the cells that make the myelin covering for nerves. Since these tumors usually begin in the sensory spinal roots, the most common presentation is pain radiating down the nerves coming out of that part of the spinal cord. Someone with a tumor at the level of the lower lumbar spine or upper sacral spine would probably have low back pain. Intraspinal schwannomas are usually solitary (only one of them), well-demarcated (good for removing by surgery), and sometimes grow into a "dumb-bell" shape. When these tumors get big enough, they eventually compress the spinal cord and give you symptoms of pain (shooting down the back of the leg to the foot), numbness or tingling in the same area, weakness (foot drop occurs with a tumor in the lower back), and urinary and/or bowel incontinence (also with a tumor in the lower back). It is important to remember that the pain and sensory loss come first with the weakness and incontinence coming last. The weakness and incontinence indicate an emergency, meaning the tumor is really bad and must be removed immediately to try to relieve the compression and avoid permanent damage (which there could be anyway)."

Get yourself checked out, now.

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I get shooting pains in my ass, too. It happens every time I read one of Evelyn's posts.
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ChiknGreez's picture
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Oh yeah good job, everyone has tumors let's panic and run amock! Quick! Lie on the floor and run in circles! You could even have ghonnaherpasyphhilitis!!

Anonymous Coward's picture

for a couple of months now on and off ive had messy stools , ive had to wipe alot and its made my butt sensitive. it seems like it isnt healing. almost every time i go poop it burns and itches after i go . even if i clean it really good. i went to the doctor and she said it was a rash she gave me some nystatin triamcinolone ointment . but it dosent feel any better, i quit eating spicy foods but it dosent help. this is painful and irritating i need help im a 20 year old female.. i dont have any bumps or anything, it isnt swollen its just red and burning

Anonymous Coward's picture

That happens with me as well, I just wash my ass in the sink after every poop and it keeps it in check. Always be sure the sink can support you before sitting in it.

Anonymous Coward's picture

why is my poop always pasty

toostinky's picture

I had similar symptoms in my 20's, that just got worse and worse over time. After 2 decades of suffering, and many different doctors, one finally found I had severe endometriosis that eventually involved my colon and had to have part of it removed. Endometriosis can involve any part of your body, mine stayed isolated to the pelvic area, it caused sciatic pain, back pain, unpredictable, sometimes horribly painful BMs. The lesions wrapped around my ureter and every time I had to pee I knew because my back hurt worse. Endometriosis doesn't just cause pain around that time of month, it can cause pain everyday in many ways.

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