poop the rainbow

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Jessika asks:

For eight years now, I've been having yellow poop, chronic pain under my right ribcage, indigestion, chronic constipation, and bad reactions (e.g. diarrhea) to certain foods. I've been tested for liver disease, with no results; but when an ultrasound was done for gallstones, I had sludge. Mind you, this was some years ago. I'm still having symptoms! The most recent symptoms including whitish, beige, and green stool. It bounces between those, then decides to return to normal after about a week of freaking out. I've changed my diet to accommodate, but recently I've been eating a lot of junk food.

Someone told me the whitish poop could be undigested fat. IS THAT TRUE?!

Dear Jessika,

You need to get to a gastroenterologist. White poop is usually indicative of a blockage in the bile ducts. Your gallbladder could be seriously diseased at this point. The sludge detected years ago could have progressed into stones by now and could very well be what is causing your pain and crazy colored poo.

My guess is that you are experiencing intermittent blockage episodes that are turning the poop white. Then, once the blockage "shifts" or breaks through the duct, you get an excess of bile in the intestines that is turning the poo green. You need to get checked out again and demand that the proper tests be done this time until a cause is found.

Ask to have a complete blood workup involving cholesterol, lipids, liver function, and a complete metabolic panel, for starters. This can be ordered by your general practitioner. After that, I suggest getting a referral to a gastro doc to do more specific testing for digestive disorders.

In the meantime, quit eating so much junk food and at least try to eat a well-balanced diet including fiber and water!

Thanks for asking Motherload!

P.S. Skittles candy's slogan is "taste the rainbow." Yours could be "SMELL the rainbow!"

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.

8 Comments on "poop the rainbow"

pnuttycorn's picture
k 500+ points

I'm glad I never liked Skittles.

Deja Poo's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorj 1000+ points

Holy Chrome. Is there where they get those funny white sausages that they serve as breakfast to over to overnight flyers on Aerowaffe?

So, Jessika, if ML's advice doesn't work out for you, your next career might be as the in-flight prep cook for Lufthansa.
My special needs kid crapped in your honor roll student's backpack.

Yo quiero Taco Bell.

Hum bunger's picture
l 100+ points

I hope you get some help Jessika.

Meanwhile you have the opportunity to pursue full spectrum poop. You already have yellow, what's lacking are the other two primary colors. Like the cartridge in a printer all that you need to do now is add red and blue. The elusive technicolor poo is yours for the taking!

shitwit's picture
k 500+ points

Taste the rainbow!!! Smell the rainbow!!! Hahahaha! That's great! Especially since Skittles now come in CHOCOLATE! Every time we see that commercial we joke about "chocolate rain" and how you can make your own chocolate rain if you're a skilled acrobat and lactose intolerant!

Rock-n-roll! Poopy-poo!

Rock-n-roll! Poopy-poo!

The Shit Volcano's picture
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Jessika, Motherload is on the right track with getting tested. I would add to her list something known as a HIDA scan. Just because you didn't have stones does not mean your gallbladder is not sick and causing blockage. In my case, the main cystic duct out of the gallbladder was seriously inflamed and was actually swelling shut on occasion, causing almost identical symptoms to yours (except I never had white poop).

I had a complete blood count, which came up normal. My liver panel was also normal, as was an ultrasound done on my gallbladder. However, a physical manipulation of the area around my gallbladder (the lower right ribcage area) was extremely tender when touched, I was actually frequently bedridden with general malaise and exhaustion, and the doctor knew there was something wrong.

When I went for the HIDA scan, they found something immediately. There were no gallstones, but the scan did reveal that my gallbladder was not draining properly. You could almost see the swollen duct and the bile regurgitating back into the gallbladder. The scan also caused my first and only gallbladder attack. (I can see why people mistake them for heart attacks.)

I think you probably have the same condition I did, written up by my surgeon as "chronic cholecystitis" (sp?). The disease, if left to long, can be fatal in as many as fifty percent of cases, according to one source I read. When my gallbladder was removed the whole side was covered with disgusting lesions, which were actually on the outside and a sign that it may have actually had a small rupture. (As of yet, I do not have my scanner working, or I'd send a link to the picture the surgeon took for me.)

The affects of this disease often go undiagnosed for years because doctors seem to not know how to handle a gallbladder unless it is full of stones. In the case of plain old infection/inflammation, there are no stones or loose, moving blockages to detect. Just a swollen bile duct.

And, as you stated, it is probably a good idea to lay off the junk food. It only makes it worse. In the late stages of my disease, one cheeseburger almost made me call an ambulance simply from the tremendous pressure. (Not an actual gallbladder attack, but I could feel something was not right.)

Good luck.

Born right the first time.

I found Jesus! He was behind the sofa the whole time!

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Hey Motherload, if you read this: My little cub, who just turned five years old, has always pooped green. Always. We all eat the same things and have normal health, but DungCubby is the only who has green poop.

Should I be concerned?

Motherload's picture
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Hey DungDaddy, my guess is that DungCubby is just dungdandy and there should be no reason for concern based simply on his poo's preferred color of green. Grape Kool-Aid or other purple colored drinks that are popular with most kids his age contribute to some pretty cool green hues in the doo-doo.

As long as he is growing and not showing signs of illness I wouldn't worry about it.
Always looking out for number two!

Always looking out for number two!

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