poop the rainbow
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?!
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.