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I recently noticed that there was an indentation in my poops. Its not
very deep, but it is noticeable and runs along the entire length of my poop.
What could be causing this? I've never noticed it before, and I always
look at my poop.
Something is apparently sticking out in the passage as the poop passes by. Since the indentation is visible down the entire length of the poo, I think it would be safe to assume that whatever is in the way is probably close to the rectum, since the poop has to have been fairly well formed already for this to be clearly visible.
It could be an internal hemorrhoid that has swollen and hardened enough to scrape off the poop instead of bursting open and bleeding all over it.
The other possibility is that it is a polyp or tumor somewhere along the intestinal lumen, most likely in the colon or rectum. These can be benign or cancerous and need to be investigated by a doctor as soon as possible to determine which, and what type of treatment is needed.
A trip to the doctor is definitely called for in this case. Any time something is interfering with the finished product of your poop factory, it is time for an inspection of the plant.
Thanks for asking Motherload!
Motherload is a 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.