my poop smells like grease

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Frank asks,

Dear Motherload,

I recently started having some strange abdominal and bowel activity. I haven't gotten any good answers from my doctor, but maybe you can help.

About two weeks ago now, I started bloating and having strange pains two-to-three inches to the left of my belly button and in the upper left and right of my abdomen. I also had a lot of gas, burping, and other strange symptoms. I visited the doctor and he thought I might have gallstones. I'm an otherwise fairly healthy, big, tall twenty-year-old male with no history of stomach pains or problems except for some bad acid reflux (which hasn't been bothering me recently). Based on the pain I was having and the way it was feeling, gallstones didn't seem to be a bad guess, and I actually think I passed a few. I got my blood tested just in case it was liver-related (because of the location of the pain) and all the tests came back normal, including liver function tests.

My gallbladder attacks have gone away, but I'm still bloated and gassy. My current weight is about 255, but my normal weight is around 240. And I am still dealing with some strange abdominal discomfort which now seems more digestive tract related because it feels like indigestion.

Here's where your expertise comes in: my stomach issues have been effecting my bowel movements in a way that really doesn't make much sense to me. In all honestly, when I take a crap, it smells like I shat a Happy Meal. My poop smells like greasy-fatty-grimness, and something about it reminds me of burger grease.

I noticed this strange scent some time last week. I had to see what was going on, so I wiped and looked and noticed that my excrement even had a strange glossiness to it. Sections of the paper that weren't even brown were strangely glossed. Call me strange, but I dared myself to get a good whiff of the TP just to make sure I wasn't going crazy; and lo and behold, it smelled like a big greaseball.

My doctor didn't think much of it. He asked me if I was eating anything especially greasy, and in all honesty, my diet hasn't changed; if anything, it's gotten better to lower my risks of future gallbladder attacks, and I'm not eating enough grease to fry a turkey in.

My father has some sort of intestinal disorder/discomfort that he takes Metamucil for, but it set on at the age of forty-seven, not twenty. I started taking it just to see if it would help, and while it's made my movements more normal and normally spaced out, the scent hasn't changed.

Any thoughts on my greasy turds would be greatly appreciated.


Dear Frank,

OK, so you don't eat enough grease to fry a turkey, but that doesn't tell me how much grease you do eat. Could you fry a pheasant? A duck? Quail? Maybe a turtle dove? Or perhaps a hummingbird? Could it be that your shit smells like happy meals because you just happen to eat a lot at the same establishment that serves them?

I suspect that you were on the right track with the gallbladder thing. Just because your liver function and gallbladder tests are okay right now doesn't mean that you still couldn't have some issues with the digestion of fat. You should also get your cholesterol levels checked. Even though you are in your early twenties, it's never too early to try to eat healthier and drink plenty of water.

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.












16 Comments on "my poop smells like grease"

chaos321's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

I can relate to the smell portion of the story. I eat Cheerio's for breakfast and can smell them when I take a good shit!

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PINWORM's picture
l 100+ points

It's all about diet. What goes in comes out if your body doesn't like it.

And although you THINK you are not eating a grease heavy diet, you might be without even knowing it. It's not just fried chicken and french fries..it's chips, cookies, sauces, gravy, glaze, gloss, and all kinds of chemical additives designed to keep your food held together, preserved, suspended, and textured. And we eat more of it than we think we do.

If you have a bacterial imbalance in your guts (and it happens to all of us sometimes) much of these substances will just pass right through and out your ass..especially "Olestra", an additive that provides all the taste of grease without allowing itself to be absorbed. Most Frito Lay products have this..but it's also in other foods and drinks.

Gassy bloating, pain and mucus (mistakenly thought to be for "grease" because it shares similar fluid properties) can also be the result of an inability to digest something due to an intolerance for it..the most common culprits are dairy products..cheese, milk, icecream, cream cheese, sour cream, yogurt etc.

Take acidophilus for a few days..it's "good" bacteria...it might restore your bacterial balance..otherwise it's time to pay attention to everything that goes in your mouth.

sittingpretty's picture
Comment Quality Moderatori 2000+ points

Yeah, I know that smell. Have you eaten any Koala shaped meatloaf lately?

...And their flesh like dung. Zeph. 1:17

pnuttycorn's picture
k 500+ points

You're not taking Alli are you?
It will make you poo grease.

Hieronymous Bowels's picture
l 100+ points

Frank, I had some extra time so I read up on this for you.

Greasy stools are consistent with conditions that affect the function of the gall bladder. Your gall bladder contains digestive enzymes that aid in the breakdown of fatty acids in the gut. Even a partial blockage of the ducts that deliver these enzymes to the gut can result in incomplete break-down of fatty acids, and their subsequent absorbtion by the large intestine. These fats pass through the large intestine to your colon, and are evacuated as greasy poo.

You don't have to eat an especially high fat diet for this to happen.

What you should be most concerned about are symptoms that may indicate severely compromised gall bladder function, or the presence of food-borne hepatitis A: these symptoms include a yellow to orange cast to the skin, chronic itching, extremely dark urine and discolored stools. If you notice any of these symptoms you may want to request that your physician give you a referral to see a gastroenterologist-a doctor who specializes in digestive tract issues.

Hope this helps...
(I'm not a doctor or a nurse, I'm a medical librarian in training)

shitwit's picture
k 500+ points

Yeah, I can relate to the food intolerance issue. The mucousy runs that I get when I ingest anything containig dairy are the nastiest poops anyone can doo. Quite stinky too. I haven't noticed a "greasy" smell to them, but definitely foul.

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The Shit Volcano's picture
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As a gallbladder disease survivor, I can say that your symptoms virtually mirror mine. I was bloated and had pressure in my lower right chest area whenever I ate. I also had what I thought was acid reflux on a semi-regular basis, as well as extremely sticky, greasy poop.

The doctor gave me an ultrasound for gallstones, but there were none. He ran a blood test for liver function (because I had slight yellowing in my eyes) and nothing abnormal appeared.

It turns out there are millions of resources and studies on gallstones, but very few for gallbladder infection. I ended up having a similar situation in my gallbladder to appendicitis, and if it is left too long the result is the same. Rupture.

You may also have other symptoms that you are not thinking about, and I don't know if you do or not but I will mention them anyway. Exhaustion, chronic aches and pains, and a slight yellowing under your eyelids. Breathlessness, low exercise endurance, and tightness in the chest.

I saw doctors for nearly twenty years for my chronic symptoms and they diagnosed me by jumping to conclusions rather than running any worthwhile tests. The routine was always the same: test for anemia, test for hypothyroidism, then diagnose depression. Many gallbladder disease sufferers are diagnosed with depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, or some other form of chronic pain. Those with digestive symptoms are diagnosed with the old stand-by scapegoat, IBS.

By the time I was diagnosed with gallbladder disease, it had developed into a life-threatening infection. Almost the day after the surgeon removed my gallbladder, my other weird symptoms vanished, never to return. That included the low endurance (according to the doctors, "asthma"), chronic exhaustion ("depression"), aches and pains ("chronic fatigue syndrome"), and heartburn ("GERD"). They have not returned and I have a life for the first time in twenty years.

Oh, and older age is not a factor in gallbladder disease. Indeed, many of the survivors I have met are between sixteen and thirty, not considered "old" at all.

The good thing is, if you catch it early, gallbladder disease can be managed and possibly reversed before ever needing surgery like mine. Reduce the saturated fat in your diet, eat more peppers (yes, peppers), and do some research on dietary suggestions for gallbladder issues. I know there are plenty of websites with information.

Good luck. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. And don't listen to those doctors who try to throw medicine at you without a real diagnosis. Find one who knows what he/she is talking about.

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krewdizzle's picture

Dear Poop Doc,

Today i experienced the worst stomach ache, so i thought a few farts would relieve it. Little did I know that when I farted I felt like my buns had been greased because they was slippery. I was a little curious so i stuck me finger up about an inch from my ass hole and my finger looked like it had been covered in the type of grease you find on pizza. I was a little worried so I took a dump. grease literally started running down my ass cheeks. I knew for a fact that it was grease because I saw it floating in the toilet water just like regular grease floats in water. This whole day I have been looking for an explanation but cannot find one.

ChiliKahKah's picture
j 1000+ points

Trust me, avoid either onion chips at White Castle or onion rings at Burger King. Eating either product will make you pray that your farts smelled as mild as grease.

Anonymous Coward's picture

krewdizzle, sounds like you've blown a gasket and now your oil is leaking into your exhaust. You're not really a Ford, are you?

Russell's picture
l 100+ points

Frank, you should drink lots of water.
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sittingpretty's picture
Comment Quality Moderatori 2000+ points

krewdizzle, how about making an appointment with a gastroenteologist.
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...And their flesh like dung. Zeph. 1:17

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Anonymous Coward's picture

my stool smells like cheese when I eat a lot of dairy

Mrs. Mad Crapper's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorj 1000+ points

I don't want to now what my poopies smell like. I dump those bastards and run.
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ChiliKahKah's picture
j 1000+ points

Note to self, avoid greasy food at state fair food kiosks.

Anonymous Coward's picture

I can relate to the onion rings comment.... if I eat those, they come out smelling like they did when they went in. Only with poopy mixed in. It is disgusting. I do think that it is a liver and/or gallbladder issue, though, because I have gained a lot of weight and have started having trouble with indigestion and undigested things in very smelly poo (a problem I have never had before).

Time to eat more fruit and veg and exercise more, I guess.

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