my poop smells like grease
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.
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.