Clay colored stool and change in diet

Posted by imatine @imatine, Oct 26 3:04pm

I had a Clay-Colored stool 2 days ago. What changed is 1) I started eating lots of oatmeal, flaxseeds, chia seeds, etc. 2)I had my gallbladder removed through laproscopy 2 months ago. Almost 2 weeks ago I had a blood test and all my liver functions were very good. So, I don't know if anyone here had a similar problem, and do you think it's more about the change in diet? Thanks in advance for your help 🙏🏼

Hi imatine,
If the pale stools continue you should consult with a physician and rule out a bile duct blockage. It is possible that scar tissue is forming due to the recent removal of your gallbladder two months ago. It is very good news that your liver functions are good right now. I'm not a doctor, but I would think the diet you described may affect a stools firmness or the frequency of movements, but it shouldn't affect the color. Hopefully this issue has already resolved and you are back to normal.

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@imatine It may or may not be of concern. If it is constant.. or just sometimes… You should let your surgeon know.

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@that_girl

Hi imatine,
If the pale stools continue you should consult with a physician and rule out a bile duct blockage. It is possible that scar tissue is forming due to the recent removal of your gallbladder two months ago. It is very good news that your liver functions are good right now. I'm not a doctor, but I would think the diet you described may affect a stools firmness or the frequency of movements, but it shouldn't affect the color. Hopefully this issue has already resolved and you are back to normal.

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Thanks so much @thatgirl I really appreciate it 🙏🏼

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@imatine, I agree with @that_girl and @fourof5zs. If the changes persist, consult your surgeon. Any difference in your stool today?

You may also be interested in these discussions:
– Abdominal Issues/ change in Stool?: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/abdominal-issues-change-in-stool/
– Worried about stool color change: Green: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/color-changes/

And this Mayo Clinic Expert Q&A
– Stool color: When to worry: https://www.mayoclinic.org/stool-color/expert-answers/faq-20058080

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