Worried about stool color change: Green

Posted by januaryjane @januaryjane, May 25 4:38pm

I have slow transit constipation and ibs. Lately ive had extra trouble with both. I know usually you shouldnt worry about green stool, but mine has been green lately and also my mucus from ibs has turned green. Im not eating much, nothing green that i remember. I will monitor it but just wondering about it. I know mucus can be green but mine has never been. Id appreciate any thoughts! Thanks

Hello @januaryjane, You will notice I changed your discussion title to better describe your question. Not that long ago I was having issues with some off color stools and did find a page with a funny title that really put it all in easy to understand layman's terms. The document from UMass says a green stool may indicate too much bile is present. Food may be moving through your body too quickly, not giving bile the time that it needs to break down.

Oh, Poop. Everything you need to know about your #2 — https://www.umassmemorialhealthcare.org/sites/umass-memorial-hospital/files/Documents/Services/Surgery/UMass_Colorectal_Inforgraphic_0316.pdf

Have you had a chance to ask your primary care doctor about what may be the cause?

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Hello @januaryjane, You will notice I changed your discussion title to better describe your question. Not that long ago I was having issues with some off color stools and did find a page with a funny title that really put it all in easy to understand layman's terms. The document from UMass says a green stool may indicate too much bile is present. Food may be moving through your body too quickly, not giving bile the time that it needs to break down.

Oh, Poop. Everything you need to know about your #2 — https://www.umassmemorialhealthcare.org/sites/umass-memorial-hospital/files/Documents/Services/Surgery/UMass_Colorectal_Inforgraphic_0316.pdf

Have you had a chance to ask your primary care doctor about what may be the cause?

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Thank you so much John. Ill look up this link. Unfortunately, Ive had trouble finding a PC, but I do work with my Gastroenterologists office. I have to talk to them soon anyway, but I dont want to make a fuss if its nothing.

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