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I have had an embarassing issue for a few years now. My stool is very sticky; it takes a very long time to wipe myself totally clean. I would say on average, it takes 20 minutes for me to wipe myself until totally clean. While this is not a big deal when I am alone, it is embarassing because sometimes people are like "why did it take you so long." I also use a role of toilet paper a day, and have to flush the toilet about 4-5 times so I dont clog the toilet (which is also embarrassing "why are you flusing so much?"). The even more disgusting part is that I have to go and rewipe shortly thereafter because more poo has been excreted out. I have no control over this and have just gotten used to wiping again about an hour after I initially wiped.

I did see one site where thousands of others have posted with similar issues so I know I am not the only one but no one has a definite solution. The best explanation is that a high fat/poor diet is to blame. However, I am the exact opposite, I eat extremely healthy. I have a low fat diet, excercise regularly, and also eat alot of fiber. About a month ago, I was looking at this issue and a high fiber was stressed so for about a month I have heavily increased my fiber intake and it has done nothing. I am now looking at the issue that maybe I eat too little fat and need it for proper digestion. I have taken two omega fatty acids supplement pills each day for about a year now for heart health and today have started to double my intake to see if there is any change. However, I am pessimistic. I am willing to look into any digestive supplements you guys think would help. I have read that probiotics help but only for a few weeks.

If anyone has dealt with this or have any thoughts I would really appreciate it.

Thanks!
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replied December 9th, 2010
Hi Jtom
While I do not suffer from the same degree of severity, I find that I often have this problem.
I have introduced Chai seeds into my diet, along with leafy greens. Dark leafy green like kale or spinach need to be cooked (due to oxalate), but others are good to go. I make a healthy dressing with simple braggs amino sauce and omega threes.
Truly, i think these two substances have helped my stools be thicker and less sticky.
You may also choose to look into a visit a certified aryuvedic doctor or doctor of chinese medicine. I myself do not perscribe to these eastern medicines alone alone, but they have genuinely helped me with several of my digestive issues - which seem to number on many.
I wish you the best poos ever, my friend.

Hearts from Canadian Girl.
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replied March 18th, 2011
My sticky poo is gone
I had the same problem. I started taking Phillips colon health and within 3 days my poo was no longer sticky.
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replied November 30th, 2012
I had this problem for 2 years. I tried antibiotics, probiotics, Metamucil, a colon cleanse, dairy free diet, gluten free diet, sugar free diet, got my stool tested, got my blood tested, & went to 2 Gastroenterologists. None of this helped.

Earlier this week I finally found the solution from different forum: squat while you're going #2. Sounds weird, but so far all 4 times I've tried it, I ONLY HAD TO WIPE ONCE. Which never happens. I tried putting a foot stool on either side of the toilet, and that worked. I also tried standing on top of the toilet (I weigh 150 lb. & so far the toilet set hasn't cracked or anything) and squatted over it while I pooped. If you search "squatting toilet platform" you'll see photos of how to do it. It is hard on my knees even though I'm only 26 because I've had 2 knee surgeries.

The websites say that Asians & Europeans & toddlers in diapers all squat hunched over their knees to take a poop, and this is the natural way to do it. The way we do it, sitting up, poop can get stuck in your butt- not all of it comes out.
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replied February 23rd, 2013
I had this problem from birth, no matter the diet. What finally worked was a teaspoonful of Konsyl in 8 oz of water twice a day. Metamucil helped, but Konsyl actually fixed the problem. Citrucel made it worse.
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replied May 15th, 2013
I have the same problem. And because of the nastiness of it (trying to clean it up and incidentally getting it on my hands) I hold it in for 2 days and go at the end of the two days at night. That usually hardens up the stool enough so that it's not generally sticky. I'd say 1 or 2 out of 10 times I go it's sticky at the end of the bowel movement where the newly formed stool came out, too. So that is annoying but that's how I deal with it. It gets really annoying since I have to stand up to hold it in forcing my butt muscles to prvent the poo from coming out. But I've done that since I was a baby apparently (I'm 29 years old now) so I'm used to it. It can get painful to go at the end of those 2 days but I'd rather be in brief pain while going once every 2 days than dealing with nasty messy gross sticky poo a few times a day. The trade-off is worth it to me.
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replied May 15th, 2013
I have the same problem. And because of the nastiness of it (trying to clean it up and incidentally getting it on my hands) I hold it in for 2 days and go at the end of the two days at night. That usually hardens up the stool enough so that it's not generally sticky. I'd say 1 or 2 out of 10 times I go it's sticky at the end of the bowel movement where the newly formed stool came out, too. So that is annoying but that's how I deal with it. It gets really annoying since I have to stand up to hold it in forcing my butt muscles to prvent the poo from coming out. But I've done that since I was a baby apparently (I'm 29 years old now) so I'm used to it. It can get painful to go at the end of those 2 days but I'd rather be in brief pain while going once every 2 days than dealing with nasty messy gross sticky poo a few times a day. The trade-off is worth it to me.
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replied July 25th, 2013
Ive had the same problem as long as i can remember until a few days ago. For the past few days, ive been taking psyllium husk after meals. Its been a total cure for me.

I wipe and the paper is clean! cant even remember the last time it was like this. Psyllium husk is a soluble fiber. You can find almost anywhere. Ive seen some in health food stores and even bulk barn has some in bulk.

My poo is actually coming out as logs now and i technically don't need to wipe.
Love it!!
Hopefully it will keep working
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replied July 25th, 2013
I tried taking Benefiber and it made the stickiness worse. It did help the hemorrhoids I had and the fissures but I can't take fiber. It caused bad gas. Plus I tried taking fiber again and I had bad diarrhea both days I took it. So I just can't take fiber anymore. I can't handle the gas since I have bad gas daily now due to what may be a gall bladder issue. I hope to get an appointment soon and get an ultrasound of my gall bladder to see if that is what is causing it. I threw up 2 nights in a row after eating. And today I almost threw up again mid-day after eating lunch. And after dinner I got really nauseated so I ate tums and took a pepid. I just got relief from eating 2 chewable gas pills for the severe gas and bloating. I'm still bloated but the gas is much reduced and my tummy feels less sick. Ugh I'm miserable.
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replied August 15th, 2013
Try Lemons and ACV for sticky poo
Hi


Try getting a 750ml water bottle, squeezing in 3 lemons, adding 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar then fill with water. Put it in the fridge and drink it a couple of times a day - say about the amount of a very large glass over the day. Make sure you use health food shop apple cider vinegar that is not filtered or pasteurised.

I now drink this all the time and it helps immensely.

TA

GA
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replied November 12th, 2013
Hi there.

I used to suffer from the same problem (albeit perhaps not as bad as some of you). It always annoyed me how people would write use baby wipes. I want to treat the problem not the symptoms!

Anyway after a lot of research and trying out different things I eventually found out that the pancreas is what breaks down fats and oils in the stomach by creating certain enzymes. I'm by no means a medical expert so look it up for yourselves. But oil and fats in the stool makes it sticky and hard to wipe. I went a bought something called "Enzyme Digest" . It contains some of the enzymes that the pancreas uses for breakdown process and since I've been using it the difference has been phenomenal and I now only have to wipe maybe 2-3 times. I hope this might help a few of you, although as always go to your doctor and speak to them as it could be from an underlying issue of something serious. Oh and cut out saturated fats as these are hard to digest and breakdown!

Good luck

C
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replied November 18th, 2013
Chronic "Sticky poo" to a clean break everytime
I used to have the exact same problem. Now it is a clean break for me almost every time with very little wiping needed. The changes I made were going gluten free, cooking with butter and coconut oil instead of vegetable oils, and regularly taking cod liver oil. The change in stools from sticky to being a non-issue transitioned over a one month period. Now when I stray from the gluten free diet or stop taking the cod liver oil, the need for more wiping increases. On a side note my HDL (good cholesterol) increased and LDL decreased, thus dropping my cardiovascular risk from being very high to just average. My diet change could be described as increasing dietary fat and vegetable intake and reducing carbs. Hope this is of help to some of you. Regards
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replied November 25th, 2013
I have the problem (nothing as severe as described here) intermittently, and I've noticed that the solution always is to introduce more fibre into my diet.Two fresh carrots a day works wonders for me, tough oats or digestive biscuits, etc. ought to work just as well.

'Fibre' in this case is simply the cell walls of fresh vegetables which is made up of cellulose and cannot be digested by your body. Because of this, it acts like a sort of skeleton for your poo to form around, which results in more solid poo.

Hope this helps.
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replied December 20th, 2013
Professionals are there to help you!!!
please go see a qualified therapist either a naturopath, auyurvedic doctor or chinese herbalist. you need a proper evaluation which includes health history and a detailed look at your digestive function, what you percieve as high fibre diet may in-fact be low, or perhaps your liver is not functioning optimally and this is increasing bile production, which increases the amount of fibre required by the body.
anyways see someone that is trained in this field and allow yourself freedom from you current health state!
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replied February 25th, 2014
@dada630 - when you say fibre which type are you referring to, is it soluble or insoluble fibre?
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replied April 13th, 2014
Sticky stools and Irritable bowels
I had this problem for a long while, over 2 years, and have probably had IBS for a few years. In the end I installed a Japanese style washing toilet seat over my bowl. However, it was only when I went to a very experienced lady for colonic irrigation that the problem resolved.
Although I have been eating a very healthy diet for years, my bowels weren't happy. The therapist said I had a lot of very old sludge right into the pockets of my bowel, and that after each colonic session I should take 1 tsp psyllium husks in 300ml water and 2 Natures Sunshine lower bowel stimulant heath tablets, once to 3 times a day before each meal. This is a hassle, and I dont really like it, but she insists. The reason is that the husks bulk up the faeces and act like cleaners through all the knobbly bits of the upper bowel, and the capsules coat the end product through the lower bowel. No more sticky stools. I am to ease off taking both these supplements when I can do up to 4 good bowel movements a day with firm and good shaped stools, and gradually stop taking them.My stools are better looking each day. I have had 5 colonics thus far, and she is still finding old dry "sludge" in my bowel, and we will continue until all that old stuff has been flushed out. I would only advise doing this with an experienced practitioner.
When I asked my doctor what he thought of my going to this practitioner his only response was "Rather you than me". Well ,I would rather do what I am doing than go to a specialist for a colonoscopy, which was all that the Doc could offer. My ultrasounds and images and bloods were all normal. My therapist and I both believe that years of supressed stress have contributed to this problem. I am doing a Heel homeopathic detox also at the present time to support the liver function. Hopefully this will all result in my feeling more lively and getting all the nutrients out of the food I eat, and getting better sleep patterns and less achy limbs. I have tried so many other things, lemons, ACV, massage, all sorts, but this time I feel I am speaking to someone who knows what she is on about. If I get indigestion from taking the psyllium then I take 1 tsp of bicarb soda in water, instant relief.
I hope this post helps others.
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