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Correcting changes in stool with diet

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Hi, over the past couple of months I have a pattern to my stools which swaps between runny in degrees between water consistancy to watery with small soft lumps the size of peas. There is typically one or two episodes close together and then I would not pass again for one or two days. typically the next stoll is soft / normal like toothpaste nd light brown. The next stool will either be the same or will be runny again.

I find I am fine but suddenly must go - really must and the stool will be runny as before. This can come without warning.

Thinking back I had this first over a year ago for a short time then it was fine after a few days.

I have no pain and would consider myself heathly but do have an irregular diet and probably drink beer too often due to traveling for business often. I am overweight at 105kg and 6'2" tall, trying to eat better and less and taking some excercise. Any idea what this could be?

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replied May 28th, 2010
Intestinal Disorders Answer A12527
Hi and welcome to the forum! I am glad that I can help you.

You want to know the cause of the symptoms that you experience.

Changes in the stool such as runny stools in degrees between water consistancy and normal stools, may appear due to diet if there is no other underlying medical condition. Increased intake of water and drinks, especially sweet ones (because they increase the osmolarity in the bowels and initiate bowel movement), may cause loose to watery stools. Increased consumption of fruit (such as peaches, strawberries, pears, apricots, etc.) and vegetables may increase the peristalsis and cause bowel movements.

Given the data that you described, you are experiencing changes in the consistancy of the stools. Eat regularly a low fat diet with increased intake of dietary fiber which can be found in vegetables and fruit. Avoid skipping meals or drinking liquids rich in sugar to avoid diarrhea. See your doctor if you experience additional symptoms such as increased body temperature, exhaustion and vomiting, to rule out any intestinal infection.

Please keep in mind that I provide medical information only. I am not able to diagnose medical conditions online. Please contact your doctor for further advice and information about diagnosis and treatment of your current condition.

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