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I had problems having regular bowel movements for awhile and for the past 2 weeks I've changed my diet to eat an oatmeal breakfast high in fiber and at least two pieces of fruit and nuts a day. I now noticed that my movements are at least once a day but are now pebbly in texture. Is that a sign of the old poo making its way out of my system?

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replied August 13th, 2010
Digestive and Bowel Disorders Answer A15246
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem concerned by the chronic constipation and pebbly stools after starting high fibre diet 2 weeks before.
Pebble stools reflect a lack of stool cohesion caused by a deficiency in dietary fiber. Fiber lends bulk to stool but is also the glue that causes stool mass to stick together. It takes time for your GI tract to come to terms with itself once the high fibre diet has been started. Till that time you may pass pebbly stools and slowly the texture of stools will normalise as the problem of chronic constipation is taken care of.
Hope this helps. Take care.
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