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I have just had a bit of an embarassing episode, I went to the toilet to pass a stool and after wiping the area I felt some pressure on my back passage. After examining myself I found something to be sticking out of my bottom so I pulled it out and it was a long straw like something (like a dry piece of straw) What the hell is this ? I do strain sometimes but lately I have not really had a problem as I am taking medication to lose weight which takes a percentage of the fat out of the food I eat. Can anyone help ? I feel such a freak !!!
I am on a lower calorie diet and am eating very healthily.

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replied November 19th, 2010
Digestive and Bowel Disorders Answer A17115
Hello, and thanks for your medical question on eHealthForum.

Based on the history, you may have some impacted stool, with some fiber content which must have been part of your daily diet. Low calorie diets have fiber as a major component, which help to reach satiety early. This is no need to panic as this is common in many people.

In the presence of blood in stools (bright red or brown altered stools), foul smelling or floating stool, you should get a stool examination and get evaluated for any malabsorption syndrome.

If you don't have any other symptons other then those described above, then you may only have an issue of constipation (Straining at stools). If you so, some suggestions will be to change some dietary habits to include more fluids,non-sugary fresh fruit, and juices.

Constipation is young adults if often due to a stressed lifestyle with lack of proper eating habits characterized by eating a lot of junk and processed foods, and not having enough freshly prepared whole foods. Be sure to drink enough fluids and include more cereals, fiber supplements. This will help address the problem of constipation.

Still, a physical examination by a physician is needed for a proper evaluation and treatment plan, and to rule out any other causes if present.

I hope this helps.

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