I am a WF, 56, slightly overweight (15-20#)and active (and not a native English speaker, so bear with me).
The past three years or so I have had ocassionally nausea, stomach/back pain and white stools and mentioned it to my physician. He didn't comment on the white stools, but ran an upper GI and ultrasound that showed a large hiatal hernia.
I was laying where I could see the monitor and the gallbladder lighted up but with no discernible large structure, so I assumed some light material, no stones, were there.
Nothing about that was mentioned to me.
Knowing about that hernia, I have handled it by managing my food intake and am doing fine.
My doctor quit practice and it will be some time before all paperwork is done for me to see another at the same clinic.
I have been feeling worse the last two days and the stools have been white all the time now, so I wonder if there is a bilirubin blockage somewhere and if I can wait for the new doctor to come on board for me or, as the receptionist suggested, should go to the emergency room if I feel really bad.
There is some sort of digestive upset going around here but the symptoms are diarrhea, etc. that I don't have, but it could be that.
Although I can't think of a disease that causes white stools specifically, there are several diseases that can cause pale stools. These would include any disease affecting the gallbladder and obstructing the bile duct. Liver disease, pancreatic disease, or malabsorption can also cause pale stools.
I would obtain liver function tests to make sure there is no elevation in the enzymes.
To further evaluate the bile duct, you can consider an MRCP which is a pretty thorough test.
Followup with your personal physician is essential.
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Seven Years ago I got very ill. I had white stools and it turned out that I had contracted something called Cryptosparidium. Not sure of the spelling? It's a highly contageous infectious disease. Luckily it only goes through your intestinal tract. I was pregnant when I had it so I was not given any antibiotics to get rid of it. I lost 20 pounds from my normal body weight in my first tri-mester of pregnancy and had four different I.V.'s. Don't rule out this as a possibiliy for anyone with white stools. It comes from drinking water that has sewer back up in it. I would have been better not drinking water while I was pregnant. I understand it is more common to catch this in areas where there is alot of flooding. Good luck to all.
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