About a year ago, I started to notice that occasionally (every few weeks) I'll have a couple of days where my stool is odd. It has what looks like veins of a whitish substance in it, which could be fat or mucus. Sometimes it looks a bit like shredded tissue.
Last autumn, I reported this to my GP. She thought it could be excess fat in the stool and ordered a test to check for stool fat. I had to collect stool samples over a period of three days, and then delivered them to the hospital lab. A few days later, I got a call to say that the lab is no longer performing this test in the absence of a GI consult (so I collected that horrible sample for nothing!).
In lieu of this test, my GP's office advised me to have several blood tests done, at that stage (I'm afraid I don't remember what they were testing for, exactly). I did the tests, but never heard from the GP's office again - meaning that they didn't find anything unusual in the blood tests.
I guess this means that my GP thinks the issue is not of concern. But I still pass these strange stools from time to time. Do you think I should I go back to my GP and press her to continue investigations, and/or refer me to a gastroenterologist? I'd appreciate any advice.
Are you lactose intolerant by any chance? It could be that or a simple food allergy. A trip to the doc to rule these things out might be a good idea, but while waiting, see what happens when you eat certain foods and log it. Before long you may see a pattern develop.
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