For the last week, maybe less, i've noticed that my stool is lighter in color than usual. It's almost a pale green/yellow color. Not really any brown tinge to it at all. The only things that I can think may have caused it is I have ate less meat lately, so low iron? And i've also recently, in the last week, started eating 12 oz of yogurt a day. It says it has live cultures in the yogurt or whatever.
So my question is when should I be concerned and could those two recent changes be the cause?
I can't go to the doctor because I just can't afford it, I'm already bankrupt from the hospital visits I have made recently. I know I can't get a diagnosis, I was just wanting some opinions.
Stool that is pale or grey may be caused by insufficient bile output due to conditions such as cholecystitis, gallstones, biliary dyskinesia, giardia parasitic infection, hepatitis, chronic pancreatitis, or cirrhosis. Bile salts from the liver give stool its brownish color. If there is decreased bile output, stool is much lighter in color.
Reflux can be a symptom of some of these as well.
Personal experience: I was getting the same thing, heartburn, pale stools, etc. I was also getting bloating, which I felt in my back. Turns out it was biliary dyskinesia, no stones.
Change your diet and give it a week. In the mean time, go to the doc and get the blood work done to see if it's low iron. You'll want to try a gallbladder diet like the one outlined here: http://www.gicare.com/pated/edtgs11.htm.
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