today i noticed that my feces was paritally this bright green color, not diaherra, it was hard. i have not eatin any leafy green veggies, or eatin anything purple. i have not taken any laxatives but have been taking benefiber and a stool softner because im suffering from an anal fissure. i am also using nifidipine, lidocaine, and hydrocordizone suppositories to help in the healing. i did take a fish oil supplement and vitamin b12 once yesterday. usually i have a bowl movement everyday but had not had one yesterday. i felt very bloated and my abdomen was sticking out. i have been suffering from abdominal cramping and nausea. yes i am a woman but it is not the time to be having monthly cramps. not to mention its a different feeling. could this be ibs? if it is decreased transit time, why? what would cause that in my case per say? could it be because of the suppositories or supplements?
Irritable bowel syndrome or malabsorption can lead to changes in stool color.
To exclude more serious lower GI causes, you can consider a colonoscopy to evaluate for inflammatory bowel disease or colitis.
Stool studies can be done to evaluate for malabsorption. You can also consider blood tests to exclude celiac disease.
If the tests continue to be negative, irritable bowel syndrome can indeed be considered. This is a diagnosis of exclusion and should be considered if the tests continue to be negative.
Followup with your personal physician is essential.
This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patients education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.
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