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Question: Soft Stools for over a year now.

 FireGirl127 - Fri Mar 30, 2007 3:51 pm

I am a 29 yr. old female who was diagnosed with IBS. No constipation, no family history. C-section 1/03. I currently am not taking any medication to treat this problem.

Since January 2006, my bowel movements have been soft and pasty (sometimes diarrhea). I thought this was because I was sick with a cold, however, it's now been over a year and I am still having this ongoing problem. The Gastroenterologists performed a lactose intolerance test, which came back negative, as well as a colonoscopy. (found 1 small polup-non cancerous). I was wondering what may be causing this and how do I go about treating it?

 Dr. Chan Lowe - Mon Apr 02, 2007 11:39 pm

User avatar There are several causes of soft stools. Diarrhea/soft stools can be associated with IBS. I would also recommend you be checked for celiac disease.

Large amounts of juice or other sugars (including some artificial sweeteners) can cause diarrhea. Stool tests for reducing substances can help test for sugars in the stool.

I would recommend you continue to follow up with your GI doctor to find the cause of your symptoms.

Best wishes.

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