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long time reader but I have never made an actual account. Today I need help lol. The past few months I have started to have some gastrointestinal problems, and obsessing about my poop. Like I'm fishing it out of the toilet to look through it. I have been having intermittent steatorrhea movements....at night only. like 11 or so. I have about 5 or 6 a month. Used to be 2 or 3 a month, or once a month maybe. In between those type of bowel movements I will have soft blobs about a 5 on the Bristol Stool chart to a 4 on the Bristol chart. My main concern is there is a yellow liquid when I wipe my bum....and I have to wipe it a lot....with a wet wipe. Toilet paper wont do the job. I have an appt with a gastroenterologist may 6th. to see what may be going on. I've been worrying myself to death thinking I have pancreatic cancer or gallbladder cancer....(which I do have a polyp in my gallbladder) I've been trying to look back on my diet, and what I eat daily. I have had to give up dairy, because my stomach cant handle it anymore. that just started about a month ago. I have lost my appetite worrying about my poop, and almost scared to eat because I'm scared I'll have another bad poop, that floats, or disintegrates in the water, or is slimy....(yes, I had a BM that was the consistency of pudding slime.....it was stretchy like eggwhites, but with a pudding consistency) I eat one main meal a day with my family. I cook all of our meals. examples include...hamburger steak, mashed potatoes with brown gravy and green beans. We are from the south so we eat our meat and potatoes. During the day I may munch on a few corn tortilla chips or have a banana. like I said I have lost my appetite with worry. I just wonder if I have a malabsorption problem, or if I just eat too much fat, starch, and carbs and my body cant digest it all. Maybe I'm not eating enough fiber? I just dont understand the intermittent steatorrhea stools I pass that seem to be coming more often now.
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