Update... Still getting yellow balls in stools [with images]

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Hello everyone,

If you've seen my previous discussion from last year, you will know I was having problems with undigested food, strands of fibre and these yellow balls in my stool.

After eliminating dairy and going vegan once again, the symptoms cleared up for a bit. However, after a couple months, the strands of fibre and yellow balls have come back!

I'm once again worried about these yellow balls - they're a bit hard to touch, but squidgy and semi-solid in the middle (it's not sweetcorn - the balls are bigger, plus I haven't eaten any in the past week to rule this out anyhow). They appear more so when my stools are harder but can also appear in soft stools.

Is anybody experiencing similar symptoms or does anyone have any ideas about what these could be?

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    It could be something you are eating which is causing your stools to move through you too fast? Try eliminating dairy and try the vegan diet again to see if your symptoms go away. Try a food diary. Have you had any tests down?

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      Hello Pippa - as I said in the post, I'm already vegan again, so there's no possibility that it's dairy.

      I also tried gluten free and low FODMAP diets for a couple weeks each, but still, no help unfortunately.

      I have asked the doctors a few times but they won't give me stool sample tubes, they just dismiss me and say it's perfectly normal; that my IBS is just flaring up.

      May have to try chasing it up again... Thanks for the response!

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      You need to try Low Fodmap for a month to find out if it is working. Two weeks is not enough. Your symptoms are normal for IBS, especially the yellow stools. Food moving through you too fast is an IBS symptom and this can cause yellow stools. Your doctor is right and is not dismissing you.Accept your doctor's advice that your IBS is flaring up. Stool colour change is a common feature of IBS. You are not being offered a stool test because your doctor likely believes nothing will show up. When you have IBS, all tests will be negative. When you have IBS symptoms you don't understand, it is common to believe you have something else. If your doctor thought you had something else, he would have offered you tests. The fact that he hasn't is good news for you and is a sign your doctor is confident that your IBS is the culprit.

      My best advice is to relax as much as possible, distract yourself with things you enjoy and try light exercise to take your mind off your stomach. I wouldn't keep trying to chase up test after test; this will keep your IBS in flare up mode. Diagnosis acceptance and trusting your doctor really helps to control your symptoms. Remember, your doctor is the expert!My IBS is in remission because, I accept my diagnosis trust my doctor, and I try to keep as stress free as possible.

      Persevere with the Low Fodmap Diet for a month with the help of a dietician and also try a food diary. Sometimes you have to keep changing your diet to keep up with your IBS symptoms. It is all trial and error. Keep trying different approaches to your IBS. When one solution stops working, don't worry; simply try something else.

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      I created my account just to reply to you in hopes to save some ones life. My mother was 36 when her doctor told her she had IBS. He refused to do any tests on her because according to him she was too young to have anything serious. He told her for two years it was IBS as the cancer grew inside of her. After those two years my father rushed her to the ER and the doctor in the ER said, "If you didn't bring her in tonight she would have not survived. " she lost so much blood internally that she needed multiple bags. It turned out she had a giant tumor in her colon the size of the doctors 2 fists put together that had been growing for over 10 years. She was in stage three colon cancer. A lot of people dismiss others, especially doctors, by saying it's IBS when they can do simple tests like colonoscopies to find out if it's something more serious. And I wanted to share this so the person above, or anyone else reading this, is not discouraged and have others downplay their symptoms. People know their bodies best. I think everyone needs to listen to their instincts and if they're not getting the care they want from the doctors there with currently, get a second, or even third opinion.

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      no this is not ibs. irritable bowel syndrome normally appears with sever constipation or diarrhea for an extended period of time normally involving blood and can come with pain to the abdominal area it should not cause yellow blobs. dont wry its not worms or cancer because normally cancer has bleeding inside the colons which can cause oily black tar like stools so it's most likely you swallowing mucus and that getting digested and being put in your poop it can also have a fiberous form so rather than telling the doctor about the blobs themselves tell him other symptoms and the form of the stool to get a more direct answer

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    Have you been checked for gall stones? Either that or do you eat chick peas?

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      i sighned up for this site just to answer your question lol they look like gall stones. I am in the middle of bouts of pancreatitis with chrohns disease. do you have pain in your upper right stomach ribcage area?

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      I have been having these same things in my stool on and off for years now. I do not have a gallbladder and mine were even sent to a lab to see if they were gallstones. They're not. Had a colonoscopy last year and they couldn't fine anything except for diverticula so they diagnosed me with IBS. When I am having severe digestive and stomach issues I see these things in my stool. Still have no idea what they are.

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      they are most likely just globs of sealed up mucus that is being swallowed or it could be your stomach while having issues packages up nutrients it cant digest into a package similar to how baby birds do

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