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Digestive Disorders

Constant Soft Stool

01/09/2007

Question:

Recently I`ve been trying to pinpoint what is causing this as there are no other symptoms to report. I workout everyday but I do not have a very healthy diet which I`ve thought has been causing it. But I also have a feeling it has to do with the amount of sleep I`m getting or not drinking enough water. Basically my stool is almost always soft and after having a bowel movement I have to wipe so many times to get it clean that my colon feels chaffed. This is more of a nuisance than anything else. I`d like to correct. Could it be a combination of overtired and diet or would it be one more then the other?

Answer:

It may be related to nutrition and sleep both. Try eating more fiber in your diet. Whole grains, dark green veggies or add a supplement like Metamucil to your diet and re-evaluate after that.

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Response by:

Annette  Kyprianou, MD Annette Kyprianou, MD
Senior Clinical Instructor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University