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I am sorry to hear about your concern for pale stools.
Is there anything i should be worried about here?
considering all the tests?
i know that the barium i drank can turn my stool pale
but its now been over 72 hours
That is alright
You have had quite an extensive workup. The colonoscopy, endoscopy, and CT scan are quite sensitive to picking up cancers of the GI tract. The blood work is also likely very helpful to your physician. The scopes can also investigate the potential cause of pale stools being from an inflammatory condition of the bowel.
so, nothing to worry here
i have been eating some more foods that i havent ate in over 3 months
can that be causing it?
This is another potential cause of pale stools
Another interesting curiosity is whether the probiotics could turn stool a different color. The timing in this case does not seem to support that however.
In some cases, probiotics can change the color of stools.
well once i started taking the probitocs
my stools started changing
sometimes dark brown, brown, yellow, tan
Other things that can cause light or yellow appearing stools is a disruption of the biliary system, which is less likely if your labwork and imaging studies are all normal.
Food is often a culprit also.
could this still be from the barium?
I would trust the workup that has been done and certainly discuss alternative possibilities with your provider. It seems as though your primary concern was for cancer, and while nothing is ever 100%, the amounting of tests that you list would normally demonstrate some sign of cancer.
Well the barium was taken Saturday but you stated that the stools have been pale prior to this?
i was having light stools off and on
Barium can discolor stools ~white. If this started very soon after taking the barium then it may be the source.
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