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This has never happened before. Remember? We've been having this conversation off and on for about a week now.
Alright. I'm so confused as to what this could be. The Xifaxan obviously isn't working. So probably not an infection.
Gosh I hope so. But from what I've read, the stools only turn orange if a gallstone is blocking a bile duct. I don't have any other symptoms of it blocking a bile duct.
If it's not my gallbladder, could this be the onset of IBS-D? Does it start this suddenly?
Could Xifaxan cause "chemical-smelling" stools? I'm not sure if it's a metallic smell or not. Definitely never smelled it before the past few days. I went to urgent care almost 2 weeks ago with a stool sample, and he did a stool test on a little card and said there was no blood in it. Could there be blood in it now? Stools are still slightly orange, and when I break them apart with a cotton swab, I see some small black flecks. Could this be blood? Or undigested food?
Ok, thank you. I have an appointment with a GI doctor tomorrow morning.
My appt with a GI doctor has been reschedule until tomorrow, so I didn't get to see him today. As you know, I'm terrified of this turning out to be colon cancer. Something else I just realized is that for YEARS I guess I've had chronic constipation. Before my pregnancies, through my pregnancies, after my pregnancies, and up until the past few weeks, I've either had to strain to go, or going would be easy, but I'd pass little pellets. I can't remember the last time I had a "normal" bowel movement, I always considered this "normal' for me, as I have hypothyroidism, even though it's controlled with medication.
Now that I'm having this diarrhea, I'm concerned even MORE that this might be colon cancer, as I've read that early signs of colon cancer are the "normal-for-me" type of stools.
When I had a gallbladder attack last month, my doctor told me to go on a strict "fruits & vegetables only" diet. Well, I did that for about 2 days, and my stools were well formed, and soft and easy to pass. "normal".
My question is - with this information of years of either straining or going easy, but passing pellet like stools - does this seem more like colon cancer?