• 2 months ago

    Stool Floaters

    Hello,

    was wondering if anyone can give me advice. for about a month I started having loose floating stool. it started happening about every three days and now its just about everyday the last week. been to my primary 2 times, first time he did basic blood tests checked for celiac, blood counts and did 3 different stool tests one to check for blood, 2 to check for bacteria etc. was told everything was normal. then I had an ultra sound of the abdomen and that was normal. he wants me to take a probiotic and go lactose free to see if that changes anything. I am overly worried this is a sign of pancreatic cancer. Had to push to get an appointment with a gastrointestinal dr next week. Also I am going a lot more often than ever in my life, normal for me is going 3 or 4 times a week now i'm going at least 2 times a day.

    No drastic weight loss, I'm not jaundice, I do have slight stomach discomfort, cramping feelings slight stabbing feelings. my primary care dr is pretty casual about the whole thing saying Pancreas Cancer does not usually present like this and I had a clean colonoscopy 4 years ago. Am I overacting or is my primary underacting?
    Thanks,

Responses

  • 1 month ago

    RE: Stool Floaters

    Have you been eating more fiber or changed your diet in any way? I think that's the most common reason for floating stools. I wouldn't jump right to cancer. But I am glad that you got an appointment with your gastro to cover all your bases. I hope you get some answers soon!
  • 1 month ago

    RE: Stool Floaters

    for my entire life my normal was going 3 or 4 times a week and i on occasion tool laxatives and or stool softeners. I did start several months ago or more taking fiber supplements usually close to or up to the max amount suggested as well eating a lot of raisins and fruit to try to stop taking the laxatives and softeners and it did help for months then this happened and I have since stopped the fiber and raisins but issue has not gone away.

    I did see the gastro DR and he did 4 other stool tests and 2 or 3 other blood tests. was told stool tests were all normal but the blood work suggests IBS. wants to do another colonoscopy after thanksgiving. making someone with hypochondria tendencies wait 5 weeks for a test is cruel.