Monday, September 29, 2008 ruth mcgrath, Community Member, asks

Q: bowel movements are size of pencil. why?

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Answers (2)
10/ 1/08 5:04pm

Hello, Ruth.


Generally, very thin stools ("ribbon like stool") result from intestinal inflammation. The lumen--the inside of the the tract--is narrowed by the swelling.


If this symptom is new for you, occurs frequently, or lasts for several days at a time, please do let your doctor know.





Debbie Parks, Community Member
5/24/10 3:32pm

I just got back from a long trip to the beach. I traveled in the car for 12 hours. we made 4 stops. Since that trip my butt has been hurting. is this a sign of something?

5/24/10 3:46pm

In what way has it been hurting? Why did you make the stops (to rest?; to walk around?; to use the bathroom...)?

Do you have IBD?


I really need some more info to try to be of help. (Glad you got to go on vacation, though!)

teresa powers, Community Member
2/27/11 5:34pm

Does pencil sized stool have anything to do with IBS?

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By ruth mcgrath, Community Member— Last Modified: 10/26/11, First Published: 09/29/08