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MrsSnow

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Hi, is it normal with IBS to have different consistency of poos in one day? I have had 3 this morning already and the first one was perfect and clean, the second one two and half hours later still firm but smaller and then 20 minutes later it was more forceful and splatty and darker. Thankyou. 

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Jeffrey Roberts

Unfortunately, yes, different stool consistency is a classic symptom of IBS; however, if this is unusual for you and it continues, then you should speak to your doctor about it. There is a wide overlap of these symptoms with other medical issues.

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  • 3 weeks later...

@MrsSnow Yes, I think what you describe is quite common with IBS. Some people can start out with a slightly constipated bm (say a 2 or 3 on the Bristol Scale) and then follow up with diarrhea.
Also, passing more than one bowel movement a day is pretty classic. It doesn't happen for everyone, but many with IBS do get that.
But if a bowel movement is actually black, then that needs a bit of investigation as it can mean there's some bleeding higher up in the GI tract. So do see the doctor if you get that.

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I have something similar but weird. I have a more or less normal BM in the morning, but often followed by two or three urges to BM or a tiny strawberry size BM. No problem passing and the stools stick together but these tiny before and after poos are weird. Anyone else have this?

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Mine are almost always too soft and messy. Most fiber supplements make them worse. Metamucil sort of helps. Too much fibery foods makes it worse too, I'm running out of ideas and at my wits end by now.

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47 minutes ago, DEANA said:

Mucas makes it that way and that comes with IBS, I was the same way-see my post on using allergy medicine  ty

Oh, no mucous. Plus I'm pretty sure I don't actually have IBS because I have no symptoms. No pain, no grumbling, no discomfort. Just bad consistency.

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15 hours ago, coolhockeygirl2002 said:

Oh, no mucous. Plus I'm pretty sure I don't actually have IBS because I have no symptoms. No pain, no grumbling, no discomfort. Just bad consistency.

Have you ever looked into food intolerances / malabsorption or allergies? Another possibility is Bile Acid Diarrhea.

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Def not diarrhea. Just too soft. No pain, no cramps. I've kept a food diary for a long time.  Can't eat too much fiber. But then that makes it a problem as far as eating healthy.

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