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Colorectal Diseases

Change in size and shape

11/30/2009

Question:

I usually have normal shaped stools, shaped like a log and long. For the past week, they have been more smaller, more round (about 1-2 inches in diameter) and also instead of one or two "logs" more like a group of round (not perfectly round). Sometimes I am straining, although I notice I am also going more frequently (2-3 times a day vs once every 2-3 days). Do I need to get this checked out?

Answer:

No. Eat more fiber and drink more water, and things should return to "normal" for you. If you see blood, have pain, or cannot pass stool or gas, call your doctor.

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Response by:

Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati