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[Possibly NSFW] Is stool supposed to come out sausage- or snake-shaped, and not in little balls?

Asked by 2davidc8 (9179points) 3 weeks ago

I seem to recall Dr. Oz say something to that effect, when he was still appearing on Oprah (before he had his own show). But I don’t remember what he said was the reason. If this is correct, why?

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snowberry's avatar

Ball shaped is tending toward constipated, IMO. It’s a lot easier on the body if you don’t have to strain to “go”. More water and more fiber is the answer if you’re healthy. If not so much, it’s time to see a physician.

Dutchess_lll's avatar

It’s following the shape of your intestine!

kritiper's avatar

Sausage or snake shaped, yes.

zenvelo's avatar

Coming out in little balls is indicative of dehydration. Go drink a pint of water! And another pint in an hour!

And in between, munch on raw broccoli or cauliflower.

LadyMarissa's avatar

This my or may not help you to understand…
12 types of stool samples & how they affect your health
Some you might recognize & some you might not!!!

JennWithOneN's avatar

I second what @snowberry and @zenvelo said; if it’s coming out like that, try to drink a lot of water and eat more fiber :]

Dutchess_lll's avatar

Are rabbits chronically dehydrated then?

zenvelo's avatar

@Dutchess_lll No, and neither are deer. Their diet and their digestive systems are not the same as humans.

2davidc8's avatar

Well, thanks for your answers, jellies! I’m not having a constipation problem right now, heh heh.
I just happened to remember what Dr. Oz had said, but I didn’t know the reason why. I thought that stool coming out in little balls had something to do with a disease of some kind.
@LadyMarissa Stool samples on YouTube?!?! Wow, yuck.

Lightlyseared's avatar

The ‘perfect’ consistency according to most gastroenterologists I know is likened to toothpaste.

RocketGuy's avatar

I prefer mine to be egg shaped and slippery. Cleanup with toilet paper is easier.

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