Posted 06 April 2010 - 02:47 AM
Hey everyone,I've been dealing with IBS for years now. I've read on many places that "flat, ribbon-like stools" are a common symptom of IBS. Sometimes my bowel movements are cylindrical as you might expect, but sometimes mine are almost perfectly rectangular. I find it fascinating to be truthful. I mean, they almost have square edges. They're about 1 inch wide, a quarter of an inch thick and usually 2 to 3 inches long. Does anyone else experience this? Is this what is meant by "flat" and "ribbon-like"?I'm bewildered at how my body is able to produce this. Unless my anus doubles up as a play-dough factory, I'm not sure how it's possible. I mean, the anus opening is round and the intestine are round and stools are generally meant to be cylindrical. Does anyone have information or sources for what is malfunctioning to cause this and how it's physically produced by the body?I hope to god someone else has this. I've never asked a doctor about it because part of me thought they wouldn't believe me and I'd have to #### in front of them to prove I wasn't faking this.Am I a medical phenomenon in the IBS community or is this par for the course?