Firm to Loose Stools During a Bowel Movement


BM 3-5 times a day. hard stools followed by looser stools.

My Colitis Story:

Hi fellow UC’ers,

I have a very important question to ask you. Is it common to experience hard then soft stools during a bowel movement? Or with each progressive bowel movement?

I was diagnosed earlier this year with U.C. via colonoscopy. I was put on prednisone and lialda. I’ve tapered off the prednisone but am taking 2400mg mesalamine (lialda) / day. For 2 weeks I thought I was in the clear. I was going 2-4 times a day with solid bowel movements.

Recently, however, I’ve noticed two things. (1) My BM in the morning is usually fine: solid poop. As the day goes on, it just gets looser and looser. By the end of the day, its almost completely watery! (2) Even during a BM, the stools are normal at first and but then quickly turn loose and watery. I HAVE NO IDEA WHY THIS IS HAPPENING.

I should also mention that I poop less and less with each bowel movement.

The reason I am concerned is that this was one of the reasons why I went to the doctor 4 months ago in the first place.

I searched online and it seems that it is a somewhat common symptom to those with IBS, but I haven’t found anything with IBD!!

What about you guys, has anyone experienced anything similar???

I will definitely be asking my doctor about this next time I see him.

“What are you MOST concerned about?”
whether if I can get the life I had back. At the moment, the urgency is my greatest nemesis; this really impacts the quality of life. I can’t go anywhere without finding out where the bathroom is ahead of time. And when I do need to go, I have a 2 minute window, literally. I hope this can go away with time.

Where I’d like to be in a year:

written by College Student”
submitted in the colitis venting area

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4 Responses to “Firm to Loose Stools During a Bowel Movement”

  1. MaggieMay 19, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    Yes, sometimes that happens to me, too, and sometimes the more I go the thinner it gets, like pencil thin–that’s because the colon is imflamed and swollen. I experience the urgency, too, but when I’m in a mild flare, like now, it stops after a couple hours in the morning but those couple hours are painful. You are probably experiencing a mild flare of UC. It’s good to get checked out. Good luck!

  2. PeterNZMay 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    Yeah College, I get that too.

    My theory that is if the function of the intestine is to remove water from poop then if your intestine is compromised then it won’t remove as much water as a good one can. Thus we have a watery plop. However, if you go to bed and the little bastard is able to rest and has a long undisturbed period to do it’s work then the first load may be firmer. Performance then decreases with added load during the day (we eat and drink).

    Just a theory mate.

  3. MarkMay 20, 2012 at 10:56 am #

    This exact thing is happening to me as well. I start the mornings with a normal BM and the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th get looser each time ending up with D. I have experimented with diet to confirm it is not what I am eating. I was diagnosed with pancolitIs in 2005 and was put on 4800 mg of Asacol and rowasa emina. As I got better, I would taper down on Asacol – but never less than 2400 mg per day. In August I went on the SCD diet as I was in a flair. I am not strict with the SCD diet but have learned more of what I could eat and what I couldn’t. My big problem besides intermittent flairs is gaining weight. I drink a smoothie every morning, eat a yogurt, and have toast or a egg for breakfast. I eat a normal lunch and dinner. I do 30 min on treadmill and 30 min of weight lifting 5 days per week. Adam, thanks for this website…

  4. Wendy
    WendyMay 21, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    I think it could also be eating during the day affects the colon. You don’t eat all night so your colon isn’t as irritated then you eat all day and your colon is irritated by evening affecting your poop. I could be wrong, because I’m not a doctor, but I’ve thought of this myself when my bowls get worse during the day.

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