I've recently had colonoscopy as precaution due to family history . All results good. Then starting several weeks ago my stool became greenish and has stayed that way reqardless of my diet. Physician says this is not normal but can not explain the green color or what to do about it. Should we be worried yet? What to do?
I'm not a medical person but.... Bile is green and it is secreted into the fecal matter. Normally, by the time it exits the bile has turned to brown. The contents of your intestines could be moving too fast for the bile to change color. This usually appears in the case of diahhrea. Your diet can also affect the color of your stools.
The most dangerous stool colors are red and tarry black. Red indicates fresh blood and the black blood that is relatively old having as its source something farther up in the digestive tract.
Listen to your doctor and stop worrying. Having had too many colonoscopies to count I can assure you that the procedure has nothing to do with your present condidtion.
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