Does green stool mean anything?

I'm compiling a list of the gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, reflux, gas, bloating, intestinal pain, et, etc) I've been experiencing for when I visit the doc so that we can finally get this all figured out and treated.
I don't know if stool color change is something that's abnormal and worth mentioning though. I've of course fluctuated between constipation and diarrhea but for the most part my stool is usually a light reddish brown. As soon as I switched to the Resource 2.0, my stools suddenly became runny, green, and kind of coated in mucus. I found it a little odd because it's not like the color of my formula changed (I'm not eating spinach, lol!). And, my stools have remained green and mucus-covered ever since, even when I've been on TwoCal HN and back on Nutren 1.5. I just wonder if maybe it's just a result of all the formula changes in such a short period of time (I usually have diarrhea when changing formulas anyway) but I wonder if it might mean something else that I should be talking to the doc about?

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Usually stool is green when food moves through the large intestine faster than the lg intestine can remove the bile and liquid.... Stomach bile is green and the lg intestines job is to remove the water/fluids to form poop basically and when your stomachs contents go through fast it is still the color it left ur stomach... That is why when people have diarrhea it is yellow or green.... My daughter has no lg bowel and has lost a significant amount of am intestine and everything goes to fast to absorb much so her stool is a green watery substance mixed w mucus looking stuff! Hope this helps!

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Also, if you drink or eat anything with purple dye in it that can happen. I've read in one of your previous posts that you put gaterade in your tube. Is it grape by chance?

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Blue gatorade will do it too - in fact a lot of the different gatorade dyes are bad for it. They are not digestible at all...

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this week is the 1st week I have been able to get on line because of computer being repaired in 3 or 4 month. I have all your systom but i have been told I do not have this I do not have that. there are over a handful of issue they say I do have. but with the systoms I have how I feel a lot of times I know some thing els is wrong health wise and my husband think so too. I will be writing in my journal before the day is threw. some time back a dr told me I had MS. it went into remention and all the drs tell me there is not any thing new they can fine that is causing the problems and they say it is not mty MS coming back. they tell me it is not this it is not that but they do not tell me what is causing certain systom witch one is green poop. there is all kinds of reson why this can happen. they don't seem to know what is causing mine. your can be just what you think it might.
wising you better health soon
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It started before I was using the purple Gatorade.
Now, it's not even stool, it's just watery diarrhea - and a hell of a lot of it.
It's gotten worse ever since I forced myself to up my flow rate so I could get more hydration in. I'm still on 24 hr feeds with only 2 cans/day, but I upped the formula flow rate by 10-15ml/hr and upped the flow rate of my Gatorade G2 drastically so that I can get in 8 cups/day instead of 4. It's of course giving my gas, bloating, cramps, pain, and nausea, but so far I haven't vomited so I thought I was okay. But it seems like my body is just dumping out everything that's being put in it now.

Tonight I literally sat on the toilet passing bright green water for nearly 10-15 minutes straight. I've never had so much diarrhea - or that completely liquid - or that color - in my life.

I found online that watery bright green stools can be caused by intestinal disorders, gastroenteritis, or can be what's known as 'starvation stools', Watery green feces that develop when a person is maintained on a clear-liquid starvation-type diet. I guess you could say the majority of my diet consists of Gatorade G2, with 2 cans of formula per/day. I've been starving for two months. And of course given the amount of intestinal pain I'm in whenever I feed or hydrate, it would be reasonable to assume that whatever digestive disorder I have isn't just confined to my stomach. So I'm guessing it's the combination of my gastrointestinal disorder (s), the starvation, and the increased flow rate.

I'm not sure what to do at this point with the flow rate. I was really dehydrated at only 4 c Gatorade... but if I'm know passing volumes of diarrhea for 10 minutes straight I wonder if I'm just going to end up equally dehydrated, and even more malnutritioned than if I just stuck to my former level of volume/flow.

At this point I would rather give up an entire can of formula than give up my extra bag of G2. Dehydration affects me far worse than starvation, and in any case I'm real close to being able to get medical care now, so even less calories for a couple weeks should be okay, it's not like this is going to be long term.

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Of course, the green diarrhea could turn out to be nothing particularly serious... but I've been reading up on starvation diarrhea and it seems that during starvation the body starts to shut down function of the intestines to conserve energy, and that as well deprivation of certain fatty acids through starvation affects the intestine's ability to properly absorb nutrients, all of which leads to starvation diarrhea, which of course makes the malnutrition worse which in turn makes the diarrhea worse and it's a vicious cycle and in fact is faced in many famine-stricken countries.

IF (and like I said, it could be a more benign cause) the volumes of watery green diarrhea are being caused by starvation due to impaired gastrointestinal function in the first place, it seems the starvation is only causing further digestive dysfunction, so it's all come full circle and then it's only a downward spiral from there without medical intervention. So I'm glad I'll be able to get medical help soon.
IF it is starvation diarrhea, I'm just surprised its happened so fast. Of course I've had digestive problems for seven years and it's been really bad in this past year... but the outright starvation started in October and that's only two months ago and even though I've dropped 24 lbs my weight is nowhere near that of starving third-world citizens so it surprises me that I may be experiencing starvation diarrhea so soon.

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So my final thoughts are YES I need to mention this to my doc on my very first visit, and secondly, trying to reduce volume by eliminating a can of formula in the efforts to cut back on calories rather than desperately needed hydration is not a good idea. Because cutting back on calories may only further exacerbate the problem.

So I guess I'm just stuck with this volume and flow rate for rate now. If I cut back on formula volume I lose, and if I cut back on hydration volume I lose, especially if I'm already losing massive amounts of fluid through diarrhea. I just have to hang tough and hope I'm able to get medical care real soon. Fingers crossed that the helmet tests go well, starting Monday!

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And I found out that while occasional mucus in stool is normal, consistently having mucusy stool or having mucus increase, especially when in combination with other stool changes, diarrhea, or gastrointestinal pain, is definitely cause to see a doctor since it can signal bacterial infections, gastrointestinal inflammation, or a number of other gastrointestinal disorders.

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Well, my digestive system can't make up it's mind. After the epic episode of diarrhea on the 18th, I haven't passed a single thing. Which I guess makes me feel better because if I had been having 15 minute waterfalls of diarrhea like that every day I would have been really concerned for my health.

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I too have past green and yellow stools. The yellow has been for a few years and the green is new. I too am concerned. Im not having diarrea,Im not going at all now. Can I ask you how they came to the conclusion to put the feeding tube in?

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The feeding tube was put in August 09 after I became 100% NPO due to facial/oral CRPS/RSD. At that point I had lost 30 lbs and was only being kept alive by saline drip.

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Hi,
I noticed people say they have been drinking Gatorjuice. Well try Smart Water by Glaceau. I think it is a Coke or Pepsi subsidiary.
Anyway it is a clear water with electrolytes an is vapor distilled. No dyes. No sugars, no salts. At first it tastes a little to clear, like a mild different taste. How to explain it. But after a few gulps or a bottle it's ok. Now I cannot drink any other water because of the bad taste, so smart water also keeps me hydrated. I was in the hospital approx 10 times for dehydration, not anymore..
God Bless
It is what it is
keep on keepin on.

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My understanding is green stool is related to it passing too quickly through your system to have been worked over enough by your GI system to turn brown. It's the billyruben that turns it brown, or is it the bile, maybe the two are the same thing, dunno. It's moving too fast though, that's a certainty.

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