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Tomato skin???
« on: March 21, 2014, 12:44:12 PM »
TMI so beware:

I'm always constipated and hadn't gone much at all since late last week.  Last night I had raisins and then Triskets so had numerous BM's this morning.

The first one had something orange reddish on the toilet paper. I did rub the paper together and it didn't smear but more rolled up.  I jumped up and looked in the toilet where everything else was just a golden brown, threw in the paper and flushed.  Wrong thing to do. I should have investigated better.  I've had about 6 BM's since then and all are the same golden brown with no other bits and pieces of the orange stuff. 

I had tomato paste on Wed. but it was a cheap canned brand and I think it was pretty smooth. Monday night I'd had a huge Zaxby's salad with lots of tomatoes.  I can't chew really well because I've lost 3 molars to chemo.  Saturday I had Mexican food with tomatoes but now we're talking almost 5 days for that to be working its way out.

I had a colonoscopy in late December so am not concerned about colon cancer but this has really freaked me out today! 

I'm sure my anxiety is super high because I have my 6 month PET scan on April 11th.



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Re: Tomato skin???
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2014, 12:59:45 PM »
I checked my stool yesterday and it had tomato skIn in it!!
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Re: Tomato skin???
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2014, 01:00:49 PM »
I am positive it was tomato skin.   That happened to me with lima bean skin!  Some things don't digest and come out - like have you ever gotten whole kernels of corn in your poop?? 
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Re: Tomato skin???
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2014, 01:19:09 PM »
Thanks guys.  I was thinking it had been a long time in my system but then, since I've only gone a couple small bits in almost a week it would take that long to get out. 

I'm sure you're right. Shucks, I've had probably 6 more BM's since then (Triskets and raisins WILL clean you out) and no other stuff.
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Re: Tomato skin???
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2014, 02:02:22 PM »
Most people wouldn't know this, but since I'm a hypo I DO know - my stools are five days behind.  I go pretty hard all the time and I guess things are backed up constantly.   Are your stools on the hard side?
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Re: Tomato skin???
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2014, 02:40:30 PM »
I'm sure you know this, but I'd recommend NOT examining your BMs so thoroughly. I know it's a favorite collective pastime of ours, but, like in your case, finding things in there causes our attempts at reassurance to backfire more often than not.
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Re: Tomato skin???
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2014, 03:05:30 PM »
I work really hard at trying to have a bm every day but once I miss a few days, it's pretty dry/ hard.

I don't know why I looked at the toilet paper. I try to do nothing that would open a door to my HA.
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Re: Tomato skin???
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2014, 03:49:25 PM »
It could have even been a tiny bit of blood mixed in with the loose stool and smeared on the toilet paper.  I do have roids and sometimes get a tiny split when I've been straining for days. 

I've let this ruin my whole day! 
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« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2014, 07:27:59 AM »
Get more water and fiber into your diet and it will help with being more regular.  A good way to do both at once is drinking a big glass of water with Metamucil once a day - side benefit is that it will help reduce your cholesterol as well.
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