Posted by: Jessica | 2019/01/07


Normal stool

In 2014, I had my gallbladder removed. After that, my bowel movements became more frequent and less formed. In November 2018, I began a low carb diet. I began having less frequent bowel movements and they became better formed. Last week I had severe diarrhea and nausea. My doctor said it was most likely a stomach bug or food poisoning. Those symptoms passed, but now my stool is a little lighter in color (still brown) and a bit smaller in diameter. Is this normal or something I should seek medical care for? My grandmother passed away from colon cancer a few years ago, so it is a frequent worry of mine. Thanks in advance for your response.

Expert's Reply


Cancer expert
- 2019/01/08

Dear Jessica, it is normal for stool consistency and colour changes to occur after gallbladder removal. These changes are not anything to be concerned over - unless, of course, acute/chronic diarrhoea or constipation occurs - one should then consult one's treating physician. One should also not drastically change one's diet without consultation with one's health care provider (doctor and/or Registered Dietitian). (MCH).

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