Irritable Bowel Syndrome/thin stools

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I am a male 61. I had 3 colonoscopy's  in my life.  I have had normal bowel movements for me (1 or 2 in the morning. They were always well formed). I had my colonoscopy about 2 months ago. The doctor found 2 very small benign Hyperplastic polyps. They were removed no problem. Since then, I have regular bowel movements (in the morning 1 or 2 times a day very occasionally go next day). I have no pain or blood,etc.  But they are thin and loose and sometimes small parts.  they are brown, (like my other color). This happened right after my colonoscopy....Does this sound like the new "normal" for me right now?  
the dr.'s office nurse said it doesn;t seem a problem, but if it keeps up or if I get concerned, I should see my primary care.
I am sure it isn't cancer, cause it was just checked out and as I said they just removed 2 very small benign polops.
does this sound like a concerned or what do you think it might be?...Or should I just wait and see for a few more months?   Thanks

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Hi Ed - I'm really not sure what could be going on. It is good that your doc thinks it's not a problem, but odd that this happened after the colonoscopy.

Since you don't have pain or diarrhea/constipation, it can't be diagnosed as IBS. The easiest way to address this might be to up your soluble fiber increase and see if that makes a difference. You can eat more soluble fiber foods http://www.helpforibs.com/diet/fiber1.asp or add in a soluble fiber supplement http://www.helpforibs.com/supplements/sol_fiber1.asp

Hope this helps a bit,
Heather

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I can address questions regarding diet, cooking, recipes, and non-pharmaceutical supplements (soluble fiber, herbal, probiotics, etc.) for IBS. I can supply information sources about diagnostic guidelines, symptoms, and the medical pathology of IBS, but I cannot give a diagnosis or analyze test results a patient has obtained. I would prefer not to answer questions about prescription drugs and diagnostic tests. PLEASE DO NOT TELL ME YOUR SYMPTOMS AND THEN ASK ME TO DIAGNOSE YOU!

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I'm the author of Eating for IBS, the only explicit dietary guide and cookbook for people with bowel disorders. Eating for IBS then led to my second book, The First Year: IBS, a comprehensive view of the disorder and every way to successfully manage it. Together, these works have become the two best-selling, best-reviewed IBS books in America.

My writing has led to an ongoing Canadian clinical research study of the groundbreaking dietary guidelines for Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Eating for IBS; this work also led to my inclusion in the 4th edition of Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare. Today's Dietitian has featured my IBS dietary guidelines, and my work has reached gastroenterologists and internists. I'm the author of "Heather's IBS Newsletter", which is free to subscribers and is published twice monthly. As a result, I've become recognized as the foremost patient-expert on IBS in America. I've personally had IBS since age 9.

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