Stool Color & Texture Changes - Personal Experience

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What causes normal stool color?

The color of stool is normally due to the presence of bile, specifically, the bilirubin in bile. Bilirubin is formed from hemoglobin after hemoglobin is released from red blood cells during their destruction, a part of the normal process of replacing the red blood cells in blood. The released hemoglobin is modified chemically and removed from the blood by the liver. In the liver the chemically changed hemoglobin (called bilirubin) is attached to other chemicals and secreted from the cells of the liver into bile. Depending on the concentration of bilirubin, bile can vary from almost black to light yellow in color.

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Comment from: katy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 17

I have in the last few months had bowel changes and bleeding when I have a bowel movement, also pain in my back and cramps in my stomach.

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Comment from: Cweb205, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 15

My daughter's stools are like red sand. There is no blood, but it is just literally like red sand. She is a cancer survivor for 10 years now. She has been in 3 patient hospitalizations and still there is no diagnosis. There seems to be no information on the web.

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