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Do All Celiac Stools Float?

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Just wondering if a true celiac stool will float or is this only in the later stages when lots of damage is already done?

Has anyone had stools that do not float and still have been diagnosed celiac? Thanks.

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Well, this is a hard one. If stools are actually formed, they tend to float when things get pretty bad. But not always. Of course, with diarrhea, you get some stuff floating, and some not, and it's liquid anyway, so how do you determine if it's floating or not?

On the other hand, if you are constipated (which is also a celiac disease symptom, and I used to alternate), it normally doesn't float.

It IS confusing for sure.

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Just wondering if a true celiac stool will float or is this only in the later stages when lots of damage is already done?

Has anyone had stools that do not float and still have been diagnosed celiac? Thanks.

Well, I've had both at one sitting - even when I've been clean for weeks. I dunno. But with my C I'm happy I'm going.

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I thought that floating stools was associated with amount of gas, mostly "attributed" to IBS. Now, I have both, in the same sitting, regularly but not nearly as much as it was before I figured out all my food issues.

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Floating stools are caused by your bowels not absorbing fat, gas has nothing to do with it. They are also called 'fatty stools' for that very reason.

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What do you make of this? ... mine used to sink, since being gluten-free for five months they're floating all the time. I'm sure I'm gluten-free because if I get a crumb or two, I'm out of it for days.

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What do you make of this? ... mine used to sink, since being gluten-free for five months they're floating all the time. I'm sure I'm gluten-free because if I get a crumb or two, I'm out of it for days.

That's weird, something you may want to bring up with your doctor maybe?

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Ok this is kind of gross but since we are talking about stools....mine usually didn't float, but they did sink and stick to the bottom of the toilet. It was really gross because I had to constantly clean the toilet. After going gluten-free, they are normal most of the time. btw, I have never been diagnosed Celiac, but I do know that I am gluten intolerant.

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Floating stools are caused by your bowels not absorbing fat, gas has nothing to do with it. They are also called 'fatty stools' for that very reason.

floating stools

Here it says floating stools are caused by gas... I find it hilarious talking about stools, you know you are comfortable with your significant other when you can discuss your bowel movements! :lol: BTW, I get both floating and sinking, button-like stools (not very often, lately, do I get a fully formed stool)

A question: What does a fatty stool look like, are the unabsorbed fat droplets clear or white? Or is white stuff just mucus...if so what causes mucus in the stool?? :blink:

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Well, this would explain why mine are finally more normal, not always, and not quite, but closer.

I think the white slippery stuff is mucus. I used to have problems with that as well but all gone now.

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On 5/31/2006 at 8:10 AM, Ursa Major said:

Floating stools are caused by your bowels not absorbing fat, gas has nothing to do with it. They are also called 'fatty stools' for that very reason.

Hi there, I know this is a really old conversation and I'm a brand new member but it was your comment that prompted me to join (that, & I desperately need help & support w/Celiac). I think floating stool can be from fat and/or gas. I read an article that stated it was trapped gas & in my current state & my tiny floater yesterday, I'd agree. But, I also took Orlistat, a medication to help you lose weight by forcing all the fat (at random times) to expell from your body and they floated and were bright orange and stuck to the sides of the toilet. But, my stool was still at the bottom. So, I'm no expert, but that's been my experience, and I've just shared a whole lot of info for my 1st post?

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