Cause of Oily Poop?

Do you know the cause of oily poop?

I have always been constipated. I am 51. There is an oily film on top of the water after I have a bowel movement. What causes that?

Also the stool is usually the diameter of a pencil and 2 to 3 inches long. I rarely get the urge to go. It kind of seems like it gets to a certain point and stops.

I can go as long as 10 days without a movement. Of course I get a headache and generally feel awful.

I usually resort to a Fleet enema or Milk of Magnesia but even then don't feel as though the job is done. In the past I have used Metamucil, high fiber diet, drank lots of water, exercised, adhered to a schedule, Miralax, etc.

Sometimes things will get somewhat better for a short time but it never fixes the problem. My mother said I had a good appetite as an infant but had problems pooping and would end up vomiting.

I remember drinking warm prune juice, eating prunes, warm kraut juice, apples, Carters pills, Fletchers Castoria, etc.

I have had a Sitzmark test and was told every thing moves very slowly and was prescribed Propulsid which caused me to vomit. I went off of it and later tried it again. Same results.

Had barium enenma and sigmoidoscopy. Was advised to eat more fruits, veggies and drink more water. This is not the problem. I do not have occasional constipation. It is a way of life for me.

I had a colonoscopy in my 30's. There was 1 small polyp that was removed. The doctor told me my colon looked older than it should, not nice and pink, that it had gray areas and areas he described as looking like stretch marks.

He gave me the same old advice to eat more fruit and veg., increase water and eat All Bran cereal. He also hinted that I had abused laxatives. I don't nor have I ever. It's a last resort and even then has a terrible effect on me.

Usually laxatives will cause me to go but then I get sick and vomit and get a headache. Today I had the most normal bm I've had in months, but I still feel full. Why I did, I don't know. There is still poop that needs to come out.

I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I take Cymbalta and neurontin and Folbic.

I have tried colonics. I have read things on the internet and am wondering about Hirschsprungs disease. I get a dull pain beneath my shoulder blade (can't remember which one) when I go for a long time without relief.


I can't really give you an exact cause of oily poop. Unfortunately, there are a number of different scenarios that
can be an underlying cause of oily poop.

They range from minor, like eating a very oily piece of fish like tuna, to much more serious conditions like pancreatic cancer. There are several conditions that fall in between those two extremes as well.

Is this a new symptom you are experiencing, or has it been something you've dealt with regularly over the years?

I'm sorry to hear that you have had such a time of it for so long battling constipation. I can completely understand your distress and discomfort.

Bowel health is so foundational to overall health. When your digestive tract isn't functioning well, your whole body is effected in a variety of ways, none of them good.

It's no wonder that you have been getting regular advice over the years to drink plenty of water and eat fruits and veggies, etc.

That really is good advice for most people. Unfortunately, it doesn't always work for everyone. The fact that you are on prescription medications usually just makes constipation worse.

I'd really like to make two suggestions to you...

  1. Take the time to download and read Teresa Schumacher's book, Cleansing the Body and the Colon for a Happier and Healthier You. It's a great resource for those concerned about their digestive health, and I've made it available for free to all of my site visitors.

  2. Give yourself the benefit of some natural supplements to see if you can help get your system working properly again, and perhaps even heal up some of your underlying causes.

    • Start with a thorough herbal cleanse using Herbal Fiberblend. Yes, you DO need to still drink plenty of water. This will help to make the herbs and fiber work more effectively.

    • Secondly, add some good probiotics to your daily routine. I like Florafood. You can take 1 or 2 with meals.

    • Finally, start using some digestive enzymes, like Prepzymes to help your body digest your food more efficiently until your bowels get sorted out.

    • Actually, I'd even start using the Garden Trio whole food supplement powders on a daily basis to help with your fibromyalgia symptoms and give your body more nutritional resources to heal itself where needed.

You've suffered for so many years already with this condition, I hate to see you continue on throughout the rest of your life if you don't have to.

I can't guarantee that these supplements will work for your particular situation, but I'm pretty sure they will. They all have a money back guarantee, so that should be some comfort at least. You can give them a fair try without any risk.

Sorry I can't provide you with more info. on the cause of oily poop, but I do hope and pray that you find these suggestions helpful to you.

To your good health!

Comments for Cause of Oily Poop?

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Not Fat or Mucous??
by: Anonymous

I have a fine film which appears to come from my floating stool and the film tends to grow in size the longer the stool stays there. Two stool sample tests revealed no fat or mucous. So, who knows.

Look into celiac disease
by: Anonymous

I would ask your doctor about celiac disease it sounds like you have a lot of the signs. Many people are misdiagnosed with fibro myalgia when really it has been celiac all along. Start looking it up online and find a doctor that is educated about the disease. Good luck!

gluton intolerance
by: Anonymous

You have celiac disease.
I'm not a doctor...but we are struggling here at our house, family of seven, with gluton intolerance. Gluton intolerance will cause gray, oily, floating stools...among many other symptoms. I would get it checked out at least.
Hope you are on top of this soon.

Constipation NEW
by: David Lyons

My Friend, you sound like I wrote this. I am 52 yrs old and have the same problems you do with digestion. 4 days ago I noticed as I was having a bowel movement I noticed these orange oily balls floating on the water. I have no idea what is causing this and am kind of scared. I have an appointment to see my PCP next Monday to find out what is causing this. I have tried different things to: enemas, Miralax, Dulcolax and nothing helped me either. I have Irritable Bowel Disease and is really frustrating to me.

IBS and Digestion Issues NEW
by: Angie from

Hi David,

I hope you received some help from your doctor visit, but I wanted to make a suggestion for you just in case.

Herbal Fiberblend has been around for over 30 years and has helped countless people including those with IBS and digestion issues, even when nothing else seemed to work.

I've used HFB myself for cleansing, detox, and digestive maintenance as needed off and on for nearly 10 years and have found it to be the best natural solution to help the body sort itself out.

Of course, with something like IBS, additional support would be helpful, including things like Composure, AIMega, and BarleyLife. These all work together in a wonderfully synergistic way to provide the body with the aid it needs to help repair and heal.

I wish you all the best.

Dr schulze NEW
by: Roxanne

Check out Dr.Schulze has a complete detox program thats awesome. He has an intestinal formula i use that helps me poop everyday using herbs and it also strengthens the large intestine so that your body can learn to go on it's own. It's called intestinal formula number one but you could always do a complete bowel detox also. I highly recommend that. Check out all his products.

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