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is loose stool the same as diarrhea

A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience in Gastroenterology
Check ingredients...: If your multivitamin is high in magnesium, you're getting a laxative effect equivalent to taking milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide). Alternatively ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
21 years experience in Pediatrics
It may: For some people too many eggs can create loose stools and excess gas.
A 88-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience in Pediatrics
Night: Night time if you normally go to the washroom in the morning, or first thing in the morning if you go to the washroom in the evening.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Albert Pizzo
59 years experience in Family Medicine
Loose stools: Depends on the age and the babie's diet, and sometimes the mother's diet. In many circumstances loose stools can be normal. Has there been a change ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Grossman
30 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Probably not serious: It's only serious if the loose stools are the cause of the "bad back". In other words, if you have a bowel condition that is causing back pain, then ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Hill
22 years experience in Family Medicine
Most often dietary: Most often just random event due to dietary changes - if chronic or have blood see your doctor.
A female asked:
Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
37 years experience in Internal Medicine
Loose stool: Consider evaluation for food intolerances gluten, milk soy,( can avoid these food for a week and see what happens) or pancreatic insufficiency ( do ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Trachella Johnson foy
19 years experience in Family Medicine
Not usually: Whenever you have a drastic change in bowel habits that persist- it is important to be evaluated. There are certain infections, inflammation of bowe ... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jane Lykins
24 years experience in Family Medicine
Yes: Magnesium is indeed a stool softener (like in Milk of Magnesia). It pulls water into the bowel to soften the stool.
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Needs evaluation: Hopefully you have told the GI doctor who does your colonoscopies about this. If not, do so. This is not normal and should be investigated. Hope this ... Read More

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