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Is loose stool the same as diarrhea

A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
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 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Pediatrics 22 years experience
It may: For some people too many eggs can create loose stools and excess gas.
A 81-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
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.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
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
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Grossman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
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 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Hill
Family Medicine 23 years experience
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
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
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 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Trachella Johnson foy
Family Medicine 20 years experience
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 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jane Lykins
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: Magnesium is indeed a stool softener (like in Milk of Magnesia). It pulls water into the bowel to soften the stool.
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
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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