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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Gordon
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
Chronic diarrhea ??: Sounds like you have a case of chronic diarrhea. That can be caused by numerous things from infections to transient malabsorption syndromes to dietar ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mohammed Parvez
13 years experience in Internal Medicine
Get a check up: The possible causes are too many and thus beyond the capacity to answer on this forum. Please consult your physician to undergo a thorough physical ex ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
21 years experience in Pediatrics
For some: For some people it may cause loose bowel movements either as a result of lactose or caffeine sensitivity. For others if you eat too much chocolate you ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Question unclear: What do you mean by "loose"? Is this a change? It is seldom normal to have this happen unless something in diet or an organism or other inflammatory ... Read More
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A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
No absolute : Answer here, but most would consider very loose stool with a prominent watery component to be diarrhea.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience in Gastroenterology
Not always diarrhea: Stool texture (regardless of volume or frequency of movements) is defined by the bristol stool scale (bss), which ranges from 1 (hard, pellet stool) t ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience in Family Medicine
Too much water: Diarrhea is stool that has not had its water reabsorbed back into the body.
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Stansby
25 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Go to ED: From what you are describing, it shoulds like you may be having problems with your gallbladder. You should seek emergent care in an ed. There the do ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bradford Romans
36 years experience in Internal Medicine
This kind of weight: loss , in association with GI symptoms,requires a work up.Its time to go in to ur doc and get checked out.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Not necessarily: If you have an impaction of hard stools that is incomplete, only liquid stool can get by the plug of stool. The mistake is to take something to stop t ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
21 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes it can: Any GI irritation can cause loose stools.
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mitchell Vogel
29 years experience in Ophthalmology
Possible infection: These symptoms may be caused by infection, inflammation and other issues in the GI tract. Give your doctor or gastroenterologist a call for a consult ... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience in Internal Medicine
LOOSE STOOLS: Have a mushy consistency. Diarrhea is wattery non formed stools.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
See a GI doctor: Get yourself tested and examined. This is hopefully easy to treat but must be diagnosed first and you cannot do this over the internet.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vladimiro Giua
30 years experience in Internal Medicine
Colitis: the differential diagnosis is vast. Infectious...need for stool cultures. IBS celiac and other immune diseases. drug side effects. Thyroid diseases m ... Read More
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience in Preventive Medicine
Absolutely typical: Of a vitamin deficiency disease called beriberi. You probably have low stomach acid and a deficiency of pancreatic enzymes because your energy metabol ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carson Liu
33 years experience in General Surgery
Please see a GI Doc: You are describing symptoms of bowel obstruction. You should undergo a colonoscopy and a CT scan of your abdomen. At your young age, I would worry abo ... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
22 years experience in Infectious Disease
On going diarrhea : With kids, I recommend extra caution. Kids don't have the "reserve" that adults do to fight through an illness. Since things aren't getting better eit ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Susan Rhoads
37 years experience in Family Medicine
Not necessarily.: An infection with giardia can present with diarrhea or constipation or neither. Stool color is not a reliable way to determine the organism responsib ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Hanna
34 years experience in Family Medicine
Greasy Stool: Greasy, foul stools sounds like any event that result in a poorly digested meal. Any meal that is poor digested will be loose. A high fat diet with ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
22 years experience in Family Medicine
Should get evaulated: Being a 26 y/o female, it is likely that you have irritable bowel syndrome and with the frequent loose stools can cause significant anal/perianal irri ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
See a doctor: The answer to your question could fill a good textbook, and the answer to getting rid of it depends upon the cause. See a good doctor and find out wh ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Louis Krenn
19 years experience in Family Medicine
Have evaluated: This should be evaluated by a physician. The dark stools could be a sign of bleeding in your intestines. Weight loss associated with this could be con ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience in Gastroenterology
Now has green stool: The color of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications & supplements ingested, gut flora (unique for each individual), a ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Maybe: Gastroenteritis. Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip often to prevent dehydration. Work up to sol ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
35 years experience in Pediatrics
No: This should not affect your birth control pill. If this persists, you should contact your doctor to find out the cause of this.
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jay Bradley
17 years experience in LASIK Surgery
See GI doctor ASAP: You need to see a gastrointestinal doctor as soon as possible. You are likely having a upper GI tract bleed and may need urgent evaluation and treatm ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chioma Lazz
40 years experience in Pediatrics
Time to see a doctor: Constipation is the opposite of diarrhea. If you are alternating between the two, it is best to see your internist as there are medical conditions tha ... Read More
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A 69-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eduardo Krajewski
21 years experience in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Make an appointment: Make sure you make an appointment to see your gastroenterologist or surgeon. If you haven't have one, a colonoscopy might be warranted. All the bes ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Drewitz
26 years experience in Gastroenterology
Worth a try...: Erythromycin is in a class of antibiotics that have a propensity to cause GI side effects of cramps and diarrhea because they activate a receptor in t ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Cornelius Dooley
34 years experience in Internal Medicine
Yes: Parenteral administration of magnesium will not have the stimulatory effect on your bowels;.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
42 years experience in Gastroenterology
Don't know ur diet: Locovore is unlikely to be the issue. Make a diet diary for 3 days, annotatred with symptoms, time of month in menstrual cycle, while at home, and whi ... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shabbir Hossain
15 years experience in Internal Medicine
Why is it low?: Do you know why is it low? Is it because you're on medicines that artificially lower it? There are rare genetic conditions that can lower potassium? ... Read More

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