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More fluids: More often than not, most people drink inadequate fluids and/or consume excessive amounts of caffeinated drinks. Caffeine is a diuretic that actually dehydrates you and therefore is not a good fluid to keep your stools soft and passing regularly. I recommend 80 to 100 ounces of non caffeinated/non alcoholic fluid every day, more if you excecise or travel by plane frequently. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes!: Looking at the stool tells us incredible info regarding the good bacteria and pathogenic bacteria in your stool. Remember 70% of your immune system is in your GI tract! taking antibiotics alters the bacteria in your stool. Lack of the good bacteria in your stool can lead to lack of absorption of important nutrients. ...Read more
Ergonomics, mindful: Comfortable, supportive chair; good lighting; work station set at a good height, computer screen at a good height, angle, distance. Mindfulness of position and posture. Frequent enough breaks to change position, stretch, look at distance to rest eyes. Can google re: setting up a comfortable work space. ...Read more
Motility: The colon is the last part of the tube we call the GI tract. The colon's primary job is absorption of water and storage of solid waste until defecation. There are circular & longitudinal muscles that contract sequentially to both mix food so it contacts the colon lining effectively (& thus promotes absorption) as well as propels food forward toward the rectum. Various stimuli control the process. ...Read more
I have a liver cyst that measures 6.2 cm, my doctor recommended blood and stool test for parasite. The results are negative so what treatment for it?
Is it safe to take exlax if im already having really soft stools-but it never seems like its all coming out?
Not sure.: You're describing a "sensation of incomplete evacuation". but we don't know if you're truly retaining stool or if it just feels like it. Ex-lax can cause diarrhea and cramps especially in IBS sufferers. Adding natural fiber to you diet might normalize your stools and is a healthier option than ExLax. Also, unless you have an intestinal obstruction, everything's coming out okay in the end. ...Read more
Can fatigue and mucus and blood in stool be related to anything thats not cancerous or life threatening?
Yes (Colitis): Anything that causes inflammation of the inner lining of the large intestine can cause these symptoms, including inflammatory bowel disease (crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis), infections, etc. Many of these processes do not get better on their own: please see a doctor as soon as possible. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Is it necessery to take another stool test after finishing the 10 days treatment duration of e. Histolytica? When can e.Histolytica become lethal?
Entameba histolytica: Unless you become symptomatic again it is probably unnecessary to repeat testing. Amoebiasis can be fatal when it spreads outside the colon, usually to the liver, but also to the central nervous system, lungs, heart, and other areas. This is not very common in the usa. ...Read more
Will i benefit from stool studies at age 35 when i alway have bulky fatty greasy floaty smelly stools light brown not light grey or yellow.Or just ibs?
Yes: The stools that you are describing probably mean that you are not properly absorbing some of the fats in your diet. This could mean that you are not absorbing certain nutrients either. Having your doctor order stool tests for fecal fat would confirm this. Although mal-absorbtion of fats could be associated with ibs, you need to be evaluated to rule out other problems first. ...Read more
I have blood in my stool its bright red, this happened recently, i feel perfectly fine but i'm curious as to what it might be. I am taking a weight loss supplement (oxy elite pro) but i did my research and asked professionals before i used it
Bright : Bright red blood in the stool usually means the bleeding is coming from somewhere in your rectum or large intestine. You may be dealing with an internal or external hemorrhoid, rectal fissure, polyps, or even cancer. You need to see your doctor right away for a rectal exam and testing, and likely a colonoscopy. I am not sure if the weight loss supplement is contributory. Your doctor will further investigate. In addition you need to be screened for anemia since you are bleeding. Best of luck. ...Read more
Painful lump or blister in my rectum. Painful while passing stool. Difficult to get some sleep due to the pain.
Doubt internal hemrr: One reliable characteristic of internal hemrroids is that they are not painful. The may or may not bleed. Painful mass may represent external hemrroid, abcess, herpes simplex, or a fissure that had become inflamed and begun granulating, giving the general sense of a mass. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Constipation?: Stools that are painful are usually rooted in constipation. I would encourage stool softeners and fluids. Hard or large stools can cause fissures or tearing of the anus and be very painful. Dehydration a low fiber diet and even certain medications or supplements can contribute. If they continue, you should be seen by your family physician for further evaluation and management. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My stools have been floating for years. I've had stool tested for fat a couple of times and the results were negative. What could be the cause?
Floating stool: Increased undigested fat may cause your stool to float ...Read more
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