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Hi I have acid reflux, gastritis, strawlike hair which is thinning, acne, missed period, dry skin, irregular bowel movements. What could this be?

Hi I have acid reflux, gastritis, strawlike hair which is thinning, acne, missed period, dry skin, irregular bowel movements. What could this be?

Go see ur family doc: While we usually try to narrow things down to one diagnosis to explain all symptoms, you might have two or more going on, which is why it's important to tell your family doc what's going on & get complete evaluation. Your acid reflux & gastritis are variations on a theme. However, strawlike thinning hair, missed period, dry skin & irregular bowel mvmts might be thyroid disease eg hypothyroidism. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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What does it mean when you have gray stool? I have had 2-3 abnormal bowel movements in the past few days, mainly gray stool. What does that mean?

What does it mean when you have gray stool? I have had 2-3 abnormal bowel movements in the past few days, mainly gray stool. What does that mean?

Let me explain: Light-colored, white or clay-colored, this may indicate a bile duct obstruction. Certain medications, such as large doses of Bismuth Subsalicylate (kaopectate, pepto-bismol) and other anti-diarrheal drugs. ...Read more

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Stomach cramps, abnormal bowel movements. Can it be viral, and how do you know which virus?

Stomach cramps, abnormal bowel movements. Can it be viral, and how do you know which virus?

Could be: Very difficult to determine which virus may be causing your symptoms and usually not worth the trouble trying. ...Read more

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I am male 41 years have halitosis for 1 year reason unknown most probably stomach indigestion have abnormal bowel movements?

I am male 41 years have halitosis for 1 year reason unknown most probably stomach indigestion have abnormal bowel movements?

See below: This sounds like a stomach problem what do you mean by abnormal bowel movements...Have you seen a physician you should have a nutritional workup done. ...Read more

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My 3 year old has a temp of 96.3. He has had extreme fatigue past 2 days and stomach pains. No abnormal bowel movements. Blood sugar normal, WBC 7500?

My 3 year old has a temp of 96.3. He has had extreme fatigue past 2 days and stomach pains. No abnormal bowel movements. Blood sugar normal, WBC 7500?

Rest & monitor: Nothing unusual based on your information. Offer, yet don't force food and beverage. Allow him to rest/sleep at home. His symptoms and labs with acute onset suggest a viral illness that may take a good week to recover. If concerns arise, follow up with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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My 35 year old daughter with Cerebral Palsy has for the past month frequent abnormal large bowel movements?

Is it diarrhea?: A secretory diarrhea can produce large volumes of stool and should be tested for infection and other pathology. Have her primary care physician aware of this change any they can order stool studies in order to make a diagnosis. Once determined, proper treatment can begin. Be sure to test for C diff. ...Read more

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Can intestinal candidiasis cause recurrent vaginal yeast infections and abnormal/painful/irregular bowel movements?

Can intestinal candidiasis cause recurrent vaginal yeast infections and abnormal/painful/irregular bowel movements?

Yes: You need anti candida diet: no sugar, no flour products. Until you get better, also no fruit and no carbohydrates. Eat 1 tbsp of coconut oil with each meal. Eat lots of non starchy vegetables and enough quality protein. Consider betaine hcl with each meal, take it in the middle of the meal. Also take saccharomyces boulardi, which is the yeast against yeast. ...Read more

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Pain on my left side after I eat near rib cage, shortness of breath, feel pressure under breasts, soreness in back. Bowel movements abnormal?

Pain on my left side after I eat near rib cage, shortness of breath, feel pressure under breasts, soreness in back. Bowel movements abnormal?

Unrelated symptoms: Your symptoms pertain to different systems. You may have a condition like anxiety or irritable bowel syndrome which presents with seemingly unrelated symptoms. See your PCP and discuss in detail including any psychological stressors you might have. ...Read more

Defecation (Definition)

Passing food that is fully digested and ready for excretion out the ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more