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Am I burning more calories when I am constipated or when I have a bad case of diarrhea?

Am I burning more calories when I am constipated or when I have a bad case of diarrhea?

Neither in most case: Neither constipation not diarrhea affect calorie consumption. In some cases an infectious diarrhea may lead to poor absorption of calories and decreased intake and chronic inflammatory diarrhea may increase metabolic demands in some cases but a significant difference would only be seen in very sick patients. ...Read more

Calorie (Definition)

A calorie is the amount of heat energy needed to increase a mililiter of water 1 degree centigrade, the calorie we talk about in foods is really a kilocalorie, that is the amount of energy needed to increase a liter of water 1 degree centigrade... So if you eat a food that is 500 calories that food if burned completely has enough energy to heat a liter of ...Read more


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I have constipation and diarrhea problem and I also have severe headache burning feeling in my head. Different body pains, my mind is not working well?

I have constipation and diarrhea problem and I also have severe headache burning feeling in my head. Different body pains, my mind is not working well?

IBS: Sounds like you have inflammatory bowel syndrome. Please refer to my answer to constipation. Don't give up keep treating constipation with natural fiber like psyllium husk with a lot of water, avoid constipation provoking food and drink a lot of water. ...Read more

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I have a burning sensation muscles spasm under my left ribs also suffer from constipation/diarrhea/bloating/inability to eat what could this be?

I have a burning sensation muscles spasm under my left ribs also suffer from constipation/diarrhea/bloating/inability to eat what could this be?

GI hypomotility: These could be symptoms of chronic constipation. Alternatively, if you also get acid reflux, this could represent (diaphragmatic) hiatal hernia. A gastroenterologist (gut doctor) could examine you for these problems and work with you to find a solution. ...Read more

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I'm a nearly 19 year old female. I have a consistent burning sensation/discomfort in my urinary tract even when not peeing, constipation, & diarrhea?

I'm a nearly 19 year old female. I have a consistent burning sensation/discomfort in my urinary tract even when not peeing, constipation, & diarrhea?

Consult your physici: There are a number of things that can cause this ranging from a yeast infection, to chlamydia, to other infections. There are also allergies, irritants, and other inflammatory disorders that need evaluation. I would recommend that you see your physician for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Almost in tears not sure what to do. Abd pain x3 weeks nausea/vomiting constipation/diarrhea sharp/burning us normal cough making worse GI appt 2/28?

Pain: You may have irritable bowel syndrome with delayed transit of your stool. For now push fluids, reduce milk andmilk product intake and increase fiber in diet with fruits, nuts, figs, raisins, dates. Also eat high fibered cereals. A stool softener may also help. ...Read more

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Constant burning feeling by navel, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation? U-endoscopy, ultrasound, blood-work, biopsyies neg. Gi "finished".

Constant burning feeling by navel, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation? U-endoscopy, ultrasound, blood-work, biopsyies neg. Gi "finished".

Burning in navel: No one is "finished" when you still have complaints - perhaps nerve issue, scar tissue, endometriosis, etc. Time to see a general surgeon - don't give up! ...Read more

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I have constipation & diarrhea Cramping & burning in my stomach. Eating less and never hungry. Doctor said it was IBS is that what it sounds like?

I have constipation & diarrhea Cramping & burning in my stomach. Eating less and never hungry. Doctor said it was IBS is that what it sounds like?

Abdominal pain: The cramping and burning pain with decrease hunger sounds like gastritis but the constipation and diarrhea sounds like IBS. You may have 2 processes going on. IBS is usually associated with stress. You can try an over the counter antacid to see if that relieves your burning if it does tell your doctor. ...Read more

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Burning sensation around navel, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation. U-endoscopy, ultrasoung neg. Gi done all she can, doc won't say its ibs?

Burning sensation around navel, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation. U-endoscopy, ultrasoung neg. Gi done all she can, doc won't say its ibs?

Gastroenterologist: If you have been thoroughly evaluated by a GI doctor and still do not have an answer would suggest getting a second opinion. Irritable bowel syndrome should not be producing all these changes. ...Read more

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I have been having really bad anxiety for 8 months. And in the mean time I have alternating constipation and diarrhea. Could this be all anxiety I'm 27?

I have been having really bad anxiety for 8 months. And in the mean time I have alternating constipation and diarrhea. Could this be all anxiety I'm 27?

Yes, anxiety: Can cause GI symptoms. Please see a gastroenterologist for diagnosis. Then see a mental health professional for stress management. Please don't use medication alone. It may have a place but a therapist will help things progress better. Peace and good health. Your doc may call this "Irritable Bowel Syndrome" or IBS. ...Read more

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I've been suffering from stomachache for more than 10 days with one day of high temperature and diarrhea and yesterday my stomach was burning too bad?

I've been suffering from stomachache for more than 10 days with one day of high temperature and diarrhea and yesterday my stomach was burning too bad?

Stomach pain: Time to see your physician for an exam, perhaps stool cultures and exams, and antibiotics, if indicated. Ten days is a long time for a viral gastroenteritis to last without improvement. ...Read more

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What are the causes of very bad smelling flatulence and stool? I don't have diarrhea, but I am constipated. The gas has lasted for a couple weeks.

What are the causes of very bad smelling flatulence and stool? I don't have diarrhea, but I am constipated. The gas has lasted for a couple weeks.

I'm sure you know..: ...that flatulence is normal; many consider it to be a sign of a healthy digestive tract. The usual gases, nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, hydrogen and methane aren't too bad, but when sulfates are added, it smells worse. When gas in bowel for extended time, bacteria adds sulfates, as do foods high in sulfur. Avoid veggies from cabbage family (broccoli, cauliflower, etc). eggs, cheese garlic, etc ...Read more

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I have pain on lft side. If I eat. Have taken senocot in case of constipation. But had bad diarrhea last tues.& very very little food since then?

Avoid laxitives: The pain could be caused by the senecot, which I would avoid. Make sure you are taking in plenty of fiber. You might try a stool softener, like colace (docusate sodium) or surfak and avoid stimulating laxatives. For diarrhea, try drinking some gatoraid. For occasional contipation, try a teaspoon of epsom salts in a glass of water. Avoid laxitives. ...Read more

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Had a crohns flare up a week ago. Feeling better but I went from bad diarrhea beginning of week to constipation. I go but never complete 5 today. Bad?

Had a crohns flare up a week ago. Feeling better but I went from bad diarrhea beginning of week to constipation. I go but never complete 5 today. Bad?

Low Dose Naltrexone: Have you tried Low Dose Naltrexone (1-4.5 mg each morning). A Stanford University study, showed that it benefited a high percentage of Crohn's sufferers. Google LDN and Crohn's for details. Available by prescription from a compounding pharmacy. ...Read more

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1.5 weeks bad constipation. Can feel solid mass of stool that won't pass, but soft stool and diarrhea do pass. What can I do about this? Is this normal?

1.5 weeks bad constipation. Can feel solid mass of stool that won't pass, but soft stool and diarrhea do pass. What can I do about this? Is this normal?

A few suggestions: If you haven't tried any agents, the easiest on the stomach is MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) or its generic equivalent. Also milk of magnesia works as well, but can give stomach cramps. Be sure to drink lots of fluid/water, as dehydration makes constipation worse. If stool is in rectum, can use suppository like dulcolax or glycerin. An enema can help too. ...Read more

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I have a vagus nerve and faint if constipated. Had bad attack sun., almost fainted w diarrhea after. I've been hungry and losing weight w no cause since?

Vasovagal reaction: You are having a vasovagal response while straining. There are many things that can trigger this response in people who are prone to get this. I can't think of anyway you can avoid going to the restroom. I was going to suggest stool softeners so you wouldn't strain so much but I see you almost fainted during a bout of diarrhea. Usually people avoid triggers but in your case, not sure. ...Read more

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So I have been on a diet now for one month and my bowel movments have been really bad im either constipated or have diarrhea and my bottome bleeds when I wipe help?

Fiber?: Maybe your diet is lacking in fiber. If you can't broaden the diet, try a daily fiber supplement, such as metamucil, citrucel, or fibercon. ...Read more

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I've been really sick this past week. I had really bad diarrhea and now I'm starting to get better and I'm constipated is that normal?

I've been really sick this past week. I had really bad diarrhea and now I'm starting to get better and I'm constipated is that normal?

Diarrheal illness.: It's not unusual after a diarrheal illness to not have a bowel movement for a day or two. As well, an acute diarrheal illness tends to leave us dehydrated, which can contribute to constipation. Drink plenty of fluids and see if your normal bowel habits resume again. ...Read more

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My anus is itching and burning, I have bad diarrhea and when I pee it burns and I urinate often. What is this?

My anus is itching and burning, I have bad diarrhea and when I pee it burns and I urinate often. What is this?

Your perianal: Itching and burning could be related to the 'bad diarrhea' u say u have. U need workup including stool studies and sometimes colonoscopy with biopsies to diag why you have it. Meanwhile keep the area dry and avoid foods which make your diarrhea worse. Burning diring urination and increase freq is associated with an infection. You will need urine analysis to assess that. Plz see your fam doc. ...Read more

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Took my daughter to pediatrician no help. She is burning and bad pains in stomach. Has diarrhea too. Dr said not viral & no infections?

Took my daughter to pediatrician no help. She is burning and bad pains in stomach. Has diarrhea too. Dr said not viral & no infections?

Second opinion: If your doctor was not able to discuss this with you and outline their thoughts and opinions then you may be having a communication roadblock and should seek a second opinion. ...Read more

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Blood in stomach, diarrhea everyday. When I eat I get really bad cramps like a burning sensation. Seeing a Dr which has no answers.

Blood in stomach, diarrhea everyday. When I eat I get really bad cramps like a burning sensation. Seeing a Dr which has no answers.

See New doctor: Blood in the stomach is an emergency and should get you admitted to a hospital until a work up determines where the blood is from and it is under control. Go to an ER and get evaluated. ...Read more

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I'm 18 for 3 weeks I was constipated and had thinner than usual stools now I have diarrhea x2 days. I had bad gas when I was constipated now that's gone?

Irritable Bowels: You may have had a virus. Or you may have eaten something that really disagreed with you. You describe irritable bowels. Things tat can help the alternating diarrhea / constipation include peppermint oil capsules; probiotics; digestive enzymes; eliminating wheat and dairy from your diet; homeopathic nux vomica; seeing a chinese medicine practitioner and or your regular doctor. ...Read more

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I have had digestive disorder for 10 days. Bloated, gas, diarrhea, constipation, growling in the stomach. Bad?? What exams should be done. Thanks.

I have had digestive disorder for 10 days. Bloated, gas, diarrhea, constipation, growling in the stomach. Bad?? What exams should be done. Thanks.

Probably not serious: If you have had any fever, blood in the diarrhea, faint feeling, or significant weight loss you should see a physician. Depending on where you live and have traveled recently, a parasitic infection is a possibility. Make sure you are well hydrated. If it continues you made need a stool analysis for parasites or empiric treatment depending on your location. ...Read more

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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea = increased frequency of stools which ...Read more