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Green loose stools, weight loss, just came back from South Asia vacation ?

Green loose stools, weight loss, just came back from South Asia vacation ?

Vacation: I think you should see your doctor fairly soon. If the delay is too long please go to the nearest Emergency Room for evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Losing Weight is also known as Lose weight. Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Can you feel fine and have giardia? The only symptoms I have are loose stools and weight loss

Can you feel fine and have giardia? The only symptoms I have are loose stools and weight loss

Yes: Yes. Giardia is a parasite that is confined to the bowels. Systemic symptoms such as lethargy and weakness can occur as you become dehydrated and depleted of electrolytes such as potassium and magnesium, or malnourished. Some people have no symptoms whatsoever, not even diarrhea. ...Read more

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Have had flat stools for about 2 yrs. no blood. About every 2 weeks I'll have some loose stools. No weight loss. Appetite is fine. I'm scared ?

Have had flat stools for about 2 yrs. no blood. About every 2 weeks I'll have some loose stools. No weight loss. Appetite is fine. I'm scared ?

Stool change: if you have not had a colonoscopy at your age you should see a GI doctor to schedule one. Any changes in the stool form may be diet related and you might want to try first some increased fiber in your diet (like veggies, fruits and if that does not work you can try things like Metamucil or Citrucil). Good luck! ...Read more

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Loose stools, weight loss over a stone but eating twice as much as i used to, dew to not smoking anymore ?

Loose stools, weight loss over a stone but eating twice as much as i used to, dew to not smoking anymore ?

Unlikely: Congratulations on quitting smoking. That is unlikely to be the cause of your symptoms. It could be an over active thyroid or celiac disease or some form of malabsorption. You should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Just came back from recent vacation. Notice loose stools and weight loss. Scared to eat anything, stomach sometimes hurt and burp every time I eat something. Stomach growling also ?

Just came back from recent vacation. Notice loose stools and weight loss. Scared to eat anything, stomach sometimes hurt and burp every time I eat something. Stomach growling also 
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Best to get seen: The likely reason for these symptoms depends on where you traveled. It really is worthwhile getting seen, particularly since there has been weight loss. Early treatment may prevent an unpleasant gastrointestinal adventure. ...Read more

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2 negative FOBTs, no anemia, no weight loss, no family history. Right abdo discomfort, + urination and reduced mainly loose stools for month.colon ca?

2 negative FOBTs, no anemia, no weight loss, no family history. Right abdo discomfort, + urination and reduced mainly loose stools for month.colon ca?

Uncertain: Hi. Negative stool guaiac tests do NOT exclude colon cancer! Your risk of that is low, based on what you've told us (age, no family history, guaiac negative), but not zero. The increased urination would not be related to any clone CA issue. Are you overweight? Check for diabetes. Right abdominal pain could be gallstones, liver capsule, etc. What worms is the mebendazole for? Any that go to liver? ...Read more

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I may have an ulcer. Have fatigue. A little weight loss 3 to 4 pounds in 1 month. Slightly loose stools. Acidity in stomach. Very slight tenderness in stomach when I burp. I'm 29 years old and I finished some antibiotics too. Thoughts on this issue?

I may have an ulcer. Have fatigue. A little weight loss 3 to 4 pounds in 1 month. Slightly loose stools. Acidity in stomach. Very slight tenderness in stomach when I burp. I'm 29 years old and I finished some antibiotics too. Thoughts on this issue?

No way around it.: You need to see a doctor in real life. There are a number of diagnostic tests that you need to have after a complete history and physical. The possible explanations are enormous and to narrow it down you need a primary care doc to take the lead. Your family history and environmental history also will be revealing. A youngish person with weight loss, dyspepsia and bowel changes needs prompt eval. ...Read more

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My antinuclear antibody test came back positive, how worried should I be?

My antinuclear antibody test came back positive, how worried should I be?

ANA - not diagnostic: The ANA (anti-nuclear antibody) can be present for many reason. It is classically seen in sle, but most people was a + ANA do not have lupus or a connective tissue disease. You evaluation will help clarify why you have the + ANA and how it relates to your medical condition. ...Read more

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What is a "positive antinuclear antibody with a homogeneous staining pattern & a litre of 1 in 160" ... & should I worry ?

What is a "positive antinuclear antibody with a homogeneous staining pattern & a litre of 1 in 160" ... & should I worry ?

Rheumatologist: ANA is a screening test for collagen diseases like lupus. A titer of 1 to 160 is elevated but has to be interpreted along with your clinical history. It may not be significant in your case. A rheumatologist is best suited to determine its significance. ...Read more

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What is an antinuclear antibody test used for?

What is an antinuclear antibody test used for?

Autoimmune disease: ANA (anti-nuclear antibody) is a blood test used by doctors that indicates the presence of an autoimmune condition in which the body's immune system is predisposed to recognize normal things in your body as foreign invaders that need to be attacked. The results are not specific for any particular disease if positive, but are a preliminary test, after which a range of possibilities are considered. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


Dr. Oscar Novick
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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