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I have abdominal bloating and loose stools everyday for over 4month; what are the differences between IBS and chronic colitis?

I have abdominal bloating and loose stools everyday for over 4month; what are the differences between IBS and chronic colitis?

See MD if chronic: Many causes chronic diarrhea/bloat- many treatable/reversible so wud seek MD after discontinue milk/milk products, artificial sugar and sodas& caffeine for couple weeks as these are common culprits. Red flags for urgent attention: blood, fever. weight loss, anemia. Pain relieved w BM is major distinction of IBS from chronic diarrhea, and "colitis" generally reserved for ulcerative colitis/Crohn's
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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


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Bloating, gas, loose stools, undigested food in stool, blood in stools bright red, diahrrrea, Constipation. Diahrrra for 2 weeks. Blood 2 days. Wrong?

Bloating, gas, loose stools, undigested food in stool, blood in stools bright red, diahrrrea, Constipation. Diahrrra for 2 weeks. Blood 2 days. Wrong?

Absolutely typical: Of a vitamin deficiency disease called beriberi. You probably have low stomach acid and a deficiency of pancreatic enzymes because your energy metabolism is being distorted. This disease can affect virtually any organ in the body because of its interference with energy synthesis. Stop sugar in all its various forms. ...Read more

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Cn salad cause gas bloating and loose stools? Or norovirus, so had noro 2 days ago, no contact except hug? Also have chronic constipation.

Cn salad cause gas bloating and loose stools? Or norovirus, so had noro 2 days ago, no contact except hug? Also have chronic constipation.

Yes: Cruciferous vegetables e.G cauliflower, broccoli etc, as well as beans are a common cause of bloating ; gas. Norovirus usually results in fever, chills, intense nausea ; vomiting with profuse watery diarrhea. ...Read more

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I have had IBS like symptoms since starting levonorgestrel + ethinylestradiol birth control. Could this cause gas, bloating and loose stools?

I have had IBS like symptoms since starting levonorgestrel + ethinylestradiol birth control. Could this cause gas, bloating and loose stools?

IBS: oral bc cause?: Oral bcp's are just a version of what your body goes through hormonally during a regular (non-pill) cycle. IBS can be caused by stress of any kind, or by viral/bacterial gastroenteritis. Bcp's are not involved in causing IBS, but taking them irregularly can activate endometriosis by causing estrogen levels to vary in strength. Implants in the colon are common and can lead to IBS symptoms. ...Read more

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What can cause you to have left arm pain, bloating and loose stool?

What can cause you to have left arm pain, bloating and loose stool?

Unlikely connected: It is not likely all these symptoms have a common cause. You should see your doctor and discuss your symptoms. ...Read more

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I have been having constipation, bloating, diahreah, loose stool, thin stool, and stool inconsistency. Could this be fecal impaction?

I have been having constipation, bloating, diahreah, loose stool, thin stool, and stool inconsistency. Could this be fecal impaction?

Colitis: The differential diagnosis is vast.
Infectious...need for stool cultures.
IBS
celiac
and other immune diseases.
drug side effects.
Thyroid diseases
malabsorption/maldigestion
diet indiscretion
etc etc
try to stay on a liquid diet and then slowly introduce a soft mechanical + probiotics...if not better must see a Dr. ...Read more

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How do I find out what is causing bloating and loose stools (not diarrhea or watery)?

How do I find out what is causing bloating and loose stools (not diarrhea or watery)?

Abdominal bloating: There are lots of reasons (some quite concerning) for abdominal discomfort /bloating, but not all of them are due to the GI tract. Also, functional syndromes may be present without underlying inflammation or structural pathology to account for associated altered stools. Check with your doctor for examination ; treatment options, particularly since your problem sounds like it is ongoing. ...Read more

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What would the workup b 4 right lower abdominal pain, bloating, constipation/loose stools, lower back ache, pressure in abdomen?

What would the workup b 4 right lower abdominal pain, bloating, constipation/loose stools, lower back ache, pressure in abdomen?

An understanding of: Anatomy, more detailed history about specifics, careful examination focusing on probabilities along with educating you about the issues, options for differentiation of possible reasons, treatment options & how to evaluate them, along with $, timing issues & likely outcomes of different options. Seek out assistance worthy of your trust; may be difficult to find due to knowledge, time & $ issues. ...Read more

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I suffer from IBS symptoms. The last week I've had extreme amts of painful gas, bloating, loose stools, and cramps. Is standard ibs?

I suffer from IBS symptoms. The last week I've had extreme amts of painful gas, bloating, loose stools, and cramps. Is standard ibs?

IBS: These can be symptoms consistent with ibs, you can always have another process going on in addition such as infection or food intolerances. ...Read more

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Bloating, loose stools/constipation & nausea come &go (days w/no symptoms, then multiple days w/symptoms) Ovarian Cancer? Do symptoms come/go? Paranoid

Bloating, loose stools/constipation & nausea come &go (days w/no symptoms, then multiple days w/symptoms) Ovarian Cancer? Do symptoms come/go? Paranoid

Cancer unlikely: It is unlikely that your symptoms are due to ovarian cancer. Irritable bowel is more likely. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor for an evaluation.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk prodFor good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
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Could multi-vitamin/mineral supplements cause excessive bloating, difficulty breathing and loose stools?

Could multi-vitamin/mineral supplements cause excessive bloating, difficulty breathing and loose stools?

Bloating, loose stoo: Not likely. See your doctor for an examination to determine the cause of your problems. ...Read more

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I feel bloating, gas, and have loose stools. I only go once a day. Took gastrolyte. But now I haven't pooped in 3 days, feel bloated and gassy?

I feel bloating, gas, and have loose stools. I only go once a day. Took gastrolyte. But now I haven't pooped in 3 days, feel bloated and gassy?

Insuff Informatio: Do you get enough fiber in your diet? Recommended 15-25 grams/day. The question is too broad, you should see GI MD. Have you had recent Antibiotics? Did you poss eat some bad food? How long has this been going on? Could this be viral? Make appointment w GI MD. ...Read more

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Age 27 - loss of appetite for 2 weeks, belching, bloating, early satiety, loose stool - probability of stomach cancer? No pain or vomiting.

Age 27 - loss of appetite for 2 weeks, belching, bloating, early satiety, loose stool - probability of stomach cancer? No pain or vomiting.

GI illness: Stomach cancer would be at the bottom of the list of possibilities for a 27 year old. You need to be seen by a GI doctor who may want to perform esophagogastroscopy (EGD). Or you might want to start out with your family doctor and go from there. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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27yo female: pain below navel, across her lower stomach and up her left side w/ exhaustion, bloating, some vomiting, gas, loose stool. 2 weeks duration?

27yo female: pain below navel, across her lower stomach and up her left side w/ exhaustion, bloating, some vomiting, gas, loose stool. 2 weeks duration?

Have abdominal exam: It's time to see your doctor if this has not been relieved in 2 weeks. A complete abdominal exam will help solve the dilemma, as well as a food jounal to rule out something that you've eat, or could possibly be allergic to that's causing the bloating, or something else altogether. Drinking alcohol can factor into this too. So, get this checked out soon, and you'll start feeling better. ...Read more

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I have been dealing with bloating/gas, frequent loose soft stools, and diarrhea. I blood in stool tonight. Gi says ibs, I'm 27 what is your opinion?

I have been dealing with bloating/gas, frequent loose soft stools, and diarrhea. I blood in stool tonight. Gi says ibs, I'm 27 what is your opinion?

Probably IBS.: Blood in stool is not characteristic of ibs, but people with ibs can have blood in their stool from other sources. If you had a thorough eval including scope (and I suspect that is the case), GI is probably correct. If you have not had a thorough eval then all bets are off. ...Read more

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Hello. 26/male. My problem is excessive flatulence, bloating and occasionally loose foamy stools early in the morning for a few months. No blood/mucus?

Hello. 26/male. My problem is excessive flatulence, bloating and occasionally loose foamy stools early in the morning for a few months. No blood/mucus?

Excessive Flatulence: Thank you for informing about your residence in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
See an Internist for possible Diagnosis of-Traveler’s diarrhea, Food allergies, Food reactions, Lactose intolerance, Gastroenteritis, Malabsorption, Amoebic dysentery, Giardia, Hookworm infection, or Irritable bowel disease; have tests and treatment.
Avoid:
Fried and fatty foods
Cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage
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Can spastic colon come without strong pain, what I experience is loose stools, change in stool caliber, trapped gas and bloating, discomfort?

Can spastic colon come without strong pain, what I experience is loose stools, change in stool caliber, trapped gas and bloating, discomfort?

Yes: However other conditions can cause your symptoms too. Lactose intolerance can develop in later years, as can some infectious diseases. Spastic colon is often a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning you need to rule out other causes before coming to your diagnosis. It's always a good idea to get an exam and confirm the diagnosis with your physician. ...Read more

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I have asymptomatic chronic hepatitis and lactose intolerance. Despite diet changes, I've had an abdominal bloating issue for a year. Sometimes loose stools and pain on palpation. Suggestions?

Few suggestions...: There is probably no relationship between your chronic hepatitis and abdominal bloating. Bloating is a non-specific symptom that could be caused by many things. Probiotics and low-fodmaps diet (www. Ibsfree. Net) are two suggestions to try. Because of the duration of the symptoms I suggest you see a gastroenterologist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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If I had IBS or IBD, would I have diarrhea all day/everyday? Sometime have loose stools 1-2 a day. Occasional bloating/stomach ache/gas. Lactose?

If I had IBS or IBD, would I have diarrhea all day/everyday? Sometime have loose stools 1-2 a day. Occasional bloating/stomach ache/gas. Lactose?

Diarrhea: If you have either of those, your stools would not necessarily have to be liquid all the time. If this has been going on for a while, you should see your doctor or a gastroenterologist to try to sort it out. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have major bloating a day after a rectal exam w/ lower back pain? Impacted w/ blood in stool, external/internal hemorrhoids, loose stool

Is it normal to have major bloating a day after a rectal exam w/ lower back pain? Impacted w/ blood in stool, external/internal hemorrhoids, loose stool

Depends: I would need to know more about your hx, and what exactly was done during the rectal exam. If you had invasive type of procedure--lower GI series where a barium enema is introduced into anus--or a flexible sigmoidoscopy/colonoscopy--then cramping or bloating are to be expected for 4-24 hrs. If you are having further difficulties, consult with dr who ordered, or performed tests. Good luck. ...Read more

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Fullness, bloating, loss of appetite, diarrhea, burning, pressure in area above belly button. Loosing weight. Ongoing for about 1 month.?

Fullness, bloating, loss of appetite, diarrhea, burning, pressure in area above belly button. Loosing weight. Ongoing for about 1 month.?

Dyspepcia: Ans Mal Absorption.
Check out for 3 things:
Lactose Intolerance =avoid dairy products for 7 to14 days and see the resolution of symptoms
Gluten Sensitivity: Stop eating Bread and other Wheat products for 2 weeks
GallStone? ...Read more

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Long term frequent diarrhea with stomach pains, bloating, hard to loose weight, and fatigue. And often undigested apples, lettuce, and other food.

Long term frequent diarrhea with stomach pains, bloating, hard to loose weight, and fatigue. And often undigested apples, lettuce, and other food.

How long?: How long have these symptoms been going on for? These symptoms have multiple possible causes such as problems digesting food. I see you have had your gallbladder removed? Rarely this can lead to diarrhea and bloating. Talk to your doctor for a proper evaluation. ...Read more

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80 y/o w/new onset loose stool after breakfast & dinner x 3 months. Good energy, no nausea, no abd pain or bloating. Needs 2 see md but most likely cause?

80 y/o w/new onset loose stool after breakfast & dinner x 3 months. Good energy, no nausea, no abd pain or bloating. Needs 2 see md but most likely cause?

Microscopic colitis: Elderly individuals can develop a form of colitis known as microscopic/collagenous colitis that can lead to chronic diarrhea of varying severity. A colonoscopy with biopsies makes the diagnosis. Treatment varies with the degree of diarrhea. ...Read more

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Can a stomach ulcer cause bowel problems? Constipation/loose stool/cramping/gurgling/bloating/pain in lower left abdomen?

Can a stomach ulcer cause bowel problems? Constipation/loose stool/cramping/gurgling/bloating/pain in lower left abdomen?

No: All GI complaints mentioned are totally unrelated to a stomach ulcer. The latter produces upper midline abdominal pain relieved by food or antiacids and if perforating posteriorly into lesser sac, the space behind the stomach, back pain develops. Constipation or loose stool related to diet or inflammation of bowel and if in sigmoid colon with diverticular disease. Lt. lower abodiminal pain noted ...Read more

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