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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing 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


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Blood work is fine, no blood in stool or parasites. Why am I still losing weight? Scared it's cancer. I'm 18

Blood work is fine, no blood in stool or parasites. Why am I still losing weight? Scared it's cancer. I'm 18

Calorie record need: If thyroid test, tsh normal and all labs normal, do a diet/calorie record for at least 3 days to know for sure what you are taking in, on average 3000 calories equal 1 pound. How much exersize are you doing? How many bowel movements per day, could have abowel disorder[ibs, crohns, ] or absorbtion disorder or diabetes, check fasting glucose level [but labs normal? ]could be your genetics, bmi normal? ...Read more

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Blood test result was fine. Stool test is fine no blood no parasite. Why am I still losing weight? 18 years old. Can this be cancer?

Blood test result was fine. Stool test is fine no blood no parasite. Why am I still losing weight? 18 years old. Can this be cancer?

Not likely: If you are loosing weight, we need to know your diet, activity etc. Do you have any fever, joint pain or swelling etc. Also need to know how much wt have you lost in what period of time, what are your symptoms?
You definitely need to be evaluated thoroughly by your physician. ...Read more

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Does green loose stools associate with giardia? I feel fine and have been losing weight also have stomach pains and stomach growling.

Does green loose stools associate with giardia? I feel fine and have been losing weight also have stomach pains and stomach growling.

Possible: Any prolonged case of diarrhea or change in bowel habits warrants an exam and possible also testing your stool for infection which would include giardia along with many other infectious causes. I would also mention your weight loss and abdominal pain to your MD when you get evaluated. ...Read more

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Why am I still losing weight? Stool test was normal no blood no parasite. Did a random glucose test it was normal? Is this cancer? Am I not eating enough? I have been eating healthy and exercising.

Why am I still losing weight? Stool test was normal no blood no parasite. Did a random glucose test it was normal? Is this cancer? Am I not eating enough? I have been eating healthy and exercising.

Visit your PMD: I would suggest a full blood panel, CBC, CMP, and STD check. You may be losing weight for several reasons and they need to be investigated depending on how much weight you have lost. Typically a loss of 10% of your body weight without trying is concerning. ...Read more

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Stool color yellows brown all blood work normal not losing weight have IBS -d on off 40 years AST never higher than 14 ALT 16 so why?

Stool color yellows brown all blood work normal not losing weight have IBS -d on off 40 years AST never higher than 14 ALT 16 so why?

Reduce intake: The ibs is a functional disorder. It is good that your ast is normal. To lose weight you need to reduce your caloric intake and increase the exercise; easier said than done. Your stool color is normal. ...Read more

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Anaemic, night sweats lower back pain losing weight. Ruled out TB and lymphoma. Possible colon problem?? Blood in stool only once but dark and runny

Anaemic, night sweats lower back pain losing weight. Ruled out TB and lymphoma. Possible colon problem?? Blood in stool only once but dark and runny

Need evaluation: anemia is most concerning but if you are menstruating may be fine. Would suggest good physical examination and possible GI evaluation ...Read more

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Hello, I have been experiencing constipation for the past two years. Symptoms started after dieting and weight losS. Stool is sticky and fatty w/mucus?

Hello, I have been experiencing constipation for the past two years. Symptoms started after dieting and weight losS. Stool is sticky and fatty w/mucus?

Fiber/fluids/exercis: Best way to combat constipation is plenty of fiber, fluids & exercise. Avoid iron & other constipating meds. If that's not enough, time to go see your Family Doc for evaluation. You may need stool studies, possibly referral to Gastroenterologist. If you lost weight, unlikely that you would have hypothyroidism which can cause constipation. We don't typically start worrying about colon cancer til 50 ...Read more

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No stool passage, only mucus tension headache and loss of appetite and loss of weight. 20 y/o male.?

No stool passage, only mucus tension headache and loss of appetite and loss of weight. 20 y/o male.?

Lots possible...: Symptomatology as you describe is not to be ignored--its a warning sign that something may be wrong inside your abdomen. Please see my many healthtap answers on the subject of what causes may be present. Not all such problems are serious (e.g. IBS is possible), but you don't want to miss the problem that is. Your constellation of symptoms may or may not be related. Get checked please. ...Read more

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3.5 year old... mucus in stool 2 weeks. Started with a cold and tummy ache lose stool for a week. Back to normal now. No real pain. No dairy 1 wk?

Depends: My take is that you had a bout of gastroenteritis along with cold symptoms but are back to normal now. Thus please let us know what your concern is since what you had was nothing unusual unless you still have mucus in your stool after 2 weeks. ...Read more

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Lighter stools. Not grey or white but light light brown with a tint of yellow. Appetite fine, no fever, no weight loss, but have anxiety. Mucus too.

Lighter stools. Not grey or white but light light brown with a tint of yellow. Appetite fine, no fever, no weight loss, but have anxiety. Mucus too.

Anxiety: For now I strongly recommend you see a Psychologist in order to control your anxiety.
If the Psychologist thinks you should also see a Psychiatrist that would be good advice to follow.
Please let me know how things go. ...Read more

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3 yrs 19 kg having lose motions that 3 days ago stoped but have come back with lesser freq and cramps. No fever, blood or mucus in stool. Is med needed?

3 yrs 19 kg having lose motions that 3 days ago stoped but have come back with lesser freq and cramps. No fever, blood or mucus in stool. Is med needed?

Gastroenterologist: If you're experiencing frequent loose movements for that long and have lost significant weight, it appears that this is more than an irritable bowel syndrome and could be a bacterial or parasitic infection or inflammatory bowel disease that requires treatment. Gluten intolerance is also a possible cause. A gastroenterologist is best qualified to evaluate, advise and treat you and order proper tests ...Read more

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I am experiencing fatigue, black tar-colored stools, mucus in stool and bloody stool. The following also describes me: Unintentional weight loss.. ..

I am experiencing fatigue, black tar-colored stools, mucus in stool and bloody stool. The following also describes me: Unintentional weight loss.. ..

Need medical checkup: You have some serious symptoms like blood in your stools which require urgent check up by your doctor. If you do not have a PCP, go to the Emergency Room (ER) for a check up and have blood tests to find out more about the cause of your bleeding and check your blood counts (Hb). ...Read more

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My anus itches. I have anal mucus. I get nauseous twice a week. My feces are inconsistent shapes. My weight is fluctuations rapidly. Acid reflux?

My anus itches. I have anal mucus. I get nauseous twice a week. My feces are inconsistent shapes. My weight is fluctuations rapidly. Acid reflux?

Proctocolitis?: Acid reflux has nothing to do with this. Sounds like rectal or colon inflammation (proctocolitis). Maybe worse-than-usual irritable bowel syndrome, but it's also possible you have inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis), celiac disease, or other serious intestinal problem. If you're gay and have had anal sex, STDs are possible. See your doctor or a gastroenterologist soon. ...Read more

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Wet stool and loosing weight with pnemonia?

Wet stool and loosing weight with pnemonia?

Unclear question: Clarify the symptoms. "wet " stools and pneumonia don't go together. Better see your doctor get a thorough check up if you have unintentional loss of weight. ...Read more

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Very large, normal texture stools, hard to pass. Not a large food intake. Loosing weight. Have been under a lot of stress. What to do?

Very large, normal texture stools, hard to pass. Not a large food intake. Loosing weight. Have been under a lot of stress. What to do?

Change in bowe habit: Change in bowel habits can be caused by change in diet, obstructing lesion in colon (mass or narrowing) or colitis. Worrisome sign is wt loss. If there was no dietary changes you will need to undergo colonoscopy to rule out above diagnosis. ...Read more

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Two year old has loose stools one to five times daily. This has been going on for several months. He is not loosing weight and seems comfortable.?

Two year old has loose stools one to five times daily. This has been going on for several months. He is not loosing weight and seems comfortable.?

Drinking exessive am: This child may be drinking excessive volume of juices. Fruit juices do not have nutritional values, in fact it fills the child stomack may cause diarrhea and prevent the child from eating solid foods. The mother should stop giving the child any juice and see if that would take care of his diarrhea. ...Read more

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I'm so upset bcz twice or three times a week I pass normal stools but I often pass stool s with yellow foam and white mucus?

I'm so upset bcz twice or three times a week I pass normal stools but I often pass stool s with yellow foam and white mucus?

Stool: I would see a doctor about that and have your stool examined to make certain you do not have a parasite or some type of infection or underlying bowel disorder. ...Read more

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Should I be worried about passing mucus without stool?

Mucus discharge: Mucus discharge occurs in up to 50% of patients with irritable bowel syndrome, with or without pain. Mucus may also be produced in response to partial obstruction, chronic constipation, rectal dysfunction, infection, & even from secretory villous tumors of the rectum. At the very least stool studies & probably a sigmoidoscopy should be considered, but a more extensive evaluation may be warranted. ...Read more

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What does it mean if there is some bloody mucus in my babys stool?

What does it mean if there is some bloody mucus in my babys stool?

Not good: Blood and mucus in stools is an indicator of inflammation. This could be an infection or sign of allergy. Please take your baby to the doctor to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Help 4 month old has mucus in his stools?

Help 4 month old has mucus in his stools?

Problem digesting: Sounds like a problem digesting whatever the milk is. Trying a different formula may help. ...Read more

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I got dark blacky brown stool with mucus. What are the reasons?

I got dark blacky brown stool with mucus. What are the reasons?

Black stools: Usually this means bleeding from the stomach. (Ulcer).
Family med or internist can be very helpful, ASAP.
Alternatively you can drink 2 ounces of Aloe vera juice for a few weeks and see if this gets better, but its always safe to seek medical care first. ...Read more

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Hello, I have white mucus in my stool, what can I do about it?

Hello, I have white mucus in my stool, what can I do about it?

White mucus: Normal secretion of anal glands or acholic stool (also termed clay colored stool) refers to stool without the yellow-brown color, which is normally derived mainly from the bilirubin breakdown products, urobilin and stercobilin. ...Read more

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I've been naesous the past couple days and noticed mucus in my stool?

Normal finding: The rectum and anus contain mucus glands that increase production when there is irritation or a bout of diarrhea. As long as this subsides and there is no blood you needn't worry. If you are concerned, you can always have things checked out at your doctor or urgent care center ...Read more

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I have maroon colored thick mucus mixed in my stool. What would cause that?

Worth getting checkd: Passing blood and mucus in your stools could be a sign of either infection or inflammatory bowel disease. You should see a doctor, especially if you are having any fever or abdominal pain. ...Read more

Mucus (Definition)

Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...Read more


Feces (Definition)

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