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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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Can low stomach acid cause premature aging? I'm only 18 and my skin looks leathery, pale skin, loose stools and dry hair that's thinning. Please help!

Can low stomach acid cause premature aging? I'm only 18 and my skin looks leathery, pale skin, loose stools and dry hair that's thinning. Please help!

Just a thought...: ...but you may want to pursue a more systemic approach to your problem than focusing on possible hypochlorhydria. What tests have been run? Has your thyroid been checked?

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Thyroid, autoimmune, celiac and vitamin def are normal but my hair is dry and thinning, skin is aging, pale, loose stools. Can it be low stomach acid?

Thyroid, autoimmune, celiac and vitamin def are normal but my hair is dry and thinning, skin is aging, pale, loose stools. Can it be low stomach acid?

Anxiety: At age18, traumatic experiences of childhood, unresolved emotional conflicts, stressors of relationships, work and finances can cause Anxiety. Anxiety can express by physical symptoms-dry hair, changes in skin and loose stools. These symptoms are not due to low stomach acid You have good physical health as shown by normal lab tests See a Therapist to cope with stressors, and to resolve conflicts

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Diagnosed with IBS. Can excessive stomach acid cause diarrhea? Alot of heartburn and nausea this past weekend and now uncontrolled diarrhea.

Diagnosed with IBS. Can excessive stomach acid cause diarrhea? Alot of heartburn and nausea this past weekend and now uncontrolled diarrhea.

IBS: IBS in traditional medicine is a diagnosis of exclusion. Newer research shows the bacteria in your gut determine the gut health. The healthier bacteria thrive when your diet is high in natural fibers from vegetables and fruits. You can chose symptom relief in the short term or change how you eat and get more lasting results. See www. Institute of functional medicine. Org for more info

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Can excess stomach acid cause diarrhoea?

Can excess stomach acid cause diarrhoea?

Gastrinoma: Yes, diarrhea is anticipated in a condition called zollinger-ellison syndrome, in which excessive acid production by a gastrinoma tumor promotes diarrhea by a number of mechanisms. In the average person with acid indigestion without an associated gastrinoma, the answer is however no.

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I've been having diarrhea for a couple days now and it burns and looks just like stomach acid (yellow) anybody know what causes it and how to cure it?

I've been having diarrhea for a couple days now and it burns and looks just like stomach acid (yellow) anybody know what causes it and how to cure it?

Diarrhea: Unless it persists, I would take acidolphilus, go on a bland diet for a week and take otc anti-diarrhea pills after each loose stool. If something special caused this, avoid that. If you are "sick" or feverish, see your doctor.

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Why does diarrhea hurt anus? Is it because it's filled with stomach acid and burns anus skin? Then why does vomiting not hurt mouth? Is anus weaker?

Why does diarrhea hurt anus? Is it because it's filled with stomach acid and burns anus skin? Then why does vomiting not hurt mouth? Is anus weaker?

Not stomach acid: Not all kinds of diarrhea cause anal pain. Feces is not acidic, even when there is diarrhea. This has nothing to do with stomach acid. If you always have anal pain every time you have a watery or loose still, I wonder whether you have a separate problem, such as anal fissure, pruritus ani, yeast infection, etc. Check it out with your doctor.

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I've read gerd/heartburn is often caused by low stomach acid and not too much. Is this true or more of a holistic/natural type point of view?

I've read gerd/heartburn is often caused by low stomach acid and not too much. Is this true or more of a holistic/natural type point of view?

Not true: GERD is caused by contents in the stomach coming up through the esophagus, which in turn has a poorly understood cause. We think it is probably due to too many random openings of the valve. Certain medications can also cause the valve to open, as can stress, obesity, & problems with the stomach emptying to name a few. Hope this helps!

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How does excess stomach acid cause indigestion? I thought HCl causes the activation of digestive enzymes. Why is too much a bad thing?

How does excess stomach acid cause indigestion? I thought HCl causes the activation of digestive enzymes. Why is too much a bad thing?

Indigestion: Too much or too little stomach acid can lead to indigestion. If too much the excess acidity can directly lead to symptoms, however too little stomach acid can lead to decreased digestion of food, which then is digested further by bacteria in GI track which results in the production of gas which causes indigestion. Most people probably have too little acid not too much.

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I had IBS/SIBO and am better but when I walk to much now I have lower abdomen pain. Can excessive long lasting diarrhea cause an abdominal strain?

I had IBS/SIBO and am better but when I walk to much now I have lower abdomen pain. Can excessive long lasting diarrhea cause an abdominal strain?

Not usually.: There is not usually a connection between IBS and muscular pain of the abdomen, worsened with exertion. Perhaps you could have an inguinal hernia or an injury to the lower abdomen, but these are not usually brought on by excessive diarrhea. If it persists, I would you see your doctor to have him examine that region. Good luck.

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Could my diarrhea, abdominal pain, excess gas, and very smelly poo be caused by eating too much sugar? My stool culture and parasite check came negetive.

Could my diarrhea, abdominal pain, excess gas, and very smelly poo be caused by eating too much sugar? My stool culture and parasite check came negetive.

Continue workup: Despite the "pop" wisdom, sugar in your diet won't do this. It's not helpful nutritionally and tends to make you fat and is rough on the teeth. If I were seeing you, I'd test you for gluten enteropathy, and if you don't have that, then Whipple's, pancreatic insufficiency, and a bunch of others would be considerations. Are you losing weight?

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What can cause lower abdominal pain, light headedness, excessive sweating and diarrhea.?

What can cause lower abdominal pain, light headedness, excessive sweating and diarrhea.?

Maybe stomach flu?: Any stomach flu or food poisoning type of illness can have some nausea, bloating, vomiting, diarrhea, tummy pain, tummy cramps, fever, chills, sweating, dizziness, lightheadedness, etc... One person can have some or all of these symptoms. If symptoms are mild, they might go away in a day or two. Sometimes they can be severe or last a whole week, so sometimes a doctor's evaluation is needed.

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Constant loud stomach noises, abdominal cramping, occasional severe diarrhea, anxiety, sleeplessness, excessive mucus, acid reflux, frequent gas?

Constant loud stomach noises, abdominal cramping, occasional severe diarrhea, anxiety, sleeplessness, excessive mucus, acid reflux, frequent gas?

Intestine: You are having a problem somewhere in your intestine and it needs to be thoroughly evaluated by your doctor. Don't wait on this. Call for an appt. If it has been going on a long time, you may need to see a gastroenterologist.

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Best and worst foods for too much stomach acid?

Best and worst foods for too much stomach acid?

Stomach acids: Worst foods: high fat, chocolate, spicy. Best foods: milk, bland foods.

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If a person has too much stomach acid what can a person take or do?

If a person has too much stomach acid what can a person take or do?

Acid: Antacids for temporary relief, then schedule appointment to see your family doctor for further treatment.

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What fruit or medication can treat too much stomach acid?

What fruit or medication can treat too much stomach acid?

OTC antacids: Prescription drugs- zantac tagamet Omeprazole Nexium (esomeprazole) etc would help reduce the acidity. Apples, bananas most veggies, egg white, low fat cheese etc could neutralize acidity. Avoid spicy foods, caffeine, soda, alcohol, lemon / oranges etc check link below for more info, .

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Does 40mg vs 20mg omeprazole reduce more stomach acid or last longer? Does reducing too much stomach acid interfere with food digestion?

Does 40mg vs 20mg omeprazole reduce more stomach acid or last longer? Does reducing too much stomach acid interfere with food digestion?

No: The most important aspect is reducing gerd symptoms to reduce the chronic esophagitis causing the barrett's changes that increase risk of esophageal cancer. Some patients need 20 mg others need 40 mg omeprazole. Every patient is different. It won't interfere with digestion.

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Why could I take 20 Betaine HCL pills and feel no burning? I recently got diagnosed with gastritis with erosion, is it too much stomach acid?

Why could I take 20 Betaine HCL pills and feel no burning? I recently got diagnosed with gastritis with erosion, is it too much stomach acid?

Why did you take?: Betaine hydrochloride has an interesting history. Betaine hydrochloride used to be included in over-the-counter (OTC) products as a “stomach acidifier and digestive aid.” But a federal law that went into effect in 1993 banned betaine hydrochloride from use in OTC products because there wasn’t enough evidence to classify it “generally recognized as safe and effective.” Why were you taking 20?

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