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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? ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I had a stomach ache all night... I woke up and went to the bathroom and all that came out was what seemed to be stomach acid. Is this just Diarrhea?

I had a stomach ache all night... I woke up and went to the bathroom and all that came out was what seemed to be stomach acid. Is this just Diarrhea?

Diarrhea: Yes it's most likely diarrhea. Drink more fluid and use rice and apple sauce, light food to help yourself. If will be no help you need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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? ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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, . ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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? ...Read more

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Is gastritis caused by to much or to little stomach acid?

Is gastritis caused by to much or to little stomach acid?

Neither: Gastritis is a condition in which the stomach is irritated or inflamed due to erosion of the lining. Various causes include stress, infection, use of anti-inflammatory medications, chronic vomiting, excess alcohol use, and bile reflux. Bile is the digestive substance made by the liver. Acid reflux is backflow of stomach acid into the esophagus. Often hard to distinguish because of overlap. ...Read more

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Can stomach acid cause diareha?

Can stomach acid cause diareha?

No: Stomach acid is a normal secretion of the body, which aids in digesting food. It does not cause diarrhea. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can low stomach acid cause acquired fructose intolerance?

Can low stomach acid cause acquired fructose intolerance?

No.: Carb intolerances are from the intestinal enzyme deficiencies, not low stomach acid. ...Read more

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I heard drinking too much coffee is bad for the stomach, because it adds too much to gastric acid.?

I heard drinking too much coffee is bad for the stomach, because it adds too much to gastric acid.?

It can be.: Yes, there's a change in the acid, but for most people the change is not enough to make a noticable difference. And if there is a difference noticed, choose a different beverage. ...Read more

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What is the cause/what are the causes of stomach acid?

What is the cause/what are the causes of stomach acid?

Many things: Many people have trouble with gastritis or reflux, due to hyperacidity or making too much acid. It can be due to a medical problem like zollinger-ellison syndrome, but most are due to the food you eat, or when you eat it. Numerous medications will help with it. Talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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Are there any tests for low stomach acid/hypochloridia? Can stress cause this condition?

Are there any tests for low stomach acid/hypochloridia? Can stress cause this condition?

Yes and no!: Stress would usually increase acid production. The best test for achlorhydria is a serum gastrin! ...Read more

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Do red grapes cause stomach acid?

Do red grapes cause stomach acid?

NO: Generally foods (or special diets) do not cause stomach acid. Treatment for stomach ulcers includes avoidance of caffeine, alcohol and smoking. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Do stomach acid problems cause weight loss?

Do stomach acid problems cause weight loss?

Possibly: If one were to have excessive acid to the point of reflux, gastritis, ulcer disease an other issues related to acid, one may not be able to eat due to nausea, vomiting, pain, and decreased appetite, thus weight loss would occur. It you are concerned, see your pcp or a gastroenterologist and get an evaluation. Some serious things could be present that would need attention. ...Read more

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Why does solid food I eat seem to cause more stomach acid than just liquids?

Why does solid food I eat seem to cause more stomach acid than just liquids?

Emptying time: Liquids exit your stomach typically within 2 hours, while solid food (and the associated acids and pepsin) may hang around for 4-6 hours. ...Read more

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What are the causes of a person to burp the odor of very strong, rotten stomach acid?

What are the causes of a person to burp the odor of very strong, rotten stomach acid?

Ge reflux: Regurgitation is appearance of refluxed liquid in the mouth. In most patients with gerd, only small quantities of liquid reach the upper esophagus, and the liquid remains in the lower esophagus. Occasionally larger quantities of liquid, sometimes containing food, are refluxed and reach the upper esophagus. Other symptoms include heartburn, mid chest pain, . ...Read more

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Can GERD really be caused by low stomach acid? Could be why 5+ rx's made me worse? Any standard tests to find out or is it more trial and error?

Reflux: People with low stomach acid can still get reflux if they have an incompetent valve at the junction of the esophagus and stomach and eat large meals, recline after eating, are obese or eat fatty or oily meals which slow stomach emptying. If there is some acid in the stomach caffeine and chocolate may give them reflux also. An old fashioned upper GI series and barium swallow may help in diagnosis. ...Read more

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Does stress cause increase or decrease in stomach acid. Shud I take Gelucil? I am expecting a month of reduced-sleep nights due to office overload.

Does stress cause increase or decrease in stomach acid. Shud I take Gelucil? I am expecting a month of reduced-sleep nights due to office overload.

See doctor: Don't self-medicate. If you are having digestive problems, see your pcp for a proper diagnosis. Stress and sleep deprivation can worsen many physical conditions. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is having to take a stomach acid pill daily excessive or is there something more going on?

Is having to take a stomach acid pill daily excessive or is there something more going on?

REFLUX: If you need acid suppression daily you should see your gastroenterologist for further evaluation. ...Read more

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

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Diarrhea (Definition)

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