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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 you have diarrhea and still be constipated? The dr said im constipated from my meds so I've been on senna & docusate ×4days now im having diarrhea.

Can you have diarrhea and still be constipated? The dr said im constipated from my meds so I've been on senna & docusate ×4days now im having diarrhea.

Yes: Patients can often have alternating constipation and diarrhea. Medications affect stool transit. Here are 2 examples. Too much senna can cause diarrhea. Too much Codeine can cause constipation. Also, increased fiber causes increased bowel movements. ...Read more

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Husband began having diarrhea after eating chili cheese dog Sat. evening & still has it (with some constipation now) since then. Is this normal?

Husband began having diarrhea after eating chili cheese dog Sat. evening & still has it (with some constipation now) since then. Is this normal?

Diarrhea: Based on my calculations it has been about 5 days of abnormal bowel habits? Diarrhea is generally self limiting and not in need of investigation unless a patients has fever, recent antibiotic use, blood in the stool, severe pain or symptoms lasting greater than 3 weeks. ...Read more

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My stool was soft and exited fast but still had shape but little paper like pieces around it. Is this diarrhea? It only happend once, been constipated

My stool was soft and exited fast but still had shape but little paper like pieces around it. Is this diarrhea? It only happend once, been constipated

Possibly: Diarrhea can be described in many ways. Sometimes by the stool consistency, and sometimes by the frequency. The definition is definitely relative and individual. What might be frequent for one person, does not constitute the same thing for another. What defines diarrhea is based on your own baseline. As to what caused the change in bowel habits, that is a complicated answer. ...Read more

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I have celiac & low iron. I've been gluten free for a year, I don't eat out and VERY careful in what I eat. I still have diarrhea and constipation ?

I have celiac & low iron. I've been gluten free for a year, I don't eat out and VERY careful in what I eat. I still have diarrhea and constipation ?

Talk to your Dr: 1) Your doctor can check antibody levels as a surrogate to celiac disease activity. If they are up you may be eating gluten in hidden items (for example if something is fried in oil that also fired wheat containing food). 2) Another consideration is small bacterial overgrowth. Talk to your doctor to see if this fits. 3) Alternatively you may be in the rare group who are refractory to the diet. ...Read more

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Finished zpak 4 weeks ago&digestion system still off.Instead of 1 bm a day,I have ongoing loose,small floating stools, minor diarrhea&constipation.ok?

Finished zpak 4 weeks ago&digestion system still off.Instead of 1 bm a day,I have ongoing loose,small floating stools, minor diarrhea&constipation.ok?

Why on zpack: You need to give more information your bowel issue is not from the use of the zpack. So let's see what else is going on. Give a good history and more information ...Read more

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What should I do if milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) gave me diarrhea & i'm still constipated?

What should I do if milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) gave me diarrhea & i'm still constipated?

See your doctor.: The safest laxatives for the elderly population is Senna S. If it's safe for the elderly, it's safe for adults. If you are having diarrhea while taking 'laxatives' but still know you are 'constipated', see your doctor as an 'impaction' of stool could cause similar symptoms. ...Read more

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Been constipated. Took 2 exlax a couple of days ago. Still having diarrhea and now intense stomach cramps and pain. How much longer will this last?

Been constipated. Took 2 exlax a couple of days ago. Still having diarrhea and now intense stomach cramps and pain. How much longer will this last?

No way 2 know unless: ...you indicate whether you have recent exposures, are taking antibiotics or other medications, have Irritable Bowel Syndrome, know the cause of your recent constipation, etc. As you can see, too many variables to predict your (or anyone's) particular response to the drug you chose. Live and learn, right? ...Read more

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I used a glycerin suppository rectally because I was backed up, constipated & in pain. Day later im still in pain and its all diarrhea no normal poop.

I used a glycerin suppository rectally because I was backed up, constipated & in pain. Day later im still in pain and its all diarrhea no normal poop.

Constipation: Your constipation will not be resolved by one day of treatment . Try drinking plenty of fluids and eating peaches, pears , and prunes. Drinking the juice of those fruits will also help. ...Read more

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He's been having stomach pains , first he was constipated then his stools turned green now he's having yellow diarrhea but he still has an appetite

He's been having stomach pains , first he was constipated then his stools turned green now he's having yellow diarrhea but he still has an appetite

Is not little adult: ...so the differential diagnosis for toddlers with alteration in stool pattern carries greater concern. Call the child's doc for some simple testing. ...Read more

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After CT scan, doc said im constipated. Ordered me to take miralax (polyethylene glycol) for 5 days, but stopped after 3 from getting diarrhea. Help! still feel constipated?

After CT scan, doc said im constipated. Ordered me to take miralax (polyethylene glycol) for 5 days, but stopped after 3 from getting diarrhea. Help! still feel constipated?

Let's define problem: Doctors define constipation as stools less frequently than once every 3-4 days. Patients feel they are "constipated" when passing hard or small volume stool, or they feel full ; bloated. We know from your x-ray you're not blocked. We don't know if your gut is sluggish or your rectum works correctly--these can be tested for (sitz marker study ; anal manometry, respectively). See a GI specialist. ...Read more

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Can you still be constipated at 39 weeks preg? I've heard most women start having loose stools around 38-39 weeks

Can you still be constipated at 39 weeks preg? I've heard most women start having loose stools around 38-39 weeks

Anything possible: Discuss with your OB doctor and make sure your thyroid function is ok. Good luck and have a great baby. ...Read more

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Can diarrhea be a sign of constipation?

Can diarrhea be a sign of constipation?

Unlikely: Yes, but usually in the elderly. It would be very unusual for someone your age to experience this. Diarrhea can be due to constipation if you become impacted (stool stuck in the colon). Watery stool can get around the impacted area but again, this is a condition associated with the elderly. Try eating foods high in fiber and drinking lots of fluids. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

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Constipation (Definition)

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