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Can You Be Constipated And Have Diarrhea
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Actually--yes: If the constipation is long term it builds up fecal material in the colon. This can subsequentlly partially liquefy and lead to diarrhea. I had a patient whose left leg was paralyzed due to a massive build up of stool(it took about 10 enemas to clear it) that pressed on the motor nerve to her leg. The paralysis cleared up after the stool was removed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The type of stools: Constipation is when someone passes hard stools. A person can go to the bathroom every other day, but if it is a soft bowel movement, it is not constipation. Hard stools that are difficult to pass can be treated with increased fiber and more fluids. Diarrhea is when someone has watery stools more than 3-5 times a day. It may be caused by an infection, diet, or other causes. ...Read more
Yes: It happens, usually when you're so blocked up from very hard stool that the only thing that can get around the blockage is liquid stool. ...Read more
Constipation: Increase fibre intake and take at least 6-8 cups of water. ...Read more
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