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Floating stool can be a sign of malabsorption. But wouldnt blood and stool tests point towards this? How does one test for malabsorption?
Stool fat: There are many malabsorption tests. One is a stool 72 hour collection of fat- you collect all the stool and the lab determines how much fat is in the entire collection. Other tests include stool enzymes such as chymotrypsin. A fecal calprotectin may be elevated in patients with crohn's. See your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more
Fiber fluid excersiz: The main stay to avoid constipation is getting 50 fluid ounces of non alcoholic, non caffeinated liquids a day, 25 grams of fiber and some daily excersise should your constipation persist try some mild laxative...Should your symptoms still persist see a colon and rectal surgeon for further work up. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've been stooling for the past 2 days very regularly. Should I get a check up or will this just pass by?
It depends...: I assume you mean that you are having diarrhea, or loose stools. If so, as long as you are able to drink enough to stay hydrated, are not having bloody diarrhea, and you are otherwise feeling well, you can certainly give it a few more days. If you are having high fevers, bloody diarrhea, persistent vomiting, or any other concerns, you should see a doctor. ...Read more
Several variables:: The prep for the colonoscopy + the exam itself should have largely emptied your colon, which can hold quite a bit of material. Depending on both how much you have been eating & how much this food is not fully digested & absorbed (leaving residual material), combined with how much you usually retain within your colon, there will be a delay in recurrence of previous elimination amounts & patterns. ...Read more
Constipation?: Stools that are painful are usually rooted in constipation. I would encourage stool softeners and fluids. Hard or large stools can cause fissures or tearing of the anus and be very painful. Dehydration a low fiber diet and even certain medications or supplements can contribute. If they continue, you should be seen by your family physician for further evaluation and management. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It can be serious: Dark stools can be a sign that you are bleeding somewhere in your gastrointestinal tract (GI system). The stool is black (melena) because the blood has been digested. It can indicate that you have an ulcer or lesion in the tract somewhere. You need to be seen by your PCP or a gastroenterologist. A basic stool test can help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Embarrassing question but what could cause green maybe green blue areas in my normal colored stool. No diet change. 3 days in a row.
See answer: The vast major of green and blue discolorations of one's stool are related to diet and not disease. Green (blue+yellow =green)poop can be seen with excess green leafy vegetables (chlorophyll), excess iron, artificial food dyes (ice cream, cake frosting, liquorice candy, etc). Less often by excess bile. Blue poop most often also related to food dyes (e.g. Blue curaçao, grape soda). Re-evaluate diet. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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