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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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I've been experiencing large amounts of mucus in my stool accompanied by constipation after 4 days of diarrhea while traveling last week. Why?

I've been experiencing large amounts of mucus in my stool accompanied by constipation after 4 days of diarrhea while traveling last week. Why?

Infection?: The clue in your question is traveling. Diarrhea associated with travel is caused by consuming contaminated food or water. It usually resolves on it's own. The mucus is caused by the inflammation associated with the infection. See a doctor if you have severe dehydration, a high fever, or persisting symptoms. Read more

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Had constipation then imm after bad diarrhea, bloody tissue, afterward cramping like period cramps but feels diff? What's behind uterus? I have ibd

Had constipation then imm after bad diarrhea, bloody tissue, afterward cramping like period cramps but feels diff? What's behind uterus? I have ibd

IBD: If you have indeed have biopsy-confirmed crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis (ie, ibd), then please get in touch with your gastroenterologist bc the symptoms you're describing (bloody stools, abdominal cramping, diarrhea) are consistent with an ibd flare, and you may need acute medical care. If you don't have ibd, symptoms may be consistent with an infection (likely bacterial) in your colon. 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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What to do about my diarrhea/constipation issue?

What to do about my diarrhea/constipation issue?

Eat a healthy: High fiber diet, drink 80-100 ounces of caffeine free/ alcohol free fluid daily and if you haven't been seen by a colorectal surgeon or GI doctor do so and get a workup, if indicated, and some more specific help with your irregularity. May need colonoscopy and or xrays. Read more

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What's the difference between constipation and diarrhea?

What's the difference between constipation and diarrhea?

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

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Is it possible to have diarrhea and constipation together?

Is it possible to have diarrhea and constipation together?

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

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What causes bouts of alternating constipation and diarrhea?

What causes bouts of alternating constipation and diarrhea?

At your age..: At your age a colon mass tops the list. Medication food follows next. Read more

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Alternating diarrhea and constipation. What is going on with me?

Get it evaluated: You need to be evaluated by a GI specialist. There are several causes for this issue. Make sure they screen you for celiac disease. Read more

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I have diarrhea and constipation at the same time. What can I do?

I have diarrhea and constipation at the same time. What can I do?

See details: Have the problem evaluated, preferably by a GI specialist. Make sure you are screened for celiac disease. Read more

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What could be causing my alternations between constipation and diarrhea. I am a teen?

What could be causing my alternations between constipation and diarrhea. I am a teen?

Irritable bowel Synd: Your intestinal tract is irritated and hence alternates between diarrhea and constipation. Eliminating dairy and gluten (both of which have high allergenic potential) may offer some relief. Peppermint tea, oil have been shown to help a lot. See your doc for a good history and physical. You may also find that a chinese medicine practitioner can help. Taking enzymes with meals may help too. Read more

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Is there a specific condition with symptoms of constipation and diarrhea at the same time?

May be IBS?: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a condition associated w/ abdominal discomfort, altered /alternating stool pattern, accompanying nausea, bloating, gassiness. Often improved by stooling, ibs is defined by changes in perception of gut distension, motility, sensation. Diet & emotional stress play significant roles here in such patients. Need to rule out first inflammation, ischemia, & infection. Read more

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I'm getting really fed up of the constipation situation. Any new meds that don't cause diarrhea?

I'm getting really fed up of the constipation situation. Any new meds that don't cause diarrhea?

Package & deliver: Constipation will occur when the residual poo remains too long in the large colon & extracts too much moisture. One basic self rx is to begin scheduled emptying, regardless of body urges, several times a day. On arising, after meals, whenever, to draw the poo along toward the outlet. Avoid constipating foods. Starting the rehab with an enema & following up with a wetting agent like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) may help. Read more

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Can there be a specific health problem with symptoms of constipation and diarrhea at the same time?

Can there be a specific health problem with symptoms of constipation and diarrhea at the same time?

Yes: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) includes a spectrum of clinical presentations, including (1) diarrhea-predominant, (2) constipation-predominant, and (3) mixed type with alternating diarrhea and constipation. Mixed-type IBS sometimes respondes to fibercon tablets (calcium polycarbophil) 2 tabs twice a day. It is mportant to rule out lactose-intolerance and celiac disease. Read more

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Can you tell me how is that the same chemical entity can cause diarrhea in one person and constipation in another?

Can you tell me how is that the same chemical entity can cause diarrhea in one person and constipation in another?

Potassium side effec: Everyone is slightly different in how they respond to medications in terms of side effects. When it comes to bowel habits many things beside the medication effect them, such as diet, water intake, other medications you may be on or other medical problems you may have. Read more

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My sister has diarrhea and constipation, it switches back and forth and has been going on for 1 year. What do you she has?

My sister has diarrhea and constipation, it switches back and forth and has been going on for 1 year. What do you she has?

Possible IBS.: It is certainly possible that she has irritable bowel syndrome, but she would need to see a doctor to help verify that diagnosis. In the meantime, I would recommend that she increase the amount of fiber in her diet, to see if this helps. Good luck. Read more

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I've been having diarrhea and constipation for the last couple of months. What medication can I take to make these symptoms go away?

I've been having diarrhea and constipation for the last couple of months. What medication can I take to make these symptoms go away?

Gastroenteritis: Rather than taking medication it is more important to find out what is going on. For this you will need to see a doctor who should obtain stool samples after a detailed history and physical exam. This may be irritable bowel syndrome, infection with giardia lamblia or half a dozen other possibilities. Go soon and do not neglect this. Good luck. Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

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