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Dark brown loose stool. What does it mean and should I be worried?

Dark brown loose stool. What does it mean and should I be worried?

Possibly diarrhea: You have have diarrhea. Also you should always be concerned for possible blood in the stool. See you primary care asap. ...Read more

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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Having brown loose stool floats on suface and stringy help please?

Having brown loose stool floats on suface and stringy help please?

Changes in bowels: If you are having any fevers, pain in abdomen, blood in stool, weight changes, or going to bathroom at night, I would want you to be seen by M.D. If the flat stools persist, then an exam also warranted. ...Read more

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I've had dark green loose stool off and on for about 24 hours. Is that something serious? If not what are some home remedies?

I've had dark green loose stool off and on for about 24 hours. Is that something serious?  If not what are some home remedies?

Green stool: Any conditions which cause the stool to transit too rapidly through the intestines can lead to green, moist stool. On the other hand eating green leafy vegetables can lead to green stool. Green cabbage, lettuce, peas, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, green salad, green leaves, celery ; green beans as well as food that contains green food coloring can lead to green stool. Some meds can change stool >. ...Read more

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My daughter is 22 she has been having loose stools for 4 days now but only once a day and she says it is brown in toilet but when she wipes yellowbrow?

My daughter is 22 she has been having loose stools for 4 days now but only once a day and she says it is brown in toilet but when she wipes yellowbrow?

Not diagnostic: Sounds like a temporary change. The color of stool to be concerned about is usually black, which may represent digested blood. An MD will determine where and what in your body is bleeding into your gut.. With a lot of blood, it becomes black and tarry. ...Read more

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I am having blackish brown loose stool is this is because I am taking a anti acid tablet daily ?

I am having blackish brown loose stool is this is because I am taking a anti acid tablet daily ?

No: Go and see a doctor and provide a full history and allow yourself to be examined. Good luck and best wishes. ...Read more

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Dear sir , iam having brown colour and yellow colour stools, no pain no bleeding some times loose stools what does this indicates.

Dear sir , iam having brown colour and yellow colour stools, no pain no bleeding some times loose stools what does this indicates.

Change in stools: Amount, color, frequency, texture of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications ; supplements ingested, gut flora (unique for each individual), additives (like blood), subtractions (like absent bile), infection, inflammation, ; other factors. If stool pattern has changed, is unusual for you, ; the change persists, or is accompanied by other symptoms, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What disease has very dark loose stool and bad heartburn?

What disease has very dark loose stool and bad heartburn?

Could be serious!: You need to have a source of bleeding in your digestive tract ruled out. Get to a doctor asap! ...Read more

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I've been having consistent constipation of loose stool? It is generally a dark tan and gritty, sticky, mucousy, and I feel like I can't empty myself

I've been having consistent constipation of loose stool? It is generally a dark tan and gritty, sticky, mucousy, and I feel like I can't empty myself

I'm not sure..: ..what "constipation of loose stool" is? I presume you mean you have loose stool, but infrequently. Usually we think infrequent stool of constipation is hard and difficult to pass. The key is more fiber in your diet: whole grains, cereals, brown rice, veggies. This will solidify it. If this doesn't help, see your doc. Some testing for malabsorption may be in order. Continue good fluid intake. ...Read more

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My 12 week old daughter has loose stools with brown mucous on and off for a week now, apart from that she has been drooling a lot lately she is fine?

My 12 week old daughter has loose stools with brown mucous on and off for a week now, apart from that she has been drooling a lot lately she is fine?

Drooling is normal: The salivary glands kick into full gear around this age, so a sometimes dramatic increase in drooling is not uncommon and is normal. You should see her pediatrician for the stools. ...Read more

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I had a test for c-diff and at that time my stool was a regular brown color - the test was negative. But the pain and loose stools continued and stoo?

I had a test for c-diff and at that time my stool was a regular brown color - the test was negative.  But the pain and loose stools continued and stoo?

C diff PCR : You may be need c diff pcr test if you suspecting c. Diff , which is more sensitive , you should see your physician to evaluate for loose stool. As there are many condition apart from c diff infection. ...Read more

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My 12 week old baby had brown mucous in her loose stools. Is that normal? 

My 12 week old baby had brown mucous in her loose stools. Is that normal? 

Hard to tell: It would be unwise to interpret your baby's mucus solely without looking at the entire picture. You may need to provide more detail as to how else your baby is doing - fever, feeding routine, blood present in stool, presence of pain, change in urination etc.? Brown mucus w/out other symptoms, otherwise, may not be something to worry. ...Read more

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Toddler has loose stools on and off for 2wks now. This happenes every few months. Acts normal, no fever, etc.Stool is light brown.Should I be worried?

Toddler has loose stools on and off for 2wks now. This happenes every few months. Acts normal, no fever, etc.Stool is light brown.Should I be worried?

Diarrhea: The stool color isn't worrisome, but if its been intermittent for a few months then needs more thorough evaluation. Could be toddler's diarrhea, maybe drinking too much juice and/or eating too many fruits. Possibly dairy related. Maybe just bad luck with infections. Besides a food restriction trial, he might need further evaluation through blood and stool. ...Read more

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Is loose stools, dark green to black, normal after gallbladder surgery? I took no pain meds, have no pain, ate non-greasy food, lettuce, used laxativ

Is loose stools, dark green to black, normal after gallbladder surgery? I took no pain meds, have no pain, ate non-greasy food,  lettuce, used laxativ

Here are some...: How have you been after gallbladder surgery? Have you slowly got regular in BM and felt better in general well-being? These may suggest how you may and should be after gallbladder surgery. In fact, you may have more pertinent answer from your doctors since they know more your individual situation than anyone else online. More? To articles in http://www.formefirst.com/onDealSickness.html. ...Read more

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Can Omeprazole cause light loose stool (lightest brown yellow it could possibly be). Started taking Friday - symptoms started on Monday.

Can Omeprazole cause light loose stool (lightest brown yellow it could possibly be). Started taking Friday - symptoms started on Monday.

Loose stools : yes Omeprazole can cause loose stools along with reflux . Make sure you take it on empty stomach and after 20 min eat or drink something ...Read more

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Very loose stool that's light brown and has white fuzzy stuff on it, may have some orange spots. Persistent for almost a week. Should I see a doctor?

Very loose stool that's light brown and has white fuzzy stuff on it, may have some orange spots. Persistent for almost a week. Should I see a doctor?

See answer: Symptoms suggest a viral gastroenteritis. Should resolve over the next 4-5 days. If not see a physician. Imodium (loperamide) AD OTC can help if having loose stools multiple times a day. White color and orange spots likely insignificant. See: http://bit.ly/1vxEW0V for more information ...Read more

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Very dark loose stools and vomit, sharp abdo pain, fever, dizziness. Been like this for 2 days...help!

Very dark loose stools and vomit, sharp abdo pain, fever, dizziness. Been like this for 2 days...help!

Go to hospital: You should seek medical attention ASAP, could be infection with GI bleed, needs to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Crippling stomach cramps, dark green loose stool with blood what's going on?

Crippling stomach cramps, dark green loose stool with blood what's going on?

Get seen: Bloody diarrhea can be serious. Get seen as soon as possible. Sometimes what appears to be blood, is not.blood. If you ate a lot of beets for example. But "better safe than sorry." Get this checked out. ...Read more

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Hi I have reflux, gastritis, lots of gas and intestinal rumbling followed with dark green loose stool that's foul smelling. Is this ibs? if not help!?

Hi I have reflux, gastritis, lots of gas and intestinal rumbling followed with dark green loose stool that's foul smelling. Is this ibs? if not help!?

Not irritable bowel: Reflux isn't IBS, gastitis is inflammation of the stomach. Foul-smelling stools sometimes mean gastroenteritis or malabsorption. Sounds like it is time for a GI specialist or at least a visit to your usual physician for stool studies if the problem continues and even a gluten sensitivity panel with a later GI referral. irritable bowel synd is a diagnosis of exclusion, although real and painful. ...Read more

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++urination, abdo pressure, right side pain. Am loose stool. Abdo us, ca125 normal. Transvaginal us normal but r ovary has 2 CM dark area. Advice?

++urination, abdo pressure, right side pain. Am loose stool. Abdo us, ca125 normal. Transvaginal us normal but r ovary has 2 CM dark area. Advice?

Pelvic pain: Findings of US indicate an ovarian cyst;
Urinary symptoms need to be tested for a Urinary Tract infection;
Loose stools may or may not be related to the
ovarian cyst finding;
Simple cysts of ovary usually resolve in about
2 months/2 menstrual cycles;
Follow up US can ensure reaolution of the cyst ...Read more

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Night I suddenly got vomitings and loose stools in the form of brown watery liquid even now I am having vomiting sensations with stomach pain bad tast?

Gastroenteritis: Gastroenteritis aka stomach flu can cause nausea & vomiting. But so can food poisoning. Try to stay hydrated. Go see your family doc if this persists. Don't allow yourself to get dehydrated and feel weak, light-headed, faint, etc. ...Read more

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Loose stools x12 days, last few days they've been orange/brown. I have a gallstone, but no pain. No appetite. Fatigue. No blood. Stool culture, o&p, blood work, abd xray, u/s normal. Xifaxan (rifaximin) not worki?

Loose stools x12 days, last few days they've been orange/brown. I have a gallstone, but no pain. No appetite. Fatigue. No blood. Stool culture, o&p, blood work, abd xray, u/s normal. Xifaxan (rifaximin) not worki?

Xifaxan (rifaximin): Xifaxan (rifaximin) only wirks in bacterial diarrheas caused primarily by e coli. Make sure you have the proper dose of thyroxine.Otherwise it can cause diarrhea. ...Read more

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Symptoms: dark loose stools, difficult/incomplete evacuation, severe abdominal distention from trapped gas, mucous. Diagnosed IBS. I think Proctitis?

Symptoms: dark loose stools, difficult/incomplete evacuation, severe abdominal distention from trapped gas, mucous. Diagnosed IBS. I think Proctitis?

Typical IBS symptoms: As you suspect, these symptoms indeed are consistent with irritable bowel syndrome. But they aren't particularly suggestive of proctitis (inflmmation of the rectum). Inflammatory bowel disease (e.g. Crohn's disease) can cause similar symptoms as IBS, and also can cause proctitis. So I suggest you raise these questions with the doctor who diagnosed IBS then follow her advice. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dark yellow/orange loose stool. Gas, upper left abd/up left back pain. Sometimes lower left pain. Panicking about pancreatic cancer. Very stressed ?

Dark yellow/orange loose stool. Gas, upper left abd/up left back pain. Sometimes lower left pain. Panicking about pancreatic cancer. Very stressed ?

Cancer unlikely: You are at very low risk for pancreatic cancer at your age.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I've been eating healthy but continue with persistent nausea, gas, and loose stools. Stools are brown but formless resembling aerated soil and sinks rather than floats. EGD, blood tests, CT scan, X-rays all normal. Diagnosed with mild gastritis.

I've been eating healthy but continue with persistent nausea, gas, and loose stools. Stools are brown but formless resembling aerated soil and sinks rather than floats. EGD, blood tests, CT scan, X-rays all normal. Diagnosed with mild gastritis.

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor and discuss if you may be depressed. Counter-intuitive as it may seem, exercise may help. Start with low intensity exercise such as walking and gradually increase the intensity at tolerated. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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