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4weeks pregnant, last 3 weeks had diarrhea, heartburn & cramps if i eat more than little bits at a time. Was in malaysia for 2 weeks. Is this normal?

4weeks pregnant, last 3 weeks had diarrhea, heartburn & cramps if i eat more than little bits at a time. Was in malaysia for 2 weeks. Is this normal?

No: These symptoms need to be evaluated by your doctor. Only he/she can put things into perspective and give you the answers you deserve. ...Read more

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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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What should be done about diarrhea that lasts for more then a week?

What should be done about diarrhea that lasts for more then a week?

See your doc: See your doctor to evaluate your stools for parasites or infections. In the meantime increase your fiber intake and simplify your foods. Brat diet (bananas, rice, apples and toast). ...Read more

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Treating Diarrhea (Checklist)

Stay well hydrated
Daily
Try a constipating diet
Daily
Try BRAT diet (banana, rice, applesauce, and toast)
Daily
See a GI doctor
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When sleeping with no cover and feel cold at night. I wake up with diarrhea that lasts for 3 or more days. Why would being cold while sleeping do that?

When sleeping with no cover and feel cold at night. I wake up with diarrhea that lasts for 3 or more days. Why would being cold while sleeping do that?

Doctor can evaluate: Odd symptoms require one to find a primary doctor who has plenty of time to hear the whole story. Just being cold from ambient air would not cause diarrhea, but feeling cold may be due to having a fever (which, if due to a stomach bug, could cause diarrhea). A fever on the rise causes one to feel coldness and chills, but a fever that's dropping will cause one to feel hot and sweaty. ...Read more

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I've been out if work for 2 months, it's a bit stressful. I just noticed my bowel movements are not regular and I have diarrhea for more than a week.

I've been out if work for 2 months, it's a bit stressful. I just noticed my bowel movements are not regular and I have diarrhea for more than a week.

Constipation: You may be constipated and the diarrhea may represent liquid stool leaking around the obstructing hard stool. A bowel movement may cure your problem. Use the laxative of your choice. My favorite in situations like this is Citrate of Magnesium. It comes in many flavors and when pored over ice, very palatable. ...Read more

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Treating Diarrhea (Checklist)

Keep yourself well hydrated
Once
Don't take too many antidiarrheal meds, they can make condition worse
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if you don't improve within a couple of days, seek medical attention
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I have a fever, loose stools, fatigue for 2 days and back pain more than a week plus side of the body pain to flank area. Do i have disease/problem?

I have a fever, loose stools, fatigue for 2 days and back pain more than a week plus side of the body pain to flank area. Do i have disease/problem?

See your doctor...: Sounds like you are sick. To determine the actual illness, you should be examined (Flank pain is suspicious for a kidney infection; however, with the other symptoms it may also be related to intestinal inflammation from a stomach virus). Your doctor will be easily able to differentiate and treat you accordingly. ...Read more

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History of ibs. Past week/gas/full fast/heavy. Last night bad gas. Morning diarrhea 4x and nausea. Now stom feels bruised. No more D. Ibs flare or big?

History of ibs. Past week/gas/full fast/heavy. Last night bad gas. Morning diarrhea 4x and nausea. Now stom feels bruised. No more D. Ibs flare or big?

Ibs: These symptoms could be consistent with ibs but could there also be a component of lactose intolerance? After these symptoms abdominal soreness isn't unusual but if abdominal discomfort persists and there is associated tenderness, an examination by your physician would be advisable. If it was a flare up of ibs do you have any idea of what could have set it off- diet or stress? ...Read more

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Treating Diarrhea (Checklist)

Replace lost fluid, ounce for ounce
Hourly
Make sure you're urinating
once
Don't drink high-sugar drinks
once
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Should I be concerned about having diarrhea more than three times a week ?

Should I be concerned about having diarrhea more than three times a week ?

Get it checked: May be something, may be nothing. Could be irritable bowel, could be parasites, celiac sprue, inflammatory bowel, tumors, hormones, etc. See your doc. ...Read more

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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea is a term that describes loose, watery stools occurring more frequently than usual. It is often not due to a serious cause, but severe diarrhea ...Read more

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