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My dad has a sharp pain on the right lower part of his abdomen he had diarrhea the constipation now diarrhea again for three days what kan it be?

My dad has a sharp pain on the right lower part of his abdomen he had diarrhea the constipation now diarrhea again for three days what kan it be?

Many possibilities: Such a pattern can result from many causes, including but not limited to gastroenteritis, irritable bowel syndrome (ibs), inflammatory bowel diseases like crohns or ulcerative colitis, or even constipation with stool leakage, to name a few more common ones. Evaluation with a good history and examination is needed to pinpoint a more specific cause. ...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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Daily for 1 month: Flank pain on both sides. Started on left side. Painful bowel movements. Have both constipation & diarrhea. Strain even w\ diarrhea?

Daily for 1 month: Flank pain on both sides. Started on left side. Painful bowel movements. Have both constipation & diarrhea. Strain even w\ diarrhea?

Irritable Bowel?: The diagnosis of irritable bowel is best established after an exam and other possible etiologies are excluded. That being said you should schedule an appointment to have the diagnosis confirmed. Fortunately effective care is available for irritable bowels syndrome. The best care, however, is preventive in nature. ...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

Dr. Oscar Novick
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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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Constipation (Definition)

Constipation is difficulty passing ...Read more