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Do Floating Stools Constantly Mean I Have Malabsorbtion
Gastroenterologist: The only way to know is to see a gastroenterologist who will consider a scope and sending the stool for evaluation. ...Read more
What's the cause?: "Plugging up" diarrhea will not cure an infection/dysbiosis, fix an inflammatory process, improve an ischemic gut, address malabsorption/maldigestion, or correct a functional issue. Medical evaluation is recommended appropriate to the duration of your symptoms, associations (bleeding, weight loss, pain, vomiting), as well as your other medical co-morbidities. Call your doctor pls & get checked. ...Read more
Constipation, loose stools, white specks in stool. I am always hungry. Could I have a tapeworm? I don't remember eating anything uncooked...
Tape worm: Can sometimes present as white specks in stool.Possible causes can be increased mucus in the stool because of irritation of the gastrointestinal tract or infections. Some foods can cause this. A gallstone when passed could have this coloration. Stool ova ; parasite through your doctor can determine if there are broken off segments of tapeworms. ...Read more
Yellow stool: The amount, color, frequency 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
Poor fat asorption: See provider. Maybe liver or gallbladder problem. Fat not being absorbed. ...Read more
See your doctor.: The white strands in the stool and your stomach issues may be related to inflammation in the digestive tract. It is important to sort out the details anytime there is a change in the bowel habits at age 50. You should see your doctor or a gastroenterologist as soon as you can. Good luck. ...Read more
Can't tell from here: Stool texture (regardless of volume or frequency of movements) is defined by the bristol stool scale (bss), which ranges from 1 (hard, pellet stool) to 7 (loose, watery stool). Normal stool grades a 4 on the bss. On the other hand, "diarrhea" is defined by volume and stool frequency (typically more than 4-5 bowel movements/day). Tell your doctor as well about bleeding, fever, tenderness, & pain. ...Read more
Hi, i am having bloating everyday, all day. I have brown mucusy, greasy looking stool. What can be causing this?
Malabsorption: Floating stools suggest a problem digesting fat (malabsorption). Assuming that you meant "undigested food" rather than "digested food," that would also suggest a malabsorption problem. Problems causing this can include abnormal bacterial balance in the gut, or liver or small intestine problems. Primary care physician can evaluate & initiate a workup, if needed. ...Read more
I'm a vegetarian. I don't eat a high-fat diet. I can't understand why I have gas so often and why I frequently have stools that float or are ragged.
Constipation v Other: Viral and bacterial GI infections could cause this. Also, if constipation is bad enough, it can cause a near blockage causing looser, less formed stool to move around the harder stool and can appear as you have described. If you develop fever or pain in the setting of abdominal distention seek evaluation. In the meantime suggest increased hydration, fiber, stool softeners and possibly an enema. ...Read more
Maybe: Go see a physician immediately. This is not normal. The sooner you address this, the better for your health. ...Read more
Needs to be checked: We need more information to advice you.A little mucus in stool some times only on wiping without any other symptoms related to GI tract like abdominal pain, blood in stools, hard stools alternating with loose stools, may be normal and harmless and do no require any treatment normally.But since you are concerned about it, i will recommend you have it checked by your doctor or a gastroenterologist. ...Read more
Always blobloated and have gasses. Do you recommend colon cleansing if I am suffering from irritable bowl syndrome?
Why do I keep having cramps and painful frequent bowel movements. I don't have diarrhea it's just solid but little amounts Everytime I go poop.
Abd cramping: Could be constipation, are you drinking enough? About 2-3 liters/ day and also having fiber in diet. Try a cup prune juice a day. Could also be irritable bowel, or early inflammatory bowel ( usually mucus/ blood) or other bowel disorder with innervation ( mega colon), diverticulitis ( whichc is rare at a young age). Rarely may be appendiciits if right lower side pain. f/u /w doc today ...Read more
I recently started having some loose stools that are black. I don't take iron or anything. I have ate a lot of salad lately. Not sure what's wrong?
Stools that are black: Green Food may be moving through the large intestine too quickly, such as due to diarrhea. As a result, bile doesn't have time to break down completely. Green leafy vegetables, green food coloring, such as in flavored drink mixes or ice pops, iron supplements. Light-colored, white or clay-colored A lack of bile in stool. This may indicate a bile duct obstruction. Certain medications, such as large doses of bismuth subsalicylate (Kaopectate, Pepto-Bismol) and other anti-diarrheal drugs. ...Read more
I have been having trapped intestinal gas that moves all over, what will permentaly get rid of it, I have had bowel movements, but been constipated to?
Try these:: Drink lots of water mixed with prune juice, take otc stool softeners/ laxatives- senokot, (senna) colace, milk of magnesia, magnesium citrate, eat lots of fruits, veggies and fiber. Stay active and exercise regularly. http://www.livestrong.com/herbs-for-constipation/ http://ezinearticles.Com/?7-tips-for-overcoming-constipation&id=866738. ...Read more
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