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Do Floating Stools Constantly Mean I Have Malabsorbtion
Yes: No mistaking it. The usual cause of a floating stool -- by far -- is gas bubbles. There's an individual who writes frequently with the obsessive fear of pancreatic cancer with basically no evidence. If you are suffering from obsessive thoughts that you have cancer, please get with someone who can help you manage these. ...Read more
Floating stool can be a sign of malabsorption. But wouldn't blood and stool tests point towards this? How does one test for malabsorption?
There are many malabsorption tests.
One is a stool 72 hour collection of fat- you collect all the stool and the lab determines how much fat is in the entire collection.
Other tests include stool enzymes such as chymotrypsin. A fecal calprotectin may be elevated in patients with crohn's. See your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more
Worried about malabsorption (occ. Floating stools) had negative CT scan and qualitative fat test. Gastro. Dr. Said quantitative test unnecessary. Why?
No fat in stool: If a qualitative test was negative then that meant there was no fat present in the stool at a detectable level. A quantitative test for the same thing would therefore be useless because there is nothing to measure. ...Read more
Does it stand to reason that floating stool in the absence of fat malabsorption (normal CT scan and 72hr fat test isn't be caused by pancreatic cancer?
Floaters: 99% of floating stools are caused by trapped gas. This is the truth in spite of what you might pick up from 'pop' accounts. It happens to me if I chew gum. Congratulations on not using tobacco. Keep an eye on the stomach issues -- and if the pain changes, consider a check once again. And if you have malabsorption or maldigestion, it's much less subtle than just a floating stool. ...Read more
My test show that I have malabsorption (fat and amydon on stool). What diet should I have. And how can I find out what causes it? Thank you!
Gastroenterologist: There is more than one cause for malabsorption syndrome and you need to see a board certified gastroenterologist who can properly diagnose and treat. ...Read more
Five month old stooling four times a day. He is at 60% for weight and 90% for height, no apparent weight problems. Could this be malabsorption?
May be normal: If your baby is breastfeeding, four stools daily is entirely normal. If on formula, this may still be normal. If the stools are odorous and loose, it may suggest a lactose intolerance if he/she is on a dairy-based formula, however. In any case it does not sound like malabsorption as his growth is entirely appropriate at this time. Do talk to your doctor about your concerns. ...Read more
Complex: Malabsorption can take several forms, depending on the underlying condition. You should have a stool sample reviewed, your fat soluble vitamin levels checked and your gallbladder and liver enzymes checked. Please see a good internal medicine doctor and gastroenteroloist if warranted. ...Read more
Can fat malabsorption make my stools smoky? Even in warm temperature, there is a steam coming out.
Mushy soft stool indicating malabsorption. What medicines I should take. What blood test I should do. Now for almost 6 weeks?
How frequently would stool have to float for there to be concern of malabsorption or problem with pancreas? Stool is still brown, formed and soft.
Told:fat malabsorption only one stool sample and dr told me to eat hi fat. Had wendys twice that day before sample stools were hard/const. Is he right?
Doesn't sound right: People with fat malabsorption typically have foul smelling, loose, and floating stools. Eating more fat only exacerbates the problem. Typically associated with pancreatic insufficiency. Please discuss again with your doctor. I doubt any physician would advise a patient to eat fast food for treatment. ...Read more
How frequently would stool have to float to be concern of malabsorption or problem with pancreas? Stool is still brown, formed and soft no wieght loss.
Stool: Simple observation is sometimes adequate to suspect it. If your poop floats, it is usually because there is unabsorbed fat. They can confirm this with a stool fat study. ...Read more
Is this a alternative medicine fad? "Stool that sticks to toilet bowl can be a sign of malabsorption, disease, etc? "
If you take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) everyday for a month, can it eventually cause malabsorption and loose/soft stool?
Stool is brown, formed and soft. Occ. Floats then sinks. Seems to have clear haze top of water. Had fecal fat test but not 72hr one. Fat malabsorption?
21y/o female, frequent BM than usual for 5 months usually 1BM a day, large bulky stool, cbc &stool analysis a month ago normal no anemia or malabsorbtion?
Diary ores: Could be lactose intolerance. Stop dairy and try gluten free diet ...Read more
I ate cashews and noticed there's nuts in my stool? How can I know if I have malabsorption? My stool is mainly yellow, thin (changes) not solid and mucus. Sometime floats also having weird symptoms
A STOOL WATCHER!!!!! MANY substances pass into the stool unchanged (eg nuts, corn, etc) and mucous is a NORMAL part of stool (excreted by an irritated colon)
"Floating " is due to FAT ingestion! So COME ON NOW!!!! STOP WATCHING and if you CAN'T discuss this with your Primary Care Provider (PCP)
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more
Stool test said extra fat globules. IBS&overweight (dont think I have malabsorbtion?).21yrs. Stool usually brown sometimes lighter/darker but nth weird
It does not appear that you have a serious health issue. It would be beneficial to lose weight, easier said than done.
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.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
If you take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) everyday for a month, could it eventually cause. Malabsorption and soft/loose stool?
Maybe, why do it?: Pepto also has bismuth in it, which should not be taken in excess. If you are self-treating ongoing GI symptoms, should see a Dr for evaluation and treatment recommendation. ...Read more
If I have loose stools in the mornings, and I take my birth control pills in the afternoon, can this affect the efficacy? (Maybe I have malabsorption)
Anatomy: No. You swallow your pills into your stomach. Your stool comes from your colon. ...Read more
Is more frequent loose stools symptom of smallcelllung cancer. Also fatigue and muscle loss&possibly malabsorption. Symptoms for 18 months?
Not lung cancer:
What you described does not comport with lung cancer. Did you lose weight? If yes, malabsorption is likely. For a more definitive opinion an in-person evaluation is needed and you should consult a doctor.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat 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
I had a stool test and it was negative. My doctor thinks I might have malabsorption which is causing my Vitamin D. What next steps would be recommende?
Vit D supplements: Are you having GI or bone sx? Renal problem? Have you had supplements and remain low? Studies have shown that over 70% of those living in the northern states have low Vit D due to lack of sun exposure in colder months and low milk intake. I have found that true in my practice in Upstate NY. ...Read more
GI problem. I am 68, male and had my retum removed due to colon cancer. After the removal I had loose stools and went on Immodium for 8 years but then stopped. What else could this be? Tests for malabsorption?
Loss of bowel: When rectum removed one usually has anal region resected otherwise this was a low anterior resection removing left colon to anal canal just above sphincters which control bowel movement. Function of left colon is to absorb remaining water in stool as it approaches rectum. If too much resected then liquid stool approaches anal canal and loose or liquefied stool approaches anus. Try Lomotil (diphenoxylat and atropine) ...Read more
I have oil at the top of my toilet water after bowel movement but my stool doesn't float. Is this still a fat malabsorption problem?
Every time I have a bowel movement the stool floats then let's off bubbles and a liquid at top of water and sinks. Is this malabsorption?
Needs checking: It appears that you may have a malaborption (fat especially) issue, At the least, get a stool study (24 hours) for fat assay. A GI doctor would be your best bet. ...Read more
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