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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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Taking 325mg ferrous sulfate 2xs daily for anemia caused by bleeding during periods. I've got diarrhea is that a side effect?

Taking 325mg ferrous sulfate 2xs daily for anemia caused by bleeding during periods. I've got diarrhea is that a side effect?

Can be: It is one of those situations in medicine where the phrase, "Constipation is the usual side effect, but diarrhea is not unheard of" applies. If you are not doing it, try taking the pills with meals. If diarrhea proves intractable, you could discuss getting iron by infusion, with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have POTS + chronic GI bleeding w/normal RBC. Could dehydration mask anemia? I don't drink much b/c worsens diarrhea + causes constant peeing.

I have POTS + chronic GI bleeding w/normal RBC. Could dehydration mask anemia? I don't drink much b/c worsens diarrhea + causes constant peeing.

Usually Not-: We're pretty good at picking up details such as higher than expected red cell counts due to things such as dehydration or other causes that could raise counts to be artificially high. We look at parameters such as urine specific gravity, orthostatic pressures, reactive markers that can be triggered in dehydration and anemia as well as something called the RDW which elevates during anemic periods. ...Read more

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When mild diarrhea and anemia coexist, is it an infection that needs to be cured? Are there any home remedies?

When mild diarrhea and anemia coexist, is it an infection that needs to be cured? Are there any home remedies?

Home remedies: Before using home remedies it is important to determine the cause of the anemia and diarrhea to see if they are related to one another. ...Read more

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Is it true that diarrhea be a symptom of anemia (iron deficiency)?

Indirectly: What I mean there is a disorder called celiac disease which does not allow the person to tolerate gluten. One of the symptoms is malabsorption and this can be manifested by diarrhea. Sometimes the only sign of celiac disease is iron deficiency. However, this is rare. One way to test for malabsorption of iron is checking a fasting carotene level.

Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have pernicious anemia, and unknown digestive problems. Chronic diarrhea and vomiting. I have lost 30lbs. I weigh 75 now. No one can solve it. Help?

I have pernicious anemia, and unknown digestive problems. Chronic diarrhea and vomiting. I have lost 30lbs. I weigh 75 now. No one can solve it. Help?

See GI, specialist: Celiac disease is among other things on the differential diagnosis that has to be ruled out. Other things like crohns disease, colononization of bacteria -eventhough not common- but can happen, other autoimmune disorder, small bowel cancer etc. If your pmd can not solve the problem, you should see specialist- a gastroenterologist to start with, a nutritionist, hematologist/oncologist perhaps-etc. ...Read more

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1st time Bloody bright red diarrhea, No other pain just stomach cramps. Taking iron pills for anemia for a year now. Should I consult dr? Or wait 24hr

1st time Bloody bright red diarrhea, No other pain just stomach cramps. Taking iron pills for anemia for a year now. Should I consult dr? Or wait 24hr

Bright red blood: 33 year old lady with bright red blood per rectum. In the setting of preexisting anemia, you should consult a physician about this problem right away. Fever? Travel? Immunocompromised? It sounds like you could have dysentary which is caused by pathogens such as Salmonella, Shigella, Proteus, Yersinia or even Ameba. Please see MD right away very serious you need stool culture and treatment ASAP. ...Read more

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Severe abdominal pain rapid weight loss anemia diarrhea fatigue weakness do you think maybe chrons disease?

Severe abdominal pain rapid weight loss anemia diarrhea fatigue weakness do you think maybe chrons disease?

Go see your doctor: You need a medical check up and further testing from either your pcp or go see a gastroenterologist. It could be something serious. ...Read more

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Weight loss, tiredness constipation diarrhea lost my appetite low anemia (coil fitted no periods) lump found on bowels does it mean cancer?

Weight loss, tiredness constipation diarrhea lost my appetite low anemia (coil fitted no periods) lump found on bowels does it mean cancer?

Needs work-up: It is hard to say, but the symptoms you describe deserve further work-up. The "lump" on the bowels is certainly concerning, but it depends on its location, the size, its radiographic appearance. It may need a biopsy. You should continue to work with your physicians to clarify the situation. ...Read more

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Husband age 50 has anemia-fatigue. Constipation, gas, diarrhea. PCP has not ordered stool sample or made GI referral. Go to ER to get 2nd opinion?

Husband age 50 has anemia-fatigue. Constipation, gas, diarrhea. PCP has not ordered stool sample or made GI referral. Go to ER to get 2nd opinion?

First opinion: What was his PCP opinion? I assume he or she has ordered some blood tests. Would suggest having first a discussion with his PCP regarding the plan before moving towards a second opinion. Your husband definitely needs a Gi consult and a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Should my son see an immunologist? Constant diarrhea immediately after eating, raynaud's syndrome, anemia, joint pain, pale, exhausted.

Should my son see an immunologist? Constant diarrhea immediately after eating, raynaud's syndrome, anemia, joint pain, pale, exhausted.

Depends: This is likely due to a food intolerance that coincides with his autoimmune processes. A learned primary care provider has access to the basic testing needed to sort most of this out. After screening tests the direction he needs to go for followup care can be decided. Few specialists like an immunologist would accept you without a referral and records. ...Read more

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Is 10.1 a very low hemoglobin blood count? I have Crohn's and constant diarrhea. Is that a low blood count?

Is 10.1 a very low hemoglobin blood count? I have Crohn's and constant diarrhea. Is that a low blood count?

This is a low Hgb...: Normal hemoglobins are in the range of 13-16 g/dl, and are generally higher in men than women. From your brief history, there are many potential factors that could be contributing to anemia, including (but not limited to) crohns dz, anemia of chronic disease, malabsorptions, blood loss, nutritional issues, etc. If you're a woman, menses contributes as well. You'd be wise to address with your dr. ...Read more

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2 negative FOBTs, no anemia, no weight loss, no family history. Right abdo discomfort, + urination and reduced mainly loose stools for month. Colon ca?

2 negative FOBTs, no anemia, no weight loss, no family history. Right abdo discomfort, + urination and reduced mainly loose stools for month. Colon ca?

Uncertain: Hi. Negative stool guaiac tests do NOT exclude colon cancer! Your risk of that is low, based on what you've told us (age, no family history, guaiac negative), but not zero. The increased urination would not be related to any clone CA issue. Are you overweight? Check for diabetes. Right abdominal pain could be gallstones, liver capsule, etc. What worms is the mebendazole for? Any that go to liver? ...Read more

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Diarrhoea, loose stools since 3 years, brittle hair, skin pigmentation, PCOS, borderline anemia, low vit d, watery eyes. Is this auto-immune disease?

Diarrhoea, loose stools since 3 years, brittle hair, skin pigmentation, PCOS, borderline anemia, low vit d, watery eyes. Is this auto-immune disease?

Could be: These chronic symptoms are concerning enough to warrant further evaluation. See your primary doctor to discuss all your concerns and symptoms. At that point screening labs for autoimmune conditions can be drawn and a referral to a rheumatologist can be made if indicated. ...Read more

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I'm having dry hair that's thinning, pale, loose stools, fatigue, knee pain, pale skin, hida, ct, ultrasound, thyroid, autoimmune, anemia, cbc all good?

Multiple causes: Thyroid problem, anemia (iron def), and autoimmune diseases (such as Lupus) as well as stress can cause hair loss. I am confused about your statement re. Thyroid. -> anemia with CBC "all good". & presumed these have all been ruled out. With the loose stool issue, one may consider an malabsorption condition and gluten intolerance should be considered. See dermatologist. ...Read more

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Does acv cause diarrhea?

Does acv cause diarrhea?

Acyclovir?: Are you referring to acyclovir? It does not usually cause diarrhea. ...Read more

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Can worrying cause diarrhea?

Can worrying cause diarrhea?

Yes: Stress can cause worsening of irritable bowel symptoms - in particular, diarrhea. ...Read more

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What would cause me to have sour diarrhea?

Sour diarrhea?: What do you mean by "sour diarrhea"? Are you talking about the smell? How long have you had this? Any other symptoms associated with it? If your symptoms persist or get worse, then you should probably see a doctor. A lot of diarrhea resolves on its own within a couple of days. I wish you the best. ...Read more

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My nephew has had diarrhea for a while. Possible causes?

My nephew has had diarrhea for a while. Possible causes?

Long list: Osmotic, secretory or exudative? Running a possible list of causes for diarrhea: Acute gastroenteritis (viral or bacterial infection), food intolerance/ allergy, recent antibiotic use, IBDs (crohns or ulcerative colitis), osmotic diarrhea from non absorbable sugars (i.e. sorbitol), malabsorption, spurious diarrhea, thyroid disorders. If it's been more than a couple days he should see his doctor for eval ...Read more

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What can cause anemia?

What can cause anemia?

Many causes: Anemia is low blood count and may be mild or serious. Either you body does not produce enough red cells (blood cell cancer, uremia, chemotherapy, low iron, malnutrition) or you are actively bleeding (ulcers, trauma, GI malignancy, gu malignancy) or you are destroying your cells (inherited, splenic overactivity). Your hematologist needs to sort this out. If the cause is gone, you can do well. ...Read more

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Do bananas cause diarrhea?

They could: Generally bananas are considered to be constipating. Any food can cause diarrhea in certain people. ...Read more

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Causes of low anemia in men?

Causes of low anemia in men?

Low Blood Count: This is a rare situation for younger men. So, it must be taken seriously.

First would be a general sense of one's health. Are there any chronic illnesses or infections?

Next would be if there could be a bleeding ulcer or other situation in the GI tract.

Any good medical provider will investigate this situation fully to make sure the cause is identified and treated. ...Read more

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Can anemia cause pain to occur?

Possible: Many people get aches and cramps in their legs when they are anemic and can be an early sign. If there are other pathologies, such as peripheral vascular disease, then it can cause an increase in pain as well. There is also weak evidence in the literature suggesting anemia can make fibromyalgia pain worse. I hope that helps! ...Read more

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Can croscarmellose cause diarrhea?

Can croscarmellose cause diarrhea?

Not in itself: It is used as a matrix delivery system in over 24, 000 medications and of itself does not cause diarrhea. ...Read more

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Why would gatorade cause diarrhea?

Normally shouldn't: In kids occasionally, or if you already have underlying GI symptoms, the sugars in gatorade can act as an osmotic force bringing water into intestines leading to diarrhea. Normally this should not occur. If it continues, see your primary. ...Read more

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Why does amoxacillin cause diarrhea?

Why does amoxacillin cause diarrhea?

Normal bacteria: The normal bacteria in your gut are killed, just as the infecting bacteria, so you don't process food as well. Sometimes this diarrhea can be a sign of a bacteria taking an "opportunity" to infect you. You should see your doctor if this continues. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood ...Read more


Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea = increased frequency of stools which ...Read more