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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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Is dark brown diarrhea normal since i'm on iron supplements?

Is dark brown diarrhea normal since i'm on iron supplements?

Can be: Can depend on the type of iron supplement; can cause diarrhea or constipation, can cause dark or black stools. Symptoms can be helped by taking with food. Any question, call your doc. ...Read more

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I have celiac & low iron. I've been gluten free for a year, I don't eat out and VERY careful in what I eat. I still have diarrhea and constipation ?

I have celiac & low iron. I've been gluten free for a year, I don't eat out and VERY careful in what I eat. I still have diarrhea and constipation ?

Talk to your Dr: 1) Your doctor can check antibody levels as a surrogate to celiac disease activity. If they are up you may be eating gluten in hidden items (for example if something is fried in oil that also fired wheat containing food). 2) Another consideration is small bacterial overgrowth. Talk to your doctor to see if this fits. 3) Alternatively you may be in the rare group who are refractory to the diet. ...Read more

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I have an RBC count of 5 million but i have iron deficiency cz the cells are small, absorb v.little iron.But i get diarrhea if i take any iron supplem?

I have an RBC count of 5 million but i have iron deficiency cz the cells are small, absorb v.little iron.But i get diarrhea if i take any iron supplem?

No: You have thalasemia. A high RBC count with small cells cofnrims the diagnosis. You need to be very careful with iron intake as patietns with thalasemia states are prone to iron overload. ...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'm 49 year old women.my dr put me on iron pills now I have black stools and diarrhea is this normal.

I'm 49 year old women.my dr put me on iron pills now I have black stools and diarrhea is this normal.

Iron in stool: Iron tabs do blacken stools. Iron typically constipates, but can alter stool to be looser in some. I incline to worry that you may have an intestinal bleeding source - coincidentally, not derived from iron. I advise you to stop iron and seek stool blood testing tonight or tomorrow am. ...Read more

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7 months pregnant Friday, anemic, and now taking feosol for iron deficiency. Last week and a half I have had diarrhea. Should I stop taking it?

7 months pregnant Friday, anemic, and now taking feosol for iron deficiency. Last week and a half I have had diarrhea. Should I stop taking it?

Talk to your doctor.: The right answer to your question depends on a lot of factors, including how anemic are you, any other medical issues, what is causing the diarrhea, and how far along in your pregnancy you are. The person who is best position to help you make decisions is your obstetrician. I would call him or her to discuss the diarrhea and to figure out what to do next. Good luck. ...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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