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Can adding to much fiber at once cause loose stools, and I've been eating 2 cups of activia yogurt a day plus I have a cold?

Can adding to much fiber at once cause loose stools, and I've been eating 2 cups of activia yogurt a day plus I have a cold?

Stools: The character and consistency of stools may change with alterations in dietary intake which change the colonic bacterial flora, but as long as this does not change the frequency of stooling, probably will resolve spontaneously if actually due to your changes in diet. On the other hand, the loose stools are more likely related to the virus producing your cold. If it keeps up, see a doctor. ...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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I can't tolerate fiber or more than a bit of sugar. They cause discomfort and loose stools - sometimes foamy or just liquid for hours the next morning?

I can't tolerate fiber or more than a bit of sugar. They cause discomfort and loose stools - sometimes foamy or just liquid for hours the next morning?

Supplements?: Are you talking about fiber supplements? It is common for fiber supplements to cause some cramping and loose stools when first starting on them. Why are you taking the fiber? It may just mean that you need to get your fiber from fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains. ...Read more

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Loose stools for over a week that leave quickly. Took Psyllium, helped bulk stools. Is soluble fiber the only problem? Eat fiber but most insoluble.

Loose stools for over a week that leave quickly. Took Psyllium, helped bulk stools. Is soluble fiber the only problem? Eat fiber but most insoluble.

Diarrhea: Loose stools are seldom the result of inadequate fiber. If these persist go and get evaluated. You also might just try a cup of Yogurt three times a day for a week or so. ...Read more

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MOM 3 days ago. Explosive loose stools 2 days ago. Now can't go. Increased fiber, water, and nothing is working going on 2 days with no stool. Help?

MOM 3 days ago. Explosive loose stools 2 days ago. Now can't go. Increased fiber, water, and nothing is working going on 2 days with no stool. Help?

More info needed to: Determine proper approach. Going just by your limited story, I would add daily Miralax (polyethylene glycol) along with the fiber and a high fiber diet.As long as you R eating and drinking normally and in no discomfort, you could give the above regimen 1-2 weeks. Your next step is a work up by Gastroenterology. ...Read more

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Took MOM 2 days ago. Explosive loose stools yesterday. Today urge to go but can't. Increased fiber and water. What can I do? Is this IBS or serious?

Took MOM 2 days ago. Explosive loose stools yesterday. Today urge to go but can't. Increased fiber and water. What can I do? Is this IBS or serious?

Too much MOM: You may have taken too much MOM which contains Magnesium. Too much Magnesium can cause diarrhea. Too much fiber without lots of water can slow down your stool transport. Try to take Magnesium citrate 500mg every night. Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily with a fiber supplement. Aloe vera juice also helps. ...Read more

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Have sjogrens syndrome. Get "backed up" & loose stools despite fiber, h20, &miralax. Normal colonoscopy. Senokot (senna) results in normal BM. How often can I take?

Have sjogrens syndrome. Get "backed up" & loose stools despite fiber, h20, &miralax. Normal colonoscopy. Senokot (senna) results in normal BM. How often can I take?

Constipation: Senokot (senna) can be taken every day to treat constipation in a safe way. Aside from being irritating, Fleet's enemas should be avoided. Increase water intake and amount of fiber in your diet to decrease constipation. If daily Senokot (senna) does not help, an appointment should be made with primary physician or GI specialist ...Read more

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Haven't had normal bm in 2 weeks, tried stool softener, laxative, more fiber, & enema. Causes loose stool. Worried about impaction? What should I do?

Haven't had normal bm in 2 weeks, tried stool softener, laxative, more fiber, & enema. Causes loose stool. Worried about impaction? What should I do?

Pain or bloating?: If not you can keep doing what your doing for a while but if pain or distention develop see your doctor pronto. ...Read more

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Is there a way to counter the side effect of loose stools caused by viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) &what's considered excessive to the point you should talk to a dr about it?

Is there a way to counter the side effect of loose stools caused by viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) &what's considered excessive to the point you should talk to a dr about it?

Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride): Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) is an ssri and rarely causes diarrhea. To counteract the diarrhea one can take probiotic or eat constipating foods such as rice or bananas. ...Read more

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Could multi-vitamin/mineral supplements cause excessive bloating, difficulty breathing and loose stools?

Could multi-vitamin/mineral supplements cause excessive bloating, difficulty breathing and loose stools?

Bloating, loose stoo: Not likely. See your doctor for an examination to determine the cause of your problems. ...Read more

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I have Crohn's disease. Would it help my loose stool if I take soluable fiber?

I have Crohn's disease. Would it help my loose stool if I take soluable fiber?

Yep!!!: Fiber is wonderful. And we don't get enough of it. Try it for a week or two, you'll probably stick with it... And feel better. ...Read more

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Can upper and lower abdo cysts cause loose stools? U/S reveals 2 not sure exact location.

Can upper and lower abdo cysts cause loose stools? U/S reveals 2 not sure exact location.

Hmm: Unless the cysts are in your intestine then it is unlikely related to loose stool. I would review these tests with your doctor and see the next plan of action ...Read more

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Can stopping Omperazole suddenly cause loose stools and for you to be bloated??

Can stopping Omperazole suddenly cause loose stools and for you to be bloated??

Possible: Yes, it is possible; try restarting it for a few days and see how it goes; ...Read more

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What are some common causes loose stools in adults and how do you get rid of it?

What are some common causes loose stools in adults and how do you get rid of it?

See a doctor: The answer to your question could fill a good textbook, and the answer to getting rid of it depends upon the cause. See a good doctor and find out what is wrong. ...Read more

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Can a high fat and sugar diet cause loose stools? If not what GI symptoms can it cause?

Can a high fat and sugar diet cause loose stools? If not what GI symptoms can it cause?

Yes it can: High fat and sugar diet can cause loose stool specially if it was associated with stress try to balance your diet and manage your stress see your doctor good luck ...Read more

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Does chronic appendicitis cause loose stools or diarreah or it docent mess with your stools?

Does chronic appendicitis cause loose stools or diarreah or it docent mess with your stools?

Chronic appendicitis: Does not exist. You either have appendicitis in which case you need treatment with surgery or more recent studies suggest antibiotics alone may be all that is necessary or your symptoms are due to something else. ...Read more

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Single episode explosive bloody diahorrea, loose stools two weeks, left side twinges, nausea, causes please?

Single episode explosive bloody diahorrea, loose stools two weeks, left side twinges, nausea, causes please?

Blood diarrhea: Those findings suggest infectious diarrhea. You need to consult your physician and have a stool examination and culture. ...Read more

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Does chocolate cause loose stools?

For some: For some people it may cause loose bowel movements either as a result of lactose or caffeine sensitivity. For others if you eat too much chocolate you may also have loose stools. ...Read more

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Loose stools in children. Would a disease or just random loose poops w/o reasons be the likely cause?

Loose stools in children. Would a disease or just random loose poops w/o reasons be the likely cause?

Most often dietary: Most often just random event due to dietary changes - if chronic or have blood see your doctor. ...Read more

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I get frequent loose stools (gi tests normal) and have for many years. Do frequent loose stools over time cause any long term health problems?

I get frequent loose stools (gi tests normal) and have for many years. Do frequent loose stools over time cause any long term health problems?

Doctor can evaluate: "loose stools" means different things to different people. "frequent" also has many meanings (some call once a week frequent; others once a day). So, a primary care doctor or a GI specialist will have to get the entire story and run some tests. If there is celiac disease, some soretof hormonal problem, a malabsorption of certain nutrients, etc... Then some long term problems might appear. ...Read more

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Can hemorrhoids cause loose stools?

Can hemorrhoids cause loose stools?

Usually not: Hemorrhoids are distended/swollen veins of the rectal area. They typically are a result of constipation or sitting or straining too long or much. Sometimes the medication people use to hep the swelling loosens up fecal material (glycerin) but the hemorrhoids themselves are not a cause of loose stools. ...Read more

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What could cause loose stools with ammonia smell?

What could cause loose stools with ammonia smell?

Not sure I can: Help you but clostridium difficile colitis as well as bacterial dystentery have been known to cause such smells. We need further information about your stool consistency and other factors in digestion. Please repost with more information or see a Healthcare provider on HealthTap or near you. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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Can sinus drainage or antibiiotics cause loose stools?

Can sinus drainage or antibiiotics cause loose stools?

Antibiotics yes: Yes could be due to antibiotics, see your doctor. ...Read more

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