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Having loose and floating stools from one month never improved after taking normet tablets?

Having loose and floating stools from one month  never improved after taking normet tablets?

Loose floating stool: Floating stool is an exception, not the norm. Stool floats in part when it contains a lot of air or gas. Diet plays a considerable role in stool composition, but additional roles here are played by your bacterial flora, the effectiveness of food digestion and absorption, GI transit time, more. Exposures? Travel? Persistently altered bowel habits deserve medical attention & evaluation please. ...Read more

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What is floating stool caused by? Do I need to see a dr about it? It's been going on for months now.

What is floating stool caused by? Do I need to see a dr about it? It's been going on for months now.

Floating stool: Stool floats based on the amount of buoyant material in it such as plant matter and more often fat and grease. A stool that is very fatty may be an indication of a malabsorption problem. Check with your doc to be sure. ...Read more

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Floating stool from time to time. When is floating stool a concern? What should I be on the lookout for?

Floating stool from time to time.  When is floating stool a concern?  What should I be on the lookout for?

Likely ok: floating stools usually mean hi fat content in the stool. i would expect that you notice the floating stools after a fatty meal. your prior GI surgeries, and history may promote transfer through your GI tract, and that can also contribute to large fat content in your stool. Be concerned if stool is white, black, tarry, or bloody, or has mucous ...Read more

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Occasional Floating stool in kids ? Is it dangerous ?

Occasional Floating stool in kids ? Is it dangerous ?

Normal: Occasional floating stools are normal and probably related to what he is eaten. If it is chronic, I would talk to his pediatrician. ...Read more

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With malabsorption, is floating stool a daily occurance?

With malabsorption, is floating stool a daily occurance?

NO: It depends on the amount of malabsorption and the amount of fat in the diet and the underlying condition. ...Read more

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Solid brown floating stool, cause for concern? 3 days now. Very stressed.

No: Stool color is normally borown and consisgtency is usually solid. Floating stool can indicate a bit of fat in your dieatary intake, it isw not a disease state, simply cut down on fried, greasy or fatty foods and add fresh fruit and veggies to your diet- should help. ...Read more

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Does floating stool caused by fat malabsorption have an obvious bad smell?

Does floating  stool caused by fat malabsorption have an obvious bad smell?

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

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I;ve been having floating stools. Their not pale in color or greasy? What could this be?

I;ve been having floating stools.  Their not pale in color or greasy?  What could this be?

Floating stools: The two most common causes of floating stools are excess gas and malabsorption, or poor absorption, of nutrients. Certain foods can cause gas in your stools. Foods that commonly cause gas contain large amounts of sugar, lactose, starch, or fiber. I would see a GI specialist. ...Read more

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Are all cases of floating stool due to steatorrhea? Is it normal that stool floats? Is this a big concern if it does? Definitive answer please.

Are all cases of floating stool due to steatorrhea? Is it normal that stool floats? Is this a big concern if it does? Definitive answer please.

Floating stool: Floating stool is an exception, not the norm. Stool floats in part when it contains a lot of air or gas. Diet plays a considerable role in stool composition, but additional roles here are played by your bacterial flora, the effectiveness of food digestion and absorption, GI transit time, more. Exposures? Travel? Persistently altered bowel habits deserve medical attention ; evaluation please. ...Read more

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Got pain that moves round abdomen it not severe sometimes in back I also have floating stools and some that sink do look yellowish?

Got pain that moves round abdomen it not severe sometimes in back I also have floating stools and some that sink do look yellowish?

Abdominal pain: Mild abdominal pain and changes in stool formation may indicate a change in diets or a change in intestinal bacteria . Probiotic supplements can help to normalize the intestinal flora. Antibiotics may be necessary. Elimination diets can be helpful to identify irritating foods. Seek immediate medical attention if severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, bloody or mucus stools develops ...Read more

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Worried about occ.Floating stool urq disc. Had CT scan, u.S. Hida scan and stool tests (did test fecal fat but not 72hr one). All tests normal. Worry?

Worried about occ.Floating stool urq disc. Had CT scan, u.S. Hida scan and stool tests (did test fecal fat but not 72hr one). All tests normal. Worry?

Anxiety: You likely suffer from an anxiety disorder in which you worry a lot about your health. The problem with that is that it leads to a lot of tests that are not necessary. The consistency of stools depends on the foods you eat. If you eat foods with a lot of cellulose, like vegetables, it floats (which means your stools are actually healthy). Seek counseling because too many tests can be dangerous. ...Read more

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Likelyhood of pancreatic cancer in 34yr male with urq disc. Occ. Floating stool? Normal CT scan of abd/pelvis, u.S, blood, enzyme, stool tests normal.

Likelyhood of pancreatic cancer in 34yr male with urq disc. Occ. Floating stool? Normal CT scan of abd/pelvis, u.S, blood, enzyme, stool tests normal.

Floaters are fine: The usual reason for a bowel movement floating is extra trapped gas; this varies with diet, gum-chewing, roughage, how much you talked & swallowed your saliva. When due to fat malabsorption (a much less common explanation) the person is clearly sick; if due to pancreatic cancer you'd be jaundiced. Any further concerns are best discussed with your physician. ...Read more

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Im 34 w urq disc.&occ floating stool. Normal stool tests, CT scan, colonoscopy, u.S, hida scan, endoscopy=gerd/gast. Can i relax about pancreatic cancer?

Im 34 w urq disc.&occ floating stool. Normal stool tests, CT scan, colonoscopy, u.S, hida scan, endoscopy=gerd/gast. Can i relax about pancreatic cancer?

Yes, you can : You mentioned nothing suspicious for pancreatic cancer. A normal ct scan is encouraging but is not 100% accurate. If there are suspicious symptoms or chances on a ct scan, a normal ca-19.9 (a blood test that is nearly specific for pancreatic cancer) would be reassuring. ...Read more

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Should i worry about pancreatic cancer?Urq disc.&occ floating stool. Normal stool tests, CT scan, colonoscopy, u.S., hida scan, endoscopy=gerd/gast. Im 34

Probably not: It appears that all test are normal except for the egd or endoscopy showing gastritis. Assuming normal blood workup as well, i would say that it is not likely that you have pancreatic cancer. My suggestion is that you sit down with your doctor and discuss all tests results and treatment plan. Good luck! ...Read more

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Just found out I had been taking amphetamine 3days In a row instead of mdma. Ever since that I've been having almost mossy floating stools.Why?

Just found out I had been taking amphetamine 3days In a row instead of mdma. Ever since that I've been having almost mossy floating stools.Why?

Prob not related BUT: it is the LEAST of your problems. Which is that you have been using speed 3 days in a row, and think that that is worse than using exstacy 3 days in a row. BOTH ARE A PROBLEM. The stools you describe usually indicate a higher fat content, and it could be that your diet was different in that time, or that the amphetamine reduced fat absorption. You are getting a drug problem - get help!! ...Read more