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Tip of stool is hard and followed by loose stool. Plz tell reason?

Tip of stool is hard and followed by loose stool. Plz tell reason?

Not to worry: The tip of the stool may have had more fluid extracted from it so it may be harder. It is generally not a worry signal. ...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 was constipated and tried several diffrent laxatives and 3 enemas, I was able to get some hard stool out with a glove, followed by some loose stool,?

I was constipated and tried several diffrent laxatives and 3 enemas, I was able to get some hard stool out with a glove, followed by some loose stool,?

You do not: Give an age but I assume you are an adult with a chronic constipation issue. This is now being treated with SPECIFIC MEDICATION (S) and STRONGLY suggest you seek out this treatment from your Primary Healthcare Provider! In the meantime, INCREASE your FLUIDS (At LEAST 5 glasses of WATER/day!
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I can palpate my sigmoid colon which is hard and sensitive after constipation followed by loose stools. I had an echography and everything was normal.

I can palpate my sigmoid colon which is hard and sensitive after constipation followed by loose stools. I had an echography and everything was normal.

This is not uncommon: And can be considered normal. It is especially noted in slender individuals when there is little subcutaneous fat allowing the abdominal contents to be felt more easily. Constipation distends the bowel and it is not surprising that your abdomen is tender after hard stool has passed. Focus on reducing constipation: drink LOTS of water (6-8+ glasses/day), increase dietary fiber, daily exercise. ...Read more

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Do loose stools mean a guaranteed end of constipation?

Do loose stools mean a guaranteed end of constipation?

Not necessarily: If you have an impaction of hard stools that is incomplete, only liquid stool can get by the plug of stool. The mistake is to take something to stop the "diarrhea" which will plug you up fast. Use a plain fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) or glycerine suppositories to make sure your rectum is empty before trying to control the diarrhea. ...Read more

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I've been having consistent constipation of loose stool? It is generally a dark tan and gritty, sticky, mucousy, and I feel like I can't empty myself

I've been having consistent constipation of loose stool? It is generally a dark tan and gritty, sticky, mucousy, and I feel like I can't empty myself

I'm not sure..: ..what "constipation of loose stool" is? I presume you mean you have loose stool, but infrequently. Usually we think infrequent stool of constipation is hard and difficult to pass. The key is more fiber in your diet: whole grains, cereals, brown rice, veggies. This will solidify it. If this doesn't help, see your doc. Some testing for malabsorption may be in order. Continue good fluid intake. ...Read more

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Am adult of 22 years. My lead level in blood is 43.15.Suffering from loose stools n constipation. I want some diet tips to treat it naturally.

Am adult of 22 years. My lead level in blood is 43.15.Suffering from loose stools n constipation. I want some diet tips to treat it naturally.

Need to treat: I am skeptical that your sky high lead levels will drop with "natural" approaches. See your doctor and start recommended protocol, as risk to you too high to experiment with unproven approaches. ...Read more

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I have bouts of constipation for days followed by days of loose stool, light tan to clay color sometimes looks like sand, had a cholecystectomy 10 yrs?

I have bouts of constipation for days followed by days of loose stool, light tan to clay color sometimes looks like sand, had a cholecystectomy 10 yrs?

? Constipation?: First thing is that constipation is almost always secondary to your diet. Write down what you eat every day. Foods that are well known to cause it are the grains-rice, barley, oatmeal- also milk, bananas, grated apples. Try eliminating them from your diet and observe. ...Read more

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I been constipated for a month. I have mucus is dry loose stool. Laxs & prunes dnt work & I been havin trouble breathin can constipation be causin it?

I been constipated for a month. I have mucus is dry loose stool. Laxs & prunes dnt work & I been havin trouble breathin can constipation be causin it?

Breathing trouble: The breathing trouble is not likely related to constipation. When was your last full bowel movement? IF it has been some time (a month?!) and especially if you have belly pain, you should be seen by a physician. Are you drinking enough fluids? Any other symptoms such as fatigue, cold intolerance? These could point to low thyroid function. This can be checked with a blood test. ...Read more

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I have small kidney shaped things passing in my stool, black specs and stringy, foamy loose stools and constipation. What is it?

I have small kidney shaped things passing in my stool, black specs and stringy, foamy loose stools and constipation. What is it?

Here are...: Noticing the kidney-shaped things in stool is coincidental and not specifically related with GI-symptoms, for which you need to work on healthy lifestyle without overindulgence. Meanwhile, check out the timing between current GI-symptoms and Wellbutrin (bupropion) to track if its potential benefits outweighs its side effects. For detailed long-term care, work with Doc closely and timely. ...Read more

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I have been having constipation, bloating, diahreah, loose stool, thin stool, and stool inconsistency. Could this be fecal impaction?

I have been having constipation, bloating, diahreah, loose stool, thin stool, and stool inconsistency. Could this be fecal impaction?

Colitis: The differential diagnosis is vast.
Infectious...need for stool cultures.
IBS
celiac
and other immune diseases.
drug side effects.
Thyroid diseases
malabsorption/maldigestion
diet indiscretion
etc etc
try to stay on a liquid diet and then slowly introduce a soft mechanical + probiotics...if not better must see a Dr. ...Read more

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Constipation, loose stools, white specks in stool. I am always hungry. Could I have a tapeworm? I don't remember eating anything uncooked...

Constipation, loose stools, white specks in stool. I am always hungry. Could I have a tapeworm? I don't remember eating anything uncooked...

Tape worm: Can sometimes present as white specks in stool. Possible causes can be increased mucus in the stool because of irritation of the gastrointestinal tract or infections. Some foods can cause this. A gallstone when passed could have this coloration. Stool ova ; parasite through your doctor can determine if there are broken off segments of tapeworms. ...Read more

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Loose stool for 2 weeks. Ate rice, yogurt, probiotics and it went away. Then constipation now loose stool again. Is this IBS? Do I need to see dr?

Loose stool for 2 weeks. Ate rice, yogurt, probiotics and it went away. Then constipation now loose stool again. Is this IBS? Do I need to see dr?

Yes, see doc: For proper diagnosis. You may have a food sensitivity, stress, or IBS, which is a catch all diagnosis for too slow or too fast motility in the gut. Please look at both physical and emotional factors. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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My 16 month old is aparently lactose intolerant having loose stools she's taking whole milk, tried lactaid & cause constipation, can she take nutramigen?

My 16 month old is aparently lactose intolerant having loose stools she's taking whole milk, tried lactaid & cause constipation, can she take nutramigen?

Pricey solution: Soy based milk like products are lactose free & much less expensive. A 16 mo cam also get all the calcium they need from a couple of tum's /day & just drink water. The other stuff in milk can be made up by a diverse diet. ...Read more

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Bloating, gas, loose stools, undigested food in stool, blood in stools bright red, diahrrrea, Constipation. Diahrrra for 2 weeks. Blood 2 days. Wrong?

Bloating, gas, loose stools, undigested food in stool, blood in stools bright red, diahrrrea, Constipation. Diahrrra for 2 weeks. Blood 2 days. Wrong?

Absolutely typical: Of a vitamin deficiency disease called beriberi. You probably have low stomach acid and a deficiency of pancreatic enzymes because your energy metabolism is being distorted. This disease can affect virtually any organ in the body because of its interference with energy synthesis. Stop sugar in all its various forms. ...Read more

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since appendectomy in March my bowel movements haven't been normal. Constipation for days then loose stools w/ having to wipe a lot. Then back 2 Cons?

since appendectomy in March my bowel movements haven't been normal. Constipation for days then loose stools w/ having to wipe a lot. Then back 2 Cons?

Diet record: Trt keeping a diet record of what you are eating. Look too see if a food makes you better or worse. Drink fluids. See your doctor after a week of recording and that may help. ...Read more

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What are the odds of a 33 year old male getting colon cancer? I have loose stool, incomplete evacuation, itch, constipation, urgency. Could it be IBS or something else?

What are the odds of a 33 year old male getting colon cancer? I have loose stool, incomplete evacuation, itch, constipation, urgency. Could it be IBS or something else?

Low risk for cancer: Your worry is understandable and made worse by financial concerns. Check your local area for cash prices, non-insurance clinics and free health clinics. You will benefit from a doctors care, a good gp. Check out the bowel regimens for chronic constipation on healthtap. ...Read more

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Cn salad cause gas bloating and loose stools? Or norovirus, so had noro 2 days ago, no contact except hug? Also have chronic constipation.

Cn salad cause gas bloating and loose stools? Or norovirus, so had noro 2 days ago, no contact except hug? Also have chronic constipation.

Yes: Cruciferous vegetables e.G cauliflower, broccoli etc, as well as beans are a common cause of bloating ; gas. Norovirus usually results in fever, chills, intense nausea ; vomiting with profuse watery diarrhea. ...Read more

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So im 19, been taking medication for depression. Loose stools and constipation occasionally but no blood in stools and no nausia. Is it colon cancer?

So im 19, been taking medication for depression. Loose stools and constipation occasionally but no blood in stools and no nausia. Is it colon cancer?

Antidepressants: Unlikely. Antidepressants are known to cause some people significant constipation.On the flip side, if you miss a dose or two then you can have the reverse by having a few loose stools as part of "withdrawals".Make sure to take your medicine as recommended by your physician. Talk to them about the issues with your bowel movements, they might recommend starting a regular stool softener to help, . ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

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


Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Constipation (Definition)

Constipation is difficulty passing ...Read more