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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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Chronic diarrhea no pain.itch worse in evening.sometimes I wake up at night and I scratch whole my body for few minutes.nocturia too.why?bad illness?

Chronic diarrhea no pain.itch worse in evening.sometimes I wake up at night and I scratch whole my body for few minutes.nocturia too.why?bad illness?

Parasites?: Would suggest starting with stool studies- ova and parasites, specifically. Your symptoms suggest a possible parasite related infection- possibly Giardia among others. Please see your doc at your earliest convenience. ...Read more

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Please help. It has often happened to me to wake up at night with fever diarrhea anxiety and numbness that wont let me sleep. How serious can this be?

Please help. It has often happened to me to wake up at night with fever diarrhea anxiety and numbness that wont let me sleep. How serious can this be?

Fever: Any illness characterized by repetitive episodes of fever along with other systemic symptoms needs to be evaluated by a physician. Would record these episodes with your temp, pulse, respirations with any and all associated symptoms and their timing and take this with you to a doctor. If you can see an infectious diseases expert, so much the better. Good luck. ...Read more

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When sleeping with no cover and feel cold at night. I wake up with diarrhea that lasts for 3 or more days. Why would being cold while sleeping do that?

When sleeping with no cover and feel cold at night. I wake up with diarrhea that lasts for 3 or more days. Why would being cold while sleeping do that?

Doctor can evaluate: Odd symptoms require one to find a primary doctor who has plenty of time to hear the whole story. Just being cold from ambient air would not cause diarrhea, but feeling cold may be due to having a fever (which, if due to a stomach bug, could cause diarrhea). A fever on the rise causes one to feel coldness and chills, but a fever that's dropping will cause one to feel hot and sweaty. ...Read more

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I swallow the mucus at night it causes me to wake up very nausea and have diarrhea. Why does this happen?

Post-nasal drips: If you have a lot of post-nasal drips , you can get nauseated but not diarrhea. Do you know where the mucus is coming from? Should check with your family doctor re. This. ...Read more

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Gassy digestive system. Not gluten/ lactose related. Found no pattern. Worse at night, wake up, painful digestive sys. Extreme diarrhea. Dehydration?

Gassy digestive system. Not gluten/ lactose related. Found no pattern. Worse at night, wake up, painful digestive sys. Extreme diarrhea. Dehydration?

IBS vs other?: You could be describing irritable bowel syndrome. Sometimes there are some treatable causes for ibs including bacterial overgrowth which can be treated by a course of antibiotics. Certainly a few tests will help sort out what the cause of your symptoms are. ...Read more

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Is it normal wake up to have diarrhea & vomiting for 1 day, be fine for 3 days & then again wake up & have diarrhea all day. A relapse of diarrhea?

Is it normal wake up to have diarrhea & vomiting for 1 day, be fine for 3 days & then again wake up & have diarrhea all day. A relapse of diarrhea?

Diarrhea: If these symptoms are only recent, one suspects food poisoning or a viral gastroenteritis. Both of these will resolve in a few days of rest, drinking adequate fluids, avoidance of harsh roughage and taking kaopectate to control diarrhea. However if the symptoms are chronic, recurrent then irritable bowel syndrome may be the problem. Consult a gastroenterologist for evaluation as needed. ...Read more

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Whenever i drink alcohol, i wake up in the morning with almost diarrhea/ stomach cramps. Normal? Is having a glass of wine everyday bad?

Whenever i drink alcohol, i wake up in the morning with almost diarrhea/ stomach cramps. Normal? Is having a glass of wine everyday bad?

Normal, for you: In most people this does not happen, but there is a physiologic reason for when it does. The alcohol gets quickly absorbed by the intestinal cells, which then shut down absorption of water from within the intestines. Therefore, there is extra water within the intestines, which comes out as diarrhea. One glass of wine a day, may be beneficial for your heart arteries. ...Read more

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I have burning stomach pains, nausea when I lay flat, diarrhea 1-2 times a day. Mostly wakes me up at night from the pain and some diarrhea.

I have burning stomach pains, nausea when I lay flat, diarrhea 1-2 times a day. Mostly wakes me up at night from the pain and some diarrhea.

Stomach issues: It sounds like you have both upper and lower Gastrointestinal problems - the nausea and pain in stomach could be virus or acid reflux. The diarrhea could indicate infection lower in the gut. If you have fever, blood in stools, then see your M.D. right away. If the diarrhea and pain continue for more than four days, see your M.D. as well. Hope you feel better. ...Read more

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Why do I wake up in night with abdominal cramps and soaked in sweat and have severe diarrhea? Happens 3 times a month or more no matter what I eat

Why do I wake up in night with abdominal cramps and soaked in sweat and have severe diarrhea? Happens 3 times a month or more no matter what I eat

Your need: to be evaluated by a Gastroenterologist to determine the reasons for your symptoms. You should not ignore them since there may be a specific reason eg: IBS -D Irritable Bowel Syndrome -Diarrhea There is now medication for this. Talk with your PCP (Primary Care Professional) for a referral! Dr Z ...Read more

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I cant poop in morning unless i have oranges at night. Im either constipated or have diarrhea..? I cant be normal anymore its frustrating. Im 19.

I cant poop in morning unless i have oranges at night. Im either constipated or have diarrhea..? I cant be normal anymore its frustrating. Im 19.

IBS: Teen w. chronic alternating constipation & frequent loose stools likely w. functional changes of IBS. Dr. can try Amatiza, Bentyl, (dicyclomine) lactose avoidance, and probiotics. Often found in association with Joint Hypermobility Disorder (see Brighton Criteria). Yoga for muscle tone and increased stability of pelvic girdle might be worth a try. Exercise is good. People w. loose joints need toned muscles. ...Read more

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Painful diarrhea about every 2 months. Wakes me up at night. Vomit from pain, very painful stomach cramps. Bile in diarrhea?

Painful diarrhea about every 2 months. Wakes me up at night. Vomit from pain, very painful stomach cramps. Bile in diarrhea?

Gut migraine: definitely should discuss with Gastroenterologist who's fascinated by neurological problems, or Neurologist interested in the gut..need to do studies to be sure its not the 'tip of the iceberg' of something progressive, but might be one of the reactive bowel issues often called IBS. Diet related? Responds to Zofran (ondansetron)? Good luck! ...Read more

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I've had infrequent episodes of waking at night with abdominal cramps, diarrhea and break into intense cold sweats, almost passing out, turning pale. ?

I've had infrequent episodes of waking at night with abdominal cramps, diarrhea and break into intense cold sweats, almost passing out, turning pale. ?

Irritable bowel: syndrome can present like this. The sweats, pallor, almost passing out are a response mediated by the vagal nerve. Your doctor will need to examine you and consider testing for the conditions leading to IBS. ...Read more

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My 5 year old kid wakes up at night (between 3 am and 5 am) with vomits and diarrhea with stomach ache. It happened 4 times in the past month.

My 5 year old kid wakes up at night (between 3 am and 5 am) with vomits and diarrhea with stomach ache. It happened 4 times in the past month.

Stomach ache: His stomach ache may be due to something he eats before bed. Keep a diary to see if you can find the food that causing the problem. A second thought is that he is having night terrors or nightmares that is causing his symptoms. ...Read more

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I always deal with a diarrhea only at the mornings aka after i wake up, is it okay or could it be a bad thing? Thanks.

I always deal with a diarrhea only at the mornings aka after i wake up, is it okay or could it be a bad thing? Thanks.

Question unclear: Do you have diarrhea every morning? If so, it would help to see a doctor and make sure nothing serious in progress. What do you mean by 'dealing with a diarrhea'? Clarify for a better answer. If this is your routine, it doesn't necessarily mean that anything is wrong. Still don't quite understand what is going on. ...Read more

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24yr old male 190pounds 5^9height. Been having diarrhea for the past week. Not only late in the day but as soon as when I wake up in the morning-why?

24yr old male 190pounds 5^9height. 
Been having diarrhea for the past week. Not only late in the day but as soon as when I wake up in the morning-why?

What's the cause?: "Plugging up" diarrhea will not cure an infection, fix an inflammatory process, improve an ischemic gut, or correct a functional issue. Medical evaluation is recommended appropriate to the duration of your symptoms, associations (bleeding, weight loss, pain, vomiting), as well as your other medical co-morbidities. Call your doctor please and get checked. (The 190# 5^9 information is immaterial.) ...Read more

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Every time I wake up early I get diarrhea and nauseous and it's been like this for 2 weeks now and I want to be able to wake up w/o feeling like this?

Every time I wake up early I get diarrhea and nauseous and it's been like this for 2 weeks now and I want to be able to wake up w/o feeling like this?

Checkup/pregancy?: I would certainly recommend an examination and testing. If you have had unptorected sexual intercourse, Iwould definitely suggest a blood praegnancy test. ...Read more

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I have bad diarrhea, and when I go my anus burns. It's all liquid, and it keeps coming in "waves" every 15 sec or so- probably about six times total. I've been sick a week now, but I've only felt sick occasionally during the day or when I first wake up. I

I have bad diarrhea, and when I go my anus burns. It's all liquid, and it keeps coming in "waves" every 15 sec or so- probably about six times total. I've been sick a week now, but I've only felt sick occasionally during the day or when I first wake up. I

Painus in the anus!: Such burning is due to the alkalinity of the intestinal contents damaging the anal canal and perianal "skin" or anoderm. Put Calmoseptine on the area before and after BMs. Clean the anal area with dry paper then with tap water before applying the medicine. You also need to seek medical attention if the diarrhea persists over one week. It could be an infection or worse, colitis or Crohns diseas ...Read more

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