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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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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Definition)

Irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS, is a long-term disorder of gastrointestinal functioning. It results in abdominal discomfort, pain, bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and constipation. Additionally, patients with IBS usually have problems with gut motility. Triggers for IBS include certain foods, and elevated stress levels. Lastly, symptoms of IBS ...Read more


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How can you tell the difference between IBS and something more serious?

How can you tell the difference between IBS and something more serious?

Rome 3 ; testing: Ibs is a diagnosis of exclusion. Rome 3 criteria helps. For example, mucus (a colon lubricant) when present in large volume may signal not only problems with colon spasm (ie. Irritable bowel syndrome), but also partial obstruction, infection, ; even sloughed colon lining. Testing distinguishes ibs from inflammatory bowel diseases (crohn's, ulcerative colitis), infection, ischemic gut. See doctor. ...Read more

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I had diarrhea yesterday. Now today I have experienced passing very thin stool. Could it be my IBS or something more serious?

I had diarrhea yesterday. Now today I have experienced passing very thin stool. Could it be my IBS or something more serious?

Probably IBS...: Your symptoms are extremely common and could be from something you ate that did not agree with you (i.e. food intolerance) or IBS. If these symptoms are a frequent problem, and/or interfere with your life, then see a doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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Yellow liquid stools after eating. Happening for a month on and off. Mucus present if stool is formed. R/T IBS or something more serious???

Yellow liquid stools after eating. 
Happening for a month on and off. Mucus present if stool is formed. R/T IBS or something more serious???

Mucus on stool: Mucus discharge occurs in up to 50% of patients with irritable bowel syndrome, with or without pain. Mucus may also be produced in response to partial obstruction, chronic constipation, rectal dysfunction, infection, & even from secretory villous tumors of the rectum. At the very least stool studies & probably a sigmoidoscopy should be considered, but a more extensive evaluation may be warranted. ...Read more

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What can I do for severe IBS attacks?

What can I do for severe IBS attacks?

Confirm diagnosis...: Ibs can mimick many conditions, & vice versa. At 69 years old your risk factors are significant for systemic disease--particularly ischemia. Ibs is a diagnosis of exclusion, so an examination, a few simple tests, & assessment of symptom duration, intensity, location, quality, timing, etc. Will clarify your treatment course. Talk with your doctor please. ...Read more

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How can I relieve severe pain caused by IBS?

How can I relieve severe pain caused by IBS?

Se your PCP: There is no single treatment for pain, discomfort or other symptoms of IBS. See your PCP to coordinate the treatment. ...Read more

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