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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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Can a stomach ulcer cause bowel problems? Constipation/loose stool/cramping/gurgling/bloating/pain in lower left abdomen?

Can a stomach ulcer cause bowel problems? Constipation/loose stool/cramping/gurgling/bloating/pain in lower left abdomen?

No: All GI complaints mentioned are totally unrelated to a stomach ulcer. The latter produces upper midline abdominal pain relieved by food or antiacids and if perforating posteriorly into lesser sac, the space behind the stomach, back pain develops. Constipation or loose stool related to diet or inflammation of bowel and if in sigmoid colon with diverticular disease. Lt. lower abodiminal pain noted ...Read more

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How to tell gluten allergy? Lately ab cramps after eating, looser stools, bloating, ab tender to touch, gassy. I am already lactose intol and a veg.

How to tell gluten allergy? Lately ab cramps after eating, looser stools, bloating, ab tender to touch, gassy. I am already lactose intol and a veg.

Eliminate; challenge: While less than 1% of those in the us have true gluten allergy (celiac disease), experts estimate ~10% have gluten sensitivity, distinct from celiac, which causes GI symptoms, headaches ; fatigue. Blood tests can detect celiac but if those are negative try avoiding gluten for at least 10 days ; then see how you react to gluten. See http://bit. Ly/1knpfe1
many with this issue only react to wheat. ...Read more

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Loose, green stool, stomach cramps, bloating and lasting for over 4 days?

Loose, green stool, stomach cramps, bloating and lasting for over 4 days?

Bring stool to MD: Save a sample of this liquid stool in a clean sealed jar and bring to your md's office to test. You've likely aquired an infection... ...Read more

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I had a colon resection 1 ago (2' removed) I have put on 30 pds @ I'm either constipated or have loose pencil like stool, gas bloating?

I had a colon resection 1 ago (2' removed) I have put on 30 pds @ I'm either constipated or have loose pencil like stool, gas bloating?

How much do you: Eat? The amount of weight is a factor of eating and exercise. The alteration in stool consistency needs to be treated. This could be helped by such things as fiber and water. Metamucil or miralax (polyethylene glycol) may help. See your GI doctor and get help in this regard. ...Read more

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I have loose mucousy stools but flatulence and bloating. What could this be?

I have loose mucousy stools but flatulence and bloating. What could this be?

Malabsorption: Malabsorption. Also how long you have it. What is your usual diet? What meds you are on? Any concurrent intestinal disease? All matter. If condition is persistent with weight loss. See a gastroenterologist. Goodluck. ...Read more

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What can cause you to have left arm pain, bloating and loose stool?

What can cause you to have left arm pain, bloating and loose stool?

Unlikely connected: It is not likely all these symptoms have a common cause. You should see your doctor and discuss your symptoms. ...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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I have abdominal bloating and loose stools everyday for over 4month; what are the differences between IBS and chronic colitis?

I have abdominal bloating and loose stools everyday for over 4month; what are the differences between IBS and chronic colitis?

See MD if chronic: Many causes chronic diarrhea/bloat- many treatable/reversible so wud seek MD after discontinue milk/milk products, artificial sugar and sodas& caffeine for couple weeks as these are common culprits. Red flags for urgent attention: blood, fever. weight loss, anemia. Pain relieved w BM is major distinction of IBS from chronic diarrhea, and "colitis" generally reserved for ulcerative colitis/Crohn's
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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 feel bloating, gas, and have loose stools. I only go once a day. Took gastrolyte. But now I haven't pooped in 3 days, feel bloated and gassy?

I feel bloating, gas, and have loose stools. I only go once a day. Took gastrolyte. But now I haven't pooped in 3 days, feel bloated and gassy?

Insuff Informatio: Do you get enough fiber in your diet? Recommended 15-25 grams/day. The question is too broad, you should see GI MD. Have you had recent Antibiotics? Did you poss eat some bad food? How long has this been going on? Could this be viral? Make appointment w GI MD. ...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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Can spastic colon come without strong pain, what I experience is loose stools, change in stool caliber, trapped gas and bloating, discomfort?

Can spastic colon come without strong pain, what I experience is loose stools, change in stool caliber, trapped gas and bloating, discomfort?

Yes: However other conditions can cause your symptoms too. Lactose intolerance can develop in later years, as can some infectious diseases. Spastic colon is often a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning you need to rule out other causes before coming to your diagnosis. It's always a good idea to get an exam and confirm the diagnosis with your physician. ...Read more

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I suffer from IBS symptoms. The last week I've had extreme amts of painful gas, bloating, loose stools, and cramps. Is standard ibs?

I suffer from IBS symptoms. The last week I've had extreme amts of painful gas, bloating, loose stools, and cramps. Is standard ibs?

IBS: These can be symptoms consistent with ibs, you can always have another process going on in addition such as infection or food intolerances. ...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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I have had IBS like symptoms since starting levonorgestrel + ethinylestradiol birth control. Could this cause gas, bloating and loose stools?

I have had IBS like symptoms since starting levonorgestrel + ethinylestradiol birth control. Could this cause gas, bloating and loose stools?

IBS: oral bc cause?: Oral bcp's are just a version of what your body goes through hormonally during a regular (non-pill) cycle. IBS can be caused by stress of any kind, or by viral/bacterial gastroenteritis. Bcp's are not involved in causing IBS, but taking them irregularly can activate endometriosis by causing estrogen levels to vary in strength. Implants in the colon are common and can lead to IBS symptoms. ...Read more

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27yo female: pain below navel, across her lower stomach and up her left side w/ exhaustion, bloating, some vomiting, gas, loose stool. 2 weeks duration?

27yo female: pain below navel, across her lower stomach and up her left side w/ exhaustion, bloating, some vomiting, gas, loose stool. 2 weeks duration?

Have abdominal exam: It's time to see your doctor if this has not been relieved in 2 weeks. A complete abdominal exam will help solve the dilemma, as well as a food jounal to rule out something that you've eat, or could possibly be allergic to that's causing the bloating, or something else altogether. Drinking alcohol can factor into this too. So, get this checked out soon, and you'll start feeling better. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have major bloating a day after a rectal exam w/ lower back pain? Impacted w/ blood in stool, external/internal hemorrhoids, loose stool

Is it normal to have major bloating a day after a rectal exam w/ lower back pain? Impacted w/ blood in stool, external/internal hemorrhoids, loose stool

Depends: I would need to know more about your hx, and what exactly was done during the rectal exam. If you had invasive type of procedure--lower GI series where a barium enema is introduced into anus--or a flexible sigmoidoscopy/colonoscopy--then cramping or bloating are to be expected for 4-24 hrs. If you are having further difficulties, consult with dr who ordered, or performed tests. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do I find out what is causing bloating and loose stools (not diarrhea or watery)?

How do I find out what is causing bloating and loose stools (not diarrhea or watery)?

Abdominal bloating: There are lots of reasons (some quite concerning) for abdominal discomfort /bloating, but not all of them are due to the GI tract. Also, functional syndromes may be present without underlying inflammation or structural pathology to account for associated altered stools. Check with your doctor for examination ; treatment options, particularly since your problem sounds like it is ongoing. ...Read more

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Bloating, loose stools/constipation & nausea come &go (days w/no symptoms, then multiple days w/symptoms) Ovarian Cancer? Do symptoms come/go? Paranoid

Bloating, loose stools/constipation & nausea come &go (days w/no symptoms, then multiple days w/symptoms) Ovarian Cancer? Do symptoms come/go? Paranoid

Cancer unlikely: It is unlikely that your symptoms are due to ovarian cancer. Irritable bowel is more likely. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor for an evaluation.
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Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
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80 y/o w/new onset loose stool after breakfast & dinner x 3 months. Good energy, no nausea, no abd pain or bloating. Needs 2 see md but most likely cause?

80 y/o w/new onset loose stool after breakfast & dinner x 3 months. Good energy, no nausea, no abd pain or bloating. Needs 2 see md but most likely cause?

Microscopic colitis: Elderly individuals can develop a form of colitis known as microscopic/collagenous colitis that can lead to chronic diarrhea of varying severity. A colonoscopy with biopsies makes the diagnosis. Treatment varies with the degree of diarrhea. ...Read more

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I have asymptomatic chronic hepatitis and lactose intolerance. Despite diet changes, I've had an abdominal bloating issue for a year. Sometimes loose stools and pain on palpation. Suggestions?

Few suggestions...: There is probably no relationship between your chronic hepatitis and abdominal bloating. Bloating is a non-specific symptom that could be caused by many things. Probiotics and low-fodmaps diet (www. Ibsfree. Net) are two suggestions to try. Because of the duration of the symptoms I suggest you see a gastroenterologist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Loosed/mushy stools for months, constant bloating, fatigue, loss of appetite & weight. No rectal bleeding or pain. Anxious about colon cancer. I'm 25.

Loosed/mushy stools for months, constant bloating, fatigue, loss of appetite & weight. No rectal bleeding or pain. Anxious about colon cancer. I'm 25.

Rare but possible: At 25 it would be very unusual to develop colorectal cancer and almost always would be related to an inherited family predisposition like having 2 or more first degree family members with colorectal cancer, ovarian or endometrial cancer or someone with a lot of polyps. At your age these symptoms are usually not cancer but you absolutely see your doctor for a check up ...Read more

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Loose/mucus stool and constipation. Abdominal bloating and sometimes pain. No sex but touch bf & he ejac. Hand dried & I touched outer vag lips- preg?

Loose/mucus stool and constipation. Abdominal bloating and sometimes pain. No sex but touch bf & he ejac. Hand dried & I touched outer vag lips- preg?

Extremely unlikely.: From the circumstances you describe it would be nearly impossible to become pregnant. If there is a chance that there had been any penetration with ejaculation or even pre-ejaculate (small amount of liquid from the tip of the penis) it would be best to get a pregnancy test to be sure.
There are many causes for your abdominal symptoms and would advise visiting your doctor if they don't resolve. ...Read more

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What would the workup b 4 right lower abdominal pain, bloating, constipation/loose stools, lower back ache, pressure in abdomen?

What would the workup b 4 right lower abdominal pain, bloating, constipation/loose stools, lower back ache, pressure in abdomen?

An understanding of: Anatomy, more detailed history about specifics, careful examination focusing on probabilities along with educating you about the issues, options for differentiation of possible reasons, treatment options & how to evaluate them, along with $, timing issues & likely outcomes of different options. Seek out assistance worthy of your trust; may be difficult to find due to knowledge, time & $ issues. ...Read more

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Age 27 - loss of appetite for 2 weeks, belching, bloating, early satiety, loose stool - probability of stomach cancer? No pain or vomiting.

Age 27 - loss of appetite for 2 weeks, belching, bloating, early satiety, loose stool - probability of stomach cancer? No pain or vomiting.

GI illness: Stomach cancer would be at the bottom of the list of possibilities for a 27 year old. You need to be seen by a GI doctor who may want to perform esophagogastroscopy (EGD). Or you might want to start out with your family doctor and go from there. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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If I had IBS or IBD, would I have diarrhea all day/everyday? Sometime have loose stools 1-2 a day. Occasional bloating/stomach ache/gas. Lactose?

If I had IBS or IBD, would I have diarrhea all day/everyday? Sometime have loose stools 1-2 a day. Occasional bloating/stomach ache/gas. Lactose?

Diarrhea: If you have either of those, your stools would not necessarily have to be liquid all the time. If this has been going on for a while, you should see your doctor or a gastroenterologist to try to sort it out. Good luck. ...Read more

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