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Is soft stool healthy.

Is  soft stool healthy.

Can be: Soft stool can be a healthy finding. However, soft stool does not exclude the presence of other abnormalities, such as occult blood in the stool. ...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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What is diarrhea, loose motions, liquid stools?

What is diarrhea, loose motions, liquid stools?

Too much water: Diarrhea is stool that has not had its water reabsorbed back into the body. ...Read more

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Blood in stool rectal bleeding and alternating constipation and loose stool. Is it cancer?

Blood in stool rectal bleeding and alternating constipation and loose stool. Is it cancer?

Blood in stool: Suspicious but your age is in your favor unless a strong family history of colon or breast cancer. Likely another cause. I would see your PCP. ...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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Burning after bowle movement. Little blood in stools. Mucus blood on tissue paper. Stools constintly charging from diarea to loose stools very gassy?

Burning after bowle movement. Little blood in stools. Mucus blood on tissue paper. Stools constintly charging from diarea to loose stools very gassy?

Should get evaulated: Being a 26 y/o female, it is likely that you have irritable bowel syndrome and with the frequent loose stools can cause significant anal/perianal irritation, at times bleeding from it. If you have been having symptoms for yrs, ibs is likley. If this is new, something else maybe causing your symptoms such as ulcerative colitis etc..I recommend consulting your doc for an eval. Good luck. ...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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Soft fluffy non greasy stool after gallbladder surgery green and yellowish in color not greasy not diarrhea just loose consistency once a day?

Soft fluffy non greasy stool after gallbladder surgery green and yellowish in color not greasy not diarrhea just loose consistency once a day?

Avoid fatty foods: it is very common to have after GB surgery for few month. If troublesome watch what you eat. You may realize how much fat in some foods- regular milk can add to problem. ...Read more

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Bleeding in rectal, exam shows blood in stool & hemorrhoids, have loose stool, rare for solids. Can I use miralax (polyethylene glycol) safely to help loosen impacted stool?

Bleeding in rectal, exam shows blood in stool & hemorrhoids, have loose stool, rare for solids. Can I use miralax (polyethylene glycol) safely to help loosen impacted stool?

Yes you can: Use a dose (17 gm packets) daily, but also recommend you start taking supplemental fiber (like metamucil or equivalent) along with. This will help you be more regular naturally. Once you feel you have "cleaned out" somewhat - stop the MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) but continue the fiber on a daily basis. Also try warm soaks on your hemorrhoids, and topical creams with steroid (hc) may help, too. ...Read more

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Is "soft" stool and frequent bowel movement common with colitis?

Is "soft" stool and frequent bowel movement common with colitis?

Not always: If you have symptoms such as bloody stools or urge to go but nothing happens, or abdominal pain, or weight loss, then I'd be more suspicious for colitis. Nevertheless it would be a good idea to get your stool tested for inflammation and infection. ...Read more

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Is loose stools considered diarrhea?

Is loose stools considered diarrhea?

No absolute : Answer here, but most would consider very loose stool with a prominent watery component to be diarrhea. ...Read more

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Can a lack of insoluble fiber in diet for almost 8 months cause thin stools? And is a mushy but still formed stool considered loose or normal stool?

Can a lack of insoluble fiber in diet for almost 8 months cause thin stools? And is a mushy but still  formed stool considered loose or normal stool?

No: lack of fiber will make the stool harder and thicker fiber is important for a healthy vowels the stool you have is a reflection of your diet eat more healthy hydrate well and exercise ...Read more

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Constant abdominal pain relief when passing stool. Mucus in stool and loose stool. Physical exam, blood and stool test were negative. Is it IBS or IBD?

Constant abdominal pain relief when passing stool. Mucus in stool and loose stool. Physical exam, blood and stool test were negative. Is it IBS or IBD?

Either or other: Your symptoms are consistent with both irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease among others. I am not sure what physical exam means and it is very important HOW the stool blood test is done to be accurate. Start taking a daily fiber supplement and drink plenty of fluid. If symptoms persist you need to see a GI specialist and have at least a sigmoidoscopy or "short scope". ...Read more

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Orange watery stool? Abdominal crming, gasy, watery orange stool.Some solid stool, lack of energy.

Orange watery stool? Abdominal crming, gasy, watery orange stool.Some solid stool, lack of energy.

Hello. : Hello. I can’t diagnose the reason for your orange colored stool. Passing orange feces may mean the stool either isn’t absorbing or isn’t coming in contact with enough bile salt. This can happen if the stool is transiting too quickly through the colon. As a result of moving so rapidly, fluid is not be adequately reabsorbed through the colon which results in liquid feces. Sometimes the problem can be that bile isn’t getting through the bile ducts (i.e., like gallstones). Diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, gallstones & inflammation of the bile ducts are just a few possible reasons for orange stool. If you have been ingesting a lot of antacids that contain aluminum, that can also cause orange stools. Suggest you consult with your doctor on this one. ...Read more

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Colon cancer at 18 years old? Bloating Alternating stools constipation and diarrhea Green stool Change of bowel movement I feel fine though?

Colon cancer at 18 years old? 

Bloating
Alternating stools constipation and diarrhea 
Green stool
Change of bowel movement

I feel fine though?

Colon cancer: At your age colon cancer not likely. There are other more likely reasons for your symptoms such as irritable bowl or other. See your healthcare worker as it may be normal or you may have a reason for your symptoms. ...Read more

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Could impacted stool in large colon and rectum cause black stools?

Could impacted stool in large colon and rectum cause black stools?

Not likely: From the standpoint of the medical profession, black stools -called melena - are always assumed to be blood. Usually representing bleeding from stomach or "higher up" within the intestines. Colon bleeding usually is red. Unfortunately, bismouth containing medications can also cause black stool, but even with that type of product, one cannot be sure there is not bleeding also. Needs evaluation. ...Read more

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I'm having bloody stool, thin, pencil-like stools, blue stool, unintentional weight loss, feeling of unfinished bowel movement, mild abdominal pain?

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I'm having bloody stool, thin, pencil-like stools, blue stool, unintentional weight loss, feeling of unfinished bowel movement, mild abdominal pain?

Please see a GI Doc: You are describing symptoms of bowel obstruction. You should undergo a colonoscopy and a CT scan of your abdomen. At your young age, I would worry about Ulcerative Colotis or Crohn's disease, an autoimmune disease. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

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