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Loose stools or diarrhea each day for 2wks now. Help?

Loose stools or diarrhea each day for 2wks now.  Help?

See a doctor: If your diarrhea is persistent after several weeks, you should be evaluated. ...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 to take for a loose stool and gassy stomach?

What to take for a loose stool and gassy stomach?

Depends: If these are brand new symptoms you may have contracted a viral gastroenteritis. This should settle down after a few days. Immodium ad may be helpful. If they have been going on for a while it may be a food intolerance (milk intolerance from lactase deficiency?). See your doctor to discuss if this has lasted for more than a few days. ...Read more

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For about a week, loose and solid yellowish-green stools. Diet hasn't changed. Some rectal discomfort and bleeding when wiping. Cause for concern?

For about a week, loose and solid yellowish-green stools.  Diet hasn't changed.  Some rectal discomfort and bleeding when wiping.  Cause for concern?

Bleed on wiping: Could be due to anal fissure or hemorrhoid. Try to take laxatives for a week and see if the bleeding abates. If not, may need to see your pcp. ...Read more

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Stomach cramps, green diarrhea for a week and urge to urinate?

Stomach cramps, green diarrhea for a week and urge to urinate?

See doctor: For an evaluation, as there may be a number of causes ANS has not resolved in a week. ...Read more

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I keep getting constipated for a week and than have loose bowels for a few days and back to constipation. Is this normal? What is it?

I keep getting constipated for a week and than have loose bowels for a few days and back to constipation. Is this normal? What is it?

IBS: Alternating constipation and loose stools in a young female aligns with a pattern of irritable bowel syndrome (ibs). A doctor should be encountered, and with special gastroenterological attention. ...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, sress, 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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Hello. 26/male. My problem is excessive flatulence, bloating and occasionally loose foamy stools early in the morning for a few months. No blood/mucus?

Hello. 26/male. My problem is excessive flatulence, bloating and occasionally loose foamy stools early in the morning for a few months. No blood/mucus?

Excessive Flatulence: Thank you for informing about your residence in Rawalpindi,Pakistan. See an Internist for possible Diagnosis of-Traveler’s diarrhea, Food allergies, Food reactions, Lactose intolerance, Gastroenteritis, Malabsorption, Amoebic dysentery, Giardia, Hookworm infection, or Irritable bowel disease; have tests and treatment. Avoid: Fried and fatty foods Cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage Beans, legumes ...Read more

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20 month old with loose stool for a week?

20 month old with loose stool for a week?

Diarrhea: your child probably has a viral diarrhea caused by the Roto or Norovirus.Put your child on the Brat diet and make sure he is drinking electrolyte containing fluids, ...Read more

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Is frequent yellow solid stool and orange diarrhea with cramping nausea and losing 106 lb in 1.5 years a cause for concern?

Is frequent yellow solid stool and orange diarrhea  with cramping nausea and losing 106 lb in 1.5 years a cause for concern?

Yes.: Yes. It's concerning, and should be evaluated by a physician in person. It would be best to schedule a visit with your doctor (and board certified physician in Family Medicine or Internal Medicine is your best starting point) as soon as possible. In the meantime I suggest keeping a food and beverage diary along with writing down when you use the restroom and describing your experiences. ...Read more

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I began antibiotics for a skin infection. A few days in had green soft stools. Now have light brown formed stools. With abdominal cramping. Cdiff?

I began antibiotics for a skin infection. A few days in had green soft stools. Now have light brown formed stools. With abdominal cramping. Cdiff?

Not C diff yet: To have soft stools only a few days into the course of antibiotics and then to have those stools regress back to formed stool, I do not suspect C. diff yet. I would expect C. diff to start a bit later, perhaps 5-7 days or more into the course of medication. My guess is that you are having a direct antibiotic side effect. Of course, if symptoms continue or worsen, check with your doctor. ...Read more

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I've been having intestinal gurgling on and off for a week. Occasional mild nausea, no vomiting. Loose stools and gas pain too. Any ideas?

I've been having intestinal gurgling on and off for a week. Occasional mild nausea, no vomiting. Loose stools and gas pain too. Any ideas?

Sounds like you: probably have a stomach virus. Try some pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) for relief-it will turn your stools black in color. You can take pepto as long as you're not pregnant. Eat a bland diet next few days,or even clear liquids(like gatorade) and see if this helps. If symptoms persist,see your Dr. ...Read more

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Is having one or two single loose stools (not diarrhea) a week IBS? I treated myself with loperamide. Now constipated and I have mucus? IBS?

Is having one or two single loose stools (not diarrhea) a week IBS? I treated myself with loperamide. Now constipated and I have mucus? IBS?

IBS more complex: While loose stools and constipation can be part of the picture of IBS- simply based upon those 2 symptoms one cannot make a diagnosis of IBS. It is more complex so I recommend you see a physician so that an full history with blood tests, stool tests, and other diagnostics can be run so that a complete workup can be performed. www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi Key Code: PDXFNR ...Read more

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No BM for a week then severe gas pains in my lower abdomen every evening for following week. Loss of appetite. Now BM only with colon cleanse.

No BM for a week then severe gas pains in my lower abdomen every evening for following week. Loss of appetite. Now BM only with colon cleanse.

Constipation: If you have seen your doctor and he has determined that your constipation is not due to a process of concern, than the most common cause, seen more in young women, is a sluggish colon. Recommendations to treat this are : increase fiber, hydrate well. If this does not work, or if you feel worse than stop fiber and replace with Miralax (polyethylene glycol). Make sure your MD is following you ...Read more

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I have diarrhea and dysentery since two days. Stomach ache and loose motions. I ate outside food a few days back. Please suggest a remedy.

I have diarrhea and dysentery since two days. Stomach ache and loose motions. I ate outside food a few days back. Please suggest a remedy.

Gastroenteritis: This is often viral and should clear up spontaneously. If food poisoning, the same is likely. If you develop fever, do not get better within 5 days or develop other symptoms or feel as if you are becoming dehydrated see a doctor. ...Read more

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Prescribed z-pack for 7 days for travelers diarrhea. Had normal stools until last day of z-pack, then had very loose stools. 1month since the end of my z-pack and I still have loose stools. Already taking probiotics. Can loose stools last this long?

Prescribed z-pack for 7 days for travelers diarrhea. Had normal stools until last day of z-pack, then had very loose stools. 1month since the end of my z-pack and I still have loose stools. Already taking probiotics. Can loose stools last this long?

Giardia? IBS?: Azithromycin is effective against only some causes of traveler's diarrhea, not all. But even without Rx, TD usually resolves entirely within a month. Lloose stools due to the antibiotic also should not last this long. You should be evaluated for other causes, such as giardia, an intestinal parasite common in some travelers. Also, new research shows that TD can trigger irritable bowel syndrome. ...Read more

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