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I am experiencing abdominal obesity and black tar-colored stools. The following also describe me: Weight gain and Obesity. What should I do?

I am experiencing abdominal obesity and black tar-colored stools. The following also describe me: Weight gain and Obesity. What should I do?

Examination: See your GP or a Gastroenterologist immediately. Bleeding (black tar colored stool) demands immediate investigation. ...Read more

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Obesity (Definition)

Having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person's weight is greater than what's considered healthy for ...Read more


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60 obese lady highsugar heavy bleeding after manapause uterus stick with intestine surgery rcomendd but surgeon will attach stool bag severe pain what?

60 obese lady highsugar heavy bleeding after manapause uterus stick with intestine surgery rcomendd but surgeon will attach stool bag severe pain what?

Colostomy: It is hard to judge whether or not you need a colostomy (stool bag) from the limited details you gave. In fact, it is more of a decision that might have to be made in the operating room. Generally though, if your colon can be prepped adequately, you shouldn't really need a colostomy. If you were having a total colectomy with ileoanal pull through, you could need an ileostomy temporarily. ...Read more

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Does obesity make people incontinent of feces?

Does obesity make people incontinent of feces?

No: While morbid obesity can result in a variable degree of urinary incontinence, especially in women, it does not cause fecal incontinence. If you have developed fecal incontinence you should see your primary care physician, who can initiate the appropriate work-up and refer you to a specialist if indicated. ...Read more

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I'm 24 obesse female with pcos recently diagnosed idiopathic intercranial hypertension I had problems for years bowels now orange watery stools?

I'm 24 obesse female with pcos recently diagnosed idiopathic intercranial hypertension I had problems for years bowels now orange watery stools?

Stools: Kinda sounds like some fat malabsorption going on. Have you recently been started on metformin? The main concern would be that the color you are seeing has blood in it. Probably time to have your doc check a hemoccult for blood in your stool ...Read more

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Flat knee cap obese need someone to fix knee in obese state urgent?

Flat knee cap obese need someone to fix knee in obese state urgent?

Is your knee joint: Swollen? If it is red, hot, tender, painful or you have a fever - would want to get seen asap. ...Read more

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I'm obese, can it cause tightness in my chest while laying flat on back? Had EKG done everything came back normal.

I'm obese, can it cause tightness in my chest while laying flat on back? Had EKG done everything came back normal.

Yes: Obesity can cause pressure on your lungs and airway causing chest tightness and pressure. However, obesity is also a risk factor for heart disease. If your chest pain persists, or if you have not had an EKG recently, then it is best to go to the Urgent Care or ER to rule out a heart attack. ...Read more

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5'6" 21yr old, 205lb, muscular, flat tummy, big thighs, can't loose weight at all, workout hour daily. What should my calorie intake be? & am I obese?

5'6" 21yr old, 205lb, muscular, flat tummy, big thighs, can't loose weight at all, workout hour daily. What should my calorie intake be? & am I obese?

You decide: Ideal weight" charts are based on fallacies. If we believed them, then most triathletes would be "underweight" and most professional football players -- fantastic athletes -- would be "overweight." your ideal weight is whatever looks and feels right to you and enables you to perform your chosen sport (s) best. ...Read more

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Apart from a mass or obstruction what could cause a flat stool.

Apart from a mass or obstruction what could cause a flat stool.

Flat stool: Flat stool shape may occur in people with irritable bowel syndrome and infrequently with diverticulitis possibly related to spasm. These would be temporary occurrences, and with persistently flat stools, especially if a change in the prior usual stool shapes, colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy would be indicated to check for obstructing lesions like growths or scarring of the colon. ...Read more

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I have flat stool mixed with some normal stool? Should I be worried about cancer?

I have flat stool mixed with some normal stool? Should I be worried about cancer?

Cancer unlikely: While it is possible, it is extremely rare to see colon cancer in a 26 year old. Colon ca can cause a mechanical obstruction resulting in narrow stool. It is a constant rather than intermittent problem. Change in bowel habits can result from dietary changes, dehydration, stress, as well as other diseases of the colon such as inflammatory bowel disease. Ask your doctor is it continues. ...Read more

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Flat stools for about 2 years. Sometimes loose stools. About every 2 weeks they're loose. Am I ok?

Flat stools for about 2 years. Sometimes loose stools. About every 2 weeks they're loose. Am I ok?

Colonoscopy: You have reached an age in which beginning routine colonoscopy every five years may be indicated. Discuss with your family doctor. The intermittant loose stools could be due to numerous issues, and would need more info and stool exam to tell whether further evaluation is indicated. See your doctor, and good luck. ...Read more

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Have internal hemorrhoid last 2 days and have noticed stool is flat on one side during this time. Is that normal for hemorroids to cause this?

Have internal hemorrhoid last 2 days and have noticed stool is flat on one side during this time. Is that normal for hemorroids to cause this?

No: We are born with hemorrhoid tissue and there are 3 that each have an internal and external component. They are soft and really should not affect the stool or its shape. ...Read more

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Occasional flat (ribbon like) stool. No pain ever, once or twice every couple months I have a little blood on outside of the tip of stool. Nofamhistory

Occasional flat (ribbon like) stool. No pain ever, once or twice every couple months I have a little blood on outside of the tip of stool. Nofamhistory

Muscle spasm: Occasional flat stools are usually a combination of soft stool and tight muscles. Consistently flat stools are of concern, especially if combined with needing to strain to pass stool or pain with passing stool. However, since you are having some bleeding an examination is indicated to make sure it is not something more important. ...Read more

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My stool has suddenly gone from round to flat, also it takes a long time to wipe enough to get clean. I'm a little worries but I have a healthy diet.?

My stool has suddenly gone from round to flat, also it takes a long time to wipe enough to get clean. I'm a little worries but I have a healthy diet.?

Need evaluation: Is the color of your stool a normal brown, or very dark or black? Is it hard to wipe off because it's sticky? If it's dark and sticky, it may be digested blood indicating an ulcer. Have you ever had a colonoscopy? You should call your doctor to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Why do I have oval flat shaped stools?

Depends: Has it always been that way or is it a recent change?
Any bleeding?
Any pain or cramping?
Family history of polyps or cancer?
Need more info to help advise you. ...Read more

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Dull very minor left lower quadrent pain flat stools sometimes diarea what can this be?

? change: Is this a change in your bowel usual pattern? Is the left sided abdominal pain new? If so, I urge you to see your physician for an evaluation. If this has been a pattern for years, it probably is due to an irritable bowel syndrome where alternating diarrhea and constipation occur and thus the shape and character of your stools vary. Learn what dietary factors influence your bowel patterns. ...Read more

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Stool is not exactly round. Maybe oval or flat-ish. But not ribbon like or anything. Not sure if this is new or if it has always been like this.

Normal variation: The issues to be concerned about would be black stool, string-like or absolutely flat, discolored stool (green, yellow). Add fiber, fresh fruit and vegetable with 8-10 glasses of water daily. ...Read more

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Can hemorrhoids cause flat stools?

Can hemorrhoids cause flat stools?

Yes: From edema (swelling) at the anal opening and thus deformation of the stool as you pass it (like toothpaste out of a tube). ...Read more

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Does gall bladder cause flat stools?

Does gall bladder cause flat stools?

No: Changes in the shape of stool indicate anal or rectal pathology, not gallbladder. ...Read more

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Why does IBS cause thin, flat stools?

Why does IBS cause thin, flat stools?

IBS And Stool: It very well may be how inflamed the intestines are at the time the food is ingested and how long it takes to circumnavigate the GI system. Swollen intestines are probably not absorbing the calories as well, fluids may not be absorbed fully and the texture of the stool then appears different than other's formed stool can be. ...Read more

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Flat stools for about 2years. No blood. No pain. Sometimes loose stools am I ok?

Change in stool: A change in the appearance of the stool warrants attention, even if you have seen no blood and have no pain. Suggest you see your doctor for examination and appropriate tests. Consider colonoscopy if you have not had one. ...Read more

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54 f change my diet drastically and started working out lost 23 lbs since 5/15 have ibs The last 2 weeks I'venoticed my stools softer and a bit flat?

54 f change my diet drastically and started working out lost 23 lbs since 5/15 have ibs The last 2 weeks I'venoticed my stools softer and a bit flat?

IBS: This is not unusual for IBS. You're at the age where a screening colonoscopy is recommended. This would reassure you that you have no colon pathology. If your stools are too soft, avoid harsh roughage in your diet. ...Read more

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