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Is having orange oily stools (steatorrhea) serious?

Is having orange oily stools (steatorrhea) serious?

Get it checked.: Foods that can cause orange stools: sweet potatoes, carrots, winter squash, cilantro, thyme, kale, spinach, turnip greens & collards. Artificial food coloring & some meds (antacids) are other reasons. Inadequate bile, gallstones, blocked bile ducts, irritable bowel & diarrhea are possibilities especially with symptoms like diarrhea, constipation or abd.Discomfort. Stooling change warrants eval. ...Read more

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Is oily stool a sign of malabsorption

Possibly: It is more likely indicative of a bad dietary intake. ...Read more

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Loose stools oily feces , headaches, ligthaded, dizziness for 10 days?

Loose stools oily feces , headaches, ligthaded, dizziness for 10 days?

Likely an infection: Clear liquids for 24 hours is a good first line home treatment for diarrhea, but if you have been ill for 10 days it is time to be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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Could food allergies cause bloody, mucousy, floating stools?

Could food allergies cause bloody, mucousy, floating stools?

Yes: A type of food allergy that is mediated by immune cells can cause colitis especially in children and presents with bloody stool, abdominal pain. A more severe life threatening variation of this type of food allergy is called fpies or food protein induced enterocolitis syndrome. It is more aggressive and also found in children. Of note, those conditions are diagnosed after excluding infections. ...Read more

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Nauseous with oily, greasy loose stool- food poisoning?

Nauseous with oily, greasy loose stool- food poisoning?

Greasy Stool: Greasy, foul stools sounds like any event that result in a poorly digested meal. Any meal that is poor digested will be loose. A high fat diet with a poorly functioning gallbladder will also give the exact same symptoms. ...Read more

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Stool problem - constipation, diarrhea and slime?

Stool problem - constipation, diarrhea and slime?

Time to see a doctor: Constipation is the opposite of diarrhea. If you are alternating between the two, it is best to see your internist as there are medical conditions that may present that way. ...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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My son is experiencing thin, pencil-like stools, foul smelling stools, constipation and bloating or abdominal fullness.

My son is experiencing thin, pencil-like stools, foul smelling stools, constipation and bloating or abdominal fullness.

See your doctor: I would suggest seeing your child's doctor for an abdominal exam and a more thorough history. If he is constipated you can start with 4oz of prune juice daily until he is seen. ...Read more

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Symptoms: dark loose stools, difficult/incomplete evacuation, severe abdominal distention from trapped gas, mucous. Diagnosed IBS. I think Proctitis?

Symptoms: dark loose stools, difficult/incomplete evacuation, severe abdominal distention from trapped gas, mucous. Diagnosed IBS. I think Proctitis?

Typical IBS symptoms: As you suspect, these symptoms indeed are consistent with irritable bowel syndrome. But they aren't particularly suggestive of proctitis (inflmmation of the rectum). Inflammatory bowel disease (e.g. Crohn's disease) can cause similar symptoms as IBS, and also can cause proctitis. So I suggest you raise these questions with the doctor who diagnosed IBS then follow her advice. Good luck! ...Read more

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Long thin diarrhea, undigested food in stool, gallstones, sign of gallbladder cancer?

Long thin diarrhea, undigested food in stool, gallstones, sign of gallbladder cancer?

Unlikely: Gall bladder cancer is uncommon. Please consult this site for information. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gallbladder-cancer/basics/definition/con-20023909 ...Read more

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Ibs. Sometimes have hard bms. Sometimes soft loose. Sometimes very mushy green bile. Water looks very greasy oily. What causes this?

Ibs. Sometimes have hard bms. Sometimes soft loose. Sometimes very mushy green bile. Water looks very greasy oily. What causes this?

Bowel movements: The color in character of bowel movements can vary with diet. If you feel you had a change in bowel habits and or noticed blood in your stools then i suggest immediate evaluation by your physician. ...Read more

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Bloating excessive gas occasional diarrhea and dry stools,not anaemic, stool test normal and no weight loss, could it be bowel cancer? I'm 24

Bloating excessive gas occasional diarrhea and dry stools,not anaemic, stool test normal and no weight loss, could it be bowel cancer? I'm 24

Too young toworry: Colon cancer would be the last thing you need to consider.it is rare in young people. You can ignore this for now.Only if this persists, you should go see a physician and let him/her help you.Unless there is rectal bleeding you do not need to think Cancer! ...Read more

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I either have diarrhea or constipation. Black stool (once) Pains. Brown mucus & gas w/ constipation Little blood. Bloating. Nausea. Tired. ideas?

I either have diarrhea or constipation. Black stool (once) Pains. Brown mucus & gas w/ constipation Little blood. Bloating. Nausea. Tired. ideas?

Medical eval needed.: These changes in bowel habitus are not normal. Black stool - if tarry & malodorous could represent bleeding. The obvious blood in stool also warrants assessment. You need assessment to see if you have an inflammatory or infectious condition that is causing these changes. Take care. ...Read more

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What foods cause orange oily fat in stool?

What foods cause orange oily fat in stool?

Fatty Foods.: Not normal to have orange oily fat in stools. Body usually absorbs 100% of fats consumed. There is something wrong, either medications like 'orlistat' or Alli, or deficiencies of enzymes are causing this. Sometimes a parasitic infection can cause this. See your doctor about it. ...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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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

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Could having orange oily stools (steatorrhea) be a serious issue?

Could having orange oily stools (steatorrhea) be a serious issue?

Vitamin Deficiencies: Vitamins A, D, E, K are fat-soluble and having steatorrhea could mean you would not be absorbing these vitamins and could result in deficiencies on these vitamins. ...Read more