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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
It depends: Many people do have GI distress -- including diarrhea -- with anxiety. However, diarrhea can also result from other causes. If yours is "prolonged" [you don't say how long], it warrants a checkup with your primary care physician. In the meantime, please be sure to drink plenty of fluids (water, not soft drinks, etc). ...Read more
Why do voltaren (diclofenac) suppositories cause severe burning in my rectum? Is this normai? Or maybe due to prolonged diarrhea? I have to take suppositories because I can't tolerate oral voltaren (diclofenac) due to ulcer.
Could constip/distension after prolonged diarrhea cause sciatic/nerve irritation? 3 days now w/continuous (ie constant not crampy) bilateral calf pain. No unusual exercise. Hist of ibs, fasciculation
Could a chronic obstruction of gallbladder cause severe diarrhea, prolonged pain in the right shoulder, sudden drop of continuously elevated trigs?
Gallbladder: Do you have gallstones? Gallbladder obstruction from gallstones would usually cause significant right upper abdominal pain with nausea ; vomiting. Shoulder pain would only expected to be a minor issue. Severe diarrhea also not likely due to gallbladder but could be a result of antibiotics you have taken. Reduced triglycerides also more dietary related ; not expected to be due to the gallbladder. ...Read more
I am experiencing fatigue, dizziness (worsened by: when moving the head, sitting upright, prolonged standing) and diarrhea (severity: severe). T...
Why does coffee, cappuccino, and other caffeinated sources give me diarrhea after extended use? Sodas have also started having the same effect as well as certain foods.
Several possible: Diarrheic stools cause the body to lose bicarbonate, (sodium bicarbonate) and if sufficiently severe this will create metabolic acidosis. If the diarrhea is a manifestation of systemic disease this can produce a metabolic anion-gap acidosis. In either event a doctor should be seen asap. ...Read more
If you hold in diarrhea when you have stomach flu, could it prolong the illness? My stomach has been acting weird ever since I got over it.
No: This should not prolong the illness, but why not get rid of the dead tissues your body is trying to expel? ...Read more
Yes, it's possible: Anxiety and stress can result in many physical symptoms, including all those you list. However, it's also important to work with your primary care doctor to make sure no additional conditions may be part of the problem. There are good treatments for anxiety, including talk therapies as well as medications if needed. Of course you also want to review and simplify any sources of stress! ...Read more
Are two cases of prolonged hiccups (lasting 2 plus days) something to be concerned about? Latest preceded by stomach upset (mild diarrhea, etc.). Scrip provided by walk in clinic stopped them.
What's the cause?: "plugging up" diarrhea will not cure an infection, fix an inflammatory process, improve an ischemic gut, or correct a functional issue. Medical evaluation is recommended appropriate to the duration of your symptoms, associations (bleeding, weight loss, pain, vomiting), as well as your other medical co-morbidities. Call your doctor please and get checked. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
BRAT for acute runs: Start with bananas, rice (white), applesauce (has pectin), tea and toast (white)- easily absorbed. Fluids, not just water. Advance and add protein: miso soup goes down easy; add baked, boiled chicken, fish, potato, plain pasta; advance as tolerated. Add in cooked veggies (save salad and citrus for later). Chronic? See md probiotics, eg. S boulardii (florastor) can be helpful. Not better see doc. ...Read more
Gentle on GI track: If you have diarrhea drink water to hydrate yourself. You can also have clear soups / broths, unsweetened juices or oral rehydration solutions. You want to be gentle with your diet so that your GI track can recover. Stay away from dairy, leafy vegetables & most fruits initially. Caffeine & alcohol should be avoided as well as any dark carbonated beverages. Although it may seem bland to you, stay >. ...Read more
Depends on cause: Irritable bowel syndrome, condition involving recurrent abdominal pain and diarrhea or constipation, often associated with stress, depression, anxiety, or previous intestinal infection (diet and meds).Inflammatory bowel disease, crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, steroids and specific medications) viral gastroenteritis, fluids support and sometimes meds. Bacterial infection, antibiotic therapy. ...Read more