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Iron tablets giving me bad stomach cramps and loose stools. Is this normal and when should it pass?

Iron tablets giving me bad stomach cramps and loose stools. Is this normal and when should it pass?

Common side effect: What you are experiencing are common side effects of oral iron. You may try a different preparation. If you can not tolerate oral iron talk to your doctor about taking it intravenously. Intravenous treatment can be done in one sitting. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. Get HPV vaccine Read more

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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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Dioerreha 3 times last Mon and 9 times this Mon with stomach cramps +mucus. Loose stools every day. Didn't go both Sundays could it be conspiation?

Dioerreha 3 times last Mon and 9 times this Mon with stomach cramps +mucus. Loose stools every day. Didn't go both Sundays could it be conspiation?

Diarrhea: There are many causes of diarrhea. This does not sound like constipation. Yours is associated with cramping and mucus. As this has been going on for 2 weeks, see your doctor for further evaluation to help sort out the cause. All the best and thank you for using Health Tap. Read more

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In the morning I have severe stomach cramps and loose stool. This will occur for a week or two and go away then come back. Otherwise healthy, no pain?

In the morning I have severe stomach cramps and loose stool. This will occur for a week or two and go away then come back. Otherwise healthy, no pain?

Get GI evaluation: It's difficult to say for sure without detailed history and exam, however your symptoms could be from excessive acid, irritable bowel or chronic inflammation. Start by seeing your PCP, who will then refer you to a GI specialist if indicated. You need to establish a relationship with a local primary care physician to help you get the best care available. Read more

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Swollen nodes in groin area, stomach cramps and loose stool for a week. Last night had an episode of vomiting. Unprotected sex 2 wks Ago. HIV?

Swollen nodes in groin area, stomach cramps and loose stool for a week. Last night had an episode of vomiting. Unprotected sex 2 wks Ago. HIV?

Unlikely. Get tested: Acute HIV seroconversion occurs "several " weeks after infection. Two weeks is a little early, but not impossible. I doubt HIV infection from unprotected sex two weeks earlier since these symptoms are not the typical symptoms of acute HIV seroconversion infection. The way to exclude it with complete certainty is to measure HIV viral load by PCR. Antibody tests are usually negative. Read more

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Crippling stomach cramps, dark green loose stool with blood what's going on?

Crippling stomach cramps, dark green loose stool with blood what's going on?

Get seen: Bloody diarrhea can be serious. Get seen as soon as possible. Sometimes what appears to be blood, is not. Blood. If you ate a lot of beets for example. But "better safe than sorry." Get this checked out. Read more

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What can be taken to relieve what appears to be a GI bug.......Stomach cramps, some nausea, loose stool?

What can be taken to relieve what appears to be a GI bug.......Stomach cramps, some nausea, loose stool?

FLUIDS PREVENT DEHYD: All you need is fluids to prevent dehydration, as most of these stomach bugs are self limiting and get better in 2to3 days drink fuids and eat brat diet wich is banana, rice, apple and toast, and gradually increse your diet. Read more

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This is third night I've developed a headache, then stomach cramps that lead to loose stools. I feel fine til evening. A 'bug' should last all day so?

This is third night I've developed a headache, then stomach cramps that lead to loose stools. I feel fine til evening. A 'bug' should last all day so?

Yes but????: This is only happening in the evenings. Are you at work during the day? Could something in your environment be causing this? Is it something you are consuming in the afternoon or evening hours? Any change in your medication? These are all things to look into and if symptoms persist, you definitely need to see a doctor for evaluation Read more

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Stomach cramps and diarhea for 4 days. Creamy yellow oily loose stools. What does this mean?

Stomach cramps and diarhea for 4 days. Creamy yellow oily loose stools. What does this mean?

Sounds like: A fat malabsorbtion problem which can be associated with a number of enteric viral infections! Check with your Primary Medical Care Provider if symtoms persist! In the meantime avoid fatty foods!! Hope this helps! Dr Z Read more

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Crippling stomach cramps, loose dark green stool with blood had it for just over a month but had blood for longer what's happening?

Crippling stomach cramps, loose dark green stool with blood had it for just over a month but had blood for longer what's happening?

GI: Given that you have noticed blood for 2-3 months. I think going to a GI specialist is your best bet. As specified by another physician, IBD at your age is most likely, and for that an actual clinic visit and tests are required! Good luck and please send me a message with what you find! Read more

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I have had loose stool for 1 week now. But it doesn't have a smell AT ALL. I have not been sick with any illness and no stomach cramps. This just star?

I have had loose stool for 1 week now. But it doesn't have a smell AT ALL. I have not been sick with any illness and no stomach cramps. This just star?

Watch and wait: If just loose stool without fever, nausea, vomiting, belly pain then stay well hydrated and watch it for now. Can add Gatorade for some electrolytes. Possibly a reaction to a new med, new food, etc. Watch it for now and if worsens talk to your doctor. Read more

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Stomach cramps sudden ergency of using restroom loose stool. Had a bad salad Tuesday was ok yesterday. Today same symptoms stomach bug?

Stomach cramps sudden ergency of using restroom loose stool. Had a bad salad Tuesday was ok yesterday. Today same symptoms stomach bug?

Gastroenetritis.: Did you have Total Colectomy? And why? With Colon partial or total removal and Gall bladder removal you are prone to loose BM. Stomach cramps and sudden loose stool may not be due to your medical condition. BUt Salad after more than 36 hours would not cause this problem. Drink electrolyte water and do not eat solid food. Read more

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Rectal Bleeding, but when urinating not defecating. Bright red and stomach cramps. Had diarrhea and loose stools so not straining at all.

Rectal Bleeding, but when urinating not defecating. Bright red and stomach cramps. Had diarrhea and loose stools so not straining at all.

? Fistula?: Bright red blood implies it the source of blood is very distal in your GI tract, probably a hemorrhoid. But you state that the blood is exiting the wrong orifice. See a surgeon or urologist or gynecologist to explore your anatomy. Yours seems odd! Read more

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Stomach cramps occasionally loose soft oily green stool with mucus some bright blood barely visible in mucus started 6 days ago bm 2-3 daily?

Stomach cramps occasionally loose soft oily green stool with mucus some bright blood barely visible in mucus started 6 days ago bm 2-3 daily?

Stomach flu?: You may be having a viral gastroenteritis in your locale. 2-3 stools/day are not enough to get dehydrated; so, just treat your symptoms, drink plenty fluids, eat foods that are well-tolerated, use good hand-washing hygiene, and allow a few more days for it to clear. If not improved in another week, then get back to us or see a clinician locally. Hope that helps. Read more

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I've had loose stools for 4 days straight no vomiting but also had stomach cramps back an head aches?

I've had loose stools for 4 days straight no vomiting but also had stomach cramps back an head aches?

Here are some...: Your grouped symptoms suggested you may get viral gastrointestinal infection or foods indigestion. For 4-day straight loose, especially with poor appetite (if any), you pay attention to possible dehydration. So, seek timely evaluation, treatment, counseling, & watching... How to sort all these related things out correctly has not to be that hard by working together with the doctor. Best wishes... Read more

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Have loose stool and stomach cramps after 2 days with low grade fever - flu? Treatable?

Have loose stool and stomach cramps after 2 days with low grade fever - flu? Treatable?

Flu: Take plenty of fluids and Tylenol (acetaminophen). If you are getting behind in your fluids, be seen in the ER for IV fluids. All the best and I hope you feel better soon. Read more

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea = increased frequency of stools which ...Read more