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Why is my stools float and have I digested food?

Why is my stools float and have I digested food?

Malabsorption: Floating stools suggest a problem digesting fat (malabsorption). Assuming that you meant "undigested food" rather than "digested food, " that would also suggest a malabsorption problem. Problems causing this can include abnormal bacterial balance in the gut, or liver or small intestine problems. Primary care physician can evaluate & initiate a workup, if needed. ...Read more

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M south indian. Which foods are helpful in curing digestion problem? Some times it gets difficult for me to pass stool, then there will be pain on anus.

M south indian. Which foods are helpful in curing digestion problem? Some times it gets difficult for me to pass stool, then there will be pain on anus.

Constipation: Eat high fiber diet with fruits, vegetables, nuts, raisins, prunes, figs, and dates. Reduce milk and milk products and eat high fiber cereals. Drink 6-8 glasses of water daily. ...Read more

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If you have parasite do they always move in your stool? If they don't move is I just u digested food?

If you have parasite do they always move in your stool? If they don't move is I just u digested food?

There are: Various parasites, many of which you can't see without a microscope. Some parasites shed their eggs in the stool. Usually foreign material in your stool is either something you ate, or the result of normal metabolism by your gut bacteria. ...Read more

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My stool has been very sour smelling. I have food intolerances and diverticular disease, but otherwise digestion has been normal, cause?

My stool has been very sour smelling. I have food intolerances and diverticular disease, but otherwise digestion has been normal, cause?

Change in bowels: Odor, amount, color, frequency of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications & supplements ingested, gut flora (unique for each individual), additives (like blood), subtractions (like absent bile), infection, inflammation, & other factors. If stool pattern has changed, is unusual for you, & the change persists, or is accompanied by other symptoms, see your doctor pls. ...Read more

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Major digest/gyn issues-chronic. No luck doing food elimination diet. Dr now suggesting genova's cdsa (stool analysis). Heard of this? Good next step?

Major digest/gyn issues-chronic. No luck doing food elimination diet. Dr now suggesting genova's cdsa (stool analysis). Heard of this? Good next step?

Yes, should be useful: The genova cdsa is a great way to assess how your GI tract is functioning. It helps assess your balance of intestinal flora, whether you are producing adequate digestive enzymes, how well you are absorbing nutrients ; looks for markers of inflammation.
The fact that your doctor is ordering this suggests that he or she is well-qualified to help evaluate and treat your problems. ...Read more

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6 month old has loose stools, doesn't digest food well. No appetite for bottle about 10 oz perday for past 6 days. Fussy but no temperatute. What's this?

6 month old has loose stools, doesn't digest food well. No appetite for bottle about 10 oz perday for past 6 days. Fussy but no temperatute. What's this?

Gastroenteritis: Most likely viral gastroenteritis. Have pt drink clears like pedialyte, juice. Eat solids like applesauce and rice. Avoid formula for now. Restart formula when stools better and pt happier. ...Read more

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Have had bright red blood with white/yellow mucous and I digested food with water only coming out as stool. I'm 21. Hardly any stool has come out in a?

Have had bright red blood with white/yellow mucous and I digested food with water only coming out as stool. I'm 21. Hardly any stool has come out in a?

Red blood in stool: Blood passed rectally is abnormal. In your age bracket hemorrhoids, anal fissure or inflammatory disease of the rectum or colon are possible causes. The presence of mucus is nonspecific but can occur with irritable bowel syndrome as well as inflammatory bowel conditions including an acute infectious process. I think you be examined by a physician or gastroenterologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Can't digest food. Instant bloating, gas w/foul odor, loose or soft stool. Not one particular food causes it. Prone to yeast infec. Why? How to help?

Can't digest food. Instant bloating, gas w/foul odor, loose or soft stool. Not one particular food causes it. Prone to yeast infec. Why? How to help?

See a GI doctor: You need to be examined and perhaps undergo stool examinations and endoscopy. This sounds serious and you should not wait long before seeing somebody. Good luck and get better. ...Read more

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My digestion is not proper. Food particles can be seen n stool. Am taking enough food but feeling tired everytime. And vomiting yellow bile in morning.

My digestion is not proper. Food particles can be seen n stool. Am taking enough food but feeling tired everytime. And vomiting yellow bile in morning.

Inadequate data: Do you have weight loss? Are the food particles vegetable such as corn and celery or do you see other food particles? How long have you had morning vomiting? Is it associated with nausea? Do you have any chronic diseases, take any medications or over the counter supplements, or have you had any abdominal surgeries? Are your menses regular and predictable? We need more data. Symptomatic therapy ok. ...Read more

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Constantly dehyrdrated;drink water;can't digest some foods/skins;get bloated;gas pains; back pain bad at night/early morning;inconsistent stool.???

Constantly dehyrdrated;drink water;can't digest some foods/skins;get bloated;gas pains; back pain bad at night/early morning;inconsistent stool.???

Get examined: Your symptoms required a medicial examination- not online answers-get a full medical, and GI evaluation. Consider a CT scan of the abdomen- don't look for answers online- these issues require medical attention. ...Read more

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Blood and un-digested peas in stools (I haven't eaten anything red so 99% sure it's blood. Should I be alarmed?

Blood and un-digested peas in stools (I haven't eaten anything red so 99% sure it's blood. Should I be alarmed?

Possibly: You should see your doctor and find out why you are bleeding. Your condition mentions pregnancy. If you are pregnant this could be due to hemorrhoids. I suggest you call the doctor tomorrow assuming it is not a lot of blood so you can be checked.
best wishes. ...Read more

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Explain why fatty stools result from the absence of digestion?

Explain why fatty stools result from the absence of digestion?

Fat in stool: Fatty stools usually can be caused by poor absorbtion of fats because of lack of pancreatic enzymes or by pathology oif the small bowel.Thborough evaluation of these area is required. ...Read more

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Why there are vege and carrot in 2 year old stool? Digestion problem?

Why there are vege and carrot in 2 year old stool? Digestion problem?

Fiber: Our body cannot digest fiber, which is found in fruits, veggies & grains. If the food was not chewed up enough, it is possible to see pieces of veggies in stool. Fiber is very important for keeping your digestive system healthy but be sure that food with fiber are chewed enough to release other nutrients that we can absorb & to prevent choking. If there is a significant change in stools, see doc. ...Read more

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I have very small amount of stool nd not in time, plus I have stress nd anxiety. Plz suggests me exact medicine for healthy digestion. Thanks?

I have very small amount of stool nd not in time, plus I have stress nd anxiety. Plz suggests me exact medicine for healthy digestion. Thanks?

Sounds like: Your constipated. Try to stay hydrated, remain active and increase your fiber intake. Also try to find something to aid in stress reduction like meditation or yoga or prayer. Also try to optimize your sleep, this should help too. It may also benefit you if you avoid caffeine for now if your really anxious. ...Read more

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I don't seem to digest veggies (i see them in stool) I have diverticular disease, is it best just to avoid them then so as not to get stuck in pouches?

I don't seem to digest veggies (i see them in stool) I have diverticular disease, is it best just to avoid them then so as not to get stuck in pouches?

No reason: There's no data to suggest you avoid any foods, just because you have diverticulosis (which, btw, most north americans do by age 35.)eat a balanced diet with whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Stay well hydrated. A daily bulk laxative wouldn't hurt (e.g. Fibrecon etc.) good luck. ...Read more

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Why don't I digest any vegtables? I know some things r hard to digest but this is crazy. Chunks of carrots, peppers, mushrooms. Stool tests normal.

Why don't I digest any vegtables? I know some things r hard to digest but this is crazy. Chunks of carrots, peppers, mushrooms. Stool tests normal.

Need better chewing: In order to see chunks of vegetables in the stool, a person has to swallow chunks of vegetables. One can try chewing his food thoroughly, and then see if his stools become normal. For example, a person eating mashed potatoes never sees chunks of potato in his stool. ...Read more

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Hey! 25 male here I'm a very paniced person ive had digestion problems stool is complete and brown but it smells sometimes I'm afraid of pancreatic C!

Hey! 25 male here I'm a very paniced person ive had digestion problems stool is complete and brown but it smells sometimes I'm afraid of pancreatic C!

Medical Anxiety: Many folk suffer from it. You may have heard about stool signs - do document them in detail for awhile and report to your Dr. But w/out other signs, it probably isn't. CBT therapists who specialize in Health Psych can help you understand all this and learn skills to lessen it as well as how to live healthily - i.e., soda is a culprit for that cancer. It can also target panic symptoms. Think on it. ...Read more

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I've been on a high fibre diet at doctors advice because of condition that waiting on colonoscopy to determine. Now stool has U digested vegi's often. Is it because high fibre? Does it matter? Stay with same fibre intake or could it be harmful?

I've been on a high fibre diet at doctors advice because of condition that waiting on colonoscopy to determine. Now stool has U digested vegi's often. Is it because high fibre? Does it matter? Stay with same fibre intake or could it be harmful?

Of course, Hi-fiber=: Lots of plant material (cellulose of cell wall, not membranes), which humans cannot break down (ruminant animals use bacteria in stomach to do this). Thus this material adds bulk, is filling, binds water & ↑es transit, helps prevent constipation, possibly colon cancers & diverticuli (if don't delay evacuation too long). ...Read more

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I have foul smelling stool of irregular consitancy with partially digested vegetable fibers. Also unusual flatulance. What diagnostic tests to do?

I have foul smelling stool of irregular consitancy with partially digested vegetable fibers. Also unusual flatulance. What diagnostic tests to do?

New?: Any change in diet, alteration in gut flora (antibiotics), or purgative agents may change your stool pattern & odor. Not everything bought in a health food store, or "natural" products (however well intentioned), may agree or be entirely safe. Testing, per your question, is also possible for maldigestion/malabsorption, bacterial overgrowth, infection, inflammation, alteration in gut transit, more. ...Read more

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Persistent foul smelling stool. I eat balanced diet + lots of vegs&fruits, exercise regularly. Take min&vit&omega supps. Poor digestion? Next step?

Possible Allergy: You may not be able to digest certain foods. Try keeping a food diary and see if a pattern or certain food causes problems, if so, avoid. Also you may need to try digestive enzymes like beano for vegetables and lactaid for dairy products. Also make sure you are eating plenty of probiotic foods to aid in digestion as well. ...Read more

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My weight is balanced but my digestion system is poor and stool emptying is not proper, pass gases very often and have some extra tummy. What to do?

My weight is balanced but my digestion system is poor and stool emptying is not proper, pass gases very often and have some extra tummy. What to do?

Diet modification: Try modifying your diet by eating more fiber in your diet in the form of fruits and vegetables. Also eat high fiber complex grain cereals. In addition cut down on milk and milk products. ...Read more

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I have 10 months baby whenever eats somthing it doesn't digest it ad he does green stool his stool tests also says bacteria flora present and epithelia?

Can be normal: There are foods that babies do not digest fully- corn is one. Raisins and carrots also tend to come out undigested. I am not clear about the test results.. Bacteria flora can be normal bacteria that belong in the gut or bacterial overgrowth that isn't normal. Probiotics can be helpful. Pay attention to diet. Dairy can be very aggravating to children's intestines. A GI specialist may be helpful. ...Read more

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