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Dr. Oscar Novick
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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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Had watery diarrhea with undigested food in it. About 6 hrs after eating it. Has happened multiple times in past 24 hrs, sharp lower abdominal pain?

Had watery diarrhea with undigested food in it. About 6 hrs after eating it. Has happened multiple times in past 24 hrs, sharp lower abdominal pain?

Enteritis: This sounds like an acute gastroenteritis. If it is, you should expect diarrhea, maybe fever, nausea, lack of appetite and cramping belly pain less than 1 week usually. Red flags to visit the doctor: blood in the vomit or stool, longer than 2 weeks and inability to drink fluids/dehydration ...Read more

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Chronic watery diarrhea with undigested food, fatigue, weight loss, joint pain, abdominal cramping, elevated platelet count.

Chronic watery diarrhea with undigested food, fatigue, weight loss, joint pain, abdominal cramping, elevated platelet count.

Probable: Malabsorption disorder. What you described fits with malaborption and the high platelet count may be an indication of iron deficiency. You should see your doctor for an evaluation as it is not feasible to arrive at a diagnosis without more history, physical examination, lab tests and may be imaging studies. ...Read more

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What causes occasional boughts of loose stools. Some watery a man late 60...These boughts happen mostly a few minuter after eating....?

What causes occasional boughts of loose stools. Some watery a man late 60...These boughts happen mostly a few minuter after eating....?

Many: Ibs, inflamatory bowel disease, infections, side effects of meds especially some meds like antibiotics and some otc supplements. Just to name a few. You need labs, stool sample and probably a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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I have watery loose stools for over a month now. Could I have pancreatic tumor? I had a colonoscopy 2 years ago and was normal. I am 27.

I have watery loose stools for over a month now. Could I have pancreatic tumor? I had a colonoscopy 2 years ago and was normal. I am 27.

Probably not: Pancreatic disorders may cause loose stool. They are not the most common cause. In the office, I would suggest a probiotic or yogurt daily as well as citrucel daily. You may also have a food allergy or sensitivity, consider keeping a food diary to track triggers. Medications frequently cause diarrhea- not sure you take any. Stool evaluation at your doctor's office may also help. ...Read more

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Are there c diff strains that don't cause watery d. Maybe loose stools or mushy liquid bms? Like once a day. Or 1-4x a day on some days.

Are there c diff strains that don't cause watery d. Maybe loose stools or mushy liquid bms? Like once a day. Or 1-4x a day on some days.

Maybe: Without knowing more about you, it's impossible to say. But persistent diarrhea as you prescribe warrants an evaluation by a doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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21 y/o female. I've been having stomach gurgling for a month and an urge to stools postprandial for 2 weeks now with loose stools but not watery?

21 y/o female. I've been having stomach gurgling for a month and an urge to stools postprandial for 2 weeks now with loose stools but not watery?

Colitis: This may be irritable bowel syndrome, gluten intolerance or intestinal infection. A stool sample should be sent for culture for pathogens as well as ova and parasites. An antispasmodic medication like bentyl (dicyclomine) can be prescribed. Before meals if you have irritable bowel syndrome. A gastroenterologist is best qualified to evaluate and treat you if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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I keep waking up between 5-6am needing to pass BM and anxiety feeling. Very loose stools, but not watery. Stomach seems fine rest of the day. IBS?

I keep waking up between 5-6am needing to pass BM and anxiety feeling. Very loose stools, but not watery. Stomach seems fine rest of the day. IBS?

Possibly IBS: And, if it is, you're fortunate it's not a problem during the day too. That's a good sign that it may be easier than some to treat. The mention of anxiety is also a good sign that if you can get it and the stress in your life under some good management it will be much better. Consider CBT therapy to address skills to avoid, reduce and manage anxiety - also carefully look at your diet. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Diarrhoea, loose stools since 3 years, brittle hair, skin pigmentation, PCOS, borderline anemia, low vit d, watery eyes. Is this auto-immune disease?

Diarrhoea, loose stools since 3 years, brittle hair, skin pigmentation, PCOS, borderline anemia, low vit d, watery eyes. Is this auto-immune disease?

Could be: These chronic symptoms are concerning enough to warrant further evaluation. See your primary doctor to discuss all your concerns and symptoms. At that point screening labs for autoimmune conditions can be drawn and a referral to a rheumatologist can be made if indicated. ...Read more

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Been having diarrhea with undigested food in it for over a month... what is wrong?

Been having diarrhea with undigested food in it for over a month... what is wrong?

Something....: Something is wrong in your intestine....GI system. Get your stool examined....that will give the clue.....how to treat. ...Read more

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Will not eat regular food. Relys on cups of milk to keep full. And when he does eat regular food it comes out in diarrhea with undigested food (whole)?

Will not eat regular food. Relys on cups of milk to keep full. And when he does eat regular food it comes out in diarrhea with undigested food (whole)?

Good problems: The first thing to do is to see how your child has been growing. There are standard growth charts to check his growth over time. Does he have a regular doc that you bring him to. Is he concerned? The reasons for a kid to "fail to thrive" are myriad and if he is falling off his growth curves it demands a thorough work up. By the way, milk is a great food. Take him to Phoenix which has a great Chil ...Read more

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(for 14 yr old daughter) Is it normal that she has diarrhea with undigested food like (lettuce) to happen during the last days of her period? (Day 5/6

(for 14 yr old daughter) Is it normal that she has diarrhea with undigested food like (lettuce) to happen during the last days of her period? (Day 5/6

Not typical: In 40 years of pediatric practice, one one has brought this to my attention, so I believe it is unique for your daughter. It is true that dietary changes and hormones surrounding menses can cause a change in bowel movements, and any food that has a high fiber content may appear undigested in stools. If she feels well, I see no need for concern. ...Read more

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I have been constipated for a couple of days, and tonight I had unbearable cramps and then diarrhea with undigested food in it?? Is this possibly IBS?

I have been constipated for a couple of days, and tonight I had unbearable cramps and then diarrhea with undigested food in it?? Is this possibly IBS?

Constipated: Please have someone take you to the nearest Emergency facility where they will look after you.
They may take good control of your problem or discuss this with your Primary doctor.
Please keep me posted. ...Read more

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Explosive diarrhea with undigested food. Gas. Left lower abdominal pain gurgling in stomach and feels like rectum. 1 week?

Explosive diarrhea with undigested food. Gas. Left lower abdominal pain gurgling in stomach and feels like rectum. 1 week?

Explosive diarrea: Hello ~ text book description of GIARDIASIS, intestinal infection by Giardia Lamblia. Go to GP and get request to go for stool Microscopy and culture. The G lamblia has a very characteristic appearance under microscope and is easily diagnosed and do Giardia EIA test to confirm diagnosis. Rx is FLAGYL 250mg tid x 5 days ...Read more

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I suddenly woke up in the middle of the night to puke and had diarrhea, my food was completely undigested with a mushroom that still looked whole and?

I suddenly woke up in the middle of the night to puke and had diarrhea, my food was completely undigested with a mushroom that still looked whole and?

Food Borne: Illness, particularly viruses such as Norovirus will often show up this way.....the good news. Over fairly quickly the bad news SPREADS to household members...WASH SURFACES with BLEACH and do not share dishes!

Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...Read more

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I have had unresolved diarrhea for several years. Now I am passing undigested food. What do I need to do?

I have had unresolved diarrhea for several years. Now I am passing undigested food. What do I need to do?

See your doctor: Chronic diarrhea with passage of undigested food should be evaluated. There are many causes, your doctor will work with you to discover the cause and develop a treatment plan for you. ...Read more

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I have had diarrhea for about a month now. My food comes out looking undigested. I feel miserable with headaches.?

I have had diarrhea for about a month now. My food comes out looking undigested. I feel miserable with headaches.?

You need evaluation.: After a month of attempting to cope with what must be a nearly intolerable situation, it's time for a professional evaluation. The list of medical possibilities for your illness are almost limitless. Please call your primary care provider today and schedule an appointment. (i do admire your tenacity; however, your health deserves a "second opinion"--one different from your own.). ...Read more

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I have bad mucusy greasy urgent diarrhea. I have now begun passing undigested food. On the scd diet rec. By gastro. Dr. She has not helped me much?

Bland diet: Eat a bland diet, such as rice cereal and bananas, nothing greasy or fried. Stop milkand dairy products as well as juice. You should improve in 4-5 days. ...Read more

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I frequently have diarrhea that had undigested food and a bright yellow liquid, what is or could be the cause?

Time to see your doc: Diarrhea illnesses are a cause of dehydration. The cause of your diarrhea could range from an infection to a chronic inflammatory condition. Even a viral gastroenteritis can give you these symptoms. See your doc so he can take stool samples and check your blood and your bp. ...Read more

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I've been having recurrent diarrhea for about 5 weeks. Comes and goes, no pain, sometimes undigested food, no specific trigger, occasional nausea or feeling full when eating.

I've been having recurrent diarrhea for about 5 weeks. Comes and goes, no pain, sometimes undigested food, no specific trigger, occasional nausea or feeling full when eating.

Chronic diahrrea??: Have you been out of the country recently? Any of the people you live or work with ill in any way? Any loss of weight on your part or have you noticed your clothes are looser fitting on you? After you have thought about these questions make an appt to see your doc. ...Read more

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Stools with undigested food; diarrhea ranging from watery, explosive, difficulty letting it out; usually darkmustard colored; slimy; fish odor; foamy?

Stools with undigested food; diarrhea ranging from watery, explosive, difficulty letting it out; usually darkmustard colored; slimy; fish odor; foamy?

? celiac disease: Your symptoms are consistent with an intestinal malabsorption disorder and sensitivity to gluten (celiac disease) is suggested. See your physician who will order the appropriate tests and, if needed, send you to a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Bad IBS bout past few days. Every time I eat, an hour later I get diarrhea w/tons of undigested food from 8-12 hrs prior. Afraid to eat but so hungry it makes me nauseated. Normal for ibs?

Bad IBS bout past few days. Every time I eat, an hour later I get diarrhea w/tons of undigested food from 8-12 hrs prior. Afraid to eat but so hungry it makes me nauseated. Normal for ibs?

Ck 4 food allergies: Irritable bowel syndrome has a full spectrum of symptoms. If you suspect you have this, it's best to have it checked out by a doctor. Undigested food particles means that you're not breaking the food down properly, or absorbing nutrients. You may benefit from having a food allergy panel done, also checking for gluten intolerance, or glidase, which may make it difficult for you to digest certain carbs containing gluten (breads, pasta). Eat as organic as possible. ...Read more

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Can anxiety and worrying cause chronic abdominal pain, diarrhea, very smelly poo and lots of undigested food inside the poo?

Can anxiety and worrying cause chronic abdominal pain, diarrhea, very smelly poo and lots of undigested food inside the poo?

Start it going?: Anxiety can play a big role in getting this sort of thing kicked off. It leads to a flood of chemicals that hit all your organs, esp the weaker ones. Breathing, circulation, gut symptoms are common. The chemicals are the cause, but anxiety sparks them off. See a Dr for the gut. Ask for a CBT referral to learn Anx Mgmt. You may get a short round of Anx Meds. ...Read more

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Since childhood, I vomit undigested food up to 2 days old (without feeling nauseous), and have monthly bouts of diarrhea with severe cramping. Why?

Since childhood, I vomit undigested food up to 2 days old (without feeling nauseous), and have monthly bouts of diarrhea with severe cramping. Why?

Digstive issues: You clearly have some issues with digestion. You may have food intolerance or allergies or some enzyme issues. Consult your doctor. You may also find tremendous benefit from seeing a chinese medicine/acupuncture physician. They really help balance and harmonize the body. ...Read more

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I've had runny diarrhea for 24 hours. Its affecting my eating. Stomach feels tight, is it food poisoning?

I've had runny diarrhea for 24 hours. Its affecting my eating. Stomach feels tight, is it food poisoning?

Gastroenteritis.: This sounds like acute gastroenteritis - nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pains, fever, chills and sweats are all possible components of this. Could be viral or food-borne, perhaps something you ate that may have been undercooked or mishandled. Typically lasts 3-5 days. If it gets much worse, or if it lasts longer than that, see a doctor. ...Read more

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My nephew has had a runny nose, a cough, very runny diarrhea, and can't keep food down. Is there any meds we can give him? He is 2 years old.

My nephew has had a runny nose, a cough, very runny diarrhea, and can't keep food down. Is there any meds we can give him? He is 2 years old.

Seek MD: Your nephew deserves the care of a doctor. A two-year-old can become dehydrated quickly with these symptoms. Make sure your doctor is involved. ...Read more

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