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What Causes Ibs Diarrhea
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
Many things: Constipation can be caused by lot of problems. Though usually diet related, other causes are medications (narcotics) or (less commonly) hypothyroidism. The first thing you should do is evaluate how much water you are taking in a day (>8 cups/day) and how much fiber you are eating (25 to 35 g/day). If that doesn't work, look to see if you are taking too many constipating foods like dairy or pasta. ...Read more
Constipation : There is a big list of causes common causes include lack of fibre in diet , inadequate fluid intake, medications, irritable bowel syndrome, immobility, hypothyroidism, colon cancer, anal fissure . http://patient.info/doctor/constipation-in-adults-pro ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Irregular diet: Most people can avoid constipation if they ate a regular diet containing fruits and vegetables ( esp those with a lot of fiber) . Regular exercise or other activities can also help. Plenty of water keeps the stool moist and soft when it come out. Once all of these factors are met ,then you need to train your body to go and evacuate as soon as you get the feeling that you have to go. ...Read more
Multiple causes: There are numerous possible causes for diarrhea including: bowel infection, inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis ; crohn disease), irritable bowel syndrome, food poisoning, celiac disease, lactose intolerance, certain medications (antibiotics), artificial sweeteners, etc. Consulting a gastroenterologist is recommended. ...Read more
Not yet known: The exact cause of ulcerative colitis is not yet known. Certain foods and psychological stress can worsen ulcerative colitis but don't cause it. One possible cause is a problem in one's immune system. When one's immune system tries to fight off a virus or bacterial infection, an abnormal immune reaction can cause the immune system to attack the cells in one's own intestines. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See your doctor: These symptoms can't be solved in this forum. You need to see your doctor. ...Read more
Light (clay) colored: Bile & your gut's bacterial flora account in large part for color & volume of stool. Absence of bile results in pale, clay-color stool. Lots of other things also affect stool appearance: ingested foods, medications (peptobismol, antacids), swallowed blood or bleeding from gut, infection/antibiotics, inflammation, maldigestion, & the amount of mucus mixed with stool, as well as transit time of food. ...Read more
Antibiotics: About 99% of the cases of c. Diff are due to the use of an antibiotic to treat another condition such as bronchitis. This is why it is important to reserve the use of antibiotics only for infections that are very likely to be bacterial, and not for every common cold, which is most likely viral, and won't respond to antibiotics. If you end up with a c diff you will need a special antibiotic for wks. ...Read more
A Large list: Any illness that causes inflammed stomach and intestine can do this. From alcohol induced inflammation to ulcers to viruses or bacteria to inflamatory bowel diseases. Several other factors like fevers, food intake, diarrhea type, blood in stool or emesis may help guide you to a correct diagnosis. Work with your pcp or a doctor to help test stool and decide on tests. ...Read more
GI upset: Well, everything, but usually not all at once. If you're having alternating diarrhea and constipation with bloating, you may have a gallbladder problem. You may have irritable bowel syndrome. This is the kind of problem that gastroenterologists (specialists in stomach and intestine problems) can help you with if your primary care doctor is still unsure after his evaluation. ...Read more
R/O IBS: IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion. CROHNS DZ/IBD is inflammation usually DX by BX IBS SX can be managed .You need a full exam and blood work. Especially screen for H pylori . Also stool screen x 3 for occult blood /parasite/ &colonoscopy./EGD While you are getting these items checked out you should stick to a gluten free diet . Ie gutbliss.com and Wholeapproach.com ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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