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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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I vomited five times the first two times they were pink and now my vomit is yellow. What does this mean? I also have diarrhea

I vomited five times the first two times they were pink and now my vomit is yellow. What does this mean? I also have diarrhea

Yellow: Vomit is usually from BILE (Galbladder released) and infers you have an EMPTY stomach ("also called "dry heaves") Vomiting PLUS Diarrhea usually means a viral gastroenteritis. ...hope this is helpful

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What does it mean if a client 2 weeks post right hemicolectomy suffers from diarrhea and vomiting?

What does it mean if a client 2 weeks post right hemicolectomy suffers from diarrhea and vomiting?

See below: Diarrhea is common after right colon surgery. Dink more liquids and add fiber such as mwtamucil up to 3 times a day. Vomiting may be due to pain pills or narcotics. Stop pain pills & call the surgeon if there is persistent vomiting or increasing abdominal pain or fever. ...Read more

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What could it mean when I am throwing up black vomit, having black diarrhea, and my intestines are swollen? Intestines are hard to the touch

What could it mean when I am throwing up black vomit, having black diarrhea, and my intestines are swollen? Intestines are hard to the touch

I: I hope you are better by now. Sorry it took so long to respond. Black vomit suggests bleeding in the stomach or just below the stomach. Abdominal pain plus the vomiting do make me concern about a bleeding ulcer or serious inflammation in your stomach. If you are have symptoms at this time, visit an emergency room or urgent care center to get checked out. ...Read more

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6yr old w/ recurrent diarrhea/cramps/sometimes vomiting. After she goes potty, she is fine. Happens once evry 2-3wks. Blood norm. Reg doc is stumped?

6yr old w/ recurrent diarrhea/cramps/sometimes vomiting. After she goes potty, she is fine. Happens once evry 2-3wks. Blood norm. Reg doc is stumped?

Food diary.: Keep a food diary and see if anything in particular might set this off. Avoid splenda (sucralose), sorbitol (gummy candies, sugar-free gum), too. If your doc is stumped, get a referral to a pediatric gastroenterologist, since this is certainly not normal! ...Read more

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I have vomiting, abdominal distention, diarrhea. Upper/lower scopes, ok. Stool test ok but "Normal enteric flora not present". What does that mean?

I have vomiting, abdominal distention, diarrhea. Upper/lower scopes, ok. Stool test ok but "Normal enteric flora not present". What does that mean?

Possib C. Diff Colit: There's a condition called C. Diff colitis, when exposure to antibiotics or other "toxins" wipes out the usual bacteria (enteric flora) present in your intestines. When this happens, a bacteria called C. Diff can overgrow, causing colitis (colon inflammation). Usually, C. Diff is detected on stool tests but you have to look for them specifically (C. Diff toxin EIA). Use HealthTap Prime or TTYD. ...Read more

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Can your white blood count be off from having a bad stomach virus? Vomiting/ diarrhea? Or does that mean you have something else causing your symptoms

Can your white blood count be off from having a bad stomach virus? Vomiting/ diarrhea? Or does that mean you have something else causing your symptoms

Limited usefulness: Unless one of the absolute counts is extremely far from the reference range or there are abnormal cells, white counts aren't helpful in working up the minor transient illnesses that folks get. You can raise you white count to 20000 (granulocytes mostly) by a 20 minute icy shower. ...Read more

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I have diarrhea and have been throwing up all day the last time I threw up it was all green what does this mean?

I have diarrhea and have been throwing up all day the last time I threw up it was all green what does this mean?

Bile..: You have vomited biliary material, not a risk of anything bad but you need to try to keep yourself hydrated. If the symptoms continue, they usually are gone in a day or so, see a doctor. ...Read more

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I just threw up and had diarrhea, my stomach really hurts! Also my temperature is 96.1. What does this mean?

I just threw up and had diarrhea, my stomach really hurts! Also my temperature is 96.1. What does this mean?

Nausea: Acute nausea and vomiting without any other symptoms is usually self limited and goes away without specific treatment. Usually caused by food or viral infection. Stay hydrated ...Read more

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An hour later after taking azithromycin, I threw up and had diarrhea...Does that mean I have to take the dose again? And I ate after the medicine.

An hour later after taking azithromycin, I threw up and had diarrhea...Does that mean I have to take the dose again? And I ate after the medicine.

Probably: Food in the stomach usually site there for 1-2 hours prior to entry into the rest of the GI tract. This means there is a good likelihood that you expelled the azithromicin. There is no harm in having a little extra in your system so given what you describe and that you can now eat, take an extra pill. ...Read more

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36wks vomiting, loose stools, all day consistent terrible lower back pain.. 5cm 50% effaced. Should I go to l&d. Could this be labor?

36wks vomiting, loose stools, all day consistent terrible lower back pain.. 5cm 50% effaced. Should I go to l&d. Could this be labor?

Go to L;D: If you are vomiting that means you are unlikely to keep down fluids, in which case, you likely might need an IV and to receive IV fluids. It sounds like a viral illness, meaning that typically self-limited and will go away in 12-24 hours, but go to l;d so you can be evaluated for dehyrdation. Sometimes nausea and vomiting is assc with labor, but go to l;d and find out. Good luck! ...Read more

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My 7 months old baby has loose stools less appetite vomiting after feed no temperature normal happy mood and lots of smelly gases?

Early stomach flu?: He may be starting to have stomach flu. Try a bland diet, with nothing greasy or fried. Stop milk and juice for a few days until the stool becomes more firm. ...Read more

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Very dark loose stools and vomit, sharp abdo pain, fever, dizziness. Been like this for 2 days...help!

Very dark loose stools and vomit, sharp abdo pain, fever, dizziness. Been like this for 2 days...help!

Go to hospital: You should seek medical attention ASAP, could be infection with GI bleed, needs to be evaluated. ...Read more

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To clarify I don't have vomiting as symptom just abdo discomfort, loose stools and feeling very fatigued. Can this be a virus?

Yes: Could be viral gastroenteritis even if there is no vomiting. Start w clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more

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Having H2S burps (egg smell). No vomit or loose stools. Third time in 3 wk. Poss pregabalin cause? Other cause? Will charcoal tablets help?

Having H2S burps (egg smell). No vomit or loose stools. Third time in 3 wk. Poss pregabalin cause? Other cause? Will charcoal tablets help?

Could be normal: Foul belching that smells like that could be a normal variant or related to your diet. However, there are conditions that can cause this. A gastric beazor (collection of food particles in the stomach) or gastroparesis can produce this problem. You should see your primary care doctor or a gastroenterologist to look into these possibilities. ...Read more

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Recently, I had two occasions where after eating beans I either had loose stools and/or vomiting. Is this an allergic reaction or food poisoning?

Recently, I had two occasions where after eating beans I either had loose stools and/or vomiting. Is this an allergic reaction or food poisoning?

Aller allerg: The title wouldn't let me type in allergic. You are likely having an anaphylactic reaction to beans and need to avoid them. One need to rule out peanut allergy as well and you need to consider having epinephrine autoinjector at all times in case of accidental exposure to beans. Consult an allergist since you likely have nasal and/or respiratory allergies as well. ...Read more

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I've been having intestinal gurgling on and off for a week. Occasional mild nausea, no vomiting. Loose stools and gas pain too. Any ideas?

I've been having intestinal gurgling on and off for a week. Occasional mild nausea, no vomiting. Loose stools and gas pain too. Any ideas?

Sounds like you: Probably have a stomach virus. Try some pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) for relief-it will turn your stools black in color. You can take pepto as long as you're not pregnant. Eat a bland diet next few days, or even clear liquids (like gatorade) and see if this helps. If symptoms persist, see your Dr. ...Read more

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Lot of burping/belching. Taking omeprazole-bicarb. Always had loose stools now much worse sometimes leads to vomiting. Colonoscopy/endoscopy clear?

Lot of burping/belching. Taking omeprazole-bicarb. Always had loose stools now much worse sometimes leads to vomiting. Colonoscopy/endoscopy clear?

Hard to say: Warrants an exam. I think gall bladder issues need to be ruled out. Anxiety and irritable bowel rarely are bad enough to cause vomiting. Other possibilities exist. ...Read more

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Night I suddenly got vomitings and loose stools in the form of brown watery liquid even now I am having vomiting sensations with stomach pain bad tast?

Night I suddenly got vomitings and loose stools in the form of brown watery liquid even now I am having vomiting sensations with stomach pain bad tast?

Gastroenteritis: Gastroenteritis aka stomach flu can cause nausea & vomiting. But so can food poisoning. Try to stay hydrated. Go see your family doc if this persists. Don't allow yourself to get dehydrated and feel weak, light-headed, faint, etc. ...Read more

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I hav barretts oesophagus & vomit a lot, bile acid malabsorption with loose stools recently been getting a fever after eating a meal what cud this be?

I hav barretts oesophagus & vomit a lot, bile acid malabsorption with loose stools recently been getting a fever after eating a meal what cud this be?

Fever: Your fevers are nonspecific and not clearly related to the barretts or malabsorption syndrome as neither of these conditions are usually accompanied by post prandial fever. Are other symptoms like abdominal pain, sweats and chills or cough also occurring then? Infection or noninfectious inflammation are to be considered. See your MD for further evaluation and testing. ...Read more

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I had vomiting and diarrhea what could this be?

I had vomiting and diarrhea what could this be?

Too vague: There are so many things this could be, without more info it's hard to say. ...Read more

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What could cause frequent bouts of vomiting and diarrhea?

What could cause frequent bouts of vomiting and diarrhea?

Gastroenteritis: The most common cause is a virus. There are also some other causes, such as food poisoning, colitis, and other infections. If there is blood in your stool, or you become dehydrated, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Have diarrhea and feel nausea not vomiting for a day and half. What could it be?

Have diarrhea and feel nausea not vomiting for a day and half. What could it be?

Diarrhea/ nausea: Could be gastroenteritis, sometimes gastritis with H pylori or gallbaldder, diveticulitis (pain), rarely ischemic bowel which may not have pain or even appendicitis if any pain Would try a probiotic and avoid dairy eat only toast, white rice, bananas, apple sauce and see if resolves. If pain, fever worsening diarrhea gets watery multiple times or bloody go to ER. Call you doc today ...Read more

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I had Caesar salad and had diarrhea and vomited. This was a little over 18 hours later. Could this have been from that?

I had Caesar salad and had diarrhea and vomited. This was a little over 18 hours later. Could this have been from that?

Perhaps: Or perhaps not. No way to really tell unless other persons who ate the same salad were similarly affected. But the answer is yes, the GI symptoms could have been from that. ...Read more

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Diarrhea and vomiting. What could it be?

Diarrhea and vomiting. What could it be?

Gasroenteritis: You probably have a viral gastroenteritis which usually gets better with proper hydration.You have to make sure you are able to retain some fluid otherwise you will get dehydrated. It canbe treated with some prescription antiemetic. If continue to vomit and cant hold anything go to ER, as you may need IV Therapy.
Other possibilities are food poisoning, Bacterial Gastro enteritis. Treated same way ...Read more

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My 2 year old was vomiting and now has diarrhea with black flakes. What could that be?

My 2 year old was vomiting and now has diarrhea with black flakes. What could that be?

Possibly melena?: Dark-colored stools may result from iron supplements, foods you eat (like a lot of spinach), substances (like peptobismol), but most significantly suggests bleeding. When blood is denatured by acid in stomach, as from ulcers, stools will turn tarry ("melena"). Blood may also be ingested from nose bleeds, bleeding gums, MW tears. Persistent melena (without obvious cause) & symptoms warrants eval. ...Read more

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My 2 y/o son has had random vomiting for a couple weeks or so. And now diarrhea but otherwise acts perfectly fine. What could this be?

Gastroenteritis: He probably has a viral gastroenteritis. Use a bland diet and make sure he drinks electrolyte containing fluid so he doesn't dehydrate. ...Read more

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4 year old with fever, diarrhea and vomitting- all bright green, could it be bug or should I take him in? This is second time in 3 weeks.

4 year old with fever, diarrhea and vomitting- all bright green, could it be bug or should I take him in? This is second time in 3 weeks.

Bilious vomit: If both the diarrhea and the vomit are green, definitely take him in to be seen now. Green vomit is from bile and needs to be evaluated without delay. ...Read more

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2yr son is vomiting only at night. Doesn't eat, hardly wet diapers but drinks fluids. Lots of diarrhea today. What could be wrong? When do I go to dr?

See below: Persistent vomiting that lasts more than 2 days should be evaluated by your doctor to rule out serious medical problems. If the vomiting is also followed by diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain or any other type of sharp or sudden pain, emergency care should be instituted.
Possible causes: food, reflux, viral infection, headaches/migraines, parasites, cough associated with post nasal drip or asthma. ...Read more

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Vomiting diarrhea freezing cold pains all over?

Probable infection.: This could be a gastroenteritis, probably viral, but could also be due to eating bad food or other reasons. Initially, the most important thing is to not become dehydrated. I would not eat solid food, but I would try to drink as many liquids as you're able to tolerate. If you feel that you're getting dehydrated, or if your fever persists more than 24 to 36 hours, then you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is vomitting and diarrhea normal during periods?

Is vomitting and diarrhea normal during periods?

For some women it is: Symptoms can include pelvic/ abdominal cramping, nausea (vomiting for some), constipation or loose stools, bloating, weight gain, moodiness, irritability, pain & swelling of breasts, feeling tired, insomnia, headaches, ^ acne, food cravings, ^ appetite, swelling of hands & feet, dizziness, thinking less clearly, urinary sxs & exacerbations of chronic conditions. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can cause diarrhea &vomiting?

Please tell me what can cause diarrhea &vomiting?

Sure, but...: A generic question or your symptoms? We can have your answer if you tell us if there's pain, it's location, intensity, duration, timing (with meals, urination, stooling) ; accompanying issues like fever, tenderness, bleeding, weight loss or signs of malabsorption ; circumstances (pregnant, stressed). Also, recent travel, antibiotic use, exposures, NSAID use, stones, pancreatitis, ulcers, ibd, etc? ...Read more

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Vomiting and diarrhea for 48 hours, trip to the ed?

Depends: The primary concern is dehydrating and electrolyte disturbance. If you are able to keep fluids, not just water, down and keep yourself hydrated then you can contact your doctor for more advice. However, if you cannot do so or if you are unable to reach your doctor then by all means go the ed. ...Read more

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Diarrhea (Definition)

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Vomiting (Definition)

Vomiting = expulsion of stomach ...Read more