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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!
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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 get yellow watery explosive diarrhoea if I go for a long time and then eat all of a sudden. Why am I getting this yellow diarrhoea?

I get yellow watery explosive diarrhoea if I go for a long time and then eat all of a sudden. Why am I getting this yellow diarrhoea?

Episodic urgent bm's: Lots of Rx options but cure depends on cause: "plugging up" diarrhea will not cure an infection, fix an inflammatory process, improve an ischemic gut, or correct a functional issue. Medical evaluation is recommended appropriate to the duration of your symptoms, associations (bleeding, weight loss, pain, vomiting), as well as your other medical co-morbidities (including anxiety as listed). ...Read more

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Hello, this morning I have been to the toilet 6 times in 30 minutes. Diarrhoea and is very pale yellow and extremely watery. Do I call into work?

Hello, this morning I have been to the toilet 6 times in 30 minutes. Diarrhoea and is very pale yellow and extremely watery. Do I call into work?

GASTROENTERITIS: Acute onset of symptoms is most consistent with gastroenteritis. You need to rest, fast for 8-12 hrs then clear liquids as tolerated. You need full exam and lab screen&stool culture to rule out infection. Normally cipro (ciprofloxacin) is prescribed empirically If symptoms persist abdominal US or CT to rule out appendicitis. If it is vital it will resolve in 24-72 hrs. If fever or pain worsens seek ER eval. ...Read more

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I had strong black coffee after dinner last night and around midnight I just had to run to puke. Since then I have clear watery yellow diarrhoea and am nauseous.

I had strong black coffee after dinner last night and around midnight I just had to run to puke. Since then I have clear watery yellow diarrhoea and am nauseous.

Bad reflux.: Having strong coffee too close to going to bed, especially caffeinated coffee, can cause reflux, causing really bad heartburn and nausea and vomiting. The extra acidity produced in the stomach can lead to that diarrhea you described. However, depending on what you ate for dinner, this could be food poisoning as well. See how it plays out - if it lasts longer than one day, could be food borne. ...Read more

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Gallbladder removed 3 years ago and now after eating running to loo with watery bright yellow/orange diarrhoea also have dull ache under right to cage?

Gallbladder removed 3 years ago and now after eating running to loo with watery bright yellow/orange diarrhoea also have dull ache under right to cage?

Your symptoms: Are probably not related to your previous cholecystectomy, but to a new problem. If symptoms persist, you need to see a doctor to make sure that you have nothing serious. ...Read more

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What causes yellow noisy watery poop in breastfed babies? I know its normal but I'm just curious why it's not solid & brown.

What causes yellow noisy watery poop in breastfed babies? I know its normal but I'm just curious why it's not solid & brown.

Breast milk: Is the ideal food for babies. As such, most of it is absorbed in the GI tract, leaving little left over to form a solid stool. Color is dependant on the type of food ingested, how fast it moves through the intestine and the overall functioning of the gallbladder. ...Read more

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Yellow stools for the past 2 days. Had watery diarrhoea before that. No pain, just gassy discomfort in stomach. Should I be worried?

Yellow stools for the past 2 days. Had watery diarrhoea before that. No pain, just gassy discomfort in stomach. Should I be worried?

Probably not: Likely just your body getting back to normal after having bug causing diarrhea for a few days. Find some probiotic to take at your local pharmacy which will help stabilize the bacterial flora in your gut to it's "normal state". ...Read more

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5yr old with diarreha every other night now. No fever. Poop is very watery and yellow /pale colored?

5yr old with diarreha every other night now. No fever. Poop is very watery and yellow /pale colored?

Could be virus: If your doughtier has diarrhea just for few day most probably it's stomach virus. Give her plenty of water, banana, rice toast (brat diet). Do not give her milk products! ...Read more

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My 1yr old has been havin pale yellow watery poop for 5 days now at times looks orange. Da poop smells bad. He has no fever. Poops 4or5 times a day?

My 1yr old has been havin pale yellow watery poop for 5 days now at times looks orange. Da poop smells bad. He has no fever. Poops 4or5 times a day?

Diet and bowels: What is he eating daily? Is he having any stomach pains? How much veggies does he eat daily? Consult with us to help you see if this is a serious condition. ...Read more

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Dear sir, iam having brown colour and yellow colour stools, no pain no bleeding some times loose stools what does this indicates.

Dear sir, iam having brown colour and yellow colour stools, no pain no bleeding some times loose stools what does this indicates.

Change in stools: Amount, color, frequency, texture 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. ...Read more

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Took my daughter to triage, they said its nothing to worry about, but that's been 2 weeks now she has had very loose stools yellow in colour, not right?

Took my daughter to triage, they said its nothing to worry about, but that's been 2 weeks now she has had very loose stools yellow in colour, not right?

Need much more: You don't mention your daughters age, general health, or any other symptoms she is having. Has she had vomiting, fever, pain? Has she been seen by a doctor at all yet? With only knowing she has had diarrhea for 2 weeks, would say monitor diet to include high protein, low dairy, no simple sugars and lots of water. Would recommend evaluation if this has gone on two weeks already. ...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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On vanc. Now for c diff. 2nd day on it. Still loose stools. How long till improvement with stool? Also my stool is soft green look. Wipe its yellow

On vanc. Now for c diff. 2nd day on it. Still loose stools. How long till improvement with stool? Also my stool is soft green look. Wipe its yellow

See below: The diarrhea usually improvs after 3-4 days of treatment but you need to complete the full 14 day treatment course. I would also recommend probiotic treatment with vsl#3 and florastor 1 capsule of each 2 time a day for 30 days. Note there is a 25% relase rate that necessitates retreatment. ...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.

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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Hi I'm 40 and scared I've got panceatic cancer I've had loose stools on and off for about 6 weeks and now there yellow I also drink alcholo a lot?

Hi I'm 40 and scared I've got panceatic cancer I've had loose stools on and off for about 6 weeks and now there yellow I also drink alcholo a lot?

Pancreatitis: The story of loose yellowish stools is sign of steatorrhea. Here there is no pancreatic juice function to dissolve and absorb fat that can be measured by radioactive triolein. Also here is obstruction of bile duct. Steatorrhera not common with pancreatic Ca. More ilkely pancreatitis from common duct stone. Need ERCPand bx of pancreas duct and CAT scan of abdomen. ...Read more

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My one year old daughter has had whole cow's milk for about 3 weeks now. The past 4 days she has had 3-4 yellow loose stools. Could she be allergic?

My one year old daughter has had whole cow's milk for about 3 weeks now. The past 4 days she has had 3-4 yellow loose stools. Could she be allergic?

Need to see a doctor: It could be lactose intolerance. You could stop using it and see if symptom resolve. If symptom persist you better bring your daughter to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Last couple of days I have had yellow loose stools? The last couple of days when I go to the bathroom my stools where yellow and then green, loose stools. Should I be concerned? I can't get in to see a doctor until next month on the 14th. I am worried, wh

Last couple of days I have had yellow loose stools? The last couple of days when I go to the bathroom my stools where yellow and then green, loose stools. Should I be concerned? I can't get in to see a doctor until next month on the 14th. I am worried, wh

I: I would call your doctor. The green stools may not be such a big deal because that can occur when feces transits too quickly through the colon. It prevents bile from be adequately metabolised and thus the feces do not from green to their characteristic brown colored. This is usually wet or liquid. However, the yellow stools could be from an absence of bile salts (liver, gallbladder or common bile duct). I would let you doctor know, as it is likely that he or she might want to see you sooner. ...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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Am recovering from another Diverticulitis infection w/ UTI as well. This is 3rd UTI since Oct. Have had yellow loose stools. See a urologist? Thnx!

Am recovering from another Diverticulitis infection w/ UTI as well. This is 3rd UTI since Oct. Have had yellow loose stools. See a urologist? Thnx!

Question for you?: Is the UTI with the same/recurrent bacteria, and is the bacteria found in your urine native to the gut? If so, could you have a diverticular fistula to the bladder? Might want to check this possibility out-- ...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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My baby is spitting up yellowed mucus, has seedy yellow loose stools, sounds congested, and is crying a lot. What's wrong with her? No fever.

My baby is spitting up yellowed mucus, has seedy yellow loose stools, sounds congested, and is crying a lot. What's wrong with her? No fever.

Need more info: Do not know the age of the baby, what other symptoms may be present, whether she is feeding appropriately, sleeping too much, irritable, or other vital info. Strongly suggest that you take her asap and be seen by a doctor to make certain nothing serious is going on, or at least call and speak with a pediatrician. ...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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I have a watery yellow discharge with no smell or itch wat does that mean?

I have a watery yellow discharge with no smell or itch wat does that mean?

While clear or white: Watery discharge can be considered normal, when it is yellow I recommend it be investigated and infection excluded. The color yellow suggests purulence or pus cells from the cervix or vagina. Even if there is no odor or itching, infection could still be present. Watery yellow discharge might be associated with pregnancy, so check for that if possible. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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What does yellow discharge vaginal mean... It don't smell n it not thick just like watery?

Many possibilities: Does not sound like a serious problem but if it is annoying and persists, exam is appropriate. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

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