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Is colitis considered to be more severe if a patient is experience diarrhea or constipation?

Is colitis considered to be more severe if a patient is experience diarrhea or constipation?

IBD defined: Earlier healthtap answers may help. Briefly ibd is a spectum of inflammatory diseases of GI tract. At one end of the spectrum is ulcerative colitis---a disease confined to the mucosal surface of colon. At the opposite end of the spectrum is crohn's disease--a transmural (full thickness) inflammation of any part of GI tract (from mouth to anus). Both are systemic & increase colon cancer risk. ...Read more

Dr. Janice Alexander
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Frequent Stools (Definition)

Your baby's bowel movements (stools) during the first two days will be black and tar-like (sticky and soft). Early and frequent breastfeeding during the first 48 hours will flush this sticky stool (meconium) from the infant's bowels. The stools will become somewhat runny or seedy. This is the normal stool consistency for a breastfed baby and should not be confused with diarrhea. During the first month, your baby may have a bowel movement after each breastfeeding. This frequency decreases with age. Don't worry if bowel movements occur after every feeding or every three days, as long as the pattern of bowel movements is regular and your baby is ...Read more


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I've read many articles about diarrhea or constipation may be the cause of our stress level. Any truth to that?

I've read many articles about diarrhea or constipation may be the cause of our stress level. Any truth to that?

Yes: The brain is connected to the gut. One's emotional state or stress level can affect the way waste material moves through the gut. Some people have diarrhea when they are anxious. Other anxious people can become"uptight" or constipated. ...Read more

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Does apple juice help stop diarrhea or constipation?

Does apple juice help stop diarrhea or constipation?

Helps constipation: Sorbital, otherwise known as glucitol, is a type of sugar alcohol that loosens the stool and promotes regular bowel movement. Sorbital is abundant in many fruit juices such as prune, peach, pear and apple juice. ...Read more

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Can you have IBS pains without diarrhea or constipation Cus your controlling it with eating right ?

Can you have IBS pains without diarrhea or constipation Cus your controlling it with eating right ?

IBS: Irritable bowel syndrome is a diagnosis based on symptoms. I often see patients get over it by changing their diet and lifestyle habits. Gluten is a common problem, but not the only problem. Doing an elimination diet is risk-free, and is a good way to get an indication if what you are eating is contributing to your symptoms. ...Read more

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11yr child havn pain n side(r) hurts whn pressed or walk no vomiting diarrhea or constipation started 1day ago hurts worst today then yesterday?

11yr child havn pain n side(r) hurts  whn pressed  or walk no vomiting diarrhea or constipation started 1day  ago hurts worst today then yesterday?

May need surgical op: The pain on the rt side maybe a possible sign of appendicitis this is something that needs the confirmation of a md or surgeon don't wait longer but have him seen if no md take to to er at nearest hospital i repeat this should not wait. ...Read more

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He is a male around 22 years old. And it's been ongoing for 2-3 years now. But he has no associated diarrhea or constipation. but he does have bloating and decreased appetite ?

He is a male around 22 years old. And it's been ongoing for 2-3 years now. But he has no associated diarrhea or constipation. but he does have bloating and decreased appetite ?

R/O IBS: IBS = irritable bowel syndrome is a diagnosis of exclusion. 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/hpylori . you also need an EGD/colonoscopy. While you are getting these items checked out you should ditch to a gluten free high fiber diet . Ie gutbliss.com and Wholeapproach.com. Also 64-80oz water ...Read more

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Feeling bloated, stools always green and switch either diarrhea or constipation, little poo comes out when i eat a lot. I feel fine and I am 18.

Feeling bloated, stools always green and switch either diarrhea or constipation, little poo comes out when i eat a lot. I feel fine and I am 18.

Bloating: The most common cause of bloating is wheat flour, I would recommend that You stop all wheat for 2 weeks and see what happens to the bloating, gas and variable bowel pattern. Look at my website aronchickgastroenterologyinc.com and ,click on the blog button and read aboat bloating. If you would like a virtual consult let me know. Irrespective of your young age you should be seen by an MD. ...Read more

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Brown stool withYellow discoloration in lines on the surface, Yeast or mucus, no pain, gas, diarrhea or constipation, no foul smell, what is this?

Brown stool withYellow discoloration in lines on the surface, Yeast or mucus, no pain, gas, diarrhea or constipation, no foul smell, what is this?

Mucus on stool: Mucus discharge occurs in up to 50% of patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, with or without pain. Mucus may also be produced in response to partial obstruction, chronic constipation, rectal dysfunction, infection, & even from secretory villous tumors of the rectum. At the very least stool studies & probably a sigmoidoscopy should be considered, but a more extensive evaluation may be warranted. ...Read more

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


Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea is a term that describes loose, watery stools occurring more frequently than usual. It is often not due to a serious cause, but severe diarrhea ...Read more