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What is wrong with me? I have loose stools nearly every day.

What is wrong with me? I have loose stools nearly every day.

Daily loose stools: Causes of daily loose stools include irritable bowel syndrome (usually associated with stress), lactose intolerance, or severe constipation (in which new food from the stomach comes to your colon as a liquid, has no place to go, and so leaks around the huge mass of constipated stool. This is surprisingly common and is sugggested if you have any past history of constipation. ...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


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Dioerreha 3 times last Mon and 9 times this Mon with stomach cramps +mucus. Loose stools every day. Didn't go both Sundays could it be conspiation?

Dioerreha 3 times last Mon and 9 times this Mon with stomach cramps +mucus. Loose stools every day. Didn't go both Sundays could it be conspiation?

Diarrhea: There are many causes of diarrhea. This does not sound like constipation. Yours is associated with cramping and mucus. As this has been going on for 2 weeks, see your doctor for further evaluation to help sort out the cause. All the best and thank you for using Health Tap. ...Read more

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Sudden Small Amts of mucus in stool every other day intermittent with loose stools for 2 wks. Fbc normal, stool parasite test negative. Colon cancer?

Probably not: Cause of mucus in stool usually secondary to an inflammatory process such as colitis. This could also causes loose stools. Most Ca's are asymptomatic when small. As they get larger they obstruct, bleed and occasionally perforate. Colonoscopy can easily define problem. ...Read more

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I have felt nausious with stomach pain for a week with 1 a day loose stools but today the pain has got worse the stools every hour, egypt 1 week ago?

I have felt nausious with stomach pain for a week with 1 a day loose stools but today the pain has got worse the stools every hour, egypt 1 week ago?

Travelers diarrhea: You probably have travelers diarrhea.
Take fluids such as pedialyte and see a doctor who will most likely prescribe you some antibiotics ...Read more

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Docs said I have c. Diff. After a month of not feeling good. Diaherra loose stools bout every day. On metronidazole. Should I be worried being so long?

Docs said I have c. Diff. After a month of not feeling good. Diaherra loose stools bout every day. On metronidazole. Should I be worried being so long?

Possibly: Not sure how long you have been treated with Metronidazole but if this persists after a week or so you may need stool cultures. Many strains of c diff are becoming resistant to traditional antibiotics. ...Read more

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Gallbladder removed, shortly after I noticed from then until now I have loose stools with blood and sometimes clots. And throw up acid every morning?

Gallbladder removed, shortly after I noticed from then until now I have loose stools with blood and sometimes clots. And throw up acid every morning?

Further investigatio: After removal of a gallbladder the patient might experience loose stools. However the blood in the stool and vomiting of acid is of great concern and it is recommended that the abdomen is examined and a gastroscopy as well as a colonoscopy are indicated ...Read more

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Why do I get loose stools every time I eat?

Why do I get loose stools every time I eat?

Many reasons: Really hard to tell but common causes include ibs, celiac, ibd, bile salts, infectious or even dietary. ...Read more

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Flat stools for about 2 years. Sometimes loose stools. About every 2 weeks they're loose. Am I ok?

Flat stools for about 2 years. Sometimes loose stools. About every 2 weeks they're loose. Am I ok?

Colonoscopy: You have reached an age in which beginning routine colonoscopy every five years may be indicated. Discuss with your family doctor. The intermittant loose stools could be due to numerous issues, and would need more info and stool exam to tell whether further evaluation is indicated. See your doctor, and good luck. ...Read more

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I have had loose stools every morning for as long as I can remember. I am a 32 year old woman. Is this ok?

Loose stool: Consider evaluation for food intolerances gluten, milk soy, (can avoid these food for a week and see what happens) or pancreatic insufficiency (do you get frequent bronchitis - may be a form of cystic fibrosis) or H pylori gastritis which ca nbe diagnosed via blood test of breath test. Would also check thyroid f/u /w/ doc ...Read more

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I've had loose stools for the past 15 years on a regular basis. Is there anything to worry about if I have a colonoscopy every five years?

Needs evaluation: Hopefully you have told the GI doctor who does your colonoscopies about this. If not, do so. This is not normal and should be investigated. Hope this is nothing serious. Good luck, . ...Read more

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8mo old usually has loose stools. Last 3 days they have been firm, like playdoh, but not dry. Today she cried during every bm. What should I do?

8mo old usually has loose stools. Last 3 days they have been firm, like playdoh, but not dry. Today she cried during every bm. What should I do?

Increase fluids: Most important to intermittent constipation is to make sure the child is getting plenty of fluids. At 8 months, can add a few ounces of water to daily formula intake, and if stools are harder than normal, a few ounces of juice can be added from a cup as well. Don't get into habit of juice from a bottle. Add a little extra fiber into diet. If problem persists, talk to doc about what meds may help. ...Read more

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Loose stools for 2 weeks 2 weeks back, I was woken up by the need to go in the morning and the feeling is like I ate something wrong (mildly nauseous?

Loose stools for 2 weeks 2 weeks back, I was woken up by the need to go in the morning and the feeling is like I ate something wrong (mildly nauseous?

Loose stools: Diarrhea of this duration suggests a possible need for further history and study of the stools with culture, exams for ova and parasites, etc. Go and be seen. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Nausea followed by loose stools happened for the second time this month. What's wrong?

Nausea followed by loose stools happened for the second time this month. What's wrong?

Cannot diagnose: This could be the same or recurrent symptoms from one infection or two different issues. The only way in which to resolve this is to go see a doctor and get diagnosed and treated if necessary. Good luck. ...Read more

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TTC and experiencing loose stools every morning. Could this be from taking elevit at night?

TTC and experiencing loose stools every morning. Could this be from taking elevit at night?

Elevil Rx & PG: The use of Elevil nightly while attempting pregnancy can seriously hamper your ability to get pregnant. Consider discontinuing its' use if you are serious about trying to conceive. ...Read more

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Thin, can't gain weight even at college, lots of loose stools, what could be wrong with me?

Thin, can't gain weight even at college, lots of loose stools, what could be wrong with me?

See your doctor: While most bouts of loose stool are innocent in this age group, if it's prolonged, especially with weight loss, it warrants a visit to the doctor for an exam and some tests. ...Read more

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I recently started having some loose stools that are black. I don't take iron or anything. I have ate a lot of salad lately. Not sure what's wrong?

I recently started having some loose stools that are black. I don't take iron or anything. I have ate a lot of salad lately. Not sure what's wrong?

Stools that are black: Green Food may be moving through the large intestine too quickly, such as due to diarrhea. As a result, bile doesn't have time to break down completely. Green leafy vegetables, green food coloring, such as in flavored drink mixes or ice pops, iron supplements.
Light-colored, white or clay-colored A lack of bile in stool. This may indicate a bile duct obstruction. Certain medications, such as large doses of bismuth subsalicylate (Kaopectate, Pepto-Bismol) and other anti-diarrheal drugs. ...Read more

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For the last three weeks my son has had loose stools every morning. He drinks soy milk. What should I do?

For the last three weeks my son has had loose stools every morning. He drinks soy milk. What should I do?

Loose stools: As long as he is not having diarrhea and dehydration, loose stools are not an issue. But you can give him more potatoes, rice, and carotts to make his stools more formed. Yougurt also may help the intestinal flora and affect, in a good way the stools. We do not want him to have hard stools as they are not health. ...Read more

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I have been having loose stools, almost like diarrhoea every morning. For as long as I can remember. Also smelly gas.

I have been having loose stools, almost like diarrhoea every morning. For as long as I can remember. Also smelly gas.

Needs a specialist,: A gastroenterologist to evaluate you, as there are several possibilities, physical examination, some diagnostic tests and possible sigmoidoscopy / colonoscopy may be in order. Start with your primary doctor, wish you well ...Read more

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Have had flat stools for about 2 yrs. No blood. About every 2 weeks I'll have some loose stools. No weight loss. Appetite is fine. I'm scared?

Have had flat stools for about 2 yrs. No blood. About every 2 weeks I'll have some loose stools. No weight loss. Appetite is fine. I'm scared?

Stool change: If you have not had a colonoscopy at your age you should see a GI doctor to schedule one. Any changes in the stool form may be diet related and you might want to try first some increased fiber in your diet (like veggies, fruits and if that does not work you can try things like Metamucil or Citrucil). Good luck! ...Read more

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Abdom cramps that come and go, loose stools, nausea for 5 days what could it be? Feel like im on the toilet every 15 min

Abdom cramps that come and go, loose stools, nausea for 5 days what could it be? Feel like im on the toilet every 15 min

Gastroenteritis?: Assuming you haven't left the country or been eating raw meats, it is likely you have food poisoning or perhaps a viral gastroenteritis. I would go to your GP or GI doctor if choice and have your stool checked. For this acute if a presentation, food or virus seems most likely. Start yourself on the BRAT diet - bananas, rice, Apple, tea. To improve your loose stools and avoid dairy for a few days ...Read more

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21y/o, have loose stools with urgency for 4 months, I go once daily &maybe once every 2 days, no ocult blood or pain or history of illness or fatigue?

21y/o, have loose stools with urgency for 4 months, I go once daily &maybe once every 2 days, no ocult blood or pain or history of illness or fatigue?

Diarrhea: You have this problem for 4 mos, it is time to see your doctor it could be an infection, bacterial, viral or parasitic. Your diet also can be the cause of this diarrhea, try to avoid dairy products & fatty food, eat bread, rice apple, bananas, soup, crackers & drink tea. Your doctor might do stool tests, stool culture & stool for ova & parasites. Feel better & good luck. ...Read more

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Toddler has loose stools on and off for 2wks now. This happenes every few months. Acts normal, no fever, etc. Stool is light brown. Should I be worried?

Toddler has loose stools on and off for 2wks now. This happenes every few months. Acts normal, no fever, etc. Stool is light brown. Should I be worried?

Diarrhea: The stool color isn't worrisome, but if its been intermittent for a few months then needs more thorough evaluation. Could be toddler's diarrhea, maybe drinking too much juice and/or eating too many fruits. Possibly dairy related. Maybe just bad luck with infections. Besides a food restriction trial, he might need further evaluation through blood and stool. ...Read more

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I'm 40 and recently been have loose stools every few days and also been quite tired, do I have colon cancer?

I'm 40 and recently been have loose stools every few days and also been quite tired, do I have colon cancer?

Unlikely: At your age colon cancer is unlikely. The symptoms, however, need evaluation. Common conditions include infection (food borne Salmonella, entero viruses)food allergy/intolerance, (eg Lactaid deficiency gluten sensitivity etc etc) See a Gastroenterologist and get these symptoms evaluated but don;t think the WORST FIRST.....Be well and Hope this helps!

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My son has CIDP on cellcept and steroids. He has very loose stools sometimes with blood. Every few minutes sometimes. Stool was white and lumpy today?

My son has CIDP on cellcept and steroids. He has very loose stools sometimes with blood. Every few minutes sometimes. Stool was white and lumpy today?

CIPD: If you are referring to chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, this is felt to be an autoimmune disease and the use of immunosuppressive agents such as CellCept our standard. In addition to effects on the blood count, there may be some associated GI side effects. I recommend talking with your neurologist. ...Read more

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Every few days I have a bout of loose stools very loose and I'm always tired at the minute, I'm 40 and worried that I have colon cancer?

Every few days I have a bout of loose stools very loose and I'm always tired at the minute, I'm 40 and worried that I have colon cancer?

Many causes of Diarr: Diarrhea is not a common symptom of Colon cancer, so that should not be your worry. You should visit a physician to determine the cause which can be anything from irritable bowel to inflammatory bowel disease. Stress can be causative agent in some such ailments. Simplify your life style to reduce stress. ...Read more

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