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GERD diagnosis 6 years ago, now with upper and upper left ab. pain, diarrhea, dizziness, night sweats -- all for the last 4 weeks. ?

GERD diagnosis 6 years ago, now with upper and upper left  ab. pain, diarrhea, dizziness, night sweats -- all for the last 4 weeks. ?

See your doctor: This could represent multiple pathologies all related to a prior hisotry of GERD. You should see your doctor and ask to see a gastrointestinal specialist ...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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What should be done about diarrhea that lasts for more then a week?

What should be done about diarrhea that lasts for more then a week?

See your doc: See your doctor to evaluate your stools for parasites or infections. In the meantime increase your fiber intake and simplify your foods. Brat diet (bananas, rice, apples and toast). ...Read more

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4weeks pregnant, last 3 weeks had diarrhea, heartburn & cramps if i eat more than little bits at a time. Was in malaysia for 2 weeks. Is this normal?

4weeks pregnant, last 3 weeks had diarrhea, heartburn & cramps if i eat more than little bits at a time. Was in malaysia for 2 weeks. Is this normal?

No: These symptoms need to be evaluated by your doctor. Only he/she can put things into perspective and give you the answers you deserve. ...Read more

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Seems like im having very watery diarrhea stools every 2-3 days. No more than twice a day for the last week. Should i be concerned or continue imodium (loperamide)?

Seems like im having very watery diarrhea stools every 2-3 days. No more than twice a day for the last week. Should i be concerned or continue imodium (loperamide)?

See a doctor: Any diarrhea or other major change in bowel habits lasting more than 7-10 days should be medically evaluated. So see your doctor soon. It's impossible to even guess at the cause without a lot more detail. Good luck! ...Read more

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I'm 5 days late on period bad back pain and had diarrhea yesterday and just feel sick. Had a pap done last week with abnormal cells.

I'm 5 days late on period bad back pain and had diarrhea yesterday and just feel sick. Had a pap done last week with abnormal cells.

My first thought: is that you have more than one thing going on. I believe you, unfortunately, have become ill with a viral gastroenteritis just at the time of your expected menses. This often results in worsening of usual period symptoms as well as the symptoms of the coexisting disease which could also delay your period. I would not worry that this has anything to do with your abnormal Pap smear or cancer. ...Read more

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History of ibs. Past week/gas/full fast/heavy. Last night bad gas. Morning diarrhea 4x and nausea. Now stom feels bruised. No more D. Ibs flare or big?

History of ibs. Past week/gas/full fast/heavy. Last night bad gas. Morning diarrhea 4x and nausea. Now stom feels bruised. No more D. Ibs flare or big?

Ibs: These symptoms could be consistent with ibs but could there also be a component of lactose intolerance? After these symptoms abdominal soreness isn't unusual but if abdominal discomfort persists and there is associated tenderness, an examination by your physician would be advisable. If it was a flare up of ibs do you have any idea of what could have set it off- diet or stress? ...Read more

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I had gall bladder removed in jan 2015 for the last week I have had yellow stool more like diarrhea with mucus and abdominal pain?

I had gall bladder removed in jan 2015 for the last week I have had yellow stool more like diarrhea with mucus and abdominal pain?

Likely not related: Your recent stool changes are not related to your gallbladder being removed 4 months ago. ...Read more

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Diagnosed w adrenal fatigue in summer 2013. Last few weeks have had upper abdominal pain (mostly right some left), pain behind right breast, and last month have had constipation/diarrhea. Also been more fatigued and have been sleeping more than usual?

Diagnosed w adrenal fatigue in summer 2013. Last few weeks have had upper abdominal pain (mostly right some left), pain behind right breast, and last month have had constipation/diarrhea. Also been more fatigued and have been sleeping more than usual?

Adrenal fatigue: Check thyroid function TSH/T4 . With right upper abdominal pain check for gallbladder stones,(or colon ) also consider gastritis, GERD with H pylori , food intolerance( (gluten/soy milk), costochondritis, rare mycoplasma or pneumonia, if periods irregular polycystic ovarian syndrome. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/addisons-disease/expert-answers/adrenal-fatigue/FAQ-20057906 ...Read more

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When sleeping with no cover and feel cold at night. I wake up with diarrhea that lasts for 3 or more days. Why would being cold while sleeping do that?

When sleeping with no cover and feel cold at night. I wake up with diarrhea that lasts for 3 or more days. Why would being cold while sleeping do that?

Doctor can evaluate: Odd symptoms require one to find a primary doctor who has plenty of time to hear the whole story. Just being cold from ambient air would not cause diarrhea, but feeling cold may be due to having a fever (which, if due to a stomach bug, could cause diarrhea). A fever on the rise causes one to feel coldness and chills, but a fever that's dropping will cause one to feel hot and sweaty. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have the urge to push really hard when having diarrhea? That seems to be my problem, colonoscopy done last yr was good! doineedanother

Is it normal to have the urge to push really hard when having diarrhea? That seems to be my problem, colonoscopy done last yr was good! doineedanother

No: If you have urgency and diarrhea, you might have an infection. It is not normal to have diarrhea or an urgency to push. You don't need another colonoscopy you need a stool test to make sure you don't have an infection. They should look for bacteria and parasites. ...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