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Stool test, vomiting, gastroenteritis - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Good evening.
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   Hi,
User :   I need to understand more about stool test
Doctor :   Ok
User :   I am experiencing some symptoms like my motions are too soft (Not loose ) , and some time I feel they are oily also , i.e too smooth
Doctor :   Ok
User :   so is their any specific stool test i should undertake and how to go about it
User :   ?
Doctor :   Since when are you having these symptoms?
User :   These are their for quite long time , more than a year even
Doctor :   How frequently do you pass stools?
User :   twice a day or once
Doctor :   Do you have abdominal pain associated with this problem?
User :   Not really, But sometime I feel too much gas associated before passing stools, which gets released during the motion
Doctor :   May I know your age?
User :   31
Doctor :   Do you have history of diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid problems, allergies in the past?
Doctor :   Do you smoke or consume alcohol?
User :   I don't smoke or far I am concerned I do not have Diabetes, BP..
User :   Thyroid i have not checked to be frank
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me brief you.
Doctor :   Stool tests are done to look for infections, inflammations or other gastro intestinal tumours.
Doctor :   Based on your description, I do not find a concerning problem.
Doctor :   The consistency of the stool depend on the type of diet.
Doctor :   Too much fibres and fat in the stool can give rise to too soft and oily stools.
Doctor :   With adequate modifications in the diet they can be rectified.
Doctor :   Similar symptom can happen if you have fat intolerance.
Doctor :   They again are rectified with diet modifications.
Doctor :   Hence my suggestion to you is
Doctor :   consult a doctor for examination.
Doctor :   You can get the stool tests and other tests under guidance of them.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   Yes,
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   Yes, I have one query regarding my wife...
Doctor :   Proceed.
User :   Today morning , she had a vomit which was yellowish liquid ( acid from stomach I gues), and then she also had loose motions
Doctor :   Ok
User :   then she had tea & bakery toasts etc... which came out within half hour
Doctor :   Ok
User :   She is feeling uneasy, since then and feels like vomitting post having some food
Doctor :   Has her symptoms settled by now?
User :   motions have stopped, but uneasiness remains
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   The symptoms are suggestive of gastroenteritis.
User :   what does that mean in layman terms
Doctor :   Since you say that the symptoms have improved, it does not need any immediate attention.
Doctor :   Gastroenteritis refers to inflammation of the stomach and intestines.
Doctor :   The cause is usually an infection which usually settles in a few days.
Doctor :   The following measures are useful in the treatment of this condition.
Doctor :   1. If she continues to vomit or has nausea, she can take one antiemetic (anti vomiting) medications
Doctor :   2. Plenty of fluids to be given. Preferably give her plain water mixed with electrolytes powder.
Doctor :   3. A non spicy, soft and bland diet is better than normal diet.
Doctor :   4. Watch out for abdominal cramps or presence of blood in the stools.
Doctor :   If severe abdominal cramps, blood in the stools occur consult a doctor for antibiotics.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?\
User :   yes clearly...She has mild pain in stomach, but no blood in stools
Doctor :   The symptoms usually settle down in 1-3 days.
User :   Will Glucon-D do instead of Electral
Doctor :   Presence of severe abdominal cramps, persisting loose motions, recurrent vomiting, intolerance of oral feeds, fever and blood in stools indicate need to see a doctor.
Doctor :   Glucon D only contains glucose. I prefer her to take Electral powder.
User :   ok, But she is more hesitant to drink water , due to vomit feeling
Doctor :   Alternative choice are tender coconut water, rice gruel (rice kanji) etc can also help.
User :   ok
Doctor :   If the vomiting feeling is severe, she can take antiemetics.
Doctor :   which can be prescribed by a doctor near your locality.
Doctor :   She should be much better in a day or two.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   Yes, Thanks
Doctor :   Do you have any more queries?
User :   I have one seperate query, I had earlier consults here for my mothers diet program, that has happened sometime back
User :   How do i connect back to the same doctor, or how is followups handled here..
Doctor :   Did you take up a diet plan from a nutritionist?
User :   yes I have taken that...we were awaiting the thyroid test results, Once I have them , How d oI share them back
Doctor :   You can get back to us on the chat with us.
Doctor :   Once you are connected on live chat.
Doctor :   we will be able to assist you on live chats if you can enter the result values here.
Doctor :   Alternatively, during the chat, you can send the scanned result copy
User :   So no need to connect back to the same doctor, right ?
Doctor :   On receiving the mail, we can discus them further.
User :   ok got it
Doctor :   We can be able to retrieve the past chat details
Doctor :   so it is not absolutely necessary to chat with the same doctor.
User :   So you are suggesting to connect to available doc instead of trying to connect to the same doctor
Doctor :   The doctors shift keep changing.
User :   I will share the report with the team once I have them for your further comments
Doctor :   You may be able to connect to the same doctor, if they are available.
Doctor :   Else a diferent doctor will be able to guide you further.
User :   ok thanks I have no further query
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Good night.
User :   bye good night
Doctor :   Bye for now.
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