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Slimy spit, irritated stomach and stools. Is it parasite or cancer?

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Hi I am a 34 year old female. For the past year I have a lot of slimy spit, my tummy is always irritated and my stool is not solid and is slimy as well. Although I eat very healthy (and quite a bit!), I have unintentionally lost about 30 lbs in 2 yrs and get tired easily. I wonder if i possibly have a parasite or cancer but do not have medical insurance....

I am 5'9" and currently weigh 132. Last summer i was wearing a size 6, now I am down to a size 2 :(
Posted Tue, 3 Jul 2012 in Digestion and Bowels
Answered by Dr. Chandana Krishna 1 hour later
Thank you for writing in,
It is extremely unlikely that you have a parasitic infestation or cancer. Parasite infestation won't last til one year.
Cancer is unlikely because you will lose up to 10% of your weight just in 3 months and other symptoms will be night sweats, cachexia or severe wasting.

You seem to be suffering from either due to malabsorption of fats and carbohydrates. Since your conditions seems to be quite severe, I would suggest you see a physician in person and get yourself evaluated. the exact problem can be identified once we have run some tests. Some enzyme supplements along with a diet XXXXXXX in certain nutrients would be needed.

In order to help you better, I would request you to answer the following questions:
-Is the abdominal discomfort/pain relieved on defecation,
-Is there an abnormality in stool form(hard/lumpy or loose/watery)? What is the frequency(no. of times) with which you have to use the bathroom? Do you feel there is something wrong when you are passing stools (straining, urgency, or feeling of incomplete evacuation)?
-Is there a bloating sensation in abdomen?
-Is there foul smelling stools?
Kindly write back to me.
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Follow-up: Slimy spit, irritated stomach and stools. Is it parasite or cancer? 3 hours later
Hi there,

Thank you for responding so quickly.

Yes, i do feel a little better once i have gone to the bathroom. However, my stool does not get solid and hardly any comes out, like diarrhea. I do not often eat away from my home anymore, as i will feel like running to the bathroom within an hour of eating. Once there, a small amount of slimy watery "poop" will come out and I will feel like I need to go again within 30-60 min, getting the same result again... And yes, it does smell embarrassingly bad.

My tummy always feels bloated and gassy, which is what made me think maybe a parasite or worm.

Another few things I thought of..
Sometimes there will be tiny strings of white sticky gunk, so gross! in my mouth and it will gather as I am talking and I have to excuse myself to rinse and wipe my mouth out. My skin is very dry and peels without constant moisturizer. Within the past year i get large, strange "zits" on my face (high neck/jawline/chin) that do not heal for months and then scar :( I now have hemroids, as well...ouch!!
I have not felt like myself for some time. I would like to stop losing weight and having stool issues.

Thank you!
Answered by Dr. Chandana Krishna 9 hours later
Hi ,
Thanks for writing back.
Sorry to hear about your problems.
It looks like a chronic parasitic infestation of gut or more probably, a malabsorption syndrome. We would need to run a few tests like routine microscopic examination of stool, stool for ova-cysts and fecal fat estimation.
If parasites are found, we'll need to start you on a course of antibiotics like ciprofloxacin and tinidazole. If malabsorption is identified, we would have to make dietary changes and start you on enzyme supplements. The facial acne would need treatment with oral antibiotics and topical retinoids as well. Since these are prescription drugs, you can consult your GP who can prescribe appropriate therapy.
I would suggest you see a general physician as this seems to affecting your life a lot.

If you have any doubt, kindly write to me. I'll be happy to help you.

Wish you good health and happiness.
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