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Having loose and semi loose stool. What does the finding mean?

From two months my stool is not coming properly mostly it's loose and very rare semi loose. Sometimes there is pain in stomach also . I have also seen mucus in my stool after I taken a medicine of mucus and mucus problem is gone . But stool are still loose and after few weeks I again see mucus in my stool. Kindly advice
Asked On : Sun, 7 Apr 2013
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Gastroenterologist 's  Response
Hello, thanks for contacting HCM with your question.
You have had the onset of this problem for two months
or more and you seem to be experiencing watery stools.
Semi lose to watery consistency mixed with lot of mucus.
I am not sure what age group you belong to , but if you
are between 16-30 years of age , we would have to consider
a few conditions. One is Irritable Bowel Syndrome -diarrhea
predominant along with abdominal pain, bloating and gas.
Others are Inflammatory Bowel diseases which include
ulcerative colitis and crohn's disease.
We may also have to think about lactose intolerance, celiac
disease, whipple's disease all of these that can cause malabsorption.
You could have anemia, weight loss and other blood test abnormalities.
You need to have a complete set of blood tests , x-rays of the stomach
and intestines to see if there are any problems. You also need stool
studies to look for parasites etc.
You may need colonoscopy and biopsy if abnormal lining present.
Discuss these with your own doctor and follow thrugh. Good luck.
Answered: Sat, 6 Jul 2013
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