Fibre is an important constituent of our diet that maintains gut health. It aids in weight loss, prevents constipation, and promotes heart health. They are abundantly found in fruits, vegetables, grain, and legumes.
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Could you please interpret my reports and tell me if I have IBS or any other disease?
Query: Hello doctor,For the past seven days, I feel that there is a change in my bowel habits. According to the Bristol chart, I think my stool structure may be a type 3 to 5. I pass my stool quite comfortably every morning. But, after this, when I pass stools during the day, I have to use some force. I do... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The symptoms you have raised do not seem abnormal. Stool frequency can normally vary from three times a day to thrice a week. A good defecation in the morning is definitely a healthy sign. Any passage of stool during the rest of the day depends only on the stimulus ... Read Full »
What causes mucous in stool and abnormal bowel movements in children?
Query: Hi doctor, My 3.5 year old daughter has irregular bowel movements with a recent problem of mucus in stool. Earlier also, she did not poop regularly. I use laxative when she does not poop for two to three days consecutively. Recently, she has a problem of mucus in her stool for approximately a month.... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Does she pass hard stools or normal stools with irregularity? Any history of blood in stools? Does she also complain of pain during defecation around the anal area? Has she ever passed stools in bulk sometime? Did you get her thyroid profile done? Does she have any ... Read Full »
What are the causes of constipation in children?
Query: Hi doctor, My child was constipated for the past four days. Our doctor gave enema and he passed his stools. Now, again, he is suffering from constipation. What is the reason? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Constipation is a common problem in children. It is usually temporary, which is relieved by medications given through the anus. It might persist for a few days and suppository can be used to pass stools, instead of enema. Please take care of dietary habits, which can t... Read Full »
My father is a diabetic. What kind of fruits can he have?
Query: Hi doctor, My father is a diabetic. He likes to have fruits. But I am worried he is not supposed to eat some kind of fruits. Please advise regarding what kind of fruits he can have and those which he should not have. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Fiber-rich foods are generally safe for diabetics to eat because they tend to have a lower glycemic index and therefore do not spike blood sugar levels to the same extent as high glycemic index foods. Fruits with high fiber content include passion fruit, orange, raspber... Read Full »
How can pain on the left side of stomach be alleviated?
Query: Hello doctor,There is pain on the left side of the stomach and lower back, and the skin feels sore. There is also a lot of burping these days now. Please help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. From your symptoms, it seems you are suffering from diverticulitis. The differential diagnosis is urinary tract infection. This can frequently occur in the elderly or people who do not eat enough fiber in their diet. Also... Read Full »
My wife could notice blood in her stools.Could you please advise us with proper guidance?
Query: Hello doctor, My wife (age 33 years) has been suffering from piles related issues since last 10 years. It occurred after her delivery (in 2003) and was harmless at that time. We are having an eleven year old daughter. Recently she started experiencing pain and itching while going to toilet. Also sh... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. It seems like your wife has second degree hemorrhoids which has also led to her fissure. The good news is that it can be managed medically. The first line of management is medical management. Itching is a very common manifestation, which is a... Read Full »
Why do I have a small strand of skin near the anus?
Query: Hi doctor,There is about a quarter inch long strand of skin going away from the anus and I think it is a hemorrhoid. Also, that is dark purple in color. I am in need of your help. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I want to assure you that do not worry as everything is going to be fine soon. I have thoroughly gone through your case and can well understand your genuine concerns. Read Full »
Will taking Magnesium for a long duration leads to the development of laxative dependent bowel movement?
Query: Hello doctor, I am contacting you regarding my bowel issues. About five years ago, I began taking moderate to high doses of Magnesium to ease my heart palpitations. This caused my stools to be very loose and easy to pass. I would normally have 2 to 3 bowel movements a day. Beginning last year, I st... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Magnesium dependency looks unlikely. Magnesium, being a laxative, helped your pre-existing condition. The symptoms you have mentioned point towards IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). This is constipation-predominant IBS. In constipation-predominant IBS, you may develop SR... Read Full »
Please suggest ways to control bad odor due to stomach problem.
Query: Hi doctor, I am a regular alcoholic. The problem is that I have bad smell due to stomach problem. Suggest me how to cure bad smell. Thank you. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. With little changes in diet and lifestyle, it is possible to remove the bad smell. Have food in a proper manner and always have smaller bites. Eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly so that all of what you eat gets digested. Do not gulp your food. While havin... Read Full »
I have a problem with bowel movements. Kindly help me.
Query: Hello doctor, I am having a problem with bowel movements with soft, pasty stools. Lots of small stools after the first bowel movement in the morning. All bowel movements take hours to develop once I feel I am in need of a bowel movement. Often times I have to manipulate bowel movement with a shallo... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. So, this basically occurs due to constipation and incomplete evacuation. There are certain points you need to remember. Firstly, you need to have a healthy lifestyle which includes a healthy diet and regular exercises. In diet, you should eat a high-fiber diet like... Read Full »