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Q. What causes loose stools with stomach grumbling and pain?

Answered by
Dr. Happykumar Kagathara
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 25, 2020 and last reviewed on: Sep 07, 2020

Hello doctor,

I am 18 years old. This all started two weeks ago. I started to have some loose stools, abdominal pain (lasts about two seconds, it comes and goes almost twice a day) and grumbling in the stomach. My doctor gave me a three-day course of Buscopan, charcoal, and Apo-ranitidine after which the loose motions and cramps have stopped. But now the problem is that I have frequent toilet urges and feel that my bowel has not completely emptied. I am also experiencing a lot of gas and grumbling in the stomach. I have had gas problems from childhood but since these two weeks, it has turned a little worse. What am I suffering from and any treatment?

Dr. Happykumar Kagathara

Medical Gastroenterology Surgical Gastroenterology


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Occasional abdominal pain, loose stool, urges for toilet all suggest that you might have irritable bowel syndrome. This is a chronic condition. If you experience worsening of symptoms, change in consistency of stool, any episode of any amount of bleeding along with stool then you might need further evaluation in terms of colonoscopy or CT scan of the abdomen.

Primary treatment is medications which you suppose to take for a long time (as prescribed by your doctor). You also need to change some sort of life-style modification in terms of avoiding food which worsen these symptoms and also suggest to take high-fiber, low-gluten diet.

Investigations to be done:

Might require a colonoscopy.

Differential diagnosis:

Indigestion, Inflammatory bowel disease.

Probable diagnosis:

Irritable bowel syndrome.

Treatment plan:

Medical treatment.

Preventive measures:

Take a high-fiber, low-gluten diet.

Regarding follow up:

Follow-up with a gastroenterologist.

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