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Malabsorption is the inability to absorb nutrients from the food you eat by the small intestine. Light-colored, foul-smelling, and bulky stools are the main symptoms. The causes of malabsorption are cystic fibrosis, celiac disease, and some infection of the small intestine.

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I am a 28-year-old male with facial numbness, left leg pain, difficulty swallowing, and foul-smelling stool. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 28-year-old male experiencing numbness in my face, pain in the left leg, and difficulty swallowing food. My stools are foul-smelling. Please help.Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read the query, and I can understand your concern. The symptoms can be due to acute dehydration. Foul-smelling stools can indicate liver disorder or malabsorption. Malabsorption can be a possibility in your case, which causes extremely weak and results in vit...  Read Full »

What is the reason for my malabsorption, rosacea, and oral thrush?

Query: Hello doctor, I suffer from malabsorption, rosacea, and oral thrush. I think it is a GI issue of some kind, but not sure. Could someone please give me an idea of what I have and how to treat the issue?  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Mostly rosacea is associated with malabsorption syndrome in cases of SIBO (small intestinal bacterial outgrowth). It could be associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). I need to know about your blood sugars and thyroid status. Also, I need to know what medicatio...  Read Full »

Why do I have pale stools and bloated stomach?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 28 year old male. I am suffering from fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, pale stools and upper abdominal bloating. I am addicted to Benadryl for the past one and a half years to get sleep. I stopped taking it over last three days.  Read Full »

Dr. Divakara. P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your symptoms can be due to many conditions, but my first suspicion is a liver problem. Apart from liver problem it can be due to, Anemia. Vitamin deficiency. Indigestion leading to malabsorption. Problems in pancreas and gut. I would recommend tests called li...  Read Full »

Can appendicitis cause malabsorption?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from malabsorption. All my tests are normal. But, my radiology result reported appendicitis. Can appendicitis cause malabsorption?  Read Full »

Dr. Naresh Kumar M.

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is important to note that appendicitis alone cannot be attributed as the cause of malabsorption. Malabsorption refers to a condition where the intestine is unable to absorb nutrients properly, resulting in weight loss despite normal food intake, low serum albumin l...  Read Full »

I have had chronic anemia for the past 30 years. Could it occur due to malabsorption?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had ongoing anemia for the past 30 years, my blood slowly disappeared until the last six months requiring transfusions and now on Eprex to help with that. My three bone marrows just show large red blood cells, irregularly shaped, and blasts. Even sent the last marrow and bone bi...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello,Welcome to read your query and understand your concern. For low hemoglobin, you are given a blood transfusion. So the severity of anemia might get more severe as receiving a blood transfusion. Hemoglobin levels should be kept within the limit to get relief from symptoms of anemia...  Read Full »

What causes tingling sensations and tremors in the entire body at rest?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 22 years old with a weight of 95 pounds and a height of five feet. I have a tingling sensation all over my body, especially in my hands, arms, and feet. I also have pins and needles on my fingertips and toes. I also get tremors when I lay down or when I sit in a comfortable position....  Read Full »

Dr. Ankush Dhaniram Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As all your tests are normal, I am considering that the blood sugar levels are normal. There are numerous reasons to have tingling sensations and tremors during the resting stage. You can have malabsorption leading to nutrition deficiency. There are other numerous reaso...  Read Full »

I am having explosive diarrhea since three months. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am having diarrhea since three to four months. What actually is happening is I am getting large amount of water which is clear with small broken pieces of feces. Also, I can see tissue like (lace-like) mucus like things in my feces. I have abdominal discomfort when I do not defecate....  Read Full »

Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From your symptoms, you could have a chronic infection or inflammatory condition of the colon associated with malabsorption. It could be a number of things so we need to approach in a stepwise manner. If symptoms are associated with certain food intakes like dairy or glut...  Read Full »

Are ferritin and hypothyroidism related?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 34-years-old woman with hypothyroidism, currently taking Euthyrox 100 mcg. I was found to have low levels of ferritin 30 ng/mL in a routine examination. So my doctor recommended a change in my diet and to make a treatment of iron hydroxide polymaltose. I did both, but my ferri...  Read Full »

Dr. Thiyagarajan. T

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is hard to say the reason for your low ferritin level. Either you have low iron in the diet, had heavy menstrual bleeding for a while, or have a problem absorbing iron. You have normal iron and low ferritin, which is probably due to low iron stores but enough to have ...  Read Full »

What are the causes of my iron-deficiency anemia?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 50-year-old male, who until recently was in relatively good health, other than idiopathic severe osteoporosis and depression. Over the past six months, I have become lethargic, out of breath after very simple tasks, and loss of memory. My primary doctor noticed that my hemoglobin...  Read Full »

Dr. Prakash. H. M.

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Based on your query and attached reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity), my opinion is as follows: CT with contrast helps us in looking for any structural abnormalities. If there are any strictures (narrowed areas) or any masses (like carcinoma), the...  Read Full »

Why does my report show low hemoglobin levels?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 40-year-old woman. I had a hysterectomy surgery four years back. Now, I have no periods or blood loss of any measure. I am having a balanced diet with plenty of meat and kale chips. For three months, I have started taking raw food and prenatal vitamins because of cracks in my mouth ...  Read Full »

Dr. Prakash. H. M.

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Based on your query and reports (attachments removed to protect patient identity), my opinion is as follows: The low hemoglobin at present is not due to blood loss, it is nutritional. If you look at the iron studies, the iron levels are very low, indicating inadequate...  Read Full »

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