Q. Suffering from floating stool and stomach pain. How can I help myself to get better?

Answered by
Dr. Happykumar Kagathara
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 23, 2017 and last reviewed on: Oct 09, 2018

Hi doctor,

I am a diabetic patient (type 1) for the past 12 years. I have never suffered from floating stool for such a prolonged time. I am suffering from this problem for the past six months. I am suffering from excessive gas and frequently get stomach aches. Can you please let me know the problem? How can I help myself to get better? I am just trying natural remedies at home like garlic, ginger, honey, apple cider vinegar, etc.



Welcome to

I can understand your concern for your symptoms.

  • Floating stool is suggestive of abnormal digestion and absorption of fat from the diet which leads to an excess amount of fat in the stool.
  • Stomach ache and gas are suggestive of indigestion due to lack of intestinal digestive enzyme supplementation.
  • Your history of type 1 diabetes along with these symptoms are suggestive of an inadequate amount of pancreatic juice (exogenous enzymes) for digestion.

The Probable causes:

Autoimmune pancreatitis.

Investigations to be done:

CT scan abdomen with contrast, lipase, amylase and upper GI endoscopy (to rule out gastritis).

Differential diagnosis:

Severe gastritis.

Probable diagnosis:

Autoimmune pancreatitis.

Treatment plan:

Continue treatment for diabetes, pancreatic digestive enzyme supplementation, and treatment for acidity.

Preventive measures:

Avoid oily and spicy food. Take fat-free and high protein diet.

Regarding follow up:

For further information consult a medical gastroenterologist online.--->

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