A few weeks ago in a telephone conversation with my mom, she mentioned that one of my sisters had been having some problems with her stomach for the last month or so. Being concerned, I called my sister directly to talk to her about what was going on.
"I don't know," she said. I'm eating a healthy diet, but for the last month or so I've had a lot of diarrhea and even some vomiting. And my stomach hurts so much after I eat that I just don't want to eat anymore."
"What are you eating?" I asked.
"You know, healthy stuff. Fruits and vegetables and high fiber bread."
I explained to her that a healthy diet isn't healthy if it's making you sick. And if it's making you sick then you have to do something to figure out what is causing the symptoms. First, change what you're eating so that you can eat and get some nourishment into your body. And second, make an appointment with a gastroenterologist to discuss the problems.
"It's especially important to see a GI...
Alternative Names Foul-smelling stools Home Care Home care depends on the diagnosis. Follow your health care provider's instructions closely, and stick to any prescribed diets. If you have diarrhea, drink more fluids to avoid dehydration. Call your health care provider if Call your health care provider if you have: Black or pale stools Blood in the stool Changes in the stool related to diet Chills Cramping Fever Pain in the abdomen Weight loss What to expect at your health care provider's office Your health care provider will perform a physical examination and ask questions about your medical history. Questions may include: When did you first notice that your stools were foul-smelling? Are the stools an abnormal color (especially pale or clay-colored stools )? Are your stools difficult to flush? What sort of diet have you eaten recently? Does a change in your diet make the smell worse or better? What other symptoms do you have? The doctor may take a stool sample. Other tests may be needed.
Definition Stool ova and parasites exam is a laboratory test to determine if a stool sample contains parasites or eggs (ova) that are associated with intestinal infections. Alternative Names Parasites and stool ova exam How the test is performed A stool sample is needed. There are many ways to collect the sample. You can catch the stool on plastic wrap that is loosely placed over the toilet bowl and held in place by the toilet seat. Then, put the sample in a clean container. One test kit supplies a special toilet tissue that you use to collect the sample. You then put the sample in a clean container. To collect a sample from a child in diapers, line the diaper with plastic wrap. If the plastic wrap is positioned properly, you can keep the stool separate from urine, thus ensuring a better sample. Return the sample to your health care provider's office or laboratory as directed. At the lab, a small smear of stool is placed on a microscope slide and examined. How the test will feel The laboratory ...
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