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What is the difference between diarrhea and loose stools??

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Old 06-25-2003, 02:59 PM   #1
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Post What is the difference between diarrhea and loose stools??

Ok, so where else can I post this question and not have people be grossed out? LOL. Ah, the joys of IBS.

I was wondering if anyone can tell me the difference between diarrhea and loose stools?

I am a more IBS-pain predominant or IBS-C, but today I had really bad cramps and a looser bowel movement with the cramps. It was not liquid, just loose. Is this diarrhea?

Thanks to anyone who can lend some insight.

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Old 06-26-2003, 08:18 AM   #2
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There is not much difference between loose stools and diarrhea.

Diarrhea is loose watery stools. D-- causes the loss of fluids as well as electrolyes (minerals) that can result in troubles.

The only thing you really have to be careful of is too frequent watery stools where you become dehydrated with loss of sodium, potassium and magnesium and trace minerals.


Old 06-26-2003, 09:28 PM   #3
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I'm a nurse and in nursing school we were told the difference between diarrhea and loose stools is this:
Diarrhea is multiple bouts of very loose, watery stools with little to no form. Loose stools can also be watery with little to no form but occur once per day or less frequently. One loose stool, once per day for example is not diarrhea. I hope I was of some help to you

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