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Hello, I've been suffering for almost a year with stomach pain that has led to loose stools and diarrhea pretty frequently (several times a week). I lost about 20 pounds over a couple months and I've had a colonoscopy, ultrasound, and bloodwork which all has been fine. Within the past few months the painful diarrhea has calmed down and I've maintained weight but my stool just doesn't seem normal anymore.
My stool is always loose/soft and floats. It is semi-formed so not complete diarrhea but it is in several pieces and they never sink. I would say its a type 6 because it's semi-formed and it seems like steatorrhea but the stool is not fatty or super pale looking (crayon size but little bigger). Sometimes I will have a normal type stool that is not broken up but it usually floats as well and rarely does anything sink.
I've cut out milk from my diet and experimented with gluten free but didn't notice any changes.
I'm wondering if this sounds like steatorrhea from a malabsortion issue and I should go back to the doctor for further testing or if this is typical of what people experience with IBS. Sorry for all the details just not sure what to do at this point
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