When should I worry about malabsorption?

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i have recently started noticing floating yellow stools (not everyday but often) and i have been struggling with constipation for the past few weeks. stools are always soft despite this. other symptoms i have are cramps at the sides of my navel and around my hipbones and bouts of diarrhea. i have always had weird stools but i am worried it is malabsoprtion this time as i have not been able to gain weight despite trying. i even went down from 100lbs to 97lbs which i suppose could be normal and random but i am still worried as i am eating lots and calculating calories to make sure i am eating enough. when should i worry about weight loss?

currently waiting for endoscopy as i have been struggling with gerd symptoms as well and doc thinks i might have ibs but i have not had enough tests to decide. i have also had lots of gas recently. not sure if i should book an appointment about these symptoms or if i am exaggerating...?

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    It sounds like IBS.which can be caused by anxiety and made worse by stress. The very best you can do is to wait for your endoscopy and do not worry. Anxiety will make your symptoms worse and can cause weight loss. I wouldn't bother calculating calories because that is giving you something to worry about. Simply eat normally and don't concentrate on what you are eating. Discuss your worries with your doctor and ask if your endoscopy can be brought forward.

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    Hi Maria. You definitely must tell your GP about these symptoms as they seem to strongly suggest bile acid malabsorption (I have this). In the meantime, try to limit your fat intake to no more than 40 grams per day. Good luck!

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    Definitely don't ignore these symptoms, anytime there is unwanted weight loss and a change in bowel habits it's worth a deeper look. Not trying to worry you it could be IBSD which unfortunately in this day is becoming more and more prevalent due to environmental issues. Get it checked out to be sure. Good luck and let us know what your doctor said!

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