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i have been suffering from stomach bloating for last 11 days. on 30th Dec. 2009 morning i felt complete apetite stopped, next day i had loose motion for one day, from next day, my stool is soft and passing stool one time per day.

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replied January 12th, 2010
Digestive and Bowel Disorders Answer A9096
Hi and welcome to the forum! I am glad that I can help you.

You would like to know whether it is normal for individuals to defecate once every day.

Defecation is the final act of digestion by which organisms eliminate solid, semi-solid or liquid waste material (feces) from the digestive tract via the anus. Usually individuals defecate more than three times a week, so defecation once a day is considered normal as well. Only one or no defecation in a week is not normal and should be treated. Defecation of liquid stools more than three times a day is considered to be diarrhea and should be treated with water and mineral supplements. One soft or liquid stool per day is not considered as diarrhea that should be treated.

Given the data that you described, it is likely that you don't experience any medical condition. You should see your doctor if you experience diarrhea, increased body temperature, nausea or vomiting, etc.

Please keep in mind that I provide with medical information only. I am not able to diagnose medical conditions online. Please contact your doctor for further advice and information about diagnosis and treatment of diarrhea.

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