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A 40-year-old female asked:

Diarrhea 4 weeks now. not giardia, per cultures. imodium (loperamide) not working. loud digestive noise, water diarrhea. doc says wait 2 weeks, then f/u. ideas?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Avoid dairy products: Even if you are not normally lactose intolerant, during any sort of gastrointestinal infection/irritation, you may temporarily lose your ability to digest lactose. This could make diarrhea/gas/cramping worse.
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Dr. Ilana Newman
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Provided original answer
Try eating food that normally slow down diarrhea - white bread, white rice, and apples (they contain pectin, which is what makes jelly closer to a solid than liquid).
Aug 9, 2014
Dr. Laura Yauch
Specializes in Family Medicine
See GI: Diarrhea can result from many types of infections including salmonella, shigella, campylobacter, yersinia, pathogenic e. coli, c. difficile, and parasites. These can diagnosed on stool cultures. If you were tested for giardia you may have also been tested for these. There are also non infectious reasons for diarrhea including colitis. At this point I would suggest seeing a GI doctor
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