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Today is day 5 of diarrhea & nausea. Im starting to feel dehydrated & weak/dizzy. What bland food/drinks can I have to restore electrolytes? Help!

Today is day 5 of diarrhea & nausea. Im starting to feel dehydrated & weak/dizzy. What bland food/drinks can I have to restore electrolytes? Help!

Seek help: If your symptoms are going on for 5 days and you are starting to feel dizzy, you may need IV fluids. If you are able to keep fluids down and you have access to a drug store, Pedialyte is great for electrolytes. You can also take in fruit juice, sports drinks or broth. Dry toast, rice, crackers and low-fiber fruit like bananas are bland foods usually well tolerated. ...Read more

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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more

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Had gall bladder operation last week.Since yesterday having loose stools although i'm still eating light, bland food. Please help.

Had gall bladder operation last week.Since yesterday having loose stools although i'm still eating light, bland food. Please help.

No restrictions.: After your gall bladder is removed, you really don't have any dietary restrictions. About 30% of women who have gall bladder removal will have post meal urgency, which is an aggressive urge to have a bowel movement soon after meals. This is not due to the absence of the gall bladder. It is self limited, but if it persists longer than one likes, try imodium. Good luck ...Read more

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Treating Diarrhea (Checklist)

Stay well hydrated
Daily
Try a constipating diet
Daily
Try BRAT diet (banana, rice, applesauce, and toast)
Daily
See a GI doctor
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Which foods should you eat if you have diarrhea?

Which foods should you eat if you have diarrhea?

Soluble fiber: foods with soluble fiber help absorb the water and give a more formed stool. Foods such as oatmeal and applesauce for example. also consider taking probiotics to reestablish the balance of healthy bacteria in your colon. ...Read more

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Are there foods I can eat to relieve diarrhea?

Are there foods I can eat to relieve diarrhea?

Yes: To relieve diarrhea you should limit your self to clear liquids until the diarrhea slows down. You can start with foods that will have a tendency to harden the stools like bananas, rice, apples. Avoid milk products and keep up fluid intake to replace stool losses. ...Read more

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Treating Diarrhea (Checklist)

Keep yourself well hydrated
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Don't take too many antidiarrheal meds, they can make condition worse
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if you don't improve within a couple of days, seek medical attention
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I have acute spasm on lft side .Bad diarrhea last tues.Pain if I eat.So very little food since then.No b.M since .Can't bear pain if I eat.?

I have acute spasm on lft side .Bad diarrhea last tues.Pain if I eat.So very little food since then.No b.M since .Can't bear pain if I  eat.?

Bad pain & diarrhea: If you haven't had much to eat for several days, & you have what sounds like severe pain when you eat you should really be evaluated by a physician without delay. At the very least you are at risk of dehydration. Six days of persistent symptoms is worrisome for significant infection, inflammation, ischemia of the gut or even a disease state elsewhere in the abdomen. Don't try to sit this one out! ...Read more

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Are there certain foods that can worsen the diarrhea side affects?

Are there certain foods that can worsen the diarrhea side affects?

Absolutely.: Most reliable resources suggest to avoid concentrated sweets and beverages such as sweet tea, fruit juice, sugary sports drinks and soda, as these may worsen the diarrhea. Some suffering from diarrhea can also develop a transient lactose intolerance which may require avoidance of major sources of lactose such as milk or ice cream as well for a while. ...Read more

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Treating Diarrhea (Checklist)

Replace lost fluid, ounce for ounce
Hourly
Make sure you're urinating
once
Don't drink high-sugar drinks
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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea is a term that describes loose, watery stools occurring more frequently than usual. It is often not due to a serious cause, but severe diarrhea ...Read more

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