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Can't eat ANYTHING anymore without getting distended. Very painful. 4 months of chronic diarrhea, now this. Colonoscopy showed "inflammation" help! ?

Can't eat ANYTHING anymore without getting distended. Very painful. 4 months of chronic diarrhea, now this. Colonoscopy showed "inflammation" help! ?

Not enough info: inflammation is very vague. There are different types. Did they say if there is infection that causing diarrhea or inflammatory bowel disease. You may also want to change your diet. High fiber work better for diarrhea, but inflammation disorders need medical tx ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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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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I have chronic diarrhea that comes and goes, but it is very difficult to overcome...I've had a recent colonoscopy, all fine...Possibly stress-related?

I have chronic diarrhea that comes and goes, but it is very difficult to overcome...I've had a recent colonoscopy, all fine...Possibly stress-related?

Probiotics: Try probiotics (i.e. Yogurt) or a gluten free diet. If part of your prep included antibiotics, this can change the bacterial flora in your intestines. If you are dairy intolerant, there are probiotic supplements available in the majority of pharmacies, including target. If part of your stress includes drinking coffee or smoking, I would try decreasing one or both of those as well. ...Read more

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10months chronic diarrhea.2-5yellow, floating, mushy stools/day. Tenesmus in the night. Never pain or spasm. ESR=47\u0026#40;\u0026lt;15\u0026#41;.do a colonscopy or something else?

10months chronic diarrhea.2-5yellow, floating, mushy stools/day. Tenesmus in the night. Never pain or spasm. ESR=47\u0026#40;\u0026lt;15\u0026#41;.do a colonscopy or something else?

Stool analysis: Have a thorough examination, blood work and a stool assessment. If your stools are floating you may have problems with absorption of fat. Be reviewed by a GI specialist to direct further care. All the best and I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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What is the meaning of "inactive colitis" (colonoscopy) in 30y/o with chronic abd pain, nausea & occasional bloody diarrhea?

What is the meaning of "inactive colitis" (colonoscopy) in 30y/o with chronic abd pain, nausea & occasional bloody diarrhea?

Nothing obvious: Colitis means inflammation or ulcerations seen on colonoscopy. If neither change is found, yet have some symptoms from your colon, they may call it inactive or healed condition. I would not worry about it right now and let time help you get over your worry and it is not likely to bother you unless you have an established diagnosis of Ulcerative colitis or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). ...Read more

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Chronic ab pain and bloody diarrhea. Dr says I need a colonoscopy, but constant false positive pregnancy tests prevent this. Virgin. Help?

Chronic ab pain and bloody diarrhea. Dr says I need a colonoscopy, but constant false positive pregnancy tests prevent this. Virgin. Help?

Need colonoscopy: You may have inflammation of bowel or a lesion causing symptoms that most likely need colonoscopy to define and arrange for treatment. A false postive pregnancy test should not interfere. Although rare, false positive pregnancy tests happen to some women.. False positive test results can happen for various reasons, as each test looks for the levels of hCG, or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin in a woman’s urine or blood. There are different reasons why a pregnancy test would yield false positive results. One of the most common might be an at home urine test that was not done properly. Certain prescription drugs can alter results and give false positives. These drugs include Phenothiazines, Anticonvulsants. Certain tranquilizers and some diuretics. Another reason is the possibility of impurities in the urine sample caused by soap or detergent, blood, etc. ...Read more

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I have chronic constipation, haven't gone for 10 days. Bowel movements have mucus or diarrhea. I eat fiber and drink water. Do I need a colonoscopy?

I have chronic constipation, haven't gone for 10 days. Bowel movements have mucus or diarrhea. I eat fiber and drink water. Do I need a colonoscopy?

Yes: Chronic constipation that does not get better with reasonable changes to your diet and water intake should be explored further. In young patient's a rare cause of diarrhea is hirschprung's, and in older patients this can be the first sign of a colon tumor. I recommend seeing a physician to explore further. ...Read more

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I have chronic bile salts diarrhea w malabsorption. Had colonoscopy on friday w biopsies taken. Continuous abdominal pain (not gas) since procedure. No fever or other signs. Normal or should I call?

I have chronic bile salts diarrhea w malabsorption. Had colonoscopy on friday w biopsies taken. Continuous abdominal pain (not gas) since procedure. No fever or other signs. Normal or should I call?

Some abdominal: Discomfort is not uncommon after colonoscopy. Its secondary to colonic distention from the air insufflation during the procedure. It should go away over the next 24 -48 hrs. If you have abdominal distention along with the pain then ill be concerned. If its pain by itself and it doesn't go away by tomorrow I would recemmend letting your endoscopist know. If your pain gets worse do not wait to call! . ...Read more

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What can be done for chronic diarrhea?

What can be done for chronic diarrhea?

Replacement: Replacement of fluids and electrolytes and cultures for underlying causes for the chronic diarrhea. ...Read more

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What are the most common causes of chronic diarrhea?

What are the most common causes of chronic diarrhea?

...: A wide range of conditions can cause chronic diarrhea including irritable bowel syndrome, crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, food allergies, celiac disease, overactive thyroid and malabsorption syndromes. Infectious causes can include bacteria (salmonella, shigella, e. Coli, c. Diff, campylobacter, etc.), parasites (giardia, entamoeba histolytica, cryptosporidium, etc.) and viruses. ...Read more

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Is chronic diarrhea common in perimenopause?

Is chronic diarrhea common in perimenopause?

Something else: Chronic diarrhea is not usually a menopausal symptom. Your diarrhea could be pointing to something else such as food intolerance such as gluten or dairy. I recommend visiting your doctor to be further evaluated. ...Read more

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What could cause chronic diarrhea in a diabetic?

What could cause chronic diarrhea in a diabetic?

Diabetic Diarrhea: Patients with a longstanding history of diabetes may experience frequent diarrhea, and this has been reported to occur in up to 22% of patients. Abnormally rapid transit of fluids may occur in the colon, leading to increased stool frequency and urgency. Diabetic diarrhea is due to autonomic neuropathy leading to abnormal motility and secretion of fluid in the colon. ...Read more

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Can chronic diarrhea cause an inability to lose weight?

No: It is more the other way around. Chronic diarrhea can be a sign of metabolic disease or a sign that you aren't absorbing nutrients properly. You should see you doctor for workup of the chronic diarrhea. ...Read more

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My toddler has chronic diarrhea, what can I do to help relieve him?

Toddler diarrhea: Relief of chronic diarrhea is a complex answer. There can be many causes, some very serious, some a simple as a food intolerance (like milk intolerance). I would suggest discussing with your doctor if the diarrhea is chronic (more then 3 months). I usually ask my patients to let me know if they have diarrhea for more then 2 weeks or bloody diarrhea. Also grab some zinc oxide to protect his bottom! ...Read more

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Help! I've been having chronic diarrhea since I can remember. What's up?

Help! I've been having chronic diarrhea since I can remember. What's up?

Need more details: Have you ever discussed this with your PCP? What does diarrhea even mean for you? The differential is wide, though if indeed 'since you can remember', makes certain causes like infections and malignancy a lot less likely. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has chronic diarrhea, he's often nauseous. What could be causing this?

Diarrhea: The person needs a formal evaluation for work-up of the cause of the diarrhea. This includes but is not limited to: inflammatory bowel disease such as crohn's or ulcerative colitis, gluten intolerance (celiac disease), lactose intolerance, pancreas disease, etc. Work-up is advised. ...Read more

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Day 5 of chronic diarrhea I can't eat anything and im constantly drinking something... Someone please tell me what to do...

See a doctor: Have the stools analyzed and cultured, give the doctor a full history and undergo a physical exam. This may yield a very successful outcome. ...Read more

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Since Saturday I have had chronic diarrhea. Everytime I eat, an hour later I have to go to the bathroom. What could this be?

Diarrhea due to?: Since Saturday I have had chronic diarrhea. Everytime I eat, an hour later I have to go to the bathroom. What could this be? ANS: Since Saturday is not chronic. You have acute diarrhea. Most likley related to something you ate. Should be getting better now. Ask if others you ate with say Friday or Saturday to see if they are ill. See your Dr if not starting to get better. ...Read more

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I was having gastritis the other day which turned into a chronic diarrhea...Is it a serious issue? How long does the diarrhea last?

I was having gastritis the other day which turned into a chronic diarrhea...Is it a serious issue? How long does the diarrhea last?

R/o infectious diarr: If you have chronic diarrhea (more than 3 weeks)you will need further investigation. Recommend stool cultures for parasites, bacterial cultures and c.Diffcile toxin testing. ...Read more

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My five year old has lost seven pounds in the last 3 months due to chronic diarrhea. Is this a dangerous amount of weight for her to have lost?

My five year old has lost seven pounds in the last 3 months due to chronic diarrhea. Is this a dangerous amount of weight for her to have lost?

Significant-yes: The average 5 yo female weighs just above 40 lb and a 7 lb loss over 3 months is significant. It might not be dangerous in the short term, unless paired with unusual fluid losses, but deserves proper evaluation and treatment. Your PCP or pediatrician could start this but referral to a children's specialty center may be needed to track down the problem. ...Read more

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What causes chronic diarrhea in the morning. 1 episode of diarrhea each morning around 10 am. Nothing serious, but irritating. Not due to spicy food.

What causes chronic diarrhea in the morning. 1 episode of diarrhea each morning around 10 am. Nothing serious, but irritating. Not due to spicy food.

Coffee?: Do you have a cup of coffee shortly before the diarrhea? Coffee stimulates the bowel to move and may be a potential cause. Another possibility is lactose intolerance if you have milk in the morning with your cereal. ...Read more

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What causes chronic diarrhea in the us?

What causes chronic diarrhea in the us?

Same as anywhere: First define the problem (soft or frequent stool?), circumstances under which diarrhea develops (malabsorption, pancreatic maldigestion, food intolerances, stressful times, exposure to ill individuals/infections, food poisoning, ischemic gut, inflammatory colitis, etc.), severity (stool volume, dehydration, blood, night-time awakening, weight loss), & duration. The "cure" depends on the above. ...Read more

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What are some causes of chronic diarrhea?

Laundry list: Here is a laundry list for causes of chronic diarrhea: crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, lactose intolerance, fructose intolerance, parasitic infestation, bacterial infection, postcholecystectomy syndrome, laxative abuse, food allergies, gastrointestinal hormone secreting tumor, hyperthyroidism, constipation, etc. Best advice is to seek medical consult. ...Read more

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What should I do when I have chronic diarrhea at work?

Get evaluated: Get evaluated to find out why you have it. After getting tested, it may be possible to use anti-diarrhea drugs. ...Read more

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I've got chronic diarrhea. What foods should I eat and what to avoid?

I've got chronic diarrhea. What foods should I eat and what to avoid?

Soluble fiber: If you have chronic diarrhea, and have been tested and no cause is found- I suggest foods high in soluble fiber, because they absorb the fluid and make a firmer stool. Foods such as oatmeal and applesauce to give an example. Stay away from insoluble fiber- cause that would make the diarrhea worse. ...Read more

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I have chronic diarrhea.. What causes this? Its been over 3 months now

Chronic diarrhea: Chronic diarrhea is decreased stool consistency for >4 weeks. Many causes: nonabsorbable sugars or salts in the gut, too much fat in the stool (malabsorption/ maldigestion), inflammatory bowel disease, infections, poor blood flow to the bowel, medications, laxatives, even cancers. This is a job for a doc. You will need a good pe, stool cultures/chemistries/fat evaluation, crp/esr, ? Colonoscopy. ...Read more

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What can cause chronic diarrhea without other symptoms and how should I deal?

Sxs: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes.
Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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My wife has chronic diarrhea and has been suffering with this problem for close to three years, is there any help for her?

IMODIUM (loperamide) & Consult: Imodium® diarrhea medicine is over the counter in the pharmacy. Very severe cases should be examined by a doctor of gastroenterology (gi doctor) soon. ...Read more

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I have noticed 6 inch + thin light brown "strings" in the toilet for a few months. I have chronic diarrhea but big pain increase. Thanks?

I have noticed 6 inch + thin light brown "strings" in the toilet for a few months. I have chronic diarrhea but big pain increase. Thanks?

'Strings' need eval: Strings in the stool could be anything as simple as undigested vegetable matter to a parasite. Since this is associated with chronic diarrhea and now abdominal pain I think you need to see a doctor. You may need to get a stool sample to test. Either way getting pain and chronic diarrhea isn't normal. Get evaluated.. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more


Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea = increased frequency of stools which ...Read more