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Doctor insights on: Chronic Diarrhea In A 12 Year Old Child

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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.

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'm having chronic diarrhea. What are the chances that this is colon cancer at age 30 years old?

I'm having chronic diarrhea. What are the chances that this is colon cancer at age 30 years old?

Low: The chances are low. Yet this does not mean that you should not discuss with your primary care physician or GI specialist in further detail. There are certain clues in a history we use to determine a risk profile. This can only be ascertained in a face to face discussion. This forum is subpar for this type of discussion.

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I'm 21& suffering chronic diarrhea since a year. I make all my test done I.e protein, stool, anti ttc etc all were -ve Medican r not helpng please advice?

I'm 21& suffering chronic diarrhea since a year. I make all my test done I.e protein, stool, anti ttc etc all were -ve Medican r not helpng please advice?

Gastroenterologist: Consult a gastroenterologist for diagnosis and treatment. Intestinal infection, gluten sensitivity, intestinal inflammation, or severe irritable bowel syndrome are possibilities. Appropriate tests will be ordered by the gastroenterologist.

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I had a colon resection surgery one year ago diagnosed stage 1 colon cancer. I still have bouts of chronic diarrhea. Is this due to the surgery?

I had a colon resection surgery one year ago diagnosed stage 1 colon cancer. I still have bouts of chronic diarrhea. Is this due to the surgery?

What part gone?: Removing the right colon and valve that separates the small bowel from colon sets the stage for bacterial contamination of the small bowel, which leads to diarrhea commonly-can be treated, with good success. Can try a probiotic, e.g. Florastor, and call your doc. Sometimes antibiotic rx needed to reestablish normal balance. If large amount of bowel removed (any location) can give diarrhea.

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Thank you. The only symptom I have had is chronic diarrhea after I eat for over a year and a slight sore throat. I have not had any fevers or rashes.

See your doctor!: chronic diarrhea can be life-threatening if it continues to the point of dehydration. So go see your doctor and see what can be done, as it may as simple as changing your nutrition. So that your diet doesn't include fried foods, junk food, or processed foods. Your gut may have a hard time digesting this, or may be lactose intolerant, or have food allergies that are making your condition worse.

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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?

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.

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I have chronic diarrhea and have had it for 10 years however the past few months it is extreme and sometimes bloody I do not feel well at all should I?

I have chronic diarrhea and have had it for 10 years however the past few months it is extreme and sometimes bloody I do not feel well at all should I?

Colitis: •Colitis refers to inflammation of the inner lining of the colon. There are numerous causes of colitis including infection, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis), ischemic colitis, allergic reactions, and microscopic colitis. •Symptoms of colitis depend upon the cause and may include? abdominal pain? cramping, ? diarrhea, with or without blood in the stool. See your PCP

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I had an endoscopy now waiting on biospcy findings Summary said non erosive gastritis and duhontintis Have chronic diarrhea several years?

I had an endoscopy now waiting on biospcy findings Summary said non erosive gastritis and duhontintis Have chronic diarrhea several years?

Doubt related...: ...but for your own reassurance, better understanding, and to decide on your next course of testing/treatment, please wait to hear the biopsy results and your doctor's advice before second-guessing these findings.

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I have had chronic diarrhea since gall bladder removal almost two years ago. Is this normal? Will it ever stop?

Help available: Very rarely patients develop diarrhea after removal of gall bladder. One of the causes is thought to be alteration in reabsorption of bile salts from the gut. If so, there is a medication you may want to try. It is called cholesteramine. Your doctor needs to prescribe it for you.

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I have a chronic diarrhea for years, I cannot eat anything. Does saccharomyces boulardii can help? I am afraid of leading to cancer. Help?

I have a chronic diarrhea for years, I cannot eat anything. Does saccharomyces boulardii can help? I am afraid of leading to cancer. Help?

Chronic diarrhea: Hi, the probiotic can help but make sure that other causes of chronic diarrhea have been ruled out, particularly intestinal infections ; infestations, small bowel inflammatory diseases like crohn's. Immuno-deficiency of various types can present with chronic diarrhea too. If there is wt loss, blood in the stool, abdominal pain, pain while defection, fever, loss of energy see a GI physician.

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I have had chronic diarrhea for a few years now and have been told I have IBS due to negative blood tests. But the pain is terrible. What do I do?

I have had chronic diarrhea for a few years now and have been told I have IBS due to negative blood tests. But the pain is terrible. What do I do?

Be evaluated.: Ibs is a clinical diagnosis made on symptoms. However many different things may result in chronic diarrhea and if the symptoms are worsening, not controlled and changing than you should be re-evaluated.

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Hello there, I've been suffering from chronic diarrhea, bloating and nausea for over 2 years. I've been diagnosed with ibs. What can I do for relief?

Hello there, I've been suffering from chronic diarrhea, bloating and nausea for over 2 years. I've been diagnosed with ibs. What can I do for relief?

Probiotic VSL3: Our local expert recommends high dose probiotic therapy with vsl3--two to 4 packets per day with the prebiotic inulin. Taking other probiotic foods yogert, kefir, lassi with the above are helpful. Good luck.

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Gallbladder removed 3 years ago. Still chronic diarrhea with anything I eat or drink even eating healthy don't help. Now hemorrhoids. Any idea?

Gallbladder removed 3 years ago. Still chronic diarrhea with anything I eat or drink even eating healthy don't help. Now hemorrhoids. Any idea?

"Cure" for diarrhea: First define the problem (do you have soft or frequent stool?), circumstances under which diarrhea developed (malabsorption, pancreatic maldigestion, food intolerances, stressful times, exposure to ill individuals, food poisoning, ischemic gut, inflammatory colitis, etc.), severity (stool volume, dehydration, blood, night-time awakening, weight loss), ; duration. The "cure" depends on diagnosis.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Dr. Oscar Novick
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