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I Can T Stop Diarrhea
I have IBS and I will take pepto, Tylenol, (acetaminophen) peppermint, Ativan, amodium, gas x an everything I can think of but I can't stop my diarrhea and pain. Why?
See gastroenterologi: There are better drugs out there than what you are self prescribing but you need a gastroenterologist to monitor them ...Read more
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
My son has been having diarrhea for 6 days. The dr prescribed him some meds to make it stop but it hasn't?
No meds: I generally do not give any medication for diarrhea because this is the body flushing out what is causing the problem in the first place. Occasionally antibiotics are used if there is a worsening situation with a bacterial diarrhea that is causing bloody stool and fever. If the number of bowel movements a day is decreasing and he is drinking and eating you usually need no medication. Good luck. ...Read more
My brother since he was a child has diarrhea, and now he is 20 years old and the diarrhea didn't stop. What can it be?
What's the cause?: "plugging up" diarrhea will not cure an infection, fix an inflammatory process, improve an ischemic gut, or correct a functional issue. Medical evaluation is recommended appropriate to the duration of your symptoms, associations (bleeding, weight loss, pain, vomiting), as well as your other medical co-morbidities. Call your doctor please and get checked. ...Read more
Increase Fiber: Try altering your diet, starting with increasing fiber. If diarrhea persists, get evaluated as bacterial causes, viral causes, and certain medical causes such as ibs-d may all be treated a little differently, . ..So it is importatn to get the proper dignosis for the proper treatment. ...Read more
DIARRHEA In Children: Mostly caused by virus, self limiting, resolve by 3 to 5 or 7d. If severe or continues more than 2 weeks, see the doc. Don't use medicine e.g. Kaopactate etc. To stop diarrhea, bc these medicines stop bowel movement so the organisms stay in the intestine, releases toxin and child get toxic. Use pedialyte, probiotics/yogort, bananna, rice, chicken soup, crackers etc. If chronic- need evaluation. ...Read more
Difficult to tell.: Acute diarrhea usually responds to over the counter meds like Imodium (loperamide) ad. Most of the time antibiotics are not helpful or needed. Obviously make sure to hydrate well to keep a positive fluid balance. Chronic diarrhea could be more complicated and would require you to see a physician in person to rule out chronic infections, food intolerances or problems with your intestinal tract per se. ...Read more
BRAT diet: Try brat diet, bananas, rice, apple sauce, toast, that is recommended diarrhea diet, but you better make sure it is not caused by severe constipation first, paradoxically, people who have severe constipation can develop persistent diarrhea due to leakage of liquidy contents of the small bowels around the hard stool in a colon. If that is the case you will need a laxative as brat diet will worsen it. ...Read more
Doctor can evaluate: Stomach aches plus looser stools can be from variety of causes. People usually see their doctors if symptoms are bad or if they last more than 1-2 days. When diarrhea first starts happening, a person can benefit by stopping eating and start just drinking small amounts (few ounces) of something like Pedialyte or half-strength Gatorade, every hour. That should decrease the amount of diarrhea. ...Read more
Have a nice time: If your diarrhea is mild, of brief duration, caused by a number of viruses, food poisoning, or a self-limited low-grade infection then go have a nice time on your trip. However, if your diarrhea is profuse, wakes you from sleep, is associated with fever and/or abdominal pain/tenderness, bleeding, or is persistent then leaving familiar local medical resources is not recommended--go get checked. ...Read more
Find the cause: The key would be 'diagnosis' which means 'through' (dia) + 'knowledge' (gnosis). Diarrhea means 'through' + 'runs' (rrhea). So once you know what's causing it, you should be able to find the treatment. You should observe what causes these symptoms, and what other symptoms are also present - pain, fever, etc. A doctor should be able to put it all together for you and come up with a treatment plan. ...Read more
Full GI exam: A complete GI series exam may be the answer. Testing for food allergies is another idea. Also, ask your provider for a proper diet and perhaps a referral to a nutritionist. If you think or they find no physical cause - a specialist in dietary issues psychotherapist might be an additional resource. Best! ...Read more
Possibilities...: 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
See your doctor: Diarrhea longer than a week may have many causes. Sometimes the virus which caused the illness damages the intestinal lining and it takes a few weeks to heal. Other times protracted diarrhea is a symptom of a more serious illness. Your doctor can help you sort things out. ...Read more
See below: Diarrhea=3 or more loose/watery bm's a day. Otc meds like kaopectate (kaolin and pectin) or peptobismol can help (may turn bm's black); increasing dietary fiber or adding fiber supplement with limited fluid intake will form bm's. If suspect infectious agent (virus or bacteria or giardia), do above; replace fluids; consider visit to doc for stool culture to determine cause. Unlikely: bowel obstrxn from tumor. ...Read more
See an MD: Most self limited causes of diarrhea such as viral gastroenteritis and food poisoning will resolve in less than 1 week. There are many causes of chronic diarrhea such as infections caused by giardia and cryprtosporidium-inflammatory bowel disease-malabsorption etc. Get checked out. ...Read more
Call your doc: Diarrhea is a common symptom that taking an anti diarrheal such as Imodium (loperamide) may help with. However, if you are having prolonged, protracted diarrhea that is not going away after a few bouts or over a couple days, or if you see blood, check in with your doctor to make sure further steps do not need to be taken. Sometimes an infection like e. Coli can cause extensive diarrhea. ...Read more
For the past week or so I've been having diarrhea non stop to where it's been over 13 times in a week what do I do?
Diarrhea: Will need to know more information: Is there blood in you stool? Have you had fevers? Do you have a history of Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis? Was your current episode preceded by eating something that made you sick? Have you recently taken antibiotics? The answer to these questions will enable me to determine a likely etiology for your current symptoms. ...Read more
Lithium question. I have been on lithium for about a week and since I started taking it I have had diarrhea, should I stop?
I have had diarrhea for almost a week off and on and about to go on another vacation. Is there anything I can take to stop it?
My husband for the last two days has had constant diarrhea. He has been non stop for two days and he is not able to hold it. Never happened before.
Generally: Generally diarrhea is a self-limiting illness and will go away on its own. Treatment focuses on staying hydrated to combat fluid losses incurred through stool. Reasons so see a doctor for diarrhea include fever, blood in the stool, duration greater than 3 weeks and recent antibiotic use or hospitalization. ...Read more
I'm in Europe for 2 more weeks with diarrhea that won't stop. Loperamide isn't working and I've been taking a lot of it.?
I am bloated, have diarrhea, gained 3 inches on my waist. Haven't made a major diet change. Please help me to stop feeling this way.
Get labs: It sounds like you need to see an MD and get some lab work to rule out possible thyroid disease based on the wt gain. You may want to consider testing for celiac disease also. Your MD needs to do a thorough history (including family history) and physical exam. More tests may be needed (liver enzymes etc) to help diagnose you. Try a probiotic supplement for the bloating and keep a food diary. ...Read more
I have diarrhea that won't go away. I've taken various over-the-counter things to stop but it keeps coming. What can I do temporarily to stop?
Go 2 the doctor!: To rule out infectious diarrhea. If you have Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter or Clostridium difficile or infection, using medication to reduce diarrhea can be life threatening. See a doctor right away. After you have been evaluated and proven to have a non-infectious, non-inflammatory diarrhea, then your doctor will recommend a treatment. You need a dignosis before a treatment can be prescibed ...Read more
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