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What is the best way for a type 2 diabetic to replace electrolytes after diarrhea when my legs are sore and feel like cramping?

What is the best way for a type 2 diabetic to replace electrolytes after diarrhea when my legs are sore and feel like cramping?

PutDeLimeInDeCoconut: The standard oral rehydration formula won't work because of your need to restrict sugar intake so get your favorite diet drink and pour 1-1/2qt of it, then add a pinch of table salt, 1/2 tsp baking soda and 1 cup of rice milk (or just eat 1-1 1/2 slice bread)--if you have magnesium tablets swallow a couple of those too. Drink twice as much in as is coming out the other end. If you can eat, it's OK ...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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How soon after having diarrhea can you lose your electrolytes? An hour, two? How soon does your body go into an imbalance?

How soon after having diarrhea can you lose your electrolytes? An hour, two? How soon does your body go into an imbalance?

Depends: Massive diarrhea can lead to electrolyte imbalance in less than 24 hours. Cholera is an example of this. If you have diarrhea it is critical to replace fluids with broth, gatorade, and other fluids with salts. Avoid caffeinated products. ...Read more

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How much diarrhea or for how long would a person have to have complete watery diarrhea for electrolyte imbalance to occur? How to replenish?

How much diarrhea or for how long would a person have to have complete watery diarrhea for electrolyte imbalance to occur? How to replenish?

1 day, Gatorade: You can get dehydrated within a day of having severe diarrhea with multiple watery bowel movements. It is very important to stay hydrated as well as replace electrolytes. The best thing to replace electrolytes would be a sports drink such as gatorade. It is likely that when you are younger, your parents may have given use pedialyte which does the same thing. ...Read more

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Iam going thru antibiotic diarrhea. Does drinking electrolyte stop my diarrhea?

Probiotics: Probiotics might reduce your diarrhea related to antibiotics. Drinking fluids with electrolytes will prevent dehydration from the diarrhea but won't stop it. The diarrhea most frequently resolve once the antibiotic therapy is completed. If persists you may need a stool test. ...Read more

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I have had terrible diarrhea all night (ate way too much fibre). How can I rehydrate today? Replenish electrolytes? Is coconut water a good way to go?

I have had terrible diarrhea all night (ate way too much fibre). How can I rehydrate today? Replenish electrolytes? Is coconut water a good way to go?

Fluids: If the diarrhea is gone you can pretty much drink anything and your fluid losses will be replenished. The body is smart and separates the solutes (sodium, sugar, etc) from the water and conserves the water and utilizes the solutes as needed. Coconut water may actually induce diarrhea and I would avoid it in large quantities. If you still have diarrhea try pedialyte or gatorade. See md if fever. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take docusate 300mg daily if no diarrhea or electrolyte loss? Already upped fiber as much as I can, still need it because of AD meds.

Is it safe to take docusate 300mg daily if no diarrhea or electrolyte loss? Already upped fiber as much as I can, still need it because of AD meds.

Here are some. ..: Using docusate to stimulate bowel muscle is effective and safe to move bowel according to current available info, but fact of life tells us that behind what we know always hides a lot of what we don't know. Clinically, you may slowly decrease use of AD meds by practicing healthy lifestyle without overindulgence and obsession so to improve functionality, productivity, & independence to bring in... ...Read more

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Done EVERYthing else, & find I must still take 300mg docusate a day for softer stool. If no diarrhea, what r risks of electrolyte loss? Other LT risks?

Done EVERYthing else, & find I must still take 300mg docusate a day for softer stool. If no diarrhea, what r risks of electrolyte loss? Other LT risks?

Good question: Typically without significant diarrhea, losing electrolytes is unlikely. If you do have significant diarrhea beyond the water loss that occurs, one also can lose potassium and magnesium. ...Read more

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What is best to drink, water or sports drinks with electrolytes for diarrhea? Having GI issues being weaned off morphine and on day 3 of 0 morphine

What is best to drink, water or sports drinks with electrolytes for diarrhea? Having GI issues being weaned off morphine and on day 3 of 0 morphine

Sports: Drinks are probably preferred because they will help you replace electrolytes lost due to diarrhea.
This assumes that you have proper renal (kidney) function.
Hope this is helpful!
Dr Z ...Read more

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

Today is day 5 of diarrhea & nausea. I'm 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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I'm taking azithromycin, I know in supposed to avoid antacids. Can I take it with nuun electrolyte tablets which have magnesium sulfate? I am having diarrhea thus the nuun.

I'm taking azithromycin, I know in supposed to avoid antacids. Can I take it with nuun electrolyte tablets which have magnesium sulfate? I am having diarrhea thus the nuun.

Ok: Taking Azithromycin and magnesium should not be a problem. However if you're having diarrhea on the antibiotics that might be more of an issue. I would probably follow up with the doctor prescribing the medicine. ...Read more

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16 month old son has been having diarrhoea for 4 days. Smecta, electrolytes, bascopan and Zopher prescribed by doctor so far. Any other ideas. At least the vomiting has stopped.

16 month old son has been having diarrhoea for 4 days. Smecta, electrolytes, bascopan and Zopher prescribed by doctor so far. Any other ideas. At least the vomiting has stopped.

Stool culture: You would need to do a stool culture with fresh stool sample. Would also suggest to take him back to the doctor to make sure there is no other infection that can be the cause of the diarrhoea ...Read more

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Will chronic diarreah cause malnutrition &/or electrolyte abnormalities even if I consume a lot of sodium/potassium to compensate daily?? N

Will chronic diarreah cause malnutrition &/or electrolyte abnormalities even if I consume a lot of sodium/potassium to compensate daily?? N

May need more attn: Unfortunately many things can be lost through the stool depending on the cause, duration, and amount of stool passage. You may want to check with your physician or GI specialist to obtain more details on why you are having the chronic diarrhea. They can make sure your electrolytes and nutrition are treated appropriately and moreover find a cause and treatment for the diarrhea. ...Read more

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Stomach flu w/watery diarrhoea 7 times a day &fever of 38.2c, drinking water and porridge. How likely is electrolyte imbalance from this? Not pregnant

Stomach flu w/watery diarrhoea 7 times a day &fever of 38.2c, drinking water and porridge. How likely is electrolyte imbalance from this? Not pregnant

Fluids and salts: The problem with diarrhea (and vomiting) is the loss of fluids and electrolytes (salts). Trying to 'keep up' with these losses is essential. "Chicken soup" or the equivalent should help keep the balance. I don't know what is in your porridge but that is the general idea. For symptoms like weakness etc. Good to get checked out by a doctor. Make sure urine is light yellow to ensure good hydration. ...Read more

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Hi I use to drink a lot of fizzy pop which I have now replaced with bottled water. However as a result of this I am getting diarrhea please explain.

Hi I use to drink a lot of fizzy pop which I have now replaced with bottled water. However as a result of this I am getting diarrhea please explain.

Because two things: Occur at the same time does not mean that one caused the other. Congrats on making such a healthy change but it is not necessarily related to stopping pop. Did you change your diet otherwise? Please see your doc. Keep up the great work. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Temperature 96.2, nausea, diarrhea, replaced the batteries in the thermometer, still says 96.2...?

Temperature 96.2, nausea, diarrhea, replaced the batteries in the thermometer, still says 96.2...?

It is Ok: Your temperature is some what lower than normal. It is ok. Drink lots of liquid to prevent Dehydration from Diarrhea. This may have happened from something you ate. So avoid eating solid food for now. You should be feeling better in another 6 hours. May eat BRAT diet ...Read more

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What is the safest way to replace fluids in a dialysis pt who is having severe diarrhea secondary to opiate withdrawal?

Couple of Choices: You could manipulate the dialysate solution and or vary ultrafiltration to normalize the electrolytes and fluid balance or you could try to manage the withdrawal symptoms. This could be tricky in a esrd patient as the most common rx is Clonidine which can abruptly lower bp. I would opt for a gradual tapering off of the opiates or the use of subutex which has a gentler and slower withdrawal. ...Read more

Dr. Frank Holmes
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Electrolytes (Definition)

Electrolytes are substances like sodium, potassium, chloride, magnesium, hydrogen, ...Read more


Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

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