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Constant diarrhea. I went to a doctor and half a year and multiple test later, she concluded its a functional problem. Is it an excuse? 2nd opinion?

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Dr. Michael Mirochna
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Can always get 2nd

It's okay to get a second opinion.
Important things in chronic diarrhea is evaluating a thorough history, like travel. A diet diary is important as well. Of concern would be infectious diarrhea, malabsorptive diarrhea, functional diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease and microscopic colitis. Blood work, stool studies, scopes and biopsies are a part of the work up. Weight loss is a red flag.

In brief: Can always get 2nd

It's okay to get a second opinion.
Important things in chronic diarrhea is evaluating a thorough history, like travel. A diet diary is important as well. Of concern would be infectious diarrhea, malabsorptive diarrhea, functional diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease and microscopic colitis. Blood work, stool studies, scopes and biopsies are a part of the work up. Weight loss is a red flag.
Dr. Michael Mirochna
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Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Dietary intolerance

You may have a food sensitivity causing your symptoms.
A withdrawal diet of 1 week off of all forms of a food group might uncover the cause. The first three i would try are 1) dairy products, particularly whole milk and soft cheeses (lactose intolerance), 2) gluten containing foods - wheat, rye, barley (gluten intolerance), or 3) vitamin a containing foods, green/yellow/orange fruits/vegetables.

In brief: Dietary intolerance

You may have a food sensitivity causing your symptoms.
A withdrawal diet of 1 week off of all forms of a food group might uncover the cause. The first three i would try are 1) dairy products, particularly whole milk and soft cheeses (lactose intolerance), 2) gluten containing foods - wheat, rye, barley (gluten intolerance), or 3) vitamin a containing foods, green/yellow/orange fruits/vegetables.
Dr. Philip Rosenblum
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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
Great Answer! Wishing you'all the best.
Dr. Slade Suchecki
Also consider increase in dietary fiber and probiotics

In brief: Chronic diarrhea

Agree with dr.Michael, and i would like to add possibilities:we have a pt.
With chronic diarrhea, at he was found with hepatitis e positive active, producing irritable bowell s./colitisthe hepatitis was treated and the problem was corrected.. Check also niacin, B12 and vitamin d levels.

In brief: Chronic diarrhea

Agree with dr.Michael, and i would like to add possibilities:we have a pt.
With chronic diarrhea, at he was found with hepatitis e positive active, producing irritable bowell s./colitisthe hepatitis was treated and the problem was corrected.. Check also niacin, B12 and vitamin d levels.
Dr. Lourdes Margarita Landron-Garcia
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