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Chronic diarrhea

Digestive Health | Last Active: Jul 19 7:56pm | Replies (11)

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Hello I'm a female, 25 years. I'm about 1m70 with a 65kg. I take Escitalopram 20 and deso 20 on a daily basis. Since years I had on and off stomach and bowel issues: cramps, diarrhea. This year I had chronic diarrhea since +/- january (sometimes up to 5 times a day). Mostly in the mornings. I got my blood and stool tested: low calprotectine, no weird bacteria, no parasites, no blood in stool. My doctor thinks it could be IBS but I'm not sure. He advised me to see a Gastroenterologist as well to make sure it's not allergies etc. Can you think of possible causes? Ofcourse stress might make it worse but even when I'm relaxed I get these problems so that can't be all I guess. Maybe worth mentioning: sometimes I have normal stool but it comes with brown water as well so I can't see anything in the toilet anymore. Low vit D and folic acid for years.Thank you.

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Hi @silkedp1 and welcome to Connect. Having multiple bowel issues is never fun. You'll see that I moved your comment to a discussion that was started in May by @taonamission about their chronic bowel problems. I did this so that you can connect with members who are going through similar issues.

Mayo Clinic does state, The precise cause of IBS isn't known. Factors that appear to play a role include:

Muscle contractions in the intestine. The walls of the intestines are lined with layers of muscle that contract as they move food through your digestive tract. Contractions that are stronger and last longer than normal can cause gas, bloating and diarrhea. Weak intestinal contractions can slow food passage and lead to hard, dry stools.
Nervous system. Abnormalities in the nerves in your digestive system may cause you to experience greater than normal discomfort when your abdomen stretches from gas or stool. Poorly coordinated signals between the brain and the intestines can cause your body to overreact to changes that normally occur in the digestive process, resulting in pain, diarrhea or constipation.
Severe infection. IBS can develop after a severe bout of diarrhea (gastroenteritis) caused by bacteria or a virus. IBS might also be associated with a surplus of bacteria in the intestines (bacterial overgrowth).
Early life stress. People exposed to stressful events, especially in childhood, tend to have more symptoms of IBS.
Changes in gut microbes. Examples include changes in bacteria, fungi and viruses, which normally reside in the intestines and play a key role in health. Research indicates that the microbes in people with IBS might differ from those in healthy people.
Have you booked an appointment to see a GI doctor?

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