chronic diarrhea

Posted by cindymccallister @cindymccallister, Dec 5, 2012

I have had diarrhea up to 20 some times a day, every day for the past 5 years. I have been to two specialists along with my family doctor. I have had 2 colonoscopys and numerous blood tests. Everything appears to be normal. I have lost count of the various prescription medications they have tried on me. None of them has stopped the diarrhea, though some have slowed it down a bit.

I am going to yet another specialist tomorrow. So far, no one has ordered a stool sample or suggested allergy testing. I plan on bringing this up during my appointment tomorrow.

Is there anything else I can ask the doctor to try.

This problem is affecting every aspect of my life. I am missing work weekly and am afraid to leave the house for fear of needing a bathroom too quickly.

I would appreciate any advice from anyone else who has experienced this problem.

Interested in more discussions like this? Go to the Just Want to Talk group.

You could ask the doctor to order stool sample. Also, make notes on a daily basis. Write down what you eat and time of diarrhea. Track the frequency and the texture of your stool. See if certain foods make a difference. Present your own finding to the GI doctor. Feel well.

REPLY

I too have had diarrhea for over 8 years now. It comes on about 15 minutes after eating, nothing seems to set it off just food. Have you had any surgical procedures? I ask because mine started after having a procedure done and hasn’t stopped sense. I recently had a lung infection and was put on large does of a steroid, surprisingly the diarrhea stopped for almost two months, but now it’s back.
Maybe mention that to your physician and see if possibly it could be a option for you. As you probably know there are side effects from steroids.

REPLY
Please sign in or register to post a reply.
  Request Appointment