Constant Diarrhea

Posted by suzanne2 @suzanne2, Jun 17 6:32am

Anyone here have constant diarrhea? I practically live on lomotil pills. I know my nerves play somewhat of a role but not always. Some days I live in the bathriom.
I have never had a diagnosis for my problem.

See if you can find the Fodmap thread from yesterday. You may have IBS.

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Hello @suzanne2, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You mentioned not having a diagnosis for your constant diarrhea and being on lomotil to help with the diarrhea. Have you been on the lomotil for more than 10 days? This is an excerpt from the article below – " Tell your doctor if you’re taking Lomotil and your diarrhea doesn’t improve within 10 days. They may ask you to stop using Lomotil and try another treatment."

Medical News Today – Lomotil: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/326631

More information that you may find helpful:
— Mayo Clinic – Diarrhea – Diagnosis & Treatments: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diarrhea/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20352246
— Could it be Autoimmune Enteropathy?: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/gastroenterology-and-gi-surgery/newsfeed-post/could-it-be-autoimmune-enteropathy-1/

You mentioned have not been able to get a diagnosis. Have you thought about getting a second opinion? If you would like to seek help from Mayo Clinic, contact one of the appointment offices. The contact information for Minnesota, Arizona and Florida can be found here http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63.

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My husband had the same problem. He was treated with several medications. Finally the doctor said to try taking Metamucil twice a day. I was very skeptical about such a simple cure. But after a few days of that his diarrhea subsided. After months of severe diarrhea he was cured with something as simple as Metamucil twice a day. May be worth a try for you.

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@stefspad

See if you can find the Fodmap thread from yesterday. You may have IBS.

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Here is the link to the Fodmap discussion that @stefspad refers to.
– Fodmap Eating Plan https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/fodmap-eating-plan/

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@suzanne2 – May I ask what tests you have had so far? Gastroenterologist?

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Colonoscopy and a ST scan. Also had blood test for gluten intolerance.

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@suzanne2

Colonoscopy and a ST scan. Also had blood test for gluten intolerance.

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Meant CT scan.

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@cim37343

My husband had the same problem. He was treated with several medications. Finally the doctor said to try taking Metamucil twice a day. I was very skeptical about such a simple cure. But after a few days of that his diarrhea subsided. After months of severe diarrhea he was cured with something as simple as Metamucil twice a day. May be worth a try for you.

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Thanks for the suggestion. Can't hurt to try.

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@suzanne2

Colonoscopy and a ST scan. Also had blood test for gluten intolerance.

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@suzanne2 – Were biopsies taken with colonoscopy?

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@suzanne2

Thanks for the suggestion. Can't hurt to try.

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@suzanne2
You also might want to add oatmeal to your diet. It sounds silly that fiber can help diarrhea… but it works and oatmeal is a very good source. Bananas are another one.. easily digested.

Another suggestion is a probiotic. All probiotic pills are not the same.. some work for some and some not. Only the more expensive Align works for me .. sigh, the way my luck goes. Probiotic foods… Yogurt with live culture will help.. such as Activia. Kefir helps some people.. which I have never tried because my stomach doesn't like milk.

Last suggestion is keep a food diary. Notate what you ate and if it seems to contribute to the diarrhea or help alleviate it. Did you have frequent bowel movements? What was the consistency.. soft blob, mushy, liquid, etc? You may want to see a food allergist to rule out an allergy.

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@suzanne2

Colonoscopy and a ST scan. Also had blood test for gluten intolerance.

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Hi, @suzanne2 Welcome to Connect.
Have you been tested for lactose intolerance? I had diarrhea constantly and tried everything – Metamucil, oatmeal, etc. to no avail. I finally noticed that it was worse on certain days and I realized that it was on days when I had more lactose than usual. Sure enough, a medication had triggered lactose intolerance. I don't know your age, but lactose intolerance is also more common as a person ages.
JK

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Hi, @suzanne2

I hope that you find help for this constant diarrhea. Did your doctor ever give you a diagnosis of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)? If this has been mentioned, you might take a look at the fodmap discussion that @colleenyoung mentioned in her post above. Eliminating dairy products, as @contentandwell suggested, might also be a good idea. Keeping a food diary, as suggested by @fourof5zs is always good. By doing that you might discover just what foods may be contributing to your digestive disorder.

Have you ever keep a journal of what you eat? If not, please give it a try.

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@astaingegerdm

@suzanne2 – Were biopsies taken with colonoscopy?

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Yes they were, and they were all negative. But that was 4 years ago. I find it odd that my doctor has never given me a diagnosis and every appointment I have he will not let me even ask a question. He treats me like I am weird for being concerned about this problem. Where I live there are only a couple of gastroenterologist office so there are not a lot of places to turn to. That is why I have an appointment at Mayo in a couple of weeks I need some answers to why I have basically had diarrhea for 4 years.

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@fourof5zs

@suzanne2
You also might want to add oatmeal to your diet. It sounds silly that fiber can help diarrhea… but it works and oatmeal is a very good source. Bananas are another one.. easily digested.

Another suggestion is a probiotic. All probiotic pills are not the same.. some work for some and some not. Only the more expensive Align works for me .. sigh, the way my luck goes. Probiotic foods… Yogurt with live culture will help.. such as Activia. Kefir helps some people.. which I have never tried because my stomach doesn't like milk.

Last suggestion is keep a food diary. Notate what you ate and if it seems to contribute to the diarrhea or help alleviate it. Did you have frequent bowel movements? What was the consistency.. soft blob, mushy, liquid, etc? You may want to see a food allergist to rule out an allergy.

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I actually do eat oatmeal. I also take a probiotic and drink kefir every day. Some days I also have Activia yogurt. I really have been trying on my own different things I have read about. So I really am hoping I get a doctor at Mayo in 2 weeks that will listen and care and not like the doctor here treats me.

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@suzanne2

I actually do eat oatmeal. I also take a probiotic and drink kefir every day. Some days I also have Activia yogurt. I really have been trying on my own different things I have read about. So I really am hoping I get a doctor at Mayo in 2 weeks that will listen and care and not like the doctor here treats me.

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@suzanne2

I wish you the best at your appointment. There are so many things with the same symptoms… Makes it frustrating to get answers. Bring your list of questions and if possible someone with you. I honestly don't know what I would have do without my very supportive husband that advocates for me when I am not able to.

Which Mayo clinic are you going to? I am pleased with the one in Jacksonville FL.

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