Constant Diarrhea

Posted by suzanne2 @suzanne2, Jun 17, 2020

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.

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Rochester, flying there from Michigan.

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@suzanne2 – I’m excited for your Mayo visit!
Where I live now there was not a big choice in gastroenterologists. The one I went to got tired of me- he wouldn’t go the extra mile. Mayo was within reach and went there about 4 years in all.
Have a good visit and hope you get some answers.

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@astaingegerdm

@suzanne2 – I’m excited for your Mayo visit!
Where I live now there was not a big choice in gastroenterologists. The one I went to got tired of me- he wouldn’t go the extra mile. Mayo was within reach and went there about 4 years in all.
Have a good visit and hope you get some answers.

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Thanks! I also am looking forward to my visit in hopes of getting some answers to this issue I have now been dealing with for 4 years.

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@fourof5zs

@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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Have you ever heard of EPI? Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. I developed diarrhea in July of 2020. Had it for 2 months, trying many different pills, etc. I found a very smart gastroenterologist who diagnosed me on my first visit. Had a CT scan of pancreas & it showed atrophy of pancreas. I'm on Zenpep capsules & I'm much improved. Check it out.

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@gardengal82

Have you ever heard of EPI? Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. I developed diarrhea in July of 2020. Had it for 2 months, trying many different pills, etc. I found a very smart gastroenterologist who diagnosed me on my first visit. Had a CT scan of pancreas & it showed atrophy of pancreas. I'm on Zenpep capsules & I'm much improved. Check it out.

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Hi @gardengal82 and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You may be interested in these related discussions about exocrine pancreatic insufficiency:
– Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/exocreine-pancreatic-insuffencyepi/
– Severe Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/severe-exocrine-pancreatic-insufficiency-epi/
– Does anyone take Pancrease, digestive enzymes? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/pancreatitus-3/

I'm glad ZENPEP® (pancrelipase) is working for you. Zenpep, pancrelipase is a prescription medicine for people who cannot digest food normally because their pancreas does not make enough enzymes. Gardengal is this the only treatment that you've needed? Were you told what condition damaged your pancreas and led to your having EPI?

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Etiology unknown. The only cause is possibly my age. I'm 82, with no other GI problems ever! My CT scan showed atrophy of my pancreas. Zenpep is working for me, but I still have 2-4 bm's a day & are mushy (like a cow pattie!). How's that for a graphic description? Lol
Thanks so much for the related info you provided.

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gardengal82 I am 83, have had radiation oncology for prostate cancer and I have gastroparesis . When I take Antibiotics my GP prescribed Probiotics.. and gas-x.. they worked to make things more normal.. and less frequent.. but I have to take Over the counter probiotics every day.. good luck.. K

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Thank you for your concern. I have a lot to learn yet, so I am in the early stages of this journey…..

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@suzanne2

Thanks! I also am looking forward to my visit in hopes of getting some answers to this issue I have now been dealing with for 4 years.

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@suzanne2 – It’s been a while- how are you doing? Ow was your Mayo visit?

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@astaingegerdm I am doing good. Was at Mayo in July but do wish I lived closer so I could continue with the specialist I saw there.

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@suzanne2– I'm happy for you! I think you can still consult with your Mayo doctor via phone or maybe telemedicine. I talked with my doctor when needed. I visited about once a year. Happy New Year!

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@lucky1038 I have thankfully conquered my diarrhea problem thanks to a gastroenterologist at Mayo. I saw him in July and had a colonoscopy and was diagnosed with microscopic colitis. He prescribed Budesonide which I took for almost 2 months, as prescribed! For the first time since 2016 I don't have to worry about where a bathroom is when I go somewhere! Only praises for this doc!

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@suzanne2 @lucky1038 Budesonide is a steroid but one that is different of use in gastro problems.. Read the following link for more information.. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3513866/ Which Mayo did you go to for help? Ken

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@ken82 Thanks, a very interesting read!

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@suzanne2

@lucky1038 I have thankfully conquered my diarrhea problem thanks to a gastroenterologist at Mayo. I saw him in July and had a colonoscopy and was diagnosed with microscopic colitis. He prescribed Budesonide which I took for almost 2 months, as prescribed! For the first time since 2016 I don't have to worry about where a bathroom is when I go somewhere! Only praises for this doc!

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@suzanne2 – I’m so happy for you!! I know that feeling too. Stay well and relax!!

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