Spastic diarrhea: What to do?

Posted by beverlyacoleman @beverlyacoleman, Aug 19, 2021

My husband has been tested for all bacteria, livet,liver,, gall bladder, and blood work this year. Cannot work because of this diarrhea and atrium drs cannot find what is wrong. He has had covid last December but has had both shots. Can you give information on what you thing he needs to do or his drs need to do. Your hospital helped my dad years ago. Please give feedback

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Hi @beverlyacoleman, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect, a place where you can connect with other patients and caregivers like you. You'll notice that I moved your message to the Digestive Health group (https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/digestive-gastrointestinal-problems/).

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– Spastic colon: What does it mean? https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/irritable-bowel-syndrome/expert-answers/spastic-colon/faq-20058473

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I'm so sorry to hear that the diarrhea is so bad that he has had to take time away from work. What treatment or diet changes have been tried?

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Usually one or two immodium works for me. He may have food intolerances so he should be tested to find out what he needs to avoid not to have diarrhea which can lead to malnutrition. Good luck!

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? Microscopic Colitis

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Try to get an appointment with Mayo. I got into Mayo in FL and its been life changing. I had severe gut, muscle, breathing, and memory challenges. Mayo has been able to unravel the mysteries.. figured out two things and currently Im working with the Integrative Department there to unravel the gut issues. It has improved to the point that I am doing so much better at work! Best of everything to you on your journey 🙂

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@beverlyacoleman – I’m so sorry your husband is so bad! It happened to me 2008. I had a colonoscopy and biopsies showed collagenous colitis and I was treated.
Did your husband have diarrhea before Covid? Has he had colonoscopy?
Mayo FL has a great gastroenterology department.

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@astaingegerdm

@beverlyacoleman – I’m so sorry your husband is so bad! It happened to me 2008. I had a colonoscopy and biopsies showed collagenous colitis and I was treated.
Did your husband have diarrhea before Covid? Has he had colonoscopy?
Mayo FL has a great gastroenterology department.

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I had the same experience, after consulting with GI MD and doing some research, as well as coincidentally having a patient with this diagnosis, I was diagnosed with it. Had never even heard of it! Anyway, the cause was likely long term use of omeprazole along with SSRI use. A colonoscopy and biopsy confirmed it. Now on famotidine for GERD, pretty effective at 20-40mg, 2x/day.

Diet: until it resolved with tapered steroids and diet, no greens unless fully cooked, no onions, low-fat, etc. No alcohol or chocolate, etc. Once resolved I reintroduced salads, tomatoes, minimal alcohol and chocolate.

Hope this helps someone ❤️

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I had a dental implant and was given 11700 mg of Amoxicillin and clav. I had a positive CDiff test. My dentist said to take Vanco but my primary care doctor said to wait. After 2 bouts of diarrhea I took the Vanco. What do you think?

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@uconn – C Diff diarrhea can be hard to get rid of. Vancomycin is the treatment used. Do you still have diarrhea?
If you continue with diarrhea it may be best to see a gastroenterologist.

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@uconn

I had a dental implant and was given 11700 mg of Amoxicillin and clav. I had a positive CDiff test. My dentist said to take Vanco but my primary care doctor said to wait. After 2 bouts of diarrhea I took the Vanco. What do you think?

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Cdiff also has a distinctive odor.

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I had a positive PCR with all other tests showing normal flora and normal white blood count. The GI said if the PCR is positive we give Vancomycin for 10 days. I’m on it and hoping to do well. My issue is with the indecisiveness of my primary care physician to treat it. We waited a whole week until I went to GI and they were firm. Yes, I have that odor. I would like recommendations on diet. One doctor says BRAT and the GI says no particular diet. It’s frustrating not to be at Mayo Clinic for advice.

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I have been living with spasmic diarrhea for years. When I have an attack I take one Immodium & that usually stops the spasms. Sometimes I have to take 2. The gels work better for me. No PR needed.
Important to remember that diarrhea de-hydrates hence we need to drink lots of water. I often use one enveloppe of electrolytes dissolved in water to replace the electrolytes I lost (magnesium sodium etc etc) because of the diarrhea. I believe I have spasmic diarrhea because I have IBS. (Irritable bowel syndrome) best of luck!

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