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Old 05-01-2003, 06:05 AM   #1
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I have been the following problem lately which makes me nervous, and I have scheduled a dr's appointment, but it isn't til monday. I was hoping to get some responses on here first.
For the past three weeks, I have been having diarrhea everytime after I eat any amount of food. Sometimes it is immediately after I eat, other times it is within an hour after i eat, however it is always after a meal or even just a snack. My eating habits have not changed lately at all. In the past 3 weeks, I have had 2-3 normal bowel movements, but other than that, they have always been diarrhea. Most of the time I can see that there is mucus in the diarrhea. I usually don't have awful cramps with it, just an urgency to go. Could anyone tell me what is going on? Any suggestions would help. Thanks in advance!

 
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It could be anything from lactose intolerance to an intolerence to gluten. Try eliminating dairy and see if this helps some and you might try eliminating gluten too but since your appointment is monday you probably won't have enough time to try both things. If you are having problems for 3 weeks I am surprised that the clinic is putting off your appointment till Monday. Diarrhea is not something to let go for extended periods of time due to the possibility of dehydration. I am wondering if you don't want to call your clinic back be seen today to get this checked out.

 
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Old 05-02-2003, 08:45 AM   #3
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Hi Linsey. Go to your doctor for a full exam because you could have IBS, gall bladder disease, Crohn's, colitis, etc. Sounds pretty suscpicious for gall bladder disease. Do a search on "bile salt diarrhea" and "Habba syndrome" and see if the results fit your description.

Please let us know your diagnosis after seeing the doctor so more specific advice can be offered.

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Old 05-02-2003, 01:03 PM   #4
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Thanks Katie. When I did that search, I found that many people were post gall bladder surgery with my symptoms! I haven't had it removed, do you think it could need to be removed?

 
Old 05-02-2003, 04:22 PM   #5
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Ok, after I did some searching I have more questions. ANYONE that knows anything, please let me know. I like to hear that people can relate or at least lend me some words of advice. Can you have gall bladder disease without having pain on your right side? I did have some lower chest pain this past week. Could that be related? How do they know if you have gall bladder disease? Is it a blood test or do they basically go on your symptoms? How long is the recovery if I do have to have the surgery? Is it done on an outpatient basis? Thanks so much, any support is helpful right now. My symptoms have not changed, still running the restroom after meals. Thanks again-

 
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Lindsey,
You can have gallbladder problems with out the lower pains. I had chest pains with mine. The found I had gallstones by doing a simple sonogram. If they remove your gallbladder they will probably do it laproscopically (spelling?). It's just 4 small incisions. The do it as out patient. I was off work for a week, then moving slowly for another week or 2. Full recover could take 6-weeks.
Given your symptoms, though it may not be gall bladder. Sounds more like IBS to me.

 
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And one more thing, I know this is personal. I guess I feel more comfortable writing than saying it. The diarrhea that I have is bile in color. It is yellow! Since I know that your gall bladder and bile are directly related, I thought this would be something I should add. More info would help! Thanks!

 
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Hey there Linsey! How are you doing? Let me know what the doc said; if you get no answers or recommendations for testing, please get yourself to a GI specialist who can help. Since you have yellow colored diarrhea, and right after meals, I really believe you have the symptoms of GB disease. You don't have to have the pain, but most people do. Let's just say I had IBS-D before my gall bladder acted up, and after it was removed, my symptoms were exactly like yours. It wasn't just episodes of diarrhea like my IBS, but uncontrollable explosive "D" after meals (especially lunch, since I skipped breakfast alot), and it was ALWAYS bright yellow! I suffered with it for about 5 years until after GERD surgery, which intensified the problem. After several trips to my doctor in tears (I thought I'd have to wear Depends for the rest of my life, and I was only 40 at the time!), I did several 'net searches and found this website, and then read about bile salt diarrhea from other searches. If you were able to find info about Habba syndrome, you would see that people with this syndrome actually have the diarrhea issue even WITH a gall bladder. It becomes bile salt diarrhea after the gall bladder is removed.

So print some of the articles you found and get to your doctor. He may want to run other tests just to rule out other digestive disorders that can cause diarrhea, but if it is due to your gall bladder, taking Questran or Colestid (both prescription) may help. Colestid was my godsend for control of the diarrhea.

Keep me posted,
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Old 05-05-2003, 03:07 PM   #9
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Katie-thanks for all the kind words and for thinking of me. I went to the doctor today and he wants to have a stool sample sent off to the lab. How embarrassing is that? That is really it right now, he felt it was more IBS. I don't know what to think! I have to admit that yesterday and today I have had 2 semi-normal bowel movements. But, they are still bile in color. Who knows what is going on. I think that if nothing comes out of the stool sample, I will have to go to another doctor. I can't live like this.

 
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Hey Linsey - hang in there. If the stool sample doesn't reveal anything, be sure to keep pushing for more tests. Don't let them diagnose IBS until everything else is ruled out.

Keep me posted,
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Old 05-06-2003, 01:59 PM   #11
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Hey Katie-Could you tell me about more tests so that I can go into the doctor's office prepared? Thanks, you're a sweetheart!

 
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Hi again Linsey. Usually to diagnose IBS, the doc will have to run digestive related tests to rule out other disorders. Some of the more common tests would be gall bladder ultrasound (looking for stones or inflamation), hida scan (gall bladder test looking for functioning of the GB), endoscopy (to look at the esophagus/stomach), upper/lower GIs, and colonoscopy (looks at the colon for abnormalities). Your doc may not agree to all this testing, but at minimum should be looking for gall bladder or liver dysfunction causing your yellow diarrhea. Blood tests may be ordered too. IBS should only be diagnosed after other tests come back as "normal."

I wish you well - you may have to strongly advocate for yourself in finding the right doc willing to conduct the appropriate tests. I went for 5 years suffering from worsening, chronic yellow "D" until I found this message board and found out about Colestid. It has saved my life and clothes - I kid you not. I was suicidal at the time I found this site - I was so humiliated by my bowels and called in sick to work alot or avoided going places if I didn't know where a bathroom was. My whole life was in turmoil from this. Fortunately, my family doc was willing to work with me, and when I brought in internet articles to him about bile salt diarrhea (because of my GB removal), he was very supportive of trying Colestid. It might help if you print up articles related to bile salt diarrhea (even though you still have your GB), and Habba syndrome (this happens to people who still have their GB) and take it into your doctor for additional ammunition in getting what you need. Do some searches on "chronic diarrhea" or "diarrhea related to eating" and see what info you can find too.

Keep me posted; I'm here for you!

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Old 05-18-2003, 09:47 PM   #13
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Hello,
I am desperate here, so I thought I'd do some web-searching,I have read so much on here, and still confused.
Nothing I am doing or eatting is different now than in the past, yet for the last Long,Painful,Sore Bottom,4 nights, I have had chronic diarrhea.This happens mostly at night, and for the last 2 nights I have had no sleep, due to "Running" to the bathroom, with watery,yellowish,gritty diarrhea.
Embarresing to say but,,several times, I don't even make it to the bathroom.I have been kinda dizzy feeling lately also,I am drinking Alot of water,but the diarrehea runs through me like water, ALL Night long.
Tonight, I just started to cry,,this is Terrible!!!
I have been on the Suzanne Somers eatting plan (like the Adkins Diet) for well over a year now, with no problems,and losing weight, but these last 4 miserable nights have been unbearable for me, and I don't know what is happening to me, could anyone please offer some advise?
I just had a yearly Dr. appt, 2 weeks ago, and everything was good, except my cholesterol,the bad cholesterol was alittle high, but he wase'nt worried, as I am watching my carbs,and losing weight,and as I said;;nothing in my life is different than before,exceptI am getting married in 2 weeks,and wondered if it could be nerves(tho I don't think so)
I would welcome anyones comments,I am sure I will be in for another Long night here, last night was terrible, again embarrising to say, but~~I messed the bed in my sleep, and woke-up to a mess,,"How terrible is that? then when I got up to go to the bathroom, I didn't even make it accross the livingroom," This is humiliating!!!
thank you for listening, and hope to hear from someone, who might aid in some suggestions.
Jeanne

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Hi LinseyM,

I can relate to not making it to the bathroom -- I have Ulcerative Colitis. It hasn't happened often, and never out in public (thankfully!!!)

It seems you may have ingested something really bad that's giving you this problem.

It could be lots of other things, but in the meantime you can try this.

Try some Metamucil SMOOTH (only). Mix one heaping tablespoon in a half glass of water. Take it two or three times throughout the first day. Read the instructions about taking it with other medications.

That stuff will absorb the water from the diarrhea and hopefully get things slowed down enough for you to at least get to the bathroom when you have to. It works quickly and many of us with Crohn's and UC swear by this for flares.

Also, take acidophillus with bifidus. You can get it from anywhere that sells vitamins, etc.
That will get the bacterial flora of your gut back into one that will help fight off any nasties you may have ingested. The yogurt is milk based....don't drink or ingest milk products when experiencing diarrhea. Try soy milk or better yet..rice milk.

The dizziness you're experiencing is probably a bit of an electrolyte imbalance from evacuating large amounts of fluids and vitamins and minerals. Maybe have a banana everyday to get your potassium level back up. If you can't do the banana, try tomato juice. It helps with the electrolyte balance also.

Don't go overboard with the Metamucil. If 3 one day is good, do 2 the next day. If you start to get constipated..add more water. Find the balance you need in order to get back to normalcy before your wedding.

You may notice some white fluffy waxy-looking stuff in and on the stool. It's mucous. Don't worry....with the gut in the upset state it's in, more mucous is produced to keep the walls of the colon protected.

Remember....only the SMOOTH Metamucil.

It's saved me many a time. Worth not taking drugs at this time since it's not chronic.

The immodium may come in handy for the days you're out, like the day of your wedding.

BUT, the Metamucil will help absorb and get rid of the nasties that were in there.

If it continues, OR you notice large amounts of blood with the bm evacuation..make sure you get to a doctor.

I hope you're able to get through the next two weeks with less problems.
Let us know how you're doing.

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding.

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The above should have been for Jeanne F. It should make more sense now.

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