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Old 04-28-2004, 09:19 PM   #1
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Question chronic diarrhea

I have had diarrhea for the past 7 weeks. It started after a trip to France. Terrible gas and bloating with foul colored diaherra. Ten days worth of flagyl helped somewhat but a week later everything started back up again. My doctor then put me on a 21 day supply of flagyl. The gas is gone the stools have returned to a normal color and form but I now have large and urgent bowel movements 5-7 times a day. This can't be normal . I,m afraid to leave the house for fear that I won't find a restroom in time. My doctor is perplexed and I'm feeling very sad and depressed. Two tests for parasites and celiac were both negative. My doctor wants me to have a colonoscopy even though I had a scope less then 2 years ago. Immodium does work for me but I afraid to use it very often because I feel that I'm just masking the symptoms. Any advise would be most appreciated.

 
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Old 04-28-2004, 11:10 PM   #2
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Avis,
With the possible intestinal problem obtained in France and all the antibiotics you have probably done in all the friendly bacteria in your intestines. You will need to re-colonize your intestinal tract with the friendly bacteria.
Eat a godd brand of yogurt 3 or 4 times daily and take a probiotic supplement may help. I like Stonyfield Farm yogurt because it contains L.reuteri and additional live clutures. I also use PB-8, Primal Defense and L.Reuteri when needed. There are of course others on the market that you can buy at a health food store. Most need to be kept in the fridge!!

You may want to take a water soluble fiber supplement like Metamucil to help bulk up your stools and make them more normal-- just follow the directions in regards to mixing and drinking water.

God Bless---Harry

 
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