I am a 38 year old male who underwent an appendectomy two months ago. Since that time I have had chronic diarrhea. I take otc medication (pepto) for a couple days and it resolves the diarrhea for sometimes as long as 4 days, but the diarrhea then returns pretty severly. I am very healthy, lift weights and run and have good diet and tend to never seek medical treatment. I have not been to the doctor for the diarrhea. Would like to know if diarrhea like this is a typical complication following an appendectomy. Any advise would be appreciated.
I am not aware of diarrhea being a complication of the appendectomy. I would do a basic stool workup - looking at stool culture and a blood test looking for possible infection.
If the diarrhea persists, you can consider a flexible sigmoidoscopy to ensure there is no evidence of more serious disease - like inflammatory bowel syndrome or colitis.
You can consider these options with your personal physician.
Followup with your personal physician is essential.
This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.
In Asia,women who undergo cancer treatment for cervical cancer suffer from diarhea for years and years ,no antibiotics were used in the treatment.
Somehow the treatment/surgery must have upset their flora and the fact that the traditional asian diet contains little or none live culture ,they just keep getting diarhea with no relief in sight.
If you suspect your operation could have upset the flora in your body,get some good yogurt with live culture and see if it helps.
or like the previous post suggests,get tested with a stool sample.
There's no reason for diarrhea to result from appendectomy in and of itself. It could be due to the antibiotics you were undoubtedly given. It's also possible that there's some residual infection in the area where the appendix used to be. It's worth letting your surgeon know. Some blood tests, a stool test, and/or a CT scan might be in order.
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