I have been having diarrhea about 3 times a day every day for the last 6 months now.I have had tests run,and the doctor can't find anything.It seems like when I eat everything goes right through me.Is anybody else having the same trouble?
I had that, nobody knew what was going on, no virus or bacteria, colonoscopy was fine. Turns out a medication I was on was doing this, so as soon as I switched to another kind, the whole thing went away. I was left with one goofed-up digestive system and my teeth began to rot from the acidic environment caused by the pills. So, ask your doc to review side effects of your meds. If you've noticed your mouth has been dry, then it may indeed be medication doing this. Too much juice can cause a similar problem, and also a dehydration issue.
Thank you for your concern!I am having a awful time with diarrhea from morning til night.I am glad you found the cause of your problem.As like you,I have real bad dry mouth all the way down my mouth and throat and can't sleep at night.Right now I am taking high blood pressure pills,But I have been taking it for 16 years,and I am taking Ativan for my nerves,but that has also been for quite a few years.And I have only had the diarrhea for 6 months.I can't go to town anymore because I never know when I have to rush to a bathroom.So do you think the pills could act up after that length of time?Thank you for your advice!
I am a nutritional therapy practitioner. Of course diarrhea can be caused by many things. I can tell you some of my experiences to see if you can get anything from it.
Most of the clients I see with this problem after so long are diagnosed from their conventional medical doctor with Colitis. Someone wrote above that they went to their doctor and they found no bacteria, virus and colonoscopy came out fine.
First of when MD's diagnose someone with colitis this doesnt mean anything all this means is inflammation of the colon. Itis = inflammation. The problem and what we want to know is what is causing the colitis. MD's won't find that out for you. They will just offer a drug called Asacol. Asacol, is only for mild-moderate colitis and meant to be used for only up to 3 months. After 3 mths it actually starts contributing to the problem. My father had colon cancer, a portion removed and left with sever colitis going diarrhea 10-12x per day and they had him on it for several YEARS!!! It is terrible. Another problem is that colonoscopy's will not reveal the reasons as to the cause of the colitis, neither will conventional MD's bacteriology/virology cultures as they do not look for bacteria other than pathogenic kinds such as cryptosporidium, giardia and worms.
They do not however look for the microbiota that is already there but not in balance. We all have billions upon billions of organisms in our guts and some yeast. However, some of that bacteria is good flora such as acidophilus meaning acid loving bacteria. When our pH is off from somethign hypochlorhydria meaning low stomach acid this sets up a whole host of problems. People end up with heartburn from low stomach acid as foods do not get digested so they rot in the stomach and cause gases to push open the valve and move up to the esophagus. People then are either prescribed Prilosec or other acid suppressing drugs which makes the environment in the stomach non-acidic. The stomach is an acid organ and is needed to digest foods. Non-acidic stomachs makes carbs ferment, proteins putrefy, fats rancidify and when these rotting foods and a high pH meaning basic goes into the intestines it changes the environment from acid to alkaline. The acid loving bacteria keep the bad bugs down to a minimum because bad bugs do not like acid environments. When you take acid suppressors the good bugs can't thrive and die and it makes for a friendly environment for the bad bugs. So the bad bugs that we all have in us to some degree thrive and take over, they cause wholes in our lining and let food out into our bloodstream and lower our immune system cause liver problems, and allergies. We become sensitive (not allergic) to all kinds of foods as well. The bad bacteria also make it a welcoming environment for yeast to thrive. When yeast take over we crave carbs and sweets which feeds both the bacteria and the yeast. Bacteria and yeast both cause diarrhea both from them causing our food to not get digested properly and the waste becomes debris that sits in our digestive tracts that make it pull water from the body due to the law of osmosis (without getting into it) and this is what causes the diarrhea. Dr's do not look for regular bacteria that does this as they say well naturally it will show up on a test as it supposed to be there. The problem is that it is at what levels are they supposed to be there? Yet MD's are not concerned with this information. I went to pre-med school and asked the GI dr this ?. This is the answer he gave me. I am now a Certified Functional Gastrenterologist. You need to have a stool sample done by a lab that tests for the normal microbiota and will tell what you have inside of you. What bugs and their levels (1-4) and how much yeast is present, what pH the environment is, also how many intestinal enzymes your pancreas is releasing as well as the inflammation markers, and other information.
Where do you live? I am located in Eugene, Oregon. I can work long distance if you are not nearby. I have family in NY and work with many of them. Testing is not a problem as I just send you a kit and you send it to the lab. If you are interested in hearing more information let me know and I'll let you know how to contact me privately.
P.S. There are other reasons that the pH can change and how dysbiosis can occur, but that is the most common way. I'll ask you a series of ?'s to find out what is probably going on. The name of my business is called Being In Balance.
In good health,
Being In Balance
Dear Welsh Corgi,
Oh, my, I just got back to your response to my reply. My dear, I should have told you the medication I was on that ruined my digestive system. You will not believe it, but I was taking ATIVAN !!! It is the Ativan, I don't care how long you've been on it, even I was on it for many months before it wrecked my digestion. The drug is very hard to get off, but if you will have your doc substitute instead a milder tranquilizer like Klonopin, it won't be so bad, that's what I did. As soon as the Ativan got out of my system (takes weeks), I got completely cured, it was like a miracle.
You'll like the Klonopin or whatever tranquilizer they give you just as well, the benzodiazepines are all in the same family, just some work slightly differently than the other. Also, if your blood pressure pills are diuretics, that will be contributing to the problem, so you MIGHT ask for a diff BP medicine, too. What's left after that is your doc should check you for diabetes, that can dry you out also. But I'd bet my bottom dollar it's the Ativan. Let me know.
I know Im joking, maybe food is not bad,,but I wonder. I been having the runny poops for years,,every day, usually every night, and especially every time I eat. I would swear Im allergic to food. Either my body dont like food,,or food dont like me, who knows. And then there is the occasional blood in stool, thats just freaky,Yet I seem to stay hungry.
Have your doctor to a Hydrogen Breath Test to see if you have an overgrowth of bacteria in your small intestine. If you do, then you'll need to take antibiotics to heal. After finishing the antibiotics you'll need probitotics for several months. I was just recently diagnosed with SIBO (small intestinal bacteria overgrowth). I'm currently taking Cipro.
Ativan also makes me have diarrheah! Xanax Klonopin etc all do the same to me. When I was tapering off the klonopin it was horrible. I would go all the time. Its because your body is used to the med and when you withdraw it the nerve receptors go haywire.
Your body normally makes a chemical to keep you calm and what ativan , klonopin does is replace this so your body stops making this chemical. When you withdraw it then your body is in a super anxious state because it is not making the chemical and its now not being supplied by the drug. It takes a while for your body to adjust again.
When you are on a drug like this for a long time your body creates a tolerance for it. So in between doses your body is neededing more than your usual dose to function . When you do not continually up your dose every so often then you get the withdrawl symptoms between doses. This can include diarrheah , anxiousness etc.
Your body is not supposed to be on these drugs for long periods of time. I would suggest gradually over a year or so tapering off the med according to the ashton protocol with the help of your dr. You can google it. The year of tapering will be horrible with cramps dirrheah, anxiousness etc. but your body will then begin to heal and become healthier.
hi Im six year stage 3 colon cancer survivor but i live with daily diarrhea with no help from doctors Im tired of no help and i drive a school bus Im so close to not having a job due to my bowel problems Im so depressed i need some help any thing i can go days with no issues then have bowel trouble all day i had surgery to remove about 18 ins of bowel radiation and chemo . i would love any type of help very sad and feel like i have no life thanks
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