I have chronic diarrhea, once a week it subsides but it always returns. I can't drink milk, only skim milk, I can't touch extreme spices [eg: chilli], fruit, and I can't drink alcohol either for fear of serious diarrhea. Not being able to eat fruit is a serious disadvantage, as it's not healthy for you.
I drink water excessively, I go through 10-15 cups of tea per day, and about 20-30 glasses [500mls] of water per day.
I am a smoker, and I have frequent stomach cramps and migranes/headaches. I do take a lot of Pain killers.
Does anyone have any suggestions at all as to what is wrong with me?
One thing you can try is cutting the tea out of your diet. Tea is caffeinated and since caffeine is a diuretic it will likely worsen diarrhea and, in some people, it actually causes diarrhea! This link has some info on this:
Since you are drinking 10-15 cups of tea a day I would certainly look at the effects of cutting back.
This link discusses caffeine in tea:
And this one gives caffeine levels in different beverages:
Based on this information and depending on what kind of tea you are drinking, you are consuming between 2-11 cans of Redbull a day (or 4-23 cans of Pepsi)! Im guessing you drink a regular brew which probably puts you somewhere in the middle of this range which is a considerable amount of a diuretic!
The color of stool is determined by the amount of bile in the gut. It is also determined by dyes in foods and seasonings. In the absence of dyes, stool is normal from a mustard yellow to a dark brown. When you eat a fatty meal, the stomach makes more acid to break it down. When the food leaves the stomach it enters a small section of bowel called the duodenum where messages are sent to the pancreas for insulin and bile. The pancreas tells the liver to release bile into the gut. The amount of bile is determined by the amount of fat in the digested food. The more fat, the more bile. The more bile, the more yellow the resulting stool. When the food enters the large intestine the texture of the stool is determined. The higher the bile content, the more water is released into the bowel and the "wetter" the stool is. So, if you ate a low fat diet with no or little fiber, drank very little water, or got somewhat dehydrated, the stool will be firmer and darker in color could (you could even be constipated). You may even skip a bowel movement altogether. Tomorrow you eat a high fat meal and get lots of bile to help break it down. You may get the darker colored dryer "plug" from the firmer stool in the bowel followed by a yellow loose stool or a watery diarrhea afterward. An ultrasound of the gall bladder/liver may find some sandy like stones in the gallbladder sac. As far as all the tea and drinking, it will not cause diarrhea. It will cause a lot of urinating, though. You can decrease your fatty meals and increase your consumption of fiber to help keep your stools firm and soft, which is what you want. Good luck
"As far as all the tea and drinking, it will not cause diarrhea"
Tea contains caffeine and caffeine causes diarrhea in some individuals if they consume more than a certain tolerable "threshold". If someone has chronic diarrhea then cutting out caffeinated beverages would, at least, be an easy modification that could be made to their diet to assess the impact. Although it may not be the route cause of the diarrhea, it could stilll exhasibate the situation.
Crystalcat: did you find out the cause of your diarrhea?
I have stopped drinking coffee for about a week. I ran out of diet coke which is about all I ever drink. As a substitute I drank about 6 big glasses of black tea. Then about 8 hours later my stool had the consistancy of milk. It actually sounded like I was urinating. I hear pizza constipates you and that is all that I have eaten today with the exception of a taffy bar. I doubt sugar is the cause because I am known to bing on sweets. They have never given me the runs before.
I'm wondering if drinking a lot of tea like this might be useful in flushing out my system and maybe loosing some weight.
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