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Constant diarrhea

Two weeks ago I woke up in the middle of the night to an incredible urge to use the bathroom.  I was up all night until the early morning hours with explosive diarrhea.  I would have to get up every 5 minutes to go to the bathroom.  Since then I have had it every day, all day and all night.  I might get a 4 to 5 hour break before it hits again.  I'm drinking lots of water and am not experiencing dehydration yet, but I'm very tired which I think is due to lack of sleep.  I've tried over the counter medicines, but they don't work.  It doesn't matter what I eat.  It will pass through my system unabsorbed within an hour after eating it.  I've been on the BRAT diet and it all passes through me like water.  Nothing is helping.  I was thinking of seeing my general doctor first, but I don't want to waste any time, so should I go directly to a gastroenterologist?  What type of tests should I be prepared for?
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I suggest that you get a prompt consult now. It is necessary that a stool examination be done to rule out any infection. Amebiasis and some viruses may actually cause diarrhea.

Have you any fever? Any vomiting?

Any abdominal pain?

A prompt consult with an internist will be able to guide you. Eat well. Diarrhea is not a contraindication for a healthy and full meal. Avoid milk and dairy products for the moment. Diarrhea causes your body to lose electrolytes. So it is important to replenish this by taking in adequate amount of water and fruit juices. Gatorade may also help. Ruling out underlying conditions which may be causing the diarrhea  is necessary .
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i've been having diarrhea for 4 days now and i always get it after i eat and even after i drink water. my stomch hurts so bad it feels like im on my period. what should i do?
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Head to your doctor and report what your symptoms are.  Chances you have just some kind of intestinal bug that will resolve itself, but it's always better to be sure.
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