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Chronic Diarrhea and other symptoms

Jan 16, 2008 - 8 comments
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diarrhea

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tremor

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sweats

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upper abdominal pai

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Lower Back Pain

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watery yellow stools

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light sensitivity

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Anxiety

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Habba syndrome

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Dumping Syndrome



I have not left the house except to go to a doctor or test in 6 weeks, and my husband has driven me as I feel too weak. I have chronic diarrhea with severe gas after eating. I and am afraid to eat anything that will cause distress and have lost 40 pounds in 4 months (20% of body weight). Constant nagging abdominal pain ULQ whether I eat or don't, I also have anxiety, sweats (no fever), tremors, and lower back pain. Symptoms were occasional at first but are now almost daily. I wake up in a sweat (which seems different from a hot flash) and fell sick until I have a stool. First stool may be semi-solid, about an hour after eating throughout the day, stools are watery and yellow.

I force myself to eat as I have NO appetite. I feel only weak, faint, pain (and anxiety), not hunger if I don't eat something every 2-3 hours. An I feel full right away when I do eat. Daytime seems to be worse, Evenings are better (or I'm just starving), I can usually eat a small meal. I have avoided most dairy (have eaten yogurt and cheese), alcohol (I was a heavy drinker), all caffeine. I have also eaten bland, cooked, low-fat, soft or liquid foods, avoiding raw veggies/fruits, or fatty/greasy foods. I added Boost High Protein for nutrition. Many foods I can eat one day I find unpalatable the next. Sometimes water upsets my system.

Tests done December and January include abdominal CT, chest x-ray, barium swallow upper x-ray, barium swallow intestinal x-ray, gastroscopy, colonoscopy, pill-cam intestinal, and various stool samples. All appeared normal or were negative. Liver, AC1 and thyroid blood tests done at my family practitioner in November were normal.

I have had previous DVT episodes (unexplained cause) so am taking Coumadin for life. Complete hysterectomy in 2005 put me into menopause but I cant take most supplements because of the DVT. Had a Nissen fundolication  to repair a para-esophaghal hernia in March 2006. I also take Prilosec (20mg/day), Lexapro (5mg/day down from 20), Singulair (10mg/day), and Ambien CR (12.5 mg/day or I can't sleep AT ALL). I'm wondering if one of my meds is causing some of these symptoms since I quit drinking. I also wonder if I may be having vision problems and seem to be light and color sensitive. I wear new prescription glasses (I got about the time this started) and have some blurred vision.

I have suggested Habba and Dumping syndromes to my GI but have not been tested yet. He's ready to send me to Mayo or Iowa City.

I am desperate. I have been away from my job on unpaid leave for over 4 weeks now. I am afraid to drive or leave the house for fear that I may soil myself in public. Anxiety and depression are worse. My friends and family offer to stop and visit but I don't want to see them like this.

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by girlvet, Jan 18, 2008
Your physical/emotional symptoms peeked my attention as they are very similar to mine.  I was diagnosed, after many many false negative test results, for clostridium difficile. Docs were amazed, as it used to be believed only possible in elderly and inpatient candidates.  Not so anymore, and its a tough one to convince them to consider.  My eyesight still isnt completely back (blurry, light sensitive).  I also responded to your board post, as I always throw that out there as a possibility if someone's symptoms sound familiar.  Definitely worth asking your doc about, but they sometimes done believe "false lab tests" are possible.  If he/she does agree to test you for C Diff AND Toxins, put the sample on ice immediately, write on the cup "possible C Diff pls test ASAP", and take directly to the lab for testing.  Best to test the ickiest of your sample, and on a "bad day".  They should do at least one sample per day, on two different days in a row.  Took them many months to finally get a positive for me.  The good news is, if it is infact C Diff...a couple of rounds of antibiotics will send you well on your way to recovery.  All my best...and its well worth a google to see if that sounds like your symptoms too.

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by tiagotsand, Apr 27, 2008
I have the same symptoms as you. FATUGE, YELLOW STOOL, VISION PROBLEMS, NOT ABLE TO SLEEP, TREMORS, NOT ABLE TO EAT AND i CAAN ONLY EAT A LITTLE UNTIL MY STOMACK STARTS TO HURT, MUSCLE PAIN, i CANT STAND UP AND WALK AND I DONT WANT TO VISIT ANYONE I HAVE TO GOTO WORK AND SOME DAYS I DRAG MYSELF TO WORK AFRAID THAT I WILL DROP AT ANYTIME.  THE MEDS THAT I AM ON IS AMBIEN CR, EFFEXOR, B-12 SHOOTS DAILY, STOOL HARDNER, AND ABOUT 14 TO 16 CODIENS, AND 2 OXYCODIENS A DAY.  WHAT IS WEIRD IS THAT THE PAIN MEDS STOP OR SLOW DOWN THE RUNS AND GIVE ME ENERGY AND I CAN MAKE IT THROUGH THE DAY IS HARD BUT I CAN IT IS STRANGE WE HAVE THE SAME SYMPTOMS.
THEY HAVE TESTED ME FOR EVERYTHING I TO BELIEVE THAT I HAVE TO GO TO THE MAYO CLINIC I AM ABOUT THERE,
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by cmartino, May 25, 2008
girlvet
What antibiotics did you take?  I was given rifaximin and it gave me worse diarrhea.  In fact any antibacterial oral gives me worse diarrhea.  I've begged the doctors for injected antibiotics but no doctor will do it.  I take 20 Imodium a day to keep firm stool.  I've taken all tests and normal.  Have not had a thorough stool analysis.  Please email answer if you can at cmartino_741***@****.
By the way taking 20 Imodium a day is causing severe dehydration and leaching out all my minerals.  I drink a gallon or so of rice water daily to keep some of the fluid in but I am dying.
I never had diarrhea until I took antidepressants.  Now I have chronic diarrhea.  It's been suggested that the fluoride in the antidepressant had caused the problem but no one is sure how.  Maybe it killed the good bacteria in my digestive tract.  Maybe it damaged my pineal gland so that it no longer excretes serotonin and melatonin properly.  In any case, the antidepressants will eventually cause my death.  If I'd never taken prescription medication I would have been healthy today.  I'm sorry I trusted the system.

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by pennymoon, Jul 27, 2008
I've been to Mayo in Rochester. They found that I was dumping but never had surgery. You sound a lot like me. Did you end up going?

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by chronic_diarreah_man, Nov 18, 2008
Hey i had chroninc diearreah as well. (hence the name) it was for 8 weeks. I didin't go anywhere for the whole time and if i did it did not turn out so well. :(

I hope you get healed fast

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by redbee, Nov 18, 2008
Hi all, I've been much better. But not before I underwent every kind of  GI exam possible (I even swallowed the pill camera). New antidepressants and anti-anxiety help (Effexor, Remeron, and Ativan). I never did go to Mayo. I found a very sympathetic GI doc that gave me round of antibiotics and told me to stay away from dairy. I was told the liquid in the yellow stools was bile, and no one seemed worried by that. A month later for recheck, I was on my way back to "normal." The Remeron helps me sleep and gave me my appetite back. (If I don't take it, I do take AmbienCR or I can't stay asleep, I think from being post-menopausal). Looking back, I must have had bacterial overgrowth, or picked up a bug in Mexico, along with extreme depression that led to my breakdown.

The arrival of spring (warmer and sunnier weather) helped as well, I am curious to see if winter affects me again this year. I did use a lot of soluble fiber (powder and tablets) and Caltrate Plus (acts as a binding agent) in the beginning. And some family problems and office issues are better. I think it was the state of my head that affected my gut (research I did found that there is more serotonin in your gut than your brain). As the new meds brought me out of the dark pit of dispair I was truly in, my digestion improved to the point I could basically eat/drink anything.

I notice now, when I am under stress and don't follow an IBS diet, I will have problems. But I just eat more soluble fiber and give up the triggers (caffeine, coffee – even decaf, alcohol, fatty or greasy foods, raw fruits/veggies) and I do better. I found this website MOST helpful: http://www.helpforibs.com/. I hope it helps all of you. If you can't eat anything try these: bananas, oatmeal, applesauce, cooked carrots, potatoes, rice, chicken breast (no skin), and good white bread. I survived on this diet for many weeks. And now 10 months later, I've regained the 50 pounds I lost. Take care of yourselves, and if your doctor isn't helping, find someone who will listen!

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by Chuck67, Jan 04, 2009
This is terrible,,I been having this problem for over 2yrs now,,had all these test done and the dr's. can't tell me anything..I need help...Charles

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by Olderwiser, Apr 09, 2010
Re: Uncontrollable yellow watery diarrhea/yellow stools.  I take no meds, no alcohol, no smoking  so none of those was the cause. After much searching on the internet I determined that going to a doctor would be futile since so many had been through every test imaginable and no cause was found.  Imodium would control the diarrhea, until it wore off and then the the watery diarrhea was back with a vengence.  I was treating a symptom not the cause.  The best fit for my symptoms was intestinal infection and liver overload (from the infection).  So I turned to my old standby...very high doses of Vitamin C.  And I increased the amount of milk thistle (silymarin) as it is very helpful to the liver and I ate pineapple..  As for the vitamin C I took 10,000 mg (10 grams) of Vit C crystals  in about 1/2 cup water on an empty stomach, drank it through a straw (mega, mega tart) but I was taking it as medicine. Of course brushed my teeth afterward.  I figured if the high dose of C went undiluted into my intestines it was certain to do some good. I took three 10,000 mg does a day (I'm about 140 lbs) so you might need to adjust dosage up or down.  And it worked as well as the imodium. After two days I reached bowel tolerance and reduced to twice a day and after a week or so I am down to once a day and having normal bowel movements, both color and frequency.  .....Will continue to take at least one big dose a day...Don't want this thing to come back.

I get Vitamin C crystals from Puritan Pride..1 teaspoon = 5,000 mg.  I understand Vit C also comes in powder form.

Re "bowel tolerance" you can Google - vitamin C bowel tolerance - and get information which will amaze you.

Re medications:  any ONE medication can wreck your body and with a combination who knows what kind of side effects might occur.  Google for side effects of every drug you take.  Might talk to pharmacist as they are more knowledgeable than doctors about side effects of drugs.  I learned this years ago while on chemo and radiation. I told doctor about symptoms and he just looked at me and said "I just don't understand that," meaning...I don't believe you, you stupid woman.... I finally figured it out myself....fourth round of the same antibiotic.... while on radiation (so it wasn't the chemo drugs causing the severe symptoms)  so I confronted a second doctor who told me the antibiotic didn't cause those symptoms...I stayed in his face, told him I wasn't taking anymore of it (which meant I would have died of infection on his watch) so he went and looked it up....came back and said   "You're right.  It's a rare side effect.  Never take that antibiotic again."     I have learned that the side effect is really not that rare.  Doctors do not know a lot of things that I used to assume they know.  I'm convinced that on anything out of their "routine" they are winging it. Thank God for Google, etc.

I don't know if Vitamin C will help anyone else but it has certainly helped me escape from a horrendous life destroying episode.  I can go about my normal activities now, including work.

And a note re Vit C in doses over 2,000 mg causing kidney stones.  Don't believe it for a minute. Years ago I had lots of problems with kidney stones but then I started taking lots of vitamin C and have had NO further problem in 8 years.  Highest dosage of Vitamin C I have ever taken was for brown recluse spider bite - I took 10,000 mg every 20 MINUTES for several house (set a timer.)  Adjusted dosage and interval downward to maintain bowel tolerance and in 2-3 weeks there was no sign of having been bitten. Everyone else I have talked to who had been bitten had surgery to remove dead tissue.  Katrina and Rita drove spiders from their usual habitat and they were in houses, businesses, garages, so there were lots of bites. That's just an example of how severe illness, injury, infections, toxins, etc can cause the body to need extreme amounts of Vitamin C.

Thanks to all of you who posted re this horrendous malady.  Your lack of success led me to try something different and for me it is working.

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