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Periodic Diarrhea After Meals

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 1, 2007
  • 03:59 AM

I have been experiencing sporadic episodes of diarrhea over the past 4-5 years. It occurs most often after eating too much food particularly if I eat and drink too much liquid with my meal. Usually within about 30-60 minutes after eating to much I feel an extreme need to use the restroom and after excreting one or two loose stools feel fine. It doesn't happen everytime I overeat but I seem to go through periods where I'm more sensitive to it. For example, in the past month I have had about one episode a week almost always directly correlated with with an overindulgence in food either eating or drinking too much or too fast. Despite the recent increase in sensitivty over the past month I experienced no bouts of diarrhea for almost 6 months before that even with over eating. This periodic diarrhea has been occuring over the past 4-5 years in much the same manner. I am a female in my mid 20's in otherwise perfect health. I have no other symptoms, no fever, weight loss, abdominal pain, vomiting etc and after keeping tract of what I eat during these periods I cannot correlate my diarrhea to any food in particular including milk, protein, fatty meals etc. I guess I am just wondering if it is relatively normal to experience diarrhea after eating a large meal or if it sounds like something more serious. After doing some research own it seems like I might have a mild case of irritable bowl syndrome or perhaps just a sensitive digestive tract but i was wondering what other people think and if anyone else experiences these symptoms.

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  • I'm not a doctor, but if you have no other symptoms, probably there is nothing to worry about. It can be Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS. If you have IBS, the results of all these tests are likely to be normal.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • More likely than IBS is enhanced gastrocolic reflex. This is a normal reflex that tells the colon to move the poop along, because the stomach is filling with food. Normal. Modifiable by stress and anxiety, as well as the foods you eat. If I remember correctly, very fatty foods heighten the reflex, and carbohydrate-rich foods diminish it. I can't remember, I'd have to look it up.
    GI guy 45 Replies
    • August 14, 2007
    • 04:40 PM
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  • I went to the doctor with similar symptoms about a year ago. I was diagnosed with something called "Small Stomach Syndrome." Basically the nerve in my stomach doesn't say I am full so I keep eating. Here are my symptoms (for the past 8-9 years): OCCASIONALLY, When I would eat too much, no matter what type of food it was, my body would just sort of shut down. I would have massive diarrhea, a slight stomach ache if I tried to hold it in and occasional sweating or excess saliva in my mouth. As long as I kept thinking about it the diarrhea would keep coming back throughout the day. However I could almost distract myself from it. For example, if I could hold it off for a bit and start doing something like playing cards or a computer game, I could make it go away... if that makes any sense. Well I went to the doctor, who ruled out IBS and a variety of other cancers, etc and refereed me to a specialist. The specialist said it was either "small stomach syndrome" or I was allergic to something, which he could try to test for, but it would be very $. Occasionally I search the web to find people similar in case the doc messed up and others seem to agree with me. Goodluck!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Happens to me all the time I don't think it's worth worrying about. It's kinda funny cause that's why I looked this up I usually have this situation when I eat too much food my stomach must be saying to make room before all the water is able to be reabsorbed and therefore diarrhea. This has happened since I was a kid and only happens when I over stuff myself or if I eat after I haven't eaten all day
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  • If you are facing such problem then it needs to be taken under consideration as, if you are facing this for one time then it is not a problem but, if you are facing this for several time after meal then there must be some problem with your digestion so it will be better if you consult with a doctor about this issue.
    namratasnv 30 Replies Flag this Response
  • I sometimes get similar things, sounds like you probably have a very mild case of IBS. Nothing to worry about I reckon - just try not to overeat, or be prepared to pay the price if you do!
    davidclark 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • It is very important for us to know what are the better ways to keep everything in proportion as, overeating will leads to indigestion and diarrhea and that may results in some serial gastric problems.We have to choose meal that will not harm our intestine as, the food we eat keeps us healthy but at the same time may responsible for serious problems.thankshttp://www.liferaftgroup.org/gist.html
    namratasnv 30 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have been going through this every since I had my gallbladder removed..it sucks..
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • October 17, 2014
    • 04:26 PM
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