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chronic diarrhea and constipation

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 10, 2007
  • 11:35 PM

I have been tested scoped and probed. Everything is normal supposedly, I go from diarrhea 4 to 2- times a day to a week or so being constipated. Bently and Lomortil Kaopectate all are used regularly to block me but doesn't seem to work

What is so strange is that I can eat something like Mexican food and not have a problem but then eat mashed potatoes and beef and be up for hours on the toilet.

I have recently starting some loss of control---sometimes cant make it to the bathroom just a few feet away--no warning whatsoever.

Any suggestions? My only health problems are cervical spondylosis (arthitis of neck with 2 bone spurs, osteoporosis, and migraine headaches and high Blood pressure). My meds supposedly dont cause the problem and they have changed them with no success. I am 48 and have been usually constipated most of my life until about 6 months ago.
Any suggestions or any one that has experienced this, please let me know what seems to help.

If I dont eat, of course that helps but then I am not getting good nutrition.

Of course I use fibercon and metamucil too.

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  • Hi Janice,The first thing I thought of was to get checked for a parasite, but it is a long-shot. On the other hand, it is worth checking, because if that is the problem, it can usually be cured with antibiotics.If you are having these problems in your GI tract, you might also find some benefit from taking "probiotics." If you happened to be on antibiotics (especially if you were on more than one round) you might have thrown off your intestinal life-cycle. Here is a paste from a website about probiotics:DESCRIPTION Probiotics are defined as live microorganisms, including Lactobacillus species, Bifidobacterium species and yeasts, that may beneficially affect the host upon ingestion by improving the balance of the intestinal microflora. The dietary use of live microorganisms has a long history. Mention of cultured dairy products is found in the Bible and the sacred books of Hinduism. Soured milks and cultured dairy products, such as kefir, koumiss, leben and dahi, were often used therapeutically before the existence of microorganisms was recognized. The use of microorganisms in food fermentation is one of the oldest methods for producing and preserving food. Much of the world depends upon various fermented foods that are staples in the diet.----------------------------------If probiotics do the trick, that would be great, but they are likely to only "help" not cure. Your loss of bowel control is very concerning. While that can come with something minor, like an allergy to one of your medications, or to wheat or some other food, it can also come with big problems. How long have you had that problem, and does your general doctor know you have had that problem? Going to specialists is important, but telling your general doctor what is going on, when specialists aren't fixing things, is also very important. Generalist doctors (internists, family physicians, pediatricians) sometimes see things more holistically than specialists.Finally, I assume the doctor has looked at the possibility of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)?Best,Shula
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  • what about a celiac problem, might want to check that out too........
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  • Please do not listen to anything Shula or Acuann tell you. My sister just passed away because Shula and Acuann told her that her doctor was wrong and she did not have a serious condition. Acuann even told her to get acupuncture to get healed. These people are going to be investigated for practicing medicine without a license. Shula and Acuann are specifically wanted in connection with my sisters homocide. Thats right homocide. If she would have listened to her doctor instead of these internet quacks she would still be here today. Rest assured I will do everything in my power to put these two behind bars and shut this website down for good.
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