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Chronic Diarrhea and Not IBS

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  • Posted By: itsnotibs
  • September 5, 2009
  • 07:16 PM

At the end of June, I developed flu like symptoms, fever, headache, chills, weakness. That same week, I got four inches of water in my basement from flooding and I was down in the water cleaning up. A day after that, I was prescribed the Z Pack for the flu like symptoms. Three days into taking the Z pack, I stopped taking it because it was making me sick. Two days later, I developed chronic diarrhea. It was just pouring out of me like water, about 10 to 15 times a day, I had night sweats and lost weight like crazy. I continued having the diarrhea for a week so they tested my stool. All stool cultures came back negative. I then had an endoscopy, colonoscopy, small bowel series, celiac profile and a ct scan. All tests came back normal with nothing to show what was causing the chronic diarrhea. After a couple of weeks, my GI doctor gave me 7 days of flagyl. Two days into taking the flagyl, the diarrhea was gone and I felt great. After I was done taking the seven day course of flagyl, about three days later, I got the diarrhea back, night sweats and weight loss. My GI doctor then gave me 14 days of flagyl, 250mg, three times a day. About three days after I started taking the flagyl again, I once again felt great, no diarrhea and started gaining weight back. I took the 14 days of flagyl and thought I was cured. About six days after I was done with the 14 day course of flagyl, my diarrhea came back just as before, straight water and weight loss started again. My GI doctor then told me it was irritable bowel and I got Lexapro. Well, I have been on the Lexapro for about three weeks, not that I needed it, but I still have chronic diarrhea, night sweats occassionally and lost about 30 pounds. I have searched for some kind of answer but just haven't been able to find anything and my GI doctor says that there are no more tests and insists it is irritable bowel. I refuse to believe it is irritable bowel and wondering if anyone knows what direction I should take. I just find it curious that when I would take the flagyl, I was fine and feeling 110 percent. Appreciate any help, especially from any GI doctors that might have some advice for me.

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  • At the end of June, I developed flu like symptoms, fever, headache, chills, weakness. That same week, I got four inches of water in my basement from flooding and I was down in the water cleaning up. A day after that, I was prescribed the Z Pack for the flu like symptoms. Three days into taking the Z pack, I stopped taking it because it was making me sick. Two days later, I developed chronic diarrhea. It was just pouring out of me like water, about 10 to 15 times a day, I had night sweats and lost weight like crazy. I continued having the diarrhea for a week so they tested my stool. All stool cultures came back negative. I then had an endoscopy, colonoscopy, small bowel series, celiac profile and a ct scan. All tests came back normal with nothing to show what was causing the chronic diarrhea. After a couple of weeks, my GI doctor gave me 7 days of flagyl. Two days into taking the flagyl, the diarrhea was gone and I felt great. After I was done taking the seven day course of flagyl, about three days later, I got the diarrhea back, night sweats and weight loss. My GI doctor then gave me 14 days of flagyl, 250mg, three times a day. About three days after I started taking the flagyl again, I once again felt great, no diarrhea and started gaining weight back. I took the 14 days of flagyl and thought I was cured. About six days after I was done with the 14 day course of flagyl, my diarrhea came back just as before, straight water and weight loss started again. My GI doctor then told me it was irritable bowel and I got Lexapro. Well, I have been on the Lexapro for about three weeks, not that I needed it, but I still have chronic diarrhea, night sweats occassionally and lost about 30 pounds. I have searched for some kind of answer but just haven't been able to find anything and my GI doctor says that there are no more tests and insists it is irritable bowel. I refuse to believe it is irritable bowel and wondering if anyone knows what direction I should take. I just find it curious that when I would take the flagyl, I was fine and feeling 110 percent. Appreciate any help, especially from any GI doctors that might have some advice for me.Hi Dear Friend, Try the following sincerely. On your back you will have tight muscles on the right lateral processes side of T8 to T12 region. If you come to Phoenix, AZ area, I can fix you in 5 minutes, FREE. But I dont know where you live, so try this. Put a tennis ball against the wall, and position yourself standing your back against the wall. Now roll the tennis ball very slowly with your back against the wall to find the tight muscles. Then keep applying the presssure till the tight muscles ease off or relax. Then the diarrhea will stop naturally. I have fixed hundreds of patients having your problem with this technique.Good Luck,Garla Arjuna.PArjuna85210@yahoo.com
    PArjuna 43 Replies
    • September 6, 2009
    • 05:18 AM
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  • At the end of June, I developed flu like symptoms, fever, headache, chills, weakness. That same week, I got four inches of water in my basement from flooding and I was down in the water cleaning up. A day after that, I was prescribed the Z Pack for the flu like symptoms. Three days into taking the Z pack, I stopped taking it because it was making me sick. Two days later, I developed chronic diarrhea. It was just pouring out of me like water, about 10 to 15 times a day, I had night sweats and lost weight like crazy. I continued having the diarrhea for a week so they tested my stool. All stool cultures came back negative. I then had an endoscopy, colonoscopy, small bowel series, celiac profile and a ct scan. All tests came back normal with nothing to show what was causing the chronic diarrhea. After a couple of weeks, my GI doctor gave me 7 days of flagyl. Two days into taking the flagyl, the diarrhea was gone and I felt great. After I was done taking the seven day course of flagyl, about three days later, I got the diarrhea back, night sweats and weight loss. My GI doctor then gave me 14 days of flagyl, 250mg, three times a day. About three days after I started taking the flagyl again, I once again felt great, no diarrhea and started gaining weight back. I took the 14 days of flagyl and thought I was cured. About six days after I was done with the 14 day course of flagyl, my diarrhea came back just as before, straight water and weight loss started again. My GI doctor then told me it was irritable bowel and I got Lexapro. Well, I have been on the Lexapro for about three weeks, not that I needed it, but I still have chronic diarrhea, night sweats occassionally and lost about 30 pounds. I have searched for some kind of answer but just haven't been able to find anything and my GI doctor says that there are no more tests and insists it is irritable bowel. I refuse to believe it is irritable bowel and wondering if anyone knows what direction I should take. I just find it curious that when I would take the flagyl, I was fine and feeling 110 percent. Appreciate any help, especially from any GI doctors that might have some advice for me. Absolutly go to a second gastro to get a second opinion. I had to go to three before I started getting any straight answers.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 10, 2009
    • 07:42 AM
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  • At the end of June, I developed flu like symptoms, fever, headache, chills, weakness. That same week, I got four inches of water in my basement from flooding and I was down in the water cleaning up. A day after that, I was prescribed the Z Pack for the flu like symptoms. Three days into taking the Z pack, I stopped taking it because it was making me sick. Two days later, I developed chronic diarrhea. It was just pouring out of me like water, about 10 to 15 times a day, I had night sweats and lost weight like crazy. I continued having the diarrhea for a week so they tested my stool. All stool cultures came back negative. I then had an endoscopy, colonoscopy, small bowel series, celiac profile and a ct scan. All tests came back normal with nothing to show what was causing the chronic diarrhea. After a couple of weeks, my GI doctor gave me 7 days of flagyl. Two days into taking the flagyl, the diarrhea was gone and I felt great. After I was done taking the seven day course of flagyl, about three days later, I got the diarrhea back, night sweats and weight loss. My GI doctor then gave me 14 days of flagyl, 250mg, three times a day. About three days after I started taking the flagyl again, I once again felt great, no diarrhea and started gaining weight back. I took the 14 days of flagyl and thought I was cured. About six days after I was done with the 14 day course of flagyl, my diarrhea came back just as before, straight water and weight loss started again. My GI doctor then told me it was irritable bowel and I got Lexapro. Well, I have been on the Lexapro for about three weeks, not that I needed it, but I still have chronic diarrhea, night sweats occassionally and lost about 30 pounds. I have searched for some kind of answer but just haven't been able to find anything and my GI doctor says that there are no more tests and insists it is irritable bowel. I refuse to believe it is irritable bowel and wondering if anyone knows what direction I should take. I just find it curious that when I would take the flagyl, I was fine and feeling 110 percent. Appreciate any help, especially from any GI doctors that might have some advice for me.Are you in any way immuno-compromised? Because it sound like a Mycobacterium infection which is an opportunistic infection, and usually only occurs in people with suppressed immune systems.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 23, 2009
    • 05:33 AM
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  • Are you in any way immuno-compromised? Because it sound like a Mycobacterium infection which is an opportunistic infection, and usually only occurs in people with suppressed immune systems. Well, great news to report! After going to several GI doctors, visits to ER's and all of them saying that it was IBS, I finally found out what was wrong with me. As I always told these doctors, I only had chronic, watery diarrhea and lost about 30 pounds in less than a three month period. I continued to argue with these doctors, telling them that I did not have IBS and that they were wrong. I also continued to research on the internet and was almost convinced by these idiot doctors that I did have IBS. Out of the grace of god, one morning as I took my kids to the bus stop, a man that lives in my neighborhood approached me and told me that he had heard about my medical problems. He went on to tell me that he had the same symptoms as me for a year, went to the same doctors and they all told him that he had IBS. He even had the same tests, which all came back normal, just like mine. We both had colonoscopies, endoscopies, ct scan, celiac profile, smal bowel tests, stool cultures and numerous blood work. He didn't give up and then he told me that all along it was he GALLBLADDER. How about that! He told me that all he needed was a HIDA SCAN and found his gallbladder ejection fraction was 18%. Well, I immediately went to my family doctor, who also said I had IBS and told him that I wanted a HIDA scan. After arguing why I wanted it, he finally gave in. I had my HIDA scan yesterday. Guess what, it was my gallbladder. My ejection fraction was 11%, which is very low. Well, now I have contacted these doctors that told me that I had IBS and they don't know what to say. All along, any one of them could have simply checked my gallbladder, even my GI doctor could have checked on that, but they didn't and wanted to do what every doctor does when they don't have a clue, say its IBS. Its funny because now they are afraid to talk to me about my case, probably worrying that I might have a good lawsuit. They all know that I lost three months of my life this past summer, almost lost my marriage, my doctors giving me tons of different meds and even putting me on Lexipro saying it was in my head. It was horrible with everyone telling me that it was in my head and my GI doctor even filled out paperwork for my work, saying that I was able to go back to work and the only thing wrong with me was IBS with diarrhea. The good thing, I have copies of all the paperwork that the doctors did. Specifically, my GI doctor should have to pay for all the meds that he put me through, as well as pay for not listening to me. I almost lost my mind over this for crying out loud. I hope this post may help someone else out there. I hate to say it, but don't always listen to your doctor when you know different. As in my case, listen to your neighbor, haha. Keep fighting as I did. You might find the cure for your condition, when doctors give up on you, just like mine did.
    itsnotibs 2 Replies
    • September 24, 2009
    • 02:40 PM
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  • Imagine having the exact same situation your whole life until you're 20, and they finally do a HIDA scan...
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 26, 2009
    • 04:11 PM
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  • Imagine having the exact same situation your whole life until you're 20, and they finally do a HIDA scan...Did you have your gallbladder removed? If so, did all of the symptoms go away? I am worried about having mine removed. My doctor says that weight loss and diarrhea are not symptoms of a dysfunctional gallbladder. He also told me that removing the gallbladder will not take away the diarrhea and will probably make it worse. I don't know what to do. Anyone else out there have the same situation and once they had their gallbladder removed, it eliminated the chronic diarrhea and weight loss.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 1, 2009
    • 07:20 PM
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  • Imagine having the exact same situation your whole life until you're 20, and they finally do a HIDA scan... Did you have your gallbladder out after finding out your ejection fraction was low? If so, did it take away the diarrhea and symptoms? My surgeon says that weight loss and diarrhea are not symptoms of gallbladder dysfunction. He tells me that taking out my gallbladder will not eliminate the diarrhea and probably make it worse. Now I am so confused and worried about getting it taken out. Anyone out there have the same symptoms and got their gallbladder out with the end result of eliminating diarrhea and weight loss?
    itsnotibs 2 Replies
    • October 1, 2009
    • 07:27 PM
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  • I don't think removal of your gallbladder is going to fix your problem indefinitely, given the fact that Flagyl helped. Flagyl kills the cystic form of Lyme Disease. You likely have Lyme or some other parasite.
    kermworm 81 Replies
    • October 1, 2009
    • 08:28 PM
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  • Well, great news to report! After going to several GI doctors, visits to ER's and all of them saying that it was IBS, I finally found out what was wrong with me. As I always told these doctors, I only had chronic, watery diarrhea and lost about 30 pounds in less than a three month period. I continued to argue with these doctors, telling them that I did not have IBS and that they were wrong. I also continued to research on the internet and was almost convinced by these idiot doctors that I did have IBS. Out of the grace of god, one morning as I took my kids to the bus stop, a man that lives in my neighborhood approached me and told me that he had heard about my medical problems. He went on to tell me that he had the same symptoms as me for a year, went to the same doctors and they all told him that he had IBS. He even had the same tests, which all came back normal, just like mine. We both had colonoscopies, endoscopies, ct scan, celiac profile, smal bowel tests, stool cultures and numerous blood work. He didn't give up and then he told me that all along it was he GALLBLADDER. How about that! He told me that all he needed was a HIDA SCAN and found his gallbladder ejection fraction was 18%. Well, I immediately went to my family doctor, who also said I had IBS and told him that I wanted a HIDA scan. After arguing why I wanted it, he finally gave in. I had my HIDA scan yesterday. Guess what, it was my gallbladder. My ejection fraction was 11%, which is very low. Well, now I have contacted these doctors that told me that I had IBS and they don't know what to say. All along, any one of them could have simply checked my gallbladder, even my GI doctor could have checked on that, but they didn't and wanted to do what every doctor does when they don't have a clue, say its IBS. Its funny because now they are afraid to talk to me about my case, probably worrying that I might have a good lawsuit. They all know that I lost three months of my life this past summer, almost lost my marriage, my doctors giving me tons of different meds and even putting me on Lexipro saying it was in my head. It was horrible with everyone telling me that it was in my head and my GI doctor even filled out paperwork for my work, saying that I was able to go back to work and the only thing wrong with me was IBS with diarrhea. The good thing, I have copies of all the paperwork that the doctors did. Specifically, my GI doctor should have to pay for all the meds that he put me through, as well as pay for not listening to me. I almost lost my mind over this for crying out loud. I hope this post may help someone else out there. I hate to say it, but don't always listen to your doctor when you know different. As in my case, listen to your neighbor, haha. Keep fighting as I did. You might find the cure for your condition, when doctors give up on you, just like mine did.You have just repeated my exact story! I am going to a new Dr today and demanding a HIDA scan. THank you so much! I hope they will do one, wish me luck!
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  • At the end of June, I developed flu like symptoms, fever, headache, chills, weakness. That same week, I got four inches of water in my basement from flooding and I was down in the water cleaning up. A day after that, I was prescribed the Z Pack for the flu like symptoms. Three days into taking the Z pack, I stopped taking it because it was making me sick. Two days later, I developed chronic diarrhea. It was just pouring out of me like water, about 10 to 15 times a day, I had night sweats and lost weight like crazy. I continued having the diarrhea for a week so they tested my stool. All stool cultures came back negative. I then had an endoscopy, colonoscopy, small bowel series, celiac profile and a ct scan. All tests came back normal with nothing to show what was causing the chronic diarrhea. After a couple of weeks, my GI doctor gave me 7 days of flagyl. Two days into taking the flagyl, the diarrhea was gone and I felt great. After I was done taking the seven day course of flagyl, about three days later, I got the diarrhea back, night sweats and weight loss. My GI doctor then gave me 14 days of flagyl, 250mg, three times a day. About three days after I started taking the flagyl again, I once again felt great, no diarrhea and started gaining weight back. I took the 14 days of flagyl and thought I was cured. About six days after I was done with the 14 day course of flagyl, my diarrhea came back just as before, straight water and weight loss started again. My GI doctor then told me it was irritable bowel and I got Lexapro. Well, I have been on the Lexapro for about three weeks, not that I needed it, but I still have chronic diarrhea, night sweats occassionally and lost about 30 pounds. I have searched for some kind of answer but just haven't been able to find anything and my GI doctor says that there are no more tests and insists it is irritable bowel. I refuse to believe it is irritable bowel and wondering if anyone knows what direction I should take. I just find it curious that when I would take the flagyl, I was fine and feeling 110 percent. Appreciate any help, especially from any GI doctors that might have some advice for me.I was just wondering if you ever had your gallbladder removed and if that corrected the issue for you. My issues were almost the same except they diagnosed my gallbladder then about 3 weeks later i developed diarrhea that has been with me for almost 2 months now. My initial though was I'm not going to remove the gallbladder until we solve this problem because it would make things worst and the surgeon and gi dr both thought they were unrelated. I'm currently on my second round of flagyl because it seemed to help the first time so were going to try it for a longer period of time. Just seems kind of ironic that this happen around the same time as my gallbladder problem.thanksMark
    markj72000 1 Replies
    • February 9, 2011
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  • Hi just found this my mother in law has the same for almost a year they told her she had brainerd diarrhea research it. you must of inhaled some water particles my mother in laws crawl space is always got water in it and there is mold she is worse now because of the weight loss and dehydration her organs are starting to not work and she is so weak they giver her a ton of meds and have experimented with meds they are out of ideas and do not know what to do with her this started feb 2010 it is nov 2011 look it up but you wont get any help sorry there is no cure or any good treatments keep up your fluids and take potassum this can last 3 yrs and then it just stops. but it is killing my mother in law sorry, good luck I will check back to see if you reply.
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    • November 23, 2011
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