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Unexplained Recurring Diarrhea

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  • Posted By: Pink_Panther27
  • October 18, 2008
  • 11:17 PM

I am a female, in my early 20’s.

Between mid-July and mid-September I was sick with diarrhea about every two weeks. I would get sick, be sick for a few days and around two weeks get sick again.

This happened four times between mid-July and mid-September of this year.

I talked to a doctor about this a blood test and stool test was done. Both tests came back normal, no evidence of a bacterial/viral infection and no parasites.

I have not been out of the country or been drinking any stream water. I do not have an eating disorder. I do not drink. I have never smoked. I am not any medications prescription or over the counter stuff.

The doctor did some consultation and in her opinion thinks I do not have a bowel or intestinal disorder.

In none of the cases was there ever a bloody stool.

The doctor concluded I must have a food intolerance/acquired a food intolerance.

Based on my introspection it just does not seem very plausible.

The only other thing that comes to mind is food poisoning or stress.

I generally do not eat a lot of processed foods and do not eat out a lot and consider myself reasonably hygienic when it comes to cooking so food poisoning seems unlikely.

Stress also doesn’t seem a reasonable culprit. During the summer my stress overall was down. And a few times I was really stressed out I did not immediately become sick within a day/a few days.

Given how I have been getting sick in two week increments I expected to get sick around September 29th. I did not become sick. I thought I was in the clear. But yesterday on October 17th in the middle of the night I had terrible cramping, had been sweating and had this nasty rotten egg breath that has always been a pre-cursor to the watery stools. Almost on the dot 12 hours after the first symptoms appeared I started having watery stools.

The good news is that today the 18th of October it seems all the symptoms have evaporated.

There really have not been any co-morbid things like a high fever accompanying the episodes of diarrhea. I have been generally experiencing a lack of appetite, but this is very general and could indicate a number of things or could indicate nothing.


If anyone would be able to provide any insight into this I would appreciate it.

But based on a few threads I have seen where the case bears some semblance to my own the case remains unresolved/unexplained.

P_P27

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  • Hi Panther,I'm a 21yo male with identical symptoms to yourself.Has your problem ever been diagnosed or resolved?Thanks,bb.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 16, 2008
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  • I am a female, in my early 20’s. Between mid-July and mid-September I was sick with diarrhea about every two weeks. I would get sick, be sick for a few days and around two weeks get sick again. This happened four times between mid-July and mid-September of this year. I talked to a doctor about this a blood test and stool test was done. Both tests came back normal, no evidence of a bacterial/viral infection and no parasites. I have not been out of the country or been drinking any stream water. I do not have an eating disorder. I do not drink. I have never smoked. I am not any medications prescription or over the counter stuff. The doctor did some consultation and in her opinion thinks I do not have a bowel or intestinal disorder. In none of the cases was there ever a bloody stool. The doctor concluded I must have a food intolerance/acquired a food intolerance. Based on my introspection it just does not seem very plausible. The only other thing that comes to mind is food poisoning or stress. I generally do not eat a lot of processed foods and do not eat out a lot and consider myself reasonably hygienic when it comes to cooking so food poisoning seems unlikely. Stress also doesn’t seem a reasonable culprit. During the summer my stress overall was down. And a few times I was really stressed out I did not immediately become sick within a day/a few days. Given how I have been getting sick in two week increments I expected to get sick around September 29th. I did not become sick. I thought I was in the clear. But yesterday on October 17th in the middle of the night I had terrible cramping, had been sweating and had this nasty rotten egg breath that has always been a pre-cursor to the watery stools. Almost on the dot 12 hours after the first symptoms appeared I started having watery stools. The good news is that today the 18th of October it seems all the symptoms have evaporated. There really have not been any co-morbid things like a high fever accompanying the episodes of diarrhea. I have been generally experiencing a lack of appetite, but this is very general and could indicate a number of things or could indicate nothing. If anyone would be able to provide any insight into this I would appreciate it. But based on a few threads I have seen where the case bears some semblance to my own the case remains unresolved/unexplained. P_P27 Hi..I had the same problem excepts mine was sever..I couldn't leave the house in fear if I ate something I wouldn't make it to the bathroom on time(which did happen a couple times)I had went through a yr with this problem,test after test..finally my Dr. went through my meds and checked the side effects to find out about 5 of them(I know alot of pills)diarrhea was indeed a side effect..so he changed my meds around and put me on diarrhea meds and 2 this day I still take 1 in the morning and 1 at night..and also I became lactose intolerant so if I have ANY dairy products I best be staying home..so u might want to check and see if u r lactose intolrate,doesn't hurt to try and get on a pill..if u want to know what I take for the diarrhea just write back..Hope this helps..
    SwtSeattleGrl43 1 Replies
    • December 17, 2008
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  • For whatever the reason it seems my body has managed to fix things by itself. My last re-lapse was in October. At some point since I last posted a blood test was done to determine if my body has developed some sort of food intolerance. Test results came back negative on all items. I don't have a condition that requires me to take meds, nor do I take anything recreationally--so meds as an explanation doesn't fit. So until otherwise I seem to be in the clear.
    Pink_Panther27 20 Replies
    • December 17, 2008
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  • UPDATE: Saturday while doing some online searching and looking through some books on medicine and nutrition I came across something that sparked my interest. Apparently diarrhea is a possible symptom of adrenal exhaustion and I believe loss of appetite can be another one. I spent most of Saturday being lazy since I just felt like utter crap (mentally/emotionally). A few days prior I noticed a bottle on top of the refrigerator "Adrenal Support," "Uses to provide glandular support for symptoms of allergies, inflammation, stress, exhaustion." I took a dose of it Saturday evening and have since taken a dose this morning and afternoon. Compared to yesterday I generally feel better. So it seems plausible the diarrhea was in fact another symptom of something else. I shot off an e-mail to the physician I have been seeing to get her opinion, but at least based on the immediate results it seems like this might explain the diarrhea. Though thinking off the top of my head this doesn't entirely make sense if too much stress --> adrenal exhaustion --> diarrhea why hasn't this been a more long-term problem, or been something I have had to deal with on a daily basis for consecutive weeks or months? Why has it been coming and going? Generally for much of the duration of the time I was yo-yo-ing from being sick and being not sick I considered myself relatively unstressed (according to my perspective--which given human nature many of us have poor reflective insight into our behavior and see things in a distorted manner). It will be interesting to see what the medical professional has to say about this...
    Pink_Panther27 20 Replies
    • January 4, 2009
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  • Hoping you are doing better. Chronic diarrhea seems to run in the female side of my family. But there are a few things your doctor is not telling you. One is: stool tests rarely reveal anything but worms. When I got sick with something very similar to what you have, I did several stool tests, with negative results everytime. Yet I lost 25 pounds in 2 weeks, and the stomach pain was just unbearable! I began to worry that I might die from the strange disease that no doctor thought I actually had. The second fact you might like to know is that blood tests are not very accurate for allergies. Of course, neither are skin tests. You can be allergic to something, and if your blood or skin aren't that allergic to it, nothing will show up. My children were all lactose intolerant, and there is a powder or pills you can get over the counter at the pharmacy that help your body tolerate milk.Check out "habba syndrome" on the internet.What finally cured me was going to a new doctor who didn't ask for more tests===she took my word for it that I had lost lots of weight, the pain was unbearable, and I was afraid to go out of the house in case I didn't make it to the bathroom. She gave me Cipro, an antibiotic, and it cleared right up. We never found out why it happened, but I was so thank-ful that someone could cure it, that I really didn't care.
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  • Get checked for diabetes, that may sound weird but that is a symptom
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  • Hoping you are doing better. Chronic diarrhea seems to run in the female side of my family. But there are a few things your doctor is not telling you. One is: stool tests rarely reveal anything but worms. When I got sick with something very similar to what you have, I did several stool tests, with negative results everytime. Yet I lost 25 pounds in 2 weeks, and the stomach pain was just unbearable! I began to worry that I might die from the strange disease that no doctor thought I actually had. The second fact you might like to know is that blood tests are not very accurate for allergies. Of course, neither are skin tests. You can be allergic to something, and if your blood or skin aren't that allergic to it, nothing will show up. My children were all lactose intolerant, and there is a powder or pills you can get over the counter at the pharmacy that help your body tolerate milk.Check out "habba syndrome" on the internet.What finally cured me was going to a new doctor who didn't ask for more tests===she took my word for it that I had lost lots of weight, the pain was unbearable, and I was afraid to go out of the house in case I didn't make it to the bathroom. She gave me Cipro, an antibiotic, and it cleared right up. We never found out why it happened, but I was so thank-ful that someone could cure it, that I really didn't care.Sounds like Giardia to me. Apparently a lot of people diagnosed with IBS have longstanding Giardia problems and they often take multiple stool samples to show up.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hoping you are doing better. Chronic diarrhea seems to run in the female side of my family. But there are a few things your doctor is not telling you. One is: stool tests rarely reveal anything but worms. When I got sick with something very similar to what you have, I did several stool tests, with negative results everytime. Yet I lost 25 pounds in 2 weeks, and the stomach pain was just unbearable! I began to worry that I might die from the strange disease that no doctor thought I actually had. The second fact you might like to know is that blood tests are not very accurate for allergies. Of course, neither are skin tests. You can be allergic to something, and if your blood or skin aren't that allergic to it, nothing will show up. My children were all lactose intolerant, and there is a powder or pills you can get over the counter at the pharmacy that help your body tolerate milk.Check out "habba syndrome" on the internet.What finally cured me was going to a new doctor who didn't ask for more tests===she took my word for it that I had lost lots of weight, the pain was unbearable, and I was afraid to go out of the house in case I didn't make it to the bathroom. She gave me Cipro, an antibiotic, and it cleared right up. We never found out why it happened, but I was so thank-ful that someone could cure it, that I really didn't care. Well I haven't had any recurrence of what I originally experienced that prompted the thread; however off and on seems like I still have problems w/ burping, flatulence and stools that smell and look thin with a slight corkscrew shape. Over the past 2-2 1/2 months there have been two episodes where I have woken up in the middle of the night with severe abdominal pain. And on the more recent occurance my head seemed warm like when you have a fever and my breathe stank, think phospherous/rotten eggs smell--I thought I was going to go into one of my diarrhea episodes, but didn't. Right now I am beginning to accept the possibility that stress is the key contributor to this problem. I have actually been trying to modify my diet to increase my body's resistance and resiliency to stress, but so far there have been no noticeable improvement.
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  • I am a 16 y/o girl who has also been experiencing severe recurring diarrhea along with severe abdominal pain. These symptoms started shortly after my gallbladder removal over a year ago so many people chalk it up to that. But, as one doctor casually stated, these symptoms should have stopped a while ago, or at least gotten better. Also, there is no pattern between what/when I eat or my stress levels. It happens randomly and doesn't matter what I eat, though I naturally avoid oily or sugary foods due to the loss of my gallbladder. Since I am so young and these symptoms do not seem very dangerous, no doctor around town will see me about these problems, though I am learning to cope with it and it has become a daily acceptance for me. But, of course, having a name for it would make it so much easier.
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  • Yesterday I had an appointment at a naturopathic clinic and the appointment prior they sent me home with a kit to run some tests (stool and saliva testing). The one thing they could tell me for sure is that based on the test results I have some GI inflammation because of a gluten sensitivity. To get clarification I asked if that means I have celiac disease and they said no. A number of other items tested positive, but because it is rare for them to test positive they have to do research to find out what it means. I have also been going to the clinic to find out if there is something bio-chemically going on with me that is disturbing my mood. I know I have a lot of stress in my life, but 1) I can't do a whole lot about that right now 2) I exercise regularly and eat pretty good the majority of the time --> therefore I think there is some reason to look at other ways to increase my resistance to stress and find out if there is something bio-chemically going on. It may actually be possible these mood issues could be related to my more recent GI issues. I should have some conclusive anwsers within 2-3 weeks. So we shall see.
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  • While I'm glad to see I'm not the only one, I'm sorry anyone else goes through this and there doesn't seem to be very many answers.My attacks are not regular but come out of the blue. I can go months without a problem, get hit twice in two weeks. It's been going on like that for years. Three GP's and a GI Specialist later, I still have no definitive answers. I get attacks when I'm stressed, when I'm not stressed, when I consume dairy, when I don't, and so on. After going through what I eat and what I'm exposed to several times, there doesn't seem to be a triggerIt's impacting my work as being up all night flushing all the fluids from my body doen't leave me in very good condition the next day. How do other folks deal with the fallout of their recurrances?
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  • I have been having the same problem for about a month now. It started when I was on a religious retreat. I have never had this before, so I have no idea what it is or what to do about it. It sort of comes and goes, but mostly I have cramping, gas, pain, and diarrhea. I can't figure out if foods are causing it or not. I have tried a food diary, but it seems sort of inconsistent. I would appreciate any help anyone can give.Thanks.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 26, 2010
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  • While I'm glad to see I'm not the only one, I'm sorry anyone else goes through this and there doesn't seem to be very many answers.My attacks are not regular but come out of the blue. I can go months without a problem, get hit twice in two weeks. It's been going on like that for years. Three GP's and a GI Specialist later, I still have no definitive answers. I get attacks when I'm stressed, when I'm not stressed, when I consume dairy, when I don't, and so on. After going through what I eat and what I'm exposed to several times, there doesn't seem to be a triggerIt's impacting my work as being up all night flushing all the fluids from my body doen't leave me in very good condition the next day. How do other folks deal with the fallout of their recurrances?im 13 and what your saying makes a lot of sense to mei dont think im allergic or have a trigger or anything and the outta the blue part is what happens to meits been happening my whole life but in the last couple of months every two weeks it will happen for no reasoni have no idea why help
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    • September 29, 2010
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  • Hi Panther,I'm a 21yo male with identical symptoms to yourself.Has your problem ever been diagnosed or resolved?Thanks,bb.I have the same symptoms. Ever 2 weeks I get a fever and diarrhea. It goes away and I feel fine for a couple weeks and then starts over again. This has been happening for 2 months now. Have you ever been diagnosed??
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    • November 4, 2010
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  • Hi.Im a 25yr old lady with these symptoms as well. I often have diarrhea with bloating. It's not related to any food intolerences and the doctor only says its stress related. I dont know if this is the truth as its so frequent. Im sure everyone else is feeling as exhausted as I am with my body constantly loosing everything inside. I work in a long day care centre and am the primary care giver for 4-5yr olds and its taking its toll on my energy levels and my mood. Do i change career because the doctors cannot say whats wrrong with me?Im happy to know though, Im not the only one!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 25, 2010
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  • For whatever the reason it seems my body has managed to fix things by itself. My last re-lapse was in October. At some point since I last posted a blood test was done to determine if my body has developed some sort of food intolerance. Test results came back negative on all items. I don't have a condition that requires me to take meds, nor do I take anything recreationally--so meds as an explanation doesn't fit. So until otherwise I seem to be in the clear.I had something just like that several years ago. For five or six months, the diarrhea would recur for a day almost exactly once a month, for no reason that I could determine. I picked up the initial infection out of town at a seminar when staying at a university conference facility. I take no meds for anything, have no food intolerances that I know of, and eat a reasonably correct diet. Still don't know what that was!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 9, 2010
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  • Hi. Im a 25yr old lady with these symptoms as well. I often have diarrhea with bloating. It's not related to any food intolerences and the doctor only says its stress related. I dont know if this is the truth as its so frequent. Im sure everyone else is feeling as exhausted as I am with my body constantly loosing everything inside. I work in a long day care centre and am the primary care giver for 4-5yr olds and its taking its toll on my energy levels and my mood. Do i change career because the doctors cannot say whats wrrong with me? Im happy to know though, Im not the only one! Im 29 and I have been having these symptoms on and off for the last year. They got worse at the end of november and I have been signed off sick since then. Today is the first day since then that I have not had diarrhoea. I have haid pain rating an 8 almost every day since then. I am under a gastroenterlogist, have had blood tests, ultrasound scan, ct scan, colonoscopy, endoscopy and a capsule endoscopy. The blood tests have showsn that my inflammatory markers are raised, the ultrasound scan showed I had a fatty liver, the ct scan was normal, the colonoscopy was normal, the endoscopy showed that there was slight inflammation and the capsule endoscopy I have got to have again as it travel through my digestive system too quickly to get any results. Even with the inflammation my consultant, still wont make a diagnosis and help me get on top of things.I am forever backwards and forwards between my gp's surgery and a and e, even ended up at a and e last night as my abdomen was swollen and I was in agony with it, ended up with more blood tests and them giving me metoclopomide, paracetamol and tramadol. Paracetamol is absolutely useless and the tramadol they only gave me one of and told me I need to get my gp to prescribe them, can't get to see her till tuesday. So was sent home in pain, nothing and no one seems to be getting to the bottom of things.
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  • Hi, I hope that someone is still reading up on this, because I cannot figure this out. Any help would be great in this matter. I am a 33yr male, 6'2" tall and weight is 255. I am very active, I am not obese, just a big guy, i wear a size 36 pants, with no hang over the top. I know this may seem like useless info, but trying to paint a picture here. I have been going through this for so long. Been documenting for a long time, stress levels, activities, food intake, sleep patterns, even intercourse (happily married for 12 years). I cannot find a link or a pattern that is precursory to this problem. No medical explanation for it. All I know is I wake up on a morning and have to burp, and it is a gut-wrenching smell worse than rotten eggs. Thats when I know that this mysterious "illness" is upon me. The burping is constant, and about makes me vomit just from the smell. Not to mention trying to hide it from others with mouthwash, gum and trying not to talk face to face with them. Being that I am an Instructor at a College, that proves difficult. Usually within about 12-24hrs it starts, and I really do get scared to leave the house. After a while of bathroom visits, thats when the weakness and the mind numbing stomach cramps set in. Try to sip on some water, eat a cracker and it hits me like i have a full stomach. But nothing is in there, and it is bad enough to have to go to the bathroom multiple times, but by now it is burning and painful to go to the bathroom. Never is there a fever involved, so I do not know what is causing this. I am on no meds at all, no drugs, I don't even drink beer but about once a year. No known allergies either, please if anyone has any insight post it.Thanks J.
    jmstaley9239 1 Replies
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  • There is a rare disease where too much bile is being produced causing constant diarrhea. It's named after a doctor who discovered it...I am a female, in my early 20’s.Between mid-July and mid-September I was sick with diarrhea about every two weeks. I would get sick, be sick for a few days and around two weeks get sick again.This happened four times between mid-July and mid-September of this year.I talked to a doctor about this a blood test and stool test was done. Both tests came back normal, no evidence of a bacterial/viral infection and no parasites.I have not been out of the country or been drinking any stream water. I do not have an eating disorder. I do not drink. I have never smoked. I am not any medications prescription or over the counter stuff.The doctor did some consultation and in her opinion thinks I do not have a bowel or intestinal disorder.In none of the cases was there ever a bloody stool.The doctor concluded I must have a food intolerance/acquired a food intolerance.Based on my introspection it just does not seem very plausible. The only other thing that comes to mind is food poisoning or stress.I generally do not eat a lot of processed foods and do not eat out a lot and consider myself reasonably hygienic when it comes to cooking so food poisoning seems unlikely.Stress also doesn’t seem a reasonable culprit. During the summer my stress overall was down. And a few times I was really stressed out I did not immediately become sick within a day/a few days.Given how I have been getting sick in two week increments I expected to get sick around September 29th. I did not become sick. I thought I was in the clear. But yesterday on October 17th in the middle of the night I had terrible cramping, had been sweating and had this nasty rotten egg breath that has always been a pre-cursor to the watery stools. Almost on the dot 12 hours after the first symptoms appeared I started having watery stools.The good news is that today the 18th of October it seems all the symptoms have evaporated.There really have not been any co-morbid things like a high fever accompanying the episodes of diarrhea. I have been generally experiencing a lack of appetite, but this is very general and could indicate a number of things or could indicate nothing.If anyone would be able to provide any insight into this I would appreciate it.But based on a few threads I have seen where the case bears some semblance to my own the case remains unresolved/unexplained. P_P27
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  • Hi, I hope that someone is still reading up on this, because I cannot figure this out. Any help would be great in this matter. I am a 33yr male, 6'2" tall and weight is 255. I am very active, I am not obese, just a big guy, i wear a size 36 pants, with no hang over the top. I know this may seem like useless info, but trying to paint a picture here. I have been going through this for so long. Been documenting for a long time, stress levels, activities, food intake, sleep patterns, even intercourse (happily married for 12 years). I cannot find a link or a pattern that is precursory to this problem. No medical explanation for it. All I know is I wake up on a morning and have to burp, and it is a gut-wrenching smell worse than rotten eggs. Thats when I know that this mysterious "illness" is upon me. The burping is constant, and about makes me vomit just from the smell. Not to mention trying to hide it from others with mouthwash, gum and trying not to talk face to face with them. Being that I am an Instructor at a College, that proves difficult. Usually within about 12-24hrs it starts, and I really do get scared to leave the house. After a while of bathroom visits, thats when the weakness and the mind numbing stomach cramps set in. Try to sip on some water, eat a cracker and it hits me like i have a full stomach. But nothing is in there, and it is bad enough to have to go to the bathroom multiple times, but by now it is burning and painful to go to the bathroom. Never is there a fever involved, so I do not know what is causing this. I am on no meds at all, no drugs, I don't even drink beer but about once a year. No known allergies either, please if anyone has any insight post it.Thanks J.Habba syndrome may be something worth looking into: http://www.habbasyndrome.com/I was watching Mystery Diagnosis on TV and this lady had was almost constantly having diarrhea. It got to the point where it was uncontrollable and had not time to find a rr.
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