Chronic Diarrhoea and Weight Loss

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My husband has had chronic diarrhoea for 3 weeks and has lost lots of weight, 3lbs this last week alone. He has always had diarrhoea on and off these last few years but has never had weight loss with it. He looks like a bag of bones (he’s only 35!). He took a stool sample to the dr but after a week they said they couldn’t test it because it was more solid than liquid. I’m worried as it’s getting worse, now he empties his stomach almost straight after a meal and goes about 5 times a day. I’m thinking the worst obviously. Can anyone advise on what it could be? 

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  • Posted

    No doubt this sounds like IBS. He will have to change his diet and take loperamide to stop diarrhea.
  • Posted

    That's ridiculous of them to say they couldn't test it because it was solid, of course they can test solid samples. Tell him to do another sample and make them test it. Also get them to do his bloods, liver profile etc.

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    i had diarrhea for 6 months , 3 times a day . immodium did not work, but  the doctor was not ready to give prescription without endoscopy and colonoscopy. one these test are completed , they said i have malabsorption and they prescribed colestipol , they said first 5 days i will still have loose stools, 6th day the diarrhea will stop. It worked exactly they said and it stopped on 6th day and next 2 days i took half tablet and my stools were normal and then i stopped taking the tablet. But make sure to do stool test results are negative.I suffer with gastritis for a long time, then after 6 months of diarrhea, it was stopped by colestipol tablet and after 2 months i had severe bloating and burping ,did ultrasound and found i have gallstones. I'm only 37. 

    Do colonoscopy for colon and check for gallbladder for stones


  • Posted

    I’m sorry he feels poorly.  No one on this site can diagnose him. He needs to be seen by a gastroenterologist and possibly have a colonoscopy, ultrasound, blood work, etc 

    he needs to stay hydrated.  

    Dont let your mind go negative. Be there for him and support him.  

    But the only way to treat him is to get a diagnosis first.

    Insist on further tests are a specialist.  

    Take care 🌸🌸🌸🌸


  • Posted

    Is he on any medication that could add to his stomach problems?  And what food is he eating? Are you guys eating clean? 
    • Posted

      He is not on meds for anything no, and we are very clean eaters. I’m in charge of our diet so we always have balanced meals and very little dairy and sugar. All I can think to do is give him plain rice for a week as his dinner tonight went straight through him in 30 minutes!
  • Posted

    My stool sample was solid and it was tested! Submit another sample and insist on it being tested.  Ask for a celiac test, colonoscopy and fecal calprotectin test.  Try a food diary to see if a food is irritating his stomach and causing diarrhoea after eating.  Does he have any abdominal pain?
  • Posted

    Thank you everyone. He doesn’t have any other symptoms of IBS, no pain or bloating etc. Doesn’t it seem odd that he was a standard twice a day fellow and overnight it’s diarrhoea for years? I’ve suggested a food diary, it does seem to be so many things, nothing doesn’t result in violent toilet trips. 

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