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I have had back problems since childhood. Five years ago at age 53 I had a lumbar laminectomy to relieve severe spinal stenosis. The surgery was successful; my pain evaporated and I had strength in my legs again. Almost a year ago I had gastric bypass surgery to lose the excess weight I blame on years of pain killers and immobility. That, too, was successful and I am nearly at goal weight. However, for the past four months I have experienced chronic diarrhoea that comes and goes. It comes far more often than it goes. Also I have had extreme bowel urgency ie incontinence. Diarrhoea is very atypical of gastric bypass recipients who tend to experience constipation. I eliminated everything from my diet that could possibly cause it due to malabsorption of fat and sugar. Thinking that maybe stress was causing it I was put on diazepam. Didn't work. Immodium does not make any difference at all. I didn't even think that maybe my spine was in trouble again until the incontinence. And then I remembered a few attacks of sciatica which I haven't had in years following the lumbar laminectomy. Also a few times I have had numbness in the genital area. I haven't had any pain in the digestive area so I am inclined to dismiss the possibility of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I would be interested to know if anyone else had similar symptoms and what was the final outcome.
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