diarrhea almost every day for 3 years?

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For the past 3 years I have been having some problems with my stomach. I have been having diarrhea every day multiple times to every other day. It is mainly triggered if I eat anything or do something simple like taking a walk or going outside. A lot of times when I eat, my stomach will get a lot of pain and I will have diarrhea in the middle of eating or shortly after. When it first started, it only happened occasionally, but lately, I have been having diarrhea several times a day. It might sound strange, but I noticed when the weather is bad outside, like cold or rainy, it will make my symptoms worse. Rarely, I won't have diarrhea for 1-2 days and I consider it a miracle. It really is stressful and sad since if I go anywhere, I have to immediately search for the nearest bathroom to feel safe. I can't go out to eat somewhere since I will always have diarrhea and it's embarrasing to always leave every time during the meal. Sometimes I can't barely even eat a few bites of food at home before I have to go to the bathroom.

I heard it's not normal to have diarrhea so much, so it really worries me. I love walking outside and even jogging, but I'm terrified do those things because I know something can go wrong with my stomach. I've been taking a medicine called metamucil. It does help a little, but not nearly as much as I need it too. I talked to my doctor about my problem and he recommended I get a Endoscopy, so I've been waiting a while for the hospital to respond. It is driving me crazy having to wait so long since I wish this problem could get fixed and I could have a clear diagnoses of what's wrong with me. I am really scared and worried. I was wondering if anyone has any thoughts or opinions to what could be wrong with me since I've been trying to figure it out for years. I have been wondering if I could have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) since a lot of my symptoms sound similar, but I'm not sure. Also I was wondering if anyone knows what kind of Endoscopy I would need. Do you think I would need a Colonoscope   inserted through the anus to examine the colon (bowel) or a Gastroscope, inserted down the throat to the oesophagus to examine the stomach. I just really want to know if the camera will be going through my mouth or anus and is the problem could be with my colon, bowls, stomach, or digestion.

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    Another thing I found really strange is that when I have to go to the bathroom to have diarrhea, I get extremely stomach pain and discomfort. But once I go to the bathroom and am finished, I am normally fine! Sometimes it takes a few minutes, but then I am still fine after that. I always thought that was very strange and it's been happening since the beginning of this all. I just found out that it's a common symptom of IBS which is good since I really thought something was wrong with my digestion or stomach. It still sucks though, while trying to fight myself to gain a little control over my body while I rush to the bathroom to make it in time, I also am having to deal with intensive stomach pain.
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      Tigerbolt i am experiencing the same symptoms as you and the others. Im waiting for my insurance to start. But my question to all of you is. Did you use Depends and did it stop the odor if you didnt make it to restroom in time?

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    Hi tigerbolt I would be very careful of taking too many pain killers as these can effect the lining of your stomach and bowels.  I know it's only two days since starting the Fybogel (can be bought at any Chemists over the  counter) but in that time I have only had one bowel movement with regard to the blood tests and stool test I did these and IBS was ruled out so I think that answers your question.
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    Hello KT47,

    I really do try to be careful taking pain killers and try avoid taking to many. I heard they can damage your stomach and other areas of your body. It is difficult sometimes though since this is the only relief I can get. Any other medicine the doctors prescribed me provided no relief at all and I don't even think they were for IBS. That's wonderful the Fybogel are working! smile I'm actually from the Netherlands, so I'm not sure if we have Fybogel. I'm really glad to hear IBS can be discovered from a stool test! I'm only 22 years old, so I think I am pretty young for a Endoscopy.

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    Hello again, I believe there are people younger than you under going this procedure

    re: Fybogel if you put it into a search engine on your computer it should give you details plus if it goes under a different name where you are it's made from Ispaghula Husk  export distributor is Recket & Colman (overseas) Hull, UK. I hope this is helpful to you and any one else suffering. Day 3 and all is well* 

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    What is your diagnostic? Have ever gone through colonoscopy etc?

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      Hey Jeff!

      Thank you for asking smile I actually have a colonoscopy scheduled May 6th! It's taken a few months to get this appointment. First I had to get referred to a specialist, then I get to get blood and stool samples, and now I have to get the colonoscopy. I'm so nervous and terrfied it will be painful! sad I'm also worried abou the prep.

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      Welcome smile i kinda have the same experiences like yours but mines not everyday. My expereinces more like every week. I have not gone to have it checked out yet. I am turning 32. I'm quit of a worrier that's why i browse for some answers. How old arw you? And what is the result of your blood and stool test?
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      Be lucky yours is not everyday! When my symptoms first started, they weren't very often, then it got worse and worse. I put off going to the doctor for so long since I knew it would result in a colonoscopy which is something I'm terrfied of. But it's gotten to the point that my symptoms are so bad that I have no other choice. I can't even drink 2-3 cups of water without having to run to the bathroom! It use to be only food, but now liquid as well. I'm only 22, so I'm pretty young. sad This problem started when I was 17. My best advice would be just to go to the doctor and get the necessary tests. That way you will know 100% what's wrong, what you can do, and hopefully avoid having the symptoms get worse like with me. When I had a blood test, they tested a lot of different stuff like Thyroid, Aids (ha ha), infections, ect. With stool samples, they were looking for paracites and things like that. Everything came back normal and I had no problems besides a slight infection in my blood results. That's why i have to undergo the colonosophy, to see what the infection is which absolutly sucks since the infection is sooo low.
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      Tigerbolt dont fret about the colonoscopy . I had one a couple years ago. No pain , but the sleep was enjoyable. But after the procedure it got worse for me. Sometime I dont even know that my bowels has leaked. EMBARRASSING
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      I have been going threw this since 1999 just the dirreah, inthe last 3yrs the pain has started everytime i eat also i have chill and fever and neasua once i get the food ot my stomach i feel a little better. I have even had several accidents own my self and has lead me to be very depress, i have seen several Doctors in the area priscribe medince for what they had no idea, now im seeing a dr at UAB just had a colonoscopy no it was not fun the prep nor the procedure a little while into the procedure i start feeling it. My results came back this week i had 12 polyps the only remove 6 because he said it would be to much on me to remove all 12 the pathology report state they were called TUBULAR ADENOMAS and they were not cancer but if not remove has a high rate of being cancer , now have to do it all over again to remove the other six im very upset and depressed and to have to do that prep again. Still have to go for more test to get to a DX. so i feel you.
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    Hello, I had the same sort of problem a few months back it all started on the 22nd of December 2014 when while I was at work I got a mocha drink from a vending machine and about 15 minutes after I was having lots of direaha. This carried on for months and months! After anything I eat about 20 minutes after I would feel extremely sick to a point were I think I'm going to vomit but I never ever did vomit it always came out the other end which was either diereha or very loose stools.

    This continued to the end of March 2015 I had to go for an endoscropy and a colonscopy. I was lucky to get a cancellation because I had lost 2 stone and was at the point were I was so weak and couldn't do anything. However what I believe that sorted my whole stomach problem was the laxatives I was given to clear your stomach out before the endoscopy, I prayed that knowing everything will be clear it might flush out something that's causing the problem like a nasty bug or something. Going through the endoscropy I was nervous especially for the endoscopy. I was given throat spray which numbs your throat but that did not stop me from gagging throughout the whole entire time tbh it was horrible but it's only because I have really strong gag reflexs, the colonscopy wasn't at all bad, I was sedated at this point and i didn't feel a thing which was goodsmile. I don't know my results until may which I cannot understand why I have to wait 2 long months but since that day I have gotten better and better and I have about 1 loose stool a week maybe which is completey normal to have it's all down to the diet. Before I would have yellow/ really light stools but now it's normal coloured. It's the anxiety which is the hardest part for me, I'm so used to being nervous where I go and must know where a toilet is but I'm slowly getting better and going out places each day to get over the anxiety.

    I really hope this helps someone because I never ever want myself or wish it upon anyone to go through pretty much hell.

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      Hello Liam,

      Thank you so much for sharing your experience! I'm sorry about your experience. This diarrheaproblem really just comes out of no where, so it's difficult to know when it will happen. It was horrible when it first started getting worse for me since I never had anything like this happen to me and I wasn't always prepared for it. Now that I've had it a long time, I'm more prepared and always locate a bathroom anywhere we go. But it is really a sad way to live and you can't always be prepared 100% of the time. I never got the filling of vomit lucky, that would be horrible. sad That's crazy you had to go for both the endoscropy and a colonscopy!! Maybe you have to do for the endosophy also from the vomiting feeling. I have a horrible gag reflex, so I'm glad I don't have to go through that. I'm really happy to hear the laxatives actually helped you a lot and that the colonscopy wasn't bad! It's such a relief to hear that since I've been really stressing out about it. That really sucks you have to wait 2 months just to hear you results! That is way to long! But yeah it really is a horrible condition and it's sad so many people have to go through it sad It's so sad to be afraid to go anywhere because you never know when it will strike.

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      Hello i really hope you still get this even though this was written three years ago. I am experiencing the EXACT symptoms as you.. feeling sick and gross to where i want to vomit but never do and then i have constant diarrhea. It has gotten better but i still have diarrhea almost everyday. Please tell me what you did for your diet. Like what did you eliminate or did you take any supplements??
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    I'm currently having the same issue. Constant diarrhoea throughout the day. Sometimes up to 15 times. This has been going on now for almost 8 months now. It's got to the point where I can go out for a meal because I need to rush to the toilet during the meal or straight after. At first I thought it was a wheat allergy, however it doesn't matter what I eat as I always need to rush to the toilet.

    I had a colonoscopy and endoscopy a few years ago after a trip to Thailand and there was no issue so they doctors just assumed I'd picked up a bug abroad and no further action taken. Although my GP was adamant that my weight loss was due to me being anorexic, despite my partner coming to appointments to dispute that and me keeping a food diary. I've always had a high metabolism and I used to eat around 5 or 6 times a day as well as snacks too. Now, I dread eating but have made an appointment to see my Dr. as I can't continue to live like this and plan my life around proximity to toilets.

    Have you had any real answers to your issue yet? Or anything that has helped?

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      Hello Danielle,

      I'm sorry to hear you are having a similar issue. sad It really is horrible to have uncontrolable diarrhea, especially multiple times a day. That's horrible you can have it up to 15 times a day! I also have problems eating a meal since I have diarrhea shortly after and have to rush to the bathroom. I've tried elimating certain foods to see if anything triggers it, but it happens no matter what I eat or if I am drinking water!

      That's good you had a colonoscopy and a endoscopy done. Even if there were no issues found which is especially common with IBS since it can't be seen and it is only diagnoised if all other causes are ruled out, your doctor shoul've been able to give you some kind of diagnoses. It's impossible to have this issue and have no causes. My doctor told me it is a possibility that I could have IBS, but it's impossible to see it. The only way to determine IBS is if they rule out any other possible problems and causes. I'm sorry ou had to go through all that and have no answers. Maybe you should consider getting a second opinion from another doctor and brining your results from the colonoscopy and endoscopy there? It wouldn't hurt to have another opinion. Your lucky that you have a high metabolism! I sure wish I did! I don't think it's right of your doctor to give you problems about your weight. Some people really do have a super high metabolism and it burns literally everything they eat! There are higher calorie foods you can eat like nuts and avocado which will give you more calories for less food and they are a healthy option instead of junk food. But yes, this really is no way to live. It's horrible having to plan your life around your stomach.

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