Loose stools for 2 months

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Ive been having loose stools 1-2 times a day, every morning for about 2 months now. Ive done blood test, liver enzymes, crp, stool test for microbacteria and parasites and all came up normal. I am taking enzymes and something for IBS, i am on a diet but ive lost some weight. Ive had an echo and gastro said it might be induced by stress but i am convinced it all started by a stomach virus. Last year i had the same thing but caused by stress and it lasted about 2 months. Is there someone with the same problems, what helped you ? I am really desperate right now...:(

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    I have the exact same issue as you mentioned, and took the tests you have done, only thing is my CRP is slightly elevated to 1.8 and also I am having floating stools constantly. my weight has gone down by 4kg in two months. May I know how much weight you have lost? and how you are feeling now?

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      Same thing here, i even lost 5 kg by now, not that i don't need to loose weight but not this way... 😦 Yesterday i made a stool test for Calprotectin, and today i will receive the results...i hope they are negative 😦 Calprotectin is a stool test that shows if there is some inflammation in the intestines, if it is high - there is a possibility that this is Ulcerosive Colitis or Crohn's and a colonoscopy needs to be done...if it is negative, then it is only IBS

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      Please do update on your results, Hope it turns out fine. Even my body got out of control from a bug it seems, since I was prescribed with Rifaximin and Nexium 80 mg a day for two weeks, eventhough I don't have any reflux. It was after completing this course, my body was in trouble and started loosing weight. Not sure whether that strong dose is the reason. since I haven't been in PPI or Antibiotics before.

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      hey, my calprotectin came out negative and i am so happy !! So it must be IBS...I was 70 kg, 173 cm tall, for 2 months now i am 65 kg, so i did loose weight, but i am on a diet so i dont eat a lot of stuff, maybe thats the reason

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      Great that your results are negative, I do have appetite but not how it used to be. I used to snack a lot. I believe I have an infection or inflammation since my CRP is elevated. Not sure. I am in stress due to weight loss. Not sure what happening. Because I could see lot of undigested food in my stools.

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      Did you see a doctor ? My CRP was fine, also i did thyroid hormone check, you need to check them too, thats what my doctor said, because loose stools an diarrhea can be only symptoms of another condition.

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      I did went to gastroentrologist multiple times, he says its just normal IBS, eventhough I didn't had any digestive issues before. My CBC is normal. Did liver, kidney function test aswell, everything came out normal. checked for parasites and bacteria aswell, everything came out normal. just that gurgling noise in upper and lower abdomen has started recently. I am pushing him for CT scan and colonoscopy, which might happen in 2 weeks time. But lost almost 6KG in weight, which I checked recently.

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      Did you do the Calprotectin test ? Do it because as i said this is an indication of inflammation and you need to make a colonoscopy, if it is negative, it is only IBS

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      Thanks, I will ask for it. I haven't heard of it but even my brother who works for NHS told me to do that aswell. I will check that too and see if it shows something. Sometimes this cancer fear freaks me out a lot. Anyway let me do that. Thanks again.

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      Yes, go to a lab and give a stool sample for Calprotectin, mine is negative and i am so happy because i didn t want to make a colonoscopy for now. Let me know what your results are, i am 100% sure you don t have cancer, its only IBS.

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      With all due respect, I am not sure any of us should say we are 100% sure of anything. It could put people off seeking medical attention πŸ˜•

      No offence on this, I'm just not convinced we want to be influencing someone in that way.

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      Oh, i don't have any intention to do this, but his/her doctor have said that this is IBS, so i just wanted to calm him/her down, i know what is like to live in desperation of not knowing what this is. I myself was very scared that this could be Ulcerosive Colitis or Crohn's but since i've made all the tests and that they are negative, i feel much better now, but i still haven' t made colonoscopy. I am not putting anyone off of seeking medical help, on the contrary, keep searching to find out what the cause could be, but if everything is ruled out, it usually is IBS.

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      Hi Sorry for late reply, haven't done the test yet, there is no lab here which does it, and there are some restrictions due to COVID in the place where I stay, Spoke to a hospital, which said they will do, planning to do it by this week. Waiting is creating so much of stress and weight loss is freaking me out. But am not eating as I used to be. God knows whats wrong with my health. Thanks for checking. I will update once I test and get back the results.

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      Thank you so much, I feel that your problem is IBS, since that cause loose and mushy stools as per my Gastroentrologist, who is very much experienced. One thing you might note is if you find excessive mucous or blood, in your case its not happening as per the test you have taken. So it should be IBS. Take care, I will update you with my results.

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      i actually have some mucus in the stool, thanks God there's no blood for now. I was advised to get a blood sample for the pancreatic enzymes to see if the problems is there.

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      Hm, i didn't know that. It is not pale yellow, it has the usual colour - brown. And i still haven't made the test for Helicobacter...i am so fed up with all this, nothing comes out from the tests, i am glad i don't have anything serious, but i really would like to find out the cause of this condition. Is it all about stress ?! 😦

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      Am not sure about your age, but helicobacter is not a possibility, provided you dont have indigestion, noise from your stomach, pain in upper abdomen, especially in epigastric area from my experience. I believe you might be having stress and probably anxious about this whole situation. There is strong link between brain and gut. Try to focus on things that you love and enjoy your life. You will be out of this soon. Take Care.

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      i'm 34, female. I am also not sure if it could be Helicobacter, because it usually causes problems with the stomach as far as i know. I do have some stomach discomfort in the lower abdomen, sometimes it feels like stabbing to the left and to the right. I thought it was the ovaries, but i went to the gynecologist and she said everything looks fine and i had no problem, she said it must be the intestines. Do you sometimes have such pain ?

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      Let me tell you how issues happen in terms of IBS, ( I am not a confirmed IBS patient yet) since the research to find it is still ongoing, I won't stop my research and visit to Dr until find the solution, but in case of IBS, pain will mostly happen in lower abdomen, it doesn't mean that you won't have pain in upper abdomen but usually happens in lower abdomen, which will radiate on both sides. In my case, I have pain on both sides of lower abdomen and sometimes on sides aswell, near the kidney area, thats why I took kidney function tests aswell, which came out clear. Helicobacter pain usually happens in upper abdomen. Today I have given Lipase test for pancreas and ESR, CRP. I will update you.

      Here are my questions for you,

      1. Were you in any medication before all this started?
      2. Did you had any stomach infection before this issue started?

        In any case I believe you should be fine, with your age, even I am 36 male and thats the common thing all drs say when I visit them, but its my curiosity to find the root cause.

        My main concern is why weight loss is happening? I was in strong antibiotic before, not sure whether it has spoiled my Gut.

        Research Continues...πŸ™‚

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      Yes, it radiates, it's a strange pain, not constant, sometimes i feel like it radates to the inner side of the leg too, sometimes it radiates on both sides. Often it is like stabbing pain and i was worried if the problem is gynecological, but it's not. For men it's easer, if there is pain in the lower abdomen, it's intestines πŸ˜ƒ)) But my gynecologist reassured me everything was fine and it must be the intestines, like spasms. No, i was not on a medication this time. But i believe it all started last year in spring, i was given very strong antibiotics after which i had a diarrhea for about 7 days, then it stopped. Few months later i began a new stressful jobs and the mushy stools began, i decided to quit in a few months and the problem was resolved. This time i believe my problems started after a stomach virus, because at the beginning i had a low grade fever for some time, so it's been two months and more that the problem persists. My doctor mentioned colonoscopy but i don't want to make it for now, i believe if there is no problem - no bacteria or inflammation, the problem is functional, so the colonoscopy won't show anything. I still need to make the pancreatic enzymes and Helicobacter to be absolutely sure that it's not from that. In my opinion your IBS is due to the antibiotics you have taken, sometimes intestines need more time to be fixed, diet and good probiotics. Your weight loss is due to the diet you are following, and of course if you have mushy stools or diarrhea, you loose weight. Even if i have 1-2 times diarrhea without the IBS problem, i would always loose weight. As i have said, i have lost 5 kgs for two months, i was worried too, but i restrict my meals so it should be normal - less calories- loss weight.

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      Just got my results, CRP , FBC is fine, ESR is slightly elevated and Lipase test is borderline. There is some inflammation I guess.

      Dr said it should be high like 3 or 4 times the reference level, also if there is problem in intestines or kidney, lipase level might be slightly elevated, but its not alarmingly high. Next Stop is Calprotectin....if its not convincing then CT with Colonoscopy. I don't think there is any other test leftπŸ˜†. When is ur results?

      Hope you are feeling better.

      Yours sounds like IBS, once your pancreatic enzymes results are out, you can conclude its IBS. since all your tests are fine.

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      It's good news i guess, your results ? It's not because of the enzymes ? πŸ˜ƒ I haven't still made the blood test for the enzymes, maybe on Monday, because everyday i go for something to the laboratory and i am fed up with this...Do the Calprotectin to calm yourself down and let us know what your doctor thinks about that πŸ˜ƒ

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      Exactly the same scenario as mineπŸ˜ƒ Today the Lab head told me that am fine and am worrying unnecessarily. I just want to know the root cause, so that I can be cautious next time and help others who is going thru the same stress as we do. But anyway your case is fine, as you don't have any elevated markers in tests. I am sure your enzymes test will be normal. Enjoy your weekend. You will be fineπŸ™‚.

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      Yes, i am becoming a freak and everyone says i am fine, but if i am so, why do i see one and the same thing in the toilet everyday, it's not normal...Next week enzymes and Helicobacter and that's all...Have a nice weekend too : )

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      Hey, what's up ? Everything all right with all the tests ? I still haven't made the last tests for me. The thing which bothers me now is the stabby pains that i have...lower right, sometimes i think it radiates to the inner side of the leg ?! Is this possible from IBS ?!

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      Hi thought of messaging you, I did went to hospital to check my chest and lungs, which came all clear. But still have some sharp pains in my lower abdomen. May be ultrasound this week. But as far as my research and information from 3 to 4 gastro's , sharp pains which stays for few minutes may be gas or IBS unless if your pain is not constant for longer duration. Since you are saying it's radiating to leg, just see how often it happens and constant it is and then check with Dr.

      Any weight fluctuations?

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      Why did you make check your lungs, you thought it could be coronavirus ?:) I really doubt that...so calm down, it's not from the lungs. Oh i am fed up with going to the doctors, sometimes i think these pains could be psychosomatic maybe ?! They are not constant, only from time to time for a few seconds. It's not radiating through the whole leg, it's just really low abdominal pain near the leg, so sometimes it feels stabby to the inner side, i dunno how to explain it. I am fed up with going to the doctors for now...:(

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      If i have those stingy pains, i don't feel like having gas ?! But when i had an ultrasound, the doctors said there was gas inside my intestines, so could be possible. I am afraid if this could be gynecological, but my gynecologist says everything looks fine there...

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      No not for Corona. Its just for my weight loss, I don't know why drs always insist on chest XRay when there is a weight loss, so took that too to clear my mind and regarding your pains i think might be due to gas since it does happen for seconds, as you mentioned. Your intestines might have slight imbalance in bacteria level (Good and Bad) , that may be the reason for your mushy stool and gas pains I beleive as per my experience with gastro. Its very difficult to spot these things, it might gradually change with time as gut needs lot of time to fix itself. you should be worried if there is serious symptoms like mine ( Weight Loss). Also you have done all the tests I believe. so I think you are fine. It just needs time.

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      How much weight have you lost by now ? Do you follow a diet ? I don't think you have a serious disease, i contacted a woman with similar symptoms to mine and yours and she's also loosing weight, colonoscopy clear. She had mushy stools 6-9 times a day, so weight loss sounds reasonable. I've told you that i have also lost 5 kgs by now, i was also worried, did you take Calprotectin ? Insist on this test because it can clarify a lot of things.

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      I have lost 6 Kgs in almost 3 months. But am passing stools once or twice a day. Now the stools seem to be formed little bit but floating ones, as I am having more natural Yogurt now and stopped my antibiotics and PPI completely. Occasionally I do have mushy stools, but not regularly. I booked an appointment for calprotectin this weekend but my gastro feels its not needed as there is slight improvement but I would be going ahead. Also regarding food intake, I am not eating how I used to be as I want to limit my intake especially lunch. Hope it improves quickly.

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      So you have an improvement, that's really great news ! For me its difficult to say, few days im fine, few days mushy, so i guess its early for an improvement. Listen to your doctor then, if they say no need for this test, so they are sure you have IBS then. I think your problems are connected to the antibiotics you were taking and they have created a disbalance in your gut.

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      Not sure, whether its improvement. This happened already and then all came back again. The biggest regret I have is taking strong antibiotics and very high dose PPI. I would be really glad if its antibiotics and PPI that caused all what I am going thru now. Luckily I have a very knowledgeable and experienced gastro now, who wants me to have everything fixed naturally rather than medication. Hope it works. As per my gastro if anything is not consistent, you don't have to worry like pain that comes and goes in a week is fine but if it keeps coming or consistent, then that's need to be checked. Also for stools he said the same thing as long as if I have mushy stools continously, pain while passing stools, blood in stools, then he said he will go ahead with colonoscopy. Yours seems to be IBS or stress related.

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      Well, my pain comes and goes, as if needles stab me for a second, its in the lower right. Comes and goes, but its been a few weeks now, i dunno:( Its really great that your gastro is not pushing you any meds for now, keep following your diet and eat healthy, be calm that if your doctor ensures you you are fine, then you are, it needs more time for the gut to be fixed...

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      My Gastro did mention me the word Needle pains while explaining me about IBS, as its new for me. I believe its gas and IBS for you. You should be fine. Hope we get better and stay away from DrsπŸ˜€. I have started eating healthy foods now.

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      I hope it's from the IBS 😦 We do sound like hypochondriacs, don't we ? πŸ˜ƒ)) I am just really fed up with all this, because i am constantly trying to solve it, i thought i had something more serious like endometriosis ( this is a disease that only women could have ) but my gynecologist ruled that one out, so it should be the IBS...

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      Yes we are HypochondriacsπŸ˜ƒ there is no doubt about itπŸ˜„ For me everything is Cancer, I was not like this before, until this problem started 3 months back. The worst thing about Hypochondriacs is trying to solve everything by taking multiple paths to fix a problem and thats exactly what am doing and really annoyed with myself. I am trying to come out of this but its becoming very difficult, I am seriously fed up with myself. Hope we will come out of this soon.

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      For me the problem is that i want to be 100% sure what the cause is, i can't miss anything, and i'm keep searching like a freak, it's really tiring...Now i am in a film if these pains could be gynecological, but my doctor said no...maybe i need something for the nerves πŸ˜ƒ

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      Hope you find your solution is nothing than IBS. Don't stress yourself too much. That's the advise I keep getting from my Drs and I am just passing that to you aswell.πŸ˜€ Take Care

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      Yeah, easier said than done, everyone says don't stress, its nothing to worry about, but its not a normal thing and its like a cycle - it comes from stress and causes more stress and you cant relax with condition...I want my normal poop back 😦((

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      I can understand, even I am in your situation. All I can do is wish and pray for you that you are relieved from your stress and trouble. I know how it feels like. Am sure you will be fine soon, its just matter of time. Take Care.

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      A friend of mine had a few years ago diarrhea for 6 months! She didnt have any weight loss though, but now she said from one month she has the same issue... everybody has some issues with the intestines i guess. Take care too πŸ˜ƒ

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      6 Months Diahrrea? I wouldn't have survived πŸ˜ƒ I guess.. It's good that your friend is fine. But gut issues are living hell. This is the first time in my life, I suffered a health problem like this and had medication. Horrible times for me.

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      Yes, for 6 months ! She didn t have any weight loss and a gastroenterologist prescribed her probiotics and she was fine after that. At the moment she has the exact same thing, but she doesn t care that much because she said it didn t hurt. πŸ˜ƒ

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      Same...i was fine for a couple of days, but now its the same old thing. 😦 I observe that my stools are thin recently, thin but loose and mushy... I have no idea what's wrong with me 😦

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      Thats the same thing happened to me 3-4 weeks back and then started getting formed ones. Occasionaly I do get mushy ones. You should be fine in couple of weeks.

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      I really hope that this would happen, but i only had gotten better for a few days. First time it was when getting some enzymes. But then it was the same old story. If i am getting formed stools for a week and more, i would consider this an improvement, but for no, its the same 😦 I hope it does go away someday...:(

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      Hm, what kind of pain do you get ? Mine is lower abdomen, sometimes stabby. As ive said i thought it was because of my ovaries, but my gynecologist assured me it was intestinal.

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      I did took pre and probiotics supplements which my Dr prescribed for two weeks and stopped a week ago. Now just natural yogurt and fruits. My pain is not consistent, just started having upper abdominal pain. Back pain may be due to working lot on computer as I am an IT professional and have to be with computer always, not sure whether its the cause. I have lost 6Kg but seems my arms looks bit skinny, which worries me everytime I see myself in mirror.

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      But people and even Dr say, that supplements also change the consistency of your stool. Sometimes they alter the gut bacteria level. For some people it's good, for some it ruins the gut. May be I belong to second category.

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      I do take some probiotics, i am not sure if they help, because if it is a functional problem, they won't make any difference. The back pain might be from your sitting position all day long since you are an IT. But i've met some opinions that back pain could also be caused by IBS. At the beginning i didn't have any pain, pain came in the second month. What kind of diet do you follow, what do you eat ?

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      Morning mostly boiled eggs, fruits and some pomegranate juice, Lunch I prefer rice, potatoes and some veggies with yogurt, evening pretty much same as morning or some Naan ( flatbread) worth some chickpeas or other veggies.

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      I still haven't tried boiled eggs and any fruit juice, but i will give it a shot with eggs, i guess when they're boiled there won't be such a problem. Yogurt is a good choice too, from the fruits i consume only bananas and watermelon. I have a desire to tried tomatoes, but i haven't still tried. Veggies must be boiled and baked, do you eat them raw ?

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      Did i just say watermelon ? I mean just melon πŸ˜ƒ That's what the doctor said, watermelon is not a good idea, it's difficult to digest as far as i know. Here in my country we have a natural yoghurt, so i'll begin to consume it. It's not like the yoghurt you are familiar with, it's not that thick, but it's very good for the stomach and intestines.

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      Great, Hope it helps.... Not sure how long it takes for us to recover. Hope it get resolved soon. I saw in this same forum that nexium tablets had lot of side effects for people and some did had weight loss from it. I took high dosage but not sure whether its the cause. Because Drs do say its high dose, but not accepting the side effects its causing.

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      I was also prescribed something like that but i refused to take it. For now i rely on that it will be resolved by itself, with diets and good probiotics. Doctors also push to colonoscopy but i refuse this for now too, since my Calprotectin is normal. I am pretty much sure sure they wont discover anything during colonoscopy, since no inflammation. There must be some other reason but i still don t know it yet. I am convinced it all started because of that stomach virus and my IBS was provoked.

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      Don't take PPi, God its horrible, also your IBS issue, when it actually started? and how did you get to know, For me it stated this year with a stomach virus, which started with diahrrea, literally 4 to 5 times a day, it was then i was put up in medication ( Antibiotics and PPI ). It all started in April, now its July, diahrrea stopped but still gut problems are there with floating stools and weight loss. Now its stable. I have been in same weight for last 3 weeks, not sure how long.

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      (Proton Pump Inhibitor) tablets like Omeprazole, Pantaprazole, Lansoprazole, Nexium( esomeprazole) Rabeprazole all belong to PPI category, these are given to reduce your stomach acid that causes pain or acid reflux. Generally these are prescribed for people who have acid reflux, GERD, HPylori and sometimes along with antibiotics. That's how I got it along with my antibiotics. But I was told to have a strong one which is like 40mg twice a day.

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      Yes, Omeprazole, that was the one i didnt take it, because i think it has nothing to do with my problem. I dont haven a stomach problem, but with the intestines. Its the usual combination that gastros prescribe - omeprazole and a probiotic. In my opinion, antibiotics have ruined your good bacteria in the intestines and thats why you are like that i guess. It takes a lot of time to fix gut, so its great that you take yoghurt because it has those good for the gut bacterias.

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      Yes, I am waiting for that day, where my weighing scales go up and I start feeling better. Good thing is that I have someone who I can talk to about my health, since my friends think that I am over reacting, sometimes I do think the same, but I know my body well and this has never happened to me before. Thanks.

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      Yes, everybody thinks the same about me, they are not supporting at all...but that's my health and i am concerned, its normal. I did not have any issues with stomach 1 year ago and that's why i am so frustrated right now 😦

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      You know what, i think i'll start visiting the summer pools here, the weather is great and i've read that swimming is good for IBS. It calms down nerves and its a great sport for the whole body, so my advise to you is start practising some sport - swimming or yoga, both good for body and IBS.

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      Already I am a football player, so sport is something I always do, due to COVID, I have stopped playing., but my gastro has insisted me to do some Yoga on top of it, which I haven't done before. May be I will start that apart from sport. Swimming is really good, I have done that in past but not now. Private Pools are shut here. Good Luck with you in swimming and Yoga. Hope you see improvement and have a stress free time.

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      Yes, it may sound strange for a man to practise yoga, but it may be a very good thing. I've also started consuming tea everyday from different herbs and i think that also has a good impact on the digestive system, so check some natural herbs that can ease up your digestion.

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      Already asked for some natural herbs stuff which has to be taken along with water. Tea and coffee is something which I don't drink right from my childhood. It's not because I don't like them, but got used to it, but natural herbs yes, I will give it a shot.

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      i am not into tea too, but i can see a difference for my digestion.You can ask your doctor for herbs good for your digestion, that's part of the healing process, not only pills, but diet and herbs good for stomach and nerves. I actually drink one coffee a day, and i do smoke - i know its not the healthiest thing ever, but i am going to quit them πŸ˜‰

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      Good that you have planned to quit smoking.... Good for your health.πŸ‘ Even I am going to be cautious in what I eat from now on, as I didn't follow proper diet or food for past 2 years. I don't drink or smoke either but when it comes to food, I don't have restrictions, since the time I moved to this new place. I am planning to change everything from now on.

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