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I could not find where to actually put this, so I thought I would try this category and see what sort of responses I receive.
About 2 and half years ago I had "Small intestinal ischemia and infarction" which is basically part of the intestines turned gangrene and spread, by the time I had surgery just over 50cm of my intestine was removed and stitched back together. It is a painful operation, and two days later when I should of started getting better I became worse. I could not eat, drink or even take any drugs orally. By the evening, I was throwing up a lot of bile to the extent whereby the doctors had me rushed down to surgery and I was unable to even sign the consent form because I was still being sick with bile. I spent another 5 hours in surgery, when I woke up and asked what had happened I was told there was part of the gangrene from the intestine had been touching another organ, which they removed the dead part and another part of my intestine had turned gangrene. Anyway, after spending over 3 weeks in hospital I was allowed home, and was told that the recovery period would take about 10 months. It did take a long time to fully recover.
Now, the trouble is for over a year now, I get diarrhea quite often, I have seen my doctor and had many scans, X-rays, CT-scan, colonoscopy, blood tests, etc but nothing shows up. I am on over 30 tablets a day, some even state they cause constipation, but with me I do not even get this. If I get a loose stool, I normally take 1 or 2 Loperamide 2mg hoping it will stop, most of the time it does. Panic or Anxiety attacks seem to trigger it off.
My wife and I, and my doctor have been trying in vain to find what is causing it, and so far drawn a blank. I'm not going to list all the medications I am on, because these have hardly changed over the years in large quantities.
Breakfast normally a glass of orange juice, a banana and a bowl of porridge. A few plain biscuits so I can take certain tablets between others.
Around midday, I will have a sandwich I have tried all of the following:
Bread and Jam (no butter or margerine) causes no problems
Bread, butter and mature cheese causes diarrhea
Bread , butter and mild cheese causes no problems
I tried the above as a lactose intolerance test, I also tried drinking semi-skimmed milk - none of this caused diarrhea.
A roast dinner with vegatables, potatoes, meat, etc. - no problems.
Puddings are fine unless I have Rhubarb or unsweetened apple pie.
Tea/Coffee I have no problems with unless, I have it black with no milk.
Just before bedtime:
I have to eat a few biscuits to break up the times between tablets.
I take tablets around 6 times a day, the amount varies. Some are due to be cut down soon. Diarrhea normally comes on around evening time or during the night (not the best of times!).
Would carbonated drinks cause loose stools?
Would the orange juice every morning cause loose stools?
Would water drinks with a hint of orange, etc cause loose stools?
I have tried so many combinations and running low on what else it could be? If I make a major change in medication as in a new one added then this causes loose stools, regardless of what the medicine says about constipation!
Your thoughts would be much appreciated.
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