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How to cure long term diarrhea from post infection?

  1. tnvrstar profile image75
    tnvrstarposted 5 years ago

    How to cure long term diarrhea from post infection?

    I had a stomach infection when I travel a county. I guess the food and water effected my stomach. I had diarrhea for several days which did not go away. I have visited doctors twice and done some medical test which did not show anything serious. Now I can not eat anything fatty or dairy products. But my condition now is not like normal diarrhea. I have to go to the toilet for 1 or 2 times a day only. But my stool is not well formed and it is semi solid (not liquid but very soft and sticky). The doctor gave me some antibiotics and other medicine which did not hep much. What should I do?

  2. wilsonallen01 profile image60
    wilsonallen01posted 5 years ago

    In most cases of diarrhea, the only treatment necessary is replacing lost fluids and electrolytes to prevent dehydration.

    Also, Until diarrhea subsides, avoiding caffeine and foods that are greasy, high in fiber, or sweet may lessen symptoms.

  3. tnvrstar profile image75
    tnvrstarposted 5 years ago

    3 months gone still I am suffering from this problem. This does not feel like normal Diarreha. Everything is alright except the form of the Stool. The stool is semi-solid. How to make it normal? Can anyone prescribe me sany useful medication? Should I take Probiotic supplimet and Imodium?

  4. Amy Becherer profile image75
    Amy Bechererposted 5 years ago

    tnvrstar, Any suggestions you might acquire, other than a conclusive diagnosis, is guessing.  I discovered this nine years ago, when I developed similar symptoms for unknown reasons.  It became extremely difficult for me to manage the 1-1/2 hour commute to work in the morning.  I, like you, started out with what I assumed was an acute, viral infection. However, it became chronic and I began losing weight. I saw a gastroenterologist who suspected Crohns, as I was diagnosed with autoimmune disease 20-years prior. The specialist did an endoscopy and colonoscopy, which was negative, leading the doctor to believe I had IBS. My symptoms continued and I rapidly lost 30 lbs in a few months. I endured every standard GI test without definitive diagnosis. The last test the insurance companies want to pay for is the $4,000 Pillcam, which is an Israeli inspired test that employs a tiny camera held within a pill that the patient swallows.  The camera takes constant photos as it traverses the length of the intestinal tract and is eliminated naturally.  The Pillcam discovered massive inflammation at my jejunum (upper portion of the small bowel).  Although, I do not have Crohns, the inflammation is a result of my autoimmune condition.  The doctor prescribed Pentasa (normally prescribed for Crohns) and it has been a life-changing miracle. 

    The common symptom you describe could be a myriad of conditions.  From my experience, even with all the standard tests, including visualizing with the endoscopy and colonoscopy, the realm of possibilities are endless and can remain frustratingly illusive for conclusive diagnostics through standard methods of testing.  The description of your symptoms would make me wonder if there is not blood in your stool (sticky consistency whereas my description was watery).  Your health issue could be many conditions unrelated to your digestive tract so I hope your doctor runs appropropriate blood work.

    Good luck to you.  Don't give up until you get answers.  It can be a long road, but diagnosis is the only way you will know what is amiss and receive the treatment plan that will get your condition under control and your life back to normal.