I live in Florida right now, but I was born and and have lived most of my life in El Paso, Texas. These symptoms, however, did not rear their ugly heads until AFTER I took a trip out of the US to Bangladesh back in 2009. The first SEVERAL diagnoses were giardiasis. I have been on antibiotics and Flagyl 5 times to "treat" the infection. I took everything as directed even though they only made the symptoms more severe. The diarrhea never went away even for a day after these treatments. I lost my last job due to the fact that I needed to use the restroom too frequently. I got little to no help from anywhere/anyone.
About 4 months ago, I started a new regimen to try to lose weight which consisted of cutting down on fat, salt, fried foods and empty carbs. What carbs I ate were higher in fiber content and lots of whole grain. I ate more fruits and vegetables and lean meat and more lean protein. I used low-fat, reduced calorie milk, ate lowfat cheese and other diary products and ate low-fat / non-fat probiotic yogurt, lean protein, a banana and original Post Shredded wheat cereal every breakfast. I cut out onions (and fennel, leeks, shallots & chives) which I found increased my symptoms and cut down on caffeine as well. I took multivitamins (almost) everyday- (sometimes, I forgot). I started walking for at least 30 minutes at least 3-4 times a week and did other cardio (usually dancing) for at least 30 minutes - 1 hour at least once a week -- in addition to my usual routine. After the second week of this, my diarrhea and discomfort was gone! By the end of week 4, I had lost 18 lbs.
By the end of week 8, I had lost 25 lbs and was looking and feeling great! No more tummy/intestine troubles! (at least not frequently, I still had a bout every now and then if I ate something with onion or high fat or deep fried.) This bliss was too good to be true, apparently, because shortly after month #2 of no diarrhea, it started to come back again. Slowly at first but now it is to the point that I am taking anti-diarrheal pills everyday to every other day to keep from running to the bathroom every 15 minutes, so as not to lose my new job position.
The main thing that changed in my routine is the fact that I do not get to exercise as much as I did before my new job. I have gained back 8 lbs (and thankfully only that amount in these two months since). I have also noticed that other foods also seem to cause my problems: Lettuce, cucumbers, spinach, cilantro and raw vegetables all cause an immediate effect. IF I EAT A SALAD I LITERALLY AM RUNNING OFF TO THE BATHROOM WITHIN 30 MINUTES with bloating, gas, popping sensations, gastric sounds and explosive diarrhea.
I've recently started increasing my exercise again, but so far, there isn't a change from my gastrointestinal problems. I don't have time to exercise as I did before I had my job. I haven't gained any more weight but I am not losing any either. I really don't know what to do and I don't know what this is and even though I have been advised to see a GI specialist, I cannot afford it.
kristisez- I agree with you on that, unfortunately, that doesn't stop them from billing me... =(
I've tried it all- high fiber, low fiber- doesn't seem to make a difference... I'm just so lost...View Thread
Hi, I'm not sure where to get help, and I need some suggestion of where to go, what to do and perhaps any ideas of what may be wrong with me.I will try to give as much detail as possible to allow for a proper response.
I am a 26 year old woman and I have had diarrhea daily for 23 months.
Back in Dec. 2009, my family and I visited Bangladesh. At this time, I weighed 174 lbs. Within days of arriving everybody developed some sort of food-borne (likely parasitical) illness accompanied by vomiting, severe diarrhea, fever, fatigue, and malaise. We went to a hospital and were prescribed Flagyl and were told we likely had Giardiasis. Upon taking this prescription, my son and husband quickly regained their health and while I did get a little better and was able to walk around and hold down my food and water, and the diarrhea lessened in severity, it did NOT go away.
We came back to the US in January 2010 and my Husband and child stayed since without having any diarrhea, except when ill while I still had ONLY loose stools several times a day. Along with the diarrhea daily, I developed chronic muscles and bone pains, intolerance to heat, frequent nausea, weight gain, loss of concentration and ability to stay on task, severe mood swings, urinary & fecal incontinence, and constant, unrelenting fatigue.
These symptoms kept going on and in July 2010, I went to the hospital. At the hospital, they ran a urine test and a visual pelvic examination (no PAP or any other tests), told me I had a mild UTI and that my prolonged menses was likely caused by a hormonal imbalance, prescribed me an antibiotic and sent me home. They did NOT run a fecal culture test nor did anything other than give me a referral to a clinic.
When I went to make an appointment at the clinic, I was told that the fee for the appointment would be $115 and various lab tests would be in excess of $800- I did not and still do not have that kind of money- so I did not make an appointment to get seen because I couldn't afford it.
In January 2011, A family friend whom happens to be a plastic surgeon visited our home and we asked him if he could refer us to someone who could help us without it being too expensive. He pulled some strings and I was able to see a colleague of his pro-Bono who also felt that it was Giardiasis and prescribed Flagyl. We could not afford any tests so again none were administered.
After taking the Flagyl a second time, the diarrhea did not go away, still, but I did at least, start getting solid stools at least a few times a week also.
This diarrhea interferes with my life in such a way that I can't go anywhere that does not have a restroom available because the diarrhea and/or urination can come at any time without warning. It interferes with my sleep schedule because I have to get up 3 or more times per night to use the bathroom.
I have tried changing my diet so many times, but nothing makes the diarrhea go away. Although I have found that oatmeal, lettuce, cucumbers, and other raw veggies, grape nuts cereal, whole wheat, high fiber bread, and spicy and oily or fried foods aggravate my symptoms and cheese, bananas,steamed veggies, potatoes and rice lessen the severity, nothing makes it go away.
Despite daily urinary and fecal incontinence, I am NOT losing any weight. In fact, I am gaining weight and despite adopting rigorous diet and exercise, I cannot lose any weight. I am now 195 lbs.
I don't know what to do or where to turn for help. I'm tired of the frequent bathroom trips. I'm tired of the pain and headaches. I'm tired of not being able to think or concentrate or remember like I could 3 years ago. I'm tired of the weight gain and tired of the pain and head-aches. But most of all, I'm just tired of being tired all the time.
Please somebody, help me. Anything at all, please.View Thread
Another Tid-bit: I've been looking up my symptoms and asking around and I keep getting responses about celiac's disease. Except for the symptom of constipation, most symptoms match.
I don't ever get stopped up, in fact, it's just the opposite- I have had diarrhea EVERYDAY for the past 23 months- it varies in severity from a thicker, peanut-butter-like consistency (which is a good day) to explosive burning "water" coming out of my bottom. Even though I have diarrhea, it also feels lie my intestines never fully empty and is accompanied by gas, nausea, bloating, indigestion, pain and sometimes heart-burn. I also have not been able to get any help, have been discharged from the er without them running any fecal/culture tests. The more severe version comes and goes without warning. Alterations of my diet and exercise routines offer little relief and do not make it go completely away. My intestines often feel swollen and often I have a burning and or bubbling sensation traveling sporadically throughout my abdominopelvic area.
I also do not know where to turn for help. People keep saying go see a GE Dr. I do not have insurance and we are a very low income family. I live in Lauderhill, FL, and I have had problems with finding anyone who can offer me any suggestions of any Dr's in this specific field who would be willing to work out a payment plan that fits my family's income limitations. If anyone can give answers. I'd greatly appreciate it.View Thread
Except for the constipation, it sounds like what I have been going through for the past 23 months. I don't ever get stopped up, in fact, it's just the opposite- I have had diarrhea EVERYDAY for the past 23 months- it varies in severity from a thicker, peanut-butter-like consistency (which is a good day) to explosive burning "water" coming out of my bottom. Even though I have diarrhea, it also feels lie my intestines never fully empty and is accompanied by gas, nausea, bloating, indigestion, pain and sometimes heart-burn. I also have not been able to get any help, have been discharged from the er without them running any fecal/culture tests. The sever version comes and goes without warning. Alterations of my diet and exercise routines offer little releif and do not make it go completely away. My intestines often feel swollen and often I have a burning and or bubbling sensation traveling sporadically throughout my abdominopelvic area. I also do not know where to turn for help. If anyone can give answers. I'd greatly appreciate it.View Thread
I'd like to help you but I have had similar experiences and have not been able to get any help. If you do find out what it is and are able to get a proper course of treatment, please do let me know so that I may be tested and hopefully, treated as well.View Thread
A volvulus is when a section of the intestine folds in and twists itself, prevented much, if not all, fecal materials from passing. It causes fecal materials to back up and may result in sepsis, necrosis of intestinal tissues, acidosis and other SEVERE consequences (i.e., death) if not treated promptly.
This condition is very RARELY seen in adults and is most common in infants and preemies. It is usually the result of some congenital disorder called Neonatal volvulus or congenital intestinal malrotation. Other types that occur are as follows:
Small intestine volvulus Sigmoid volvulus Cecum volvulus Gastric volvulus
Regardless of cause, two main symptoms of volvulus are abdominal distension and vomiting due to the bowel obstruction and back-flow of materials and ischemia (loss of blood-flow) to the affected portion of intestine.
When occurring in adults, a volvulus most commonly occurs in middle-aged and elderly men. It may also be a complication in persons with a redundant colon and can also occur in individuals with Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy.
This condition is diagnosed via an abdominal x-ray and or an upper Gastrointestinal Series.
Treatment options typically are a sigmoidoscopy and untwisting of the affection portion or laparotomy.View Thread
When my diarrhea is severe, it is accompanied by heart-burn, nausea, gas, bloating, abdominal and sometimes thoracic pain and the consistency is pure liquid with perhaps some little pieces of lettuce, cilantro, peas, beans, corn, etc (whatever I may have eaten). Water also seems to make my bowel movements come more frequently and definitely makes me urinate very often (like 2-4 times an hour). I still drink water even though it increases the amount because I would rather go the the bathroom several times a day than suffer the migraines and vomiting that come from NOT drinking enough water.
When my diarrhea is less severe, it tends to be a chunky or peanut-butter-like consistency. White bread and tortillas also lessens the severity of the symptoms.View Thread