Hi, I would rule out the ova and parasite and bacteria with a stool study first. If all clear, your Dr might tell you that you have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Some Dr's will also want you to undergo a colonoscopy as well before chalking it up to IBS.
This may be transient but your frequent stools may be due to a hyperactive bowel due to either stress or an unknown factors. This might pass or this may become a normal regimen for you as it does with many patients who have IBS.
The bad (if you will) thing about IBS is the cause is not completely understood. Some suspect that it might be a defect in the smooth muscle in the colon. Nonetheless, IBS does not cause permanent damage to the colon and does not increase your risk for colon cancer, but can be very aggravating, painful, and even embarrassing.
In diarrhea predominant IBS, ispaghula husks 2-3 sachets daily (increase in fiber), anti-diarrheal agents such as Imodium or Lomotil can be used. Anti-spasmotics such as Hyoscyamine may be tried but can have side effects. Anti-depressants have possible use as does peppermint oil (200 mg capsules 2-3/day). The anti-depressants have been shown to help greatly with IBS.
As far as other medications go, cholestyramine may help but will require a prescription from your Dr.
Probiotics, good bacteria, such as Activia may be helpful.
There is no scientific evidence to support alternative medicine options.
Some foods may make symptoms worse and you must exclude those that have a bad effect. Some examples are beans, cabbage, broccoli, carbonated beverages and dairy products. Small frequent meals instead of three large meals may help. For gas and bloating, OTC meds containing simethicone (Gas-X or Mylicon) may help.
Behavioral therapy such as bowel training and psychotherapy may help in some severe cases.
I don't know if you have tried all of these things listed above, but if not, it would certainly be worth a try.
Hope this helps!
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Edited by Nurse Milli on 10/1/2009 at 2:29 PM EST