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I had a colonoscopy 2 weeks ago and have had diarrhea off and

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I had a colonoscopy 2 weeks ago and have had diarrhea off and on since then. The last 2 days it has been constant. I have tried Pepto Bismo and anti diarrhea pills from Wal Mart and they have not helped. What else can I do at home?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.

Mysticdoc :

The views expressed by me are for educational purposes only and do not establish a doctor patient relationship.

Mysticdoc :

Hi there,


I am Mysticdoc, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.


I am here to help you with your concerns.

Mysticdoc :

Do you notice any blood in the stool?

Mysticdoc :

Any stomach cramps, fever?

Customer :

No fever, no blood in the stool, some stomach cramps just before the diarrhea, stomach hurts way up high, just below my breasts. I do not have my gall bladder any longer so it is not that.

Mysticdoc :

thanks for your reply.

Mysticdoc :

Intestinal infection is still a possibility, a complicatino from colonoscopy.

Mysticdoc :

complication I meant.

Mysticdoc :

If that is the case, you will need antibiotics --home treatment will not help.

Mysticdoc :

Another possibility can be the excess bile acid in the intestine.

Mysticdoc :

Due to the absence of gallbladder, bile acid level increases in the intestine-- can cause persistent diarrhea.

Mysticdoc :

Calcium and vitamin D supplementation may help in that case.

Mysticdoc :

Bile acid sequestrants like cholesyramine or colestipol can be tried if no infection.

Mysticdoc :

Given the prolonged symptoms and non response to over the counter remedies, should prompt you to discuss the above with your doctor.

Customer :

OK, I have called my DR. but she has not responded. What can I do about excess bile acid. Perhaps I should try that first before I see my DR. My gall bladder was removed in the 1990's so the bile acid problem should have shown up before now. I take calcium and vitamin D supplements for osteopena (sp?). Would it benefit me to try Kaopectate?

Mysticdoc :

the bile acid problem can start at anytime especially following the stress of colonoscopy.

Mysticdoc :

infection is more likely though given the relation to the procedure.

Mysticdoc :

You may try kaopectate meanwhile.

Mysticdoc :

If you are not able to reach out to your doctor, you should consider going to the ER by tomorrow.

Customer :

Thank you. DB

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Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 1 year ago.

hello

 

 

I am Dr. Thomas, board certified in internal medicine and I can help you with this and any follow up questions. I cover a lot of ground and might give you an answer or ask for information, but use reply to communicate with me for questions or added details.

 

This is not a bile acid problemInfection or perforation are complications of colonoscopy, or simply an inflammation of the bowel.

 

Call your scoping doctor right now.

 

Calcium and vitamin D are not treatments for bile acid problems.Clear the kaopectate with your doctor. Have an exam today even if you have to go to the ER

 

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