I have had intermittent loose bowel movements for the past week. It started last Wednesday with 2 bowel movements in the morning that were more loose than normal. The next day, I had one bowel movement in the morning that was watery. Over the weekend my bowel movements were better, but still a little more loose than normal. The last few days, my bowel movements start out solid and very normal and then are more loose at the end. Over the past week I have been going 1-3 times every morning. I know that some rumbling and gurgling is normal; however, during the past week, I have increased gurgling sounds. Before this happened, my bowels were solid and normal everyday.
My appetite is normal; no weight loss; no fever; no blood in the stool; activity level is normal. I have mild cramping right before I have a bowel movement and slight abdominal discomfort on the left side that comes and goes over the past week. There are no other symptoms. I feel fine except for the loose bowel movement every morning.
I saw the doctor today and she said that it is probably bacterial or viral
; however, she doesn't want to put me on an antibiotic yet. She told me to take Imodium and wait it out.
How long do I wait? What should I eat or not eat? I am hungry all the time, but afraid that what I eat will aggravate my bowel and make the diarrhea worse.
I need a second opinion.
I have a history of high blood pressure
, osteoarthritis, cervical disc herniation, gallbladder problems and I am menopausal. My last colonoscopy was March 2015. There was an area of focal erosion in the transverse colon but no polyps were found. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.