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Internist, Board Certified Physician
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What causes frothy, smelly, persistant diarrhea and lots of

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What causes frothy, smelly, persistant diarrhea and lots of gas and burping?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Internist replied 6 years ago.
Did this start recently? Any weight loss? Does the diarrhea occur at night?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I've had a lot of diarrhea for the last 20 years, I've lost about 20 pounds over the last couple of years, I've lost three more pounds this week. I some times have it at night but usually I will eat and then within an hour will have diarrhea. I have a hard time making it to the bathroom it hits so quickly.
Expert:  Internist replied 6 years ago.
this sounds like spastic colon whereby the colon contracts causing diverticulosis and also urgency and loose bowel movements. Most people at your age will have diverticulosis. you should have a minimal workup just to exclude certain causes which can be corrected. I would suggest at a minimum to have a stool for ova and parasites and culture in case you have picked up some type of infection. The fact that the diarrhea comes on immediately after eating suggest spasm however you must rule out other problems. In the meantime try to give more bulk and fiber to your diet in order to increase the bulk in your stool. Try salads twice a day) and Metamucil or the equivalent. This will be will firm up your stool. You may also try over-the-counter Imodium to help firm up your stools. You should see a doctor for evaluation because of the weight loss.

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