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I Have Had Loose Stools For Two Weeks. What Do I Do?

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I've had loose stool (diareah?)...
I've had loose stool (diareah?) for 2 weeks. I have no other symptoms. Within 30 minutes of eating, I have to go to the bathroom. Should I be concerned? I had been taking a Isagenix natural accelerator for several months. I have stopped taking it for the past 2 weeks.
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Dr. Lori :

Hello,

The most common cause of diarrhea after eating is IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Are you under any increased stress recently?

<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer:

Not really

Dr. Lori :

How many stools do you have a day?

Do you have cramping before you go?

<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer:

After each time I eat, probably 5 times a day. A.M. is the biggest. No cramping

Dr. Lori :

Another cause can be something called Dumping Syndrome

Are your stools frothy, very foul smelling, and floating?

No blood, I assume

<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer:

No blood. Not frothy. p.m. is very runny and bottom is very sore.

Dr. Lori :

Was there anything that happened before this started- either eating at a restaurant, a picnic..... Some risk of an infection

Odor, floating?

No fever, chills, abdominal pain. And you are otherwise healthy? Any medical problems or medications?

<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer:

No I don't think floating. Yes, it smells but not unusual. No fever, chills or pain. I am very healthy. I workout 5 times a week and eat sensibly.

Dr. Lori :

OK

So- I would still be thinking about IBS or Dumping Syndrome

<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer:

I only take multivitamins and previously Isagenix natural accelerator.

No reason to be concerned? What do I do to get back to normal?

Dr. Lori :

Do you get dizzy or sweaty, or flushed?

<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer:

Nope

Dr. Lori :

What is Isagenix? Herbs?

I would recommend a stool bulking agent.

Something like fibercon or metamucil will help bulk the stools and regulate you.

<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer:

It helps your metabolism and burn fat

Dr. Lori :

The possibility still exists that you may be having a late effect from this constant Isagenix if there is something in it that effects bowel function

Let me look up the contents.

The most common cause of dumping is a stomach surgery, but if there is stomach or small bowel disease, this can happen

But you don't have any of the other symptoms.

If a bulking agent makes this worse, or any of these symptoms develop..... You should be seen

Stool should be tested for parasites, infection, microscopic blood, and fat

<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer:

What is bulking agent? Benefiber? Metamucil?

Dr. Lori :

Yes

Psyllium, metamucil, fibercon

<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer:

OK I will try and if it persists I will see someone. How long should I give thee bulking agent?

Dr. Lori :

Were you taking the whole program of Isagenix ?

<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer:

No

Dr. Lori :

Which parts? Cleanse?Supreme, Shakes? There are many bowel stimulating herbs in all the products. Your gut may be rebounding

<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer:

I have only been taking the natural accelerator twice a day since Feb.

Dr. Lori :

So- the plan would be- give it time to recover- another week or so, add fibercon etc

If still going on- You should be seen.... But do not restart the Igenex until after you see a doctor

<span class="JA_chatAuthorName"Customer:

Sounds good thanks for your help.

Dr. Lori :

Persistent diarrhea needs to be evaluated

You don't have to limit fiber

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