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I am having cramps in my intestines along with dark, and loose

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I am having cramps in my intestines along with dark, and loose stools. My gastrologist can't see me for 5 weeks. What is the best way to handle this. I don't know if I can stand this 5 weeks. Also I have no insurance as I will have Medicare in December.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
Hello, this is Dr. David. I have read your question and I'm ready to help.
dark brown stools are not worrisome
tar black stools are worrisome for bleeding from your upper GI which is worrisome and needs to be addressed immediately.
are your stools mostly stool or more water?
is the Imodium helping to control your diarrhea? how many are you taking a day?
have you tried a gluten free diet? some patients can have diarrhea and cramps from allergies to gluten or lactose in milk so these have to be avoided.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Stools more watery. .I odium not helping sometimes stool is black.
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
if the stool sometimes is black. you have to go to the ER and ask your stools to be tested for blood and also tested for clostridium difficile infection which is a bad bacterial infection which can cause diarrhea.
you don't want to continue to loose fluid and water through this diarrhea for 5 weeks as this will lead to dehydration and can land you in the hospital.