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Why do I get rapid attacks of diarrhea sometimes with

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Why do I get rapid attacks of diarrhea sometimes with vomiting that lasts between five and eight hours then turns off tike a tap and the next day I feel perfectly well. I do suffer with quite a lot of flatulence on a daily regular basis. The attacks come on at random intervals sometimes every eight weeks but sometimes I can for a year without one. This has been going on for six years. I am 71 years old man and am fit and healthy but these attacks can come on at the wrong time e.g my son's wedding! I eat a healthy low fat diet. I am wondering if you can advise me as to what this may be as it can make life very difficult.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


First of all, you should have had a colonoscopy at age 50, 60 and 70.

This would rule out polyps, inflammatory bowel disease, and microscopic colitis.

With the vomitting, I would suspect small bowel problems, or stomach ulcer.

Small bowel overgrowth is a possitillity.

Intermittent small bowel partial obstruction; possible, not likely.

Most commonly, infection, viral gastroenteritis, which you might be particularly susceptible to.

Or, staph infection from food. Badly stored and cooked chicken is a common offender.

It turns off like a tap when it stops.

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