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I have had diarrhea off and on for nearly two weeks now. I…

Hi! I have had...

Hi! I have had diarrhea off and on for nearly two weeks now

Doctor's Assistant: What are all the symptoms you're experiencing (e.g. loss of appetite, fever, rash)?

I should preface this by saying that usually I am pretty constipated, so this was a surprise

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

I am pretty sure I have IBS, generally C, but my symptoms have never been this bad

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How old are you? Do you have abdomen pain, nausea, belching, excessive gas?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Hi, I'm 32, female. I have some abdominal pain when I'm actually using the bathroom; very mild cramping otherwise. No nausea, belching, gas
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I usually am constipated, so at first this was almost a relief! But now I have had to miss a few days of work.
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
If this is relevant - a couple of months ago I tried to increase the protein in my diet so I began eating more lean chicken and fish than usual (used increased from about twice a week to maybe once daily). I tried to ease on that a couple of days ago
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Hi Dr. Shah, are we still connected?

Yes, I am reading your messages

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Is it really a loose watery stool or just a increase in frequency?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Both
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
yet, sometimes there is also straining necessary

Thanks for the information.

Occasional change in frequency of stool without any other associated symptoms is not a major concern. It can happen due to many things including stress and diet. In your case, I don't see any other symptoms, therefore most likely it's part of IBS which can present like this. If you see it happening again and again, then you can get a stool test to see what's happening. In the meantime, take rest, drink water, and take OTC pepto-bismol to feel better.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Thank you. I understand that there are no other symptoms, but I shouldn't be concerned that this has been going on for nearly two weeks? That it's a complete opposite presentation of how my (likely) IBS usually presents? And that it is severe enough that it causes me to miss work?
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Also, pepto hasn't worked for me at all, sadly
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Should I make any changes to my diet? And what constitutes "keeps on happening "? How long does it have to go on for before I Should be concerned, absent the other symptoms?

IBS can cause change in bowel movements patter. Watch what you eat and see if your find a particular food which is triggering diarrhea. If no improvement, you should get a stool test within a week.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Okay, thank you. I document everything I eat in an app, so that part should be easy. Will schedule a stool test if no change. Thank you!!
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Have a good day Dr. Shah

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