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    I've been having diarrhoea for 3 months now. I have at best a week between episodes of severe cramping and loose motions.

    I went to the doctors and was literally in there 5 minutes before she sent me packing with peppermint capsules. These have done nothing but add to the burning sensation that comes with diarrhoea. I have had to come off the pill it is making it inactive it is so bad.

    I can't take it anymore I had just managed to get 10 years of chronic upper stomach pain fixed and now my lower stomach is buggered. I don't know what to do

    I have only been on the peppermint just over a week but obviously it isn't doing very much as it has come back with a vengeance today. I don't know how I'm going to manage when I go back to uni as I end up having to stay in bed all day and I'm constantly scared I won't be near a bathroom.

    What the **** is this? I actually just want to die. Or at the very least drop out of uni, lol.
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    Ouch.

    Have you tried cutting out certain foods to see if it's that? Could be a severe typre of IBS maybe? If you cut out different foods and nothing helps, it could be something more serious in which case go back to the doctors and explain. Maybe make a list of everything you've tried. You need to do it for a few days to see if it helps. That's how I found out about my milk intolerance anyway, which was giving me headaches and cramps.
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    If you have a health condition and need to be near a bathroom they will give you an ensuite room at uni.
    Try going back to your doctor and having a chat maybe ask for a referal back to a specialist.
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    If you have a health condition and need to be near a bathroom they will give you an ensuite room at uni.
    Try going back to your doctor and having a chat maybe ask for a referal back to a specialist.
    I live at home. It's more the 2 hour treatment sessions as a dental student and travelling to and from uni I'm afraid of. Basically when I'm not free to get to a bathroom.

    I would go back to the docs but it's only been what, a week or something.

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    Go to your GP, say that this is affecting you badly and has been going on for a long period of time, and ask politely but firmly for a referral to a specialist.
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    sounds like Crohn's or something go back to the doctors and complain/make it clear what's going on until they do more than prescribe you junk
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    Jeeeeeeez... yeah, go back to the doctor and keep pestering. It's not on for you to keep feeling like this, it sounds horrible - if one doctor isn't good enough and doesn't help, go to a different one. Honestly, you have nothing to lose in doing that.
    I personally would suggest a 'bulking agent' like Movicol to try and "harden" the stool so it's not diahorreah like, basically. It bulks it out so that it clumps together more as opposed to just leaking out as it sounds like in your case.
    Keep going back to the doctors, though - they have plenty of things they can try so whatever you do, don't give up.
    It's obviously affecting your quality of life a hell of a lot - don't put up with it anymore. Also, google is a great tool for seeing what other people suffering with the same thing might do.
    Good luck.

    Edit: I can't spell the damn word. Diarrhoea I mean. :p:
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    OP, I totally understand how you feel - I've had chronic diarrhoea for 9 months now, and I had to change doctors a few times before anyone would say it was something other than IBS and just to take imodium for it. I can't work during the day time because of the cramps, I'm tired all the time and keep bursting into tears. Quality of life is pretty low

    Mine is now at the point where it's every other day, and I regularly have to take entire packets of Imodium before it'll stop - and that's the only reason it's every other day, as the imodium just blocks me up for 24 hours!

    I've had a full blood work up, which showed inflammation, and I'm going for a flexible sigmoscopy on monday.

    Keep pestering them to check you out properly, and if your doc refuses to, ask to see a different one, or even change surgery.

    I hope you feel better soon!
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    If it IS IBS there are other things that can be tried. When I was going through all the different meds, my GP seemed to like me to take each one for a month before reporting back. It was only after three different types didn't do anything that I was referred to a specialist.
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    OP, I totally understand how you feel - I've had chronic diarrhoea for 9 months now, and I had to change doctors a few times before anyone would say it was something other than IBS and just to take imodium for it. I can't work during the day time because of the cramps, I'm tired all the time and keep bursting into tears. Quality of life is pretty low

    Mine is now at the point where it's every other day, and I regularly have to take entire packets of Imodium before it'll stop - and that's the only reason it's every other day, as the imodium just blocks me up for 24 hours!

    I've had a full blood work up, which showed inflammation, and I'm going for a flexible sigmoscopy on monday.

    Keep pestering them to check you out properly, and if your doc refuses to, ask to see a different one, or even change surgery.

    I hope you feel better soon!
    Wow that sounds awful.

    I had a colonoscopy about 10 months ago and it was normal, so I'm not sure if something could develop in 7 months?

    Even when I use imodium I still have diarrhoea just not as much, and I can't detect as easy when I need to go. So I hate using it. What one do you use?

    I've been having stomach cramps and stabbing pains all over my abdomen since Sunday, have hardly left my house/bed.

    I will only have left it just over a week but I think I would have noticed some difference with the peppermint by now? Granted I have only had one episode of diarrhoea.

    At this rate I'm thinking I'll have to take a year out of uni.
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    Oh and I'm already on a gluten free diet. So the only think it could now be is lactose. I have no idea how to do a lactose and gluten free diet, GF is hard enough!!
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    Oh and I'm already on a gluten free diet. So the only think it could now be is lactose. I have no idea how to do a lactose and gluten free diet, GF is hard enough!!
    do you have coeliac disease then?
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    Wow that sounds awful.

    I had a colonoscopy about 10 months ago and it was normal, so I'm not sure if something could develop in 7 months?

    Even when I use imodium I still have diarrhoea just not as much, and I can't detect as easy when I need to go. So I hate using it. What one do you use?

    I've been having stomach cramps and stabbing pains all over my abdomen since Sunday, have hardly left my house/bed.

    I will only have left it just over a week but I think I would have noticed some difference with the peppermint by now? Granted I have only had one episode of diarrhoea.

    At this rate I'm thinking I'll have to take a year out of uni.

    I've never tried the peppermint, so I'm afraid I can't really comment on that.

    I was prescribed to take Imodium every day by my GP, and it did work initially, but now I think it's making it worse. I've had to stop taking it because of my camera on Monday, and the cramps have calmed down and even the diarrhoea has stayed away since Tuesday (which is a bloody miracle) (although you can guarrentee it'll be back just as I start work on Saturday, and then I can't take anything for it )

    I take an anti-spasmodic for the cramps which works wonders. I tried buscopan only for it to do nothing, but now I'm on Mebeverine, which works fab.
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    do you have coeliac disease then?
    My endoscopy was negative so strictly no. However, 10 years of chronic stomach pain has been 100% cured by gluten free diet. I also have another autoimmune disease closely related to and mediated by the same cells as coeliacs (my rheumatologist told me they were linked) My gastro told me that gluten intolerance/allergies don't exist, just coeliac disease but I know I react only to gluten, not wheat as I nick some of my aunts glutafin stuff :p: it is not wheat free, just GF.

    So the docs won't diagnose me but it's glaringly obvious that I have it. And I know the relationship between villi damage and lactose intolerance

    I've been watching my diet recently and I'm thinking it's lactose
 
 
 
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