Posted 7/17/2007 12:27 PM (GMT -6)
Hi ibs8,
Welcome to HealingWell!  :-)
I have acutally never heard of clear water D, except for when taking laxatives.  I had plenty of that when I was prepping for my scope.
How ofter do you have D a day?  Have you been scoped?  Are you taking any medication?
A lot of people on this site have resorted to calcium supplements to help control their D.  Check out this post.

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Posted 7/17/2007 12:45 PM (GMT -6)
Clear, clear D does sound odd. Now all-water D isn't at all, but the fact that it is completely clear should, in theory, only happen after you've been taking a lot of laxatives and fasting, such as prior to a colonoscopy.

Have you been fasting and/or on an all liquid diet for any reason? That could easily be the culprit behind the lack of color in your stools. Even a severe restriction in your diet might cause you to have more water than stool, and thus changing the D over to clear.
Posted 7/17/2007 1:48 PM (GMT -6)
I am not taking any laxatives nor am I on any restrictive diets or fasting.  I am actually trying to figure out now what foods to try and not to try to see if my symptoms are at all food related.  The only thing I am taking is Metamucil.  I know it is very strange indeed.  My additional confusion comes in because while I suppose that the clear water is "D", I am also constipated in that I have not had a "normal" or regular BM in two or three months but when I do go, they are loose and sometimes watery and I may not go every day.  And in fact, my symptoms first started with me not going at all for about 7-10 days and then I ended up with some sort (or many sorts) or D.   
Posted 7/17/2007 2:00 PM (GMT -6)
Eeeekkkk! Don't take the calcium then. The calcium will make the C worse. Maybe you should start a very specific food diary and take fiber and probiotics.
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Posted 7/17/2007 2:15 PM (GMT -6)
I am going to start taking probiotics and eating Activa yogurt and will start making a food diary - though I admit it is difficult figuring out where to start with my food and what to eat and what not to eat.

Thanks for everyone's help though
Posted 7/17/2007 6:45 PM (GMT -6)
Welcome aboard, and sorry 2 hear?just have to say. video tape it hand to the doc?
metam, wassaid the badstuf fto take , and citracel is the better? but you know what it is your body and you need to find your spot?

pure water it may look like but I bet it is not ? are you chugging water , gatoraid etc more than usual, or hardely at all?
Posted 7/17/2007 7:53 PM (GMT -6)
Stick with chicken, fish, potato, rice, noodles and stay away from red meat, fresh fruits and fresh veggies, cooked OK and then add slowly from there. What you have sounds exactly like my cousin has and has had for years with no diagnosis. He just says it comes out like water but he is never constipated.
Posted 7/18/2007 2:51 PM (GMT -6)
Like Canyon mentioned, try avoiding raw fruits and veggies. They are harder on the gut to digest. Start by cooking them thoroughly and then slowly re-introducing them raw. Keep track of what you ate, how much you ate, when you ate it, and how you felt after eating it. It helps also to include how you were feeling (stressed, you ate in a hurry; relaxed, you were able to have a leisurely lunch) when you ate those foods.
A big trigger for me is eating late at night. Try not going to bed on a full tummy. I for sure wake up in the middle of the night with D when I eat before bed.
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Posted 7/18/2007 3:01 PM (GMT -6)
Thank you for your insight. It is so counter intuitive to avoid fruits and vegetables when I've been told all of my life to eat them because they are good for me! But I will do what I need to do to figure this all out; it could be worse. And for those people who may read this and be confused and / or amazed by my clear water like D, my Gastroenterologist says (via a message through his nurse) that he has seen or heard of it before and it could be yet another wonderful symptom of IBS. Cool.
Posted 7/18/2007 3:08 PM (GMT -6)
So do you just have these water poops for two or three months, then have a loose stool? Do you not have even a semi-solid stool more often than that?

Has anyone checked your vitamin levels? With something that weird going on, I'd worry that you're not absorbing food properly.
Posted 7/18/2007 4:32 PM (GMT -6)
chicken/turkey fish poultry may be a better alternitive but should it be farm fresh, with non-anti-biotic ;)
Isay stay away from oats. wheat bead any white wheate product? why oats it is andcomes out of the same bin of wheats? there are natural health stores that you need to purchse from?

Also bran can be a good place of bread the one that is multigrain not just the ones that say?

I used to take 2 tablespoons raw bran yum yum bulk is that key
bran acts a a bulk but some it may give the runs? so you may have to build up a tolerance?

if you can and it is hard try eating rice with no meats poultry even pasta only see if youcan just keep Super bland? eggs are my favorite and are the worst t ohave on a bad stomach

we all have opinions andsome will and may or not help
but rice for a weeks time will bulk you up fast

my dawg gets rice if D is present?
Posted 7/18/2007 5:08 PM (GMT -6)
My cousin has been diagnosed with Ilitis, Crohn, IBS, diverticulosis and every other thing that involves intestines for over 50 years and they have never found a solution. I only mention this because there is not a test that he has not had ten-fold. He is now 75 and weighs 107lbs and still manages to live a fairly normal life. He has even had surgery for Ilitis. He just keeps eating and pooping and much is just water he says. I does say that Metamucil helps more then anything else which the Doctors have said he should not take for some reason. I only bring this up because sometimes there just is no answer and it is trial and error for each person. He says ice cream before bed keeps him from having to go in the night for some reason. How different is that.
Posted 7/18/2007 7:11 PM (GMT -6)
mo Ice cream I say

he is or she is doing something right
Posted 7/18/2007 9:02 PM (GMT -6)
The clear water poops do not occur every day rather every few days probably, and when they do happen they will happen 4-5 times over the course of the day. The days when I don't have the "water", I may have loose stools that resemble watery soft ice cream. Basically, what comes out and when is a crap shoot.... (that was my crappy attempt at poop humor)
Posted 7/19/2007 9:24 AM (GMT -6)
If you aren't straining when you poop, and given that you never have a hard stool, then you might want to try the Caltrate 600 w/ vitamin D to see if you can lessen the amount of D and/or get firmer stools. That ice cream seems to help in this regard points, I think, to calcium being something that might help you. The other thing about ice cream is that it has a lot of fat in it. You might try adding more fat to your diet to see if that helps as well. Go for more dairy fats, like whole milk, yogurt with cream, cheese, and also try adding in some red meats. Nuts are a good source of fats, as is olive oil. What you don't want to add in are greasy fats; drain your red meat well and keep it to the leaner side and don't eat anything deep fried. Also, stay away from all trans fats.

Fat is usually something that people with IBS have to avoid, especially dairy fats. But everyone is different; that you can eat ice cream when that tears up almost everyone here seems to me that you might actually react positively to things that are usually negatives.
Posted 10/10/2008 12:37 AM (GMT -6)
I'm going through a similar situation. It just started this morning, at first it was brown but as the day went along it got lighter until clear like water. I would feel it coming out and it would be as if nothing happened. I'm hoping it goes away, but nothing like this has ever happened to me before.
Posted 10/10/2008 11:55 AM (GMT -6)
Hi kmd90,
Welcome to HealingWell! :-)
How are you feeling today? It sounds like what happens when prepping for a scope.
If this has never happened before, then it could just be a bug or something you ate. If you're not feeling better after today then you should definitely get it checked out. Make sure you stay hydrated... Drink something with electrolytes.
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Posted 2/18/2009 11:25 AM (GMT -6)
I just googled "clear diarrhea" and found this post. I can't believe that someone else has it.

My symptoms are EXACTLY as described. I have constipation, and tremendous amounts of just air that are released when I try to go to the bathroom.

I will have absolutely clear, colorless, and odorless "diarrhea" for a period of several days, all the while I am constipated.

I have no symptoms of illness and can eat normally. This is not due to eating too many fruits and vegetables at the time, as I don't really vary that.

One thing I have noticed is that I almost ALWAYS get this while I am traveling. It is VERY, very odd.

I mentioned it a few years ago to an internist and it was obvious that he did not believe me.

My own husband, who is a surgeon, also does not believe that I am describing the symptoms accurately.

Even if I don't find out what it is, I am glad to find out that it is not unique to me.

Any other thoughts?
Posted 3/31/2009 6:36 AM (GMT -6)
I've noticed that I get this when travelling on a plane - cramps, off to toilet with lots of wind clear diarrhea etc
I think I've found out why this only happens when travelling - i.e. people give me packets of Extra Gum to chew on for equalising air pressure in ears when changing altitudes in the air. I've chewed on heaps of these gum pellets when sitting in transit at airport ... out of boredom, hunger etc.
Turns out the artificial sweeteners like Phenylalanine & Splenda course these very symptoms!
hope this helps.
Posted 4/24/2009 7:23 AM (GMT -6)
i have the same issue. Cut out stuff in my diet and it went away for a couple of months. Now it is back agian, even though I never changed anything in my diet from when i was fine to the way i am now. Its pure clear water like tap water with white stuff floating on top. I considered it may be because there is not enough acid in my stomach or its mucas going from nose to my stomach when i sleep. It pins the gas in , and wont let the gas pass because the clear water is filling the bowel. I have the same issue, goes from c to d then back to c. Before a bowel movement , you pass gass first then pass the bowel, with our case, we pass water first and the bowel never comes. Atleast I know it is not rare, what the man described is Identical to what i got.
Posted 4/24/2009 7:24 AM (GMT -6)
ps medimucil clears it the same day, instanous but comes back 2 days later. It is ibs, and it is triggered by foods. If it was serious then medimucil would not work so well. Doctor is right, should not have to take pills for this issue.  I have constipation where I pass alot of gas. Had it since i was a baby (gastro) but the water only started last year. I had it after an infection for 3 months, then it stopped when I varied my diet . Was fine for about 8 months then came back again. For those that have it while traveling, bring bottle water , dont drink tap water as water from each state will have a different affect on you. Even at home now I drink bottle water and that helped get over it the first time. For me, it could be that i do not have any calcium in my system. I blamed cheese and ice cream as the cause and stopped eating them all together.

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Posted 7/8/2009 5:07 PM (GMT -6)
Since I posted in february I have had this condition for about 10 days while traveling over my son's
spring break. I was miserable because I was not able to have a normal bm the entire time. We were visiting colleges for our youngest son and there was a lot of walking, which is difficult when you feel you have to go all the time. Same thing---clear water with some mucous-like substance, but no fecal matter. Afte. we returned home I finally got back to normal a few days later. The ONLY difference is that I am traveling, and I am thinking that either the cabin pressure in the airplane or the slightly decreased oxygen saturation levels in the bloodstream are responsible for my situation.

I am writing this from a hotel in Switzerland. We left on 7/7 and almost immediately after the initial flight to NYC I had these symptoms. Needless to say, they have gotten worse with the transatlantic flight and I am in misery now. In a few days we have another flight, in a few weeks another, and in a month I'll be flying home, another 8 hour flight. Hopefully I will be back to normal by September.

Has anyone ever heard of cabin pressure or oxygen saturation level as a cause for this condition? I rarely, if ever, chew gum, and my diet dooes not vary at all.... this ALWAYS happens when I fly!
Posted 7/12/2009 12:56 AM (GMT -6)
My mother recently (~20 days) has started experiencing this. She has to go at least 7-8 times a day and usually the diarrhea is almost clear. Anyone come up with any solutions or possible diagnosis yet?

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