I suddenly developed diarrhea (overnight, really). It has persisted for almost 5 week now. I called my naturopath and he put me on mega probiotics for a week with no relief. Now he has me on plant tannins. which is a microbia, and also hydochloric acid capsules to change the ph of my stomach. I have also been on stress adaptogens twice daily for several months. (maybe I need more than two/daily!!)
Nothing has worked, so far. I have no pain or cramping, no blood in my stools. No other symptoms I can think of. But, in trying to come up with a cure, I cannot rule out stress/anxiety. My mother died suddenly in January which I haven't been able to grieve over yet, due partly because I have had to advise/support/encourage my brother who has had to care for the 93 yr. old husband she left behind. They both live in FL, I live in MD, so all this is taking its toll on me because I can't be there to help. In July, my daughter (in TX) discovered the infidelity of her husband of two years and is in the process of divorcing him. I am trying to advise and support her from afar, as well. I am an animal lover, have three schnauzers, one of which is 14 yrs. old and needs a lot of care and attention from me. I am dreading the day when I must decide to end his suffering. So, this diarrhea started suddenly and has been relentless for five weeks. Changing to the BRAT diet had no effect. I have, of course, been losing wt. but nothing drastic. It is starting to take its toll on my energy level, which is generally high. But, with all this stress/anxiety since January, could this diarrhea have had a delayed reaction? It started about a month after my daughter called me with her bad news.
I have managed to deal with this up to now, but I have a flight next week to FL to help my brother since he says things have gotten really bad down there, lately. I am afraid, if this is stress related, it may get worse while I'm down there, since I will be staying with my late mom's husband. What do you think? Stress, parasite (I haven't visited any foreign countries, lately) or bacterial? My husband has eaten all the same foods I have and he's fine. Any insight would be appreciated.