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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 9/21/2009 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
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.  confused

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   Posted 9/21/2009 10:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I personally think you need to get in and see a medical doctor and have them rule out any other causes of the diarrhea. I have a chronic bowel disease called Crohns and one of the main symptoms is diarrhea. But anxiety also can cause nausea and diarrhea when in high stress. I don't have this problem everyday like you, only in those stressful times. So having daily does cause me some concern for you. I think you need to get some tests run to make sure its not something more serious. Good luck!
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   Posted 9/21/2009 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Nanners. I think you should see a GI specialist if your diarhea continues. I definitely get diarhea when I am very stressed or anxious, but it never lasts more than a few days. It sounds like you've done everything you can to take care of it naturally. Have you tried Immodium AD? I'm not suggested using it everyday, but maybe when you go away on your trip. It takes care of things within a couple of hours for me. I don't use it much though, because it tends plug me up for a couple of days. I only use it if I'm going away somewhere and I start having an upset stomach.

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   Posted 9/22/2009 5:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I too started having diarrhea when I was having a panic attack and when it didn't go away it just fed my anxiety. It was a terrible circle. After about 3 months of it I grabbed the bull by the horns and made an appointment with GI. Because by now I was convinced it was cancer and I was going to die. So I had a colonoscopy and found out I have microscopic colitis. It has nothing to do with cancer. It's just a condition that may or may not get better. I did find that the Doxepin that my Dr prescribed actually helped with the frequency of my bathroom trips and the cramping. Gather your courage and make an appointment with a GI - at least then you can stop worrying about that.

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   Posted 9/25/2009 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome and yes i too totally agree with Nanners on this I have crohns as well.When i am in high stress/anxiety the D kicks in full force and believe me i have had times where bathroom was just not made in time.When my anxiety is up and I feel the familiar rumbles in tummy i will now wear a liner ,so far so good.Again i think that Nanners( et others) is right on the money see a doc n rule out other issues as well.Just a thought .Glad u joined us here it is a great community with very caring ppl.....LYN
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