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Is diarrhea once a week normal? Is there anything else I can do?

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Sandie79 Wed 07-Nov-12 15:14:35

Have had lots of digestive health problems in the last few years. Because of my job I travel to developing countries a lot and have acquired a number of parasites/infections/general nasties, which got very bad during a few years living in Africa. As a result of a nasty case of giardia, and a series of other illnesses, I realised upon moving back to the UK I had become lactose intolerant, which has progressed to the point where even normal milk in tea will make me ill.

After seeing many doctors a few years ago, and being told that basically, my stomach had been damaged by all the illnesses and I just needed to build it back up, I'm now at the stage where if I avoid lactose (I do use lactofree dairy products) I'm mostly fine, but I realised recently that I still probably have at least one case of bad diarrhea on average once a week - more when I travel, which is to be expected - that does not seem to be stress-related.

Since there doesn't seem to be anything causing this - have had so many tests, I'm confident there are no nasties still lurking - I'm wondering if this is something I just have to live with, or if I should be harassing my GP, or if there's anything I can do myself? I went to a slightly hippy GP with a digestive health specialism a year ago who diagnosed me with candida and I went off yeast and sugar for a bit which helped, but I found it unsustainable. I take probiotics when I remember, but have never noticed much of a change. Is there anything else I can do, or is this fairly normal for someone with a history of dodgy digestive health?

rockinhippy Thu 08-Nov-12 12:37:28

Have they mention IBS ?? which sounds likely you might be left with ?? - I've a similar history with travel bugs & ended up with ongoing gastro problems partly as a result - IBS can be triggered by all sorts of things, from hard to digest foods (meat, diary/lactose, wheat & for some potato/pepper family) to just wearing tights - so that might be worth looking into

Do you have any other health problems - asthma for example ?? - my DDs IBS was BADLY aggravated by taking the brown preventative inhaler - she is no longer lactose intolerant since coming off - Doctors didn't have a clue, not even the gastro Drs - it was our chemist that finally helped me solve the problem of her awful bouts of diarreah

Other than that, I've found a herb called Cats Claw to be a fantastic help with IBS/candida etc * Spirulina helps boost immunity, is packed full of vits & minerals & helps gut health too & a daily spoonful of high strength Manuka honeywink

I also found the spice Turmeric fantastic at settling DDs diarreah bouts - that & a few days of bland none roughage foods - white rice cooked in Turmeric became her tummy medicine & worked wonders smile

HTH

DeWe Thu 08-Nov-12 13:15:43

There is a type of gasterentoitis which leaves you temporarily lactose intolerant. It can last for up to a year or two, I think.

LimeFlower Fri 09-Nov-12 21:52:56

What probiotics are you taking?
I had a diarrhoea (sp?) few times a week for over 2 months,GP was fobbing me off saying this was a stomach flu aye right

I was advised by gastroenterologist to take some probiotics over 2-3 weeks and if there's no improvement buy another one with different (very important)bacteria,take it over 2-3 weeks,if it doesn't help move onto the next one with different bacteria and so on and so on...

I didn't realise that there were so many of them until I started looking at the names-either keep the packages with the names or make a note which ones you've used already.
Thankfully got the right one second time round with cheapo vitamin and probiotic mix bought at pharmacy(the first one was 10 probiotics in one from Holland and Barret and didn't help).

The reason for that is that everybody has different bacteria in their gut,a unique combination so you have to try different probiotics to find the one that is missing from your gut to restore the balance.

Sorry for overdoing on "different" but hope it helps smile

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