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Chronic diarrhea, stomach cramps. Taking Imodium. Remedy?

Hi, I have chronic diarrhoea for 9 days so far. Stool is very watery and clear/water like substance. I haven t been urinating much, would say once per day (normally its several times). Massive stomach cramps also with a churning sound. Have taken Imodium for 4 days now and it does nothing to slow the diarrhoea and been drinking mainly water with the odd plain black tea.
Asked On : Tue, 15 Jan 2013
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General Surgeon 's  Response

Thank you for the query.

Such long lasting diarrhea can be a life threatening. It can lead to kidneys failure (low urine amount can be a symptom of it). Your diarrhea can be caused by acute intestines infection, liver viral infection, pancreas disease. You should go to ER and have checked ions levels, blood work, liver tests, kidneys tests, amylase, urine analysis and stool tests. Please do not wait anymore as the consequences may be fatal.

Hope this will help.
Answered: Wed, 16 Jan 2013
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Gastroenterologist Dr. Charles S Narasi's  Response
Hello, a,
We need to find out the reasons for the problem you are experiencing.
If the diarrhea started after eating or drinking something contaminated,
you could be suffering from food poisoning. Depending on the bacteria,
symptoms can get better or worse on it's own. If you are having fever,chills,
then you might need antibiotics. The reason you are not urinating much is
because you are losing fluids in the stool, not drinking enough to replace
the loss. You need to drink fluids that can replace electrolytes. Sports drinks
like gatorade , ricelyte or pedialyte can help. You can lose sodium and potassium
through lose stools. If the Imodium has not helped in four days, you do need
to see a doctor. You need a stool sample tested for blood, have a stool culture
to look for bacteria and then get appropriate antibiotics.
If the diarrhea is caused by virus , that usually subside within 72 hours.
Start taking some probiotics or eat plain yogurt a couple of tablespoons three
to four times a day. Green tea is good.Once you can eat solids, stay on bland
foods. Avoid too much caffeine, alcohol, spicy ,fatty or greasy foods for atleast
a week or so.
Hope you feel better soon.
Answered: Tue, 15 Jan 2013
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