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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi
User :   How can I help you?
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User :   Hi, I suffered with loose stools and diarrhoea in may. Doc took stool sample which was normal. After a couple of weeks cleared up but over last week has started again. I went out for meal last nigh and even worse now. I'm really worried.
User :   You should supplement with electrolytes
User :   You can prepare a electroyle solution
User :   What is electrolyte?
User :   1 glass of Boiled and cooled water, 1 pinch of salt and 1 Spoon of sugar
User :   and drink this solution 2 litres per day
User :   When a person has loose stools he loses lot of electrolytes like Sodium, chloride and other salts
User :   that makes the things worse and bed ridden
User :   Hence if you replace them early you would not have problem
User :   What is causing it though,
User :   I'm petrified it's bowel or colon cancer
User :   What is your age?
User :   35
User :   Do you have fever and body pain?
User :   No
User :   Ok the outside food might have caused an infection
User :   bowel infection
User :   and hence these symptoms
User :   The chance of having a bowel cancer is virtually zero
User :   Why does it keep happening though and why does it last so long?
User :   What about colon cancer
User :   It is normal for a person to have three episodes of diarrhoea in a year
User :   I mean bowel or colon cancer
User :   IT is not so frequent for you though to have two episodes at 8 months a part
User :   That last weeks though?
User :   Ok even then
User :   it is normal to have infectious diarrohea twice in a period of 7 months
User :   I'm confused you said it was normal to have twice in 8 months?
User :   But you said you had it a weeks back
User :   Sorry, not normal
User :   I did, I keep getting it and then in between bouts everything is normal
User :   let me be clear, your current symptoms can happen with infectious cause with the described time frame, the chance of it being a colon / bowel cancer is virtually zero
User :   ok, I have few more questions then
User :   Do you have abdominal pain also? If yes which comes first
User :   No abdominal pain normally (did last night though after big meal which caused bad diarrhoea) normally just very loose stools when I get it
User :   Do you have family history of recurrent diarrhoea
User :   Were any tests done or met a doctor when you have loose stools so regularly?
User :   My dad sufferes food allergies. Stool sample and blood tests done in may when first started. All normal
User :   Ok, then I could think of infectious diarrhoea with parasite or some bacteria
User :   I need more time to answer your questions
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Are you back?
User :   Yes!
Doctor :   Ok let us revise what all I said
Doctor :   You had a bad episode of diarrhoea in May and the episode repeated now
Doctor :   This time you had out side food a night earlier
User :   No, It started again a couple of days ago and was even worse after meal last night
Doctor :   Ok, do you have to add any more history about your episodes
User :   When it happens it lasts a couple of weeks with loose stools then stops and stools return to normal
User :   I haven't had any weight loss over this period (since may)
Doctor :   Good to know that
Doctor :   Do you have mucus or blood in the stool?
User :   Not that I can see, there was a tiny bit of mucus yesterday but unsure if it came from there
User :   That was when I wiped
Doctor :   Do you have vomiting along with diarrhoea?
User :   No
Doctor :   Lengthy episodes of diarrhoea should be tested for Crohn's and ulcerative colitis
Doctor :   Hence need a repeat stool examination
User :   Ok, but it doesn't sound like cancer?
Doctor :   No
User :   Ok, thank you for your help.
Doctor :   Colon cancer or cancer of digestive system is a condition after 50 years of age
Doctor :   and it most often has family history
Doctor :   Do you have any more questions
User :   Thank you. I was really worried
Doctor :   The next step for you is to see a Gastroenterologist, get routine investigations along with Barium enema
Doctor :   Bye for now
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