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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have been having tummy problems for the past 3 weeks now ever since I started working on this particular project, which involves being in an a/c room from 9 to 6 and having outside food for lunch everyday. Even breakfast. So for these three weeks iv been visiting the restroom at least twice a day. Even at work. What could it be?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello Doc
Doctor :   May I know your age and gender?
User :   im 25/ male
Doctor :   Do you have abdominal pain, cramps?
Doctor :   Are you passing liquid stools?
User :   nope...
User :   yes liquid stools
User :   everyday... for the last 3 weeks...
Doctor :   Do you feel like passing stools immediately after a meal?
User :   yes but not often!
Doctor :   Do you have other associated symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, burning abdominal sensation?
User :   its so serious that even when I cough and sneeze and can feel it coming out! its embarassing!
User :   nausea yes. and feel tired most of the time
Doctor :   Have you had similar symptoms in the past?
User :   nope. not in the past.
Doctor :   Do you have any other medical illness such as diabetes/hypertension/gastritis/liver diseases in the past?
Doctor :   Have you seen a doctor or taken any treatment fro the current problem?
User :   but I must tell u, I have been on anti depressants and anxiety medicines for the past 3 years. And have not been visiting my psychiatrist for the past 2 months. I have stopped these medicines on my own
Doctor :   Ok
User :   and its been about 4 weeks since I had stopped these medicines.
Doctor :   Ok
User :   no I have not visited a doc yet regarding this problem
Doctor :   May I know what medications you were on?
User :   yes, it was paxidep, and
User :   etizola
User :   pramirol
User :   and inderal, which I had stopped a year ago
User :   so what could it be?
Doctor :   Let me brief you.
User :   yes...
Doctor :   The probably cause for your symptoms is hypermotility of the gut.
Doctor :   The condition is known as irritable bowel.
User :   but for such a long duration?
Doctor :   It may have occurred due to the recent stress and lifestyle changes or probably due to drug withdrawl.
Doctor :   Yes, this condition is a long standing one.
User :   oh. i would have never thought! stopping my previous medication can cause this?
Doctor :   You may have to restart on the medications, proper stress management and adequate diet regulations should help you.
Doctor :   Yes, medical drugs withdrawl too can lead to the same problem.
User :   now, I do plan to visit my psychiatrist soon, but because of my hectic schedule im not able to... But can i start on my medication rightaway?
User :   i mean the paxidep, etizola, and pramirol
User :   and is there a need to visit a specialist?
Doctor :   I would suggest you to try the lifestyle modifications, be regular with your diet,
Doctor :   You can use lomotil to prevent the episodes of loose stool in the mean time.
User :   Yes because I do not want to go back to those medicines. I really want to quit it. So so what do you suggest I do without going back to those medicines
User :   referring to the anti anxiety and depressants
Doctor :   Visit your doctor, who can assess your condition and based on your current symptoms of depression/anxiety he can modify the drugs
Doctor :   There are chances of the drugs being reduced.
User :   ok...
User :   r u talking about visiting my psychiatrist?
Doctor :   Hence I would suggest you to use the help of the psychiatrist to modify the drugs.
User :   ok but for now, is there a need to visit a general physician for prescription of drugs? or the psychiatrist directly?
Doctor :   Lomotil is an OTC medication, used to reduced the symptoms of hyper motility.
Doctor :   You can try this medication,
Doctor :   get your lifestyle modified and diet changed if feasible.
User :   great. thanks doc. You've been very patient and helpful... anything else I need to know? before signing off?
Doctor :   Consult your psychiatrist for the modifying your drugs.
Doctor :   Have you followed what i have suggested?
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   I have understood what u have said. and thanks a lot for your time and patience. That will be all doctor. thanks and have a nice day
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now.
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