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Suggest treatment for chronic severe diarrhea and stomach pain

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Posted on Mon, 12 Oct 2015
Question: Yes my uncle has been suffering from sever diarreah and stomach pains for months. Every time he eats he has to go to the bathroom. he has lost an extreme amount of weight. He doesn't have the money to continue going to the doctor. What can he do to help control this
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (6 hours later)
Brief Answer:
It could be due to malabsorption

Detailed Answer:
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What you describe seems to be due to a phenomenon called gastrocolic reflex. It disappears in a child but may reappear later and may make one pass stool after each intake of food. But if it is associated with weight loss, the underlying cause needs evaluation. It could be that your uncle is suffering from malabsorption which could result on frequent passage of stool on one hand and weight loss on the other. I would insist you to get his stool microscopy done. It would also be reasonable to get a routine blood count done. Share the reports with me using the facility on the upper right of this page.

Based on the reports I would be able to suggest appropriate interventions. Till then give ORS (oral rehydration solution) to make up for the salt and water loss.

I will await your response.

Regards
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Brief Answer: It could be due to malabsorption Detailed Answer: Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic. What you describe seems to be due to a phenomenon called gastrocolic reflex. It disappears in a child but may reappear later and may make one pass stool after each intake of food. But if it is associated with weight loss, the underlying cause needs evaluation. It could be that your uncle is suffering from malabsorption which could result on frequent passage of stool on one hand and weight loss on the other. I would insist you to get his stool microscopy done. It would also be reasonable to get a routine blood count done. Share the reports with me using the facility on the upper right of this page. Based on the reports I would be able to suggest appropriate interventions. Till then give ORS (oral rehydration solution) to make up for the salt and water loss. I will await your response. Regards