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What causes diarrhea and flatulence?

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Dr. Klerida Shehu

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Posted on Fri, 22 Aug 2014 in Digestion and Bowels
Question: For several months I have had very loose bowel movements and embarrassing flatulence. I have had more than one accident, soiling my underwear. I don't have any cramping and have not lost any weight. There have been no changes in my diet or medications.
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Answered by Dr. Klerida Shehu 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Following causes to loose motion and flatulence...

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

I am sorry for the situation you are in.

There are various factors contributing to very loose bowel movement and flatulence:
- malabsorption
- food intolerance
- anal incontinence

Further investigations are necessary to run in order to determine the right cause:
- diabetes testing
- colonoscopy
- upper endoscopy
- malabsorption testing
- pancreas/liver function tests
- abdominal ultrasound

Hope it helped!
Dr.Klerida
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Follow up: Dr. Klerida Shehu 2 hours later
So, do you recommend I see my family doctor? Is there any reason why I could not postpone see a doctor for a couple months?
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Answered by Dr. Klerida Shehu 3 days later
Brief Answer:
Not advised to wait more time...

Detailed Answer:
Hi back,

Thank you for following up.

As you are saying that your problems lasted for several months; then, it is time to get further investigations to determine final diagnosis now. My opinion is to get checked now and not to wait for a couple of months.

All the best!
Dr.Klerida
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