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    What causes diarrhea, lower back pain, loss of appetite and foul smelling stools?

Posted on Fri, 11 Aug 2017 in Digestion and Bowels
Question: severe diarrhea (Immodium not helping), low back pain(not relieved with ANSAIDloss of appetite. Feces smells horrible. Hve not traveled or been on antibiotics or any new medications. Have been in good health motherwise
Answered by Dr. Salah Saad Shoman 36 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Gastroenteritis most likely

Detailed Answer:
Dear Ms, I have gone through your question and I understand your concerns

The bad odor of your diarrhea probably indicates the presence of diarrhea which could be bacterial or protozoal. I would recommend that you take Metronidazole (Flagyl) 400mg three times daily but if diarrhea did not improve then you will need to visit your doctor to get a prescription of an antibiotic to treat any possible bacterial infection.

The low back pain could be kidney pain which is induced by dehydration caused by diarrhea, so I would recommend that you stay away from NSAIDs and start increasing your daily fluid intake to compensate for the fluid lost due to diarrhea and prevent dehydration.

I hope I answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

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