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What causes diarrhea with fainting episodes?

I'm a 23 year old female, 5'1" and 120lbs. I almost passed out at work today while with a client. At first I just had a brief bout of diarreah which seemed to pass, then five minutes later it came back and I suddenly felt very faint. I was told I looked so pale I was almost green and that I shuddered some when I sat down and put my head between my legs. I felt very lightheaded and continued having diarreah for about the next hour, but it was somewhat mild, accompanied with what felt like cramping. I've always been extremely pale, and get tired easily. I also have trouble falling asleep, but when I do I tend to sleep for ten to twelve hours. Is there any connection in any of this? The only real thing I've had before is a childhood form of epilepsy (petite mal seziures while I was asleep, ages 10-12) but I haven't had a seziure since I was 12 and I'm off medication. I doubt thats related, hm?
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
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Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service.
I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

Diarrhea is one of the most common reasons for people to seek medical advice. It can range from a mild, temporary condition, to one that can be life threatening.

Diarrhea should not be confused with the frequent passing of stools of normal consistency, this is not diarrhea. Diarrhea is characterized by abnormally loose or watery stools.

Most cases of diarrhea are caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites. Inflammatory bowel diseases including Crohn disease and ulcerative colitis can cause chronic diarrhea.

Antidiarrheal medicines can reduce diarrheal output and zinc supplement is effective in children.

Symptoms include:

-Stomach pain
-Abdominal cramps
-Bloating
-Thirst
-Weight loss
-Fever

Treatment

Fluids can be replaced by simply drinking more fluids, or they can be received intravenously in severe cases. Children and older people are more vulnerable to dehydration.

Oral rehydration solution/salts (ORS) - this is water that contains salt and glucose. It is absorbed by the small intestine to replace the water and electrolytes lost in the stool. Loperamide is an antimotility drug that reduces stool passage.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Rohith PA
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What causes diarrhea with fainting episodes?

Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice. Diarrhea is one of the most common reasons for people to seek medical advice. It can range from a mild, temporary condition, to one that can be life threatening. Diarrhea should not be confused with the frequent passing of stools of normal consistency, this is not diarrhea. Diarrhea is characterized by abnormally loose or watery stools. Most cases of diarrhea are caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites. Inflammatory bowel diseases including Crohn disease and ulcerative colitis can cause chronic diarrhea. Antidiarrheal medicines can reduce diarrheal output and zinc supplement is effective in children. Symptoms include: -Stomach pain -Abdominal cramps -Bloating -Thirst -Weight loss -Fever Treatment Fluids can be replaced by simply drinking more fluids, or they can be received intravenously in severe cases. Children and older people are more vulnerable to dehydration. Oral rehydration solution/salts (ORS) - this is water that contains salt and glucose. It is absorbed by the small intestine to replace the water and electrolytes lost in the stool. Loperamide is an antimotility drug that reduces stool passage. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Rohith PA