Bowel problems -- I'm really jonsen for some of that doxycycline, man.
September 29, 2010 8:02 AM Subscribe
SFW but probably TMI question about a change in bowel movements. Is there something wrong with my diet or is it something else?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (15 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
For the past couple of years, I've had bowel movements that I wasn't particularly happy with. They'd have a frequency of two or three times a day, and would often be soft (quite a bit of wiping) and foul-smelling. They didn't seem to change much with fiber intake or changes to the quality of my diet. Several months ago I had a case of non-STD epididymitis and was given doxycycline in case E. coli was the culprit. Within a couple of days, my bowel movements had gone from their previous quality to being once a day, firm, and without odor.
All was good for about five months. Then, suddenly, I had cramping and pain and my bowel movements had regressed to their previous quality. Now the cramping and pain are gone, but I can't get back to normal otherwise. To give you an idea of my diet, I typically eat:
Carb: Steel cut oats, whole wheat toast, or corn tortillas
Protein/Fat: Two eggs, occasionally bacon
Seasonal fruit and tea.
If I bring it, some sort of sandwich (pastrami, tuna, ham/turkey with avocado and lettuce) on whole wheat or rye. Fruit, if I'm at home or I've remembered to bring it.
If I'm eating out, it'll be Korean take-out, a burrito sans-cheese from Qdoba, or a chicken sandwich from Wendy's or Chic-Fil-A.
Some variation of meat/veg/starch. Chicken marbella with pasta and grilled zucchini; Salmon, potatoes, and asparagus; steak with cornbread and salad.
Snack: Cereal or soup I've made (usually lentil or chili)
I usually drink water with every meal. It occasionally gets swapped out with tea or beer. I don't consume dairy products as I'm pretty severely lactose intolerant.
My mother has been dealing with moderate IBS for a while now, if that's of any concern. Demographically, I'm a mid-twenties male who's otherwise healthy.
I'm beginning to think it may be bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine, mostly because of the way it suddenly disappeared after the course of antibiotics I had. I'm looking for possible things to research so I can have an intelligent conversation with my doctor next time I talk to him about this or for someone to point out if I'm missing something obvious here. Are there other chronic gastroenterological conditions that are suddenly but not permanently rendered better by antibiotics? Or maybe I should just get a script for an antibiotic every couple of months?