Why have I had diarrhea for 6 weeks nonstop?
January 28, 2014 5:57 PM Subscribe
YANMD. I've had watery diarrhea (6 or more times/day) since mid-Dec, starting around the time norovirus was going around the schools. No other symptoms - no fever, chills, pain, etc. Nothing scary like blood or mucous in the diarrhea, and I am drinking enough fluid that I am peeing. I went to the doctor after 4 weeks of this, and he did blood work (to make sure my electrolytes weren't out of whack). My doctor -- who is excellent -- isn't worried about me but, oh my, is this ever an inconvenience.
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I did a stool sample which showed no shigella or campylobacter, no c.diff, and no parasites. It was positive for yeast and since I was still having symptoms, the doctor decided to treat it. I just finished a 7 day course of fluconazole 100 mg daily but the symptoms are the same.
Now I'm just stumped. Surely a virus would have run its course by now? I work in a hospital so of course I thought of c.diff but that was negative. How accurate is a stool sample? Could something have been missed? Could I have temporary lactose intolerance? My GI tract seems equally unhappy whether I eat is dairy or not, though I haven't done a rigorous elimination diet or anything. Should I? I've heard of IBS of course, but it seems like this started when everyone around me had a virus.
In an ideal world I would like to know exactly what is causing this and to cure it -- or at the very least to manage it. Brainstorm me, mefi - what could this be?