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I've had unexplained diarrhea for 4 days straight. Should I see a doctor?

Question Posted Sunday December 26 2010, 8:28 am

I know this is a little TMI for some people but surely there is somebody out there who doesn't get offended by natural bodily functions.

I started to have some cramping 4 days ago when I woke up from sleeping. The cramping felt like mild period cramping. For note, I get diarrhea on my period every month. So, when I went and had diarrhea that morning I thought I must be starting my period more than a week early (been under A LOT of stress). No period has come, by the way (but I'm not late).

The mild cramping subsided and for the next 4 days I proceeded to expel everything possible from my body through my butt. I didn't feel like a CONSTANT need to go poo, but, rather, it would come suddenly with intestinal cramping until I relieved myself.

So, it's been four days now and it seems like there's no end in sight. I've been drinking a lot of water and Powerade. I've been doing the BRAT (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast) diet to try to keep things inside. I'm thinking of going on and switching to the CRAM (Cereal, Rice, Apple sauce, and Milk) diet since I read it is more healthy for the body during this sort of thing.

My stomach itself doesn't feel upset. I'm not in pain. The bowel cramping only happens when I NEED to go suddenly. I don't FEEL sick. I have no vomiting and no fever. I haven't eaten anything out the norm that would make me think food poisoning (and I haven't eaten meat so nothing like that could have been undercooked).

So, should I see a doctor? If not yet, then when would it be most appropriate to see a doctor about sudden onset of unexplained diarrhea?

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TheLonelySoul answered Thursday December 30 2010, 8:33 pm:
Well, possibly a stomach virus, I had bad dierria last summer. About a week. Sometimes it was pure water. What I did was drink Seltzer, Ginger Ale, and lots of green tea. I also ate lots of crackers. ( If you eat crackers, not too much or it may cause constipation) If it continues, I would suggest seeing a Doc or something. I was not able to see one so I got two days of constipation. ( I ate a LOT of crackers) Hope this helped. Yes, I would see a Doc.

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adviceman49 answered Sunday December 26 2010, 12:52 pm:
Yes, for several reasons. Diarrhea going on for this long can cause other problems such as dehydration and other electrolyte imbalances. The cause for this could be anything from not so simple food poisoning to a virus or infection.

Both of the diets you wrote about are good but if the diarrhea has continues unabated you need to see a doctor. Since today is Sunday I would suggest you consider going to a hospital Emergency Room or a walk-in Clinic or urgent care facility.

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