I have been experiencing mild diarrhea for the past month, do I need to worry?
I would suggest seeing your GP, it could be IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or something like Coeliac disease, go to your pharmacist and ask his advice. I had bowel trouble for years, putting it down to IBS and only after a positive blood test for Coeliac and endoscopy found I could not cope with gluten. However I would not worry too much as bowel trouble can be managed, once the cause has been identified. Here is a link from Coeliac UK which might help, another genetic condition like autism. www.isitcoeliacdisease.org.uk
The best person to consult over such matters if you have worries is your doctor.
Having said that, diet plays a part as does stress and anxiety. In the very short term, you could increase the amount of food that is known to be constipating, like processed and fried food and see if this helps. I do not mean do this to excess, but as part of a balanced diet. Also increase the amount of fibre to increase the bulk. Fizzy drinks (coca-cola was originally invented as some sort of medication) can also help prevent the problem. But increasing them to excess could make the problem go the other way by giving you constipation..
You may also have developed a sensitivity to an ingredient in some of the food you eat. Or the recipe of something may have been altered to include an ingredient to which you are sensitive. Things like 'spices' in the ingredients cover a multitude of sins. A common ingredient in many foods is 'onion powder' and this can cause problems - it certainly does with me, both in not being able to stand the taste and givng me bowel problems. Also lettuce, radishes and cabbage do the same thing with me. Perhaps there is something seasonal you are eating which may explain that it has happened over the past month.
But especially if the problem persists, make an appointment with your GP. The reassurance could ease your problem by removing your worry.
Kimberly said:I have been experiencing mild diarrhea for the past month, do I need to worry?
Greetings. I would say: "Worry" - NO, unless it goes on for more than a Month. But Pay attention to it - then very much YES. Your Body is trying to tell you something, there.
...As other Posters here have said, see your GP, or better, make a "Food Diary": Remember all that you have eaten and try to identify what is making you do this muddy thing. Lack of Fibre (Starchy Foods) is usually the main cause.
This is myself: I am a total Carnivore, Poultry all the way, yet sometimes with leafy greens (!)... yet this does cause Diarrhoea, and at times I have to eat something "bland" such as Rice or Potatoes. I hate it, yet it must be done, to balance out all types of foods eaten...
...Look for "Slow Release Carbohydrates", and that shall cure your "Trots".
(P.S. -If your "Trots" are very dark (almost black), then you need to cut down upon the amount of IRON ingested. There are other Websites about this sort of thing... nothing to do with Autism...!)
Allergies and IBS, as also said, are very much a different matter... (Other Websites, again...) I could go on, but I do not need to, I think...?
The NHS advises to see your gp if you have persistent diarrhoea, that is in adult diarrhoea that lasts more than 5 days.
As other people have said it may be IBS or some other bowel problem. Coeliac's runs in my family as does Autism. I was actually asked quite in depth about it in my diagnosis appointment. Family history and the like.
There's a link that sheds some more light on the links observed.
Trainspotter said:diet plays a part as does stress and anxiety.
A lot of us on the spectrum have particular dietary routines that can be a cause. DC's dietary example is perfect. I eat lots of pickled food which isn't ideal! Also anxiety is a major issue. There was a thread when I first joined where this was discussed but I can't find it. Lol, so I'll have to give you my experience again! I had bowel problems for years, I was going at least 5 times a day on a usual day. I've tried to cut down on the pickles and I'm being treated for my anxiety. I go twice a day now, which is much better!
Trainspotter said:The best person to consult over such matters if you have worries is your doctor.
Reliably sensible and straight to the point as always Trainspotter!
"Trots", haven't heard that in a while!
(Deadpan)..Nyeees...(!). For some reason, this is not much discussed upon the WWW. I found only one Post stating other euphemisms for it: ("The brown rain, the trots, chocolate thunder, trouser chilli, a Havana omelette, the squits, devil’s coffee, Ghandi’s revenge…" is what it said...)
...However, if this spelling - Diarrhoea. - is entered into a WebBrowser, then "official" & NHS Websites are shown, and there may be much interesting information there... for anyone curious or needing to know?
...But please use the toilet before using the Internet, of course...!
I found one just, out of curiousity of course!
They had one "Jalapeño tugboat ride". It spoke poetically to me. Very evocative if you know what I mean!
Disallowed Cynosure said:...But please use the toilet before using the Internet, of course...!
In todays age of information there are people that use the webs and the toilet simultaneously!
Disallowed Cynosure said:But please use the toilet before using the Internet, of course...!
WiFi a blessing and a curse in that respect... facilitating physical liberation and movement whilst online. Thus enabling any sufferer portability to the extent that they can pass movements whilst also online.
Hand washing advised!
In my head this plays out like false marketing for WiFi as a laxative.
Have you ever thought of doing infomercials?