Q. Could stomach bug cause frequent bowel movements?



Hi doctor,

For the past 10 days, I have been having frequent bowel movements. At first, it started with lots of pain, but the pain got subside after relieving my bowels. The stools were softer and of large quantity. No blood in stool, but a little bit of red color on my toilet paper. I have hemorrhoids, which I know and I have been impacted by all of this. I went to my regular doctor and had an abdominal CT scan last week. I have not received my results yet. I am getting pain to the right of my belly button a few times. After about five or six days when the frequency of going to the bathroom slowed down, I seemed to strain a bit more to go and the stools were coated in white. This would only occur with the harder stools. The other stools seem to be softer and more yellowish in color. After the CT scan, I am of course going to the bathroom frequently, but no white in stool at that time. So, my concern is the mucus which I have never had before. What is causing the diarrhea? Ironically, I had seen my gastro doctor when all of this began. So, I have scheduled another appointment. I had a colonoscopy two years back, all normal except for hemorrhoids and an upper GI at the same time. Gastritis was the only thing found. Since then, I had an abdominal ultrasound and pelvic ultrasound, in which all were fine. Could colon cancer develop quickly? I am a worrying and I am driving everyone around me nuts. My current medication includes Effexor, Allegra, probiotics and Xanax for anxiety. Thanks for your help in advance.





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  • Your history suggests two differential diagnosis:
  1. Irritable bowel syndrome.
  2. Colitis that is inflammatory bowel disease.
  • I need the following details in order to guide you better. Since how long you have been suffering from this? Were the same complaints troubling you when your endoscopy and colonoscopy was performed?
  • Do you have any weight loss or recurring reddening of the eyes? Are you under any regular medication or painkillers?
  • Do you have any history of diabetes or high BP?

Revert back with the answers to the above questions to a medical gastroenterologist online –> https://www.dr.sitehome.info/ask-a-doctor-online/medical-gastroenterologist




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