Diarrhea On My Mind

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Dear Poonurse,

I have had the diherra for over 3 weeks now. It came on all of sudden and nothing stops it I have tried everything to stop it and it won't go away. Help

-- Carolyn Gemill

Hi Carolyn!

Sorry for your problems. Here's the poop on the trots:

First of all, it is called "diarrhea." "Diherra" is probably fatal, so right away you should feel a lot better.

Diarrhea is loose, watery stools occurring more than three times in one day. It's a common problem that usually lasts a day or two and goes away on its own, without any special treatment, unless you are facing an important date or have a company-wide presentation coming up in the near future, in which case it will reach a crescendo at the worst possible moment, but will fortunately subside quickly once you have humiliated yourself in front of your date and/or co-workers.

Prolonged diarrhea can be a sign of other problems.

Diarrhea can cause dehydration, which means the body lacks enough fluid to function properly. Dehydration is particularly dangerous in children and the elderly, so diarrhea must be treated promptly to avoid serious health problems. Dehydration cannot be controlled adequately with beer or wine (I know -- I've tried). Water, half-strength Gatorade, clear liquids, or Pedialyte (for children) work best.

People of all ages can get diarrhea. The average adult has a bout of diarrhea about four times a year.

Diarrhea may be caused by a temporary problem, like an infection; or a chronic problem, like an intestinal disease. A few of the more common causes of diarrhea are:

Bacterial infections. Several types of bacteria, consumed through contaminated food or water, can cause diarrhea. Common culprits include Campylobacter, Salmonella, Shigella, and Escherichia coli. The more unpronounceable the name, the worse the diarrhea. I had Campylobacter once. Sounds sort of cute, like you would get it camping or something. Nope. I ate raw chicken on a dare in nursing school. Hospitalized for four days and lost fourteen pounds, all of which came directly from my anus.

Viral infections. Many viruses cause diarrhea, including rotavirus, Norwalk virus, cytomegalovirus, herpes simplex virus, and viral hepatitis.

Food intolerances. Some people are unable to digest a component of food, such as lactose, the sugar found in milk.

Parasites. Parasites can enter the body through food or water and settle in the digestive system. Parasites that cause diarrhea include Giardia lamblia, Entamoeba histolytica, and Cryptosporidium. My dog George has the shits all the time, and has been tested for every parasite known to man. His shit has everything in it but bacteria, parasites, and viruses. We are still mystified, but we've stopped taking him to the vet. I just give him Imodium. Cheaper.

Reaction to medicines, such as antibiotics, blood pressure medications, and antacids containing magnesium.

Intestinal diseases, like inflammatory bowel disease or celiac disease.

Functional bowel disorders. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, for example, in which the intestines do not work normally. Some people develop diarrhea after stomach surgery or removal of the gallbladder. The reason may be a change in how quickly food moves through the digestive system after stomach surgery, or an increase in bile in the colon that can occur after gallbladder surgery.

In many cases, the cause of diarrhea cannot be found. As long as diarrhea goes away on its own, an extensive search for the cause is not usually necessary. Unless you are my vet, in which you can NOT get over the fact that you don't know what is causing a perfectly nice Doberman to have the runs all the time, and you will rest at nothing in your quest to empty my pocketbook in search of the answer.

People who visit foreign countries are at risk for traveler's diarrhea, which is caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with bacteria, viruses, or, sometimes, parasites. Traveler's diarrhea is a particular problem for people visiting developing countries. Visitors to the United States, Canada, most European countries, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand do not face much risk for traveler's diarrhea. George the Doberman has never even been out of the yard, except to go to the vet for diarrhea.

But, dear Carolyn, I digress. We are talking about your problems, not mine.

Diarrhea can be either acute or chronic. The acute form, which lasts less than three weeks, is usually related to a bacterial, viral, or parasitic infection. Chronic diarrhea lasts more than three weeks and is usually related to functional disorders like Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or illnesses like celiac disease or inflammatory bowel disease.

All of this boils down to treatment. In most cases, replacing lost fluid to prevent dehydration is the only treatment necessary. Medicines that stop diarrhea may be helpful in some cases, but they are not recommended for people whose diarrhea is from a bacterial infection or parasite -- stopping the diarrhea traps the organism in the intestines, prolonging the problem. Instead, doctors usually prescribe antibiotics. Viral causes are either treated with medication or left to run their course, depending on the severity and type of the virus.

So, seeing as you have had the runs for three weeks and have tried everything, I think it is time for a visit to the doctor. Or, I can give you the name of my vet. The man LIVES to analyze stool.

Good luck, and thanks for asking Poonurse.

Poonurse is an RN with 25 years experience in labor and delivery. Her qualifications
include seeing a lot of poop, and owning a computer. Also, she works in Michigan, which she calls the asshole
of the universe, so that's another bit of credibility.
Got a question for her?

69 Comments on "Diarrhea On My Mind"

Tydirium's picture
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Poonurse -- this is really useful. Thank you. Very funny, too!

I always got the impression that, on top of everything else, a food-based shock to your system will cause the squirts. Whenever you give your stomach something it's not used to. Whether it's your first time ever eating curry, or just a big juicy hamburger after five years as a vegetarian.

Joe's picture
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Hey Poonurse, ever hear of something called "Oxypowder?" And, if taken, can it be harmful? Sounds like it would work. I suggest all Poopreporters go to oxypowder.com and investigate. I already ordered a bottle.

Poonurse's picture
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I am not really into colon cleansing. I crap weird enough stuff as it is. Go here:


Poonurse's picture
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well, that didn't work, did it? Go there anyway.

Justa Girl's picture

Poonurse, we're not worthy! Damn girl, you put more useful information and humour into your answers than we're used to getting. You're spoiling us... keep it up!

Joe's picture
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But, do you think there are any potential dangers to that particular one?
Dave, perhaps an investigation is in order?

Dave's picture
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Joe -- it sounds like you've already started the investigation. Email me and we'll discuss it. An investigation is definetly in order.

The Shit Volcano's picture
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Poonurse, I may be able to suggest a few things to help with George. I used to work at a vet, plus I have raised several dogs. Among the most sensitive is my German Shorthair, Reedy. He is allergic to beef, which causes diarhea and sometimes a skin rash. Here are a few things that have helped:

1. Changing food. (Reedy now eats lamb and rice kibble.) Sometimes dogs are sensitive to the preservatives in their food and other foods don't have certain things that he may be reacting to. I've also noticed that canned food causes diarrhea in some dogs.

2. Give him filtered water. He may be reacting to the chlorine or chemicals in the water.

3. Sometimes there are other conditions that give dogs upset tummies. (As a nurse you are probably familiar with several in humans.) I am not an expert here so I can't say what they are. I'd call upon your own knowledge here since dogs get some of the same things as humans.

4. Make sure your dog isn't eating any plants in your backyard. Some plants cause the runs in dogs, who eat just about anything.

5. A lot of Reedy's diarrhea is because he is high strung and nervous. It doesn't matter how much water from home I store for him in the truck, he always gets the runs on a road trip. Is George a nervous or jumpy sort of dog?

Anyway, enough about George. I enjoy reading your stories and descriptions. Keep up the good work!

I found Jesus! He was behind the sofa the whole time!

daphne's picture
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Make sure you drink a ton of water, and stay away from Gatorade in its normal concentration. Too much can dehydrate you!
My daughter had salmonella when she was 15 months old, and she didn't pee for 10 days. I don't know how I kept her hydrated. It was hard. I bought a load of Pedialyte, and then, I found out that Pedialyte is one of the GREATEST hangover cures ever!!!!!!!!
(I bought a bottle for myself to see how it tasted, and subsequently, I was hung.)
So, drink Pedialyte and don't eat at Burger King.
Oh yeah, as far as the dog Reedy, my dog, Gator X, drinks Brita filtered water, so we just take the faucet thingie or a pitcher if we travel. Works great.

.....hugging bunnies since 1969

Scat Woman's picture

Dear PooNurse - could you dog be getting too much fat in his food? My dogs were fed a balanced, good quality dog food from the specialty store, not the supermarket crap, but if they were allowed any kind of extra treat i.e. meaty leftovers that were a bit fatty, always got runny stools because they were not used to a lot of fat. Poor guy...no fun for us, and even less for them...wait, even less for us with that inadequate grocery store plastic bag and a runny mess to somehow remove. Been there. we used to use an old fashioned remedy to help our dogs - boil a few spoonfulls of rice in a liter of water, add some salt (to replace what they lose with the runs) and cook it until it disintegrates - you should have a milky thick goo. Think it down enough to be drinkable and somehow get the dog to drink it. Rice is a good solidifier of stools and is very soothing to the GI tract. We would then cook up some very lean ground beef with some rice, just very plain, and feed that to the affected dog for a couple of days. It worked wonders on the stools.
Good luck.

Poonurse's picture
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Thanks to all for your concern about poor George. This problem has been going on since he was about 7 months old. He has had exhaustive blood tests, dozens of cultures and wet preps, and has been on antibiotics zillions of times. When he was 2, he ate half a regular size bath towel and got a bowel obstruction, too. Losing 4 feet of intestines sure didn't help his problems. We have tried literally every canine diet known to man or beast. I even made his food from scratch for a while to try to control the additive factor. He always does well for a while on whatever it is I am feeding him, then will relapse.
Right now I count myself lucky that he is only having about 3 episodes a year where he gets explosive liquid poo and drops about 10 pounds in 2 or 3 days.
All your suggestions are good, but we've tried 'em ALL. Antibiotics always helped him, but frankly, Immodium seems to do just as well.

Anyway, 2 or 3 times a year is better than when he was younger.

Someday I will tell ya'll the story of Bob the Doberman who got bone cancer and had his leg amputated and had chemotherapy! What a dog! Don't get me started...

The Shit Volcano's picture
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Sounds like your Doberman is about as accident prone as my German shorthair. Since I got him there is a whole list of things that have happened: coccidia with explosive diarrhea, a leg laceration with eight stitches, a massively bleeding ear wound that put blood on the ceiling, giardia, and a number of annoying fight wounds and infections. He also leaped from a second story window and broke his wrist just because he wanted to be with me when I took out the garbage.
However, Reedy has never eaten a whole towel! No wonder George has diarrhea! The poor guy. That surgery probably gave him the dog's equivelent of IBS.

I found Jesus! He was behind the sofa the whole time!

Poonurse's picture
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I know. I totaled it up one time, and between George and his problems, and Bob with the cancer, we have probably spent over 10K on these dogs.

PooperGal's picture

Excellent information and advice, PooNurse. You're an ASS-et to PoopReport.

I sympathize with Carolyn, and emphathize too. I've been to India and Nepal four or five times, and was pretty darned lucky not to get sick there except twice, and neither lasted long or was serious.

However, one trip I spent almost a month in India and Nepal without a problem... But on the flight home I ate some baaaaad airline food on Air India.

BZZZZP!!! Dysentary. The real deal. Let me tell you, all diarrhea pales (literally and figuratively) in contrast. I was sick for almost two months, and the craps... oh, the CRAPS. Liquid, white-hot shit streams 6 or 8 times a day.

The memory sears my mind and my sphincter.

Three weeks of diarrhea is bad enough. I hope Carolyn gets checked out by her doc quick.

paul's picture

Hey there,
I have a place in Mexico, puerto Vallarta exactly. The last few times down I have invariably gotten diarrhea. I think it is connected with the vast amounts of fresh green chilis I eat in salsa upon arrival. I have looked on the web to see if this is possible but saw nothing other than those suggesting chilis help. I myself am allergic to green peppers. I figured that maybe they were all in the same family. Anyway, I stopped the salsa this time and was fine until last night when I had a delicious chili relleno...geez, won't do that again. Anyone else have similar problem? Any recommends other than not eating chilis. thanks

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PooNurse HELP ME!!!!! PLEASE, HELP ME!!!!
I am a 22 year old girl, and I have had Crohn's disease since I was 15. (And for those of you who don't know, Crohn's disease is a chronic incurable disease of the bowels characterized by chronic inflammation) But for 7 ...SEVEN WHOLE YEARS, all I have ever had is diarrhea!!! I have been to several different gastroenterologists, and all have prescribed pretty much the same meds, like prednisone for the inflammation and immunosuppresants, plus mesalamine...BUT NONE of these meds does anything for the diarrhea!!!!
I am about to the end of my rope. Pooping is an absolute nightmare for me, because all it ever consists of are scanty bouts of watery diarrhea, and I JUST CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!!!
Poonurse, do you know of any home remedies, supplements, herbs, magic potions, ANYTHING that can help me? Please give me any advice you can.... my poo life is an absolute living hell!!!!!

The Shit Volcano's picture
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soopypoopy, my sister is an herbal healer. She can heal just about anything and has done so for me. I don't want to give out her e-mail without her permission, but if you e-mail me (with a subject other than "Hi" because I erase those without looking) I can forward you on to her and she might have some advice. Though I'm sure poonurse has some good tips, too.

I found Jesus! He was behind the sofa the whole time!

PooperGal's picture


This website might be helpful. Although it's called "Teens With Crohn's" it actually is for everybody. It looks like a good support network and some good suggestions and advice from other young (and not so young) people who live with Crohn's.


Good luck!

The Shit Volcano's picture
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"Goin' to diarhea in my mind..." Sorry, that song just popped into my head.

I found Jesus! He was behind the sofa the whole time!

PooperGal's picture

Oh, that's just GREAT, TSV! Now you've got me started. Just thanks a lot. Thanks for nothin'... lol

"In my mind, I'm goin' to diarrhea
Can't you smell the butt slime
Can't you just hear your hole whine
And ain't it just like a hot magma stream
spewin' from my behind
Yes, I'm goin' to diarrhea in my mind."

The Shit Volcano's picture
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He he he!!! I won't get you started on "Are you pooing in San Francisco"!

I found Jesus! He was behind the sofa the whole time!

PooperGal's picture

Arg! Too late.

"Are you pooping
in San Francisco?
Be careful not
to get it in your hair.
'Cause if you're poopin'
in San Francisco
earthquakes can make
your dooks fly into the air!"

The Shit Volcano's picture
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Ha ha ha!!! Okay, I'll stop!

I found Jesus! He was behind the sofa the whole time!

Kimberly's picture

Whenever I have the runs, My mom gives me the usual Immodium and then she tells me to eat lots or yogurt...

I dunno..Moms a nurse herself, but I dunno where the heck she got the idea of eating dairy products when your not supoosed to eat dairy while on the runs...
I swear, it works...


PooperGal's picture

Your mom may be on to something with the yoghurt. When dairy products cause the runs, it's because of lactose -- a sugar that is found only in milk, and which many people have trouble digesting once they are past the baby and toddler ages (babies make a special chemical - an enzyme - called "lactase," which allows them to digest lactose. But, a lot of people lose the ability to make lactase as they get older.

Yoghurt is cool for two reasons: 1. It doesn't contain lactose 2. It contains a "goodguy" kind of bacteria that is good for your digestive tract. In fact, these bacteria actually digest lactose, which is why you don't find lactose in yoghurt.

Having the goodguy bacteria in your intestines may help when you have the runs, because those bacteria may eat or crowd out the badguys that gave you the runs.

And, at least yoghurt won't add to the runs because there's no lactose to aggravate your digestive tract.

Kimberly's picture

Well, there you have it. PooperGal got it all down perfectly. LOL Thanks.. Well, at least now I know why its good to eat yougurt when your butt is a leaky faucet..:D

tracy jamieson's picture

well this question isn't for me..its fer my dog..but i was wondern if u coulf help anyways..she has blood in her poo, no appitite for food, her stomic is always makin really weird noises..alot! and she smells bad??...oh and she also throws up a lot..its been 4 days or so and its just gettin worse...Please help!!!!!!

PooperGal's picture

I'm not poonurse, nor do I play her on TV. But, I do know when a dog is sick. Get your pooch to a veterinarian pronto! Internal bleeding, vomiting, no appetite. She may have swallowed a sharp object or eaten rat poison. This is serious, and you should have an expert examine her right away.

Poonurse's picture
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I hope she is ok, it sounds very bad.

The Shit Volcano's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorh 3000+ points

I agree with PooperGal on this one. When I worked at the vet we had a few cases like this. It sounds like roundworm or a couple of other parasites. Especially if she's bloated.
If she's an older dog it may be kidney problems. Have you looked at her pee? Is she drinking any water?
Either way, take PooperGal's advice and get that puppy to a vet!

I found Jesus! He was behind the sofa the whole time!

PooperGal's picture

Worms - I hadn't thought of that. But I can understand how a serious infestation would cause those symptoms. I hope she got her dog to the vet right away.

The Shit Volcano's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorh 3000+ points

My sister and I came up with a new term for really liquidy diarrhea last night. Butt punch!

I found Jesus! He was behind the sofa the whole time!

PooperGal's picture

What, "hot chocolate" wasn't good enough???
Heh heh "Butt Punch." I like that.

The Shit Volcano's picture
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Okay guys! I don't know where else to write this so I'll write it here. I mean, it's sort of related. Instead of Diarrhea ON My Mind its Diarrhea of Some Sick Bastard's Mind. Burn in hell you dickless hacker!!!

Ahem! Anyway, my stupid dad opened a virus e-mail a while back and since then we have been infected with some stupid porn virus. It's made surfing through Poop Report totally unenjoyable.

Let's say I go to click on "Oneupmanship" or "Childbirth Poop". Instead of hearing the witty comments and retorts of my Poop Reporting brethren, I am staring at some pervert's pussy and tits. It's disgusting!!! If I wanted to see that I'd look in the mirror!

The virus somehow created a link in my computer that randomly takes me to some place called thesten.com, which is a particularly gross porn sight. They even have a link to kiddie porn. (That's even more disgusting than the pussy and tits! Anyone who enjoys kiddie porn needs to have his/her head examined!)

Has anyone else had this problem? If so, how the fuck do you get rid of it?!?

P.S. I'm still looking for you, you bitter ex-Microsoft employee! Take your pathetic attempts at revenge against Bill Gates elsewhere!!!

I found Jesus! He was behind the sofa the whole time!

trotsky & clutch's picture

Ihad the trots for two weeks once because of food poisoning and lost about 15 pounds. Maybe this is part of the reason she is avoiding seeing a doctor.

The Shit Volcano's picture
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Hey, thanks, Di. I'll have to look into this. That, and kick my dad's ass for being such a dumbass!

I found Jesus! He was behind the sofa the whole time!

leah dairria's picture

i had dirrhria for 2 weeks now i tried everthing u have any advice

Igor's picture

My name is Igor and I have a serious i mean SERIOUS GAS PROBLEM, people have stopped talking to me because of the smell, i don't even feel it come out at times...i get nervous in hopes that it doesn't smell bad, and it ALWAYS DOES, then i have cronic diarhea and its yellow, someone help me.!!

PooperGal's picture

You may have Crohn's Disease or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. See a doctor specializing in gastroenterology, and do it soon.

Ben Schitten, MD's picture

gas tends to mean that you aren't digesting something quite right, and the bacteria are eating the leftovers. Yellow (or green, think of pus) tends to signify, well, pus. You need to find out if you have something going on that is causing your upper GI tract to be constantly inflamed. You need to get a guaiac/hemoccult test and make sure this isn't a bigger issue. Probably want to try lactose-free diet and no wheat gluten, even though those generally don't cause inflammatory runs. See a doctor, and tip the poor guy since you should get to meet his partner Dr. Jellyfinger.

Leah, any attempt at diagnosis is pretty impossible without some details, could be almost anything... Cramps, camping trips, raw meat-eating contests? If it keeps up see a doctor. See above, tip the poor guy.

Poo Bear's picture
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If you eat "no sugar added" or "sugarless" foods, especially treats or candy, you will regret eating more than you should.

It will give you the shits faster than I can say "boo!"

Shaun's picture
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Dear Poonurse,
I am very, very, very lactose intolerant. My question is, if I just eat one slice of pizza and I react to it, why am I going like 15 times? The pizza isn't that big!

Terri's picture

Help... my dog (Benjamin the Boxer dog) is 3 years old. He eats most everthing. Recently my husband decided to put snail bait in the back yard. We believe that Ben ate some (don't know how much) We also just landscaped and put in agapanthas,I believe he ate some seed pods, which I have just learned are posionous to dogs. Initally he had red blood in his poop and was vomiting. The blood and vomiting have stopped. He's been eating rice and chicken for 3 weeks and he still has diarrhea. He's been to the vet for an xray to see if he ate something, been on prestoine, 500 mg of antibotics and a pre-digestive enzyme to help him digest the food (previously I could see the rice grains in his poop). He's still not much better. He's happy, eating (3 times a day, rice & chicken). The vet thinks he might have cancer of his stomach and she wants to take a look via some type of scope. Comments are appreciated.

chad's picture

if you combine acids (lemon, tomato, vinegar) and bases (milk, chocolate) at a meal you will get ass faucet, a good example is burger with fries, ketchup on both, a glas of milk and an ice cream for dessert

kimmie's picture

i always have problems with lose bowels. i wonder if it's because i eat alot of dairy products.

The Shit Volcano's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorh 3000+ points

Poo bear, I know what you mean, but in the opposite direction. Sorbitol bungs me up so bad I don't poop for days!

I found Jesus! He was behind the sofa the whole time!

leanne's picture

hi poonurse today is kinda wierd ,,, see i needed to poop. so i got to the bathroom and sit down on the toilet to poop but it wont come out. its like i didnt really have to go so about 5 or 10 min. after i got up and went outside in my backyard and all of a sudden i had to poop so bad i couldnt hold it till i got back in so i pulled down my panties and shorts and just let it go .. it was diherra so i got it to hold until i got back in to do some more and when i sat down it wouldnt come out anymore thats wierd huh .. do u know what it is? write back plz

MyButtIsOnFire's picture

Very good information. I too get the runs often, but I rarely have the stomachace that goes with the runs.

Esy's picture

My 14 year old called me worry and scared because he said his diarrhea was alot and very green. He told me he never saw this before. Is this normal? Please respond i would like to know if I should take him to the Doctor. Thank you so much in advance. Esy

Hairy Pooter's picture
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Esy - If it's just a day or 2 long green diarrhea, The green is probably food coloring.

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