explosive post-menopausal diarrhea

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L.G. asks:

I am a woman, now post-menopausal. When I was younger I would poop every two days. Later, pre menopause, I developed chronic diarrhea, which according to a dozen different top specialists, was of unknown cause -- but to me it seemed, in the early stages, when it was not so frequent, to be connected to my periods.

But soon it became daily, and then several times daily. Then, post menopause, due to gall stones I had the gall bladder removed. There is still no change. Watery, explosive poop after almost every meal. I would just love to get my poop firm again. What can I do? Please help.

Dear L.G.

I'm sorry, but there is little that I, lowly Poonurse, could tell you that dozens of the countries top specialists haven't been able to figure out. I mean, I'm good, but not that good.

Keep on searching for answers. Good luck to you.

Please be advised that I am only a Poonurse. I am NOT a medical doctor. Any advice I give should be taken moderate skepticism. Please consult a REAL medical doctor if you feel you have a serious medical condition.

-- 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?

11 Comments on "explosive post-menopausal diarrhea"

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

Medical science doesn't do much for women's health issues like this. It's getting better, but it still sucks at it. My sister's PCOS went undiagnosed for a decade. That's ten years of excruciatingly painful periods, fibroids, passing blood clots, continual bleeding, and about five miscarriages and a stillbirth.

Good luck to you. Hope you find something.

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Pam's picture

There are predp meds for poop contorl I know I used to have medical insurance and could get them. Now I use an over the counter product ,,,I just double up on the dose after every loose stool and I'm soon ok. Yes I ignore the boxes instructions ,,, I have to, or they don't work. I have no gall baldder and have suffered many years , including becoming embarressed at eiminating at very bad times ( ie in a check out line in a store, at the movies etc ) as well as becoming dehydrated from loss of fluids, so I hope this answers LG's question

Anonymous Coward's picture

I too have the menopausal explosive chronic diarrhea. I had a hysterectomy 14 months ago and then a bowel resection 12 days later. Ever since, my days are controlled by visits to the "library". I am getting quite a bit of reading done in there. I have been housebound for months at a time, had a couple of months of relief, but then it came back with a vengence. My food comes out within 6-12 hours after eating and I even had an allergy tablet come out whole once. It's EXTREMELY frustrating and I want my life back. If anyone has ANY suggestions, please post them!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anomalous Coward's picture
k 500+ points

I feel bad for you - I'm certainly not man enough to be a woman. Hope you find an answer soon.

Anonymous Coward's picture

For the past 10 months I have explosive diarrhea. It started 14 months ago and the quickly subsided for 5 months. My gallbladder had been removed 14 years ago. I am controlling the problem with 2-3 Lomotil pills daily. Any suggestions?

gordman's picture

Well dealing with this is not quite easy, it's actually scary... Besides the fact it's not comfortable it can also become dangerous. You have great informative posts here, there is a lot to learn from you.
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pooper extroidinaire's picture

I'm having the same problem. It started in February while I was on the way to a cruise. I was taking antibiotics, so I thought the antibiotic caused it. A month later, I finally went to the dr and they wanted poop samples and took blood tests, which were all normal. They gave me flagyl as a precaution, I don't know if they ever found presence of anaerobic bacteria or not. Anyway a few days after completing the round of flagyl, the diarrhea subsided intil last Friday and it's back again with no clue as to cause this time. I'm thinking it may be due to fluctuating hormone levels as I'm in menopause and having mild hot flashes. I'm glad I found this site. Maybe we can figure it out together.

my butt hurts's picture

I am having similar problems. I am 46 years old and I have had diarrhea for the last 32 days. I am sick of it. All blood, urine, and stool tests came back normal. Now I am going to a GI doc so that he can poke and prod me.

sittingpretty's picture
Comment Quality Moderatori 2000+ points

mbh, if the GI md doesn't find the cause then go to a colorectal surgeon. DONT GIVE UP!
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didgens's picture

I also am sans gall bladder and am enjoying the oscillation between constiption and the runs. I think I am giong to try that activia, my bm's seem better if i give my intestines some healthy lactobacillus acidopholius ?? worth a try anyhow

Anonymous Coward's picture

Are you kidding me? No end in site for this? Only gets worse after menopause? I too am in menopause. I had diarrhea for 3 months straight then my period completely ended now I get diarrhea instead of my regular period. After every meal! I'm tired.

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