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diabetic diarrhoea

Discussion in 'Other Health Conditions and Diabetes' started by Katrina5664, Mar 8, 2017.

  1. Katrina5664

    Katrina5664 Type 1 · Active Member

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    Hi Does anyone have any ideas on how to manage diabetic diarrhoea. Doctor today has told me this is what she believes is causing my problems with bowel control. I am on 1 tablet of Immodium type tablet 4x a day which sort of works but not reliably. I have 2 rough collie dogs and am down to two short walks only a day as I am scared to walk too far in case I have an episode. I realise that this is not curable but need better control. Doctor said go away and manage it in effect.
    Thanks for reading
    Katrina
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    I am sure there are people out there who have it worse than me.
     
  2. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    You haven't recently started taking metformin have you?
     
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  3. Jamesuk9

    Jamesuk9 Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    I'd bet my life on it.... Diabetic diahorrea? The doctors having a laugh surely.
     
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  4. Katrina5664

    Katrina5664 Type 1 · Active Member

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    No I am only on insulin bulkbiker
     
  5. Katrina5664

    Katrina5664 Type 1 · Active Member

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    Hi apparently not it is a true medical complication which I believe is on a par with the neuropathy problems with hands and feet. I would very much like it to be something different as someone may be able to do something about it.
    Katrina
     
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  6. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    Ok in that case I'm afraid I haven't heard of it.. I'm sure someone will be along who has though.. sounds very unpleasant. I hope you find something to help.
     
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  7. Jamesuk9

    Jamesuk9 Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Could it possibly be diet related? An intolerance to dairy or gluten? I think that's where I would start as I know diet changes made a massive difference to my bowel symptoms.
     
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    Dairygrade Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Katrina5664 Agree with others never heard of diabetic diahorrea ?
     
  9. Katrina5664

    Katrina5664 Type 1 · Active Member

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    Thank you everyone I tried the intolerance route and nothing made any difference. I was diagnosed last year (at the age of 60) after an emergency operation for an infected insect bite and they put it down to the amount of antibiotics I had to have. But according to the experts this should now not affect this area. I have had a colonoscopy and there are no problems there.
    Katrina
     
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    Katrina5664 Type 1 · Active Member

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    Just looked on the complications sections and I should be calling it Autonomic Neuropathy
     
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  11. Jaylee

    Jaylee Type 1 · Moderator
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    Hi,

    I would side with @Jamesuk9 's suggestion.. A process of elimination cutting out the "usual suspects" in the diet & see if the issue improves...?

    Best wishes!
     
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    Indy51 Type 2 · Expert

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    Have you been tested for c. difficile?
     
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    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    Since I took Metformin for a few weeks last year, I had dreadful diarrhea then, and now I seem to have consequences from all sorts of things I didn't react to before - no added sugar fruit flavour drinks from Lidl are the latest things added to the list.
    I try to keep the advice 'meden agan' - nothing in excess - in mind, but it is difficult.
    It is definitely something associated with diabetes - but it is not a symptom, but a consequence of the treatment.
     
  14. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    The poster doesn't take Metformin, and says she has Autonomic Neuropathy http://www.diabetes.co.uk/diabetes-complications/autonomic-neuropathy.html
     
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  15. Katrina5664

    Katrina5664 Type 1 · Active Member

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    Hi Yep tested and passed as ok. Thank you
     
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    AtkinsMo Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Have you tried a good probiotic? I'd go for the supplement type, rather than in yoghurts etc (but that's because I have an aversion to artificial additives and added sugar / sweeteners). Maybe the high dose antibiotics also knocked out your 'good bacteria' in your gut. I used to have a miserable life with what was called IBS - and it magically disappeared when I cut out wheat. But I feel for you, it's life limiting and potentially embarrassing. I hope you find a solution soon and I am sad to hear that your doctor is so unhelpful.
     
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    chalup Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I was recently diagnosed coeliac and have gone completely gluten free. Not just wheat but all grains. My severe chronic diarrhea of many years has gone and my arthritis has improved a lot. Both wheat and dairy are very common causes of chronic diarrhea. It can take months of not eating them to calm things down.
     
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    BeccyB Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    My consultant mentioned this at my last appointment and I'd be interested to know if anyone has any tips or treatment advice too. I've always had a 'sensitive' stomach but it has definitely worsened lately and it seems likely that this is the cause (yes, I've been tested for coeliac etc).

    I'm afraid i can't offer any help @Katrina5664, but I just want to say to everyone that it really does exist and to give you a virtual hug as I understand how difficult it must be dealing with it everyday x
     
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    JMK1954 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    When you say your stomach has always been 'sensitive', what exactly do you mean ? Do you also have a problem with wind, flatulence ? I had similar symptoms to yours about three years ago and it turned out I had the heliobacter pylori bacteria, so the treatment to get rid of that is a fortnight (?) on two different antobiotics together, accompanied by tablets to reduce acid production in the stomach so as to allow healing of any ulcer. Has anyone considered that as a possibility ?
     
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    Have you been check for coeliac disease. It autoimmune more likely if t1
     
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