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loose stools

PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2014 6:34 pm
by hec71
Sorry - not a very inspiring title!!

Does anyone know of anything obvious in the diet which could cause loose stools and loss of bowel control? This is not a problem I have had before and I am sure it is not ms related for me just now anyway. I am only taking a small amount of flaxseed oil once a day on food and have stopped taking fish oil tablets. Pre-OMS I ate anything and everything and was a regular kind of girl but never felt like I wasn't going to make it to the toilet! Help please I am getting caught out!

Thanks
Hilary x

Re: loose stools

PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 2:58 am
by pollymunc
Hi, when people change to a diet of more fruit and vegetables and less processed food their bowel habits change also.It is normal to have 2 bowel movements per day. I think what you are experiencing is the transition phase, and you need to give your gut time to regain it's healthy state. A vegan prebiotic may help.Hang in there, it is very much worth it.

Re: loose stools

PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 3:00 am
by pollymunc
Or and prebiotic.

Re: loose stools

PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 3:01 am
by pollymunc
Meant probiotic.

Re: loose stools

PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 8:04 am
by hec71
Thank you for your reply! I have been on the diet for 9 months - can it take that long for the body to adjust? Also really smelly wind that I can't always control...any suggestions??
I will look into the probiotics.
Thanks!

Hilary x

Re: loose stools

PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 9:23 am
by Mairi
Hi Hilary,
I'd hope you've had some stool tests for pathogens and parasites, and maybe some blood tests for malabsorption and adult onset coeliac disease? Only then should you look at dietary intolerances - largely a trial and error procedure, but there are some good self help sites, eg FODMAPS.

Best wishes, it can't be much fun at the moment.
Mairi

Re: loose stools

PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2014 8:50 am
by hec71
Thanks for your good wishes and advice Mairi - I will look into it.

Hilary x

Re: loose stools

PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2014 11:00 pm
by mila
Hi Hilary

I've had problems for a whole year which is slowly getting back in control. I basically believe it was candida - I hate a stool test done (privately - nhs ones are just for some parasites).
Two years ago I had three days of steroids iv then a year later I had two bouts of antibiotics - these things clear out the good bacteria in your stomach and leave you vulnerable to candida overgrowth which can then lead to food intolerances - loose stool, urgency and worst of all for me panic attacks.
Anyway that was at the core of my issues, wishing you all the best
Mila x

Re: loose stools

PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2014 11:02 pm
by mila
*had not hate!

Re: loose stools

PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2014 7:11 pm
by hec71
Hi Mila

Thank you so much for sharing that. I hope things keep improving for you.

I decided to cut out soya milk and the next day things were almost back to normal. I am sticking to rice milk for now, no soya, and thankfully the urgency and bad smell has gone. I have ordered some probiotics as thought it might help anyway. Didn't realise soya could have that affect!

Thanks again
Hilary