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bloating, gas and frequent diarrhea after eating?

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About four times a week for over a year, I have had bloating, gas and frequent diarrhea a few hours after eating. The symptoms have slowly become more severe over the past year beginning with gas and burping before bed. It feels as though the food is moving too fast through my intestines, I can feel "bubbles" moving through the track. Sometimes the food that I just ate passes right through me and comes out as diarrhea an hour or so later with some things still not wholly digested. I have tried keeping food diaries, but I can't narrow it down to any one type of food.

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replied July 8th, 2011
Digestive and Bowel Disorders Answer A24846
Hello and welcome to e health forum.

From the description of your symptoms it seems that you might be having irritable bowel syndrome.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic functional disorder characterized by cramping abdominal ‎pain or discomfort with alterations in bowel habits (bloating, constipation, and diarrhea). These ‎symptoms usually are present for at least 12 weeks in a patient during the previous one year, and ‎unfortunately the onset or subsidence cannot be predicted. ‎

IBS is diagnosed by its signs and symptoms and by the absence of other diseases. IBS does not cause ‎any permanent damage or any serious illness but the symptoms cause severe discomfort & distress ‎affecting an individuals work, ability to travel and attend social events. ‎

Most symptoms of IBS can be controlled with diet, stress management, and prescribed medications ‎‎(laxatives, antidiarrheals, antispasmodics, or antidepressants). ‎

For symptom relief, you may consider to take antacids for acid relief, activated charcoal for bloating ‎and stomach gas issues.‎

You may consider to consult your physician or a gastroenterologist for counselling if you have any ‎additional doubts. ‎

I hope you find this helpful.‎

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