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Question: Weight gain and frequent diarrhea


 luvmyholley - Tue Sep 16, 2008 8:21 pm

I am 29 and I have had this problem for over 2 months. When I eat, and it doesnt matter what it is that I eat, I have an urgency to use the bathroom. Most of the time before even finishing my meal. I don't really have any stomach upset, just feel the cramping about 5 seconds before having to bolt to the bathroom. I am also gaining weight during all of this. Since this started I have gained about 25 pounds. I have not changed my diet in any way, in fact have been eating less, because I know that I will have to make a bee line to the bathroom. I am terrified to go out to eat and will refuse to go anywhere after I eat. I do have an appointment to be seen by a gastroenternologist, but not for 3 weeks, and am so nervous, looking for some sort of advice. This has totally taken control of my life.
 John Kenyon, CNA - Fri Mar 20, 2009 11:01 pm

User avatar Hi there --

Several fairly benign potential causes of this come to mind first: celiac disease (gluten intolerance) is one; iritable bowel syndrome (IBS, an often stress-related problem); and, on the more serious end (but still usually manageable), Chron's disease or some similar inflamatory bowel problem.

These are the most common causes of "rapid gut" symptoms such as you describe, and they are all manageable via different therapeutic approaches, although inflammatory bowel disease can sometimes become more complicated over time and require more invasive care.

The odd thing about all three is that while one would expect to see weight loss, in fact weight gain is frequently associated (though not always).

I hope this is helpful and that by now you've seen the gastroenterologist and have gotten relatively good (simple) news. I hope you'll follow up with us here and update us as to what you've learned. Good luck to you.

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