Diarrhea: Dealing Day-to-Day

5. Reduce stress and anxiety.

Stress and anxiety can cause increased movement of stool through the digestive tract, causing diarrhea. Stress and anxiety can often be relieved by learning and practicing various relaxation techniques, such as special breathing techniques.

6. Be aware of surgical risks.

Various types of surgery may cause changes within the digestive tract that can lead to diarrhea. Diarrhea can be caused by dumping syndrome, a common consequence of gastric surgery. Bowel resections decrease surface area of the intestines, which limits fluid absorption and may cause diarrhea. Bacterial overgrowth as a result of Crohn's disease or intestinal surgery can cause inflammation and diarrhea. Surgery to remove the gallbladder can speed the movement of stool through the intestines, causing diarrhea, but this is usually temporary.

You can talk to your doctor about ways to combat the diarrhea that may be caused by any digestive surgeries you may have recently undergone.

7. Talk to your doctor about your medications.

There are hundreds of prescription and over-the-counter medications that can cause diarrhea. Antibiotics are the most common culprit. This is because they can disrupt the natural balance of bacteria in the intestines.

Diarrhea is a common side effect of medications used to treat depression, high blood pressure and cancer. Drugs and synthetic foods used to promote weight loss often cause diarrhea. Habitual use of laxatives can also cause diarrhea.

In most cases, diarrhea resolves once the antibiotic or other aggravating agent is discontinued. If your diarrhea is a side effect of a medication, your doctor may be able to suggest alternatives that may not cause diarrhea.

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