Q. I am suffering from diarrhea since I gave birth a year back. Is it due to post-traumatic stress?

Answered by
Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan
This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 10, 2020 and last reviewed on: Apr 19, 2021

Hi doctor,

I gave birth before a year. I have problems with diarrhea periodically. I did tests for chlamydia, helicobacter pylori, bleeding, and parasites. All the results came back negative. I did a stomach ultrasound and everything is fine. I suffer from post-traumatic stress and the doctor told me that I have diarrhea due to it. I am taking post-traumatic stress therapy and feeling better. But my diarrhea has not stopped. I go to the toilet three to five times a day. In the morning as soon as I wake up, I go to the toilet and a few more times during the day. Currently, I am taking Progyl 400 three tablets daily, Probiotic forte two times daily, Heferol two times daily, Vitamin C two times daily, Seroxat 20 mg, Clonil 100 mg, and Prazepam 10 mg once daily.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern. The part of the problem can be explained by certain drugs. You are taking Heferol which is iron and it causes gastrointestinal upset, constipation, and diarrhea. But the side effects get settled once the medication is stopped. I do not know whether you are taking Heferol for a year or recently. You give a free drug trial and see if there is any improvement in your symptoms of diarrhea. There are a lot of conditions causing diarrhea. The causes are giardiasis, food allergies, and allergic gastroenteritis. I suggest you attach your previous test reports and provide more details about diarrhea so that I can guide you better. Do these investigations mentioned below and if it is already done, kindly send me. I will help to settle your problem.

The Probable causes:

You can have giardiasis, food allergies, celiac disease, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, and functional diarrhea.

Investigations to be done:

You need to do a complete blood count, TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone), FT3 (triiodothyronine), FT4 (free thyroxine), serum ferritin level, and stool detail report. You need to test stool for ova and parasites, fecal calprotectin, C-difficle antigen, stool for giardiasis antigen, stool for fat globules and reducing substance, stool for spot Na and Spot K, and serum creatinine, sodium, and potassium.

Treatment plan:

After seeing the results of the investigations, treatment can be planned.

Regarding follow up:

Have a follow-up after getting the results of the investigations.

Was this answer helpful?


Related Questions:
When to Worry About Diarrhea in Children?

.. a child. It appears harmless, but slowly it makes the child sick. It makes the child pass out and to be brought to the hospital as an emergency. Here are some tips to look for the danger signs of diarrhea .. ...   Read full

My 20 months old daughter has diarrhea and vomiting, and has not peed since afternoon. Please help.

.. that this must be two different infections.  The reason why the child has not passed urine now is probably because of dehydration. It is advisable to give her 100 ml ORS (oral rehydration salts) with the passage of each loose stool for maintainin...   Read full

Why does my baby poop frequently with gas?

.. happening for the last two days only? Or was it from birth? If it is from birth, then you should go for a stool examination. Or else it will be transient. I hope you are not giving bottle feeding. A rash free ointment can be applied locally. An im...   Read full


This is a sponsored Ad. icliniq or icliniq doctors do not endorse the content in the Ad.

Also Read Answers From:

Comprehensive Medical Second Opinion.Submit your Case

Also Read

Why Do Some COVID-19 Patients Test Negative?
COVID-19 has resulted in a pandemic and has caused serious health crises worldwide. When we develop the symptoms of COV...  Read more»
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Reliving the Trauma
PTSD is a mental health condition where the person who undergoes an extremely stressful condition, develops disturbing t...  Read more»
Remdesivir - Uses, Dosage, Side Effects, Drug Warnings, and Precautions
Remdesivir is a broad-spectrum antiviral medication. It is the only medicine approved for COVID-19 treatment. To know ab...  Read more»

Ask your health query to a doctor online?

Ask a Medical Gastroenterologist Now

* guaranteed answer within 4 hours.

Disclaimer: No content published on this website is intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website.