Q. I am getting recurrent diarrhea, nausea, fatigue and much more. What is the reason?

Answered by
Dr. Parth R Goswami
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 09, 2019

Hello doctor,

I am having some recurrent symptoms:

• Nausea (intermittent).

• Diarrhea.

• Extreme fatigue (daily).

• Severe insomnia even on Ambien (falling asleep faster but still wake up three times a night, and I always wake up exhausted).

• Muscle weakness especially in the arms.

• Low exercise tolerance.

• Cold sensitivity.

• Dry skin and hair; hair loss has gotten worse since surgery.

• Brain fog and forgetfulness 95% of the time.

• Eye pain and blurriness (intermittent).

• Anxiety and depression after oophorectomy.

• Dizziness, intermittent when standing for longer.

• Bone pain in shins, hips, and hands.

• Joint and muscle pain (better now on Cymbalta).

• Frequent urination.

• My weight before five months was 226 lbs and my current weight is 179 lbs (47 lbs lost in 5 months).

• No stomach pain.

• Rarely constipation.

I have attached my lab report.

Dr. Parth R Goswami

Hematology Pathology


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have read the attached reports. (attachment removed to protect patient identity).

The red blood cells count, hemoglobin and HCT (hematocrit) are slightly raised.

So secondary polycythemia seems most likely.

The smoking habit, heart problem, chronic lung disease, dehydration are some of the causes for it.

You are having repeated diarrhea history. So, diarrhea can cause dehydration and that is the reason for secondary polycythemia.

You need to maintain hydration with lots of water at least two to three liters per day.

You need to investigate with endoscopy or CT (computed tomography) colonoscopy, virtual colonoscopy like investigations for further work up for diarrhea.

Stool routine microscopic examination and culture are also needed to be done.

Diarrhea can cause electrolyte loss in fluid, so muscle weakness and bone pain can occur.

I suggest you take Vital Z with water to replenish the lost electrolytes.

You need to investigate with SGPT (serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase), urea, creatinine, serum vitamin D, and serum TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) estimation as well.

You can revert back once all reports are done.

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