I eat breakfast, but I can't seem to hold the food I eat without running to the bathroom after an hour or two. What's going on?

Amy Campbell


I assume that you are experiencing diarrhea and not vomiting after eating. Diarrhea results when food travels too quickly through your digestive tract. It can also occur when there is too much food in your digestive tract, as well. There are a number of other possible reasons for diarrhea, including a viral, bacterial or parasitic infection; certain medicines, such as antibiotics; lactose intolerance; celiac disease; irritable bowel syndrome; and inflammatory bowel disease. Another possible cause of diarrhea in people with diabetes is gastroparesis, which is delayed stomach emptying that occurs as a result of damage to the nerves controlling the stomach. High blood glucose levels, over time, can lead to damage of any of the nerves in the body. Common symptoms of gastroparesis include bloating, fullness, and constipation or diarrhea. You need to let your healthcare provider know about your symptoms. Pay special attention to any particular types of foods that you eat that may worsen your symptoms (such as milk or toast, for example), any medicines that you take at the same time you eat breakfast, and other symptoms that occur at the same time. Keep a record of these, which will make it easier to diagnose the cause. Your provider will likely refer you to a gastroenterologist, a doctor who specializes in digestive issues, for further evaluation and treatment.

July 11, 2013 at 3:50 pm

2 replies

palmal 2014-02-01 19:20:19 -0600 Report

Bless your heart, it has to be the meds. Have you tried talking to doctor about a change? I hope you get better results.

bayou girl
bayou girl 2013-08-06 10:14:09 -0500 Report

I have the same problem, and i have seen a gastroenterologist, and everything was perfect according to him, i told him that i only started doing this when i became a diabetic and i thought it was the meds, and he agreed with me, so it is a damn it you do or damn it you don't situation. i go everyday, 5 times or more even if i skip breakfast.