So I love to run and workout. Always been active, always have loved it. It has only been in the last 2 and a bit years that I have had a great interruption to my normal workout routines. I have Runner's Trot, or more generally, most every time when I workout (running especially) I ALWAYS have to go to the bathroom reguardless of how many times I've got before, what I've ate before, or time of day.
It's ridiculous! In general I go to the bathroom, both urinate and pass stool about 5-8 times a day. Been the normal for last 2 and a bit years.
I know all about how running jostles the intestines and all that stuff, done tons of research on it but to no avail yet. It caused painful gas, urges to defecate and just not fun feelings when I run.
I am sick of this and it obviously hasn't gone away. Any advice for me? Weightlifting or anything causes some level of discomfort or bathroom visits. Thanks for the help!
Gastrointestinal complaints are common among athletes, especially endurance athletes, including side stitches, heartburn, and diarrhea, but they usually resolve after exercise.
For prevention of diarrhea and the urge to defecate during endurance exercise, we recommend staying hydrated and avoiding a high calorie or high fat meal at least 3 hours before exercising.
However, passing stool 5-8 times daily when you're not exercising is not normal - there may be some sort of infection or other intestinal disorder.
I would recommend coming in to see us to get thoroughly evaluated; we may end up doing stool and/or blood tests to check for certain problems, and you may need an evaluation by a specialist to sort it out definitively.