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post #1 of 17
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Thursday I came down with a stomach virus and I'm still feeling like death. I had a fever of 102.5 on Thursday afternoon/evening which broke late Thursday night, but from Thursday late morning until Friday evening I had bad diarrhea between every 15 minutes and 2 hrs (had a good few hrs on Friday afternoon!). After 36 hrs of diarrhea, I finally took some imodium because I couldn't imagine the virus was still in my system and I hadn't slept at all. Since then, the diarrhea stopped, but I still have no appetite (I get hungry and have been eating simple carbs and doing the BRAT diet but food is just gross to me right now) and I'm having intermittent stabbing abdominal pains, like the worst gas pains ever. I've lost 8 lbs this week and I'm just exhausted as the abdominal pain kept me up half the night again last night. I have so much school work to do and I'm just so non-functional for the second weekend in a row (last Friday I had abdominal surgery -- unrelated to the virus, just a really bad coincidence.. I did call my surgeon about it). Is this my body just readjusting to food and things or should I be concerned at this point?
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post #2 of 17
I would so NOT take anything for granted at this point. I would be concerned and I think you should call your doctor in the morning if you are not feeling considerably better by then! Even if it turns out to be nothing I think that under the cirucmstances of you having surgery, and a virus on top of that, the fact that you still do not feel well should warrant at least a phone call to the doc.
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post #3 of 17
How do you know that the problem isn't bacterial rather than viral?



I would be concerned about the abdominal pain - what is causing it? What nerve endings are firing, and why?



I lost 10 lbs in 36 hours (water, of course) in a most-likely bacterial attack a few years ago. However, it cleared up in a day or two. I've had relatives who have been incapacitated for a week or more after poisoning themselves with raw seafood.



If you keep having severe abdominal pain, see a specialist, pronto!



post #4 of 17
Did you call your surgeon again, rabid_child? I know from before that you called him when you first developed a fever, but it would probably be a good idea to let him or your GP know that you're still sick.
post #5 of 17
Sounds not good , can you get some one to get some electrolytes .



Bananas .white rice and spuds , are good foods if you have diarrhea ...thats if you can hold them down .



Your resistance could be down after the operation you might need a drip to to stabilize the replacements of fluids ....might be best to ring your Dr , at least talk it through with his nurse .



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post #6 of 17
absolutely go back to the doc!! even if it is a simple virus, having any kind of surgery is stressful on your body, and you need time and nutrients to recup... you may need nothing more than just some fluids, but it could be an infection as well!! and that needs to be checked out pronto!!
post #7 of 17
i would say normal recovery time is up to a week, so in that respect i wouldn't worry. but i would worry that the surgery and the "virus" were really coincidences.



did your doctor actually see you or was it just a call?
post #8 of 17
Particularly since you have recently had abdominal surgery, get thyself to the doc ASAP. Ongoing problems may signal anything from an intestinal leak to an obstruction. Don't take no for an answer from your surgeon. If you can't get in to see him/her, go to the ER.
post #9 of 17
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Yea, so, not so much a stomach virus. I just spent the entire day in the ER. I went to the health center at school today and they sent me to the hospital because I was so dehydrated and they thought it was not a stomach virus but something ickier. Sure enough, I have something called c-diff, which is an intestinal bacterial infection which you get from taking too much antibiotic. They had me on super high doses before and after the surgery for the infections. It killed off all my good bacteria, and this c-diff stuff overgrew and is causing me horrid abdominal pains and diarrhea. The cure? MORE ANTIBIOTICS!! Wtf? They ran blood and urine on me, did a catscan to make sure I didn't have an abscess from the surgery, and are running stool cultures that should be back in a few days. Everything else is ok, and despite the dehydration I managed to keep my electrolytes in balance (yay for smartwater!).



The health center PA was very impressed about how I did all the home treatment 100% right... just didn't fix it cause a BRAT diet does NOTHING for bacterial infections, as great as bananas are.



And no, the surgeon didn't see me. He just told me over the phone that it wasn't related to the surgery. He was going to vegas last weekend. I guess he was busy.
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post #10 of 17
Wow...well I hope you will be better soon!
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post #11 of 17
Yikes...sounds awful! Make sure to take some heavy-duty probiotics, and continue them for a few months after the antibiotics. Hope you will be feeling better soon!
post #12 of 17
look into acidophilus. it helps restore the 'good' bacteria in your body after taking antibiotics. it's supposed to help restore your digestion back to normal, it should help. it's usually in the fridge section of health food stores

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post #13 of 17
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I was actually taking some with the antibiotics, they were just too strong. I was on almost twice the dose my bf was on when he was prescribed the same one, and he outweighs me by 80lbs. It was just too much for my little body. I'm none too pleased with the doctor's decision to dose me that high, especially when he knew I was coming off of a 10 day cycle of another a/b. :\\
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post #14 of 17
aw, man, i was just thinking about this/ you today... and c-dif crossed my mind.

def. do the probiotics.

and watch out about any follow up tests, they notoriously come out negative despite still having the bacteria. so if you are still having symptoms after, insist on several tests.



and do a serious cleaning around your bathroom/ house...b/c you can still carry it around.



i hope you feel better soon!!!
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Yea, so, not so much a stomach virus. I just spent the entire day in the ER. I went to the health center at school today and they sent me to the hospital because I was so dehydrated and they thought it was not a stomach virus but something ickier. Sure enough, I have something called c-diff, which is an intestinal bacterial infection which you get from taking too much antibiotic. They had me on super high doses before and after the surgery for the infections. It killed off all my good bacteria, and this c-diff stuff overgrew and is causing me horrid abdominal pains and diarrhea. The cure? MORE ANTIBIOTICS!! Wtf? They ran blood and urine on me, did a catscan to make sure I didn't have an abscess from the surgery, and are running stool cultures that should be back in a few days. Everything else is ok, and despite the dehydration I managed to keep my electrolytes in balance (yay for smartwater!).



The health center PA was very impressed about how I did all the home treatment 100% right... just didn't fix it cause a BRAT diet does NOTHING for bacterial infections, as great as bananas are.



And no, the surgeon didn't see me. He just told me over the phone that it wasn't related to the surgery. He was going to vegas last weekend. I guess he was busy.



yeah, C-diff is pretty common after being in hospitals.



and the antibiotics they give for C-diff are specific to that bacteria so your other intestinal flora can start regrowing even while on those drugs.



i'm actually quite surprised at the surgeon--since you had just had surgery to not see you for a stomach problem is...scary.
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yeah, C-diff is pretty common after being in hospitals.



and the antibiotics they give for C-diff are specific to that bacteria so your other intestinal flora can start regrowing even while on those drugs.



i'm actually quite surprised at the surgeon--since you had just had surgery to not see you for a stomach problem is...scary.



I wasn't actually in a hospital for the surgery. They did it at an ambulatory surgery center and I got to leave when it was done cause I made the surgeon do it with locals (i hate sedation). It was the extreme high doses of broad spectrum a/b's that did it. I hope my good bacteria starts coming back! As soon as my a.m. bathroom runs slow a little, I'm going to head down to the co-op and buy some acidophilos (and apple sauce to try to get this powdered medicine in me. It's like drinking chalk water and I can't tolerate it in a liquid!)



I just had a lovely conversation with his receptionist too. I called to cancel my appointment this afternoon to have my sutures out because they took them out at the ER yesterday. I told her the a/b's he gave me gave me cdiff and I'd spent the day in the ER and they took them out, but asked if I needed to be rechecked anyway and she's like "Well I don't know that!!" in this really snotty voice and said he'd call me back. I didn't need the attitude.
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i'm actually quite surprised at the surgeon--since you had just had surgery to not see you for a stomach problem is...scary.



seriously!! its usually the first thing that docs check once they hear any of these symptoms, esp after antibiotics AND surgery???!!!

wtf??



that sucks w/ the care and attitude that you have gotten.

if people cant deal w/the public...they should not be answering phones!
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