my stomach and intestines. I have had loose stool/diherria/constipation for 2 or 3 weeks. Nausea mostly after food and on and off migrains. A nurse at my doctors offices said it's probably just a virus over the phone but I am not so sure. at times the pain in my lower intestines in unbearable. I am not pregnant. My doctor has no openings for a month, what should I do and what could it be?
Nicci, it could be caused by a number of things, including a virus. The first thing that came to mind for me was IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). It can be treated with hyoscyamine, which helps to relax the bowel to stop the spasming. In the meantime, until you can see your doctor, you might try one of the over the counter meds like Zantac or Prevacid. Your nausea should be helped with one of these meds. It might be wise to start a log of what you eat, when your pain increases, nausea and migraines, times and dates. You might be able to see a pattern with certain foods. IF you have IBS, stay away from nuts or seeds of any kind. They will cause a flare-up in a heartbeat. You might want to ask for a referral to a gastroenterologist who will most likely do a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy to determine the cause of your symptoms. I hope you find the answers you need soon. Feel better.
Hi. I have been through this as well. One thing they look for is C.diff. Which is a bacterial infection. Painful and lasts a long time. The doc needs a stool sample and medication treats it.
Is there ever any blood or black tarry streaks when you go? You might have internal bleeding which needs an ER if very much. Or is there a lot of water with little stool?
Have you been given an antibiotic prior to this? Many cause problems.
Have you tried acidophilus products like Accuflora to straighten out your bowel bacteria? And a fiber product to mix with water to increase stool bulk?
Many questions and possibilities. If you don't have an urgent care clinic and you want your general physician, ask to talk with the nurse, explain your symptoms to her and they may get you in within a day or so. There are always appointment times set aside for emergent cases like yours.
Drink lots of water, eat mild foods like bananas, rice, little fats, eggs, easy to digest foods. Do not use OTC products like Pepto Bismol and the like. They discolor stools and you won't know what is going on. Good luck and stay in touch.
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