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4 weeks and still going !!

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  • Posted By: Andymac26
  • June 27, 2007
  • 00:39 PM

:( About 4 weeks ago I returned from a week long volunteering trip to India. All went well until 2 days before our departure when I felt unwell and deduced that I had been out in the sun too long without appropriate cover. I am ver fair skinned. That evening I shivered most of the night - despite temperatures in the high 30s, constant vomitting and diarrhoea. Next day a doctor was called and he discovered that my temperature was 103, and proceeded to give me jabs to reduce the diarrhoea and gave me tablets to reduce my temperature - as well as periodically dowsing me with cold water.

Next day I was placed on a rehydration drip for 6 hours, more jabs and more medication. Despite fears about my ability to travel, I did return to the UK.

Since returning, I have seen 3 different GPs at our surgery - have submitted 3 samples for testing, the first rejected because it was too late in the day - but the other two did not indicate anything of note. My earlier bouts of diarrhoea had clotted blood in them, as did the first sample sent for testing (but rejected). GP number 1 prescribed co-codamol to counteract the stomach cramps; GP number two requested a sample for testing but would not prescribe anything as it was not certain what was the cause (fair enough) but advised against returning to work on the basis of using communal toilet facilities; as the symptoms continued, GP number 3 was visited and he disagreed with the staying from work for the reasons suggested by GP number 2, but suggested that for reasons of personal comfort, it would be best for me to remain at home.

I am now in my 4th week. During this time, I have been unable to eat or drink without rushing to the the WC straight afterwards. Stomach cramps continue and are prevelant immediately after drinking or eating anything. The diarrhoea continues and the great mystery is that although my face, waist and posterior indicate a loss of weight - the bathroom scales do not.

This is beginning to get me down, and from being a keen walker, and enjoying socialising with friends and family - I am now feeing very restricted - needing to ensure a close proximity to toilet facilities - just in case.

I am 46 years of age, and have had some digestive problems in the past - with a difficulty in swallowing. A barium test indicated that I had a slow moving oesophagus - but it does not seem too slow now.

Any suggestions or advice?

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