Hello All. First time poster here.
I returned from a vacation to Mexico about 2 months ago. I was fine digestively the entire time I was there, but a few days after my return, I was met with the absolute worst bout of diarrhea I've ever had: sharp, stabbing pain in the center of my abdomen coupled with painful hourly trips to the loo. The abdominal pain would come on about an hour after any attempt at eating and the diarrhea shortly after that. This lasted approximately 3 days, during which I lost about 8 pounds. Others from my travel group had gotten sick during the vacation, but much less severe. I felt like I was back to normal later that week and chalked it up to it just being "my turn."
Since then, I still have not fully regained my appetite and had some additional instances of bloating and diarrhea, though not nearly as painful. Over the past two weeks, I've had heartburn after nearly everything I eat, any substantially sized meal requires a trip to the bathroom within a half hour and I have a stinging sort of pain in the upper half of my abdomen after eating. No vomiting this entire time though. For a few days straight early last week, my stool was solid, but streaked/spotted blackish and on the tarry looking side. I'm not on iron supplements and don't use Pepto.
I visited the doctor today and rectal exam was fine and no blood in stool today. She did a blood test as well for Hepatitis A and gave me a prescription for omeprazole.
I'm hopeful that I'll find some answers, but has anyone else had anything similar to this happen?
Any ideas - parasite? ulcer? Hepatitis A? IBS? GERD?