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Stomach virus or something else ...?

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  • Posted By: Pietka
  • November 4, 2009
  • 00:04 AM


I'm a 28 year old female. For a period of 14 days, I was laid low by what I thought was a stomach bug. It came on suddenly one night: diarrhea, stomach cramps, nauseau, vomiting, and muscle aches. Every day following that I felt pretty much the same. About 8 days into it, I decided to see a doctor in case it was something more serious. The doctor told me it was most likely just a stomach virus, but also mentioned that it could be a parasite and suggested a stool sample. He said if I'd heard nothing from the lab in three days that it meant they'd found no sign of parasites and that it was a stomach virus and all I could do was let it run it's course.

The stool samples were taken this past Friday. Over the weekend, I started to feel a bit better. I wasn't besieged by constant diarrhea (although my bowel movements were still watery) and my stomach wasn't constantly in a state of discomfort. All I'd eaten during this time was toast, crackers, and applesauce. This afternoon, I got brave and decided to try some soup with chicken and vegetables in it; after consuming it, however, I started to feel odd. To be more descriptive, it felt like my stomach was bubbling (although I understand that this sensation may be bowel cramps?). The "bubbling" is also very audible. I don't have nauseau but my stomach definitely feels unsettled, and I'm belching a lot.

I'm curious if this is just the after-effects of the stomach virus or if it's something different entirely. I've read that probiotics may help, but I haven't found anything absolutely definitive. Any information or advice would be greatly appreciated; I am tired of feeling out of sorts.

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