I've recently come down with some sort of stomach virus or infection, with really bad diarrhea continuing for the last 4 days, blood in my diarrhea showing up yesterday, and vomitted once. I had a fever as high as 102 F, with shivering and chills, and really bad headache for the first two days. My doctor suggested imodium, but I took it for 24 hours without any effect. I started to see blood in my stool and vomitted once, so I went to the ER last night and they gave me electrolytes and nausea medicine, an antibiotic (Cipro), and said they found fecal leukocytes, so they're doing a culture. I started feeling a lot better about 3 hours ago, though still watery diarrhea and some stomach cramping.
The main reason I'm writing, though, is because before this I've had a heartburn problem for about 5 weeks. It came on suddenly one afternoon, when I hadn't eaten for a couple of hours, and was really bad the first night. It lingered, not as bad, for about 4 days before getting really bad again. I went to the doctor, he gave me Prevacid for two weeks, which seemed to help, but I continued to have stomach cramps the whole time. No diarrhea, vomitting, or blood in stool.
I was okay for about 5 days and then got heartburn bad again. The doctor gave me Protonix, ordered an upper GI and blood test. The results showed no ulcers and the blood was normal. I took the Protonix for 10 days before getting this virus or whatever it is.
I'm hoping to find out if there's a connection here, because I feel like my doctor was quick to tell me I just have a heartburn problem and can't eat certain things. But it came on very suddenly, bad, and lasted. Now all of the sudden I get the worst diarrhea I've ever had that has lasted for 4 days and I'm seeing blood and having abdominal cramps (no appendix, by the way).
I don't have a history of any of these problems. I'm fit, generally healthy (as far as I'm told whenever I go to the doctor), and eat lots of vegetables and lean meats. I do eat junk food, but have always been slim (5' 4", 112 lbs). I usually drink lots of diet coke, but haven't had any soda for the last two weeks, and minimal amounts while treating the heartburn.
I have always had trouble with hypoglycemia, though I don't have diabetes that I know of. I eat lots of small meals and try to manage what I eat to reduce the symptoms. I've been told at times that hypoglycemia is the sign of an underlying problem. I'm also wondering if these other problems could be related in any way to something underlying.
If anyone can shed any light, I would be most appreciative. Thank you.