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Suffering for almost 4 weeks. Please help!

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  • Posted By: Hiway49
  • December 5, 2009
  • 03:11 PM

Hey everyone, I am going on almost 4 weeks of symptoms and I’m interested in what your guys thoughts are on what might be going on with me.

In early November, I got a mild cold. The cold hung on for a little while though, and before long I was constantly coughing my head off. Just fits of coughing that eventually got me to go to the doctor.

I went to the doctor on November 19th. He diagnosed me with mild bronchitis/adult croup. He prescribed me a Z-pack antibiotic and an Advair inhaler.

That afternoon, I used the inhaler and took my first Z-pack. About an hour later, I got feelings of light-headedness, dizziness, tiredness, diarrhea, and even some slight nausea. I went home and slept and felt better in the evening. The next day I took the Z-pack with lunch and guess what? Yep, about 4-5 hours of feeling light-headed with dizziness and slight nausea. At that point I decided I’d take the rest of my Z-pack meds at night so I could sleep through the symptoms, and that worked for the most part. It’s worth noting though that I’ve had diarrhea and/or stools on the loose side ever since.

I believe I took my last Z-pack pill on the night of the 24th. Through Thanksgiving, my only issue was having some stool on the loose side but I also had a few moments of normal stool. On Saturday the 28th, I felt lousy in the AM. Light-headed, tired, slightly nauseous. Felt better by lunch, ate Thanksgiving leftovers, then felt light-headed and slightly nauseous until dinner. At dinner I ate a sub and chicken noodle soup with ginger ale and felt fine the rest of the night.

Here is the rundown of the rest of my days:

11/29: A good day, ate egg whites, potatoes, coffee, peanut butter bagel, ginger ale, chicken, and lots of coffee in the evening with a brownie

11/30: Felt “off” in the morning, light-headed and slightly nausous. Even came home from work early and almost vomited at work. Felt fine by lunch though, no more symptoms (outside of diarrhea or loose stools of course). I did feel kinda “full” in the upper abdomen though, not much appetite this day. At dinner, I had Mac and Cheese. My wife brought home some Prevacid. I took one pill at night.

12/1: In the AM, slightly nauseous again and light-headed (I have concluded that the nausea is caused by being light-headed). I went to the doctor again on this day. Explained everything up to this point. He said that he was certain the Z-pack was still in my system and that my light-headedness was caused by the diarrhea I was having (that I was dehydrated). He said I should avoid caffeine and basically eat bland but that I could have decaf coffee (I typically drink a lot of coffee, so I was asking if decaf was okay and he said it was). He said I should load up on the Gatorade to help the dehydration. He poked my stomach a lot and said there were no major problems he could see. He anticipates that the symptoms will clear up in 4-6 days.

He sent me for a full round of “general wellness” blood tests (at my request) and urine sample, which I immediately did (I had no breakfast that morning). The only thing those blood tests found was that I had “slightly elevated tryglycerides”.

For the rest of 12/1, I felt normal (outside of having diarrhea immediately after my dinner of lemon chicken with oudon noodles and chicken noodle soup). I drank a lot of Gatorade. I drank decaf coffee in the evening.

12/2: Felt fine all day. Ate a PB bagel with decaf coffee, had a tiny piece of chocolate, ate lots of crispix with Gatorade for lunch, had pancakes, egg whites, apple juice, and decaf coffee at night. Had some nacho chips b/c I got the munchies late. Took another Prevacid.

12/3: Felt fine all day. Actually felt pretty great. Had PB bagel with decaf coffee, white rice with snap peas and Gatorade, and another helping of white rice with snap peas and Gatorade for dinner, had some animal crackers and a small piece of chocolate at night. Forgot to take my Prevacid tonight!

12/4: Felt slightly light-headed in the AM and had low levels of light headedness through the day. Took my Prevacid in the AM. Trying to drink lots of water. Loose BM after breakfast (PB Bagel with decaf coffee) and lunch (Mac and Cheese w/ apple juice), a little more normal after a dinner of white rice, chicken, and ginger ale. As is usually the case, I was less light-headed in the evening, but still had that slightly spacey feeling.

12/5: Today I feel slightly light-headed in the morning. Ate a PB bagel with water. I have a GI appointment scheduled for 12/14. I hope I don’t have to deal with these symptoms until then.

So, I’m always at my most light-headed in the AM. Years ago I experienced something like this and I remember it was fluid in the ear. Do I have possible fluid in the ear making me light-headed/dizzy? A possible result of having that cold/bronchitis/croup?

I’m over 10 days out from the z-pack now, I shouldn’t still be having diarrhea/loose stool most times, right? Could the Z-pack have agitated some sort of stomach issue or bowel issue?

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  • Hey everyone, I am going on almost 4 weeks of symptoms and I’m interested in what your guys thoughts are on what might be going on with me. In early November, I got a mild cold. The cold hung on for a little while though, and before long I was constantly coughing my head off. Just fits of coughing that eventually got me to go to the doctor. I went to the doctor on November 19th. He diagnosed me with mild bronchitis/adult croup. He prescribed me a Z-pack antibiotic and an Advair inhaler. That afternoon, I used the inhaler and took my first Z-pack. About an hour later, I got feelings of light-headedness, dizziness, tiredness, diarrhea, and even some slight nausea. I went home and slept and felt better in the evening. The next day I took the Z-pack with lunch and guess what? Yep, about 4-5 hours of feeling light-headed with dizziness and slight nausea. At that point I decided I’d take the rest of my Z-pack meds at night so I could sleep through the symptoms, and that worked for the most part. It’s worth noting though that I’ve had diarrhea and/or stools on the loose side ever since. I believe I took my last Z-pack pill on the night of the 24th. Through Thanksgiving, my only issue was having some stool on the loose side but I also had a few moments of normal stool. On Saturday the 28th, I felt lousy in the AM. Light-headed, tired, slightly nauseous. Felt better by lunch, ate Thanksgiving leftovers, then felt light-headed and slightly nauseous until dinner. At dinner I ate a sub and chicken noodle soup with ginger ale and felt fine the rest of the night. Here is the rundown of the rest of my days: 11/29: A good day, ate egg whites, potatoes, coffee, peanut butter bagel, ginger ale, chicken, and lots of coffee in the evening with a brownie 11/30: Felt “off” in the morning, light-headed and slightly nausous. Even came home from work early and almost vomited at work. Felt fine by lunch though, no more symptoms (outside of diarrhea or loose stools of course). I did feel kinda “full” in the upper abdomen though, not much appetite this day. At dinner, I had Mac and Cheese. My wife brought home some Prevacid. I took one pill at night. 12/1: In the AM, slightly nauseous again and light-headed (I have concluded that the nausea is caused by being light-headed). I went to the doctor again on this day. Explained everything up to this point. He said that he was certain the Z-pack was still in my system and that my light-headedness was caused by the diarrhea I was having (that I was dehydrated). He said I should avoid caffeine and basically eat bland but that I could have decaf coffee (I typically drink a lot of coffee, so I was asking if decaf was okay and he said it was). He said I should load up on the Gatorade to help the dehydration. He poked my stomach a lot and said there were no major problems he could see. He anticipates that the symptoms will clear up in 4-6 days. He sent me for a full round of “general wellness” blood tests (at my request) and urine sample, which I immediately did (I had no breakfast that morning). The only thing those blood tests found was that I had “slightly elevated tryglycerides”. For the rest of 12/1, I felt normal (outside of having diarrhea immediately after my dinner of lemon chicken with oudon noodles and chicken noodle soup). I drank a lot of Gatorade. I drank decaf coffee in the evening. 12/2: Felt fine all day. Ate a PB bagel with decaf coffee, had a tiny piece of chocolate, ate lots of crispix with Gatorade for lunch, had pancakes, egg whites, apple juice, and decaf coffee at night. Had some nacho chips b/c I got the munchies late. Took another Prevacid. 12/3: Felt fine all day. Actually felt pretty great. Had PB bagel with decaf coffee, white rice with snap peas and Gatorade, and another helping of white rice with snap peas and Gatorade for dinner, had some animal crackers and a small piece of chocolate at night. Forgot to take my Prevacid tonight! 12/4: Felt slightly light-headed in the AM and had low levels of light headedness through the day. Took my Prevacid in the AM. Trying to drink lots of water. Loose BM after breakfast (PB Bagel with decaf coffee) and lunch (Mac and Cheese w/ apple juice), a little more normal after a dinner of white rice, chicken, and ginger ale. As is usually the case, I was less light-headed in the evening, but still had that slightly spacey feeling. 12/5: Today I feel slightly light-headed in the morning. Ate a PB bagel with water. I have a GI appointment scheduled for 12/14. I hope I don’t have to deal with these symptoms until then. So, I’m always at my most light-headed in the AM. Years ago I experienced something like this and I remember it was fluid in the ear. Do I have possible fluid in the ear making me light-headed/dizzy? A possible result of having that cold/bronchitis/croup? I’m over 10 days out from the z-pack now, I shouldn’t still be having diarrhea/loose stool most times, right? Could the Z-pack have agitated some sort of stomach issue or bowel issue? Tell your doctor immediately if you develop: persistent diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain/cramping, or blood/mucus in your stool. This condition may occur weeks to months after treatment with antibiotics has stopped. Do not use anti-diarrhea products or narcotic pain medications if you have these symptoms because these products may make them worse. Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or has blood in it, call your doctor. Do not use any medicine to stop the diarrhea unless your doctor has told you to.
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