Help! I've been plagued this year with three bouts of digestive/bowel issues that kinda feel like a flu...but aren't. Symptoms are: gas; frequent, soft, really stinky poops; headache and muscle aches off and on; anxiety; elevated blood pressure, no fever. Sometimes it causes me to wake up about six hours after my meal, needing to "go" and with racy heart. The "bug" or whatever it is initially comes on strong, then can disappear for a day or so, but returns and lingers. It lasted about six weeks the last two times (August and March)...and I feel just lousy, not to mention a bit scared about what's going on.
I've been to my doc and a GI doc, had bloods, stool analysis (for giardia, eColi, H pylori, etc.), endoscopy, colonoscopy...and all came back OK, fortunately. My cholesterol tends to be high and I've got herpes and am a strep B carrier for vaginal infections. I'm in my sixties, in general good health: normal weight, no chronic conditions, no meds, no addictions...eat healthy, lots of veggies & fruits...have not been on weird travels or eaten weird foods...had an ovary removed last year laparoscopically. I've even wondered about hospital infection, but it doesn't seem logical.
Anybody have any ideas? Are there strange viruses going around that just don't go away but stay in the body and flare up from time to time? Any help will be greatly appreciated! Thanks, all.