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Please help me.. Severe abdominal pain and cramping.

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  • Posted By: emmajade
  • August 19, 2007
  • 08:13 AM

I'm hoping someone might be able to help me.
I'm from Australia and in January this year I travelled to Fiji. My second day there I had a meat skewer for dinner. About an hour later i started to get a bit of abdominal pain. I went to the toilet with extremely runny diarhhohea, almost like an explosion. I seemed kind of ok after this, but then when i had a cigarette the same thing happened. Back to the toilet and on there for a good half an hour. As the night went on the symptoms got much worse, i could barely get off the toilet and had such severe abdominal pain/cramping. I could barely move it honestly felt like i was going to die. one or 2 episodes of vomiting aswell. The cramping was so so so bad i cant imagine anything ever being worse. I finally got taken down to the hospital, they assumed it was something i ate and gave me a few injections. It settled the pain somewhat, however the diarrohea continued (very severe). The pain and cramping didnt go away but was numbed slightly. I couldnt get out of the hotel room for the rest of the holiday, much to weak. When i did, i could only walk for about 5 minutes and would start to feel like i was going to pass out. all of these symptoms lasted around 3 weeks.
Ever since then, i have not had normal bowel movements. I either have diarohhea, constipation, and every time i need to go the toilet, i get stomach cramps and cold shivers before hand.
I've been to the doctor who was absolutely useless. She said "it was probably gastroenteritis". No tests or anything.
Can anyone help?
I'm so scared to eat meat or anything anymore, i cant imagine ever going through that again.
Thank you.

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  • Any time you travel you might be exposed to "endemic" disease, i.e. diseases local to an area. Check this out from the (U.S.) Centers for Disease Control: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • August 20, 2007
    • 07:22 PM
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  • sounds awful- I have had stomach issues and infections to boot over the last few yrs (while traveling) and it sounds to me like an infection, not just a stomach disorder.I'd definitely go see another doctor and say you think you have an infection and want a stool test to determine the best antibiotics for it.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 28, 2007
    • 00:54 PM
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  • Insect-borne diseases: Mosquitoes may transmit dengue fever, and periodic outbreaks occur. Personal protective measures against mosquitoes are important. Food- and water-borne diseases: Quite a few diseases, including hepatitis A and typhoid fever, are transmitted by unsanitary food handling procedures and contaminated water. Food and beverage precautions are essential in order to reduce chance of illness. Anti-diarrheal drugs (loperamide and/or a quinolone antibiotic) may be prescribed by your provider. Ciguatera poisoning is prevalent and results from eating reef fish such as grouper, snapper, amberjack, and barracuda. The toxin remains even when fish is well cooked. Just some things to look into.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • August 30, 2007
    • 11:50 AM
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