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"stomach flu" persists for months - no one knows why

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 17, 2007
  • 00:38 AM

I have had diarrhea for 3 months now - it started with an outbreak in the medical office where I work - EVERYONE got sick within days of each other, originally everyone experienced 3 days of high fever, constant diarrhea, vomiting, and really bad gas/belching/flatulance, and very very loud lower abdominal stomach gurgling.
After that, everyone continued to have diarrhea that was basically just water, worse in the morning and better by early afternoon into late evening, then started with the uncomfortable gas and stomach gurgling that persisted all night and then started all over with the diarrhea in the morning again. Sometimes people would experience low grade fevers/chills off and on.
Now, everyone experienced the EXACT same symptoms, right down to the time of day the symptoms occurred, and they persisted for 4-6 weeks in everyone affected (except me). Even the spouses and children at home got sick, too.
No one ended up getting tested for bacteria/parasites becuase no one was brave enough to undergo a stool culture.
Now, we all have very, very strict OSHA compliant disinfection and hygienic techniques both at home and at our office. We never go out to eat together, or even tend to eat common foods - we're all on different diets, and bring lunches (AND WATER) from home every day. So I would think it wouldn't be highly likely that we all got a pathogen that is passed thru the fecal-oral route - rather, I would suspect it was more like an airborne virus - however, it lasted so long! Everyone else recovered in 4-6 weeks, and I still have the same symptoms after 3 months. No change.
I have been tested for food allergies, lactose intolerance, parasites, bacteria such as E.Coli/Salmonella, and have had scope tests for ulcers, crohns/colitis/cancer, C.diff, etc. Nothing. They want to pin the "irritable bowel" label on me but agree that it's a stretch - IBS typically has alternating constipation/diarrhea, and I have CONSTANT watery diarrhea (no blood or pain with it, no mucous or fat in stool, etc.) and still experience extreme fatigue and fevers. I'm NOT under any stress, don't have depression, and I've seen a gastroenterologist, and am soon going to try an infectious disease specialist.
Anyone have any other suggestions? I hate leaving the house because I have to stay close to the bathroom! Any help would be appreciated!
Thanks! (Sorry for the long post, just wanted to be thorough).

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