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To be in tears thinking I will never get over this bug?

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Sienna333 Thu 05-Oct-17 14:40:20

Have a bad stomach bug which originally caused severe stomach cramps and loss of appetite/nausea but then turned into diarrhea which I have now had for 9 days. Doctor just said to wait it out but although I feel a bit better and the time between each diorohea attack is lengthening, it is still there and worse in the early hours. I have it three or four times in the day which aren't that bad but in the night it is a different story and I have it 1-2 times really bad.
I have already taken a week off work and dread the thought of calling in for yet another week. Most people who get diorohea are over it in 5 days, I don't get why it is not the same for me. I really cannot live like this anymore wondering when it will decide to stop, it is pure hell sad

IamSerena Thu 05-Oct-17 14:44:07

I would suggest seeing a different doctor. That's far too long to be suffering like that.

Danceswithwarthogs Thu 05-Oct-17 15:38:06

Time for some stool samples/lab work I would say... could be a tenacious bug/parasite that needs specific treatment

Danceswithwarthogs Thu 05-Oct-17 15:40:28

But I am a vet... and our patients eat far more stupid things

ImogenTubbs Thu 05-Oct-17 16:13:11

Yup, different doctor, or ask again. The older I get and more stories I hear, the more I think you don't get anywhere with a GP unless you're a bit pushy.

Anymajordude Thu 05-Oct-17 16:40:33

That's a long time, do you have any other symptoms? I would go to see another doctor. Hope you feel better.

ScouseQueen Thu 05-Oct-17 16:46:51

Something similar happened to me and I had D&V for ages that wouldn't shift. Ended up so dehydrated that when I returned to my GP they sent me to A&E - it turned out to be food poisoning from campylobacter. I would try to see a different GP or go to a walk in centre as with me it wasn't 'just' diarrhoea and it doesn't sound like it with you if it's gone on this long.

CockacidalManiac Thu 05-Oct-17 16:47:24

I had campylobacter for 2 weeks once; it is possible to have d&v for that long. Might well need a stool sample sending off.

SweepTheHalls Thu 05-Oct-17 16:47:53

Have you starved of food for 24 hrs? That's the only thing that clears me from horrible bugs.

Youcanttaketheskyfromme Thu 05-Oct-17 16:54:00

I think you should go back or see someone else.

It could be something that needs antibiotics to fully clear.

user1487020313 Thu 05-Oct-17 16:54:02

My mum had a vomiting and diarrhoea bug and it seemed to be lasting way to long it turned out that she had become temporarily lactose intolerant the doctor said it can happen some times when you have a bug.

CiderwithBuda Thu 05-Oct-17 16:57:55

I'm in Somerset and read online today that there is a nasty bug called Shigellosis doing the rounds. Not here yet but surrounding counties apparently. I'd go back to doc.

Sienna333 Thu 05-Oct-17 17:19:49

I had awful stomach cramps and nausea but they have gone, now left with diarrhoea which comes on about 3-4 times per day and a really bad bout of it at night.
I was wondering about the shiggella virus but mine seems to have gone on too long for it to be that. Will a doctor give me some antibiotics then?

I am just sitting here in tears. Work are on my back asking me when I am going to return and if I go to the doctors and they say I need to go to hospital, what the hell will I do then? I can't take this anymore.

Roomster101 Thu 05-Oct-17 17:20:43

Yes, you need to go back to your doctor, or preferably a different one They shouldn't have just told you to "wait it out" without giving advice on what to do if you weren't better after a certain amount of time.

Sienna333 Fri 06-Oct-17 21:51:31

Only one doctor (Same one) could see me today. She said it is normal for diarrhoea to continue 10-15 days later and kept saying my anxiety is making it worse. I have had 4 BM today and feel sick with anxiety at calling in work for a 2nd week. I am worried this will stretch into third or fourth weeks. Honestly, I am just despairing. I am so so scared.

ScouseQueen Fri 06-Oct-17 22:11:26

That is really unhelpful. How dare she effectively blame you for making it worse! I am really doubtful about 'just waiting it out' and I would seriously consider going to A&E tomorrow and saying you can't cope and have come to be checked out. I thought mine had gone on too long to be food poisoning but because nothing was getting rid of the campylobacter it wouldn't go.

WineAndTiramisu Fri 06-Oct-17 22:26:15

ScouseQueen A&E won't do anything, they'll check you're not dehydrated and tell you to take a stool sample to the GP. Unless you're not keeping fluids down, or having diarrhoea constantly and can't keep up the fluid intake, A&E is not the place to be going.

Sienna333 Fri 06-Oct-17 22:31:08

I am sitting here having a panic attack. Worried about that, my job and having to call in sick all the time and how much weight I have lost, whether DD will get it. I am so upset, it all seems so bleak.

monkeywithacowface Fri 06-Oct-17 22:34:24

My first thought was compylobacter as well. I had it many years ago and was sent away by the GP and the out of hours doctor who dismissed it as a stomach bug. Decided to see a different GP who took samples and was given strong course of antibiotics

tangledyarn Fri 06-Oct-17 22:48:50

It sounds horrible but it will pass and there's no reason to think it's a chronic condition. Your anxiety may well be impacting on your stomach-try and distract yourself if you can and do some controlled/diaphragmatic breathing. Try and remind yourself that this is a bug and sometimes they can last a while unfortunately.

ScouseQueen Fri 06-Oct-17 22:51:18

How long have you been in your job, OP? Is it a permanent contract, do you get sick pay etc? I know they're hassling you but just trying to work out how bad they can actually make it. You simply can't go to work when you're this ill.

Do you live with a partner or anyone else? Thinking about who can help with your DD. It might help to know that neither DS nor DH caught mine from me, in spite of me having D&V for two weeks in close proximity to them.

ScouseQueen Fri 06-Oct-17 22:53:29

tangled the point is though that if it's a bug like campylobacter it won't just go away. It needs specifically targeted antibiotics.

RMC123 Fri 06-Oct-17 22:56:51

It is possible to have a stomach bug that lasts that long without it needing Antibiotics. My son had one a couple of years ago that lasted 3 weeks. Two rounds of stool samples were absolutely fine. Stool samples probably need to be done but they may not show anything

tangledyarn Fri 06-Oct-17 22:58:01

I'm not suggesting that the op doesn't follow it up if she continues to feel unwell obviously just that catastrophising really won't be helping the way she is feeling right now unfortunately.

Altwoo Fri 06-Oct-17 23:01:17

Try to take deep breaths and be calm, as anxiety will absolutely turn your tummy over.

All workplaces allow for sick leave. People have to take time off, it’s fine. My other half just had to take 6 weeks off for surgery. It’s genuine and it can’t be helped - it’s just one of those things.

It is worth going back to see a different GP, but it is not out of the ordinary to have a bug for that long. Some just take a hold. Get some dioralyte sachets so that you are well hydrated. Losing weight won’t do you any long-term harm and it will soon go back on.

I know it’s hard, but try and focus on the logical side of things. You will be fine.

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