Severe diarrhoea

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indeedoody Fri 13-Nov-20 19:03:19

Is there any reason to think this could be covid?
Sorry for too much info, but I have the worst diarrhoea I have ever experienced. To the point I am bleeding down there.
I've gone every 30 minutes since 6am this morning, bar the 2 hour nap I had this afternoon.
I've googled and some people say gastric issues could be a symptom, but I can't get tested with just these symptoms.
It's just odd as I've eaten the same as DH all week and he's fine.
Also on a side note, can I take Imodium or is it better to let it run its course?

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Porcupineinwaiting Fri 13-Nov-20 19:08:29

I started with severe diarrhoea. It was soon (within 48 hours) followed by other symptoms. I suspect if this is covid you'll know about it soon enough - but of course it could just be a tummy bug.

I wouldnt try and get tested yet because - even if it is covid- you may be too early. For now do try and eat a little and drink plenty.

indeedoody Fri 13-Nov-20 19:10:00

I feel so so rough.
Every time I try to eat something I get stomach cramps so I'm also starving!
Hopefully will feel better tomorrow.
Just odd as in 40 years I've never had diarrhoea this severe with no sickness.

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Porcupineinwaiting Fri 13-Nov-20 19:49:33

Forgive the indelicate question, but when you say you are bleeding down there do you mean piles, or is their blood in your stool? If it's the latter then please seek medical advice.

Do keep drinking, cramps notwithstanding, as dehydration will make everything 10 times worse. If you get to the point when you are not peeing, again please seek medical advice.

indeedoody Fri 13-Nov-20 20:16:10

Just bleeding where I'm so sore from wiping 20+ times today.
I've never felt pain like it.
Genuinely when do I seek medical attention? I've gone at least 20 times now today.
I don't feel too bad in myself bar occasional cramps. I just cannot stop going. I drink water and then 20 mins later it all comes out again.

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Porcupineinwaiting Fri 13-Nov-20 20:19:52

Are you still peeing regularly? Is your saliva frothy? You need medical attention if you get dehydrated. Try drinking squash with a pinch of squash in it to help your electrolyte balance. Or rehydration solution if you have it.

Porcupineinwaiting Fri 13-Nov-20 20:20:27

squash with a pinch of salt


indeedoody Fri 13-Nov-20 20:22:28

Still peeing, probably not massive wees but little ones.
Saliva not frothy. I'll try squash.
Thank you.

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Myshitisreal Fri 13-Nov-20 20:36:25

You poor thing. Have you any dioralyte.

EdwardCullensBiteOnTheSide Fri 13-Nov-20 20:38:55

Take some immodium and sip peppermint tea, it will really help with the cramps. I had horrible diarrhoea a few days after I had my flu vaccine with terrible cramps, and so did my mum. Hope you're better soon.

Tomselleckhaskindeyes Fri 13-Nov-20 20:44:49

Do not take Imodium. If it is a bug you need to shit it out. Imodium will just contain it (and make it worse)
I had this last weekend. It was awful but get better after a day.

NullcovoidNovember Fri 13-Nov-20 20:48:33

I started with the dioreha

Silversun83 Fri 13-Nov-20 21:00:01

The only time I've had diarrhoea like that (and no sickness) was when I had campylobacter.

It was utterly wretched and it lasted for about a month in the end (though the frequency of the diarrhoea lessened after a few days). In the end I just couldn't shake it off myself and the GP prescribed antibiotics (after a stool sample which confirmed what it was).

Silversun83 Fri 13-Nov-20 21:03:03

I think I went to the GP after about four days? They then sent me away and I went back after about a week and they told me to do stool sample.. Which took about another week!

indeedoody Fri 13-Nov-20 21:06:23

I'm still going. Every 30 minutes. It's really acidic too and burned my bits red raw. Sorry for TMI. I can honestly say I've gone at least 25 times since 6am.
This is awful.

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EdwardCullensBiteOnTheSide Fri 13-Nov-20 21:08:23

Sorry but I think the advice about letting things run their course is outdated. It's fine to take imodium, especially if you are getting dehydrated.

ThanksMateThanksMate Fri 13-Nov-20 21:14:15

Last week I woke up during the night and had to sprint to the loo - I let needing until it there was nothing left but acid and like you, it was every 15 mins after a sip of water.
That was Sunday. Come Wednesday I started feeling better and had an attempt at a glass of wine with my dinner ... woops!!
Finally stopped going on the Saturday (just as Trump lost the election!)
I'm completely back to normal now
In a household of 6 I was the only one affected. I do have IBS but this was acutely extreme.
I also gave in and took Imodium after about the 4th day. (Then the wine happened)
After one full week, give your GP a call.

PowerslidePanda Fri 13-Nov-20 21:34:02

3 (out of 5) of us in our household have had this over the past couple of weeks (more mildly than you though - you have my sympathies!) Would love to know whether it was covid or something else doing the rounds. Our only other symptom was a sore throat.

cosmo30 Fri 13-Nov-20 21:55:55

You need some dyoralite and look out for signs of dehydration

cosmo30 Fri 13-Nov-20 21:56:07

Hope you feel better soon

Christmaspud20 Fri 13-Nov-20 22:39:07

2 cases in a local school here. Diareah was the ONLY symptom. They published in thier letter and have now changed sickness policy to no child to attend if ill in anyway at all. Some of the others had cold like symptoms.

indeedoody Sat 14-Nov-20 01:19:28

Make it stop. Had 3 hours sleep, been awake 15 mins and rushed to the loo twice again. In so much pain.

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MrsKypp Sat 14-Nov-20 01:28:31

So sorry to hear that, OP. Take care - I think you need to speak to your GP?

A friend had very bad diarrhoea with headaches as his only symptoms of confirmed Covid. He felt terrible for a week, and has made a full recovery. His doctor knew and was checking on him, but he stayed at home.

Not that it means that what you have, but it is definitely possible to have terrible diarhhoea as the main symptom, even without a cough.

I hope you start feeling better soon. flowers

I'd call a doctor though and tell them

indeedoody Sat 14-Nov-20 07:37:29

I'll phone up gp today if it continues. Was up 4 times in the high in total. Not gone since 4am, but feel crappy and sick.

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Mindymomo Sat 14-Nov-20 07:39:15

I had a really bad case a few years ago, where I was going every 30 minutes and even though the toilet was in next room, I struggled to get there in time. I put up with it throughout the day, but by evening I did take imodium and I put sudocream around my bottom. If you don’t have dioralyte, try the squash with salt and lots of water. Dry toast or crackers when you can stomach it.
Hope you start to feel better soon.

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