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Diarrhea and health anxiety

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imalostcause Thu 13-Nov-14 12:39:07

I've suffered since Tuesday with diarrhea and stomach ache, no nausea. Not sure why, expect my diet has been rubbish recently - lots of junk, especially chocolate and crisps.

I suffer with health anxiety and am worrying myself stupid. I know it's likely to be nothing, but I hate the feeling of it, the whole thing. Add to that the fact that I have very sensitive skin and am incredibly sore down there now, I feel so miserable and don't know what to do.

Yesterday I ate more or less normally, thinking it would go away, but still feeling the same today, so am drinking chamomile tea and eating rice cooked in bouillon. I'll try to stay away from the junk.

Any ideas how I can get through this without panicking and how to ease the pain and what to eat that will make it go away quickly?

Sorry, I know it's pathetic, illness always affects me like this sad

pinkfrocks Thu 13-Nov-14 15:55:51

You most likely have a bug or something connected with the junk food; choc is high in caffeine and fat, and crisps are fatty too so it's possible it's just done your guts in.

Calm down- it's only 36 hours which is not very long even though it's not pleasant.

The best things you can eat are plain rice, oats, lightly grilled or steamed white fish, keep off the fruit and veg for a while including stock cubes/ bouillin that have onions in. Dairy can be troublesome too so avoid that.

What are you most afraid of? It might be worth articulating your fears because once they are out in the open they tend to diminish.

imalostcause Thu 13-Nov-14 16:13:49

Thanks pinkfrocks

I don't know what I'm scared of, I have emetaphobia, but don't even feel sick, but wonder if it's linked to that. I just hate the feeling ..

pinkfrocks Thu 13-Nov-14 16:21:07

Maybe this is asking for tmi but how often are you 'going' and is it watery or just loose?

imalostcause Thu 13-Nov-14 16:51:59

Not going that often, 3 or 4 times a day, not watery, must loose. But my stomach feels uncomfortable and I have to go urgently then.

imalostcause Thu 13-Nov-14 16:52:14

just loose

pinkfrocks Thu 13-Nov-14 17:17:27

I'm going to leave you with the grated apple remedy- grate an apple with skin on, leave until apple turns brown then eat it all- it does work! Dr told my mum to do this years ago.

imalostcause Thu 13-Nov-14 19:40:15

Thanks, I'll try it.

imalostcause Sun 16-Nov-14 00:44:21

Feeling much better, stomach back to normal. However, I'm still very sore. I've had piles and a fissure since ydd was born and constipation or diarrhea aggravate the area. Also either I have a spot or the skin has cracked further up my back cleft (between my bum cheeks!), making every movement painful.

I've been using Anusol H, Vitamin E oil, Germolene .. nothing seems to help. Any one had this and know what helps?

Whensmyturn Sun 16-Nov-14 00:50:15

How about sudocrem? Seems to heal baby skin very quickly. Glad you're feeling better.

imalostcause Sun 16-Nov-14 01:54:36

My skin reacts to all sorts of things. Even aquaeous cream, other creams for ezcema. I think Sudocrem would probably cause problems.

I have cortisone cream, it's a bit strong for there though, although in desperation I did use a little yesterday blush

Adarajames Sun 16-Nov-14 02:04:28

Go to your go, they can give you a cream that contains an anesthetic as well as a healing element, will help a lot (also have anal fissures after surgery so know how fecking painful it can be!)

Adarajames Sun 16-Nov-14 02:04:44

GP not go!

imalostcause Sun 16-Nov-14 11:55:00

Thank you. I hoped I wouldn't have to go, as I seem to spend a lot of time there recently and also I hate asking them to look my arse!

First appointment free with my gp is in 2 weeks time sad

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