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I am at the end of my tether. It all started off with norovirus which hit me on 1st of May. Following the noro, my gut never got back "into gear". Abdominal cramps, discomfort, and sometimes diarrhoea.
Since Wednesday evening I've had diarrhoea. All the time. Accompanied by bad cramps and pain. Immodium does nothing at all to stop it. I had 10 episodes yesterday for example.
Saw a GP yesterday (emergency appointment) who prescribed Buscopan. I also had bloods taken, and have been asked to deliver three stool samples to hospital for analysis (oh the joy!).
But the diarrhoea isn't getting any better. I'm fed up, and worried. Whatever I eat seems to go straight through. I am taking the rehydration sachets, but surely my body needs some other nutrients? I'm feeling low and have no energy. Don't dare leaving the house in case the diarrhoea strikes.
With it being bank holiday weekend, the earliest the GP can look at the results is Tuesday (if they are in by then). I'm not sure I can cope with the constant diarrhoea much longer. What do I do?!?
Grate an apple skin and all. Leave it to stand till it goes brown and the juice runs out. Eat/ drink it all. The pectin in the juice will help bung you up. It does work. And eat something- dry toast, dry crackers, that kind of stuff.
I had a GP put me on this regime to get rid of my persistent bowl infection that started off as a tummy bug but continued as yours seem to be doing.
The rationale is that you empty your lower digestive system of all food so that the bugs will die off. You will likely need to start it over a weekend or take some time from work, as you aren't taking in many calories whilst you do the first part of this.
1st 36hrs Any fruit juice mixed 50/50 with water, have as much as you like up to a normal amount of fluid (2-3 L in the day).
2nd 36hrs Continue juice/water mixture and start to eat a tablespoon of cooked white rice every 2-3hrs. Small amounts of rice are apparently completely digested in the stomach and upper intestines.
3rd 36hrs Continue juice/water and rice and add in small amounts of fruit and veg
I had all sorts of food sensitivities for over 6 months after a bad bout of food poisoning/stomach bug. I stopped being able to eat wheat, dairy, and lots of fruit or veg. I had a very plain diet for a while and things got a lot better. Maybe try very plain allergen free food for a while.
Thanks all for the suggestions. I'll discuss with GP next week. I remember the grated apple from childhood, so will do that for sure.
I'm braving the opera tonight (wish me luck...). I'd like to see at least the first half. (I'm a big opera fan, and the ticket wasn't cheap.) Been looking forward to it for months! Bloody tummy troubles
Have a look at the FODMAP diet. It was a lifesaver when my DH had an awful IBS flare up. Just food that's easily digested so your system gets a break whilst dealing with the issue. It also means that you'll get some of the nutrients that you might be missing. I know grated apple is meant to be good to help slow down things but was like kryptonite to DH. Figure out what works for you. Hope you feel better soon
Yes Awake - stick to soluble fibre, it gives the colon a rest! While bread, bagels, mashed potato. Steer clear of dairy (lactose). I existed like that for over 2 months. Good luck at the opera, just don't eat right before you go!
Read Michael Mosleys Healthy guy diet.Some very useful tips there.Apple was the very worst trigger food for me after having food poisoning several years ago.Live natural yoghurt is another good stomach settler incidentally.
Thank you. All suggestions noted. Will look at FODMAP and the healthy gut book too.
I survived the opera. Yay! I was very uncomfortable during Act I, but then it got better. Swapped seats in the interval to one near the exit (just in case). Fantastic performance, I'm glad I went.
So sorry to hear of other people's gastro troubles. Two months! Poor you Billy, that sounds awful. I'm having grated apple as we speak, so I guess we'll know if that's a trigger for me in about 20 minutes... (I hope not, it's yummy!)