Gastroenteritis - Picked up bug - watery poos since last Friday

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Was at glastonbury music festival..... (not the best place)

For the last 5 days, I've had watery poos (like real water). Longest I've been without going is 2-3 hours, usually much less. Got stomach cramps too.

No vomiting but feel very nauseous. Hardly eaten anything for days. Whenever I do try to eat or drink it seems to bring on an "attack" of stomach pain and diarrhea.

I thought 2-3 days things like norovirus would be gone. Never expected it to last this long. Any ideas?

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    Try bland foods and avoid fruit and fruit juices; drink plenty of water. Try Imodium. If no better after one week see your doctor. Gastroenteritis is very common and will clear up. All you can really do is wait it out. Do not worry!

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      Thanks. Imodium seems to have ZERO effect 😦

      I've got a sponsored walk up a mountain planned for Saturday. 5-6 hours with no access to toilet. Its not looking good!

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      Have you persevered with the Imodium? How often have you taken it? You need to keep taking it after every meal or loose bowel movement. Taking only one dose, is not likely to be enough if you have only had this amount. Imodium usually works; it is very strange that it has had no effect. I would keep taking the Imodium and you still find it ineffective, ask your doctor for something stronger. Imodium always works very quickly for me.

      I had a three day IBS D attack and Imodium calmed it down after one dose. Obviously, I kept taking it until I stopped having diarrhoea.

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      Poor you - I've had gastroenteritis and it took a good week to clear up. I spotted you were in the UK, where the advice is NOT to go to the GP as you can pass it on. Instead I suggest you ask for an emergency phone consult, explaining you want to be OK by Saturday. You'll probably be told to rest and drink lots of water, to avoid dehydration. You might be prescribed a stronger "stopper" as well. Depending where your walk is, the forecast for the UK below Manchester is warm, dry and sunny on Saturday, so you need to take that into account as well. Good luck.

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    You may have caught the stomach flu. A CT scan will confirm. A prescription for anti-biotics should cure in about 2 weeks.

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      Alas, I'm in the UK so I'm not going to be able to get a CT scan for this 😦

      I don't expect I will be able to get anti-biotics either.

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      You don't need a CT scan to diagnose gastric flu; you know when you have it. I have had gastric flu before and have never needed any scans or antibiotics, neither have I gone to the doctor. It got better on its own. You only need a doctor if the bug doesn't clear up. Antibiotics are only effective if the bug is bacterial. If it is a virus, antibiotics won't work.

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      Stool sample has been provided to GP now who says what pippa said.

      Just wish there was something to stop the diarrhoea completely even temporarily. Im supposed to do a 5 hour walk for charity on saturday and really dont want to bail out.

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      Of course, CT scans are available. BUT its the NHS and they only allow the resources to be used in cost effective way.

      If the guidelines say no CT for this then you ain't getting one. I'd imagine they do.

      Even if they did allow, chances are the wait list is many weeks....

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      The stool sample should tell the doctor what infection you have. Imodium should be working; maybe up the dose you are taking or ask your doctor for something stronger. Rice or bananas can help bind you up. Perhaps try that.

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    If nothing is working for you then you have to consider canceling your Saturday activities for your own health and see a good gastroenterologist.

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      Good news is that is improvement last 24 hours. The Loperamide does seem to be working now which is good news. Bowel movements not as frequent and I'm able to eat a little.

      I did go and see my GP yesterday as I said. In all honesty, I'm not going to be able to get referral to gastroenterologist unless it doesnt sort itself out in weeks and even then the wait list is going to be long. (NHS in the UK again).

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