Do I just have a bug or something funky? Should I see a doctor? Specialist?
June 8, 2010 7:05 AM Subscribe
Got back from a trip five days ago and stomach still isn't sitting right. Should I see a doctor? A specialist? Recommendations in the DC area? TMI and longer version below the fold.
posted by kat518 to health & fitness (11 answers total)
I recently spent about five days in Tbilisi, Georgia. While my stomach was more or less fine over there, I've had diarrhea since I've gotten home. Since it started pretty much immediately, I don't think I have a parasite but my period started at about the same time so PMS symptoms could have easily mixed in. I just talked to my father and he's a little jumpy to begin with but he thinks I should have seen someone yesterday and that I should go to a travel doctor or someone fancy, not just my GP (my insurance is a decent PPO).
Wednesday I came home and went out to dinner with my husband. My stomach wasn't feeling well at dinner so I took most of it home. Thursday I worked from home and felt dizzy after eating a bowl of cereal. Stomach still wasn't feeling well. Friday I felt awful. Chills, headache, body aches, diarrhea. Gross. I spent most of the night in bed. I'm a relatively healthy person and that was the worst I've felt in a while. Saturday I felt better so I probably pushed myself a little too far and was tired/sore Sunday. Monday I was feeling better, had lunch with a friend, went running with my husband. Today so far I feel okay. Persistent diarrhea though since Friday it's been about once a day.
If you had asked me Friday if I wanted to see a doctor, I would have hobbled over but today, I think all that's wrong with me is that I had more diarrhea last night. At the same time, I'm getting a little concerned - it's been five days. I ate a normal dinner last night but lunch was salad and half a box of Saltines.
Questions: should I see a doctor? If so, should I see a specialist? If so and you're in the DC area, do you have recommendations? Thanks!