Recovering from viral gastroenteritis
September 18, 2011 1:16 PM Subscribe
Some questions about recovering from viral gastroenteritis...
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (9 answers total)
I have had watery, fishy-smelling diarrhea, nausea and abdominal pain since August 30th.
After two ER visits where fluids were administered, a week after the diarrhea started, I was in the hospital for another week, to have a CT scan, colonoscopy, IV fluids and two stool samples.
I am now on week three, and my diarrhea, nausea and pain continue. I have lost about 15 lbs over this time period.
I can control the diarrhea with Lomotil, but the nausea is not responding well to common anti-nausea medicines (Zofran and Promethegan). I was prescribed Neurontin for pain, but this medicine makes me feel physically ill and so I do not take this. From researching Neurontin, this seems to be a common side effect. It also appears to be used to treat a type of pain that seems unrelated to whatever I am afflicted with. I am taking no other pain medicines (other than OTC Tylenol).
So far, the tests have eliminated appendicitis, Crohn's, IBS, C. diff, and Salmonella. Apparently a third stool sample is required to eliminate parasites, but this hasn't been taken. I don't know why the GI specialist and hospital did not follow up on this.
My GI specialist is on vacation and will not be available for another week and a half, and I will be seeing my primary care doctor tomorrow and would like to focus my questions on what hasn't been looked at, as well as managing symptoms.
What other tests should I ask about, which might help diagnose this? What questions should I ask to help control nausea and pain? (I don't want to come off as a pill junkie—how do I make it clear that I am trying my best to manage this situation?)
I have missed a lot of work, I am out of paid sick leave, and I need to start making progress on this. I suspect that my anxiety over missing work and continual weight loss (along with associated runs, nausea and pain) is not helping with the healing process.
Currently, the primary care doctor is saying that time will heal this, but I do not feel like my body is making a lot of progress fighting this off, whatever it is.
I would like to know what I need to say exactly to a doctor to get him or her to take my situation more seriously, including asking about other tests that he or she may have overlooked, or whether I should seek the advice of another (non-GI) specialist.
Thank you for your knowledge and advice.