Patient :I am a normally healthy 33 year old woman, but i have been ill repeatedly over the last 10 months or so, e.g. with four or five debilitating episodes of vomiting and diarrhoea as well as at least 4 episodes of flu like symptoms lasting from a few days to several weeks. It is beginning to impact my career and it means i have less energy to look after my 1 year old daughter at home. Any ideas? I am healthy weight and dont drink much alcohol.
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I have read your case and can understand your situation.
There are many causes of prolonged diarrhea and vomiting but its coexistence with flu symptoms indicate viral gastroenteritis. It is caused by rota and noroviruses. Also known as the stomach flu, viral gastroenteritis can affect anyone throughout the world. This highly contagious illness spreads through close contact with people who are infected, or through contaminated food or water.
Symptoms usually begin one or two days after infection and include:
nausea and vomiting
headache, muscle aches, joint aches
sweating, clammy skin
abdominal cramps and pain
loss of appetite
There are some self-care steps you can take.
Drink extra fluids with and between meals. If you have difficulty drinking, try very small amounts of water or suck on ice chips.
Avoid fruit juices, as these do not replace minerals and can actually increase diarrhea.
Eat food in small amounts and let your stomach recover.
Get lots of rest. You may feel tired or weak.
It is advisable for you to see your doctor who may get your stool sample checked and treat you accordingly.
For symptomatic relief anti diarrhea drug like loperamide and anti emetic like metacloperamide can be taken.
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