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Vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, unable to pass bowels, gurgling in stomach. Causes and cure?

My husband had the flu and was vomiting and diarrhea at the same time for literally 8 hrs straight. He has been sick still for 7 days. Went to urgent care and said it was the flu. His stomach is hurting really bad and he feels like he is going to poop his pants but when he gets to the toilet nothing will come out. He has lots of stomach gurgling and gas. Help?
Asked On : Mon, 4 Feb 2013
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Welcome to HCM,
Your husband is suffering from a kind of viral infection and in case of diarrhea and vomiting causes dehydration which leads to weakness.Apart from viral cause bacterial infection,parasites like amoebic and food poisoning.
I am sure he must have received medications for his problem.Antacids,anti emetics etc .
Treatment consist of replenishing fluid and electrolytes by oral re hydration fluid and drinks like coconut water and buttermilk.
He can take rice with curd which helps in such cases.
If problem persists stool R&M with CBC,test of renal function and liver function with electrolytes should be done and appropriate correction by IV fluids and antibiotics for which he must be hospitalized.
Please take care
Good Luck.
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General & Family Physician Dr. Shoaib Khan's  Response
Hello and welcome to HCM.

Thank you for your query.

If your husband had vomiting and diarrhea and was diagnosed with an infection, he should have been prescribed antibiotic therapy to treat the same. This will start taking action and along with probiotics should help in relief within 24 hours. Although mild symptoms might still be present.

Most patients who have suffered from diarrhea for a long time do not consume anything orally, this as a result can lead to tenesmus (urge to pass stool, but no stool expeled).

Most vital is to see to it that he doesn't get dehydrated. An oral rehydration sachet or tetra pack should be given to keep him hydrated.

The gurgling and increased gas production is normally seen with a stomach infection, do not worry. Please start on the antibiotic medication at the earliest, and finish the course even if the symptoms seem to have subsided. Give oral rehydration top priority.

I hope I have succeeded in answering your questions, you could write back to me anytime for further clarifications.

Best wishes.
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General & Family Physician Dr. Zainab Hassanali's  Response
from the symptoms that your husband is suffering from,first of all would like to know where is the pain in the stomach because different diseases ave pain in the different areas of the stomach,
i would suggest that an abdominal xray should be done to rule out intestinal obstruction, sigmoid volvulus if these are present then it is an emmergency that needs to be sorted out,
an ultrasound should also be done to rule out pancreatiits, gall stones, urinary stones, gastritis, strangulated hernia.
would suggest take your husband to a specialist for further investigations and follow up and treatment.
wish your husband a quick recovery. takecare.
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