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Diarrhoea with intense cramping and loss of appetite - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I am a 33 year old female. I have had diarrhea with awful cramping and no appetite for the last 4 days. A co-worker has the same symptoms. I assumed this is viral and will just take time to go away. I am frustrated that I am still not feeling better.
Doctor :   Hello.
User :   Hi
Doctor :   how many episodes of diarrhea do you have per day ?
User :   3-5
Doctor :   does the cramping decreases after passage of the stools ?
User :   decreases, it is very intense right before
Doctor :   do you burning kind of sensation in the stomach ?
User :   No
Doctor :   have you used any medications ?
User :   For the diarrhea, I took Maalox one time each day except today. I've also taken acidophilus each day because I thought that would help. I think I was also running a fever the last few days and I also had body aches, so I took Advil. Regular medication-birth control.
Doctor :   fever is also there ? is it from the day starting of the diarrhea ?
User :   The diarrhea started Sunday, and I don't think the fever started until Monday. I don't think I had a fever at all today.
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   the symptoms you have described does goes in favor of the infective colitis
Doctor :   you need to take anti antispasmodic like bentyl for the psin to reduce
User :   Is that an OTC med?
Doctor :   also to reduce the acid secretion you need to take prilosec otc once a day in the morning
Doctor :   and you may require antibiotics if the diarrhea does continue to remain the same or blood does start appearing in the stools
Doctor :   take care of good hydration and bland diet
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