What causes sharp pain and vibration in lower left abdomen along with diarrhea?
For history, I have bipolar disorder, for which I started taking Lithium three weeks ago, but only for five days because of the side effects (prinicpally anxiety). I have been having chest pains and breathing difficulties which my GP and Psychiatrist have both attributed to the anxiety. I had blood tests and a chest X-ray six days ago - the chest X-ray was fine but the blood test flagged up gout, for which I have been given Allopurinol, but have not yet started taking them. I'm not currently taking any medication.
Could be enteritis; probably bacterial
Hello XXXXXXX I understand your concern here
At this point, this has gone on long enough that it isn't a viral enteritis and is probably a bacterial one as in E coli, C diff, salmonella, etc.
It might otherwise be irritable bowel syndrome, but you need to have your doctor send a stool sample to the lab for cultures and sensitivities and if it is bacterial you'll need a course of antibiotics like Cipro or Flagyl to take care of it.
Sometimes lithium can cause diarrhea.
Let me know if you need more information please
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