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Can tonsillitis cause Stomach and Intestinal problems?

Can tonsillitis cause Stomach and Intestional problems, from the drainage of the infected puss, or mucus into the stomach region? I am wondering if my laying down at nite with post nasal drip is causeing the infected mucus/puss to get into my stomach and cause my stomach to get overly gassy, and now i am having serious bouts of constipation, and sometimes even diahrrea..... I feel feverish and almost like I am near shock when these episodes occur, or could it not be associated with that at all, and possibaly be colitis/diverticulitis, or even something more serious like Chrones disease, or Cancer? My bloodwork comes back normal other than a vitamin D deficiency. I also have tingling sensations in my extremities quite often. When these episodes happen, i feel burning in my stomach associated with frequent feeling of having to use the bathroom, but then cant cause I am backed up. I also have been passing foul smelling green stools, and very loose mucus stools as well...... I just had blood work done again, and cannot go to the doc for another week because i am leaving the states to go on my honeymoon, however, I would hate a flair up there. Is there anything u would so kindly recommend, or suggest that maybe I havnt tried? I am currently on Hyoscyamine (.375MG TAB twice daily), as well as aprazolam (2MG twice daily) I was on Nexium but cant afford it right now, so have also been taking Prilosec OTC, and it hasnt helped nearly as much as the Nexium did. I want comfort again, and am sick of these symptoms plaguing me each and every day.......... Pls get back to me here, and pls also send me an email of ur sugestions to YYYY@YYYY , and thankyou for your advise in advance............ I just cant wait to feel better for good.............. Adam. =
Thu, 2 May 2019
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Hi,

Noted the detailed history provided by you and understood the concerns. Your stomach related problems look to be intestinal infection along with a old problem of IBS that is irritable bowel syndrome. Well as you have asked tonsillitis can cause temporary gastrointestinal problems and are fully treatable by antibiotics, Metronidazole and so on.

Hence I would advise you the following: Tests of stool for 3 consecutive days. CT scan of abdomen. Colonoscopy. Tests of blood including thyroid functions. All these will lead to a proper diagnosis.

Consult a Gastroenterologist and an ENT Surgeon for their opinions and management. You will be fine and need to do this earliest as you have to go for honeymoon too.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. T. Chandrakant
ENT & General Surgeon
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