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Diarrhea, flu, heaviness in legs, salmonella. What is going on?

After having flu like symptoms I ended up with the most sever diarrhea today all day long. When I found it hard to walk bcause my body seemed too heavy for my legs, paged my doctor who suspects it might be salmonella , and to start drinking Gatorade and other liquids.. Legs still tired, dierrhea still going on. I am terribly worried about my legs. Whats going on?
Asked On : Sat, 13 Apr 2013
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General Surgeon 's  Response
Hi ! Having diarroea after flu like symptoms points towards either a viral diarrhoea, or a coincidetal infection of viral flu and food poisoning together. The weakness in the legs could be due to dehydration in combination with electrolyle abnormalities. You are advised to hydrate yourself properly with some kind of oral rehydration solution, and at the same time consult your doctor who may advise you for some blood and stool tests. If the diarrhoea does not respond, then you may have to get admitted to fight the dehydration and electrolyte abnormality thus caused. Take care.
Answered: Fri, 19 Apr 2013
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Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Mayank Bhargava's  Response
Jan 2013
Thanks for posting your query.
With the available described symptoms, there could be possibility of acute viral gastroenteritis.
Presence of loose diarrhea and weakness suggests the diagnosis.
You should consult with internal medicine specialist/ general surgeon and should go for thorough check up.
You should also go for complete blood count, ultrasound imaging, and serum electrolytes.
You should take complete antibiotic therapy, antispasmodics, probiotics, antipyretics, if needed.
You should maintain your hydration by taking potassium rich liquids.
Frequent loose diarrhea may cause loss of potassium with weakness and fatigue feeling.
Avoid milk and all milk related products.
Take care,
Dr. Mayank Bhargava
Answered: Sat, 13 Apr 2013
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