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What is the treatment for diarrhea?

I believe I ve caught a stomach bug as I have had diarrhea on and off for 5 days. I ve got a lot of gas in my abdomen that seems to spread to my chest, left, center and sometimes right. Sometimes I get tiny, very slight pulls on my left side that last from 1-2 minutes (these occurred before the stomach bug and might be from lifting my boys up to the basketball hoop to dunk as I ve had this sensation a couple years ago after doing that exact same thing). I have no problems breathing, no sharp pains, just very bad gas and stomach. Can a stomach bug cause these symptoms?
Mon, 14 Nov 2016
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Hi.
Thanks for your query.
Noted the history of diarrhea on and off for 5 days, lots of gas, that spreads to chest and on left, center and sometimes on the right of abdomen; sometimes there is tiny very slight pulls on the left side that last for about 1-2 minutes and these occurred from lifting boys up to basketball hoop - wants to know whether stomach bug can cause these problems.
Yes, stomach bug can cause such symptoms as you have described so well.
There may be a bacterial infection too, hence I would advise you the following:
Get the stools and blood tested immediately as it gives clues as to whether this is bacterial or viral.
Most of the treatment remains same and as follows:
Hydration and electrolyte balance.
Antispasmodic.
Antibiotic and metronidazole
Activated charcoal and probiotics.
Any further treatment oral or intra-venous as needed.
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What is the treatment for diarrhea?

Hi. Thanks for your query. Noted the history of diarrhea on and off for 5 days, lots of gas, that spreads to chest and on left, center and sometimes on the right of abdomen; sometimes there is tiny very slight pulls on the left side that last for about 1-2 minutes and these occurred from lifting boys up to basketball hoop - wants to know whether stomach bug can cause these problems. Yes, stomach bug can cause such symptoms as you have described so well. There may be a bacterial infection too, hence I would advise you the following: Get the stools and blood tested immediately as it gives clues as to whether this is bacterial or viral. Most of the treatment remains same and as follows: Hydration and electrolyte balance. Antispasmodic. Antibiotic and metronidazole Activated charcoal and probiotics. Any further treatment oral or intra-venous as needed.