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Since when are you having this problem?
Hello since friday midday
checked myself intto ER fri night as well
they did some tests
are u there?
Yes,I am here.
so what do i have
is viral gasterentitis
What were the initial symptoms and what tests have been done?
urine test was fine
cbc was also done
wbc was 9.7
rbc was 4.26
ast was a little high at 113, this is odd because i just had blood work done 3 weeks back and it was at 68
ast was 48
which is weird
because it was 39 3 weeks ago
Have you had any retrosternal burning or acidity?Have you had anyliver problems recently?
i am male and 32
i do have heart burn
from alcohol, coffee etc
but i have had that hert burn for years
ther er doc said i likely have gasteroentitis
and said it usually last 2 to 3 days
told me to take pepsid and pepto bismol if i like
Are you currently on medication for any other problem?Has a ultrasound scan of the abdomen been done to check the liver and gall bladder?
no ultra sound was done
the er doc said not necessary at that time
i am on a antifungal cream/powder for jock itch
which is almost gone now
but thats the only medication
Acute Gasteroenteritis is usually short lived,may be secondary to a viral infection,will involve cramps,loose stools ,nausea and sometimes vomiting.This usually settles down in a couple of days.
i didnt have vomiting or nausea
i had stools only once today
they were somewhat loose but not like diarrhia loose
There may have been a mild attack,how are you feeling now?
i am ok except the mild cramps in stomach
a little gas
but not too much
Spicy food may occasionally cause this, I think the peptobismol and Pepcid should help.If the pain is severe,a antispasmodic like buscopan will help.
over the past few weeks i have had on and off a metallic taste/ pale ale beer type of tast in saliva
is that due to a tooth problem?
my taste of food and drinks is same
but saliva tasttes a bit off
It may occur due to the gasteroenteritis,A bitter taste may occur due to increased acidity.
a doctor sent a separate blood test to test for zinc, vitamin b12 and 2 other things
to check on what is causing the weird taste
Avoid dairy products and high fibre foods for a couple of days.I would wait for a few day.s before investigating for zinc/B12 deficiency since taste alterations can occur in acute GE(gastroeneteritis)
what causes gasterentitis
Use of OTC products containing simethicone like Gelusil/Mylanta will help with the gas.
what causes gasterntitis though
Gasteroenteritis is thought to be caused by viral or bacterial infections of the stomach and intestines.
how do those infections happen
The inflammation of bowels is also referred to as stomach flu.
They may occur due to contaminated food or water,or due to a viral infection acquired from a contact.
Contact with another person who is infected with the virus.
C ontact with a person who is having the viral infection.
i havent had sex in a few years
Contact with a person who is having the viral infection and may pass the infection to you is referred to as a contact
The contact may be as brief as shaking hands or sharing the same room as viral infections can be passed on by droplet inhalation.
so u think what i have is not that serious?
i am really worried
i am a bit ocd about health issues
and always think the worst
when i have an issue
Usually there is uneventful recovery within a few days.I am sure you will regain good health very soon.
All the symptoms including the altered taste should recover shortly.
It would help if you are not stressed or anxious about this.
somene told me the metallic tate could be due to a cavity
or bleeding gum
as another possibility
Gum disease or dtental caries will also cause altered taste.But since you already have a disease which causes altered taste,it would be best to let this end before investigating other causes.
Do you have any other worries which i may help you with?
umm, what do u think of my blood counts
Elevation of WBC will occur in a viral or bacterial infection as has occurred in your case.This will settle down soon.
is it elevated?
my wbc has always been over 9
over hte last few years
That may be normal in your case.
ok it was 9.1, 8.2, 9.4 and 9.7
the last 4 times i checked in last 3 years
Please rate my answer positively if you are satisfied.The WBC counts are on the higher side,discussing this with your PCP/doctor would be prudent.
according the cbc
9.7 is within normal range
or in that lab
4.5 to 11 is considered normal
The range is between 4500-11,000,your count is consistently on the higher end of normal.
thats good though right?
It may be the normal count in your case,but I would keep an eye on it in the future.
why are u concerned about it
Higher counts usually occur in response to inflammation and allergy.
could it mean i am dieing?
No.Alteration in the normal range are usually normal,it helps keeping track of such oddities.
i am seeing my primary care doc tuesday
anything u recommend i ask him to check?
It would help mentioning that the counts are usually on the higher side of the normal range.
well besides the counts
based on everything i told u
I think the gasteroenteritis and taste alteration would recover soon,there would be no cause to worry about these symptoms.
why did they do a urine test
Urine infections or Nephritis may also causes similar symptoms,hence a urine test is done to rule it out
Please accept the answer/rate the answer positively.Thank you.