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Yes, it is common for there to be soft stool and increased gas after any diarrheal infection of the GI tract. The gas can then cause the noise and flatulence that you describe. It is typically due to an alteration in the good germs in the gut. When there is severe diarrhea from any cause, it can flush the good germs out of the gut.
It is also possible for an acute infection of the GI tract to cause altered muscular activity of the gut, also called irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, which can cause the soft stool and gas. IBS is more often a primary condition, but it can also occur as a post-infectious condition. While primary IBS tends to be a chronic and recurrent condition, IBS that occurs after an infection will typically resolve spontaneously over several months or a year or so.
When these symptoms occur, the usual first step in management would be interventions to replenish the good germs in the gut, such as with yogurt that contains active culture or a probiotic supplement. This will usually replenish the good germs and ease symptoms over several days to about a week.
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After the fact, there is no way to determine whether it was food poisoning if only one person was affected. Statistically, a generic infection is much more common, but the tests for food poisoning would need to be done during the acute symptoms.
The post-infectious changes would not be a permanent problem.
Yes, a viral gastroenteritis can cause diarrhea without nausea and vomiting.
The smelly flatulence would be for the reasons noted above.
The advice would be the management that I noted above, and the time frame for improvement that I noted above is for each of your symptoms.
A viral gastroenteritis is far more common than a parasite, and as long as the symptoms improve in the timeline that I noted above, there is no reason to be concerned about less common causes of symptoms. However, if the symptoms persist, then there are stool tests that can be done for parasites.
Yes, this sensation can also occur from either the loss of the good germs or the post-infectious IBS.
It certainly sounds most likely to be a viral infection of the GI tract with altered good germs of the gut causing persistent symptoms after the infection has resolved.
No. Like primary IBS, it is more of an irritating condition than a serious condition. It typically does not become permanent.
Yes,either of the above conditions can also cause small cramps after a viral gastroenteritis.
The GI tract not yet being back to normal indicates that one of the other conditions noted above are present.
Correct, although the alteration in good germs would be the most likely.
Absolutely, but it may takr much longer for the good germs to re-populate
No. It sounds like what I said above. Since you have not taken any medicine for a parasite, there is no reason why a parasitic infection would get partly better.
The pattern of symptoms that you describe is not typical for a parasitic infection. Your immune system can get rid of many different infections, so it may improve without medicines, but when that happens, it would get better, not just partly better.
There are many good probiotics. Yogurt would certainly be the most natural, but many of the probiotic supplements are excellent. However, the most readily available probiotic that you can rely on being a good product is called Align.
Yes, you mentioned the light colored stool and it was considered in the above answer.
It would be called IBS, not IBD. IBD stands for inflammatory bowel disease, such as ulcerative colitis or Crohns disease.
There is no test for IBS, so the diagnosis would be made in someone with persistent symptoms and an evaluation that excludes any other possible causes of the symptoms. But that is also why resolution of symptoms with restoring the good germs is evidence that it is not IBS, because the symptoms would not be persistent.
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However, I already commented above upon the fact that the symptoms could be due to IBS.
Yes, this is common after a GI tract infection and will resolve with time, usually a few days to a week or so.
Yes, this is common and will typically resolve with time.
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It is similar to the soreness and tightness of any muscle if you overuse that muscle. The muscles of the gut and the abdominal wall get overused when there is severe diarrhea.
Yes, as I said above.