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I had the stomach flu 19 days ago. Started with watery diarrhea

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I had the stomach flu 19 days ago. Started with watery diarrhea that lasted 2 days then stopped. Still feel tired, achy legs, an stomach gurgling, loose stool every morning at 4 am like clockwork. Was on antibiotics in Jan and a coupld more rounds last fall for sinus infection. Do I still have stomach flu or what are the chances I could have c-diff?

mysticdoc :

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mysticdoc :

Hello,

mysticdoc :

Thanks for your question.

mysticdoc :

It is unlikely your diarrhea related to stomach flu.

mysticdoc :

C diff is likely given history of antibiotic courses.

mysticdoc :

You should get your stool tested for c diff toxins.

mysticdoc :

metronidazole should be considered for a week.

mysticdoc :

You should also take a probiotic capsule daily which helps to eliminate the bad bacteria from the gut.

mysticdoc :

Antibiotics kill the friendly bacteria in the colon and bad bacteria like c diff can grow causing diarrhea.

mysticdoc :

Best wishes,

Customer:

This is what the doctor at the clinic said yesterday. My stool sample went in this morning. SHe put me on Flagyl 500 mg. x 4 a day. I started yesterday. Will I feel some relief from the loose stools in the am soon? EIther the pharmacist or the doc told me not to take the probiotic yet until I know even though I've been taking them intermittenly in the past couple week. I'm very concerned will get severely ill like I am reading online. What are the chances I will get sicker now while on Flagyl?

mysticdoc :

Since you started flagyl, it is unlikely you will get severely ill.

mysticdoc :

You should see improvement after 3 days of flagyl.

mysticdoc :

yes, you can start probiotic after a week.

Customer:

Is the success rate for full recovery on Flagyl high?

mysticdoc :

yes it is.

Customer:

thank you

mysticdoc :

We only consider oral vancomycin only if your symptoms worsen even with flagyl.

Customer:

Okay I appreciate your advice. I think the nerves are getting the better of me. I hope I will at least get my appetite back soon and get some sleep. I'm a teacher and it has been difficult to stay afloat. That is what was confusing -- lots os stomach bugs going around right now.

mysticdoc :

I understand your concern.

mysticdoc :

Do not worry.

Customer:

I do have Tranxene and Inderal. They might help relax. me. ANy one not good to take?

mysticdoc :

You should improve by early next week.

mysticdoc :

inderal should be fine.

mysticdoc :

tranxene is addictive better avoided if possible.

Customer:

When do you think the loose stools will harden? Shall I take something I have Loperide (?)

mysticdoc :

that may take 3-4 days with flagyl.

mysticdoc :

loperamide should be avoided as body is getting rid of the toxins this way.

Customer:

Ok Pepto? Gas X ?

mysticdoc :

pepto and gasX should be fine

Customer:

Thank you.

mysticdoc :

very welcome

mysticdoc :

Best wishes,


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