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My history is that back in 1978 I had a bladder suspension surgery (including removal of my uterus). In the past few years I have had my gall bladder removed and prolapse surgery (including removal of my ovaries, etc.) involving the small intestine. A couple of months ago a doctor used a scope to look into my upper GI as I had been having some pain on my right side. (I was wondering if one of the clamps left in during my gall bladder surgery had maybe moved and was "stuck" somewhere. The doctor said he didn't see anything. After the arthroscopy I have had a couple of bouts of watery stools. When we evacuated to Indiana during Hurricane Irma I had to go to the doctor because I had problems with diarrhea the entire week and I felt I couldn't make the long drive home without something. The doctor gave me three days of Cipro and it helped within a few hours and I felt fine for the trip. At the time I wondered when the doctor only gave me the antibiotic for three days as I hoped it would be long enough to knock it out completely--assuming it was a bug. (I had thought at first it was only "traveler's" stomach.) This past Friday (Sept. 29th) I was really sick all day and was up all night with watery diarrhea. It was really excessive compared to what I've dealt with in the past. I felt like I did when I was getting shingles--all over hurting. I looked up the symptoms for shingles and I have several of them--aching, feeling like I have a fever when I don't have one, nausea, really bad stomach pain, and diarrhea. I've had shingles once and so that's why I thought it might be shingles--it feels comparable. I went to the doctor on Saturday and told him I thought I might be getting shingles again (though I did get the vaccine) and he told me to come back if I get a rash--which I don't have. He didn't give me anything to take. I had pretty bad nausea and diarrhea on Sunday also. Today I'm feeling somewhat better. So the question is, do I have the flu (I don't have a fever or cold symptoms), or shingles (I read that shingles can be internal so you won't get a rash), or should I still be concerned that something is wrong--a clamp that's moved? Or, is the diarrhea from the gall bladder removal? If so, will it be something I'll have to live with? Should I go to the doctor and ask for more Cipro? It really helped me before.

Doctor's Assistant: How long have you been in pain? Are you experiencing any vomiting or nausea?

I started feeling really bad on Friday. Just nausea. It's better today.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

I've always had trouble with my digestive tract. I've always had to be careful what I eat and if I even overexert I get problems. This "watery" problem is something new though.

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Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 8 months ago
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Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 8 months ago

how old are you?

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Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 8 months ago

I suspect this is related to an acute infection

probably norovirus or traveler's diarrhea

this can make you feel sick all over and take some time to get back to normal

I would take a probiotic like culturelle

that will help

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Probiotics make my digestive problems worse, for some reason. Will it go away on it's own?
Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 8 months ago

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