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I have had severe diarrhea since Monday. Shortly after

I have had severe...

I have had severe diarrhea since Monday. Shortly after eating or drinking I am explosively ill. I have been using the BRAT diet and trying to hydrate slowly with ice chips and small sips of Gatorade. I now have pain in my lower back. I am echo and shaky as a result of this continuing for almost a week. I have tried Imodium and other similar medications to no avail. Help!

Doctor's Assistant: What medications do you take daily? Are you allergic to any medications?

I take Lisinopril and Ranitidine. I have no known allergies to anything. I also had been taking a multivitamin and probiotic but stopped around Wednesday for fear they were irritating my stomach

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

I have GERD

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Any fever or abdominal pain with this?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Abdominal pain being the cramping that comes with the diarrhea. My stomach does seem tender because even wearing fitted leggings over my stomach is uncomfortable
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
No fever
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Have lost 10.4 lbs since last Sunday

This may be a viral gastroenteritis that may run its course after a few more days

For now I suggest a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water twice a day and you need to stop using the Imodium

But you still need plenty of electrolyte rich fluids like juices and the GatorAde

If this doesn't stop after another two days you need to see your doctor for an exam, blood work, and a stool culture for E coli, salmonella and C diff since you may then need a course of oral antibiotics

Please let me know if you need any more information

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Okay! Will follow your recommendations. Thank you!

My pleasure and call on me anytime

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