I'm a 25 yr old American female living in Italy. I went to the doctor this morning after 8 days of severe diarrhea, lower abdominal cramping, bloody stools, off and on fever, and weakness. I've lost 15 pounds over the past week and a half. The doctor didnt touch me or seem worried about my symptoms. After prescribing me a pill to stop diarrhea and another to fight bacterial infections in the intestines I was on my way.
The thing that concerns me about this doctor's opinion is that he advised that I eat no vegetables, dairy products, or cooked meat; only fruit, water after rice has boiled in it, and plenty of sugary drinks such as coke and orange soda. In America, I'd never heard of such a thing. Any advice?
He is completly right its the way Europeans treat these symptoms, it could have been E-Coli it has been going around US for the last few weeks, did you have it as you wre leaving the US. Follow his instructions you will be okay soon, Make sure you are scrupulous in cleaning your Hands.
Thanks for replying to my post. Fortunately, the pills the doctor perscribed did actually work although I tried to avoid too much sugar and follow more of a bland diet. I'm lucky that it wasn't E-coli, but I do wash my hands thoroughly.
It turned out to be a bad case of traveller's diarrhea. I had drank some unpastuerized farm milk a few days before all of this started and didn't think anything of it until I was doing some research about this later. Apparently it's not advisable for non-local people to drink local unpasteurized milk. Oops. Next time I will skip it.
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