Back in December I caught the Stomach Flu, I think I really don't know. It ran its course for two and a half days then it was over. (It was just diarrhea by the way) Now, I know it's takes your system a while to recover, especially a person like me who's had Colitis as a baby, but it's been about four weeks now and it's like my digestive system just went haywire. I've had times were it feels like I can't flatulate, GERD problems (i feel nauseated sometimes but not enought to vomit, and I get get a bitter taste in the back of my throat), really gassy, urges to make a bowel movement even thought I don't need too, I did have mucous in my bowel movement once but it's gone now, and I'm just scared to eat sometimes. No more diarrhea fortunately. Could this be post infectious IBS or something else? Two years ago I caught the same thing, a questionable stomach flu with just diarrhea, and experienced the same thing. My doctor perscribed me Flagyl, which I will NEVER take again so NASTY, and it didn't work. It lasted for about three or four months and I eventually returned to my regular self. I'm not a good eater at all.
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The symptoms could be exacerbation of the GERD. It could also be hiatal hernia. Treatment is a combination of drugs to reduce the acid and lifestyle changes. You will need to take a combination of medications (under medical supervision) like a proton pump inhibitor such as omeprazole, lansoprazole or pantoprazole empty stomach in the morning and an antacid gel after meals for complete relief. Possibility of H pylori infection too should be looked into by a carbon urea breath test and a combination antibiotic tried. Many a times a persisting H pylori infection can be the cause behind acidity not responding to treatment.
Life style changes that will help include: Avoid heavy meals and eat frequent small meals. Avoid too much of caffeine, tea, smoking, fried food and drinks both alcoholic and non alcoholic fuzzy ones. Avoid heavy exercises within 4 hours of a heavy meal. Raise the head end of the bed by pillows to 30 degrees. Avoid lying down for least 2 hours after food. Maybe these tips will help you.
If these tips do not help, then liver function test, pancreatic enzymes, and HIDA scan for gall bladder should be done. Food intolerance and inflammatory bowel conditions such as IBS, Crohn’s, celiac etc should be considered.
You should consult a gastroenterologist (a specialist who looks after the diseases of our digestive system) or a physician for this if these tips reduce your symptoms. You may need upper GI endoscopy for confirmation and to know the degree of damage. Take care!
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