At the beginning of the week I got a killer cold/fever combination- chills, sweating, clogged sinuses, the works. The fever broke after a day or so, and my sinuses are almost cleared up, but I've been left with some unpleasant diarrhea since about Tuesday- accompanied by lots of burps (though no other gas) and some pretty painful cramping and bloating. I'm assuming this is whatever bacteria I contracted wreaking havoc in my gut. I've been sticking to things like white rice and sweet potato, and today I'm going to pick up some broth and canned pumpkin (which I saw touted as a good remedy somewhere else on PH). No improvements so far, so right now I'm just fasting, and hopefully giving my gut a rest. Any other suggestions as to how I can speed up the process of clearing these guys out?
asked byMazer (1163)
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on March 23, 2012
at 06:40 PM
Its all cleared up,however,if it happens again,search out good probiotics like "Renew" brand. Your gut flora was out of balance. In an emergency, a dose of raw apple cider vinegar kills the attacking bugs. An amer indian friend got e-coli food poisoning with severe cramps & drank a mouthful of vinegar as there was nothing else avail. he was fine within an hour. Probiotics are best prevention which adds 'friendly' bacteria to maintain good gut flora.
on March 17, 2012
at 02:46 AM
A 24-hour fast broken with some canned pumpkin and banana cleared everything up. Thanks PH-ers!
on March 16, 2012
at 02:03 PM
This too shall pass. Clear liquids until the diarrhea stops. Rest the gut, it was damaged by the virus. It takes time to heal so it will be able to absorb things properly. At least 12 hours, preferably 24, with no diarrhea before anything solid. Then gradually increase intake as tolerated.
on March 16, 2012
at 03:27 PM
I remember my mom (doctor) telling me when I was a kid that when you have diarrhea you actually lose a lot of the stuff in your intestines, including the bacteria and some parts of the lining. It takes a while to come back, especially for fat digestion. I'm not sure if that is still the conventional thinking, but it could just be that you need time to rebuild rather than a competing force down there, and not just bacteria but other aspects of the lining that support the bacteria.
You might try limiting fats for a bit just to see if it helps [nm, you are already doing that, sorry]