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How long can diarrhea go on for without worrying

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Hiya, I recently started to run to the loo a number of times a day, I had recently cleaned out the filters on my fish pond and wondered if I had caught something. I had a severe headache and aches and pains in my joints. I`ve really been feeling rough. I phoned our on line out of hrs help and they got a doctor to call me, she didn`t think it was the corona virus but told us to book a swab test which we did and it came back clear. It`s been 3 days of misery, the headache has lifted slightly but every time I try to eat something light the pains in my stomach and intestines start and I have to run to the loo ( more like a light colour water really) Do you think this might clear up on it`s own? our doctors is closed down but I might have to call for a telephone chat with a doctor. How long can an attack go on for would you think? I have only ever had diarrhea for two days in the past and it`s never been this uncomfortable. Thanks

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If you haven’t already, I would phone your doctor. I would be very concerned about dehydration at this point. I hope today finds you feeling better!

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OldTimer74 in reply to Krn210

Been to the doctors this morning and had a check over( in the car park:-0)

They don`t think it is very serious because my vitals all seem ok, they gave me a test kit that I am dropping back today and collecting a general antibiotic till they get the results back from the sample, Thanks

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Krn210 in reply to OldTimer74

I am glad that you went in. Hoping the antibiotics sort you out

I’ve no idea OldTimer74, I’ve had diarrhoea for 6 weeks, I’ve had enough now 😢x

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weegmack in reply to Warrior50

I’m really sorry you’re suffering 😞. Is this normal for you? Xx

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OldTimer74 in reply to weegmack

No, never had it happen before

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OldTimer74 in reply to Warrior50

That would drive me crazy

That sounds so awful. I hope the tests come back quickly and you can find out what’s causing it. Have you ever been ill after clearing out the filters in your pond before? It does seem like a strange coincidence....x

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OldTimer74 in reply to weegmack

No that I can remember but the world has changed I`m afraid. Thanks

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weegmack in reply to OldTimer74

I don’t think the world has changed that much, that a pond filter would start to give out an infection 😊. It sounds more likely, unfortunately, that you’ve had food poisoning. Sometimes that can leave you with post-infectious IBS. The stool test will tell you - I really hope you’re ok and you find out soon. Hang in there xx

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OldTimer74 in reply to weegmack

Thanks, slowly picking up but certainly not out of the woods yet, the stool test should tells us.

Sounds like some kind of infection. I would ask for a stool test.

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OldTimer74 in reply to Stuart24

Result came back CAMPYLOBACTER infection, from where I don`t know but the antibiotics are working. Thanks All for your replies. Dave

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Stuart24 in reply to OldTimer74

I thought as much. One of my kids had the same a year or too back. You get it from your hands going to food, hence the importance of hand washing before eating finger food.

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