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I've had dirreah for 5 days, was in hospital & treated for dehydration & told it was a bug. I have had no vomiting. I've been weak, exhausted & drained. My leg joints hurt ( maybe from lack of movement where I have been laying down more since this happened). Has anyone experienced this with a stomach virus ?

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Hi there

Symptoms of diarrhea can be broken down into uncomplicated (or non-serious) diarrhea and complicated diarrhea. Complicated diarrhea may be a sign of a more serious illness.

Symptoms of uncomplicated diarrhea include:

  • Abdominal bloating or cramps
  • Thin or loose stools
  • Watery stool
  • Sense of urgency to have a bowel movement
  • Nausea and vomitting

In addition to the symptoms described above, the symptoms of complicated diarrhea include:

  • Blood, mucus, or undigested food in the stool
  • Weight loss
  • Fever

Keep yourself hydrated with drinking fruit juices [without pulp], increase water intake - as in regular small quantities between meals. Soda (without caffeine). Chicken broth (without the fat), tea with honey, and sports drinks are also good choices. Instead of drinking liquids with your meals, drink liquids between meals. Drink small amounts of fluids frequently.

How to relieve discomfort in the rectal area -

If your rectal area becomes sore because of frequent bowel movements, or if you experience itching, burning, or pain during bowel movements:

  • Try warm baths. Afterwards, pat the area dry (do not rub) with a clean, soft towel.
  • Apply a hemorrhoid cream or white petroleum jelly to the anus.

Good luck

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