Dec 10 She left for Guatemala to Spay and Neuter dogs.
Dec 15 She became sick. Nauseated / Throwing up / Diarrhea.
Diarrhea continued (Only Diarrhea). Regular bloating /cramping
Dec 18 She returned from Guatemala
Dec 18-19 . I get sick. My symptoms have mirrored hers, only occurring a few days after hers. (therefore I will only list hers)
Dec 22 Constipation. No bowel movements for 2-3 days.
Reasonably normal bowel movements
Dec 28 Frequent Diarrhea.
Things to note:
I became sick very soon (If not prior) to her arriving home. Either symptoms develop very quickly or over a period of time of several weeks. (I felt the trip was important to mention in case something could develop that quickly, although I am guessing it was transmitted prior to the trip)
I have an office job, and based on the time frames of getting sick, I presume this can be transmitted between individuals in close contact.
Neither of us had any negative indications on blood work or stool samples tested. Either it doesn't come up on these tests, or false negatives are very common.
We haven't had a fever or otherwise felt sick other than the bloating.
Now the bloating is due to slowed bowel peristalysis resulting in collection of gas in the intestines. This is transient and will pass off in a few days.
Post infectious diarrhea, it is common to have symptoms as yours as the enzymes situated on the mucosal surface that metabolise simple sugars are washed away by the diarhea and it takes time for the intestines to recover. In the mean time the bacteria in the intestines ferment the sugars anaerobically to produce lots of gas.
This is a benign condition and will subside soon.
Rest and replenishment of electrolytes via adequate fluids may help the symptoms subside.
Probiotic medications will help in the gut recovery.
Persistant diarrhea may require you to take imodium for a day or two.
You might also consider to consult your physician if your symptoms remain or worsen.
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