Constant Diarrhea and Flu Shot

Posted by suzanne2 @suzanne2, Oct 26 2:31pm

I have been doing pretty good with my microscopic colitis until I got my flu shot on Thursday. I was in bed by Saturday with all the symptoms of the flu. Today is better except for the uncontrollable diarrhea. I have been overdosing on Lomotil and am not getting my usual results. I have to teach kindergarten tomorrow and will be wearing extra protection! Any suggestions on how I can get this under control would be most appreciated!

I have found cutting out and dairy and sticking to clear fluids helps. That will be difficult for you as you need your energy to teach little ones I know!
Good luck, hope you get relief by tomorrow

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@kathyoung thanks for the advice! I am actually drinking my cure all now of ginger ale, Vernors. May not help one thing but it helps my nauseated feeling. I have never had the residual of a flu shot last this long before. Usually a couple days and I feel better. This is crazy.

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@suzanne2 I have Gastroparesis, so diarrhea and such is always a threat.. I take a super probiotic available at a national Drug chainstore.. also Gas X and I drink Pedialyte or its brand name electrolyte drink to keep hydration up… I do that most days… You might want to take those before going to bed as they need a little time to work and get things in order..

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@suzanne2 The diarrhea causes loss of salts, especially potassium. Drink electrolyte liquids, Pedialyte or other brand of hydration liquid.. You will feel better.

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Does anyone else use apple juice to stop diarrhea? I discovered it when my kids were little and now use it myself for IBS.

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@stefspad – Applejuice in moderate amount probably is ok, applesauce too. It’s the pectin in apples or the apple peel that works. Kaopectate has pectin. Actually, I don’t know if the older form exists. Lately, the products called Kaopectate have same ingredients as PeptoBismol.

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The BRAT diet (for a short period of time) is also recommended for diarrhea. B stands for bananas, R stands for rice, A stands for applesauce and T stands for toast.

Here is some information from HealthLine.com regarding the BRAT diet. The article states that this should be used for just a short period of time and should of course include sports drinks that are electrolyte liquids. This article also describes a bland diet and examples of foods that can be used as well.
https://www.healthline.com/health/brat-diet

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