Covid Recovery: How can I manage GI issues?

Posted by sieb369 @sieb369, Jan 3 3:23pm

It has been 5 weeks since my COVID symptoms began. I am well past the isolation date. I had nausea and diarrhea during COVID along with the usual symptoms of cough, fatigue, rapid heartbeat and sinus issues. I have felt like I was over this, but I began having GI pain in the last week. I feel as if my intestines are sore on the inside. I guess it is inflammation. Has anyone else had this and is there anything I can do to help it? Probiotics maybe?

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I was at er, last Tuesday after a week of diarrhea. I have an appointment today with my GP, my gastro guy could not see me til m
May. I was given lomotil it stopped. I have tried to stop Lomtil as it's a controlled substance, so I'm down to 1 time a day instead of 4. I'm eating really bland. Cause I'm afraid to eat. For fear it will start back up.

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I got COVID back in February of 2020, before there were means to test. Since then, I have experienced a myriad of long-term issues. Most prominently, I've had breathing issues – chronic shortness of breath and chronic fatigue to the point of using my rescue inhaler multiple times a day, every day.

However, in the fall of 2021, I started having significant GI issues. I was bloated pretty much constantly, had diarrhea multiple times a day, and had indigestion to the point of tears on a weekly basis. At the urging of my doctor, I did the Low FODMAP diet to try and determine what was wrong with me. As a result, I found out that gluten was making me super sick. Now I'm not able to eat gluten.

It's very strange and not something I ever had an issue with before. Has anyone else experienced this?

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@jlsn1016

I got COVID back in February of 2020, before there were means to test. Since then, I have experienced a myriad of long-term issues. Most prominently, I've had breathing issues – chronic shortness of breath and chronic fatigue to the point of using my rescue inhaler multiple times a day, every day.

However, in the fall of 2021, I started having significant GI issues. I was bloated pretty much constantly, had diarrhea multiple times a day, and had indigestion to the point of tears on a weekly basis. At the urging of my doctor, I did the Low FODMAP diet to try and determine what was wrong with me. As a result, I found out that gluten was making me super sick. Now I'm not able to eat gluten.

It's very strange and not something I ever had an issue with before. Has anyone else experienced this?

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@jlsn1016, welcome. You'll notice that I moved your question about long COVID, GI and gluten tolerance issues to this existing discussion:
– Covid Recovery: How can I manage GI issues? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/covid-recovery-and-gi-pain/

I did this so you can easily connect with fellow members @liz58 @sieb369 @greg1234 @ineedanswers38 @jocelyneg @dorchesterboy @sunshinestateofmind who are also experiencing GI issues with long COVID.

jlsn, you mention the FODMAP diet. For anyone not familiar with FODMAP, here's a blog post about it.
– What exactly is the FODMAP diet? Dr. Wang explains https://connect.mayoclinic.org/blog/gastroenterology-and-gi-surgery/newsfeed-post/what-exactly-is-the-fodmap-diet-dr-wang-explains/

Has anyone else found their GI issues related to gluten or symptoms reduce when eating less gluten or eliminating it?
jlsn, luckily it is increasingly easy to avoid gluten these days. Have you found it a challenge to give up?

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@colleenyoung

Thanks Colleen I was at er a few weeks ago with inflammation of my intestines either a virus or food poisoning, but I asked if it may be from long covid. They didn't know I'm on lomotil at 1st it was 3x per day I'm down to one x per day. It's really terrible. If it's covid related.

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