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I was ill earlier.

So Friday night I went home with an upset stomach. No idea why it was upset. Luckily it doesn't happen too often anymore, but still it's familiar. Knowing that, if I failed to eat (as is often recommended with upset stomach), my body would punish me later for this by adding the symptoms of hunger (unpleasant) atop the upset tummy, I went ahead and ate something.

Half an hour or so later, lots of tummy pain. Not "go to the ER" levels, just "I need a lie down" level. I napped for a few hours. When I woke up, the "ass piss" diarrhea began; it was as though I was getting lots of enemas against my will. It was impossible to sleep, because I had to concentrate on keeping myself from soiling everything I own; the slightest fart would... well... I don't think I need to spell it out for you. It lasted hours. I kept taking as much water as I could, then Powerade, to keep hydrated.

Didn't have any Immodium with me; a friend brought me some, and eventually the diarrhea went down to "soft serve ice cream left in the sun a few minutes" thickness. This morning, my BM was fairly normal consistency, and I no longer had to fight to hold it in. Only thing this morning was that it was BLACK. But that was the result of the Pepto I'd been taking to get rid of the persistent upset tummy.

So yeah, fairly unpleasant night and day, that. I must remember to save up for the economy size package of Immodium, if ever that happens again.

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katrinathelamia
Apr. 28th, 2013 04:44 am (UTC)
Oh... fuck
Black stools means you over dosed on some kind of stimulant... or iron. Black stools are not good, and it typically means your body is acting like it has been poisoned.

Also, you might want to keep some stuff aside for if this happens again, to handle you to sleep and be able to soil whatever it is you are sleep with. Not necessary for this particular situation, there are plenty of situations that this sort of thing is useful for.

Oh also add a splitting headache, dizziness and body aches, and you have what people who are "dope sick" are feeling.
fayanora
Apr. 28th, 2013 04:53 am (UTC)
Re: Oh... fuck
Pardon? The only stimulant I've taken in the last 48 hours is a single cup of tea. Which is hardly an OD for me, as I normally drink about a gallon of iced tea a day.

Also, if it was too much iron, I don't know how it would've gotten there. My diet was, as far as I can remember, perfectly normal for me. I am, however, used to my body doing random weird stuff for no apparent reason. Half the headaches I have in my life are due to bad posture while sleeping, and the other half are mysterious as all fuck. But I luckily did not have any dizziness or headaches in the last few days.

I suspect the black faeces is due to the very blue color of the Powerade I'd been drinking. Plus, Pepto Bismol tends to turn my poo dark, too. The two combined probably made it black. I'm not worried.
fayanora
Apr. 28th, 2013 04:54 am (UTC)
Re: Oh... fuck
Prior to the Powerade, the ass piss was kind of a forest green color. I think. May have been more toward the "tree bark brown" end of things, though.
capybyra
Apr. 28th, 2013 05:41 am (UTC)
Sorry you were unwell.
Powerade etc for maintaining hydration and electrolytes is arguably one of the most valuable things in such cases. Ties with BRAT diet- Bread/Rice/Applesauce/Toast and Chamomile Tea or ginger ale can also work wonders. It's dehydration/electrolyte impairment that makes us feel so horrid too.

The body tries to get rid of toxic stuff quicker. So whilst Imodium etc may "seem" a good idea often it merely prolongs the time we have toxic stuff hanging around.

An enema to flush out the pun intentional "Bad Shit" often can get us back healthy quicker even if some folks are Squicked by it or feeling too hehe- shitty to do the deed themselves.

That's where a close friend or lover helping out can be worth having around. Hospitals and docs make little profit on such quick effective cures. A GOOD colonic therapist can get many such issued handled easily if it is not a viral or bacterial cause that can escape being flushed away.

The TMI community might appreciate our color commentaries but they've also got some immature folks that Troll us for our diversity from their narrow minded life views.

kengr
Apr. 28th, 2013 04:46 pm (UTC)
Regarding the upset stomach. That's why I always have a case of cans of ginger ale sitting in the pantry. And several cans sitting in the fridge.

The keep for months and months (unlike a 2-liter bottle which will be flat within a week or so of being opened)

So I can just grab a can when I get a bit queasy. Also has the advantage that it doesn't do weird things to the "output".

I wasn't aware that Pepto turned shit black. Note that if it was also sort of "tarry" that's a symptom of *bleeding& in your GI tract. And something that *really* needs to get looked at.

Frankly, the way you gobble antacids and pepto is *very* worrisome. You not only shouldn't be using them that often, but they aren't *supposed* to be used that often.

Be really bad if you've been covering up an ulcer or something.
fayanora
Apr. 30th, 2013 12:48 am (UTC)
No the poo wasn't tarry, just black.

I only use Pepto when I get upset stomach or diarrhea, both of which are not very common for me anymore. And I don't use as much antacids as you make it sound. For one, I haven't had any antacids at all for the last few days.

I'd take acid reducer pills to cut down on antacid use, if it wasn't so fracking expensive for me.

And aren't ulcers supposed to hurt your stomach, not your throat?
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