A 28-year-old female asked:
28 year old healthy female.i had a stomach bug 8 days ago. i am still having stomach cramps, pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) helps but pain comes back. any suggestions?
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Dr. Donald Colantinoanswered
Internal Medicine 63 years experience
Gastroenterologist: Viral infections of the GI tract usually clear after a week but can leave behind an irritable bowel syndrome for a week or more. If you're having ongoing severe diarrhea with cramps, see your physician for evaluation and have your stool cultured to check for other types of infection. In the meantime follow a bland, low roughage diet with peptobismol as needed and this may make your stools black.
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