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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Board Certified, Preventive Medicine
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Does chronic constipation get better or worse after a bout with stomach flu?

Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
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Does chronic constipation get better or worse after a bout with stomach flu?

Depends: Alternating constipation and diarrhea are common today. "stomach flu" is a meaningless term by itself. The answer most probably is poor diet because I have seen this kind of thing many times. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

Gastroenteritis is a condition in which a person has vomiting and diarrhea due to an infection with "stomach flu" viruses. It is contagious, and usually resolves without treatment except for over-the-counter Pedialyte or other fluids to prevent dehydration. The more severe cases end up in a hospital for ...Read more


Dr. Amy Halanski
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After a few days of stomach flu, came constipation, with small amounts of watery stool, extremely painful lower abdomen cramps and acid reflux? Help?

Dr. Amy Halanski
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After a few days of stomach flu, came constipation, with small amounts of watery stool, extremely painful lower abdomen cramps and acid reflux? Help?

Wait and see: It is common for stool irregularity to occur after the stomach flu for up to a month. The extremely painful cramps is unusual though. I'd see a physician in the office. ...Read more

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Dr. Diane Minich
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Is constipation a sign of the stomach flu?

Dr. Diane Minich
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Is constipation a sign of the stomach flu?

Not usually: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, headache, fever, and chills are normal symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Yash Khanna
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Is there a stomach flu that causes constipation?

Dr. Yash Khanna
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Is there a stomach flu that causes constipation?

Constipation follows: When you have stomach flu, you are treated with clear liquids and diet is gradually increased and due to lack od solid food in your diet, it may cause constipation till one start eating solid food. ...Read more

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Dr. Ray Tidman
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Is it normal to have repeatedly alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation when you have stomach flu

Dr. Ray Tidman
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Is it normal to have repeatedly alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation when you have stomach flu

Is this chronic: "stomach flu" is an acute short lived illness. If these symptoms are ongoing for weeks, you may have a more serious problem, which needs a work up. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Cooper
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Really constipated and bloated after a bad day and a half of stomach flu, Thursday ,it's now sat, nothin? Only had tea lemon fruit?and mostly water

Dr. Louis Cooper
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Really constipated and bloated after a bad day and a half of stomach flu, Thursday ,it's now sat, nothin? Only had tea lemon fruit?and mostly water

Diarrhea yesterday?: Did you have diarrhea? If so and if you have not been eating, you simply do not have any stool to pass. If your stomach is better, you should have a plain baked potato with applesauce or plain rice with applesauce. Continue drinking clear fluids till tomorrow, then if better, increase our diet slowly to your routine in next 2 days. Careful hand washing, as most diarrhea issues can be contagiou ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Finkelstein
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I've been diagnosed with the stomach flu 3 times in the past 2 weeks. I've also been urinating a lot/constipation, and i constantly want olives?

Dr. Michael Finkelstein
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I've been diagnosed with the stomach flu 3 times in the past 2 weeks. I've also been urinating a lot/constipation, and i constantly want olives?

Frequency: I think you need a more thorough eval to look for diabetes urinary tract issues or other problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Dr. Hanford Brace
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Recently, i've been stressed, tired and constipated. When i did poop the color is yellowish, but now its dark green. Is this a sign of stomach flu?

Dr. Hanford Brace
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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No: Many things cause constipation. Stress is one. Get lots of rest, drink lots of water, eat fruit and if needed get miralax. It is safe and effective over several days. Stomach flu makes you feel sick. If you are feeling well stool color is not important unless you see blood. That requires immediate investigation. You may need stress management if you can't manage on your own. Read up on it. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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I had the stomach flu beginning five days ago. Why is my stomach still sensitive? I no longer have diarrhea but am constipated?

Dr. Oscar Novick
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I had the stomach flu beginning five days ago. Why is my stomach still sensitive? I no longer have diarrhea but am constipated?

Empty feeling: After so much diarrhea it may take a few days for you to regain a normal stool regime. ...Read more

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Stomach Flu (Definition)

Stomach flu is also known as Gastroenteritis. Stomach flu, also called gastroenteritis, is a condition of inflammation of the stomach and intestines leading to nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea that is caused by a bacterial or viral infection ...Read more


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