Day of bad diarrhea followed by a week of bloating, gas, constipation… what can I do?

doodle Asked: Day of bad diarrhea followed by a week of bloating, gas, constipation… what can I do?

One week ago I started suddenly having body aches, chills, a fever, but worst of all really bad watery diarrhea along with stomach aches and cramps. The diarrhea went away within 24 hours but I'm still having a lot of stomach/digestion problems. For most of this week I've been constipated, which just let up yesterday. But I'm still having really bad gas and bloating almost immediately after I eat anything. My stomach feels really unsettled and I can feel it rumbling around. I have not changed anything about my diet that may have lead to this. During the symptoms I've been careful to eat mostly mild foods but even those give me trouble, so I've given up and pretty much gone back to my normal diet (I'm a healthy vegetarian who doesn't eat much dairy) but haven't been eating a lot because I haven't been very hungry.

I don't know what kind of illness this is or what I can do about it, but it's getting frustrating feeling this way. I've been eating papaya enzyme tablets after I eat which help a small bit with bloating but not much. I'm thinking of taking some probiotics and seeing if that will help. Any advice is helpful… thanks!

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