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Hello, W30ers! Since so many of you have had health issues in the past (which is why you're doing a Whole30, I assume), I thought you'd be good people to get input from. And there could be some doctors out there. I'm in the home stretch of my second Whole30 and have been having some GI issues since Sunday/Monday. The doc said it's a stomach virus, but it most certainly is not. Here's a brief rundown:

I started feeling kind of nauseous on Sunday but didn't think much of it. On Monday at work, I started having abdominal pains that got progressively worse over the course of the day (started at maybe a 4, went up to a 7-8 on a scale of 1-10). When I got home, I had a low fever that got progressively higher over the course of the evening. My muscles and joints were aching, especially my shoulders and lower back, and I was extremely tired. I even skipped CrossFit-- that's how serious I felt! I couldn't belive how bad my muscles and joints hurt. It was an 8 for sure. Only upside: took the focus away from my gut pain.

Eventually, my husband and I made our way to the ER where they took blood and gave me a CT, but they didn't find anything. At all. Just extra fluid in my intestines (or so the nurse at my PCP's office tells me). I stayed home sick Tuesday and Wednesday, fever subsided. My muscles were still achy Tuesday. The abdominal pain never subsided. Tuesday night I started feeling a little better, but it was short lived. Yesterday was a bit better, still lots of cramping and pain, fatigue, but I made it to CrossFit and performed the WOD slowly and with lighter weight. Today I went back to work, still with abdominal pain. It's been stead at about a 4-5 on a pain scale, sometimes better, sometimes worse. It feels like a lot of gas buildup and it moves around my abdomen: behind my belly button, lower, to the right, to the left. Never really my stomach though.

This afternoon, after speaking with my doctor's office (she's out of the office all week-- of course she is!), I decided if it's still bugging me tomorrow that I'll go to urgent care after work. For now, I just grabbed some Gas-X and tried to push the pain away. Also, the lymph nodes above my collar bone have felt a little swollen all day today.

I haven't had any vomiting, only some bad BM's twice in four days (is that TMI? Whatever, you CHOSE to read this). I've been on W30, so you know what my diet is like (the nurse told me to stay away from dairy.. errmm, no prob). Since Sunday, I've been eating soft scrambled eggs, sweet potatoes, apples, bananas and some zucchini. Today I added some broccoli and almond butter, no changes in the way I've felt. My pain was pretty high all day today until this afternoon probably. Went to CF tonight, just felt a little nauseous after. Sipping on some seltzer now!

What's wrong with me? Just bad gas? Is it a virus like the ER doc thought? Or is it more serious, like Crohn's disease? Anyone have any similar experiences?? HELP!

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Having no medical expertise, I've no idea what it could be. I think you're doing the right thing getting medical attention. However if you have abdominal pain, fever, aching muscles and joints, the last thing I would be doing is trying to work out and exercise. Whatever's wrong at the moment, your body is going to need all it's energy to heal. I wouldn't be taxing it any more, I'd take a rest until it heals. hope you get to the bottom of it and feel better soon.

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I agree! I made sure not to over do it. My trainer was well aware of how I was feeling and made sure I didn't push too hard. For example, we were supposed to be running 400m and I walked it. Friday I finally felt like myself again, which was exciting!

Yesterday and today I've been getting nauseous, painful gas, a lot and having some bathroom issues, if you will. This was happening to me a lot about a year or two ago and lasted for a long time. I went to my doctor to be screened for Celiac's, but there was nothing to indicate I had it. Once I started my first Whole30, I was convinced it was a thing of the past! That maybe I was just adjusting to food in a new environment (I moved across the country). But here I am again, feeling the same way and I'm really frustrated. I'd really like to think it's stress related, but I don't know that it is. It kind of feels like a mild hangover. I have pretty much no appetite, except for soda water and bananas.

I can't stop my life every time I feel a little ill, however. So unless I get hit with another day like Monday, I'm going to keep training. This week I'm going to try and get in to see my doctor and hopefully get some answers. I have a family history of thyroid problems, but the last time I had tests done for this my thyroid levels were fine.

Why don't our bodies just DO what we want them to?!

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