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"My problems with nausea and diarrhoea after having Covid and a Pfizer booster jab."

About: North Devon District Hospital / Endoscopy

(as a service user),

I had Covid in November 2021 and lost my sense of taste and smell.  I waited the required month before having the Pfizer booster jab and within 3 days was violently sick and had diarrhoea and cystitis.  This continued  for about a month with very few days in-between bouts, leaving me very listless, loosing weight and feeling very unwell.

After several visits to the surgery presenting poo and urine samples where I only had telephone or text contact with the doctor I was referred to my local hospital Colonoscopy Department.

The support I received was second to none.  The nurse during my interview with her offered to give me my blood results and an internal which had not been offered in the GP surgery.  This appears to be mostly because I only had contact with the surgery receptionist who when asked for the results confirmed that they were Fine.  Which means what?

I then was referred to a consultant who also was very attentive to my problem and recommended me for a scan, and from that a camera investigation for my stomach.  This showed a small Hiatus Hernia but nothing more.  I now need to do a further stool sample which if necessary further investigation will take place.

The staff in the Colonoscopy Department have been truly supportive and prompt with all their help and appointments which has filled me with confidence to manage my situation and follow their instructions at what is undoubtedly a very difficult time for the NHS.

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