Flu...or something more serious???

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   Posted 3/12/2008 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   
For those of you who have had severe complications with Crohn's, how do you differentiate between a common flu and more serious issues that require you going to emerg. Yesterday I woke up in the most unbelievable abdominal pain that I've ever felt and was not even albe to stand or lie out straight comfortably. I was extremely nausseous and although I do not currently own a themometer, I felt very feverish. Two things were concerning me. The pain, and also the fact that I was having a really hard time having bowel movements....very unusual for me. I've talked to a few people including my doctors secretary and I think the common concensus is that it's just a stomach flu. And I really don't want to just look like a whiner by showing up in the ER because of the common flu. But how do I know if something is really wrong? The pain is a little bit better today and the bowel movements are more frequent than ever, however I still have severe pain if I try to eat and I can not shake the nausseous feeling no matter how much gravol I take. Any suggestions?
26 year old female. Diagnosed with CD in 1995. Resection in 2000 due to perforation during a colonoscopy. Currently taking Humira once a week, Lyrica for pain mangement with Percocet for breakthrough pain, and Wellbutrin.

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   Posted 3/12/2008 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   
 Hi...I just wanted to say I would call my doctor back if I were you and speak to him. I understand that you spoke to his secretary, but I am suprised that she gave her opinion unless she is also a nurse or a P.A., I worked as a medical receptionist and would never give my opinion to a patient even if I knew what was wrong for my own liability. Call him back for your own piece of mind. Hope you feel better...

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   Posted 3/12/2008 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a severe infection a little over a year ago. I had horrible stomach pain in my lower abdomen and a fever of 104. I had difficulty with bowel mvmnts and although I took Tylenol, after 12 hrs the fever and pain didn't subside. I went to the ER thinking I would be given antibiotics and go home...well they checked my blood and I had > 14,000 white blood cells and some fluid in my abdomen. I was admitted to the hospital for three days and the pain went away and the fever. It is better to be safe than sorry. Let us know how you are doing!
Diagnosed with Crohns/Colitis in 2004. Currently taking Azulfidine 500 mg/3 x 3 day, Synthroid. Have had joint complications such as pyroderma gangrenosum in ankles as complication of IBD.

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   Posted 3/12/2008 5:20 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi there, any vomiting?  Most stomach flu includes vomiting.  I agree with calling my physician back and talking to him.  Please never feel like a whiner for using the ER, you have a known disease process and a medical screening exam is the job of the ER physician to decide if you have an emergency or the flu.

Take care

Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety ~ Panic  ~ Crohn's
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