Stomach flu or Chrons?

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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 9/6/2008 7:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Since May I have had a stomach flu bug 3 times. The first 2 times they lasted for about 24 hours and were over. On wed night I started with severe stomach pains, and throwing up at night and into thurs morning. I only drank water and then friday had toast and some noodles. That gave me diarrhea. I took Immodium which stopped it and now the first thing this morning I had Diarrhea again. Stomach pain which has been my main symptom of Crohns flares is gone since thursday.  Is this still a flu? My work did tell me 3 others were out of work d/t sotmach flut his week also. I see my GI on thursday for a regualr checkup.. any thoughts? thanks
29 Year old Female. Dx with Crohns 2005. Currently take Imuran 50 mg. Had 3 remicade infusions which put me in remission.
Dx with Pyoderma Gangrenosum Nov '07. Used Prednisone and 3 more infusions to close up the PG.

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Date Joined Feb 2004
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   Posted 9/6/2008 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi ...obviously I don't really know which it is your going through ...but I can say that in my earlier years with crohns that is exaclty how my serious flares started each time ... 3 major ones and with each one they pretty much came on suddenly - lasted for about a week feeling like I had the flu and then ended up in the ER by the time the flare was at its worst ..

So its a good thing you are going to see your GI ..he should run some blood tests and at least then you will know ...hope you get to feeling better soon!
Dx with Crohns 25 years ago
1 surgery ; 16 years ago ... 
Cervical DDD and restless leg syndrome
Currently on ;  Requip ,  cymbalta, dIovan HCT, tramazone,
Remicade, FML (eyes ; steroid ) , Restasis (eyes)   

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 9/6/2008 11:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hard to say, but for a few years I was getting it 2-3 times a year. It was AWFUL, and I always ended up in the ER getting fluids and anti-vomitting meds. They would also run a ct-scan, because I too never knew if it was Crohn's or a bug. I honestly still really don't know. But I think it may have been stomach bugs, my son's old public school had it going around constantly it seemed. Now that we homeschool, no more stomach bugs! *knocking on wood* that I don't get it again like that this year, it was just awful.
Hope you can figure out what's causing yours, and that it stays away!
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Just finished tapering off Prednisone *YEAH*, Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure).

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