Could I Have The Swine Flu?

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onthecan
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   Posted 4/27/2009 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I woke up through the night and was shivering with cold but was running a high temp still am i got the fever and the chills and just started throwing up steady and i'm really nauseous i had my flu shot last fall but I've been at the hospital a lot lately getting blood work done cat-scan seeing my surgeon waiting for my date with him in the OR for my new port and just had my Humira,but i feel lousy they had signs up ever were at our hospital that this bad flu was here i do were a mask but does it really protect us from foreign anti bodies from getting in our systems? skull I wonder if i should have held of given myself my Humira till i know for sure what is wrong with me,but i was in the hospital last month and missed a few of my doses so i wanted to get back on track i also have really bad diarrhea which is more than normal for me with a lot of mucus and bile.Does anyone know the symptoms for the Swine flu? Thanks for listening your advise would be greatly appreciated! Jenn sick in and on the can? yeah
Had Crohns 17 years had numerous bowel resections,fistulas,fissures,hemmies,kidney problems,fibro,arthritis,dignosed at 13 had GI feeding tube,nasal feeding tube,cental lines,ports,4 ruptured bowel emergency surgeries,TMJ,depression,current meds are Hydromorphone,30 ,Hydromophome,8 ,Ketoprofen,100 ,Trazadone,50 ,Lorazepam,10 ,Zopliclone,5 ,atriplyine,75 ,Losac,50 Tylenol Athritis ,B-12 injections ,Iron injections ,Gravol,75 Predisone,5mg ,Humira,40mg once a week.Still looking for the doctor with all the answers if you find him forward him to me please.P.S my bathroom is the nicest room in my house cause i spend so much time there,i am thinking about installing the computer and maybe a hot-dog stand.


duplessis3
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   Posted 4/27/2009 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
this swine flu is not covered by the flu vaccine.
Finally diagnosised with crohns. Psoriasis, rosecea, sebborhea, contact dermatitis, food allergies.

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Nanners
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   Posted 4/27/2009 10:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I would contact your family doc. None of us are doctors so we couldn't advise you in this case. Good luck!
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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MikeB
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   Posted 4/27/2009 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   
From everything I have seen the symptoms of swine flu are very similar to standard flu -- fever, upper respiratory crud, cough, aches, not primarily gastrointestinal. Sounds more like you have a GI norovirus which causes nausea, sequential vomiting, D. And for those worried about the new strain of flu, remember we now have antivirals which, when used early, do a pretty good job of minimizing symptoms, plus antibiotics should it progress to pneumonia. Don't get panicky . . . none of the US cases, which have access to modenr medicine, have proved fatal. We are not going to see dead carts winding through our neighborhoods. It makes sense to minimize exposure to any bug when you are on an immuno-compromising medication, and to get to a doctor soon if you have symptoms, but that is true of standard flu as well.

Eddie K.
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   Posted 4/27/2009 11:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Given that most of us are on immunosuppresant meds, I worry whether we are more succeptable to viruses such as the swine flu.
 
It's true that so far US infections have proven to be mild but that's not the case in Mexico so who knows what we'll see over the coming days & weeks.
 
Last fall's flu shot does have an H1N1 strain but tests to show whether the vaccines are protective against swine flu are still on-going.  Let's hope they are...
 
 

goldy3
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   Posted 4/27/2009 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I didn't have the flu shot this year...can we get the flu shot being on humira?
42 year old woman diagnosed with UC 1991, Jpouch surgery 1992, Crohn's diagnosis 2009
Current meds: 800mg xifaxin, 6mg entocort, Humira (started 3/23/09), synthroid, aciphex
 


Nanners
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   Posted 4/27/2009 12:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I believe that the reason for so many deaths in Mexico is due to lack of health care available. There are doctors etc, but in Mexico if you don't have money to pay the doctors you won't get treated. And their Seguro Poplar insurance is really terrible and most of the lower income Mexicans have this type of insurance. I know this because I am married to a Mexican man and have seen first hand how horrible the medical care is for the lower income folks.

Also, our current flu shot does not cover the swine or bird parts of the Swine flu, only aides in the human part of this flu. I don't think there is any need to panic at this point.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

orngie
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   Posted 4/27/2009 12:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Flu shots are only effective for about 3 months and don't cover every strain of the flu, so even if you had your shot last fall it may have worn off or may not have been for the exact strain that's going around. See your primary care Dr for a flu test.

Eddie K.
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   Posted 4/27/2009 12:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Although last fall's flu shot was not made with swine flu in mind, my understanding is that it's possible that the H1N1 strain used could be cross-protective with swine flu..again, tests will soon show whether that's the case.
 
Also there's no issue with getting the flu shot while on Humira (or other immunosuppresants).  They are not live vaccines...
 

WorrywartNana
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   Posted 4/27/2009 1:16 PM (GMT -7)   
If you were my granddaughter Jenn, I would take you to the hospital ER. Perhaps it would speed up getting other issues dealt with. You deserve some TLC. You've been through enough!
 
19 yr old Grandson - Dx UC 12/08;  DX CD 4/09
Dec 19/08 - Hospitalized (1st time)
Apr 9/09   - Hospitalized (2nd time) CD flare
Current Meds in Hospital: Humira injections started Apr 24/09;  Oxycodone 15mg
 
Is still in hospital 
 
Previous Meds:  Prednisone 40 mg.
Asacol 800 & Morphine (allergy to both).
Hospital Suppliments:  boost, low fiber diet.
 
 


karendee
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   Posted 4/27/2009 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Look at the CDC website it has the states with swine flu outbreaks. there are much less than the news would make you think.
Karen

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Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 on Soma and Lyrica

 

 


ivy6
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   Posted 4/27/2009 4:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Vomiting and d can be symptoms of swine flu.

From the CDC website @ http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/swineflu_you.htm

"The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu."
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snohare
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   Posted 4/27/2009 4:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, first of all Jenn, if there are no reported cases in your area, then it is not this new strain of swine flu. This virus cannot travel on the wind, in fact ultraviolet will kill it so the merest hint of sunshine is its doom. It does not appear by magic, it needs an index case - a carrier - who would be ill and therefore diagnosed before you fall ill. With the current publicity, you can be sure that any cases will be reported by the mass media for the foreseeable future.
One reason they are so worried about this virus is that it seems to do most damage to those who are healthiest. This is because as with the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic, what seems to happen with healthy people is that their body mounts a sudden huge immune response that causes multiple organ failure - what is known as a cytokine cascade. There may or may not be another secondary bacterial infection implicated in this - for example, strep throat was suggested as being the trigger for Spanish flu.
This sudden vigorous response is not likely with anyone with your health, you will have a constant enhanced immune response that is draining your energy, but in any case the symptoms you are showing are not the "completely well, then suddenly collapsed mortally ill seconds later" that is the typical picture of a cytokine cascade. In 1918 pithead crane operators and tram drivers were unable to engage brakes to prevent accidents, they fell ill so rapidly.
I would concur with what others have said - you need to see a doctor about this specific problem, we cannot diagnose it for you, but it is far more likely to be some other less glamourous hospital-acquired infection. wink
eyes Who would have thought it could be so reassuring to be throwing up.... smhair
If it does turn out to be anything like Spanish flu, now would be an extremely good time to start working in a hospital - there are only enough antivirals for hospital personnel, and the policy (supposedly) is that they will get first. yeah

pb4
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   Posted 4/27/2009 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   

I believe this is the latest info on this pandemic today...

 I also heard the flu shot currently would not necessarily aid with this flu cuz it's a new/unknown strain.

 
 
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FitzyK23
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   Posted 4/27/2009 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
i think the media is just encouraging us to all panic unnecessarily. Jenn on the can, did I read on another post that you have a bit of health anxiety too? If that wasn't you, I do apologize. If it was, just remember that the media is feeding into your insecurities.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I take xanax prn for situational anxiety (aka no easy bathroom access). 


onthecan
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   Posted 4/27/2009 9:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you to all that responded i didn't get back to you sooner cause I'm still on the can with a bucket on my knee,got a high fever 102 last time i checked it and can't stay awake.When i went to the hospital this morning it wasn't so bad i could still handle it but not now I'm getting weak and dehydrated i am drinking but its not staying with me at all.Tomorrow i go to the Truro hospital for my yearly bone density scan and i want to cancel cause its a 45 minute drive and i feel to bad to go but it takes so long to get another appointment,but morning might tell me a different story right now I'm pumped up on gravol pills and bum stompers there not working so it looks like i will have to go next year for my test.Some one wrote that i suffer from anxiety and i do i worry so much about every thing and when i was already sick this morning and went into the hospital and they have these signs up every where and a huge table with masks,gowns,gloves and advise there is no visiting in our hospital and there stopping some surgery and it scared me half to death,I'm going to my family doctor tomorrow i got antibiotics today for a sore throat but i will get some blood work done see what that shows up?They did shut down a school which i thought was in PEI it was a private school 2 students went to Mexico and they didn't come public and say it was the swine flu but what else could it be.My doctor never told me that i wasn't protected from all strains of the flu that is horrifying,but thank you for all your advise i really appreciated it i'll keep you posted on weather i am CRAZY or there is some thing wrong with me????? cry   Jenn
Had Crohns 17 years had numerous bowel resections,fistulas,fissures,hemmies,kidney problems,fibro,arthritis,dignosed at 13 had GI feeding tube,nasal feeding tube,cental lines,ports,4 ruptured bowel emergency surgeries,TMJ,depression,current meds are Hydromorphone,30 ,Hydromophome,8 ,Ketoprofen,100 ,Trazadone,50 ,Lorazepam,10 ,Zopliclone,5 ,atriplyine,75 ,Losac,50 Tylenol Athritis ,B-12 injections ,Iron injections ,Gravol,75 Predisone,5mg ,Humira,40mg once a week.Still looking for the doctor with all the answers if you find him forward him to me please.P.S my bathroom is the nicest room in my house cause i spend so much time there,i am thinking about installing the computer and maybe a hot-dog stand.


FitzyK23
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   Posted 4/28/2009 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Jenn, I'm not trying to say you are not sick. You clearly are. I'm just saying you most likely don't have swine flu.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I take xanax prn for situational anxiety (aka no easy bathroom access). 


onthecan
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   Posted 4/28/2009 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
FitzyK23 said...
Jenn, I'm not trying to say you are not sick. You clearly are. I'm just saying you most likely don't have swine flu.

Hi Fitzy i didn't take it that way and i'm embrassed to tell you all what the problem is yesterday i went to the doctor who put me on a new pill for my bladder cause i'm having bladder incopentance for a while now well i didn't google the new drug and it seems that it causes naseus and vomiting and fever and chills so thank you to all sorry for the false alarm but it really scared me. Thanks and sorry again Jenn redface
Had Crohns 17 years had numerous bowel resections,fistulas,fissures,hemmies,kidney problems,fibro,arthritis,dignosed at 13 had GI feeding tube,nasal feeding tube,cental lines,ports,4 ruptured bowel emergency surgeries,TMJ,depression,current meds are Hydromorphone,30 ,Hydromophome,8 ,Ketoprofen,100 ,Trazadone,50 ,Lorazepam,10 ,Zopliclone,5 ,atriplyine,75 ,Losac,50 Tylenol Athritis ,B-12 injections ,Iron injections ,Gravol,75 Predisone,5mg ,Humira,40mg once a week.Still looking for the doctor with all the answers if you find him forward him to me please.P.S my bathroom is the nicest room in my house cause i spend so much time there,i am thinking about installing the computer and maybe a hot-dog stand.


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   Posted 4/28/2009 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
onthecan,
thank you so much for changing your color to normal. It makes it some much easier to read. Don't be embarrassed honey we have all done that. I completely flipped one time about my black tongue and stool and then realized I used peptobismal. :)
Take Care,
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onthecan
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   Posted 4/28/2009 2:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks MMNAVY and i will never change the color again sorry for your blurred vision. Jenn

Had Crohns 17 years had numerous bowel resections,fistulas,fissures,hemmies,kidney problems,fibro,arthritis,dignosed at 13 had GI feeding tube,nasal feeding tube,cental lines,ports,4 ruptured bowel emergency surgeries,TMJ,depression,current meds are Hydromorphone,30 ,Hydromophome,8 ,Ketoprofen,100 ,Trazadone,50 ,Lorazepam,10 ,Zopliclone,5 ,atriplyine,75 ,Losac,50 Tylenol Athritis ,B-12 injections ,Iron injections ,Gravol,75 Predisone,5mg ,Humira,40mg once a week.Still looking for the doctor with all the answers if you find him forward him to me please.P.S my bathroom is the nicest room in my house cause i spend so much time there,i am thinking about installing the computer and maybe a hot-dog stand.


gachrons
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   Posted 4/28/2009 3:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jenn just wanted to say that we got a letter today saying there are no suspected cases in the school board.We got a shool letter saying if someone is experciencing severe flu like symnptoms they are advised to visit there Dr. or walk in .. Go to the Dr. if you are worried..and let us know how things are going.. lol gail
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camjames
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   Posted 4/28/2009 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Meh, you notice how the media is always, always trying to make us scared about something. I'm not down playing the flu, but seriously, theres always gotta be some innocent looking girl with a surgeon's mask on some news headline, saying how the confirmed count keeps nudging higher. Heck, do we all know how many people die from malaria, HIV, or fungal infections in third world countries daily? look it up...my 2 cents: Life is a gift, you try and keep it, but if you lose it, well it was still a gift from God. We're all gunna go someday, but i doubt this flu will be significant.

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   Posted 4/28/2009 5:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Eddie K. said...
Given that most of us are on immunosuppresant meds, I worry whether we are more succeptable to viruses such as the swine flu.


Ironically, those with weakened immune systems might be better able to survive swine flu than those with robust immunity. Swine flu belongs to a class of flu viruses that cause a "cytokine storm" - an immune system response that leads to fluid in the lungs, which can be fatal. A weakened immune system reacts less severely to the virus - the result is that healthy young adults are the most likely to succumb.

Here is a more detailed explanation of how this works:

http://diseases-viruses.suite101.com/article.cfm/swine_flu_cytokine_storm_cures

regards,
Robert
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3 resections


inflamed
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   Posted 4/29/2009 6:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I hope they are right about those of us with weakened immune systems. It's probable in my area now. I wanted to think it was the media over blowing things, but now that it is in my back yard ...
Hoping to stay in remission after the birth of a healthy baby girl. On Pentasa during my pregnancy, went med-free 2 months to nurse (stupid), but back on Pentasa and still nursing.


onthecan
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   Posted 4/29/2009 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Just wanted to thank every one again for all the help I'm feeling a little better today and Navy i go this Friday for my port a cafe i think that is how its spelled that is the only thing the doctor would agree on for me so OR this week and you said it didn't hurt right i swear the older i get the more nervous i get and major surgery doesn't scare me as much as this i don't know maybe cause i have no control i got my consents all signed for Friday anyway looking forward to getting back on track since i lost my central line i missed a lot of my treatments,blood work and my iron so maybe i won't have to nap so much any more. Thanks again Navy and all for your responses. Jenn smilewinkgrin
Had Crohns 17 years had numerous bowel resections,fistulas,fissures,hemmies,kidney problems,fibro,arthritis,dignosed at 13 had GI feeding tube,nasal feeding tube,cental lines,ports,4 ruptured bowel emergency surgeries,TMJ,depression,current meds are Hydromorphone,30 ,Hydromophome,8 ,Ketoprofen,100 ,Trazadone,50 ,Lorazepam,10 ,Zopliclone,5 ,atriplyine,75 ,Losac,50 Tylenol Athritis ,B-12 injections ,Iron injections ,Gravol,75 Predisone,5mg ,Humira,40mg once a week.Still looking for the doctor with all the answers if you find him forward him to me please.P.S my bathroom is the nicest room in my house cause i spend so much time there,i am thinking about installing the computer and maybe a hot-dog stand.

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