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Sarita
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   Posted 12/11/2007 7:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Today I woke up and turned over and bed and thought, "Aw, crikey." I think a dreaded stomach bug is on the prowl. Yes, ladies and gentleman, it IS possible for me to go the bathroom more times during the day than before (I should store this information for future use). I've been three times in 15 minutes and, lucky me, just ran out of toilet paper! Hello chicken soup from last night...I can feel the temperature rising, the vomitus lapping at my gastroesophageal sphincter, the overall impending doom...man...what a downer!
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Nanners
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   Posted 12/11/2007 7:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh that sucks big time! I had the stomach flu about 2 weeks ago and that crap knocked me down for about 5 days. You definetly have my sympathies! Hope you feel better soon.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


yogaprof
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   Posted 12/11/2007 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
poor baby, you don't have time for this!
48 y/o woman.  Diagnosed 4/06 after colonscopy, SBFT, CT-scan all showed crohns. 3 months later, after pred and remicade, all tests showed no crohns. In December had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now just taking Glycolax, metamucil and vicidin as needed.


FitzyK23
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   Posted 12/11/2007 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   
On NO!!! Are your finals over? I wish I was closer, Id go pick you up some TP!
26 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  Currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day, hysociamine prn, nexium, and ortho evra.  Good times!!!
 
 


Sarita
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   Posted 12/11/2007 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Luckily I don't have an exam until Monday...but I'll be missing out on a lecture on the development of the urogenital system, poor me.

I vomited three times so far and had D more than 10! I might have to have a classmate steal a roll of TP from the dean's office or something...
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FitzyK23
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   Posted 12/11/2007 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
You might consider going to the ER - I know it sucks but one shot and Im done vomitting and D... plus you will soon need fluids. HUGS.
26 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  Currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day, hysociamine prn, nexium, and ortho evra.  Good times!!!
 
 


Matthew
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   Posted 12/11/2007 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I can confirm that there is indeed a "stomach/intestinal Flu" going around. I just lost a day of work Friday, because I spent the entire nigh thursday worshiping at the porcelain altar. From both ends! Ughhh!

Matthew

LynnRN
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   Posted 12/11/2007 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Feel better!!! :-)

malakai
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   Posted 12/11/2007 2:02 PM (GMT -7)   
yikes!

feel better!
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Zanne
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   Posted 12/11/2007 4:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Feel better soon! The last stomach bug I got put me in the hospital for 4 days over Easter, I hope you are luckier and can shake it quicker and that someone got you some nice soft TP!
Suzanne

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


Bible
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   Posted 12/11/2007 7:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Bless your heart!! I feel for ya, know that I'm thinking about you. Hope you feel better soon!!!

Sarita
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   Posted 12/12/2007 11:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
I haven't felt this bad in a looong time. I have had at least 12 drenching sleep sweats since last night, and I am having trouble standing. My fever was around 102.5 last night and now is fluctuating between 100-102 but every hour I have to change my clothes. I used to have a couple of sweats before when a fever broke, but this is insane...anyone been through this?
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FitzyK23
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   Posted 12/12/2007 5:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I think you need to call your doc!
26 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  Currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day, hysociamine prn, nexium, and ortho evra.  Good times!!!
 
 


gumby44
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   Posted 12/12/2007 7:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Sarita, I know your are tough and verry brave, but something is wrong! Please get a doc to help you! I had a severe throat infection (which I now believe was Crohn's) just prior to my diagnosis. I had high fevers for several weeks...I hope you get help and feel better soon!
48 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's Sept-Oct. 2007


malakai
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   Posted 12/12/2007 8:54 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah I agree to call you doc!  I got that drenched in sweat thing and fevers and that was the beginning of my flare....  =0(

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FitzyK23
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   Posted 12/12/2007 9:29 PM (GMT -7)   
and as a soon to be doc you know fever can mean infection or abscess!!!
26 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  Currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day, hysociamine prn, nexium, and ortho evra.  Good times!!!
 
 


Sarita
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   Posted 12/12/2007 10:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I did call my PCP and got a stat shipment to the ER after all. It was nice because he called the admitting ER doc before I got there and they had me in within minutes. The extent of the dehydration was pretty unparalleled, even for me - I hadn't peed a drop in 36 hours! So I got three liters of fluids, shots of Zofran and morphine, and a script for Vicodin. Even after 3 liters IV I couldn't produce a urine sample, so they went up the urethra expressway with a catheter, boo-hoo. Then an abdominal CT scan, which was normal. My bloodwork and urinalysis showed hypokalemia and some mild ketosis and elevated bilirubin. Not sure about the bilirubin (don't remember the details of that lecture, LOL) but I do know that hypokalemia is low serum potassium and ketosis means I am producing ketones, probably because I am in a mildly starved state because I have diarrhea every single day of my life and don't absorb very much. That will be talked about more on Tuesday, when I visit the GI again...

Anyway, I still haven't peed, but those 3 liters of fluids must be in there somewhere doing their job, and I do feel much better not being on dehydration's door. Plus those pain meds make me very pleased in general. It's so NICE not to have pain. Or to have a little less of it. You know?
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Sniper
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   Posted 12/12/2007 11:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad you feel better, even if its just a little, it has to help. You may want to try some sort of sports drink when you have that much diarrhea. They help put back what your body is wasting. I know from experience what low potassium can do to you and its not pretty so keep an eye on that. Heres hoping you keep getting better...
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FitzyK23
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   Posted 12/12/2007 11:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow! I cant believe they released you without you peeing. Glad to see they didn't find anything too alarming. I know you are the doc but I'm going to be the voice of reason here... get yourself some pedialyte, stat. Drink drink and drink some more. You are lucky that they were able to start an IV with you so dehydrated. Can't your veins colapse or something? And ew I have never had a catheter but I shutter at the thought of it. Were they just being impatient or did they need that test done asap? Glad your home... consider getting your final pushed back a little as I am assuming you won't be studying much on those meds. *Hugs*
26 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  Currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day, hysociamine prn, nexium, and ortho evra.  Good times!!!
 
 


malakai
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   Posted 12/12/2007 11:17 PM (GMT -7)   

I'm glad that you got the IV's to replenish your system (3 boluses and no pee)..... 

Glad you're back home too.... 

Take Care


Newbie - 35 yrs old Diagnosed: 08/03/07
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Asacol 3x day
Imuran 50MG 3 x day
Lamictal 125 MG/day for bioloar II


JudyK89
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   Posted 12/13/2007 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Doesn't the production of ketones also realease endorphins? You should be feeling wonderful right now, lol.

Seriously, I hope you get over this slump, dehydration is nothing to mess with. Let us know what they say on Tuesday.
Judy
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gumby44
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   Posted 12/13/2007 3:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sarita,
I'm so glad you went to the ER, and that you are at least a little better. I sure wish you'd get a better diagnosis and tx. plan. It's got to be getting sooo frustrating. Good luck with your GI appt.!
48 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's Sept-Oct. 2007


Sarita
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   Posted 12/14/2007 12:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks peeps! I was back at school for most of the day today, learning heart sounds (throw a bunch of med students in a room and see who finds the first heart murmur!) and all kinds of other interesting things like what happens when a girl has two uteruses, or what a urachal fistula looks like...ugh, this stuff is not pretty!

I walked into one new professor's office to ask about taking the physiology exam two days later (it is scheduled for Wednesday, but I haven't touched the stuff in a few days and...well, it's a whole lot of stuff, especially given our urogenital anatomy/histology/embryology exam on Monday). I told him I'd "been sick." He practically laughed me out of his office until I explained that I was in the hospital for exacerbation of a chronic illness. Then of course he regressed and said it wouldn't be a problem as long as I talked to the dean. He thought I was talking about getting over a cold. I know the guy doesn't know me, and for all he knew I could be a major slacker who drank too much beer the night before at the medical frat party (wonder if those exist?). But oh, all the hoopla-doopla of getting a letter to the dean "explaining my situation" and asking them to "please consider my request to take an exam two days later than scheduled" and all that blech-work just seems so melodramatic, you know?

Fellow students, bestow your wisdom upon me...how much do you tell? Who do you tell? Right now I have to decide whether I'm going to go into this with a) the dean of student services, b) the academic dean, c) the dean of the college, d) my academic advisor, or e) my professors themselves. Who needs to know? I don't want everyone and their Aunt Patty sitting around the dean's throne discussing my diarrhea, but I also don't want to be the laughstock of Those Who Will Make Me a Doctor.
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Sarita
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   Posted 12/14/2007 12:55 AM (GMT -7)   
P.S. You guys crack me up - 3 boluses? Ketones releasing endorphins? You guys are amazing. I should start a quote board here. You're a bunch of turkeys (I love turkeys)!
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FitzyK23
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   Posted 12/14/2007 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Sarita - this is one of those times to throw your pride to the side and get every one possible rallying for you. Once you write the letter it is easy enough to cc it to all the people on your list. It is just extra clicks of the print button. Then at the last minute if you found out you asked the wrong person your butt will be covered because you asked all the other people too. They are professionals and they deal with students with chronic illnesses all the time. In law school we are not allowed to ask professors for extensions/reschedules. We can only speak with the Dean. I think it is imperative you do this because you have no idea what is going to happen in the days to come. God forbid you are sick the day of the exam. And as a med student dealing w/ medical people you have the advantage of telling them in medical terms what is wrong with you. Doesn't that always make it sound more serious lol. Like I will get plaintiff doctors report that say he had a contusion (instead of bruise) or some fancy word for fatigue. Anyway, my point is, give it to them straight. They will be impressed with how much you have accomplished in spite of it. If you hold back, you are giving out the wrong impression. I really think saying you were "sick" was a HUGE understatement. You had an emergency and were in the hospital. Who knows, maybe one of the people that reads your letter will be like "that sounds like x disease" and you will find out what you have :) Again, keep us posted.
26 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  Currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day, hysociamine prn, nexium, and ortho evra.  Good times!!!
 
 

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