Anyone run a temp with attacks?

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Touchy_Tum
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   Posted 7/26/2006 6:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi All,
This is my first post here.  I've had IBS since I was 18 which is more years ago than I care to count!  eyes It never really troubled me too much until the past year and a half.  It started suddenly with the cramping, small amounts of D and ran a pattern of lasting about 5 days before calming back down again.  I've been through all the tests, colonoscopy, endoscopy, X-ray, numerous blood tests, food allergy testing, thyroid, Lupus etc!!  All negative of course.  When I'm having an attack, I get the bloating, diminished bowel sounds, cramping (sometimes feels like I'm giving birth to the Statue of Liberty!), scant, loose BM's or else formed into the shape of a thin pencil, copious mucus, sometimes tinged with blood (yes my GI guy knows!) and when it's really a bad attack....I run a temp between 99-101 degrees.  Everything I've read said IBS doesn't cause fevers, but the allergist my GI doc sent me to said she wasn't surprised I ran a temp as it was most likely due to the flare itself.  Has anyone ever experienced this???  I currently having one of the worst attacks ever which started early last Friday morning @ 4:00am.  Last Thursday, when I saw my GI, I felt fine.  He does research on IBS at Rush Medical Center in Chicago and he gave me another new med called, Symex DuoTab.   I can't tell if it works because even when I take the anti-spasmodic drugs and I'm in a bad attack, they barely touch the pain.  I then take Liquid Advils just so I can function.  When my temp spiked to 101 on Saturday and Sunday I was concerned in spite of what the allergist told me.  Today is the 6th day in pain and I'm at the end of my rope.  My GI's on vacation until next week and the "on-call" doc is for emergencies only!  I'd really appreciate some input on  this.
THANKS :-)
Touchy_Tum

haljas
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   Posted 7/26/2006 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Touchy_Tum,
I am new to this IBS thing as I was origianlly diagnosed with IBD(CD),,,but what worries me is that you say that you are taking liquid Advils......as far as I have been told, anyone with gut issues should stay away from Motrin, Advil...etc and only take TYlenol...Advil will kill the guts and cause bleeds...I was on Motrin for about a year for Endometriosis pain, and I faithfully took about 800 mg or more a day, and well I ended up after a bout 3 years with a bleed...HOpefully someone will be a long shortly to advise on your question, please be careful of the pain killers you take...
Cyndi

Touchy_Tum
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   Posted 7/26/2006 7:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Cyndi,
I know it's really risky but the pain is so bad I take the risk. If I don't get more relief from my current GI, I'm going to switch. The fact that he's on vacation and I can't get in touch with anyone unless it's an "emergency" is far too frustrating.
Thanks for your concern.
Touchy

haljas
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   Posted 7/26/2006 7:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Ah touchy,
I certainly hear and feel your pain there...My GI rushed a diagnoses of CD and put me Steroids and Imuran and well to say the least I have been off work for almost 5 months because of the side effects from the steroid, has truly ruined my life...Now GI says well the CD has just disappeared, so I have to say you have IBS.....Yah, I think I will be getting a new GI real soon, best of luck to ya,,,and keep us posted...
Cyndi :)

Keriamon
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   Posted 7/27/2006 9:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Sarita kept having temps with her D attacks. They thought she had a parasite or IBD, but couldn't find either one. They finally just took a stab in the dark and gave her some antibiotics and that helped her a LOT. They don't know what she may have had, but whatever it was, they cleared a good deal of it out.

Sarita
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   Posted 7/27/2006 10:36 AM (GMT -7)   

I did have temps, running from 100-102.  If it's below 100, it's hard to really consider that a temperature (it can fluctuate over the day up to the mid-99's), so if I were you I'd only count the ones that rise above 100. 

They are tricky because just like you, my docs couldn't figure out where they were coming from.  They made me feel just gross all over.  I took Tylenol like candy most of the time.  They thought I had IBD, but couldn't find anything grossly inflamed in there; they thought it was parasites, which made more sense, because I've traveled to a ton of developing countries and have gotten sick with them in the past.  That's when they put me on Flagyl, which helped a lot.  Still, there's no real resolution.

If you are in a lot of pain, a lot of serious acute rolling-on-the-floor pain, call your on-call doc, or go to an urgent care clinic or the ER and they'll be able to give you IV pain meds.  Try to stay away from the NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like Motrin - they have the potential to make your guts bleed. 


haljas
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   Posted 7/27/2006 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I so totally agree with Sarita...
Cyndi

ryleigh
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   Posted 7/28/2006 4:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,   My friend ran temps and they found out she had diverticulosis...  That was causing an infection so it raised her temp...  You really need a new gastro...  Just my opinion...  Take care...  

Ryleigh


Touchy_Tum
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   Posted 7/28/2006 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks everyone for your support.  I'm feeling better today than in the past week....seems to be subsiding.  I'm still only having mucus BM's but the pain is much improved.  I haven't had to take anymore Advils since yesterday afternoon but I tried Tylenol the other night....no luck.  I just have to take the chance with Advil when the pain gets so bad.  I couldn't get to work if I didn't which would be a big problem.  I work in home healthcare and have 23 patients in their homes sustained on life support (ventilators) for whom I am responsible!! 

As I look at my attacks, they appear to be triggered by stressful events more than anything else.  I'm considering medical hypnosis at this point.  When my GI gets back and I express my concerns about what happened in his absence, if he doesn't respond in what I consider an appropriate manner, he's fired!!  I deal with doctors everyday and act as a patient advocate for my patients so I have no qualms about viewing my physicians as people I hire to "repair" the problem!!

Thanks again for the support.

Touchy

 

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