Stomach flu with Ulcerative Colitis

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nix1262
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   Posted 1/11/2017 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been feeling wonderful on a combination of Entyvio and Methotrexate for 18 months now and I got a stomach bug/flu last week. Felt terrible for 2-3 days, felt back to normal for 2 days then got hit again a few days ago and it still continues. Can't say it's terrible as I only go 1-2 times per day (it's all diarrhea) no vomiting, but I have stomach cramping and light nausea. I feel like the times where I get worse were are when I try to eat normally like tomatoes and salad....Can your food choices prolong your stomach flu symptoms?

Thanks for your help!
Diagnosed with UC 2009, tried Asacol, Colozal, Lialda and Asacol HD with terrible results. Currently prednisone dependent, 10mg. Tried Imuran; liver numbers went through roof. Remicade from 05/14-07/15; failed.
Current Meds:
Methotrexate 12.5 injection once per week; Entyvio
Prednisone 10mg; Proctofoam as needed
Fish Oil, Tumeric, Vit D3, Calcium, B12, B complex, wellbutrin, Florastor and VSL3

FSLondon
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   Posted 1/11/2017 8:49 AM (GMT -6)   
My GI thinks a bad stomach bug can trigger a flare. I'd go see my GI.

momto2boys
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   Posted 1/11/2017 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree that stomach bugs can and do trigger flares. Every time I have had a flare up since being diagnosed it is because of a stomach bug. I would ask to be screened for c-diff and other bacterial infections.
41 yrs old diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis 6/13/13
meds- 2 Lialda + sfRowasa nightly - supplements: probiotics (1 VSL3 cap, 1 culturelle and 1 reuteri) 1 gram krill Oil, 2 TBSP p. seed powder, 2 g curcumin. Allegra for seasonal allergies as needed. Allergic to sulfites. Currently gluten/dairy free (except yogurt) and eating lots of RS.

nix1262
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   Posted 1/11/2017 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
The only symptoms I have are occasional nausea, diarrhea 1-2 times per day and stomach cramping. My main question is whether me making the wrong food choices can prolong me getting better or not. Thanks!
Diagnosed with UC 2009, tried Asacol, Colozal, Lialda and Asacol HD with terrible results. Currently prednisone dependent, 10mg. Tried Imuran; liver numbers went through roof. Remicade from 05/14-07/15; failed.
Current Meds:
Methotrexate 12.5 injection once per week; Entyvio
Prednisone 10mg; Proctofoam as needed
Fish Oil, Tumeric, Vit D3, Calcium, B12, B complex, wellbutrin, Florastor and VSL3

still_living
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   Posted 1/11/2017 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I never had symptoms before a bad stomach flu (7 days of serious diarrhea, only puked once, but was SO nauseated for about 15 days total). I must admit I had some bowl habit changes before the illness, but nothing that resembled UC. Nothing was ever the same after that illness.

iPoop
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   Posted 1/11/2017 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
A flu works through your system at it's own pace, regardless of what you eat. There's no guarantee that it'll upset you UC, often it doesn't but there's a chance it can.
Moderator Ulcerative Colitis
John
, 38, in a minor flare, UC Proctosigmoiditis
Rx: Remicade @5mgs/kg/6wks; 50mgs 6MP, 4.8g Mesalamine DR, 5mgs pred (tapering)

Tips for surviving UC: learn to laugh as it helps, get a good pair of running shoes for bathroom runs, and appreciate the small things.

quincy
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   Posted 1/12/2017 12:24 AM (GMT -6)   
The flu is respiratory!
*Heather* I give suggestions, do with them what you will.
Status: ...Asacol 3 @ 2x daily; Salofalk enema @ 3rd night (nightly/ flares, tapered/maintenance)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol 20mg as needed; Zantac 150mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma);Effexor XR 37.5 (depression)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care+Primadophilus Reuteri capsules @ bedtime)
~Metamucil capsules 7 @ 2x daily with meals; Vitamin D 4500 IU
~URSO 500mg @ 2x daily for Primary Biliary Cholangitis
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!

Connor77
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Date Joined Jul 2016
Total Posts : 108
   Posted 1/13/2017 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Food poisoning can trigger a flare for me if it's not resolved quickly. My immune system is weak so the longer there's a pathogen invading me, the more likely the inflammatory cascade will kick in.

CGK1998
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Total Posts : 275
   Posted 1/13/2017 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Ugh- I had a norovirus that triggered a flare. I would definitely bump up the probiotics right now- that helps me get back on track. Good luck and keep us posted!
F, 39 DX Severe Pancolitis in 1/2013
Flared 11/14-12/14, 4/15-7/15
Diet - Tried every one in the book! Gluten free and whole foods, limited dairy and FODMAPs
Meds - Prednisone during flare, Apriso and Canasa for maintenance
Supplements - Isatis Cooling and Grape Seed Extract (these two were my game changers), VSL#3, Turmeric

Phunky_phresh
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Total Posts : 104
   Posted 1/15/2017 6:16 AM (GMT -6)   
"Stomach flu" does not exist. When discussing health-related matters it is important to be accurate to help prevent confusion and the spread of misinformation.

What most people refer to as "stomach flu" is any gastrointestinal infection, or food intoxication, caused by any number of infectious bacteria or viruses, or toxins derived from a microbe.

Such GI infections are not caused by the influenza virus which, as someone already pointed out, cause the respiratory illness, influenza, also known as "the flu."
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