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   Posted 8/30/2008 8:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Squick alert!
I've been stressed to the max and DH thinks that is the reason for what happened to me last night and continues today.
I was feeling anxious and stressed out yesterday evening, almost to the point of a panic attack and my pain level was nearly topping the scales. I took a muscle relaxer and was able to fall asleep.
about 2am I got up as usual to head to the bathroom. When I was heading back to bed I though that I was a little nauseated (normal for me) and was going to go get some Rolaids but decided that I would just hop back into bed and fall back to sleep.
I did fall back to sleep but woke up with terribly painful cramping and feeling like I was near vomiting. I rushed to the bathroom where I simultaneously sat on the toilet and grabbed the trashcan. The pain was so intense in my lower abdominal area that I thought I was going to give birth and I was vomiting profusely. I started sweating heavily from every single pore in my body until I was completely soaked and at the same time I had intense chills. Once the vomiting slowed a bit then the diarrhea hit. I grabbed a hand towel from the sink and leaned into the tub and got it wet to put around my neck since I felt that I was going to pass out from the pain.
This went on for an hour. I finally gathered my strength and my wits and made it to the family room, grabbed a blanket and curled up into a tiny ball on the love seat (the dog was taking up the entire full size couch!).
The cramping never stopped but I somehow managed to doze off for about 20 minutes until the "urge" to go hit me again and I rushed back to the bathroom. Another round of vomiting and diarrhea lasted for nearly 30 minutes. After that and it was back to the couch.
DH woke up about 5am and came to see what was going on since he noticed the light on. With very little energy and still doubled over with cramps he talked me into going back to bed.
I never fell back asleep and decided that the intense cramping must be gas related since I no longer have periods (pill) even though I started thinking that the feeling was what my menstral cramps used to feel like. I go searching for some anti-gas meds, find some and take one. I also take two Advil to help with the cramping.
By 6am I am back in the bathroom and now I am passing bright red blood with what little stool/mucus remains. This eventually turns to blood clots only. This was finished by 10am. No more vomiting or diarrhea or passing of blood/clots since then (12+ hours now).
I was too weak from my ordeal to worry too much but was concerned. Passing blood isn't something I have ever done before but it wasn't enough to think I was bleeding internally plus it was bright red, not tarry looking and figured it was from the lower end.....not a specific emergency.
It's now 10:30pm. I have eaten very little today for fear that it might prompt a return of some of my symptoms and I have no appetite either but needed "something" for strength (chicken broth/crackers).
I have had cramping on and off (not as severe) all day with waves of chills or feeling hot. My temp has remained normal all day and the severe nausea has subsided to a tolerable level.
My entire body feels as if it is on high-alert. Very painful to move anything and everything ACHES constantly.
I know stress can do WEIRD thigs to a person but this is a bit overkill in my opinion. I am not one to rush off to a doctor and usually think I can "heal" myself. This has me concerned enough that I might consider it however.....all the reading I have done today regarding my symptoms seem to point to Irritable Bowel Disease, Chron's or even hemmoroids (don't have that I know of).
If the symptoms persist into tomorrow I will make an appt ASAP (after holiday) but if I start to feel better?????
Sorry to be so graphic but no way to explain unless I was honest. I know Fibro does weird things and I have never been "normal" with elimination and the nighttime visits are not odd for me. I call it the FM Cleanse......
Anyone ever had anything similar?

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   Posted 8/30/2008 8:53 PM (GMT -7)   
It sounds like the intestinal flu or food poisoning to me.  I have had similar situations.  I keep a large Cool Whip container in the top drawer of my nightstand...just in case I get sick and need to vomit. 
The bleeding was probably from the straining you were doing between the diarrhea and the vomitting.  The colon has tiny blood vessels close to the surface and you probably broke a few and that caused the red blood.  It would have to have been pretty close to the rectum to be the bright red.  The vessels were clotting to heal.  At least this is what I would guess was happening.  I have Crohn's disease so I've dealt with things like this for years.
I suggest that you get some Gatorade.  It has electrolytes in it that you probably lost last night.  You probably are somewhat dehydrated after that episode and that could be why you still have some nausea.  Also drink water and take it easy.  If you continue to feel sick or if you continue to see blood, you probably should see your doctor.
I hope you are feeling better soon.
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   Posted 8/30/2008 9:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not sure where you live, but I do know that there is a terrible stomach virus going around, and I have friends in CA, GA, SC, and CT that have had it-so, I guess it's everywhere.  I'm sorry that you feel so bad.  Personally, I hate throwing up.  I'll do everything in my power not to-even when I know it will make me feel better. sad
I would definitely keep an eye on the blood.  Sherrine is right-it's probably from straining, but in my opinion, blood is never a "good" thing.  So, please make sure you (and your husband) take care of yourself, OK?  We'll be thinking about you. :-)
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   Posted 8/31/2008 12:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, Susi- I hope you are doing better after your horrible attacks! I have experienced what you described several times over the past few years. Its true that with stress I find the attacks worse, but yours does sound like it could be a result of stomach bug or food poisoning. If you really want the answers, you will most likely need to visit the doc and have blood drawn to see what that tells you about infection and antibodies that fought the bug. I agree with the other thoughts about the bleeding. I have had that just in the last 6 weeks, in fact I posted on here about the situation and got great advice that kept me alive, and I don't say that lightly or in jest. :) Anyway- I received the same type of info and advice and it turned out to be correct on all accounts. Don't worry this one too much; as in my case, do what was suggested to me- keep a journal [if you don't already] or jot down little info on a calendar about these type of issues. That way you may be able to see a pattern, and not have to struggle to remember details when you need to talk with a doc. Take it easy on yourself, do keep gatorade in the pantry and use it it times like these. Good luck, and feel GREAT soon!
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   Posted 8/31/2008 7:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Susi, I have IBS and I get the cramping and have passed out from it but I've never had it last that long or had blood. My doc did rx donnatal for the cramping but I've not had to use it yet. The thing is it takes time for the med to work and when it hits me it is so sudden I don't have time for a med to work.
I would let the doc know about all this if it continues cause they might want to do a scope.
I hope you get better soon.
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   Posted 8/31/2008 9:57 PM (GMT -7)   

I was diagnosed with ulcerative colinitus last year after passing out blood continuously to the point I wore a adult nappies. after I had an colonoscopy I was diagnosed and the treatments are very quick and easy but you must see your doc  you must... The amount of blood I was loosing was shocking, all over the floor.  But it is all very treatable. Your doc could give you something until you get into see specialist.  Try Mesaline enemas   see doc.....   sue2z

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   Posted 9/1/2008 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, you poor thing! I have to say I had all of those symptoms just about this time of year a couple of years ago, and hubby was so alarmed that he took me to the ER. It was a virus that was going around. Intestinal bugs can cause all those symptoms, including awful body ache and fever. I had to eat small amounts of very bland food for about a week before I was totally recovered. Those things can take a reall toll on your body, so be gentle with yourself.
Take care and hope you're better soon,
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