Welcome, Mountain! We always like to welcome friendly newcomers...you've come to the right place. Yes, mostly women, but that makes you a very lucky man. : ) We are all in this boat together.
Interesting, what you say about the stomach "bugs" you keep contracting. I've had something like three over the past year as well, all with projectile vomiting, insane diarrhea, high fevers. Just got over one last week that landed me in the ER for bag after bag of fluids and anti-vomiting medicine. In between "bugs," it's diarrhea usually 50x/week, low-grade fevers, occasional nausea and abdominal cramping. My GI and PCP don't think it's IBS (for a number of reasons), but they haven't figured it out yet, so I am just hanging in there until someone has an epiphany.
Have you traveled around a lot? Have you been thoroughly, thoroughly checked for parasites? That is the next step for me; sending my little samples to a lab in Arizona that tests for something like 40 different parasites, much different than the typical, nonstandardized, 10-15 in most hospital labs. I've traveled in innumerable developing countries and so it's quite likely I have a persistent parasite, but they haven't found it yet. I wonder if you've got the same thing. Have you ever been to see a doc in the midst of one of these "bug" episodes? I wonder what they would say!
As for the nausea...hear ya there, buddy...has your doctor given you anything like phenegrin or Zofran for that? Have you tried the all-natural route of ginger or peppermint tea? That is one of the worst symptoms, I think. At least when you're having diarrhea you can usually hang out and read a magazine and try to pamper yourself. When you're nauseated, you can't do anything except feel miserable and wretched.
How high are your fevers getting?
The other girls will be along in the morning, I'm sure, to give you their warm welcomes. What an awesome bunch they are. They will have lots of sympathy and advice. Hope you keep posting!
Post Edited (mountain_hare) : 11/2/2005 10:28:51 PM (GMT-7)