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MathGeek
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   Posted 3/4/2008 1:14 PM (GMT -7)   
How do you make that decision?
 
Is it dehydration you go for?  fever?  a lot of blood loss?
 
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MicheleV
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   Posted 3/4/2008 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I went after I was unable to even keep liquids down.  Generally, my blood pressure would be very low and pulse very high.  I was always bleeding heavily, was living in the bathroom, not eating..then throwing up anything I did eat.  I also tended to be feverish at this point.
 
I have a huge tolerance for my disease, and may have waited too long by the time I went.  But....I would finally go after the symptoms I described.  My last hospital stay had my intial blood pressure at 60/40.  Im lucky I even made it!
 
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   Posted 3/4/2008 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I always decide to go when I'm dehydrated. That's always a sure fire sign for me that things have gotten out of control.
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   Posted 3/4/2008 2:46 PM (GMT -7)   
If you haven't been able to keep down fluids for 24 hours - time for the ER.
If you're bleeding really badly - time for the ER.
If you have a fever of 101+ for over a few hours - time for the ER.
If the pain is really bad (intense, sharp, stabbing) - time for the ER.
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   Posted 3/4/2008 4:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I called my doc's after hours message service and went when I was told to go.
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   Posted 3/4/2008 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
My answer to this question is if you are the question then it is probably then you probably need to go into the hospital. I would recommend avoiding going in on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday because that is when the hospital is short of staff. Many doctors have the weekends off so you probably wouldn't be seeing your GI on Saturday or Sunday.

It is very important to go to the best hospital in your area because it really does make a difference. Here are the US News and World Reports ranking for hospitals that treat Digestive Disorders http://health.usnews.com/usnews/health/best-hospitals/search.php?spec=ihqgast&

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ks1905
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   Posted 3/4/2008 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   
If you go into the ER and they think that you don't require a hospital stay they will send you home; maybe you will feel better if the ER makes the decision for you.

--Keith
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