possible stomach flu? help...

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mle426
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   Posted 3/25/2008 4:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi. I'm new to this forum. I have been flaring (badly) since october 2007 and after being on prednisone (40mg) for three weeks had begun to feel better. But last weekend, I either had food poisoning or a stomach bug and had to go to the hospital. They gave me fluids and a blood transfusion for the anemia (related to the colitis). After three days I started to eat solid food and felt a bit better. I kept getting wicked cramps and diarrhea at night and in the mornings but the days were better. For the past two nights, however, the cramps and naseua is unbearable. Last night I was up all night and vomited. I don't know what is going on! Is there some weird interaction between the stomach flu and ulcerative colitis so that I just can't get better? It's been over 8 days and I still can't shake the vomiting and cramping. Any thoughts? Suggestions? Thank you!

MLE

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   Posted 3/25/2008 7:19 AM (GMT -6)   
First off Welcome to HW!

You have been vomiting for 8 straight days? Have you called your GI? I had a stomach bug last year and I got lucky. Only 48 hours of vomiting and d. It didn't affect my UC either. I was very lucky.
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   Posted 3/25/2008 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
In my experience, a stomach bug on top of UC can have longer residual effects - diarrhea, dehydration, loss of appetite - but the fact that your symptoms seem to be getting worse after several days doesn't sound like a 24 hour stomach bug to me. Have you been tested for parasites or some other type of gut infection?
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dakotagirl
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   Posted 3/25/2008 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Vomiting can be a symptom of severe UC. I highly suggest you contact your doc.

I'm sorry your dealing with such problems. I hope you and your doc can get you feeling better soon!
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mle426
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   Posted 3/25/2008 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the responses everybody! While I was in the hospital they tested me for any parasites or bacteria and found none. I think it's just taking me a really long time to recover from the diarrhea and vomiting because of the UC. I actually ate a real meal last night and I think that is what made me so sick. Guess it's back to crackers and bananas. Just thought that after a week I could try some other food. ugh....

Does anyone know if probiotics help after having a stomach bug? I heard it's supposed to build up the good bacteria again and that helps with digestion. Only problem is I can't eat any milk products...especially right now...so yogurt is out. Any thoughts?

dakotagirl
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   Posted 3/25/2008 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, probiotics can help!

There are many different kinds available in many different locations. It's best to start with a lower dose and work your way up. You may experience extra gas until your body gets used to the probiotic.

A few examples:

Acidophilus Pearls - available at many grocery stores and drug stores
Culturelle - available at many grocery stores and drug stores
Pro-Bil - available online
Jarrow-Dophilus - available online
Primadophilus Reuteri - available online
GNC has a few different types - watch out for FOS as an ingredient - it caused me LOTS of gas :(
Make sure to check ingredients for any dairy (since you're intolerant) and any added sugars.

Search for other posts about probiotics - we've been discussing it a lot lately.
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