Flaring, 15bm a day, hospital likely?

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shannon1
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   Posted 5/19/2008 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, i just started flaring, going 12-15x a day, for the last 3 days (of course it has to hit over the wkend). I am seeing my GI tomarrow morning, but am worried that i will be hospitalized. The last flare i had i went to the ER and was admitted w/ 15 bm's a day, so i worried that my doc will make me go.
 
Just wanted to know if anyone's gi sends the to the hosp. if they are going alot?
 
I am also having signs of low potassium (chronic problem), joint pain, belly pain (left side), headache. Thankfully i am not throwing up (which tends to happen to me during flares to). Anywasy, just wanted to see what others docs might do, or if they would just start u on pred.
ps, im currently on NO meds
TIA, shannon

tjf
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   Posted 5/19/2008 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Shannon. Sorry you are flaring. I typically go that much during a flare and have never been admitted to the hospital. Are you staying well hydrated? How much blood are you seeing?

Glad you are seeing your GI in the morning. Any reason you are not on any meds? There are lots of options before pred (colzal, asacol, rectal meds, etc).

Hang in there and keep us posted!
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Beth75
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   Posted 5/19/2008 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I was not hospitalized I was going 25+ times a day in retrospect I should have.......but I would talk to your Doc and ask if you can try to take care of at home what the pro's and con's are.
Beth, 32 ~ Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ in remission
UC dx'd 03/00 (Proctosigmoiditis); Pancolitis since 09/07
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Prilosec, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) dx'd 09/07 - partial remission since 03/08
Prednisone 5mg 1xday (tapered from 60 = ), Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Enalapril 20mg 1xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.  Do you have edema? If so, check your blood protien level!
 


goodguys75
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   Posted 5/19/2008 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
when i start to flair up, it doesnt take long for me to end up in the hospital.....the only thing that helps........... sad

shannon1
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   Posted 5/19/2008 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks everyone! for me, usually when i flare like this, i end up at the ER due to low potassium and severe dehydration. It only takes me a matter of a few days before i have to be admitted for treatment. Im praying tho, that we can do this at home.

I am nnot currently on meds..long story short: took them all, ended up on 6mp, went into a yr long remission, got pregnant, stopped meds when i went into labor 15weeks early. (i wanted to breast feed if i had another preemie, first child was premature). After baby, i flared, was put on pred, and was going to start my 6mp again, but found a lump in my breast. (have since had two removed). I was in fair remission and wanted to try w/o meds, since i was worried about breast cancer/immuno meds. (NONE of the other stuff works for me at all). Im not sure what set off this flare, as i have been doing everything the same....

I do feel pretty yucky right now, but hope we can do this at home! thanks agian everyone!

Beth75
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   Posted 5/19/2008 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I was low on potassium and I drank fortified cran/rasp juice 480mg of potassium per serving 2xday, it really helped, but since you are flaring so bad, not sure if it will help much.
Beth, 32 ~ Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ in remission
UC dx'd 03/00 (Proctosigmoiditis); Pancolitis since 09/07
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Prilosec, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) dx'd 09/07 - partial remission since 03/08
Prednisone 5mg 1xday (tapered from 60 = ), Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Enalapril 20mg 1xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.  Do you have edema? If so, check your blood protien level!
 


shannon1
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   Posted 5/19/2008 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks beth, i actually have potassium effervesent tablets that i can take up to 3x a day, but i know they are not working right now, as i am familiar w/ the symptoms of low potassium...i am having severe leg cramps, heart palpations, shortness of breath, tingling hands, feet....thanks again beth, maybe i will add the juice u recommended.

dreamers
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   Posted 5/19/2008 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I go all the time when i am flaring and my doctor talked about hospitalization but just put me on a higher dose of prednisone. He then told me i have 2 weeks to start feeling better or he would. I dont know if he scared me but that worked enough for me!!! .. hope it stops for you
**Stephanie**
 
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shannon1
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   Posted 5/19/2008 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks stephanie, i am glad that u get the fear and start to get better! LOL

for me, if we wait even a wk, i will end up being admitted for sure! LOL

thanks again everyone!
2003, dx moderate UC
2000, dx selective IGA deficiency w/ anti IGA antibodies
2000, dx Antipholipid Antibody Syndrome
1977, complete reconstruction of foot after lawnmower accident (chronic pain)
 
Meds
6mp 75mg, prednisone (tho currently not on UC meds)
percocet 5mg 3x day
potassium 3x day
 

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