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Sara14
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   Posted 9/30/2007 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi guys. Yep, I'm sick again. I am really sick of being sick. Yesterday I woke up really nauseous, slept most of the day, then started vomiting around 5:30 p.m....kept throwing up until 1 a.m...it was mostly all bile. I still feel nauseous, but not as bad. I ate a little bit of applesauce and am trying to drink water. I've been on antibiotics for the past 16 days (yesterday was my last day) but didn't have any of these effects before yesterday. I've also been taking an Acetaminophen and codeine elixir once or twice a day for the past two weeks, but didn't take any the past couple days. Maybe it is just the flu... 
 
But, what worries me more is my urine has been darkish brown/black since yesterday afternoon. Could I just be severly dehydrated? Anyone have experience with this? I really don't want to go back to the doctor again. And I'm supposed to go back to work tomorrow.
 
p.s. - I forgot to say that I don't have any pain or noticeable bleeding with the urine...it's just a funky color.


23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007
Current inflamation in the rectum
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - nightly
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin

Post Edited (Sara14) : 9/30/2007 1:52:49 PM (GMT-6)


pb4
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   Posted 9/30/2007 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
You could be allergic or having a reaction to the antibiotics, you should call your doc ASAP.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


quincy
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   Posted 9/30/2007 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   
yikes Sara, doesn't sound normal. could be as pb4 mentioned..definitely call the doc asap. He should know anything like that for sure.

Keep us posted...total bummer you're sick. You could have picked up something digestive. You're not yellow or the whites of your eyes yellow??

q
*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 3rd night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals 
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


Sara14
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   Posted 9/30/2007 2:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the replies.

No, I haven't noticed any yellow coloration. Would I have an allergic reaction after taking it for 10 days? I did notice that on both Augmentin and the Tylenol & Codeine, it says a severe side effect could be dark urine.

I'll call my doctor first thing tomorrow if it persists. They aren't open today.
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007
Current inflamation in the rectum
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - nightly
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin


quincy
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   Posted 9/30/2007 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, that could be the reason for the dark urine. Why are you on the codeine?

q
*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 3rd night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals 
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


Sara14
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   Posted 9/30/2007 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I was just taking it as needed for pain after my tonsillectomy. It was a Tylenol/Codeine elixir. I haven't taken it for the past 3 days, because I don't really have any more pain. It seems weird that the side effect would take 10 days to start....if it is a side effect, but I don't really know how that works.
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007
Current inflamation in the rectum
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - nightly
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin


AKB
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   Posted 9/30/2007 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I'd go to the ER, or at least call a 24 hour nurse if I had black urine. The kidneys are not something to toy with-- as with any organ, damage can occur quickly and be permanent. Not to scare you, but I wouldn't wait until the AM to at least get medical input.
Dx:

Left-sided UC, Jun 2005. Flex-sig only... clear for first 20cms, then inflamed through next 30cms.

Therapies:

Pharmaceutical: Pentasa 3G/day, hydrocort 1x every 7 days
Probiotics: Acidophilus Pearls, Primadophilus Bifidus
Naturals: Caprylic Acid, Methylated B-12, Vit ACDE, Zinc (w/copper), Selenium, Turmeric, Bromelain, Luteolin
Killer Foods: Soda, Fried Food (especially french fries!), Beer, Red Wine, Pepperoncinis


Sara14
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   Posted 9/30/2007 8:11 PM (GMT -7)   
It's back to a more normal dark yellow color now. I know I've been far more dehydrated than that and I've never had that happen before so maybe it was from the meds, but it's weird it took so long to happen. Do you think I should still check it out with the doctor even though it's back to normal?
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007
Current inflamation in the rectum
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - nightly
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin


AKB
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Total Posts : 992
   Posted 10/1/2007 1:18 AM (GMT -7)   
definitely. glad to see you're doing better though!
Dx:

Left-sided UC, Jun 2005. Flex-sig only... clear for first 20cms, then inflamed through next 30cms.

Therapies:

Pharmaceutical: Pentasa 3G/day, hydrocort 1x every 7 days
Probiotics: Acidophilus Pearls, Primadophilus Bifidus
Naturals: Caprylic Acid, Methylated B-12, Vit ACDE, Zinc (w/copper), Selenium, Turmeric, Bromelain, Luteolin
Killer Foods: Soda, Fried Food (especially french fries!), Beer, Red Wine, Pepperoncinis


Old Hat
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   Posted 10/1/2007 8:58 AM (GMT -7)   
EEEeeeeeeeeeck! Drugs can have yucky side effects! I think that's your problem. Definitely check with ENT doctor about getting off the antibiotic & the Tylenol. Drink plenty of water every hour to flush that crud out of your body. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 6 Colazal daily for July flare in descending colon; should be back in remission again soon)

Sara14
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   Posted 10/1/2007 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I talked to a nurse at my doctor office. She told me since it went back to normal so quickly that I should just keep an eye on it and come in if it changes again. It was my last day of the antibiotic yesterday, so that's good. I took an extra day off of work...my boss hates me, but whatever. I still feel somewhat nauseous.
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007
Current inflamation in the rectum
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - nightly
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin


Old Hat
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   Posted 10/1/2007 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
It sounds like you should be taking the rest of this week off after all you've been thru. What did the ENT say about post-hospital discharge follow-up visit? I would also run this tonsil business past your new gastro, at least by phone, because it developed so soon after colonoscopy. The idea is to get you back in good shape so that you can build up some resistance to infection so as not to fall ill again. Sorry to read that your boss wants to rush things. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 6 Colazal daily for July flare in descending colon; should be back in remission again soon)

Sara14
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   Posted 10/1/2007 6:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I certainly wish my boss was as empathetic as you, Old Hat! But, yeah, he seemed pretty upset with me when I told him I even needed the 2 weeks off for tonsillectomy and recovery afterwards. Then, when I told him I needed today off he didn't really say anything, but seemed angry. Like I said in another thread, I really dislike my job, and I'm hoping to start looking for a new one soon.

I am supposed to call the ENT this Wednesday for a follow-up and then go in and see him one month post-surgery for another follow-up. What do you think my gastro can do to help me not get sick again? Do you think I picked up an infection from the c-scope? I've been wondering if it was related in any way.
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007
Current inflamation in the rectum
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - nightly
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin


Old Hat
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   Posted 10/2/2007 7:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I would hope the gastro could suggest something helpful, but it does seem more than coincidence that you got so sick with an infection very soon after colonoscopy. Was it in a private clinic or in a hospital out-patient facility? (After my most recent c-scope last yr in the latter type of place, I came down with what seemed like a viral bug 3 weeks later-- my gastro mumbled "Hmmm-- was it from the c-scope?" when I mentioned it at later office visit.)
Maybe the Forvia vitamins would be better for you than what you're now taking. Red_34 has commented favorably on them in another thread. Just some thoughts on your predicament-- I went thru a bad period in my early yrs with UC that really wore me out-- so I can definitely relate to your situation with impatient bosses, etc. / Old Hat

Sara14
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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 10/2/2007 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   
It was in a hospital outpatient facility when I got my c-scope. That's interesting that your gastro said that. Does that mean you may have picked up a bug while in the hospital, from the actual scope and/or from the added stress prepping and scope give your body? I will have to mention it to my GI and see what he says. I will look into the Forvia vitamins as well. Thanks for the advice. I really appreciate it.

I just got a letter in the mail yesterday from my GI telling me my biopsies from the scope came back normal. He also said that I should continue with my meds like we talked about "and use Immodium as needed." That last part kind of shocked me b/c I don't think it's good for us to take Immodium very often. Maybe he isn't that great of a GI...I don't know.
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007
Current inflamation in the rectum
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - nightly
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin


Old Hat
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   Posted 10/3/2007 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, the mention of Immodium use would have me wondering, too. In general, it's best for us to avoid otc D-"remedies". On the positive side, the gastro DID send you a copy of biopsy report on his own initiative, commendable. I have to push to get copies of lab reports from my gastro, which I find very annoying, especially because I have to pay doctor's fees up front as no insurance is accepted-- so that office should certainly be able to afford copy paper + 1st class postage! (Vent, vent ...) RE post c-scope "bugs", I guess we should all be wary of any ailment that crops up within a month after procedure. There are so many variables out of our hands in the out-patient facilities: sterilization of equipment, hygiene among staff, presence of infected patients, etc., etc. The possibility of contagion is there, no question. That being said, take good care of yourself with regard to nutrition, rest, & vitamins in addition to the UC meds & hopefully, all will fall into place so that you can pursue a new job in the not-too-long future. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 6 Colazal daily for July flare in descending colon; should be back in remission again soon)                                      

Sara14
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   Posted 10/3/2007 6:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi again. =)
 
Yeah, it is nice he sent me a letter explaining what my biopsies showed. I don't think it was an actual copy of the lab report...I might have to pay for that, I'm not sure. I think it may be standard for that clinic's GI dept. to send follow-up letters after scopes because my previous GI did that as well (one of the few things I liked that he did).
 
I talked to my ENT today (well, actually talked to him through his nurse) and he seemed baffled by the black urine thing. He just said that if it comes back to come in right away but didn't know what could cause it for such a short time period.
 
I am sooo exhausted today. Right after work every day I just feel like going to sleep right away, but I never want to.  
 
Thanks for talking with me about all of this.
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007
Current inflamation in the rectum
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - nightly
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin


Old Hat
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   Posted 10/4/2007 3:41 PM (GMT -7)   
You're very welcome! I can definitely empathize because I've been thru a lot of similar experiences & STILL feel like napping right after work on many evenings, remission or no remission. In fact, a laughable situation, I almost fell asleep at my desk in the workplace ca. 4 PM one day a couple weeks ago. A neighborhood take-out place had some really delicious-looking & fresh eggplant parmigiana on the counter when I passed by during lunch break-- so I bought a portion, scraped out the seeds, & indulged. It was totally yummy & agreed with my GI tract, so much so that I could have slept like a log, wherever-- within a couple hrs of eating it. So-- we CAN have some good reactions, too-- and I hope more good days will come your way soon. / Old Hat

Sara14
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   Posted 10/4/2007 4:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Haha. Yum! I love eggplant parmesean! It's one of my favorite dishes. =)
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007
Current inflamation in the rectum
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - nightly
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin

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