possible food poinsoning or flu... advice?

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   Posted 10/29/2007 10:02 PM (GMT -6)   
hello there
i woke up feeling fine for several hours, had coffee, ate breakfast, took pills, did some stuff around the house.

around noon i started feeling nauseated and a little weak. dh made me a sandwich. ate a few bites and drank juice and felt a tiny bit better but put the sandwich away to give it some time to settle.

i rested for a long time and then threw up my breakfast and lunch. felt much better after brushing teeth and drinking a bit of ginger tea. still resting but feeling weak (of course) and i have a slight fever.
no D and had a "normal" morning.

anyway, those are the facts, but my question is about an illness like this on top of UC... never done these 2 together before.
should i do anything differently than drinking fluids and resting?
do i up my probiotic or anything else?

i suspect my breakfast food. we had my son's bday yesterday and no one who ate with us is sick. son and hubby are fine.

thanks for any suggestions!
28, happily married, stay at home mom to 2 year old son
UC (probably pancolitis, but no c-scope yet), diagnosed June 2006, started having major symptoms sometime in January 2006, about 3 months after childbirth. 2nd flare (minor) may 2007 after taking caprylic acid for 2 weeks.
-tried SCD for 4 weeks with no improvement...
-Asacol since 7/26/06
-Prednisone 8/28/06-2/28/07. and again may '07, 8 week course.
-probiotics, ground psyllium husk, fish oil, CalMag, multivitamin

may you live all the days of your life.

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   Posted 10/29/2007 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Aloha Heather, I'm so sorry you're feeling bad!!!
After having a bout with C diff this spring, it doesn't take much for me to call my GI or Dr. You want to get these things under control so they don't cause any trouble with your UC.
At least let one of them know what's happening so that if you get worse they'll already know something's up.
I do think in the meantime that following a regular course of action in terms of extra fluids etc is a good idea.
Feel better soon!
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   Posted 10/29/2007 11:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear you're not feeling well. I got sick (nausea, throwing up a ton, chills/sweats) about a month ago and it was not fun. I was really scared because I hadn't thrown up that much in a long, long time (if ever), but the vomiting passed after one night. I even threw up whole Asacol tablets that I had swallowed 11 hours previously...I guess I now know for sure that the enteric coating works. =) I would just suggest to rest a lot and drink plenty of fluids. Take small sips of fluid. Hope you feel better soon!
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   Posted 10/30/2007 6:15 AM (GMT -6)   
If it persists, you should go in to see the doc but if the vomiting has gone then just lots of rest and fluids. To me it sounds like the flu not food poisoning. I had food poisoning once and all I can say is Wow! What a ride! Intense(!) abdominal pains, vomiting, shaking, massive D - not fun at all! But I guess it can still be possible if you threw up the poisonous stuff quickly before it had a chance to get into your system. Either way I hope you start feeling better Heather - I hope your sons bday turned out well :)
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   Posted 10/30/2007 8:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Be sure to increase your fluids so you don't dehydrate.

Despite calling a stomach bug flu, flu is a respiratory problem, not usually associated with stomach upset, but can include fever, chills, body aches, and, of course, coughing and respiratory difficulties.

I hope this is a distant memory for you soon. Take care, sleep lots, drink fluids like there's no tomorrow.

Sporadic proctitis since about 1985. Mother had UC, then J-pouch surgery 1983.
DX'd with clostridium difficile in 2000. Prednisone, two courses of Flagyl, then Vancomycin finally got rid of it. Symptomatic with UC after that.
Colonoscopy in 2001 dx'd left-sided UC. Was pretty darn ill at that time, dehydrated, weak, unable to work. Treated with prednisone, Rowasa, Asacol. Asacol not working so switched to Imuran. Three small flares since in 2002, 2005, and 2007, brought under control with enemas, steroid and Rowasa.
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