"Stomach Flu" Had it?

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   Posted 12/5/2007 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
The "stomach flu" is making its horrid way around my town.  There seems to be the 24-hour stuff and a 5-day variety.  We UCers need to do all that we can to avoid it.
Have you had it?  Did you get through it without a lot of complications? Do you have any tips for dealing with it?
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   Posted 12/5/2007 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
interestingly enough I do ALOT better when sick..any type of cold , my stomach is normal...1 normal bm a day, no cramping, no nothing.... I ALMOST went as far as to start licking poles in the subway, but I might be biting off more then I can chew

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   Posted 12/5/2007 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes the stomach flu has been making it rounds in Sacramento too! I haven't had that, but just getting over the achy bones/cold flu. Yesterday I could hardly move. But I managed to keep it away for the last couple of months...so I guess it was my turn. I did manage to watch some really silly television though. :-)


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   Posted 12/5/2007 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh yea i know the feeling first hand. My son got a stomache virus and ive been having horrid diahrrea ever since. Its awful. Ive had uc for 20 years and have never had diarrhea like this. Ive been having accidents in my pants for over a week now and the most awful diarrhea and stomache gurgling ever!Im wondering if im ever gonna get rid of this diarrhea.Even taking lomotil and immodium, i still have it.

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   Posted 12/5/2007 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I had it last year this time (on my 30th birthday!). I did get my GI to call in fenagrin (sp) for nausea. I was luckily and it literally lasted 24 hours. I only missed one full days of meds. I will be honest...it was rough. I was stuck in the bed for a good 2-3 days recovering.
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   Posted 12/5/2007 10:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, I got the stomach flu (or something with same symptoms) a couple months ago. It was horrible. I threw up from around 4 p.m. until 1 or 2 a.m., pretty much every half an hour on the dot. I don't remember having any D with the "flu" though...just lots and lots of nausea and vomiting. Not fun. The throwing up part only lasted that night, but the nausea lingered on for weeks. I did find out that the Asacol enteric coating really does work though when I threw up whole pills that I had taken at least 12 hours previously (sorry, probably too much information!) I don't really have any tips on dealing with it...just rest as much as possible and try to sip on water if you can to not get too dehydrated. Hope you don't get it!

billo - I've found the same thing usually. When I'm sick with a cold or any other infection, I don't seem to have many or any UC symptoms.
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   Posted 12/6/2007 1:09 AM (GMT -6)   
When I got a dose of Norovirus (stomach flu) last year, it completly screwed me up. Made my flare so much worse.

Most research shows that simply washing your hands with soap after every bathroom trip and before food preperation and before any meal will reduce the chances of getting it massivly.

Also, if you're a desk job type like me, BEWARE THE KEYBOARD AND MOUSE. A lot of people eat lunch in front of their PC, typing and using the mouse during their meal. The same keyboard and mouse that you use all the time AND other people touch. So yeah, if you can - get some sanitizing anti-germ wipes and use them on your mouse/keyboard every morning.

Finally, if you buy food. Watch how the food is touched by staff. If you see them touching your food with bare hands, coughing or touching money and then your food (cross contamination), just walk away. I find that if they get narky, announcing their lack of hygene in front of other customers generally makes them rethink.

Sounds a tad over the top - but I have found hygene to be the nr 1 best habit I ever got myself into. Since that last dose of norovirus last year, I haven't been sick since, even though its gone around the office twice since.
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   Posted 12/6/2007 7:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes! I had a stomach bug (technically it's not the flu) a few years ago and it threw me into a flare from heck which lasted a year. It was also this horrible flare that made me end up on 6mp! I had the 24 hour variety and I felt like I was dying. I felt horrible! But the best thing we can do is wash our hands frequently and become good friends with Lysol :)
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   Posted 12/6/2007 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I did a continuing education class once that said about 75% of "stomach flu" is really food poisoning of some kind. So also be careful about keeping your food prep area clean, and the cleanliness of the restaurants you eat in. I won't eat tuna salad, chicken salad in a restaurant.
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   Posted 12/6/2007 8:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm in the midst of either stomach flu right now or perhaps a chest virus that migrated to my tummy. Been very very sick with it for 3 days. Lots of nausea and crampy pain not to mention the vomiting. Tried all the home rememdy cures but nothing worked. Luckily my bowel has been behaving brilliantly throughout my sickness. Actually I've been eating very good and healthy food for last 3 days as I try to get better, no junk or exotic food. All vegs and fruit. And my BMs are perfectly formed. GO FIGURE as ye americans say!


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   Posted 12/6/2007 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I just had it a few days ago (feeling much better now), and MAN I have never had such awful diarrhea in my life. It was explosive! Thankfully it's over now. I immediately went on a protein supplement diet when I got it, and that seemed to help minimize the stress on my system. Hope everyone survives. :)
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   Posted 12/6/2007 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
see, I'm wondering if this is what I have. I am down to 5mg Pred and on Imuran for almost a month, and I started having bad back and rib pain a few days ago plus vomiting in the middle of the night and nausea after I eat anything BUT my colon is fine. I though I was having side effects or Pred withdrawal, but now I dont know. What the heck is going on? Do I have a flu?

Also, I'm home sick today and my dog is "sympathy vomiting" with me. Gross!

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   Posted 12/6/2007 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   

I had heaps of rib and back pain when I was vomiting. I thought it might be UC related. But the pain is higher than the colon. It could be the GI tract upset from the bug or also the acid reflux from the tummy burning the eosphoagus. Not to mention the retching pyhsically affecting the tract. The tract wasnt designed to heave!! Sorry for being so gross

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   Posted 12/6/2007 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Had "IT" for almost 3 weeks. Was in the ER twice for dehydration. It's not something to take lightly. If you get "it" please take good care and keep taking in fluids if you can.

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   Posted 12/6/2007 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Everyone around here is seeming to be getting the flu as well... I woke up this morning feeling pretty groggy and my nose has been running like a faucet all day. Now my stomach is starting to feel upset and the last two times I went to the bathroom have been urgent diarrhea (which I haven't had in a bit) so I'm crossing my fingers that the diarrhea is just from food and not a stomach flu :(
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Should also be on supplements and probiotics and other UC drugs but I'm just not good at taking pills...

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   Posted 12/6/2007 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
haha, thanks for the reply, I'd like to think it's some short-term bug and not another issue with my meds!

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   Posted 12/7/2007 1:58 AM (GMT -6)   
OH yea,  it's going around here in Oregon too!   I was in the hospital for my UC from Nov 1st to the 6th,   and was doing better,  then out of nowhere, that weekend, I woke up feeling worse!  My achiness was worse again,  lots of GI rumbling, and total watery diarrhea.     But I could tell it was a bit different than my UC flare symptoms...there was no blood or mucous,  and  none of that severe cramping that feels like your whole body is trying to push everything you own out (gawd, I hate that!!).     Plus,  I knew that my kids had diarrhea and achiness a few days before that.  I tried to stay away, and do good handwashing  and all the preventative measures,  but I kind of figured it was inevitable.   The thing that worried me the most was if it would make my flare return.   I was lucky,  it only lasted about 24 hours, then I began my  improvements again!  yay!!  So try to hang in there,  hopefully it pass shortly!  
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