(Closed) Sick husband-concerned wife

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 17
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Miss Joker:    He may have C. Diff.  I had that with remarkably similar symptoms.  Also has his thyroid levels been checked?  Colonoscopy would be in order.  Immodium is a bad idea if he has C diff – it will make it worse and may damage the intestinal wall.   A long course of Flagyl and Rowasa enemas are what cured me.  Best of luck.

Post # 19
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Miss Joker:   Can they get him in sooner?  

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@Miss Joker:   Probably something that has already been tested/screened for but my husband was very worryingly sick with the exact symptoms your husband has and it turned out to by campylobactor which is most usually contracted by consuming undercooked chicken. It took the doctor’s weeks before they worked it out. After being prescribed a course of super strong antibiotics specificially for campylobactor he came right within 3 days. It was so scary and we were close to hospitalisation a few times but managed to get just enough fluids into him to not need that. I really feel for you, I know how helpless I felt during that time. 

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Miss Joker:  I’ve had cdiff and I am a nurse. In cdiff it would be rare to go back and forth with diarrhea and constipation. I can almost guarantee hes already been tested for this, its one of the first bacteria tests providers do for ongoing diarrhea. Treatment is pretty simple, really. But I don’t think its super likely based on his symptoms. Is there a new strong foul odor to his bowel movements? Are they ever green in color?

 

I was diagnosed after having blood in my stool and literally just mucus for a bowel movement. It’s really not likely unless he a)has a compromised immune system already for some reason b)has been on antibiotics recently or c)has had direct contact with someone who had it. I had been on antibiotics for my teeth.

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@Miss Joker:   They asked for a stool sample and found it that way.

Post # 24
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Miss Joker:   I’m sorry you have to wait – he has been through so much already.  Could you call the office early tomorrow to see if there are cancellations?  I have done that a few times, it worked once.  Just a thought.  

Post # 25
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Miss Joker:  They did a stool test for me. I was in the hospital for other reasons at the time so it was fairly easy for them to test a few different times. It looks like a colonoscopy can also be helpful for a diagnosis so perhaps they will find something when he goes in for his appointment. It’s typically just treated with antibiotics I believe. 

As a PP said, C-dif commonly occurs due to too much of a certain anti-biotic. Was he on any anti-biotics right before he started having issues?

I sure hope he feels better soon! Stomach issues can be so frustrating!

Post # 26
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Blushing bee

@Miss Joker:  If its not irritable bowel, or some type of food poisoning, it may be Crohn’s disease. Best of luck to you both! Sending positive thoughts to him!

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

 

Miss Joker:  This sounds like my last year (for myself).  I’ve been officially unofficially diagnosed with IBS, gluten intolerance and aerophagia (where I constantly burp day in and day out causing extreme stomach distress).  Fun, right?

I tested negative for celiac’s twice, so I kept it up with the gluten.  It wasn’t until a second opinion told me I could still be intolerant did I stop it, plus a daily probiotic and activated charcoal did I feel worlds better.  I was finally able to pinpoint my triggers and control how I felt.  If you’re not getting any answers, go to another doctor for sure.   

If he’s not taking probiotics, definitely begin that.  Align is one of the best (but most expensive, unfortunately).  Costco has them a bit cheaper.  Cut out gluten for a while and see what happens. 

I feel your (his) pain…good luck! 

Post # 27
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

so sorry to hear about your husband.  something similar happened to my mom a few years ago.

my mom was very sick for about 3 months.  she thought it was some kind of stomach bug.  she went to doctor after doctor.  100s of test were run and no one could find anything or any cause.  then one day everything disappeared and my mom was 100% back to normal.  she said it was the strangest thing.

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m so sorry you’re going through this, how awful 

PPs have had good suggestsions re: tests. What I would like to add is for him to keep a detailed journal of what he eats, what time, and how he feels/ what his symptoms are. Bring this to the GI appointment, because it might be helpful. 

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