I'm a 57 yo female, reasonably healthy. Dx include gastritis, hypothyroid, dysthymia. Had a colonoscopy last year with polypectomy x2 (benign) to follow up on peptic ulcer attack several years ago. During the past 18 months, I've had periodic diarrhea which I attributed to morning breakfast of oatmeal. No oatmeal, no D. One month ago, I started having abdominal cramps, persistent D, vomiting, low grade fever. This sent me to the ER twice in 10 days due to dehydration. I improve for a week, then relapse. Docs have said it's gastrointestinal virus and to ride it out. I've tried to manage it with Kaopectate and Pheragan but the Kao doesn't always work. Stool cultures for c.diff, giardiasis, cyclospora and a variety of other critters were all negative. GI doc felt this has been going on too long for a typical gastro virus and prescribed a 5 day course of Levaquin empirically without relief - I now have tendon problems - grrrr! I had a colonoscopy yesterday with biopsy for microcolitis, and polypectomy for 1 small polyp. All of this points to likely colitis EXCEPT the boyfriend has similar symptoms. Does anyone have a guess what this could be?View Thread
CalGal, thank you for your response. The biopsy was negative for microcolitis so the GI doc dx IBS. When I told her the b/f has similar symptoms, she had no answer and recommended taking Lomotil for flare-ups.
At this point, the b/f is doing better except for some nasty gas. After about a week of getting back to "normal", I am having some D w/o nausea. This pattern lasts for a day, resolves for a 7-10 days, then relapses.