You are not his doctor, we will not take this as serious medical advice, and yes, he is currently seeing a doctor and is in the middle of a bunch of tests.
About six or seven weeks ago, my husband got the stomach flu. He is one of those people that hardly ever gets sick, and this one really knocked him out. It came out of both ends, stomach cramps, etc., but no fever. He was on the couch for about five days.
Fast forward three weeks and as part of our IVF protocol, we both have to take antibiotics. Two pills the first day, then one a day for three more days. I felt ill the first night but was fine afterwards. He felt ill the entire time, but it goes away once he finishes taking them.
About five days after he finishes the last pill, he is at a union meeting when he suddenly has severe stomach cramps and diarrhea, so comes home. He walks in the house, gets to the bathroom, and vomits and has diarrhea at the same time (luckily the tub is next to the toilet). He crawls to the bedroom and lays on the floor with severe stomach pain. Severe enough that after about 30 minutes I called the ambulance. He was almost incoherent with the pain and descibed it as a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10. This coming from a guy who has broken multiple bones, dislocated his hips, broken his back, had shoulder rotator cuff partial replacement surgery and had a steel plate installed in his forearm after a bad break. This was worse pain then any of that, according to him.
The ambulance arrived and loaded him up with morphine and demerol. He was taken to the hospital and seen by the ER doctor. They thought it might be the stomach flu, but hubby disagreed because of the difference in severit of symptoms. They did a feces culture which later came back normal. Blood work was also normal. The ER doc thought it might be C.Diff, but because the blood work was normal, later discounted this.
They gave him something that stops spasms (starts with a ‘b’…ugh, can’t recall) and it worked wonderfully, so he was sent home. The next day he felt fine. This was about three weeks ago.
Over the last three weeks, he’s occassionally felt ill again, but has had three more severe bouts in addition to that that would have again sent him to the hospital if he didn’t have these pills at home, which help as soon as they kick in. He no longer has diarrhea (though a bit loose sometimes) and no vomitting since the hospital trip. But this is most certainly not the stomach flu, it’s something else.
He had an ultrasound yesterday, and goes for more blood work and a urea breath test (if I recall correctly) on Monday.