Think I'm dying -- 100˚
Feel spacey and loopy and bone tired.
I pretty sure it's a flare up of diverticulitis which runs in my family.
If it's not that, then I have bladder cancer or I have kidney stone trying to pass out of my bladder and down my ureter.
My pain comes in waves.
I need to sit on the shower floor under the hottest trickle water I can stand and then hit the hay.
I have a busy day tomorrow but if I feel this bad I am staying in.
Ugh, Ugh, Ugh.
If it's that bad why don't you go to the hospital?
I had a horrible fever a couple weeks ago...I made sure by bedroom was cool, got in bed with a t shirt on and prepared myself to sweat it out. I woke up at 2AM shaking violently, but was glad it was leaving my body. You have to just wait it out.
Not trying to be a Drama Queen, but with the reports of meningitis among gays (as detailed in the "AIDS Part II here - any questions?" DL thread), do you think you should go to the hospital to rule that out? I get paranoid when I read that people have died in their apartments without seeking medical treatment because it moves too fast.
R3, that is what I thought too.
If you really feel bad OP you need to see a Dr.
You could die DIE GIRL and that would really wreck your party.
How do you get meningitis?
I'm not seeing anyone and have been celibate for over a year.
I you had Hay Fever and you feel bad now, with a fever, then I would guess that you have an infection in your head. A sinus infection. Especially if the fever came on kind of suddenly in the evening.
See a Doctor. I used to get hay fever but use an nasal spray each day along with an over the counter allergy medication.
A doctor might put you on an antibiotic to clear up the infection.
Listen to r6. I had the same thing this week...untreated severe seasonal allergies that escalated into a sinus infection. My doc put me on an antibiotic and, even though I'm still coughing up some yellow gunk once in a while, I'm feeling 100% better than I did earlier in the week.
Man up, pussy!
OP, if diverticulitis runs in your family what are you doing about it? You do know it's caused by your body's reaction and allergies to certain foods?
Do you drink alcohol, eat sweets, red meat, fatty foods, processed foods, fast foods, bread, sugar, & dairy? If you answer yes to any of these, you need to stop.
Change your diet, take a daily fiber supplement, daily probiotic capsules, drink 70-80 ounces of water, daily vitamins and daily exercise. No alcohol or soda.
Running a fever means you need to see a doctor. ASAP! You may have an infection, even a perforation in the intestinal wall, and/or bleeding and mucus pouches. You may have to have a section of your large intestine surgically removed at some future point if you don't take care.
Start a special diet until you get things under control. You have to avoid mucus producing foods. No fresh fruit except for bananas and cantaloupe. Canned peaches are fine, but no pineapple, grapes or berries of any kind. No dairy except for Greek yogurt.
Get rid of the bread, or at least limit yourself to one slice of high fiber bread a day. Get rid of all processed foods and red meat. Nothing fried or greasy.
Use Olive Oil and brown rice, eat only cooked veggies, except corn. As for salads, stay away from raw onions and ice berg lettuce. Eat romaine and bibb and mixed greens.
But most important, get to a damned doctor to make sure you don't have a medical condition that will require hospitalization and surgery. I'm not joking.
A 100 fever? That isn't that bad. Try driving with 104 temp. Good times.
If the pain is intense though I'm all for the ER. No point in suffering or you might miss some other symptom.
oh I love Peggy Lee!!!
It might be a tumor.
You never know how much I love you ...
You never know how much I care ...
OP here --
Temp now 100.1. Feel about the same though. Shitty.
About to turn out the light.
No one wants my stuff?
Go to the emergency room. You may have meningitis. You do not want to go to bed with meningitis. You will not wake up.
[qote]Use Olive Oil and brown rice, eat only cooked veggies, except corn.
Corn! When did I eat corn?
Haven't seen that in a while.
Booooooooooooo! I'm the OP and I died and now I'm haunting the Datalounge. Wooooooooooooo. You didn't care that I was sick and now you will be haunted forever.... Wooooooooooooooooooooo
OP, Are you sure you don't have a virus? Fatigue, weakness, bad headaches and pain, high temperature or not, sounds like it's an illness that needs to run its course.
r18, I had that minus the headache two weeks ago. The fever lasted about 3 days. It took a week for me to get my stamina back.
R19, I never have the energy when I'm sick to get to a doctor, and am not convinced that it would make that much of a difference anyway. Did you do anything special to get better?
Concur with the poster that suggests meningitis.
There is a national epidemic happening right now.
Why would you come on DL and ask for advice with the symptoms you have and then say "Well, I'm off to bed with a 100.1 fever! Wish me luck guys!"
Unless you were a troll or something...Oh, wait...you are.
This doesn't match any of my symptoms.
I just read this over, and I don't have meningitis.
I'm pretty sure I'm having diverticulitis.
If you're having Diverticulitis go to a doctor or hospital I hear it's very painful and in some cases people need surgery.
If I don't feel any better in the morning after taking some leftover antibiotics, I will see a professional.
Oddly, I feel like shit, but I'm not sleepy. I did have a nap this afternoon.
And I'm afraid the results are very disturbing. It seems that OP has a rare case of brake fluid...
GIVE OP THE SHOT!!!! I don't understand why he has to have this pain. GIVE OP THE SHOT!!!!!
OP, did you make it through the night? We've all been worried sick about you.
Thanks for checking, r28.
Still having the diverticulitis attack but it has leveled off. Fever is about 99˚, so headed downward. Yay.
I had the presence of mind a few years back to have my primary care physician prescribe some antibiotics to have on hand to use during an attack. Took my first one this morning; will take another tonight. Doxycycline.
Drinking sugared Kool-Aid and beef broth till the pain subsides. Also have made some iced tea with both sugar and stevia to have on hand throughout the day.
Got my heating pad out and have it plugged in and on my bed.
Thank you again for your kindness in checking up on me.
Not dead yet!
It's no fun to be so ill by yourself. Take good care.
It could be an ovarian cyst.
In a few hours it would be Saturday Night fever
OP, sugared Kool Aid? Sugared tea? Are you serious? Sugar is not your friend! You need to be drinking hot water with lemon juice. Green tea with no sweetner. Stay away from sugar right now. Drink water. W.A.T.E.R. Capish?
Also, consider that antibiotics up set the natural bacterial balance in our intestines. That is why antibiotics often cause diarreah or constipation. There is also an imbalance, in your case, of the proper amount of water or moisture needed in you colon.
So you will need to clean yourself out, and start fresh. Please use the regimen that I outlined up thread a few posts ago. BTW, your primary care physician is not the right person to be consulting on this.
You need a Gastroenterologist, a GI specialist, or a colorectal specialist. One or the other. You keep temporizing, playing games of avoidance of the real issue. If you don't address it thru diet and thru seeing medical professionals, you are going to pay a high price.
You will sit there and look back on this and wish you had acted differently. There is no substitute for a proper diet, water, exercise fiber and vitamins along with a dose of probiotic capsules daily.
If you did that for just three months you'd discover you can cheat once in a while in moderation and you'll feel so good you'll wonder why it took so long for you to do the right thing. You haven't even attempted to address the causes in this thread, you just want to drink Kool Aid.
r9 / r33:
Thank you for taking the time to offer me your dietary advice.
Several observations I'll make though:
This is a holiday weekend, and I cannot go to a G.I. Doc or my primary care physician or anyone else except a doc in the box and I don't want to do that. Things are not that dire.
My health insurance is extremely shitty, with a very high deductible. Consequently all of this would be straight out of my fixed income. I had some other emergency expensies of a non-healthcare nature earlier in the spring, and I don't need this hit to my budget.
I consulted the Mayo Clinic web page this morning and I have attached to this post their recommendations for foods to eat during a diverticulitis attack.
I took clear soda to mean 7-Up or Sprite. Both of these have plenty of high fructose corn syrup as sweetener. I did not have any of these clear sodas in the house, but I did have some Kool-Aid.
I think iced tea with stevia would be an acceptable substitution for other drinks recommended. I do have some club soda, and per your recommendation, I have started drinking it this afternoon.
I will consider your other dietary recommendations once I get the attack settled.
Thank you again for taking the time to share these with me.
OP, my dietary recommendations, the regimen I suggested to you, is the very one that I have been on for the past four years. I can't even describe the difference in how I feel. Major improvement.
I too have suffered diverticulitis, acute mucus colitis, and a variety of GI tract problems all my life. I know the pain, and the sweats, and the chills, and the acute discomfort first hand.
I offered these suggestions to you with the utmost sympathy for what you are going thru because I have been there. I have also been without health insurance at various times in my life for periods lasting up to 6-7 years. So I do not make these suggestions lightly.
If I had to deal with R9/R33/R38 on a regular basis, or at all, I'd have to cunt punt her.
I know, r39! A real helicopter nutrition freak. But to each his own (guzzles down gout pills with green tea powder drink, ready to eat BBQ chicken and cole slaw).
[quote]In a few hours it would be Saturday Night fever
It is not unusual for someone to be passionate or enthusiastic proponent when they find something that relieves their suffering. If you have never suffered with GI problems chronic ones that ruin your life, then you can't even imagine what it's like.
OP, you have done the right thing. When concerned that you might have a fatal disease, do not, under any circumstances, consult a medical professional. Seek out the help you so desperately need on DataLounge. If it is prime time, so that you have a smaller pool of potential advisors, consult another gay gossip board or blogger.
They're like born again Jesus freaks, reformed whores or ex-smokers. They become tedious, one-note zealots whom nobody wants to invite anywhere.
Did their parents not teach them that no one wants to hear the intimate details of dietary and intestinal tract issues?
(sigh) r42 -- It's a holiday weekend.
I am not an emergency room case.
But thank you for you comments all the same.
Thanks for the info R9, 33. I had diverticulitis in March, hospitalized five days and I am still recovering; had to go to hospital Thursday but luckily I had no infection. Dr. precribed Bentyl for abdominal spasms. It has helped me feel better.
OP don't play around with this. Get professional help!
R43, if you don't want to discuss remedies related to intestinal tract issues then why are you on this thread? Is it to demonstrate how snarky and cool and funny you are? On a Saturday night holiday weekend with Datalounge?
I just hope it's not a kidney cylinder stone. They are long and spiked on the ends, and get caught in your ureter and everything and slice through the walls of the vesicles, so that you start urinating into your insides and very little of the urine manages to get out through your urethra. And the urine pools and drains down into your legs and all over the abdominal area, and if you lie down it swishes up to your chest. It's awful. And the leaking just keeps on and on if it's not identified until you have gallons of urine filling all the spaces between your organs and muscles. And it stinks and starts causing inflammation and infection, and peritonitis can start, leading to gangrene, and you know what that does.
And in the meantime to horrible stalactite-like shard of knife-like rock relentlessly tears down through your body until it rips out your urethra opening, usually disfiguring the penis (or the woman's urethra) like the end of an exploding cigar.
So please go to the ER, even though it probably is too late. It was for my cousin Bob. And to think his mother insisted on an open coffin, even though he was a dark tea color and brownish urine kept dripping out of his mouth between the gaps of the staples, like a tenement faucet leaking.
R47, is there any chance that you happen to have pictures?
t could be the gall stones. You'll know in a day or two because they block up the liver and you turn yellow and develop those brown liver spots and then you die.
You guys are funny. I love morbid disease chat when I'm home alone on Sat night with nothing to do for a holiday weekend. Really, I do.
Glad you're getting better, OP.
OP, where do you live that there's no urgent care facility near you?
It sounds like your dementia is worsening, R50. Sorry to hear that, but we have been expecting it. I mean, that hair.
R51, I wouldn't go to an urgent care facility for something like this. Of course I base that on my own bad - and good experiences with urgent care facilities. UCFs are fine for basic stuff.
I had a strep infection with fever and they gave me an antibiotic that worked fine. Stiches on my split knee for an accident, that went fine., but they just didn't have the expertise to know what to do or the correct medication to prescribe.
The problem with most places, doctors included, is that very few who aren't specialists in the field know what to do. They often prescribe something that will treat the immediate but worsen the overall.
OP, circling back --
Feeling 50% better today. Fever normal. Pain mostly gone. Antibiotic pills must be working.
Thanks for everyone's concern.
Should be right as rain in a day or two.
Good ol' DL is better than any run-of-the-mill storefront clinic, but should not be used for serious medical issues, as I do know.
Just remember OP. Antibiotics upset the bacterial balance in the intestinal tract. See above posts.
OP here --
Eating some kimchi and yoghurt everyday (not together!) to replace gut flora.
Doxycycline = a must for occasional diverticulitis sufferers.