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Posted by: Pixiecat, Thursday, February 13, 2014, 4:43am
Hi everyone - my husband (bloody type A, not sure of secretor status) has suspected food poisoning (possibly from left over chicken he ate the next day) but really it could be something else. He's had blood tests and having an abdominal scan on Monday.

He started with severe abdomoinal pain/cramping nearly 5days ago now, then vomitting started, we even called the ambulance out the following night. They ruled out anything immediate and we got a dr to come out that night. He injected buscopan and moxalon which helped a little. Diarheaa started a few days after and even today he still has really bad cramping if he doesn't take medication (buscopan/pramin).

He's not eating much - taking Polyflora A, drinking water and gastrolyte, I gave him some proberry syrup today (should I give him ARA6?) and he is eating rice, white bread/toasted, ricepuffs, I've told him to lay off milk (he follows the diet a tiny bit, we're getting there slowly with him) - what else can he eat to help? I read lemon water sips, and ACV straight.

Still think it might be something else, he's been super stressed. He is a bricklayer so super physical job, normally super healthy and its terrible seeing him so weak and ill  :(

Anyone else had these symptoms and for so long? We've never had food poisoning or gastro before in our house!
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, February 13, 2014, 6:43am; Reply: 1
take him to your nearest ER
Posted by: jeanb, Thursday, February 13, 2014, 12:30pm; Reply: 2
Get him to the ER, my guess is appendicitis or diverticulitis .
Posted by: Dr. D, Thursday, February 13, 2014, 12:47pm; Reply: 3
Or an acute gall bladder attack.
Posted by: Goldie, Thursday, February 13, 2014, 1:57pm; Reply: 4
Yess that's it.
Posted by: Chloe, Thursday, February 13, 2014, 3:16pm; Reply: 5
I wouldn't give ACV to anyone with blood type A.  And probably best to be drinking plain water until you've got some idea what you're treating.  

Here's some gall bladder info to see if this matches your husband's syptoms
http://www.medicinenet.com/gallbladder_pain_gall_bladder_pain/article.htm

My son's business partner in FL overlooked what he thought was severe food poisoning...had a ruptured appendix and spent 3 days in intensive care....nearly died. *he's fine now...after10 days in the hospital.

Don't take this lightly....go to the ER.
Posted by: ginnyTN, Friday, February 14, 2014, 12:47am; Reply: 6
I've had food poisoning.  It didn't last more than about 18 hours, all of which time was spent in the bathroom.  You are left feeling very weak for a day but your intestines are cleaned out - from both ends!  
Posted by: Chloe, Friday, February 14, 2014, 12:55am; Reply: 7
Quoted from ginnyTN
I've had food poisoning.  It didn't last more than about 18 hours, all of which time was spent in the bathroom.  You are left feeling very weak for a day but your intestines are cleaned out - from both ends!  


I agree....Most food poisoning usually resolves pretty quickly.  Although my oldest son and his roommate in college both wound up in the hospital for many days after being horribly sick with a campylobacter infection after eating in a Chinese restaurant.  Obviously the cooked chicken sat on a surface where raw chicken sat.  Campylobacter can last up to a week. I always ask people who
have what appears to be food poisoning if they recently ate chicken...Symptoms can start 2-4
days after ingestion.

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000224.htm
Posted by: Pixiecat, Friday, February 14, 2014, 10:16pm; Reply: 8
He did eat chicken, leftover from dinner, but he ate it that day, so it was a number of hours before his symptoms started. It was 43degrees that day (centigrade) so perhaps it wasn't chilled enough??

No, gallbladder pain wasn't present - this was what the paramedic was sussing out, I can tell by what he was asking about hte pain.

We called the ambulance and they checked him out, didn't take him in  but said get Dr, which we did etc etc.

He's stopped taking the pramin and buscopan, didn't take it at all yesterday and is heaps better today. Lost 6kg in total over the week!

Absominal scan on monday and all test results tues night so lets hope we find something out!  Thanks everyone :)


Quoted from Chloe


I agree....Most food poisoning usually resolves pretty quickly.  Although my oldest son and his roommate in college both wound up in the hospital for many days after being horribly sick with a campylobacter infection after eating in a Chinese restaurant.  Obviously the cooked chicken sat on a surface where raw chicken sat.  Campylobacter can last up to a week. I always ask people who
have what appears to be food poisoning if they recently ate chicken...Symptoms can start 2-4
days after ingestion.

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000224.htm


Posted by: Averno, Saturday, February 15, 2014, 4:14am; Reply: 9

Brick layer? Could be a strangulted hernia. 45°C? Could be a kidney stone due to dehydration.
Posted by: Vista, Saturday, February 15, 2014, 8:57pm; Reply: 10
Porphyria attack?

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WHICH FEATURES ARE CHARACTERISTIC OF PAIN DUE TO PORPHYRIA?

The cardinal feature is that these are attacks—i.e. discrete episodes lasting several days, with complete freedom of symptoms in between. Pain which comes and goes as the day progresses, or chronic pain present day after day, is highly unlikely to represent a true symptom of porphyria. Secondly, patients are, and look, ill.

Read the following page: Acute symptoms in porphyria.

1.  Severe acute attacks

The patient usually experiences the following.

severe abdominal pain
which may also be felt as a dragging discomfort in the lower back, loins and legs
nausea; vomiting is not invariable
mildly elevated blood pressure and pulse rate
passage of dark urine
and, perhaps, paralysis.
2. Mild acute attacks are signified by the following

abdominal pain as above, lasting continuously for several days,
continuous throughout most of the day and night,
accompanied by loss of appetite and possibly nausea.


Quoted Text
Under no circumstances should the patient take antispasmodics such as hyoscine butylbromide (Buscopan) etc., as this may very well precipitate an acute attack. These measures are usually sufficient for the episode to pass on in 1-2 days.


http://www.porphyria.uct.ac.za/professional/prof-abdo-pain.htm
Posted by: Goldie, Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 5:55pm; Reply: 11
my nephew needed to go to emergency room twice to find out that the first diagnosis was not enough.. go again when the need is there.. they are only as good as what we tell them.
Posted by: Kiwi, Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 7:52pm; Reply: 12
How did you get on Pixiecat?  What about campylobacter?  It can lurk around for a while before it starts showing symptoms.
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