Hi I'm new here and am not the sufferer of UC, but if you can give any advice or help with what we should do next I'd greatly appreciate it.
My son is 32 and was diagnosed with UC about 9 years ago. He has suffered flare ups from time to time but generally copes without much compliant, in fact I admire him for what he puts up with but I digress. 16 days ago after a dodgy take out he started with severe diarrhoea, at one stage collapsing in the street. He has just finished a course of steroids to get a flare up under control - which worked, prior to this meal. However, he believes he got food poisoning as his wife only had two very small portions of his meal and was violently ill the next day - resulting in them both being bed ridden - apart from toilet runs or crawls as the case may be.
The diarrhoea, although not as violent (and no vomiting) continues. There is no blood and no pain as there is normally with his UC and the diarrhoea is very watery to the point he can't leave the house. He also sometimes has a fever with that. He is trotting off to the loo several times an hour.
He finally got a Doctor's appointment today, after following the advice of not to go until 2 weeks of diarrhoea has passed - only to be told by the doctor that they do not investigate cases of diarrhoea as when they do the symptoms usually stop. My son did take a sample with him though and this has been sent off to the lab, results on Friday. He queries with the doctor what he should do next as his home life, work life, and looking after his daughter is becoming next to impossible. He lives 4 hours away from us, so we can't get to him should he become very ill overnight.
So he is not eating very well, is just about managing to drink some fluids, spends his days and nights on the toilet or in bed, sometimes runs a fever and looks like death. He takes the electrolyte replacement sachets but the thought of no help and no advice just seems so wrong - what on earth is he supposed to do now?
I dread that the sample comes back clear of bugs - as I know he will be just left with unrelenting watery diarrhoea which is not UC related.
Any suggestions, please?