Hi fellow friends
It's been a while since I last posted but would like to gauge from our slightly longer term steroid swallowers if any have experienced more severe gastric disturbances since their PMR/GCA journey was diagnosed.
In am into my third year of PMR, have been hospitalized 2016 & 2017 with a noro virus & slowly recovering presently from a maybe a bout of food poisoning? with vomiting only.
Each time this has happened it is at the height of summer - I take special care with my food, don't eat out & most careful with my hygiene without being OTT. NZ has had an extremely hot summer thus far, not that I am complaining.
I do have an over sensitive gut, my steroids are made up in an acid resistant capsule to dissolve in the large bowel. I am grateful for this service which is expensive but worth every cent.
Am awaiting to see Gastro Specialist & can not tolerate most mainstream meds for the gut. I use ginger, slippery elm, probiotic's, keifer coconut yoghurt - all help sooth gut membranes & sometimes stimulates my appetite a fraction which of course I need once I feel able to eat.
Have stepped up my steroid meds prior to this recent gut disturbance & want to keep out of hospital.
Any other folk been in a similar predicament to me & I do wonder if we are more at risk or is this just the norm as we age dare I say?
Any thoughts always gratefully received