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I have been posting regularly on this site for over a year, and thought I had the disease pretty much under control. Having been fine for ages, 4 days before my holidays this weekend I come down with the usual bloating, stabbing pains and 3 "hot spots". 5 bowel movements today (tmi) and no relief from the stabs and bloating.
So taking my own advice I went straight onto the 48 hour fluid only diet and a quick call to my GP. With some reluctance (as it has not yet developed into full blown diverticulitis, and he was concerned about developing antibiotic resistance) he has prescribed antibiotics - different to the usual ones, but others on this site have mentioned them. I explained I did not want to be rolling in agony in a foreign country, without medication. I am going to continue on the fluids and wait and see. I should know by Saturday, but that would have been too late to see a GP, and I fly out early Sunday. Even if apparently improving by then, I'll make sure I have the pills at the ready with me.
However it made me think. The last 3 flares all came just before I was due to go on holiday as well, plus on other occasions, I have instead developed a bladder infection just before a holiday. So it has made me wonder about the psychological aspects of this disease. In the run up to the holidays, I am dashing about and I think subconsciously worrying I am going to become ill when away. So, I suspect I am actually making myself ill. I know others have cited stress as a factor, and the fear of problems that goes with it. So, still learning about this disease after 16+ years of coping with it. More fluid, 2 paracetemol and a hot water bottle now.
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