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Husband severely sick! Advice please!

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  • Posted By: starrynight4321
  • August 4, 2009
  • 06:10 PM

A week ago my husband was starting to get flu like symptoms, loss of appetite, weakness, but no fever. Then a couple days later he threw up several times in a few hours, which is not normal for him when he's sick. He got rushed to the ER where they said he had acute kidney failure and his sodium was severely depleted.

The doctors aren't sure what is wrong, they think it's some kind of virus. He did have a surgery 14 years ago that removed his large intestine due to ulcerative colitis, which has caused him to become more easily dehydrated.

He was in the hospital for a couple days, and he's been home 3 days, but now he has a fever, extreme fatigue, loss of appetite, and I don't know what to do. There are so many kinds of viruses and I'm worried sick.

The doctor said yesterday that his liver numbers were high and his potassium and sodium were too low. But they still don't know what's causing all of this, please help! I don't know if these are all side effects from the medicine he was on (anti-biotic and potassium) or if it's getting worse or if his body is just fighting it off. :(

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  • It sounds like your husband's electrolytes are severely out of balance - this same thing happened to my mother in March and I took her to an internal medicine specialist who got her in right away-- he hospitalized her the same day and said she would have DIED if he had not gotten her hospitalized (her family doc had treated and released her from the hospital on two previous occasions just prior). It took the INTERNAL MEDICINE SPECIALIST more than a week in the hospital to get her electrolytes back in balance (sodium and potassium) -- this is very serious -- take him to a BIGGER, MORE SPECIALIZED HOSPITAL and make sure they KEEP him there until his electrolytes are fully back in balance. I have a friend who is a retired ER doc and he says the electrolyte imbalance is a very precarious situation. Not sure about the liver enzymes but your husband needs an INTERNAL MEDICINE SPECIALIST. Or take him to the ER of a major hospital if you have one near you. Look up electrolyte imbalance in wikipedia -- if that's what it is, it is very serious. Good luck to you and your husband.
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  • i would suggest to get him checked for H1N1
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