I have the flu, vomiting, diarrhea and can hardly move. Will my MS get better soon?
Gastrointestinal flu viruses, often make MS symptoms worse for direct or indirect reasons. Direct reasons may include fever or activation of your immune system; secondary reasons can include dehydration, electrolye imbalances and failure to absorb needed medications. More severe GI infections can cause bleeding and severe anemia.
The most important thing is to notify your doctor and make sure your underlying “Flu” symptoms are due to a common virus and not some other condition. Most GI flu that cause vomiting and diarrhea last no more than a day or two.
Other than this recommendation, it is most important that you stay well hydrated and keep your temperature down. If your mobility is significantly affected and you are finding it harder to take care of yourself, you may need to go into the hospital for treatment.
Hope you feel better soon.
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
University of California San Diego