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anglfrmhvn69
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   Posted 10/28/2008 5:20 AM (GMT -7)   
i have uc was diagnosed in 03 but i smoke so didnt flare to bad. well i dont smoke anymore and i'm flaring but i have bad soreness throughout my body, could this be part of my flare?

pamela

 i was diagnosed with uc on april.16,2003. had my sec. colonoscopy on aug.22,2008 came back normal.

quit smoking almost a year ago,been having little flares since then.

i also take nexium 40mg once a day for acid reflux.

take one multivitamin a day

                                                                       

 


TeacherBetsy
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   Posted 10/28/2008 6:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Pamela, yes, I believe it can. I have random aches and pains when my CD flares up. If you need some relief or feel uncertain about what you're experiencing, though, call your doctor.

Julie1014
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   Posted 10/28/2008 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Pamela, I believe there is some correlation between nicotine and UC. You might want to post this on the Ulcerative Colitis BB for more information on this topic. I think it has been discussed there before. The best of luck to you! Blessings, Julie:)
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Colitis or Crohn's?
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   Posted 10/28/2008 2:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with UC quite awhile ago, although now, my Drs. think I may have Crohn's. Anyways, I used to smoke and when I did, I'd completely go off my sulfasalazine for long periods of time and would be symptom free. In January, I asked my GI Dr. to prescribe Chantix so I could quit smoking and he wanted me on my medication for several months prior to quitting because the lack of smoking, probably the nicotine, could lead to a flare up. That being said, be careful! I experienced a major flare up this summer after quitting smoking and May and ended up in the hospital for a long, expensive stay.

And about the aches and pains. Yes, I experienced them too. My knees and back would drive me crazy. I felt like I was 62 rather than 32.
I'd get back on your colitis medication ASAP.

anglfrmhvn69
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   Posted 10/29/2008 5:27 AM (GMT -7)   
the thing is i dont have a gi doc. here in charleston wv they are weird. my gi doc moved to florida and took my records with him.now no other gi doc wants to take me back here. so i have to depend on my regular doc to help me and he dont really know how to handle this. but i can say this is the worst flare i have ever had. i just pray to god to make it stop. sometimes i just want to start smoking til i get it under control then start some kind of med.

pamela

 i was diagnosed with uc on april.16,2003. had my sec. colonoscopy on aug.22,2008 came back normal.

quit smoking almost a year ago,been having little flares since then.

i also take nexium 40mg once a day for acid reflux.

take one multivitamin a day

                                                                       

 


gachrons
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   Posted 10/29/2008 12:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi hang in there in the long run I am sure you will be healthier. Congrads on your quitting. lol gail
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anglfrmhvn69
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   Posted 10/29/2008 12:44 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks i'm trying to hang in there, it's hard to explain to my kids that i'm real sick right now. they knew i had this awful disease but i never got like this from where i smoked. now they see what it's doing to me. i do have one other question though can i be flaring still bad if i dont go to the bathroom constantly? but i still have bloody mucus and cramping off and on and the joint soreness.

pamela

 i was diagnosed with uc on april.16,2003. had my sec. colonoscopy on aug.22,2008 came back normal.

quit smoking almost a year ago,been having little flares since then.

i also take nexium 40mg once a day for acid reflux.

take one multivitamin a day

started taking philips colon heath with probiotics once a day.

                                                                       

 


MerryMac
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   Posted 10/29/2008 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Pamela: I actually went to the Crohns and Colitis Symposium in So San Francisco over last weekend and they talked about smoking and Crohns/Colitis. Interestingly enough, smoking increases problems with Crohns, BUT! it seems to lessen the Colitis. Go figure. This doesn't mean that all Colitis people should start smoking :) As a long time sufferer of Crohns, all I can say is ya never know when this disease will rear its ugly head. Just when I think I feel all normal, WAM! it's not so normal anymore. Best of luck to you.
Diagnosed with Crohns 1995. First bowel resection surgery performed (8in removed). Took Pentasa, 16 pills a day for 10 yrs. Off and on with: Prednisone, Imuran, Remicade, Methotrexate, and Cipro. 2nd surgery 2005 (another 8in), preceeded by an abcess that antibiotics couldn't resolve. Currently on Humira-one injection every two weeks. Status: all of my small intestine is filled with Crohns, except 2ft. I hope to keep it that way as long as possible. So far Humira is working, though I hate having to give myself injections. I keep positive by telling myself that things could be way worse. Doesn't always work, but I keep trying.


eva124
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   Posted 10/29/2008 7:25 PM (GMT -7)   
yea if you are expericncing soem symptoms of a flare and not others doesnt mean ur not in a flare,i get really sore joints in a flare adn pins and needles in my face
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Texan with Crohn's
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   Posted 10/30/2008 3:56 AM (GMT -7)   
anglfrmhvn69 -

Charleston, WV, huh? Yep, nothing up there in WV but mountains and long winding roads. Lived Charleston and Wheeling for a few months. I would track down that GI doc for medical records and take a drive over to Ohio.

Best of luck to you.
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