UC for many years, maybe also IBS ? help !

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tipoil
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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 2/15/2008 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone;
 
I would greatly appreciate some responses from anyone, but particularly from those who have both UC and IBS.  I have been treated for UC since 1987, which gradually seem to have gotten worse.  On occasion after a colonoscopy, I've been told that my UC was quite active, which of course I already knew.  Now as my symptoms, especially the cramping during and for the rest of the day after only 1 bm, have increased over the years, I was really surprised after my last colonoscopy, to be told that my UC was not active. It has been a year since and I still have the pain and cramping all day from the time I have a bm !
I also feel drained of any energy for the rest of the day.  I do not have much if any mucous and havent seen blood in a while.  Is this what IBS is like ?? Could it be that I have THAT also ??  
 
TYVM for your responses !
male Dx = UC 1987


damo123
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   Posted 2/15/2008 3:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with UC in May 2007. I had bowel issues for 18 months previous to that. I eventually got out of my UC flare by August 2007. Been doing really good since then. No IBD symptoms. I do suffer from loose stools and my doctor is now thinking that IBS is my dominant condition and that UC is something I lapse into. For some IBSers the immune system also plays a role in their IBS.

My body responds well to diet and reduced stress. So I'm thinking this is helping my IBS. As I look back over the last 2.5 years its becoming more evident to me that most of my symptoms were really mild IBS. I've only had bleeding over that period for about 4 months.

No blood, no mucus and no major tummy rumblings to me signals IBS.

Blood, musuc and a "violent" colon signals UC to me.

Thankfully I've never suffered pain nor cramps with either. I had low energy because I was anemic for 6 months. That got sorted out with a triple dose of iron supplements over 2 months. My energy is now really really good.

I figure I have some mild food intolerances that make my IBS worse and worsen my IBD if I'm in a flare. I guess I should do a food diary and try and elimiante those foods. But I like my food and once my IBS stays mild I'm more than happy to put up with 2 loose BMs a day.
400-800 mg Asacol a day
Iron supplment,Probioitcs
Balanced Diet (...ish!!), Reduced Stress
 
"There are only about a half dozen things that make 80% of the difference in any area of our lives."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


tipoil
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 21
   Posted 2/16/2008 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   

 

tyvm damo123:

I am surprised that I have received only 1 response.  I think maybe my question was a bit confusing...(sry bout that).  I guess what I would like to ask is ...."Are my symptoms indicative of IBS ???"  After a BM in morning, my day is shot ! I feel pain in the abdomen and rectum for the rest of the day along with no energy.  Consecutive BMs will be more difficult and will make things even worse, painwise.

Thank you !

male Dx = UC 1987


damo123
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 706
   Posted 2/16/2008 1:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Tip,

Why not ask this question in the UC forum. It's just that the UC forum has lots more members than the IBS forum (prob cos UC is more serious than IBS in a medical sense and more ppl concerned and looking for answers). Most of the people in UC forum know lots about IBS too and a lot of them have the dual problem.

D
400-800 mg Asacol a day
Iron supplment,Probioitcs
Balanced Diet (...ish!!), Reduced Stress
 
"There are only about a half dozen things that make 80% of the difference in any area of our lives."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


carell
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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 105
   Posted 2/17/2008 7:44 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Tipoil- the other poster is right- there may well be more info. on the UC site about that.  I can tell you that yes, those sx are very similar to some with IBS.  The funny thing about IBS is that is is really a myriad of symptoms.  Yours fit right in.  Mine began as a very severe nausea, dry heaving (no vomiting) and extreme fatigue (from the chronic and intense nausea). Now that the nausea has faded, I am prone to episodes of extreme abdominal pain, so much so that it leads to vomiting, sometimes explosively so (no, it's not my appendix :)  While abdominal cramping (mine isn't cramping, its' more along the lines of straight pain) and diahrrea seem to be the dominant symptoms, people have many more.  I normally don't have diahrrea anymore (had it in the beginning), but become constipated, trouble moving bowels, etc.  You know, though I always wondered about people with Crohn's and UC who also have IBS- I always think, 'man, that sux'.  I'm so sorry if you do have both- as UC is certainly a lot of stress and illness.  One of my best friends has it and really suffers and struggles.  I hope this has helped some and I wish you health and happiness- hope you feel better.

 

PS- this forum has been slower lately than usual.

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