Colitis contagious?

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   Posted 1/19/2008 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
This should be an interesting topic...
this is Nathan's(ucreallysucks) wife.  I've been having stomach problems off and on since december 2006, and one episode/flare back in 2004 as well.  (I've been with Nate since 2002).  I actually don't usually have the loose bowel symptoms, I have constipation a lot more often than that, I usually get diarrhea just when something I eat bothers me, and sometimes I get diarrhea and I'll have eaten the same thing as Nate, and he won't get diarrhea from it. But my symptoms are really more stomach pain and upper intestinal pain, either immediately upon eating (even had pain with swallowing for a few weeks)  or an hour after eating.  I get stomach pain almost all the time, but I don't actually get sick from it.
Anyway, I've done a myriad of testing to figure out what's wrong with me (gallbladder ultrasound, hida scan, endoscopy)  and the endoscopy actually found ulcers in my small intestine, which my GI said is usually caused by chron's.  I mentioned to him that my husband had uc and the GI goes "well, it's not *supposed* to be contagious"  and kind of laughed about it.  I'm assuming he was pretty much joking but it does pose an interesting question, I guess.
I actually had the prometheus test done recently (I'm sooooo glad I have insurance because that test was $455) and it came out negative for chrohn's or uc, so I guess we're going to be trying to figure me out for a while yet.  Something is causing the ulcers in my intestine but don't know what, I go back January 31 to the GI, I'll update you guys if I find anything else out..

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   Posted 1/19/2008 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I meant to add I've also got hemmoroids now, probably from the constipation I'm guessing, which causes a lot of bleeding and sometimes severe pain. I actually forgot to even mention that to my GI because I considered it unrelated. I know it's TMI but everything on here is TMI lol

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   Posted 1/19/2008 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Interesting question. I don't think a contagious component has ever been demonstrated, but of course a lot of the environmental factors would be the same for people living in the same home. I haven't seen any information on how often spouses develop UC, but I have read that with Grave's disease (autoimmune thyroiditis) spouses develop it at significantly higher rates than those whose significant others don't have it.

Makes you wonder, doesn't it? Of course, living with one of "us" might be enough to give a lot of people ulcers. (just kidding, of course)
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   Posted 1/20/2008 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
One study showed it is communicable (contagious) in mice through fecal to mouth and skin to skin contact:

There are also 2 studies on spouses with UC if you follow that link.

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   Posted 1/20/2008 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow that's a bit scary now, isn't it? Although if it's some sort of pathogen causing it, you'd think that would actually be better because they could figure out a way to kill it

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   Posted 1/20/2008 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Keeping in mind with my own experiance I don't see alot of the idea of it being "contagious/communicable" simply because hubby and I have been together for 25 yrs and I've had active CD for going on 16 yrs and he's totally fine. But that's going by my own experiance...I feel that as strong research shows, one must be predisposed (genetics) to getting IBD and then it's a matter of it being triggered...and with so many people becomming DX with IBD anymore, the chances that couples both have IBD would increase naturally, that doesn't make it communicable.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 1/20/2008 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
my husband and I have been together for almost 33 years been married for 30 he doesnt have it.

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