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butterfly42
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   Posted 7/24/2009 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Does uc cause any one to get a red blotchy itchy rash in clusters bout the size of mosquito bites, but i only get it at night. Im currently in a flare and last night had a family tragedy and i noticed it after i got really upset and i had it all last night and then today it was faintly only on one spot of my stomache and now tonight its back all over my breasts, armpits and stomache and back. Im wondering if its my nerves or uc or both. shakehead confused

quincy
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   Posted 7/25/2009 2:27 AM (GMT -6)   
How sad you have had a family tragedy. I hope you have a good support system to help you through this.

It sounds as though they might be hives brought on by stress....it doesn't seem that it would be specifically UC, however, based on the fact that they come and go.

Did you happen to have any alcohol or a stimulant before that happened?

Were you in the sun at all before this happened or have a food that was new last night or tonight?

What meds are you on at this time?

I would suggest you take an antihistamine...at least it might help to lower the immune reaction in the event it is an allergic reaction. Even if it isn't allergy related, sometimes an autoimmune reaction can be helped with antihistamines.

Caring well wishes sent your way.
quincy
*Heather* Status: flaring...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


Red_34
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   Posted 7/25/2009 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hives can come from a variety of reasons. Yes stress is one of them. My MIL had stress induced hives for nearly 2 years and she was miserable. But it could also be from almost anything including bed bugs. Bed bugs are reemerging in society and their bites are in clusters and can mimic a mosquito bite. Have you started any new medications? Laundry/body soaps? Foods?
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   Posted 7/25/2009 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I also thought of bed bugs-- because some travelers have picked them up in quite respectable hotels during the past few yrs. Have you been away from home recently? / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

butterfly42
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   Posted 7/25/2009 8:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry its taking me so long to get back to you all and thank you so much for your kind words of concern and advice. Please pray for me, its so hard to go to a funeral, with uc!!!! I recently visited my boys out of town but stayed with them so i dont think its bed bugs. Our family has just had a murder suicide, my sisterinlaws husband shot himself as well as his wife and they both passed. Im worried about my sons, her daughter has asked them to be pallbearers and they dont deal with this kind of stress well. I became instantly sick as soon as i got the news and that night the rash started and then again last night, im fine during the day as far as the rash goes, but im not sleeping because i cant get this tragedy out of my head, and thats when the rash starts so i think it must be nerves. I take ativan, bentyl and ambien and none of them are helping me to calm down or sleep. I havent ate anything new or changed detergents lotions etc...Ive been off work for a year and am having to return on the 3rd of next month and i know the thought of that is stressing me out too! My uc always acts up at work, and ive had accidents in my pants and enourmous pain and theres only two bathrooms for over 100 employees, so needless to say getting through the day is a chore in itself. Im so thankful for all of you and this forum. My family doesnt really ever understand my uc. I do get alot of support from my mom, she a registered nurse and has seen alot of patients with uc. I was recently denied ssi and have had uc for over 20 years now, but never to this extent. Im a single parent and have to support my 10 year old son, so i have to work and support him. I work at a prison, ive tried to find a less stressful job but have had no success. Any words of advice would be greatly appreciated. God bless you all!!!!!

quincy
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   Posted 7/25/2009 11:57 PM (GMT -6)   
OMG....how horrific a tragedy to have happened to your family!!! my deepest condolences to you/your family and her daughter. It's sad to hear how people deal with issues and how unhealthy mentally society is becoming...albit small, it's happening too often to even be shocked anymore.

Are you on any UC meds at all?

I'm assuming you're flaring at this time......I wouldn't normally suggest this, but maybe a low dosage if imodium could help you get through the day at work or at least through the funeral without any mishaps.

It's unfortunate you're situation with UC is that you have such a stressful job. Medications can help, but for some UCers, surgery is the only option left.

Where in the colon is your UC...throughout or limited?

Do you see a GI regularly?

Healing toughts sent your way,
quincy
*Heather* Status: flaring...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


butterfly42
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   Posted 7/26/2009 12:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Quincy! Your such a great help and so considerate on this forum, and that means so much to me as well as many others on this forum i assure you!
As for the uc meds, i cannot take pred, asacol, nor colazal, ive tried several times and they all make my symptoms worse and make me much sicker.
My uc is in my upper, middle and lower part of the colon, and at my last gi visit my doctor told me i could either live with the pain or have the surgery, which left me in tears and feeling so very hopeless!
I scheduled for a colonoscopy with a new gi next month on the seventh.
I will definently take your advice on taking a small dose of immodium when i return to work and go to the funeral. I also where a pad and depends daily to work and with the heat and temps over 100 it can be miserable at times, but uc you do what you have to do just to get thru a day at a time.
Thank you for your comfort and much needed advice at this very hard time in my life. God bless you!!

quincy
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   Posted 7/26/2009 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh you're welcome! Thank you so much for the kind words.

It seems you're between a rock and a hard place regarding your UC since med treatment is very limited.

There are a few on the forum who are limited regarding meds and have experimented and found some success with variety of non-traditional meds, etc.

You might have to tread in that territory....or consider the biologic meds (Remicade) or the immunosuppressants of Imuran, methotrexate or 6MP.

Some are using a diet that includes spinach and sunflower seeds...something worth experimenting...the diet initiator is ucfromutah.

Have you ever been on any rectal meds in the past? Again...worth considering strongly if you've never been on them. That should vastly help the accident incidents.

Fibre supplements can help to bulk the stool and somewhat slow down the peristalsis...well, actually strengthen it to a better rhythm. As well...probiotics are a huge must to keep the flora of the digestive tract balanced.

Some food changes can help you with some symptoms....simple changes can do a lot.

An antispasmodic can help with the spasming and automatic wonky rhythm of a stressed and flaring colon/digestive tract.


Have you had stool samples done?

It's good you're seeing a new GI who will hopefully be able to help get you more on track considering your life situation is very tenuous on a stress level and commitment level. One's butt rules I think...add anything it doesn't like and we're toast.

Again, my condolences to you.....I do hope you have a support system in place to help you get through this.

Hang tough....

Regarding the imodium, please just take just enough to help you in situations rather than dosing yourself so that you don't go at all. Maybe small doses will be just the thing...at least until you see the GI and help you function with what's going on now.

Keep us posted as to how you're doing.

quincy
*Heather* Status: flaring...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


butterfly42
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   Posted 7/26/2009 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Im gona take your advice on all of the above. At this point i feel so helpless and i know i need to let go of the fear and try new things in order to try and get this uc under control. My md just prescribed me effexor, do you do ok on that? I havent taken it yet, im worried about the side effects hindering my returning to work. Hopefully this new gi will give me new meds from both ends that will help. Ill try the probiotics too..and the spinach and sunflower seeds diet. Thank you again for you comfort and advice Quincy. It means so much to me that you take the time to try to help me out in every aspect to get my uc under control. You have a big kind heart.

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   Posted Yesterday 12:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Scabies are bad to itch at night and occur in clusters because they tunnel under your skin. They will not go away by themselves. A doctor's treatment is required.

Also, I broke out in folliculitis all over my legs just as I was diagnosed with colon cancer last month. I am still covered with sores and itching although my doctor's treatment does seem to be slowly working.
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butterfly42
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   Posted Yesterday 1:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow im so sorry, to hear that you have colon cancer, i will keep you in my thoughts in prayers!
I havent had the rash for the last two nights, i really believe it was due to my nerves.
Im scheduled for a colonoscopy next month, so ill keep you informed on the results.
Thank you for you input and my ill keep you in prayer.

quincy
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   Posted Yesterday 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi butterfly42....again, you're welcome!
I started on a low dosage of Effexor XR...37.5 for about 6 months. I then want off it, and ended up in a bad depression again about 6 months later.

The doc tried me on Celexa (slept for a week) and then Paxil )headache and felt stoned for a week)...I then went back on Effexor...amazing difference for me.
I did, however, after a week at that time, increase to 75mg where I'm still at.

It takes the 'edge" off, but I still have to make the efforts to change my perspective on things to make my self feel better. I don't want to go higher..but I would suspect if something happens in my life, that could be an option.

As long as I can function it's better than being in a bad state. I have taken ativan for anxiety, but in reality, I don't feel that good on it. It could be because I'm on Effexor...

Let me know how you do on it....

Oh, for the first week or two, I had nausea with it about 2 hours after I took it. I was prescribed to take it in the morning...but ugh, no good. I take it at night, but figured out that with the nausea, it was helped to take it with a bigger meal.

If you do get nausea, there is Gravol made from ginger which many of my friends have found helpful. Just don't take it if you're pregnant..lol!

I want you to know I don't do any diets for UC but do adjust my food intake somewhat when I'm flaring. I won't suggest you don't try anything, for some do find success and you just might be one of them.

Keep me posted as to how you're doing.

When is the funeral for your family members?

quincy


*Heather* Status: flaring...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


butterfly42
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 62
   Posted Yesterday 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   
ok thanks again for the advice. the funerals thursday. im so sick right now i cant eat, sleep or get out of bed. i was up all night with diarrhea. sometimes i think im going crazy and just want to call it quits. im physically and mentally drained. thanks and God bless!

quincy
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   Posted Yesterday 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I do hope you start to feel somewhat better after the funeral..meaning the commitment and shock of it has had time to sink in.

Do you have anyone who is able to help you at this time?

q
*Heather* Status: flaring...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


butterfly42
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Total Posts : 62
   Posted Yesterday 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
My sons are arriving from out of town tonight so ill be better when they get here. Im gonna have to be strong for them too though so ill make it through somehow. Thanks Quincy!
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