Posted 6/4/2008 10:05 PM (GMT -6)
(((((hippi))))) So sorry about the colitis thing. My dad has it. It can be really painful. Two meds: Bentyl (dicyclomine) and Donnatol, both antispasmodics, helped him a great deal, as they help me with irritable bowel. My mom is going through a similar thing and was on Flagyl for a long time. We both puke it up and have a horrible time trying to take it, she finally coated it in peanut butter to try to get it down. Now they have her on constant entocort tapers. In her case, they said she has something like ulcerative colitis but it is not exactly that, it is a rare autoimmune colitis that they don't know much about. This they discovered after many trials with flagyl. The entocort works. That may be something to ask about. I'm pretty sure my mom has lupus, but she won't get tested. She thinks its a big stigma thing, she's not real together about some stuff.
Anyway, I've heard donnatol works better than Bentyl but I'm allergic to Donnatol, which had a belladonna extract in it, and take Bentyl, which works great because it gets rid of the spasms, which do alot of damage. It also gets rid of diarrhea and gas, at least for me, and pain.
I don't know if it means more colonoscopies, usually if they find polyps, they will do them more. I hope not, for you. Glad they figured out what is wrong. There are also blood markers for these conditions that you might be interested in. Hopefully they've got a good diagnosis and will get you on good meds. my dad's is very well managed and you don't even know he has it.
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Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus-like AI Disease, Hashis, Vitiligo, spinal stenosis/fusion with plate, salivary/lymphectomies, Diabetes, NAFLD, COPD, RLS, neuropathy, trigonitis, hystero, diffuse brain atrophy, GI nightmare
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