Stomach pain, increased urgency and bad cold

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ucfree
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   Posted 8/23/2009 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   
about a week ago I started feeling a burning/aching kid of feeling in my belly. It gets worse when I move, get up out of a chair, wake up out of bed. When I am laying down it's fine. I searched on the forum and it seems to be acid related. Called my PCP and he said to take 1 Prilosec for a week, along with some Tums. I decided to take Zantac instead since the Prilosec is extended release, should I have taken the Prilosec? So far I've not had any improvement but it had only been one day.


about a month ago I was on Cipro because my surgeon thought I had pouchitis. Well, when I was on Cipro, things were really good. A little too good ... I was going to the bathroom less, didn't need to take lomotil. Then I stopped Cipro ... life became worse. I had severe cramping, increased urgency and leaking at night. Surgeon did a pouchoscopy and determined (visually and from biopsies) that I did not have any evidence of pouchitis. Now, I know I am only 2.5 months since my takedown surgery but I know I've felt better than this ... I seem to now have to wake up at 4am and 6am every morning. I have not had a good nights sleep in a VERY long time. My wife is expecting a baby soon and I know this is going to be great training for that :) I take lomotil before dinner, and 2 at bedtime. Doctor put me on Bentyl to reduce the spasms. Do I need to go on a long course of Cipro just to reduce the frequency and urgency?

Finally, I seem to be coming down with a bad cold. Throat is swollen and nose is running, if my frequency wasn't bad enough before, it's worse now. Gas pains are a pain in the butt and I keep going almost every hour :( I took a sudafed now, hopefully that helps a bit and I don't give it to my pregnant wife.


I'm sorry I complained so much, I'm just very tired, I need a good nights sleep and want to just get better soon. I have to find the right formula I guess.

Please help :(
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justjenjen
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   Posted 8/23/2009 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I can't remember...is cipro an antibiotic? If it is than perhaps you do have something going on which would explain how much better you fell while on it. Have you discussed with your doctor what you have noticed?

Chasblah
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   Posted 8/24/2009 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
cipro is an antibiotic (ciprofloxacin). It is a really good antibiotic for GI tract. Maybe you are sensitive to the bacteria build up in your pouch. Was it the same when you had u/c? This is something I worry about when I get a j-pouch.
You could try a probiotic or Activia yogurt (active cultures helped me with u/c symptoms).

I personally like the zantac better. For me, it works better. Everyone is different. Try them both and see which you prefer.

I had u/c when I had my baby. I think the sleepless nights did help lol. I was used to getting up multiple times throughout the night anyway. I was sooooo sleep deprived. Now that I know what it's like to sleep through the night again, I think it's going to be a lot harder to be up all night, if we ever have anymore babies.
Chassity
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 2/15/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
coumadin, prenatal vit.
(temporary ileostomy....maybe)

"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 8/24/2009 6:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope you are feeling better...here's my question: are you keeping a food diary? You may need to track what you are eating, the transit time and and issues you have when eating those foods. You may just be having issues while adjusting to different things or things combined in meals...I'd start with the basics and add one thing in until you can maybe pinpoint the culprit.

I hope you find your answer so you can get ready for your baby!!
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