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Eva Lou
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   Posted 9/15/2011 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there! I must confess I do smoke, about a pack a week. Which equals out to 3-4 cigs a day. I've quit over the years, picked it up again, quit, etc. I don't mind smoking so few cigarettes- health wise, I mean! Of course it's bad for you, but only smoking 3 a day is not the worst vice one can have! I figured I'd "quit" while in the hospital after surgery, but at home.... I don't know, I know I'll remember it fondly! Any effect on a stoma or ileo output?
diagnosed 2002
Asacol
Remicade-10mgs/kg- from 4/07 thru 1/10
Humira- 1/10- present
Imuran- 150mgs/day
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2b ColonFree
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   Posted 9/15/2011 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
unfortunately, and i'm also embarrased to confess, but i smoke too :/ i noticed that when i smoke there's more output. i like it cuz my system is really slow anyways, so smoking helps a bit. but i wish i could quit and the sooner the better.
Hodaya
06/05/2007 - STARR procedure
colonic inertia w/pelvic floor dysfunction
08/16/2009 - total colectomy w/ileorectal anastomosis
07/08/2010 - loop ileostomy

stripey
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   Posted 9/15/2011 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I do smoke, however am on my last quarter packet and due to give up, so someone hand me the nicotine patch now. Smoking doesn't seem to effect my output though. Sure am going to miss it, it has been a constant friend when I have been very ill with the Crohn's, as much as I hate the craving for it an dwill be gald when I kick the habit, it is like an old friend - a comfort blanket when I have had a day from hell.
Crohn's dx 1989, loop ileo 1992, end ileo 1992. Arthritis developed 1990 Stoma abcess 1995. Azathioprine started 1995. Panprocolorectomy 1999. Stillbirth 2000, antiphospholipid syndrome dx 2000. Flare up 2004, stoma abcess and strictoplasty 2004. Low blood pressure dx with impaired kidney function 2006, fludrocortisone pres. flare up 2010, azathioprine, codeine, immodium, simethicone.

Eva Lou
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   Posted 9/15/2011 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
me too, the comfort factor! Sometimes it's the only thing that makes my tummy feel better. I'm *hoping* after surgery I'll be feeling so much better that I won't want to ruin it by picking up cigs again. But... they have been a good friend to me! Interesting, that they increase output for you, 2bcolonfree- sometimes a cigarette sends me running to the bathroom, it's like instant bowel action!
diagnosed 2002
Asacol
Remicade-10mgs/kg- from 4/07 thru 1/10
Humira- 1/10- present
Imuran- 150mgs/day
homemade kefir, turmeric

mickeyz
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   Posted 9/15/2011 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I quit about three years ago after dx with colorectal cancer and a malignant bladder tumor. That's after almost 50 years of two packs a day. I'm cancer free today but I still miss smoking once in a while. Now I know it was all in my head (after the nicotine was out of my system) and still is. When I tried quitting in the past it was so difficult and, obviously I failed several times. This time I quit out of anger, frustration, depression or whatever else there was consuming me at that time. I couldn't believe how easy it was. I guess the difference was that this time I knew I would never smoke again because I might die before I had a chance or my wife would've killed me; not for smoking but for being so stupid. Please just make up your minds and quit. I think you'll be amazed how successful you'll be.
Mike

andorable
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   Posted 9/16/2011 6:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I quit smoking about 8 years ago and then my father passed away in December and stupidly I have been having the occasional cig again. I am so annoyed at myself and I do agree with mickeyz it really was easier to give up than I thought it would have been. This time I have been so depressed and still struggle everyday with the death of my father along with many other struggles in my life that I am having a hard time giving up that occasional one too. I will give it up again soon, I have to
Doreen

flchurchlady
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   Posted 9/17/2011 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Doreen,
I'm so sorry for your loss. I was depressed after my father passed away, too, and told my gynecologist about it. She prescribed a low dose antidepressant that really helped me get through that rough time.
(((Hugs))) to you,
Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.

flchurchlady
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   Posted 9/17/2011 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Ron,
The same thing happened to me! I quit smoking in January 1999 (had started up in college 10 years earlier) and was diagnosed with Crohn's a few months later. I also quit cold turkey when I made up my mind that I didn't want to do it anymore. I don't know if they sold nicotine patches over-the-counter back then, because I don't remember it being an option. Now, they have electronic cigarettes with different levels of nicotine all the way down to zero. I would think they would help someone quit, since supposedly it's just water vapor that makes the "smoke" effect. Maybe they're not safe, I don't know, but if they are, it seems like a good option for someone who wants to quit. Sorry you got UC after quitting, too. sad
Cece
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.

Eva Lou
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   Posted 9/17/2011 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
me too, actually- quit smoking when I became pregnant in 2001- had my daughter in the Fall of 2002, was diagnosed in January 2003! I've never been sure if was my innume system raring to go after being suppressed thruout my pregnancy, or the quitting smoking, or the 2 combined that casued UC to flare up & stay that way. Even when I started smoking again, it didn't help with UC- I smoke far less now than I used to though. There are quite a few people on the UC forum who first started having UC symptoms after quitting smoking.
diagnosed 2002
Asacol
Remicade-10mgs/kg- from 4/07 thru 1/10
Humira- 1/10- present
Imuran- 150mgs/day
homemade kefir, turmeric

flchurchlady
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   Posted 9/18/2011 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh, Eva, how awful to have a newborn and UC! how did you do it? There were many times I was bed-ridden from being sick and would think, what if I had a baby that needed me right now? I know that I would have needed help.
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.

Eva Lou
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   Posted 9/18/2011 9:58 AM (GMT -6)   
It was rough- there were many times she'd be playing on the floor, & I'd have to run to the bathroom & just leave her there! Or if I was unable to, like if she was on the changing table, I'd just have to stand there & go in my pants. In a weird way, it sort of worked out, as she grew up with me racing to the bathroom, having accidents, etc. So it became commonplace for her, not something to raise an eye at. Just Mom's bathroom issues again! Although I think she'll be glad when I do get surgery, because she's 9 now, & starting to get embarassed with the bathroom issues- we can't even car pool in the mornings, due to my numerous AM accidents! It was hardest on her when I was hospitalized for a week, I think she was around 4???? Ugh, so over it!
diagnosed 2002
Asacol
Remicade-10mgs/kg- from 4/07 thru 1/10
Humira- 1/10- present
Imuran- 150mgs/day
homemade kefir, turmeric

flchurchlady
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   Posted 9/18/2011 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Eva, your story makes me cry. Both of your lives are going to be so much better when you're not sick anymore! I promise!! :-)
(((Hugs)))
Cece
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 9/18/2011 7:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I smoked on and off from 13ish to 16 and then became about a pack a day smoker...worse when I was out clubbing...but quit when I got pregnant. Unfortunately, I started up after I went back to work shocked and spent an hour, one way, commuting. When my daughter was a year old I finally quit for good...but unfortunately, that's when I started the worst flare of my life. I had had CD for about 11 years at that point but entered about 7 years of living H@+L sad

I think that my smoking did something to keep my disease quiet...and sometimes wish I hadn't quit!

Looking back, I'm glad I did and even though it's been a ridiculously hard road, I wouldn't change a thing.

p.s. I still crave a smoke now and again skull
formally known as OHIO76 ~ honoring my daughter's passion!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my temporary ileo in 2001
Proctocolectomy w/end ileo in 2008
...wish I knew then what I know NOW!

Serenitee
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   Posted 9/18/2011 10:08 PM (GMT -6)   
To All...I hate to admit I smoke too. I started at age 40, "I know, how stupid was that." When I started drinking Wild Turkey I started smoking. Became an Alcoholic, but just celebrated my 1-Year Sobriety Birthday Sept. 3rd." But I have to say I'm still smoking. I want to stop so bad but just haven't been able to kick the habit.

If anyone has any great ideas on how to stop I would love to hear them. Good luck to all of you...you will be in my thoughts.

Your Healingwell Friend,
Serenitee

polishdan
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   Posted 9/20/2011 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Equestrian Mom
Your story quitting smoking sounds familiar. I had UC totally in remission for about 30 years. When I was in my late 50s I started with a "belly". My wife read that coffee helped to gain fat in your belly, so I quit coffee. about a month later the UC came raging back, never to be under control again. When I told my Dr that I quit coffee he said that caffein and nicotine are known to help keep colitis in remission. Turns out that my "belly" was my bladder. When I went in for the colectomy the surgeon almost cancelled the surgery because I had this growth in my lower abdomen. The catheter drained out 2300 cc of urine. I had no idea I had a urinary problem. It's been fixed.


Dan

stripey
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   Posted 9/21/2011 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Well smoked last cigarette last Friday night and so have now been 5 days with no cigs. Using the patches as have found it is not the actual smoking that I crave it is the action of lighting up. Once I break that habit I don't notice the loss of cigs at all. Difference is this time hubby has given up as well. Fingers crossed it all goes well, he has a stag weekend this weekend so no ideas how he is going to do on that as his first alcohol fuelled weekend without the ciggies.
Crohn's dx 1989, loop ileo 1992, end ileo 1992. Arthritis developed 1990 Stoma abcess 1995. Azathioprine started 1995. Panprocolorectomy 1999. Stillbirth 2000, antiphospholipid syndrome dx 2000. Flare up 2004, stoma abcess and strictoplasty 2004. Low blood pressure dx with impaired kidney function 2006, fludrocortisone pres. flare up 2010, azathioprine, codeine, immodium, simethicone.

flchurchlady
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   Posted 9/21/2011 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Way to go, Stripey and hubby! For evenings that involve cocktails and brewkies, you should try e-cigarettes.They come in different nicotine levels and you can enjoy the action of smoking (puffing with smoke) without backsliding. Not sure where or if you can purchase them in stores, but I know you can buy them online. The first week is the most difficult, so you guys are doing GREAT!!! :-)
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.
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