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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 12/26/2007 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
This happens to me every once in a while.
Last night I woke up about 4 hours after having gone to bed with an extremely itchy *anus* that may have actually woken me up.
I stayed awake for a while and it eventually went away.  I think I woke up 1 more time during the night.
Sometimes I get a little transient itchiness after a bowel movement as well.
I've checked things out the internet, and it seems like they say a lot of things ie Irritation can cause this.  The only *specific* type of parasite I could come up with that can cause nighttime itchiness is the Pinworm.
Among all of the types of parasites that can cause UC like symptoms, I have not read anything about Pinworms.  I am getting blood drawn this week and will get a parasite (stool) test. 
I just wanted your guys comments on this.  Part of me thinks, with all I have going on in my intestines, yeah, its just irritation.  But the fact that I've gotten this *intense* itching at *night* really makes me wonder.  I have been to Mexico many, many times, and eaten there.  My last trip was 1 year before I landed in the ER, and my first trip was when I was 14 (and I ate there that time as well). 
What do you guys think?
and What would you guys do?
PS - I was supposedly tested for parasites in the hospital.  I did, however, overhear a nurse telling another nurse that "you can't send liquid stool samples to the lab, they won't test it"  as I had nothing but diarrhea at that time.  My Colonoscopy resulted in my GI deciding that I most likely had active colitis, no evidence of infectious.

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~Pancolitis (Mild to Moderate)
 ~I had Mono in 2000
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Date Joined Mar 2003
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   Posted 12/26/2007 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   
This sounds sort of gross, but this will happen to me sometimes if I "leak" a tiny bit or have a shart. What always works for me is cleansing thoroughly, with a wet wipe or soap and water, and applying some barrier - I use A&D ointment.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Intolerant to Asacol and rectal mesalamine preparations.
On Prednisone then Entocort 2001-2006 with only short periods off. 
Current meds are Colazal, Azathioprine and Remicade.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 12/26/2007 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
funny because a few months before i was diagnosed w/ uc, i had the same exact problems... in fact all the research i did online lead me to believe I had pinworms, so i went to CVS, and bought some pinworms medicine (over the counter) and i seem to remember that it went away, and a few months later my uc symptoms were horrible and i then got diagnosed w/ uc

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   Posted 12/26/2007 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Could just be irritation - particularly if you have hemmorhoids that flare/heal. Could also be yeast-related.

It wouldn't hurt to request parasite testing, although a naturopathic/alternative doctor would conduct more thorough testing than a traditional gastro doc, in my experience.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999
Therapeutic dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and Mucosaheal.

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   Posted 12/26/2007 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
hemmies can cause itching, sometimes even fissures can cause some's best if you get it checked out by your doc.

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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 12/26/2007 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
It could just be irritation. This happens to me about twice a year, depending on when I'm flaring. It goes away with over-the-counter anti-itch cream. I think the one I use is called Nupercainal. It might be worse at night simply because the body's natural cortisone (or is it cortisol?) levels decrease at night.

I wouldn't jump to any conclusions. Talking to your doctor would be the best thing.
UC for the last ten years
Current Meds: 6MP
Past Meds: You name it; I've tried it.

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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 402
   Posted 12/27/2007 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I get random itching every now and then.  My GI said it is just slight irritation from a bowel movement.  I find a hot bath helps it go away for me.

Current Medications:
- Asacol (4 pills, 3x per day)
- Rowasa (1 enema daily, as needed)
- Folic Acid (1 mg, 1x per day)
- Calcium (600 mg, 2x per day)
- Prenatal Vitamin (1x per day)
- Iron (2x per day)

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