remission - how many BM/day?

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   Posted 12/27/2007 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi. I am starting - finally! - to no longer have blood when I use the bathroom, which makes me think I am headed towards remission (fingers crossed!). I do still have some urgency, and still probably have about 4-5 BMs/day, or maybe even 6 right now. so, for those of you in remission, I am just wondering, how many times a day to you have a BM? thanks! (the questions we UC-ers ask eachother, huh....??? crazy...)
Pancolitis dx 3/07
12 Asacol/day
150mg Imuran/day (steroid dependent)
Various vitamins, a probiotic and fish oil.

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   Posted 12/27/2007 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Well where else can you ask such questions!? :) I'm in remission and go once sometimes twice a day with no urgency.
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   Posted 12/27/2007 5:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Once or twice a day, no urgency, well-formed. Bonus points if you get on a steady schedule. My time to go is usually first thing in the morning.
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 12/27/2007 6:16 PM (GMT -6)   
0-3 times a day. My consistency depends on how many Colazal I am taking. 9 and it is mushy, 6 and it is firm. Glad you are feeling better!
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   Posted 12/27/2007 7:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I go once or twice in the morning and sometimes once in the afternoon. So my answer is 2 to 3 times a day. It sure is nice not bleeding though!!!
Asacol 4 tabs 2x daily
Forvia once a day
Probiotic twice daily
Methotrexate 3 pills once a week
Actonel once a week
Calcium supp.
1 mg Folic Acid daily
Omega-3 once daily
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   Posted 12/27/2007 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
1-2 times a day in remission

UC diagnosed 1991
Asacal, zoloft,levoxyl

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   Posted 12/27/2007 8:59 PM (GMT -6)   
1-2 times a day, depending on quantity of food consumed the previous day - if it was a lot, then three wouldn't be out of the question.

Usually formed and firm.
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Asacol 12 per day,  Azathioprine 75mg, Rowasa and Canasa as needed
Aciphex, Effexor XR, BCP, Rhinocort nasal spray
Forvia and a Probiotic
Osteopenia (hip and spine) from prednisone use.  Started Azathioprine because I was steroid dependent.
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   Posted 12/27/2007 11:21 PM (GMT -6)   
im in remission now and i go once a day... but that once is BIG... i lose about 4 lbs everytime i go now LOL.
steph - 31 year old female - diagnosed UC in 2000
started as proctitis and now is pancolitis..this year long flare is now severe on left side only to splenic flexure.
last 4 days have been fabulous with no UC symptoms at all = remission (yey!) 
tapering pred = now on 20mg prednisone 1x day with breakfast
1000mg mesalazine 2x day - 1/2 endone every 6 12 hours for pain (weaning)
calicim, inner health plus (probiotic), fentalyn patch for pain and to wean off oxycodone
VSL#3 didnt work - Aloe Elite didnt work - Budesonide didnt work
ive lost 40+lbs and my legs look like sticks ... ewww

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   Posted 12/27/2007 11:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Once a day, pretty much like clockwork in the morning (no coffee involved!)

That's the same as before I had UC.
Diagnosed summer of 2006 with ulcerative proctitis; been flaring for a few months now.
2x 500mg 5ASA suppositories
2x ~500mg DHA (algal source)
6x 600mg curcumin
3g glutamine

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   Posted 12/28/2007 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I am in remission and go 1-2 times per day. No urgency, stools solid and formed.
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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   Posted 12/28/2007 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
My GI told me that three or more times per day isn't good, and three or fewer times per week isn't good.
12 Asacol
100 mg Imuran
6 or 9 fish oil pills
4 Acidophilus pills

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   Posted 12/28/2007 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Once (or twice a day depending on what/how much I've eaten) about an hour after I've gotten up is norm for me. No urgency/pain in rectum, formed stool.

Of course that has changed as of today....sigh....I'm back to urgency, 5 bms and white-knuckling pain upon bms. Chills for two days and an external hemorrhoid were the first symptoms. Oh well...I missed using the enemas nightly..haha!

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~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
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   Posted 12/28/2007 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I go every other day, just like how it was before I starting having problems a million years ago.


Diagnosed in September 2004

Currently on...4800mg Asacol, 25mg Elavil, Ortho Tricyclen and some immodium

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   Posted 12/28/2007 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Three to four times a day. That sounds like a lot, but much better than the 15-25 times I went for several years before Remicade.
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.

potty girl
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   Posted 12/28/2007 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
normally 3 times a day unless I get crazy and eat sugar then its just a guessing game.

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carafate 1 gm x 4, zyrtec 10 mg, rhinocort aqua nose spray, fish oil,

Another UC wife
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   Posted 12/28/2007 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hubby is still going more than he should be going especially after reading all the above posts. Overall though in comparison to where he was he feels so much better and very rarely has to "fly" to the bathroom. The urgency is under better control and can go out freely and now exercise without any fear of a possible accident. I guess when he gets it down to 2 or 3 BM's a day he will be in much better shape. After today's pickelball he had an incredible pain free BM which was the highlight of his Doesn't take much to make us happy over

(For now we'll take what we got. At least we are back in the social sense with friends and activities.)

61 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 (now UC) & hospitalized 5/07-currently heading towards a remission. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07  Oct 07 feeling quite normal most days.  150mg Imuran  Zero mg prednisone   12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 1X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, fiber capsule 1x day, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 40 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs  Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Cortifoam enema PM, Canasa suppositiry AM, folic acid 1mg, Fosamax 1x month

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   Posted 12/28/2007 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I am in remission and go once a day.
Diagnosed July 2005 with Pancolitis
Asacol 4 tabs 3 times daily
Currently in Remission

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   Posted 12/28/2007 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for all the replies. now, another related question - did it take awhile for the urgency to pass?? that is a lingering symptom for me, and I am hoping it will pass soon....

reading your responses has reminded me to be hopeful. many thanks to all of you.
Pancolitis dx 3/07
12 Asacol/day
150mg Imuran/day (steroid dependent)
Various vitamins, a probiotic and fish oil.

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   Posted 12/28/2007 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
1 to 2 in the a.m. yeah yeah yeah
Dx'D in 1990. Remission 1991 - 1/2005
Both flares were in extremely stressful times in my life
Colonoscopy 10/2005 80% of Colon diseased, or as I like to say "Intestinely challenged"
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   Posted 12/31/2007 12:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Up until about a week ago I was in a bout a 2 month remission, and would go once in the morning, and sometimes again in the evening after dinner.

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   Posted 12/31/2007 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Urgency is usually the second symptom to pass for me. Blood disappears first, then the urgency.
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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   Posted 12/31/2007 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm headed toward remission too. 0 to 3 times is about right for me, though typically I go twice in the morning before I leave the house.....not sure why, it's like c'mon cant you all come out at the same time! (yes a conversation w/my bum). And sometimes I will have to go in the afternoon. My last remission it was clockwork, every day at 10:30 I would 'drop all the kids off in the pool'.

I still have some urgency, I know I can hold it but it hurts to hold and I got a hemi when I held it too long before, so I am nervous to hold it. Haven't had blood in two weeks now (knock on wood!).
Beth, 32
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ working on remission almost there
UC Diagnosed March 2000 (30 cenitmeters)
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) Diagnosed Sept 2007
Prednisone 60/40mg alt days 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Potassium 600mg 2xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.

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   Posted 12/31/2007 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been in remission for about 6 months or so (I define that as no bleeding or urgency). I go about 3 times per day.
Diagnosed with UC in 2002
Colazol 3X3
Rowasa X 1
Imuran 100 mg
5th Remicade infusion December 4, 2006

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   Posted 12/31/2007 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Beth75 - funny, I usually go twice in the AM also, often within 20 minutes. and then maybe won't go rest of day. for what it is worth, I usually have that same conversation with my bum that you're describing...
Pancolitis dx 3/07
12 Asacol/day
150mg Imuran/day (steroid dependent, reached this dose 9/07)
Various vitamins, a probiotic.

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