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damo123
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   Posted 1/10/2008 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I'd like to make the outlandish and totally unsubstantiated claim that:
 
An infection can knock you OUT of a flare and into my remission.
 
This is based on a statisical survey of 1 - i.e. me. Let me explain
 
For about 4 months I considered myself in remission. During this time I'd say my colon was working at about 80% efficiency. A couple of blood tests gave me a CRP level of 7 - this is a measure of body wide inflammation, 3-10 is considered normal.
 
In December I got a really bad chest and stomach infection either bacteria or maybe virus related. I was very sick for a few days before making a full recovery.
 
As part of my recovery my colon has gone from operating about 80% to pretty much 100%. I've seen no mucus since the infection. I have 1 BM daily which at best is normal and at worst is maybe a bit mushy. No gas, no rumblings. "My God, Spock, my colon is normal" as Jim Kirk would put it.
 
I can't really explain this sudden jump in colon perfomance. The thought has crossed my mind about whether a viral infection can in fact knock you OUT of a flare or in my case improve your remission status. My reasoning is as follows:
 
1) Assume my colon is under light attack from my immune system.
2) A viral infection starts in my chest and stomach.
3) My body switches on the immune system
4) The immune system cleans up the infection.
5) The body tells the immue system its now time to cool down (via the release of anti - inflammatories). But in doing so the colon also hears this message, (since when the body "speaks" to the immue system it does so throughout the length of the body according to online literature) and also calls a halt to the Battle in the Bowels.
 
I find it a bit coincidental that the improvement in my colon conincides with my recovery from a stomach bug.
 
So my assertion is that it may be possible for an infection to knock you OUT of a flare. Please feel free to refute this dasterdly suggestion at your will!!!
 
Now I was on antibioitcs for 12 days so my doctor also precribed me a course of Nystatin. Nystatin is the only extra drug I've taken before / after the improvement in my bowel. I took it orally for a week.
 
I'm looking for explanations as I'd hate to have to dedeuce that an improved appetite, heathly food and reduced stress might actually be the reason for the improvment in my symptoms. Be terrible if that was true. yeah
 
Oh and while I was making this recovery I was taken off Asacol by my doctor becasue of the powerful antibiotics I was taking - Klacid.
 
Confused in Cork (thats a place in Ireland, not a bottle!)


800 mg Asacol + 250mg suppositories daily...
 
...but more importantly a Healthy Diet, low levels of Stress and a steadfast belief that "I am a healthy person".
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Post Edited (damo123) : 1/10/2008 2:38:21 PM (GMT-7)


jujub
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   Posted 1/10/2008 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Damo, I don't know that I want to go out and get a raging infection to test this hypothesis, but I'm really glad you're feeling better.
Judy
 
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 Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
 


Sara14
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   Posted 1/10/2008 3:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Almost every time I am sick with an infection or cold my UC symptoms are almost non-existent. I have had several infections this year, including one that led to a tonsillectomy. While I had that bad infection and while recovering from surgery I didn't even feel like I had UC. I couldn't tell if it was because of the antibiotics or because my immune system actually had a real bacteria/virus to fight off and didn't need to attack my colon. I don't know enough about how immune systems work to make a conclusion. It didn't make me go into remission though, because the symptoms always come back. It's interesting you noticed the same thing. Glad you're feeling good! I've never heard of Klacid...it's sounds hardcore.
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; yet to go into remission
Current inflamation in the rectum
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - daily
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv (Calcium and Vit. D)


BalS
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   Posted 1/10/2008 4:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Very interesting theory from across waters (i'm from the midlands). I've just had hookworm larvea into my body which you could say works on your theory. Hookworms cause inflammation in the body and then the immune system kicks in to regulate the immune response which as a side effect also regulates the overly-active immune system that causes UC .
UC - Flare-up since Dec2004
3000iu Vit E Enema
3x3 tablets Colazide 
10mg Predinisolone enema
2  Predfoam - 20mg
Asacol - none now - became immune to them after 2 yrs
 
 
 


damo123
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   Posted 1/11/2008 12:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah I agree. In fact Anti - Body Theory works on pretty much the same principle as this. I may be onto something here. This could make me rick I tells ya...rich!...er....in the interests of science of course!
800 mg Asacol + 250mg suppositories daily...
 
...but more importantly a Healthy Diet, low levels of Stress and a steadfast belief that "I am a healthy person".
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Sara14
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   Posted 1/11/2008 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
lol
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; yet to go into remission
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - daily
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv (Calcium and Vit. D); fish oil


BalS
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Total Posts : 311
   Posted 1/11/2008 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
look forward to seeing your name in print .... you could call DamUC  ..  :-) :-)
UC - Flare-up since Dec2004
3000iu Vit E Enema
3x3 tablets Colazide 
10mg Predinisolone enema
2  Predfoam - 20mg
Asacol - none now - became immune to them after 2 yrs
 
 
 


damo123
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   Posted 1/11/2008 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   
genius....t'wld be evenr funnier if my surname was Crohn.....its not!!
800 mg Asacol + 250mg suppositories daily...
 
...but more importantly a Healthy Diet, low levels of Stress and a steadfast belief that "I am a healthy person".
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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