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Annie76
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 66
   Posted 1/17/2008 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I was on Asacol/Rowasa and symptoms were getting worse. I appealed to this forum as to where I could go next and some of you suggested Colazol/Cortenemas. Well I have been on them for 3 1/2 weeks and have seen a dramatic decrease in blood in my stool plus my stools are now better formed. Thanks you SO Much for the advice. However, I have been experiencing other symptoms and wanted your opinions on whether these symptoms may be connected to the new meds. For the last 2 weeks I have had back pain (almost like short spasms) and now I have pain in my chest area similar to what a hiatal hernia would feel like. It hurts mainly at night and I am sleeping in a chair. It is very painful in the mornings but once I get going I feel better. Have any of you experienced anything like this? It started about a week after I started the new meds. I am in a dilemma because I don't want to stop taking the meds as they are working. Any ideas or advice?
left-sided colitis diagnosed after 3rd pregnancy 11 years ago: was in remission for 5 years
Current UC Meds:  12 Asacol per day
                          1 Rowasa enema at night
 
Other Meds:  Lipitor, Multi-vitamin, asadophilus, cinnamon capsules
 
In a flare since the middle of April


tjf
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Date Joined Dec 2005
Total Posts : 3238
   Posted 1/17/2008 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   
It could be acid reflux. Or gas. I know that sounds weird but I get gas pains in my shoulder. It hurts like crazy!

Glad to hear the new meds combo is helping you. That is great news!
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quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 29852
   Posted 1/17/2008 12:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Annie...I would think it's gas as well...

Would you mind to update your signature..how many of what med you're taking, etc.

I do suggest you call the doctor and request it to be checked, etc. On what side are you having the pain and exactly where?

I can relate to the sore back and a chiro helps me a lot. I can relate to the pains radiating from my back and into my chest...but I also get gas pains and can trace where from laying on my back and moving it along from the right side of my colon and hopefully "out". Tummy massage.

With the gas pains, I can definitely trace it to food, and have found taking enzymes to help with digestion, etc. Milk from yogurt gives me the worst as well as any dried fruit stuff...sigh.

You definitely should get it checked out regardless....if it's out of the ordinary, then it's less stressful to know than to guess.

let us know what the outcome is.
quincy
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... increased enemas to nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....bromelain 1 - 2x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


Annie76
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 66
   Posted 1/17/2008 1:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I was afraid you would say that. You don't know how much I don't want to go to the doctor! Should I discuss this with my GI or just my family doc? I just updated my profile - sorry about that!
left-sided colitis diagnosed after 3rd pregnancy 11 years ago[color=black>:]
Current UC Meds: 9 Colazal, 1 cortenema at night
Other Meds: Lipitor, Calcium, multivitamin


quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 29852
   Posted 1/17/2008 9:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi...I think you should see the GI..but if you can't get in, see the GP. I do understand not wanting to go...truly I do...but I find that the stress of not knowing is worse than seeing the doctor. For some strange reason, sometimes the things that bother me don't seem to the day I'm going. Murphy's Law..lol!

You could try to take some baking soda in water (half tsp in a half glass of water and sip it when it starts) to see if it helps....if it does, then I'd lean to the suggestion of reflux or gas in the stomach.

I usually get the pain on my left side and into my shoulder when the gas is approaching the splenic flexure. What side is your pain on??

Since tomorrow is Friday, you should still call the doc(s) to see if you can get in asap.

I'm happy to hear the meds are helping. It all takes time.
 
Thanks for updating your profile...I do know I'd be asking you the same old questions..etc.  Most appreciated.
 
Let us know what transpires.
quincy


*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... increased enemas to nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....bromelain 1 - 2x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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