before all of these drugs

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   Posted 1/19/2008 11:58 PM (GMT -6)   
what did people with uc do before all of these drugs? they haven't been around that long , except maybr the prdnisone?
Mom to 19 year old daughter diagnosed 11/07.
asacol 2 3x daily-discontinued
colazal 3 3x daily/switched to 4 4x daily
proctofoam 3x daily/1-2xdaily
mesalamine enema 1x daily
canasa suppostiories 3x daily /switched to court supp 1-2x daily
culturelle probiotic 1 daily/switched to danon activiea?
chewable vitamin
hydrocortisone enema at bed time

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   Posted 1/20/2008 12:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Have surgery I guess if the symptoms were that bad.  I know someone who did that about 16 years ago because nothing worked - not even 6mp (which was still in its early days then).  Today he probably would not have needed the surgery - or certainly not as quickly.


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   Posted 1/20/2008 12:26 AM (GMT -6)   
My friend's Dad had UC in the days where pred was the only drug. He also spent a lot of time in hospital (once almost a year!). My friend's main memory of his Dad through this time is that he was really overweight and always sick. He used to have to carry an emergency pack with washclothes and a change of clothes around with him all the time. Once Imuran came out, he started on that and never had a flare again! He lost all the weight and started to get into triathlons and all sorts of crazy stuff when he was in his 60s.
Left Sided UC
Maintenance Meds: Salofalk tablets (Asacol) 2 tablets 4 times daily (4gm total) plus 2 Salofalk foam enemas per week.
Flare Meds: Salofalk enemas and/or Colifoam
Oat bran 60grams daily, Metamuscil and multivitamins

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   Posted 1/20/2008 12:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Not everyone with IBD can take the oral RX used for IBD, like myself...and I use natural anti-inflammatories which have been around since the dawn of time.


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   Posted 1/20/2008 9:05 AM (GMT -6)   
My great grandmother had some sort of bowel problem. This was back in the 1920's. They didn't have a name for it back then but both me and gma think that she may of had either Uc or Cd. She didn't take anything for it but my gma remembers her taking her food and mushing it up real good so she could eat.

I've often thought about that too. Where would I be today if I didn't have any medicine to take care of my would I even be alive??? Or chained to the toilet day in and day out??? Of course if medicine wasn't invented for this, there is always the natural route.
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   Posted 1/20/2008 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   
My parents have a friend that was dx'd in the 60's. She was dx'd and had surgery within two days. They didn't give her a choice then.
Kelly, 29

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, 15 mg pred, down to 10 mg 1/11/08!
75mg Imuran starting 8/23/07---bumped to 100mg 10/8/07--bumped to 125 11/14/07...
Taken off of Imuran temporarily 1/11/08
Prontonix once daily for acid reflux, zofran twice daily for nausea

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   Posted 1/20/2008 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I know if there were no meds available I'd have had surgery about five years ago. I feel so lucky to have developed this at a time when there are so many treatments being developed.
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Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.

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   Posted 1/20/2008 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
The poor guy in the movie Amazing Grace had UC in the late 1700s, I just couldn't imagine living back then with this. No plumbing, probably horrible tiolet paper, the only meds were opium types as far as I know. People probably used more natural remedies I would assume. My friend from Russia is always trying to make me try these teas and natural oils and things. She says that when she used to live there, they didn't have insurance or doctors and would only use natural remedies because they had no choice, she swears by them.
Diagnosed with Left-sided Ulcerative Colitis 1995 at 15
Tried: Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocortisone Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Canasa, Enotcort, Colazol, Proctocort, Anamantle, etc...
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis with almost rectovaginal fistula in 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Remicade 700mgs every 6 wks (had reaction, will start Humira Jan 29) Clorazepate, Proctofoam HC, Glucosamine 500, Vitamin B, Lomotil as needed, Darvocet, Tylenol pm

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   Posted 1/20/2008 12:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, it would have been pretty horrible. Also, not as many people used to have IBD. They are becoming more and more widespread throughout the past couple decades.
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

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   Posted 1/20/2008 2:18 PM (GMT -6)   
It is believed that the composer Beethoven died of UC related problems. He had chronic stomach and abdomen issues for many years. Back then lead was used to try and cure these conditions. He died of lead poisoning.

It is thought that he had UC or CD.
800 mg Asacol a day
500 mg Asacol suppository now and then!
Fibre supplement, Iron supplment,Probioitcs
Balanced Diet, Reduced Stress
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   Posted 1/20/2008 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
not to be morbid, but my understanding is people died of it, at least before surgery became on option. my GI said that severe dehydration used to kill a decent number of IBD-ers, about 60 years ago.
Pancolitis dx 3/07
9 Colazal a day (used to be on 12 Asacol, don't think Asacol helped)
150mg Imuran/day (steroid dependent, reached this dose 9/07)
Various vitamins, bit of fish oil, a probiotic.

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   Posted 1/20/2008 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Acupuncturists in China have been treating people successfully for hundreds of years. I was in remission for a year with acupuncture.

Unfortunately, I stopped going weekly and flared again. I wasn't able to get to remission again with acupuncture but I also wasn't able to go as consistently to appointments as I did before.
UC for the last ten years
Current Meds: 6MP
Past Meds: You name it; I've tried it.

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   Posted 1/20/2008 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd have to agree a lot of folks probably died from it, never knowing or understanding what was wrong.
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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