Does anyone think that they have UC from food poisoning?

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therearemiracles
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   Posted 1/28/2008 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I was just wondering if anyone thinks their UC stemmed from a bout of food poisining? I feel mine did. I ate alphalfa sprouts without washing them and that night I was deathly ill, vomitting and diarreah at the same time. It was like 3 -6 months later I started bleeding. I had a colonoscopy and they found no ulcers, no irritation, no hemmroids, so what was causing the bleeding? I have been on a personal mission for 3 years, have seen 8 doctors in that time and only one doctor, this NP that I'm working with now believes there's still a bacteria in my colon. To make a long story short, we've been cleansing my liver/galbladder for 4 months now and killing bacteria. I've just started out on IPS by Biotics 10 days ago and finally 2 days ago the bleeding has stopped completely. I can't believe it. The only time my bleeding ever stopped was when I was on both oral and rectal meds. I hope I'm helping someone who believes their UC was started from food poisoning. Even though every MD, GI that I went to said there's no sign of bacteria and I took a broad spectrum antibiotic and those didn't really help, I believe they were missing something. I did do a parasite test too and they guy said from what you described, you have a bacteria that the doctors aren't looking for. Some of you on this site had a parasite test done by the company in AZ. I really like the doctor and he seemed very, very, knowledgeable.  My doctor said there's a strain of ecoli I forget the number of the strain, that can live in your gut, bury itself and destroy the mucus lining, thence leaky gut.
My doctor is Dr. Tent in Novi, MI 248-477-0380, he was referred to me by 4 different people and said this guy "cures" people. What did I have to lose? I want to help you or anyone who believe it was food poisoning that caused their UC. I was so sick, I really think I was dying from the inside out and I just want to help others. One day I will write a long story or whatever to describe the day in and day out of the living hell I was in for the past 3 years. I've hit a turning point, 3 months off meds, 4 months on supplements and now the bleeding has stopped I know I will recover faster. This is a weird qinky dink, that I have left sided colitis, it seemed like my left hand has a wart on it, my face has a little red spot (age spot maybe) a little inflammation under my left eye , but now that my bleeding has stopped the inflammation on these areas are down and they were only on my left side.
Going the NP route will take time to cleanse and repair, be patient.
I had the Rocephin shot and 2 weeks of Omnicef, this helped with my bloating and digestion. That was 4/15/07
Had Cipro and Predison for 10 & 5 days, 7/3/07
Colonoscopy & Endoscopy 7/27, Left sided colitis and near cecum (mild)
Had a shot of steriods for my ear inflammation 8/31
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jujub
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   Posted 1/28/2008 3:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I suspect this was just a coincidence. When we get sick, it's easy to associate it with something that's happened before. Gastroenteritis, whether viral or food poisoning, can certainly trigger a flare, but I've never seen any evidence that it causes UC.
Judy
 
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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at wit's end
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   Posted 1/28/2008 3:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I don't know for sure about that either. But all I know is I ended up with food poisoning from fried chicken I had eaten at the cafeteria I worked at and that night I was vomiting and had nonstop diarrhea. It went on for days and I had to be put in the hospital. Not only did I have salmonella, I had a kidney infection and ulcerative colitis. Don't know whether it was caused by the food poisoning. I spent 8 days in isolation very ill.


Diagnosed with left sided UC in sigmoid colon and rectum 1986.
Put on Azulfidine 2 X3 a day and Rowasa enemas 60mg.
Had a rectal flare with bleeding in 1991.
Have been pretty much in remission overall other than a few flares over the past 21 years.
Medicine changed to Asacol 400mg 2 pills X3 times a day.
Was taken off of all meds in 2004 after being symptom free for two years.
Diagnosed with acid reflux 2005. Put on Protonix 40mg.
Had a flare of proctitis in January 2007. Have been using Canasa 1000mg suppositories nightly since January 2007. Had a proctalgia reflux episode in June 2007. Was taking probiotics nightly.
Was put back on Asacol 400mg 2 pills 2X a day in July 2007 as a maintenance against colon cancer.
Xanax when needed.


UC Mom
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   Posted 2/1/2008 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
I have always thought that my son had a bacterial or parasitic infection in the beginning. I am considering the Arizona Parasite man to rule out some sneaky pest that did not show up in the original stool sample. My son is having another colonoscopy on Monday (changed doctors).  After I hear about that, I am going to to pursue the underlying cause, if there is one. Good luck to you.
P.S.  How do you cleanse your liver and gallbladder?  Don't worry, we won't try that at home :) 
UC Mom
Son diagnosed 10, 2006 at age 15
12 asacol daily
Culturelle Probiotic
Omega 3
Multi Vitamin


suebear
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   Posted 2/1/2008 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   
You have to have the genetic predisposition of UC to get UC. Granted your food borne illness could have triggered your first flare but that doesn't mean if you had not gotten a food borne illness that you would not have been diagnosed with UC. You just would have gotten diagnosed down the road.

Sue
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free
 


UC Mom
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   Posted 2/1/2008 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
How does one have the genetic disposition if no one in the family has a history of any auto- immune diseases?
UC Mom
Son diagnosed 10, 2006 at age 15
12 asacol daily
Culturelle Probiotic
Omega 3
Multi Vitamin


love4cats
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   Posted 2/1/2008 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   
UC Mom said...
How does one have the genetic disposition if no one in the family has a history of any auto- immune diseases?

I have been wondering that myself and my GI was also purplexed because my 23 year old daughter and I got our first symptoms within a week of each other.  Nobody, but nobody in my family history has had any issues with their digestive tracts or any other autoimmune disease.
 
 
Dx:  UC Proctitis 2006
 
Meds:  None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence.
 
Diet:  Regular fresh garlic, Biobest yogurt daily, Omega 3 supplements, very limited junk food, carbs and processed food, low fat diet.  Lots of fresh fruit and veggies (limited potatoes). 
 
Added: tumeric and probiotics.
 
 


me,too
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   Posted 2/1/2008 1:35 PM (GMT -7)   
i believe this is how i got UC. I took antibiotics (never had taken before) in Feb 06, which weakened my digestive system like I had never felt before. Finally in May i got food poisoning after eating buffet food that resulted in instant diarrhea, which went away pretty quickly. about a week later the mucous started, then the blood. It started slowly then got totally out of control. I had gotten food poisoning before from a meal, but I think the antibiotics combo, even though that was a few months before, really wiped out my chance to recover from the food poisoning in May.

I posted an article a few days ago in which researchers argue that foodborne illness pose long term effects. The article stated that people may not even get diarrhea to start with, or it could be mild. It also stated that kidney failure and arthritis (which seems to be common on this listserv) can develop later in people who were stricken by foodborne illnesses. The article did not say these illnesses would lead to IBD, but that they can result in it. I have no family history of IBD, and always had a good digestive system until i took the antibiotics. I think the predisposition explanation is an easy out for doctors, especially GIs.

Try this link to find related articles on the topic of long term effects of foodborne illnesses: http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&hs=iF2&resnum=0&q=foodborne+illness&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wn

suebear
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   Posted 2/1/2008 2:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Don't confuse genetic predisposition to hereditary. I also am the only one in my family with UC. I have the gene for it and my
parents and siblings did not. It's just like some people may develop high cholesterol or high blood pressure that is unrelated
to diet and lifetyle. Those people, too, are genetically predisposed to that problem but it doesn't mean that their siblings or
parents will be genetically predisposed.

Sue
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free
 

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