Cipro Seems To Have fixed Me

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Westcoast Joe
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   Posted 2/10/2008 9:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I take 6mp, Predisone and some drugs that I can't spell and nothing has worked. The Doc gave me Cipro last week and I'm a new man. Has anyone been prescribed Cipro. I had my colon removed and been reconnected to my rectum. The colitis is in my rectum. I'm 3 weeks away from making a decision on the J pouch. I feel great right now. Any ideas? Westy

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   Posted 2/10/2008 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
When I first started having bleeding, I went to my PC doctor. She put me on a course of Cipro, and it made me well. Unfortunately, about ten days later, the symptoms all came back. If your problems are related to infection, though, it may provide more permanent relief. I hope that's the case for you.
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 2/10/2008 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know what has helped me, but here's my story

Sept 7 07 - stopped asacol cold turkey, started 60mg of pred same day
Sept 21 began to flare a week later went into a horrible flare
GI prescribed cipro and hydrocortisone enemas within 2 weeks I saw major improvement
then started azathioiprine (on pred the whole time).

I think the hydrocortisone e's really helped me but can't say for sure. Glad you are doing better!!!
Beth, 32
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ no blood since Dec 07 ~ almost normal bm
UC dx'd March 2000 (30 cenitmeters as of 2005-proctosigmoiditis)
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) dx'd Sept 2007
Prednisone 40mg 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Tekturna 150mg 1xday, Fursomide 20mg 1xday.  Potassium 100mg 2xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.

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   Posted 2/10/2008 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Be careful. Cipro gave me c-diff. ~shudder~

I wish you were doing better, Beth. I worry about you (even though I'm not participating here much these past few weeks).

Sporadic proctitis since about 1985. Mother had J-pouch surgery 1983.
DX'd with clostridium difficile in 2000. Pred, two courses of Flagyl, then Vancomycin finally got rid of it. 2001 colonoscopy dx'd left-sided UC. . Treated with prednisone, Rowasa, Asacol. Asacol not working, switched to Imuran. Three small flares since in 2002, 2005, and 2007, brought under control with steroid and Rowasa enemas. Lap Chole performed October 26, 2007, after gall bladder attack in June, '07.
Daily meds: 100 mg Azathioprine and 225 mg Effexor XR (for chronic, longstanding depression), many vitamins and Primadophilus Reuteri

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   Posted 2/11/2008 3:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I was on Cipro. It worked the first time like a charm, but the next flare it didn't to anything at all. Good luck!

23 yrs old
Diagnosed with UC: March 2004 with probable IBS component

Currently taking:
Asacol 4pills 3x/day
Prograf 5mg/day
(Prograf is my miracle drug! It doesn't seem to be well known, but it's fantastic!)

Previously Tried:
Prednisone (works, but such awful side effects!), 6-MP (gave me acute pancreatitis), Entocort, Cipro (antibiotic), Bentyl, Canasa suppositories, a couple different enemas

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   Posted 2/11/2008 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Flagyl is a good rectal antibiotic that helps the inflammation there also.

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   Posted 2/11/2008 10:38 AM (GMT -6)   
If you keep your rectum you will continue to need to take drugs to control your UC. I am curious why your rectum was not removed with your colon? Typically surgery for UC involves removing both the colon and the rectum otherwise the UC remains.

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

Westcoast Joe
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   Posted 2/11/2008 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks everyone for the information and advice. It all started like this.

I was diagnosed with crohns and was treated with all the regular drugs we have all taken. My colon became very bad and they decided to remove it. They gave me the bag and left the rectum. The doctor told me that someday we could reconnect. Last year my insurance company decided they would no longer cover my ostomy bags and I decided it was time to get reconnected. My doc said my rectum looked good and there were no signs of colitis. We decided to forgo the J-pouch and connect directly to the rectum. After the operation , I continued to have problems. It was just like having colitis again. Oh, by the way they determined it to be colitis and not crohns. The doctor told me she thought she had cut out all the colitis. So , I have been taking the same drugs , that I have taken for years. Its like I did one big circle. Nothing seems to help and I'm flaring all the time. Until they started me on Cipro. I have had 5 great days. Note: the bag was great and i had few problems with it. I was the ostomy spokes person for the hospital. I would talk to people before they had the operation. Thanks to United Health Care, I could no longer afford the bag. I just was promoted at my job and the pressure to perform while sick has been hard. My compoany has supported me very well. Last week I decided that going through life in pain was not the answer. My doctor and I have decided to give 6 mp 4 more weeks to work and if it does not I'm getting the J-pouch. I have taken 6mp for 4 months. All of you know how hard this disease is on your mind and body. I'm always smiling and upbeat. It throws a lot of people off. Cipro may only be a tempory fix . I'm just glad today i feel better. Thanks for all your support. I pray for you all. Joe

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   Posted 2/11/2008 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't really have any advice but I wanted to say I am sorry that you have been through so much. You hang in there and keep us posted.
Tabitha (Tab)

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Old Hat
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   Posted 2/11/2008 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   
There was a member named UCRick who wrote a while back that the surgeon had connected his ileum to the rectum because it looked o.k., whereas his ascending colon had developed a malignancy near hepatic flexure. As I recall, the doctor was RXing some UC med to hopefully keep his rectum free of inflammation. So, there are still doctors who think it's possible to do this, but many others who agree with Suebear's. Great if Cipro has helped you recently, though it is likely a temporary fix. Best wishes for you to get the soundest possible medical advice for your longer term health. What your insurer did was rotten, but may it lead to a better resolution of your GI problems in the final analysis. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])
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