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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 14
   Posted 2/19/2008 11:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Just a note to let you all know I've been rediagnosed with IBS & my colitis is under control with Asacol.  This is not to say I may be back to this forum in the future but right now I'm struggling with getting IBS under control.  This forum is a great place to share our medical problems & you all have been so nice to one another.
Right now I'm experiencing muscle spasms of the rectum to the point I haven't been able to leave the house in the past two days  My. dr. prescribed Valium .5mg 4 times a day.  I was fine yesterday but this morning took one & am really loopy.  I'm eating crackers to fill me up since I only had toast for breakfast.  I'm continuing to take Prednisone til the script runs out so have put on 7 lbs. (feel bloated & as pregnant as my youngest daughter)  Now I'll search for a forum for IBS.
Good Luck to all of you colitis sufferers & maybe I'll return sometime in the future.
Thanks for all your info.        Lindy

Elite Member

Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30828
   Posted 2/19/2008 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi...your doctor should prescribe you rectal meds....for sure.

Hope you feel better soon.
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~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 !!!

Veteran Member

Date Joined Nov 2005
Total Posts : 2045
   Posted 2/19/2008 1:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Most of us her have IBS too,Try taking a drug called Colofac.Its a far better drug to take than valium.Thats a massive dose just to control spasms.bEWARE OF THE SIDE EFFECTS!!!!!When my spasms were that bad my hospital consultant started me on 2mgs x 3 daily.You should ask about colofac or Spasmonal Forte, they are far better for the spasms. I still take the colofac now.Valium is such an addictive drug and its side effects are scary sometimes.
                                     keep the faith 

         asacol/proctifoam/Zoton (lansoprazole)/propranalol


Elite Member

Date Joined Feb 2004
Total Posts : 20577
   Posted 2/19/2008 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Unfortunately my daughter was just DX with having IBS (I have crohns and IBS), hopefully she won't get IBD too but the doc gave her meds called Dicetel (We're in Canada so the name might be different in other parts of the world). She seems to be doing better with it, maybe talk to your doc about it.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

Regular Member

Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 304
   Posted 2/19/2008 10:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Take a probiotic. It has transformed my IBS.
  • Pancolitis since 5/06 at age 50, IBS since childhood
  • Degenerative Disc Disease/Spinal Stenosis - L4 and L5
  • Prescribed: Asacol, Atenolol, Zoloft, Synthroid, Menest
  • Prescribed: Xanax & Hydrocodone as needed
  • OTC:  Probiotic 15-35, Multi Vitamin, B Complex, Turmeric, Fish Oil, Biotin

Veteran Member

Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 3402
   Posted 2/20/2008 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
There is an IBS forum at Healingwell - if you haven't found it already. My mother has IBS and I know that the issues can be as awful as IBD.

Wishing you the best!
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Asacol 12 per day,  Azathioprine 75mg, Aciphex, Effexor XR, Forvia and a Probiotic
Osteopenia (hip and spine) from prednisone use.  Started Azathioprine because I was steroid dependent.
Co-Mod for the UC forum
Keep HealingWell running smoothly:

Elite Member

Date Joined Feb 2004
Total Posts : 20577
   Posted 2/20/2008 5:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, probiotics ane fibre (via supplements and/or food) are both very beneficial for IBS.

They've helped with both my crohns and IBS.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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