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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 3/12/2008 1:28 AM (GMT -6)   
sorry for making a 2nd thread but i wanted to clarify my condition... its not cramping but its more like hard to breath sensation on my left side, and now has moved to my right side. it comes and goes... I dont remember getting this when I first found out i had u.c. and at the time I was flaring pretty bad. If this IS NOT from the u.c. what else could it be?

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Date Joined May 2003
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   Posted 3/12/2008 2:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi...it could be gas, it could be IBS, it could be reflux, it could be spasming..not only in the colon.

It could be anxiety.

I think that it's worth getting checked out, tho....because when we feel symptoms that are difficult to explain...it can wear on our minds and bodies....and cause more anxiety. crazy thinking cycle.

I can, however, relate to how you're describing your symptoms...I've been having something similar, but it feels like my heart is doing wierd things...like it skips beats. It's not anxiety, but the worry of it is causing me some anxiety. I will be seeing my GP on the 17th. I'm pushing for an ECG or whatever general heart test to try and figure out what's going on. As well, i have noticed my reflux has been a bit more obvious..back to zantac.

Hope I/you/we can figure this out because it's not a comfortable feeling.

*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th 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 ....zymactive 3 - 5x 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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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 96
   Posted 3/14/2008 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   

Interesting to read this thread as I have had similar problems............both on the left side and the right side ( one or the other, never both sides)

It comes and goes in that I can go for weeks and weeks with no discomfort, then it can suddenly come on and makes it hard to take a deep breath. It can be quite bad during the night but then usually is gone in the morning.It can be reaaly uncomfortable at times.I think I might try taking some peppermint capsules as they are meant to be good for wind / gas.I suppose it would be useful to see if it coincides with eating anything in particular ?


Diagnosed May 2005- left sided UC.Diagnosed with iritis in my Right eye March 2007
On Pentasa 8 tabs a day
Also on Pentasa enemas one daily to treat current flare.

Plus Aloe vera, probiotics, multi vits, turmeric,bromelain.

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