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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 1
   Posted 3/26/2008 10:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey, everyone. Im 19 years old and currently in my first year of college. Back when I was 16 I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. As of the first week of January of this year, I have been in flare up again. I currently am on pregnisone (now down to 20 mg daily and asacol 4 pills 3x daily). I have also tried a "pro biotic" powder called VSL, which is supposed to promote healthy bacteria cultured in the stomach. I just was wondering if anyone has ever tried any so called "alternative" methods to treating this disease, such as over the counter supplements or herbs, ect. And if so, have you had any luck or has it not worked out. For me as Im sure a lot of other UC'ers out there the side effects of the corticosteroids are not only harsh on my body but take a toll on me emotionally. I was always an outgoing personality and since going back on the pregnisone feel uncomfortable doing things at college or even just meeting new people. Additionally, ive gotten some bad bouts with arthritis in my lower legs and often have toes, legs, and even my fingers cramping up for up to 30 minutes at a time. Im always looking for "new treatments" out there and was wondering if anyone else has felt the same way and has had any luck?

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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30986
   Posted 3/27/2008 1:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi..welcome to the forum!

I'm wondering why you've not been on any of the 5ASA meds..oral and rectal?

Wondering if the pred is the culprit for your arthritic symptoms...are you sure it's actual arthritis?

I've used 5ASA oral and rectal meds for over 19 years with huge success.

Where in the colon is your UC...throughout or limited?

*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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