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   Posted 3/31/2008 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
It's been a while since I have posted but I check in every now and then.
I just wanted to provide a little hope to those who are still struggling with this disease.
Yesterday I ran a 5k road race and finished 216th out of 1,500 runners and 14th out of 44 in my division (25:50 was the time). To some this might not be anything impressive but it was only a little more than a year ago I could barley make it up the stairs because I was so weak from my colitis. My hemoglobin was around 75, I had lost 30 pounds, wasn't sleeping because of the pred and was seriously considering surgery.
Now I feel better than before I had colitis. Part of the "comeback" is probably due to Imuran but I also think it is a positive attitude, healthy lifestyle and support from family and friends.
So it can get better. I know I am not the only one with a story like this. There are many, many others. So if you are struggling, hang in there. There is hope.
It's all good (for now)
Imurane - 150mg
Mulit Vitamin

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   Posted 3/31/2008 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Thats awesome kav! Positive thinking can be such a powerful tool in our general health and fitness.

35 year old Male, Husband, Father of the best three kids in the universe.
First Flare was February 2005. Diagnosed June 2005-left-sided Colitis, suspect it has since spread. Started 4000 mg Oral Salofalk June 2005-stopped January 2007. Remission until November 2006. Been in a flare to various degrees since November 2006 to February 2007. Currently in remission.
Presently on 0 mg Prednisone-down from 60 mg!
Weekly 4000 mg Salofalk enemas.
Daily 4000 mg Salofalk oral.
Started Omeprazole 20 mg February 2007.
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   Posted 3/31/2008 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
That's awesome! Congrats!!!
Tabitha (Tab)

100mg Azathioprine, 2 Fibercon, Colazal-9 a day, Acidopholis Pearls, Nexium
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 678
   Posted 3/31/2008 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
That's great!! cool
Diagnosed 2/29/08 with Mild Universal UC
I've had UC since 2000 but was in remission for most of those 8 years med free
Lialda & Asacol made symptoms worse
Trying Colazal next...

Another UC wife
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   Posted 3/31/2008 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
That is really terrific and encouraging for others. Thanks.

61 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 (now UC) & hospitalized 5/07-currently heading towards a remission. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07  Oct 07 feeling quite normal most days.  150mg Imuran  Zero mg prednisone   12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 1X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, fiber capsule 1x day, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 40 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs  Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Cortifoam enema PM, Canasa suppositiry AM, folic acid 1mg, Fosamax 1x month

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Date Joined Feb 2004
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   Posted 3/31/2008 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations!!!!! That's fantastic and you should be very proud of yourself!

It's always great to hear uplifting stories to help others with their struggles.

Wishing you continued success with everything!!

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

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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30828
   Posted 4/1/2008 12:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Awesome to hear you're feeling well Kevin! Congragulations on your successes!

Not all of us, however, have a goal to run a marathon.

*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 Mar 2008
Total Posts : 113
   Posted 4/1/2008 8:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for taking the time to share your success - it really gives me hope!! I think b/c of the nature of the board, it's mostly folks that are in a flare, which means a lot of sad stories, so it's great to hear from the other side of things. Hopefully I'll be here soon doing the same thing!

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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 169
   Posted 4/1/2008 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Great post and congrats on the race.  I also am starting to get into the best shape of my life a little over a year after I was first diagnosed and had a bad flare.  Being so sick for a good 5 months was and is a huge motivator for me.  Though I'm still on a little prednisone, hopefully I'll be off that in a few weeks.  I've always been pretty active, and when I couldn't be due to illness it was very depressing.  While I wouldn't say I'm better than ever, I'm getting there!
Dx Left-sided UC Dec. 2006
Azathioprine 200mg/day
Prednisone 5/2.5 (trying to taper-started at 60 6/1)
Lialda 2/day
Multivitamin, B complex vit., fish oil, calcium, fiber supplement, probiotic, adrenal support

Old Hat
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   Posted 4/1/2008 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Bravo!!!!!!!! Thanks, too, for sharing your story. You are absolutely right about the importance of staying positive. I suffered recurrent UC flares for yrs 'til Colazal came on the market & helped me to stay in remission where other 5-ASAs had always failed me for one reason or another. Best wishes to you for continued success. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 Colazal daily for maintenance of remission)

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   Posted 4/1/2008 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I am happy for you and I wish we could all be feeling that well. That is great news. Congratulations.
Diagnosed with Left-sided UC in 1995 at age 15, Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocort. Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Aloe Juice, Canasa, Enotcort, Colazol, Anamantle, Remicade, etc... had almost recto-vaginal fistula in 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed w/ Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Clorazepate, Proctofoam HC, Glucosamine 500, Vitamin B, Lomotil,  Tylenol pm, Lyrica started 1/17/08

Regular Member

Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 137
   Posted 4/1/2008 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Actually 25:50 aint to bad for a 5k.  Be proud of that time. 
Diagnosed UC 12/2007
Folic Acid 1mg x 1/day ~ On going
Asacol 400mg x 6/day ~ Failed (Allergic)
Prednisone 30mg x 1/day ~ On going recent change 2/26/2008
Sulfasalazine 1g x 3/day ~ 2/26/08 

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