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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 4/4/2008 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
First, I was diagnosed with UC/proctitis about two years ago, took asacol for about two months, and have been completely fine until the last week or so.  I was convinced that I didn't even have the UC because I had lyme disease at the same time and I thought it was just a symptom of the lyme for sure.  Over the last week or two it seems like I have been having mucous and a little bit of blood.  Is this a flare up?  How long do these last?  Has anyone ever heard of UC sypmtoms with lyme?  The second question is, I am im the process of applying to a job where I have to submit a medical history form which specifically asked if I have ever had a gastro-intestinal disorder.  I am worried they might dq me if I tell them I was diagnosed with UC (it's a physical job).  Does anyone have any comments?  Am I required to disclose this.  I figure if somehow they find out I can just say it was lyme. 

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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 4/4/2008 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
so you're not on asacol any more?
usually blood and mucous is part of a flareup and if you are not treating it with any meds, it could just get worse and worse.
are you seeing a gastroenterologist?
some people do have remission periods with no meds, but you may not be able to get out of a flare without getting back in to see the doc and get some kind of treatment. just don't let it get too bad before you do.
i don't know anything about a relationship to lyme and UC, but UC seems to have a "relationship" with a lot of other things so you never know. either way, if you do actually have UC, you shouldn't try to ignore it.

as far as the job, i don't know what to tell you there. i'd look into your rights as far as disclosing that type of info before you do it.
29, happily married, stay at home mom to 2 year old son. due to have baby #2 9/17/08
UC (probably pancolitis, but no c-scope yet), diagnosed June 2006, started having major symptoms sometime in January 2006, about 3 months after childbirth. 2nd flare (minor) may 2007 after taking caprylic acid for 2 weeks.

-Prednisone 8/28/06-2/28/07. and again may '07, 8 week course.
-Prayer! asacol, probio, ground psyllium husk, prenatal, folic acid, cal-mag

may you live all the days of your life.

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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 4/4/2008 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
as long as you can do your job, I don't think they can let you go for having UC.

Also, I had periods of remission w/no meds, I had procosigmoiditis and now I have pancolitis. Dont delay call your Doc, you need to be healthy and it can get much, much worse.
Beth, 32 ~ Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ in remission
UC dx'd 03/00 (Proctosigmoiditis); Pancolitis since 09/07
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Prilosec, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) dx'd 09/07 - partial remission since 03/08
Prednisone 25mg 1xday (taper 5mg a week from 60 = ), Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Enalpril 10mg 1xday, Fursomide 20mg 1xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.  Do you have edema? If so, check your protiens!
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Date Joined Mar 2003
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   Posted 4/4/2008 10:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell, Col. I'd suggest you see the GI, then present your medical history with a note from the GI approving you to do whatever sort of work is required. You might also want to check with your state labor office, as I'm thinking it probably isn't even legal for them to require you to disclose your medical history as a condition of employment. Seems to me it violates the Americans with Disability Act.
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.
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New Member

Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 4/5/2008 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the responses. I haven't been on asacol for about two years, and haven't seen the gastro since then. I figure I'll ride it out for a week or two and see what happens, and if it gets worse, i'll schedule an appointment. I decided not to tell the prospective employer, and I answered no to the gastro questions on the med. history forms. I hope this doesn't come back to haunt me.

Regular Member

Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 212
   Posted 4/6/2008 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Boy, that sounds like a law suit just waiting to happen. I'd call your local (state or county) labor rights office as well.

Is the work you are applying for dependent upon some sort of medical release? Unless you are joining the army, this all sounds sorta fishy to me.

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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 4/6/2008 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   

It takes a while to get into my GI.  What about scheduling an appt and then if you don't need it, cancel.  Better to have one then wait til you need one and then have to wait another month.  I don't know what to tell you about the job.  It sounds really unethical to ask those questions especially since I can not think of any job that UC would disqualify you for.  (Unless there are no toilets there).  Good luck and let us know what happens


diagnosed with left-sided UC in 1997. (45cm)
Currently on 10mg Prednisone
12 caps of colazal    9 caps Colazal
2 rowasa enemas nightly
35, female

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