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   Posted 4/8/2008 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone. I'm new to the board so I thought I'd say hello.

I was diagnosed with UC when I was 16 (I am 21 now). I was on meds for awhile before my symptoms got so bad that I started receiving Remicade in December 2006. Things were under control for about a year, with only taking Colozal, Imuran, and Remicade every 8 weeks.

Recently however, I have entered into a flair. I have to go to the bathroom about 4 times in the morning and it is bloody and liquidty. My doctor put me back on prednisone (which is the worst drug in the world, I feel it does more harm than good).

Anyways, my question is, how does the decrease of symptoms work for most people? For instance, does the urgency stop first, or the amount of blood, or diahrea?

Today there was less blood, which I am hoping is a good sign, but the urgency in the morning is a pain. Thankfully I moved out of the dorms and have my own apartment at school, but it's still a pain in the neck when I have to go to the bathroom every 10 minutes.

Anyways, hopefully I can offer some advice to people and vice versa!

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   Posted 4/8/2008 11:05 PM (GMT -6)   
welcome! i'm fairly new here myself, and this site is a great resource. For me, the blood stopped first, then the urgency became less, and stools became more normal. But I'm only on Asacol and rowasa and have only moderate left-sided UC. Did your doc try rowasa? I think that's part of what did the trick for me, getting the med right at the source of the trouble, so to speak.

Good luck, I always feel for people who have to go through this at a younger age. I work at a corporate job, and it's still annoying having to run off at least once an hour. Not sure how I would have survived this at school or back when i worked in nyc and was on trains 4 hrs a day. I'm always impressed by how strong y'all are!
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   Posted 4/9/2008 7:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, welcome to Healingwell :) When I flare, normally the D is the first to go, then the urgency and the bleeding and pain sort of taper off together. I always had trouble with the bleeding mostly in the past so for me, that is the toughest to get rid of.
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   Posted 4/9/2008 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks! I am hoping that the lesser amount of blood is an indication I am getting better. I think I have been on Rawasa before (steroid enemas) but haven't been for about 18 months because I haven't had a flare. I will check into that with my doctor today. It's such a pain to have to deal with this every morning before class!

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   Posted 4/9/2008 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi and Welcome!!

I am fairly new here too. This is a great place to be...everyone is so knowledgeable and supportive. My husband has UC. So, for him, usually the blood is the first thing to decrease, then the urgency becomes less...
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