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   Posted 4/9/2008 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear all, do people with UC have a more difficult time recovering from colds/flu?
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   Posted 4/9/2008 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe not the flu but definately a cold. It sometimes takes me about 2-3 weeks to get rid of it. But for odd reason, now that I'm on 6mp and I get sick - it's gone within 4 days. Not that I'm complaining! However, when I DO get sick - I get SICK! I'm talking about running high fevers (102-103) that hit in a matter of hours.
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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 121
   Posted 4/9/2008 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
YES YES YES in my opinion. Longer and more colds.
Sometimes I will get a cold, almost get over it then back to having a cold again.
Doc's now say 80% of our immune system is in our digestive tract and us with
UC the tract is all jacked up. This year I started filling my gut with friendly bacteria
with good results. I have only got sick once this winter and that was a sore throat for
one day. Felt like I was going to get a cold once but it never fully developed.
Usually I will get sick at least for times a winter and always get one summer cold.
Hopefully it is the friendly bacteria and not a coincidence.
Diagnosed panColitis 1990.
Current Meds Asacol x4 twice a day. X6 1/15/08.        
Stopped taking all meds 2/20/08. I have always
flared shortly after stopping meds but I think the bacteria in Kefir
has colinized in my colon and I am doing great.  4/7/08 Colon still
doing great. Kefir(probiotic) helped my colon but not my hemmies.
I still have my colon THANK YOU GOD!!!
Started 1/01/08 PRObiotics
Freindly bacteria:raw milk-kefir made with raw milk natural probiotic.
1/22/08 Started cultured veggies(probiotic)

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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 1766
   Posted 4/9/2008 9:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I usually have some form of a cold. I'm always blowing my nose--I can't get away from it. I don't think it makes my UC symptoms worse b/c it's pretty much always there in some form just like my UC. I occasionally get really bad colds or seasonal allergies that make me feel crappy overall.

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Date Joined Mar 2003
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   Posted 4/9/2008 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I rarely get colds. I've had one in the past two or three years. Normal length of time. My immune system just keeps fighting things off. I think that's why it was so hard to get my UC in remission.
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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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 458
   Posted 4/10/2008 8:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I rarely got colds before UC and if I did they were minor. Since getting UC, I don't get colds often, but when I do they are similar to the ones that I had when I smoked. Very severe, lasting at least 3 weeks.
Dx:  UC Proctitis 2006
Meds:  None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence.
Diet:  Regular fresh garlic, Biobest yogurt daily, Omega 3 supplements, very limited junk food, carbs and processed food, low fat diet.  Lots of fresh fruit and veggies (limited potatoes). 
Added: tumeric and probiotics.

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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 733
   Posted 4/10/2008 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I hardly ever get colds.  When I do, I usually have a quick recovery.  Now I need to go knock on some wood... That was hilarious, vanguard. "when it's not attackin me, my immune system is my pal." LOL

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 1 inch deep rectal ulcer 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed w/ Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Clorazepate, Lomotil,  Tylenol pm, Lyrica started 1/17/08, Flagyl 750 mgs started 4/2/08, Humira started 4/4/08

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