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   Posted 4/10/2008 7:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone else notice that they get flares in the springtime? I suspect it's connected with allergic reactions to pollen.

Since both UC and allergies are problems with over-active immune systems.
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   Posted 4/10/2008 8:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Both my daugher and I have flares every spring when the snow is melting, just like clockwork! No other time of year so far. I am currently flaring now.
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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   Posted 4/10/2008 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I was just talking about that to one of my partner docs the other day. With this recent flare I got to thinking about how often they come in the spring. The one before this one I had to cancel a seminar trip which was also in april. The one before that around the same time. I have never had any outward allergy symptoms that I can remember though. Good point, curious about others.
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   Posted 4/10/2008 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Most definately a connection. I flare in the spring and fall when my allergies are at their worse. This spring (so far - knock on wood!) doesn't seem too bad......yet. I know last year I was absolutely miserable with my allergies and my Uc.
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   Posted 4/10/2008 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   
My flares seem to be more connected to times of great stress. Usually August and january. August I used to be stressed about school starting (both as student and teacher) and january with a new semester starting and holiday bills ect piled up. Actually all of my flares have begun slowly in august and really popped into a huge flare in jan.
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antispasmodics didn't work.

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   Posted 4/10/2008 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes!  I always feel worse in April & May.  I'm hurting right now - bad!

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   Posted 4/10/2008 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I have winter flares. Like clockwork
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   Posted 4/10/2008 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hmm, I've been in a flare since March, but I'm guessing my seasonal allergies to pollen aren't helping.

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   Posted 4/10/2008 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   
All three of my major flares (current included) have started in the spring.
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Osteopenia diagnosed Feb 2006
Status:  Flaring :(
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   Posted 4/10/2008 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   
WEIRD! My first Flare that got me diagnosed was in the Spring.... and then last year I thought I was going into a flare but seemed to somehow avoid the worse... but now I am flaring this year. I dont have allergies tho.. but it does seem to be this time of year for me as well. How strange !
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   Posted 4/11/2008 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Spring is my worst time of the year...I've always hated it.....lots of stress...both real and perceived because of stuff I need/should be doing plus I'm busy with clients. I do have discomfort from the tons of road crap that's swirling around in the air...I get a sore throat and sinus snotties from it. No pollen around here yet...

I'm bothered by allergies somewhat....allegra seems to help...but I don't take it continually.

I'm never ready for Spring...that would probably help a lot regarding some of my stress. Stress definitely has an impact on my flaring....but I always have stress and don't always flare.

Did I mention I HATE spring??

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   Posted 4/11/2008 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
All of my MAJOR flares have been in the spring.
Diagnosed Pancolitis 5/05.
Hospitalized 2/08 Severe Flare
Hospitalized 3/06 Severe Flare
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   Posted 4/11/2008 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
My first major flare late Feb./early April. Almost exactly a year later, I was back in the ER. Since then, I learned to manage my condition - the addition of a powerful probiotic was key - and I no longer flare in the early spring. My theory was it might be connected to seasonal affective disorder as well as allergies. I got a full spectrum light box and spend about a half hour in the morning and half hour in the evening in front of it during late fall, winter and early spring.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal.

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   Posted 4/11/2008 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, it started hitting me in the spring about 7-8 yrs after diagnosis. I would actually feel like I was coming down with the flu, achy with some fever/chills. Thankfully, the treatment I got by an IBD gastro for a severe flare one January thru March seemed to get me out of that syndrome. Now I have to beware of HVAC systems that rile my respiratory system in a big way. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 Colazal daily for maintenance of remission)
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