gassy at nights?

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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 5/9/2008 1:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Over the past week or two, I've been getting up about 5-8 times during the night, to go to the bathroom, but the majority of the times, it's GAS, GAS, GAS...until the last time or two, when some stool comes out (I've been diagnosed with UC since 2001). Needless to say, this is extremely annoying and keeps me from having a good night's sleep. Does anyone else have issues like this? Sometimes just by the position of my sleep, it changes (if I'm lying on my back, it's less at times).

- I generally DO eat right before sleeping
- I've been on REMICADE for over a year
- I've recently started administering ENEMAS before sleep, although the last 2 night I didn't do any enemas and STILL woke up a ton of times
- Taking stuff like GAS-X doesn't seem to make any difference whatsoever
- As SOON as I wake up the next day and get out of bed...the gas stops almost completely!

Any feedback would be appreciated.

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   Posted 5/9/2008 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   

Nacholover - I used to get this.  Are you sleeping on your side? As that used to cause my gas problems.

Try sleeping on your back only and see what happens..

(ps i am sure you already know to avoid fizzy drinks)
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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 5/9/2008 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nacho,

I have struggled with this for months. I would agree with KSU about the position of your sleep. I hadn't really thought about it, but whenever I stay on my back, I wake up less with that feeling.

I can totally understand the frustration. If I'm gonna get woke up in the night to go to the bathroom, I want it to be for something ligit!
Diagnosed in 2005
Ascacol - 9 per day, Endecort when needed - 3 in the morning, Azathioprine, 3 in the morning and 1 other med I can't remember the name of...16 pills total (this is only my meds for UC)
I also take a pill for High Blood Pressure, one for Acid Reflux, a couple Percoset per day for arthritis, and something to help me sleep whenever I'm on Endecort.
That's waaaaay to many meds!

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   Posted 5/9/2008 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Fibre supplements suggested by my GI daily and indefinitely have aided my issues with what you're describing.

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

UC spouse
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   Posted 5/9/2008 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
NachoLover just to prove that this disease is so diff. for everyone. My husband had a few days like that and he noticed that sleeping on his back was causing him to have more gas. Sleeping on his side helped reduce the gas. Go figure! I hope things improve for you.
Husband diagnosed with pancolitis in May 2007 at the age of 31

Predisone 40 mg for two months-every time weaned off, symptoms came back, Mesalamine(substitute for Rowesa)enema for 21 days-didn't see results in 14 days so stopped taking it, symptoms seemed to get slightly worse.
Xifaxan-on and off
Current meds. : Humira, Colazal 12/day, Probiotic-Align, Fish Oil
Has never gone into remission

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   Posted 5/9/2008 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
In the years before finding out I had UC, gas came upon me through the evening and night many, many times.  Do you have bloating too?  I look back on it now as a sign that my digestive system was going out of whack.  I found that if I used the palm of my hand to massage the area of abdomen below my belly button.  I rubbed quite firmly in a circular motion.  It often gave me relief.  I never figured out how to prevent it, but the massage made me feel better and helped me get more sleep. 

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   Posted 5/9/2008 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
This doesn't happen to me at night (thank god) but it does in the morning. I have to get up an hour or two earlier than needed just so I can run to the bathroom a minimum of 3 times to get out the gas and then some stool. It's so annoying!
Female, Age 19, Dx w/ UC August 2007
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