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roxZ
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   Posted 5/31/2008 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
My UC symtoms are the worst in the morning, the hardest part of my day bacause I have to drive to work and hope I make it.  The only thing I can do is just take my meds and I don't eat anything until Im actually at work and if I hit a traffic jam I get so stressed that Im not going to make it.  Do any of you have this same problem in the morning?  Any suggestions?
Vikki, 29
dx with ulcerative colitis at age 16
prednisone 20 mg, colazal, entocort ec 3/day


sodbuster19
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   Posted 5/31/2008 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe getting up earlier? It might help ya to get your problems done with and give you less stress going to work.

<FONT color=#0000ff>Bad flares Guniess & hot wings

Generic Colazal, 2 2xday
Acidophilus Probotic 3 times/day


julee70
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   Posted 5/31/2008 8:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Mornings are the worst! Once during a particularly bad flare, I would get up at 6 AM just so that I could leave my house 3.5 hours later. I read something once about why mornings were worse for many people. I will try to find it and post later.
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UC for the last ten years
Current Meds: 6MP since 2006, Cortifoam
Past Meds: You name it; I've tried it. (Asacol, Colazol, Pentasa, DiPentum, Rowasa, Canasa, Cortenema, sulfasalazine)
5ASA drugs don't work for me. Canasa seems to make me worse.
Alternative treatments I have had success with: Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy


jujub
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   Posted 5/31/2008 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Mornings are the pits when I'm flaring. I just know I have to be up at least three hours before I can leave the house, so I get up early enough to have time. I've been able to flex at work and go in at 9 instead of 8, so that helped me.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroid therapy.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
 
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quincy
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   Posted 5/31/2008 9:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi...yep, when I'm flaring, morning bms start as soon as I get up.

You should consider to take rectal meds.

q
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


Dr-A
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   Posted 5/31/2008 10:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep, I just get up 3 hours ahead of time if I have any kind of a drive. Work is only 6 minutes away, but once a week I drive 35 minutes to a different clinic. That day I get up at 5 to be there at 8 ish. I really never even wake up with the alarm. My stomach gets me up at around 530 anyway. When inflammation goes down, my sleep in the mornings gets better.
Proctitis DX 1998
Lialda 1x day
Hydrocort Enema As Needed


pb4
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   Posted 5/31/2008 11:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Mornings are brutel it seems for most IBDers...what a way to start everyday!

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


paudarco
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   Posted 6/1/2008 7:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Mornings are always bad for me too during a flareup. Canasa at night helps reduce the severity and I found that drinking Pau D'arco tea at night before bed helps, too.

Another tip I'd like to share is soaking in Epson salts. They reduce inflammation, in general, and when I soak in a bath of them a few times a week, I notice a difference. I don't know if it's due to basic stress relief or if it's more, but I recommend it.

bookworm21
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   Posted 6/1/2008 8:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Yep, mornings are the worst. I have to wake up a few hours earlier than normal so I can "bathroom it out," as I like to call it. Except my flare is so bad now that mornings and a few hours after lunch are horrible for me.

Female, Age 19, Dx w/ UC August 2007
Seasonal allergies
9 Asacol/day, 1000 mg Canasa, Proctofoam, Rifaximin 2/day
Digestive Advantage (Crohn's & Colitis) 3 pills/day, 1 Florastor/day
1 DanActive/day


Pooper Bowl Champ
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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 68
   Posted 6/1/2008 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   
 Yes mornings are when everything "wakes up". I am in what I consider remission. I only have 1 sometimes 2 formed BMs a day. However like clock work they are always in the morning. Even if I sleep a little later on the weekends once I get up it's only minutes after that have to "empty the tanks". That holds me off until the next day. I'm sure if someone did some research there is a connection.

DX Pancolitis 3/2004
Colazol (Generic) 3 tabs 2x a day.
Levothyroxine .137 for Hypothyroidism
Multivitamin


madabs
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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 388
   Posted 6/1/2008 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I am totally amazed by all the people who have this morning hassle.  I thought I was the only one in the world that had to set the alarm early to get up and go to the bathroom! 

UC since 10/05, first symptoms felt as early 1983
canasa and lialda daily
 


julee70
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Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 486
   Posted 6/1/2008 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Pooper Bowl Champ, I took your challenge to do a little research and starting Googling. Well, I just saw one of the most disgusting things ever and that has put a quick end to my search! What kind of person takes photos after a colon cleanse? Eeeewwwww. I might be scarred for life. (Ok, maybe that's extreme. But I am definitely not hungry anymore.)

I decided instead to consult the Chinese medicine book "Between Heaven and Earth." It says that in the morning is when Yang is growing. Think of Yang as energy, growth, heat. My book says that:

"The Stomach and Spleen are at their peek function between 7 and 11 AM. This is the time of optimal digestion and assimilation and helps explain why the first meal of the day is so important for maintaining adequate energy. The time of peak function for the Large Intestine occurs at 5-7 AM just prior to that of the Stomach. This suggest that the natural rhythm is to empty in preparation for receiving."

So if you think of sleep as your body conserving energy and the morning as a time when the body's energy is growing, it would make sense that morning is when the intestines start to get going. Although in our cases, they get going a little too much.
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UC for the last ten years
Current Meds: 6MP since 2006, Cortifoam
Past Meds: You name it; I've tried it. (Asacol, Colazol, Pentasa, DiPentum, Rowasa, Canasa, Cortenema, sulfasalazine)
5ASA drugs don't work for me. Canasa seems to make me worse.
Alternative treatments I have had success with: Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy


Pooper Bowl Champ
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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 68
   Posted 6/1/2008 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
julee70, Totally makes sense. I guess morning BMs are "normal". Thanks for the research and now we all may have an answer to the "Mornings" question.

DX Pancolitis 3/2004
Colazol (Generic) 3 tabs 2x a day.
Levothyroxine .137 for Hypothyroidism
Multivitamin

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