Can you have a mini-flare?

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uc_1231985
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   Posted 5/31/2008 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all,

I'm new to the forum! In fact, this is my first post. I have been scanning through everyone's messages and am throughly impressed with everyone's support and advice.

I'm a 23 year-old female who was diagnosed with UC about 2.5 years ago--when I had my second flare. I had my first flare when I was about 18, but I never sought medical attention for it because I was embarrased. The first flare lasted about 6 months and then I experienced no symptoms until I was 20 and living in a new city. During my second flare, I experienced moderate symptoms--D about 6-8x a day, blood, mucus, rushing to the bathroom, etc. After my initial diagnosis, I was prescribed Colozal and put on a limited diet (bland foods) until I was in remission. To be honest, I often cheated on my diet and have never noticed a connections between my symptoms and my diet. Anyway, that's just the background.

I stopped taking the Colozal after going into remission because it gave me bad headaches and was expensive. I had experience no symptoms until about a 3 weeks ago. I got my wisdom teeth removed and had to take antibiotics and some advil for pain. about a week after getting my wisdom teeth removed, I begin noticing symptoms of another flare. There was pus, blood, and I felt the same urgency and had watery D for about a 2 weeks. This current week I am feeling a lot better. My BMs have been solid, though there is still some blood/pus. My cramps are milds and I only have one BM a day. Is it possible for me to be going back into remission already? Should I find a GI doctor in my city (I don't have one currently and am not in touch with my last doctor), or should I wait it out? Is it possible the antibiotics triggered a flare and now that they have cleared my body my body is recovering?

I feel as if maybe I am being silly about not contacting a doctor. I have very bad health insurance coverage and not a lot of money. I know pus/blood in BMS is a red alarm and is definitely a signal of another flare, but I my D has also already disappeared.

Any thoughts?

Thanks :)

quincy
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   Posted 5/31/2008 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi...welcome to the forum.

You really need to set up an appointment with a GI asap.

You should be on some meds, and if you are able to take 5ASA, then start with Asacol and a retention enema (Rowasa if you're in the US).

You can start on a probiotic, fibre supplement and try to eat as well as you can nutritionally. Make sure protein is in your diet.

You ARE in a flare.....but if you'are near/in your period..that will have some influence on some of your symptoms such as diarrhea and cramping.

Don't wait it out...although many of us has gone through the same mind game, it's inevitable that we realise we've waited too long.

quincy
*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 !!!


bookworm21
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   Posted 6/1/2008 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, you can have a mini-flare, but it can develop into a full flare. I had a mini flare from Feb. through April this year and none of the treatments I tried worked. So for the past 4 weeks I've been in a full flare and it's getting worse everyday.
I agree with quincy--call your GI and hopefully s/he'll prescribe you some more meds to get things under control.
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


bookworm21
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   Posted 6/1/2008 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, you can have a mini-flare, but it can develop into a full flare. I had a mini flare from Feb. through April this year and none of the treatments I tried worked. So for the past 4 weeks I've been in a full flare and it's getting worse everyday.
I agree with quincy--call your GI and hopefully s/he'll prescribe you some more meds to get things under control.
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


bbc
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   Posted 6/1/2008 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Advil or antibiotics are both no nos for IBD

pb4
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   Posted 6/1/2008 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Advil and other NSAIDs are not recommended for IBDers as they can promote bleeding in the bowels, but often antibiotics are needed to help treat IBD (Flagyl for example), that said, it's necessary to take an excellent probiotic daily and indefinitely with having an IBD because we tend to have bacterial over-growth and at times we are also required to take antibiotics and antibiotics wipe out pretty much everything leaving our system quite vulnerable...it's best to take probiotics at least 2 hours after you're done taking antibiotics for the day.
 
Check out this link re; NSAIDs...you'll likely have to copy and paste into your search engine.
 

:)


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Post Edited (pb4) : 6/1/2008 11:03:59 AM (GMT-6)

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