Lambkins, since you've just recently started the medications, the mesalazine may not have fully taken effect yet. Also remember that even when it does, it will take some time for your colon to heal. Usually your bleeding and D will ease up first, but the pain may go slowly as your colon heals. As far as it being on the right side when your UC is left-sided, that's not unusual. I also have left-sided UC and frequently had pain on the right side of my abdomen when I was flaring. The intestines are all sort of held in place by a very delicate membrane, and swelling can stretch it and cause pain. Also, abdominal pain is difficult to localize, so sometimes it's hard to tell where the pain is really originating.
My suggeston with the Chinese is to try to avoid the bok choy; it gives me terrible gas pains. Sometimes seeds and spicy foods will offend also. Rice is a very colon-friendly food, and pasta is okay for most of us, so fried rice and lo mein are usually safe choices for me.
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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