Gonna see a rheumatologist

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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 6/16/2008 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   
My gastro doc is sending me to a rheumatologist to be sure we aren't missing anything - my appointment is Friday. I've had rashes for the past six months that come and go. Some itched and looked like hives while others just appeared with no other symptoms. I have also had pretty rough back pain, pain in my left hand with stiffness, and shoulder pain. Does this all sound like just the wonderful side effects of UC? I am not expecting much from the rheumatologist visit, just because so much of this stuff is a guessing game.
34 year old female, Diagnosed 5 years ago
Current Meds: Remicade every 6 weeks, Prednisone 10mg (tapering), Prevacid, Sustenex, Lialda, Lexapro (anxiety), Synthroid, Iron, vitamins, Fish Oil
Expecting first child 12/08 via gestational surrogate!!!!

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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 499
   Posted 6/16/2008 2:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear about your recent symptoms. My doctor told me that UC is an auto immune disease and that I am more prone to other illnesses such as arthritis. I hope that is not the case for you. But it also seems to me that eventually in life, most people develop arthritis. Good luck, hope this doctor can help.
Lori (Bellski)-age 43 from Illinois
Diagnosed February 2008 with Ulcerative Proctitis,
Currently: symptoms have subsided for the most part
Medications:  Asacol 400mg X 6, Cymbalta 20 mg X 1, Canasa (sometimes) Vitamins:  Calcium 600 + D X 2, One a Day Women's X 1, Citrucel, Probiotics
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UC Dude
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Date Joined Aug 2005
Total Posts : 438
   Posted 6/16/2008 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
My rheumy has been a huge help. In fact he suggested my original scope 10 years ago because he thought my arthritis symptoms could be from IBD.

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Date Joined May 2003
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   Posted 6/17/2008 12:24 AM (GMT -6)   
UC loves company....once we have autoimmune disease, we open the door to a myraid of stuff....

He'll do the blood tests for markers..etc and centre in on a few things. Sometimes just knowing makes it easier to cope.

*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
~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 !!!

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