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Disbooner
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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 6/20/2008 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I was recently diagnosed with colitis...currently awaiting the results of a Prometheus IBD test.  I have a question for the knowledgeable folks on this board.  After diagnosis, I began taking antibiotics and asucol (sp?).  They worked perfectly for a week causing my symptoms to stop (mucus and blood).  Wednesday night we had a personal event that has caused a lot of stress.  The symptoms have returned and are even a little worse than before.  Does stress lead to a flare up or would that be coincedental?

ediekristen
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   Posted 6/20/2008 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I always feel worse when I'm under stress and flaring. Even if it's a momentary thing, like say I'm driving down the road and some car almost hits me and I get freaked out for a second, my stomach almost instantly starts to hurt. Stress [[they say]] won't CAUSE a flare, but it can certainly make things worse.
Female, 22, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in hip & lumbar region of the spine from long term prednisone use.

Current Meds:
10mg Lexapro (for depression/social anxiety)
Digestive Advantage: Crohn's and Colitis formula (2 pills per day, started 5/14/08)
125mg Azathioprine
4800mg Asacol (Four 400mg tablets, three times a day)
 
 
 


Beth75
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   Posted 6/20/2008 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
when coming out of a flare, I seem to take a couple of steps ahead then a step back, but at the end of a week or two period looking back I can tell I was better than the week or two before that.

I just started getting normal bm's once a day though still have several bathroom trips a day w/just the sediment, it's slowly getting better, that is great that you responded so well!
Beth, 32 ~ small flare - hoping caused by aspirin - hydrocortisone e's
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07
UC dx'd 03/00 (Proctosigmoiditis); Pancolitis since 09/07
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Prilosec, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) dx'd 09/07 - partial remission since 03/08
Prednisone 40mg 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Tekturna 150mg 1xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.  Do you have edema? If so, check your blood protien level!
 


kim123
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   Posted 6/20/2008 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe the antibiotics are the culprit?? They work well while you take them, but they may have initiated a yeast overgrowth as your good bacteria was being killed off as well as the bad. Antibiotics wipe out everything. I suggest some probiotics to restore your bowel flora. As well, the stress could be a trigger, as you said. UC symptoms are definitely like a roller coaster ride.

ediekristen
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   Posted 6/20/2008 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Kim could be right as well, for some people antibiotics alone can trigger a flare even while in remission. Some types are prescribed for UC though, but I've never actually had a doctor give me antibiotics for my UC
Female, 22, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in hip & lumbar region of the spine from long term prednisone use.

Current Meds:
10mg Lexapro (for depression/social anxiety)
Digestive Advantage: Crohn's and Colitis formula (2 pills per day, started 5/14/08)
125mg Azathioprine
4800mg Asacol (Four 400mg tablets, three times a day)
 
 
 


jujub
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Date Joined Mar 2003
Total Posts : 10407
   Posted 6/20/2008 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Even though medications can be working, it may take a few weeks for your inflammation to subside and your colon to heal, so you don't always see results right away. If you're still having problems at 2-3 weeks, talk to your doctor.

And yes, stress can trigger D. and queasiness in anyone, even worse so in those of us who have IBD.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
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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Please remember to consult your health care provider when making health-related decisions.


AngelTT
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Date Joined Jun 2005
Total Posts : 213
   Posted 6/20/2008 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Stress has caused a lot of issues for me and is the reason I came out of remission late last year. I had a flare while going through fertility treatments and even got Shingles. I think everyone is different but stress definitely affects my IBD. I tried relaxation techniques but my anxiety was contributing too much to my IBD acting up. I got on Lexapro and I've noticed a huge difference. I'm not saying that everyone should get on Lexapro of course, just that I am a big believer that stress will affect your IBD. I'm sorry about your diagnosis - this is a great place for support and advice!
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!!!!


Disbooner
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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 10
   Posted 6/23/2008 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for all the advice everyone.  Sorry for the delayed response, but my wife is just getting out of the hospital now.

I spoke with my doctor last week and he changed my perscription to an 8 wk dose of prednisone.  Three days now, and still having sypmtoms.  I'm hopeful that the medicine kicks in soon.

I'm so grateful to have a forum like this to vent and learn from others with shared experiences.  Thanks to all!


dakotagirl
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Total Posts : 3402
   Posted 6/23/2008 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Disbooner - welcome to HealingWell! We're glad to have you - but sorry you had to find us :) Knowing there are others out there who UNDERSTAND is huge emotional blessing.

I hope your pred kick in quickly.

Sorry to hear your wife was hospitalized. I hope she is well!
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Osteopenia (hip and spine) diagnosed Feb 2006
Status:  close to remission?!?!?
20mg Pred, Asacol 12 per day,  Azathioprine 100mg, Aciphex, Forvia, and Pro-Bio
1st Remicade infusion:  06/17/08
 
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Hans C
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 89
   Posted 6/24/2008 10:05 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi

I've found that under stress I put a lot of tension on my stomach area. In the same way someone might clench their fists perhaps others clench their guts. Maybe this can aggrevate UC. I've been working on becoming more aware of this when I'm doing it and then trying to let that tension go.

Good luck
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