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   Posted 6/29/2008 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I know your surgery is on July 3.  I will be thinking of you!
Take care (((bratcat)))!   Extra hugs to your family too.
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Osteopenia (hip and spine) diagnosed Feb 2006
Status:  close to remission?!?!?
15mg Pred, Asacol 12 per day,  Azathioprine 100mg, Aciphex, Forvia, and Pro-Bio
1st Remicade infusion on 06/17/08:  Next infusion on 07/01/08
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   Posted 6/29/2008 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope all goes well and you have a speedy recovery, bratcat! :)
Female, Age 19, Dx w/ UC August 2007
9 Asacol, Rowasa1000 mg Canasa, Proctofoam, Rifaximin 2/day
Digestive Advantage (Crohn's & Colitis), 1 Florastor, 50 mg 6MP,1 Primadophilus reuteri, 1 DanActive, Remicade (2nd infusion 06/26/08), 2.4 g Lialda

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   Posted 6/30/2008 4:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Special ((hugs)) to you Bratcat - be sure that your mother takes good care of you! But I'm sure we don't have to tell Bennie that since she is such the good mommy right??? :) Best of wishes, speedy recovery and heal well!
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   Posted 6/30/2008 8:20 AM (GMT -6)   
All good wishes for you Bratcat! You're very brave and strong!
Tressa 35 (F)
probably pancolitis
Colazal 3X3/day, Lialda upped to 4/day,Phosphatidylcholine 4 (420 mg capsules) once/day
Colazal 3X3/day (not generic)
Rowasa & Canasa as needed
Asacol 12/day

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   Posted 6/30/2008 8:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Best of luck Bratcat; you've got a terrific support system, and I just know things will go smoothly for you. Take care, and ((((((HUGS)))))))

Remicade - will have my 22nd infusion on June 12.
Vitamin B-12/Biotin, Probiotics
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   Posted 6/30/2008 9:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck, and congratulations on taking your life back!
Asacol 4 tabs 2x daily
Forvia once a day - Probiotic twice daily - Methotrexate 3 pills once a week - Actonel once a week
Calcium supp. - 1 mg Folic Acid daily - Omega-3 once daily
13th Remicade infusion End of April

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   Posted 6/30/2008 9:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck, Bratcat! Congratulations on the first step toward getting your life back! I can't even imagine having UC at your age, and you've been so brave about it, I'm in awe.

Bennie, big hugs for you and the rest of the family, too.
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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   Posted 6/30/2008 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I hope the surgery goes smoothly and that your recovery is swift finally relieving you of your suffering. I know it'll be a rough go for a while, but you're one tough cookie with all the right support to help you get through it.

quincy xx
*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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   Posted 6/30/2008 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
wishing you a speedy recovery. let us know how everything goes!
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!

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   Posted 6/30/2008 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck Bratcat! This is a new beginning for you...rather like a graduation? Hope all goes well and we can't wait to hear all of the wonderful things you will be doing UC free!
Kelly, 30

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, no more pred after two years!!!! Off imuran as remicade is working!
Prontonix once daily for acid reflux, zofran 8mg every six hours for nausea
Remicade started 3/1/08...just had 4th infusion

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   Posted 6/30/2008 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, on July 4, Independence Day here in the United States, you'll really have a great reason to celebrate....your independence! ;-)


Remicade - will have my 22nd infusion on June 12.
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   Posted 6/30/2008 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah Carol, that will really put a new meaning to the day for her!!!
Bennie please be sure to let us know how it goes :) Good luck, Bratcat, I'm sure you'll do just fine. Sending strength and healing vibes your way! :)
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)

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   Posted 6/30/2008 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
good luck.

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nitroquick, proventol, plavix 75 mg, protonix 40 mg x 2, asacal 400mg x 9
carafate 1 gm x 4, zyrtec 10 mg, rhinocort aqua nose spray, fish oil,

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   Posted 6/30/2008 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
good luck with your surgery!!

                                     keep the faith 

         asacol/proctifoam/Zoton (lansoprazole)/pred/colofac


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   Posted 6/30/2008 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Good Luck and speedy recovery
Diagnosed July 2005 with Pancolitis
Asacol 4 tabs 3 times daily
Diosmin(for leg and vein support)

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   Posted 6/30/2008 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Visualizing a perfect surgery & speedy recovery yeah yeah yeah
Dx'D in 1990. Remission 1991 - 1/2005
Both flares were in extremely stressful times in my life
Colonoscopy 10/2005 80% of Colon diseased, or as I like to say "Intestinely challenged"
*****9/2007 dumped my GI who I refer to as "Satan" New GI, new med TOTAL remission with in 2 weeks.
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   Posted 7/2/2008 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Everyone! Thank you for your warm thoughts and good wishes. It means so much to all of us!

Bratcat is holding up well. As a family, we tend to face things head on, adding humor as much as possible to alleviate some of the stress. Well we all know that as bad a UC is at times, there is enough humor in bodily functions to last a lifetime. So humor has been a good release so far.  Otherwise, we know surgery is coming but it is almost discussed as an outer body experience for the moment.

Bratcat started her prep...the dreaded and dreadful Fleets phospho-soda! So far, this has been the worst leading up to tomorrow!

I will try to stop in as soon as possible after surgery to give you an update. Please keep Bratcat in your prayers. Thank you again for being here!

--Mom of bratcat (17 years old)--
Daughter bratcat was diagnosed with pancolitis October 2006
Current meds:
Asacol - 4 pills/3Xday, 15 mg prednisone, Remicade
11/14/06 - started prednisone; 1/28/07 - finished prednisone!
3/3/07 - began to taper off hydrocortisone sloowwly! Summer 2007 - slowly began tapering Rowasa. 9/07 -- flaring? Nightly Rowasa. 9/21/07 -- added hydrocortisone enemas. 9/30/07--added prednisone. 10/31--started 6-mp, stopped the enemas. Started lowering prednisone. 3/08-another flare!

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   Posted 7/2/2008 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Aw, Bratcat, I wish you could just look forward to fireworks in the sky on July 4! Definitely thinking of you & wishing you a speedy recovery ... / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.]

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   Posted 7/2/2008 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Bennie and Bratcat,
I will be thinking of you guys and your family tomorrow! 
Good luck, and I am sure everything will go well!
40 mgs of Pred
50 mgs of Imuran
3 Lialda
1 Canasa at night

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   Posted 7/2/2008 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Good Luck, I will be thinking of you. Just think, your life will change soooo much, for the better!! Hope you have a very speedy recovery.
diagnosed with uc 27 years ago.  Enojoyed 20 year remission with just minor blips here and there (approximately 16 of those years without any meds)
In a flare for 2 very long years which Asacol didn't help at all.  Finally in remission again since Jan 2008, can't believe it..............
currently on Sulfasalazine 2 tabs 3x day. Folic acid, mesalamine enema once a week. Omega 3, Probiotics, multi vitamin, calcium supplement, Biotin....

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   Posted 7/2/2008 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
best wishes to you and your support team for a speedy recovery-my thoughts are with you.
Mom to 19 year old daughter diagnosed 11/07.
colazal 3 x3 daily
purinethol 6mp=50mg daily
culturelle probiotic 1 daily
chewable vitamin
xifaxan antibiotic 400mg 2x day soon to be weaned

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   Posted 7/3/2008 11:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Yay, today's the big day! GOOD LUCK!! I'll be thinking of you all day and hope everything goes beautifully
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)

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Total Posts : 43
   Posted 7/3/2008 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Happy independence from UC! My thoughts are with you and mom!
dx:2003 Pancolitis
current meds:
Colazol 1500 TID, Imuran 100mg, Healthy Trinity Probiotic, Grape Seed Ext. Biotin, Vit. E., Selenium, Flax Oil, Calcium, Zinc and Emergen-C

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