just diagonsed w/uc

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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 7/3/2008 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
HI everyone~
Am new here, and just told have uc. I don't know all the details of how much of the colon yet.
I was put on Asacol & Canasa Suppository just today 
I am so glad to find this forum.  No one I know understands what i am going through. 
How long does it take for medicine to kick in?
I keep having the urge to go the bathroom, but only seems to be blood?  Everywhere i go, I need to know where the Bathroom is. I have 3 little ones to take care of, sorry if i sound bummed, but just tired of the whole thing:(  
hope everyone has a great holiday!     

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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 7/3/2008 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry that you've had to join our bunch of UC'ers, but welcome to HealingWell kjea74!

I hope that the posts here will be informative and also help you feel more confident that you can live a full life, even with UC. :-)

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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 7/3/2008 10:34 PM (GMT -6)   

thanks for the  reply:)

.  Does anyone know about the Canasa suppository. I could only hold it for a hour, is that okay?   

Also, does Asacol cause you to be hyper?... I think i'm losing it right now-  or maybe i'm just really tired!

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Date Joined Mar 2003
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   Posted 7/3/2008 10:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, kjea, and welcome to HealingWell. I'm glad to hear your doctor started you on the suppositories as well as oral medication. Your difficulty in retaining the suppository as well as your feeling of needing to go all the time (the name for that is tenesmus) are caused by the inflammation in your rectum. I'd suggest you keep trying the Canasa, hopefully you will be able to retain it a little longer each time. If you find this isn't happening, you may want to contact your GI and ask about some steroid rectal foam. It is easy to use and will sometimes decrease the inflammation quickly so you can go back to the Canasa.
It can take two to three weeks for the medication to really start working, and then your inflamed colon will still need to heal before your symptoms ease off.
I'm not aware of Asacol causing you to be hyper, so it may just be a combination of tiredness and anxiety over your new diagnosis. It does take a while to adjust to having a chronic condition, so take it as easy as you can on yourself now. Most of us find it helpful to educate the important people in our life as we learn about IBD. That helps them to support us when we need it.
This thread has some great information on it, you may want to read the whole thread:
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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