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   Posted 7/20/2008 1:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I want to thank everyone on the site I am new to it but I have found so many answers in just one day. This illness is so hard for me to speak about with anyone other than my Doctor.

I have been recently drinking allot of water due to recent bad flare up I tried Propel to gain the extra electrolites. I find it gives me a kind of an acid feeling so I stopped. Does anyone recommend vitamin water or gator aid? Or should I just stick to God's good juice normal water. Also can I get some vitamin recommendations? I am going to buy iron pills tomorrow
Prednisone 40mg a day
Asacol 400mg 4 pills 3 times a day

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   Posted 7/20/2008 2:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Do eat actual food....that can't be stressed enough...you need to keep your colon "functioning" rather than reacting.  An antispasmodic medication prescribed from your doc helps with spasming colons and helps to slow that process down a bit....I use dicyclomine...awesome stuff!

If you have diarrhea, drinking a lot of water will make it worse...the colon isn't able to absorb it all..so, keep that in mind.

You can add a fibre supplement to help absorb some of the water from the digestive tract...not too much, however, or you can cause other problems.

Most of the vitamin waters, propel or whatever other concoctions people deem "healthy" are full of artificial sweeteners. If it were sugar, at least, the body could use it...but it doesn't use artificial sweeteners and many are irriants to the colon which can exacerbate or cause diarrhea.

You should be on rectal meds...I can't stress that enough.

Do you need to be on iron as per a blood test? If your iron isn't low, then don't take the pills....start eating foods rich in iron such as meat.

What are you eating by the way?
Do eat small meals often throughout the day.....if you can eat eggs, have one in the morning to give you a protein energy to start the day.   

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~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!!)
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Post Edited (quincy) : 7/20/2008 1:55:55 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 7/20/2008 3:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Quincy,

I have been eating normal foods. Breakfast is easy for me usually 1 yogurt oatmeal and 7 grain toast staggered from 7-10:30. It is lunch and dinner which are hard for me to choose, a sandwich is a staple I know it always agrees and I do eat thin cut steak and I eat pasta and Tortillas. Soups work well but only fresh without all of the sodium. I do drink a small glass of milk which might not be good but I cant help it. My doctor and I have never really discussed a diet for me so the site has given me insight.

I think it is the artificial sweeteners that give me the acid feeling. I will ty the small meals it seems like I have have already been doing that with my breakfast without knowing it. The antispamodic meds sound like a good lead. Thanks for your help!
Prednisone 40mg a day
Asacol 400mg 4 pills 3 times a day

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   Posted 7/20/2008 4:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Socalsd,

If you have diarrhoea or are going to the loo a lot, do keep drinking fluids to keep yourself from dehydrating. The cheapest way to keep yourself topped up if fluids seem to just go straight through you is this Oral Rehydration Solution recipe: 1 litre of water, 8 level teaspoons of sugar, and 1 level teaspoon of salt. (This will keep your electrolytes balanced out as well) - there's more info about it here (you'll need to type this link into your browser) http://rehydrate.org/solutions/homemade.htm
Bananas are good as well, as they are a good source of potassium which is also lost during a bad d attack. (they're full of other goodness too).

You mention that drinking milk might not be good. Is that because you feel worse after drinking it? If so, you might be lactose intolerant, which is common among people with UC. It may be worth getting a check-up with your doc - there's a simple test for lactose intolerance.

I agree with quincy that if you can get your iron through food, do it that way - iron pills can upset the stomach. If you do have to take them, do it with a meal.

I notice that you're on 4 tabs of Asacol three times a day - that's quite a lot of pills in one go - I was up to 12 tabs a day like yourself at one point, but had to do it 3 tabs four times a day. When I took 4 in one go I got diarrhoea, and had to switch. It's worth swapping about if you think things have gotten worse since starting the Asacol.

Feel better soon,

Male 30 Years Old.

Diagnosed Pancolitis June 2007

Currently 10mg Prednisolone, 9 tablets Asacol, 50mg Imuran (started Dec 07), 100mg Mercaptopurine (following allergic reaction to Imuran)

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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 7/20/2008 6:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I drink at least three litres of fluids a day, as you need to take care of all your bodily functions, not just your colon, so fluids are very important.
I alternate my beverages through the day, water, juice, water with cordial, like lime or blackcurrant (go for the natural ones with no artificial sweetners or colours), and so on that way I don't get sick of one drink.
Avoid cabonated drinks, and I find anything too high in sugar can upset my system.  Basically, just keep it simple.
And twice a day, I'll have an electrolite replacement drink, like Gastrolite (you get them from the chemist in little sachets that you add to water)
to make sure I'm not flushing too many good salts out of my body (Salt is vital for healthy cells).
Boy From OZ
UC left side diagnosed 2006
Current Meds
Salofalk Enemas (daily)
Prednisolone 40 mg
Omega3 2g (Enteric Coated)
Iron + Vit C
Vit B12 injection (Monthly)

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   Posted 7/20/2008 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi socalsd,

A good vitamin to take would be Forvia, which is especially made for IBD'ers. However, you can only buy it from their website--www.forvia.com.

As for liquids, I drink water and juices (Pomegranate and V8), and occasionally tea. There was a thread a while ago that said pomegranate could have anti-inflammatory properties, so I tried it. It hasn't helped my UC very much, but I like the taste. I rarely drink soda b/c of the carbonation and caffeine. I do drink Powerade and the artificial sweeteners don't make my symptoms worse, but everyone's different.
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, Remicade (2nd infusion 06/26/08), 2.4 g Lialda, 1 Forvia, 9 Colazal/day
*exploring the option of surgery

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   Posted 7/20/2008 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I'd avoid gatoraid, it's full of junk and dyes...instead drink water and pedialyte to replenish your electrolytes.

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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 499
   Posted 7/20/2008 10:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi and welcome. My opinion is that regular water is good for you. I need to drink more water. I go in spurts when i do good. Also, I take a Centrum and calcium plus D. I tried taking iron pills a few years ago because someone told me that they make the dark circles under your eyes go away. The iron pills gave me terrible upper stomach aches. So, I stopped. I usually have a tough stomach but it doesn't like iron.
Lori (Bellski)-age 43 from Illinois
Diagnosed February 2008 with Ulcerative Proctitis,
Currently: mild symptoms / flare ?
Medications:  Asacol 400mg X 6, Canasa X 2 
Vitamins:  Calcium 600 + D X 2, Centrum, Citrucel caplets, Probiotics
High fiber diet
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