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jessiesmom
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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 7/23/2008 3:07 PM (GMT -6)   
My symptoms (severe lower abdominal pain, D, bloody bms, and general malaise) had diminished considerably until a couple of days ago.  Here on the Shore we were in the 5th day of a heat wave.  I was out running arrands and got very hot.  As soon as I got home I experienced sudden, sharp pains in my abdomen and began having bloody watery stools.  Since then (2 days) I am feeling worse by he day.  I have had serious flares before and I know that this is one. 
 
My question:  Could the stress of all that heat have triggered this flare?  I've never had one start so suddenly before.
Ulcerative Colitis (Pancolitis) diagnosed November 2007.  Hospitalized with C.Diff. January 2008 following a series of antibiotics taken for bronchitis. 
 
Prednisone 40 mg.  Tapered and discontinued March 2008.  Colazal 3 capsules three times a day.  Acidophilis 100 mg. 2 tabs/day,  Potassium Chloride 40 mg. daily, Ferrous Gluconate 400 mg. daily, Cholestyramine Granules I packet daily,  Cozaar 1 tab daily, Vytorin 1 tab daily.
 


malka
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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 171
   Posted 7/23/2008 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I have no idea whether a flare can be triggered by a heat wave - however, I know that when I don't get enough sleep for a time, I can start to flare. I wonder whether the heat wave is keeping you from sleeping well and that is the cause. Of course, sometimes we can start to flare and no cause is apparent.

M
Diagnosed UC 1975. 
Azulfidine Entabs 500 mg. 4 twice a day
Azathioprine 100 mg per day
Colocort - as needed
Folic acid, vitamins C and D, multivitamin, metamucil, fish oil, turmeric 
 
Hospitalized 1997 - intravenous cyclosporine.


Old Hat
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   Posted 7/23/2008 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
IMO-- yes, it can. Heat is one of the worst aggravants for me. Are you keeping well-hydrated? That's very important for UCers, especially when taking oral 5-ASAs. What about multivitamins? Make sure you're replacing potassium lost thru sweating. Hope you'll get back in control quickly. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 Colazal daily for maintenance of remission)

kops2da
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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 7/23/2008 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Old Hat...

No one said anything to me about having to drink more water/fluid taking Colazal.  What is the reason for this?  I am not a drinker - have been taking these pills for like three weeks - no problem with about 4 glasses of some kind of liquid with no caffeine - water, milk, juice, etc. in a day.  I do not have diarrhea so don't lose any extra fluid there and I NEVER sweat because I stay inside with AC. 

Just wondered how important it is!

ElaineNY


68 yr. old granny
New UC (with rectal bleeding and diarrhea)- 3 months ago, colonoscopy showed mild
UC rectal and little above.
Using Canasa 1000mg. once a day - added Colazal 3X2 for a month
Probiotic Align (after trying primal defense)
Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension
Xanax and Lipitor
 
 
 
 
 


bellski
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 499
   Posted 7/23/2008 10:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Are you stressed out because of the heat? Stress is a huge trigger for me. It can come out of an instant if I am feeling super stressed all of the sudden. Anyhow, I hope you feel better soon. I also hope for a cold front! I hate the heat and I hate summer. Aren't I the complainer? lol.....I love air conditioning.
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
"I thank God that  I found this website!"
 


jessiesmom
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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 36
   Posted 7/24/2008 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
You might be right Old Hat - I might have gotten dehydrated on Sunday. My troubles started on Monday. Thanks to all of you for the support. I called my GI and he is starting me on Flagyl. Blood work to be done tomorrow. Hope something works because I am feeling awful.
Ulcerative Colitis (Pancolitis) diagnosed November 2007.  Hospitalized with C.Diff. January 2008 following a series of antibiotics taken for bronchitis. 
 
Prednisone 40 mg.  Tapered and discontinued March 2008.  Colazal 3 capsules three times a day.  Acidophilis 100 mg. 2 tabs/day,  Potassium Chloride 40 mg. daily, Ferrous Gluconate 400 mg. daily, Cholestyramine Granules I packet daily,  Cozaar 1 tab daily, Vytorin 1 tab daily.
 


love4cats
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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 458
   Posted 7/28/2008 9:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I know heat can affect my digestive system horribly, whether I am in a flare or not. It will give me D.

A lack of sleep over a course of a week will almost always initiate a flare. Sometimes the flare takes hold, and sometimes it settles after I get enough sleep.
 
 
Dx:  UC Proctitis 2006 
Meds:  None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence. 
Started Meds:  Apr 9 08 500mg 5ASA (salofalk) to ease flare, tapering, stopped. 
Diet:  Regular fresh garlic, Biobest yogurt daily, Omega 3 supplements, very limited junk food, carbs and processed food, low fat diet.  Lots of fresh fruit and veggies (limited potatoes). 
 Added: tumeric and probiotics.
 
 

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